Vladimir Leonov, who is currently in charge of the sports ministry of Russia, is supremely confident that his country will be able to organize the soccer World Cup peacefully.
The supporters of the other countries especially that of England are understood to be feeling very reluctant to travel to Russia because of what the Russian supporters had done during the Euros.
But, Leonov doesn’t think that the reputation of the general Russian fans can be set on the basis of that particular incident. He reckons it was a single incident of its kind and there were only a few people involved in that.
Apart from those people, a lot of other Russian fans were there in France as well for the Euros, but, they didn’t break peace at all and didn’t get involved in any sort of violence. So, one can’t say that every Russian fan is of that nature.
Leonov also emphasizes that the kind of arrangements the World Cup organizing committee has put in place, it will be difficult for anyone to create an unpleasant situation because every fan is going to be given an ID and at the time he is given that ID, he will have to submit full information about himself. Continue reading “Vladimir Leonov confident to organize soccer World Cup peacefully”
The president of FIFA Gianni Infantino has put some plans in motion to enable the use of video replays at the next world cup in 2018.
According to him, it would help the referees and other match officials to avoid some serious mistakes that could have easily been avoided.
Being that wrong judgments on the part of match officials have been a very big source of controversy in the past tournaments, Gianni has planned to eradicate any mistakes by providing better surveillance equipments.
On Wednesday, after the first summit of the body, Gianni had said in a comment to reporters that, he believes that the presence of video replays will help officials to make proper and well-informed decisions before awarding penalties, red and yellow cards and even goals.
“It will not answer all the questions a referee can have but it will help them not to make serious mistakes, how? With a referee in front of a TV monitor who looks at the footage and in the space of two, here, four seconds can advise the field referee if he is asked or if he has not seen a serious mistake. Continue reading “FIFA PRESIDENT WANTS VIDEO REPLAYS AT THE NEXT WORLD CUP”
Gordon Strachan position as the Scotland boss is reportedly hanging by the thread due to poor sets of results in the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign.
The national team has had only one win in the opening three matches and it was against minnows Malta. Since that opening day victory, Scotland have gone on to suffer a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Slovakia and only a 1-1 draw with Lithuania. Strachan was appointed as the national team boss in January 2013 and the team already had the disappointment of failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 when a number of home nations managed to do so.
Best known for his time at Celtic, Strachan has not been at the best of his game for the last couple of years now. Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas says that the upcoming game for Scotland, against England, will be the key match that would decide the future of Strachan. Another loss would put the team at grave disadvantage when it comes to qualification. Continue reading “Strachan’s Job Depends on Scotland’s Performance against England, Says Nicholas”
Wales manager Chris Coleman has stated that he will retire after the 2018 World Cup campaign.
The manager has enjoyed unprecedented success with Wales at the Euros where he has brought them to the semi-final, and he said that would continue until the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Chris Coleman stated that he would be ending his Wales management career at the end of the campaign whether Wales make it through to the finals or not. He believes that he has been a manager for quite some time now and that it is time to take a break from the Wales national side.
He said that there is talent in the Wales side and that the team is still young. He stated that he would give his best in the World Cup qualifiers so as to help the team make it to Russia. Wales will be starting their World Cup qualifier on the 5th of September and will be facing Moldova.
Chris Coleman said that it is a pleasure for him to manage Wales and that he wants to go to the end of his contract. He stated that he does not want to take advantage of Wales success and use it as a stepping stone to get another contract elsewhere. He stated that he would finish what he has started in Wales and hopes that he can take the team to Russia.
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Brazil manager Dunga claims that he is not interested in proving others that they were wrong in making a judgement call about his abilities as the national team manager.
Instead, he is fully concentrating on winning football matches and ultimately qualifying for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Brazil are struggling to even come close to the final qualification spot. The South American qualification group for the World Cup is one of the toughest around the world. However, teams like Brazil and Argentina have always dominated the competition. Hence, it is a surprise to see both teams struggling to make an impact whatsoever.
Argentina have slightly fared better after managing three consecutive victories. It has lifted them into the third spot while Brazil are languishing in the sixth spot after having managed only two victories from the opening six matches. Hence, there is real pressure on Brazil in order to start delivering results and more so on manager Dunga. After having not achieve much since taking over from Luis Felipe Scolari after a disappointing World Cup 2014, Dunga is now back in the spotlight. The manager has targeted a win from the friendly against Panama before the start of the Copa America. Continue reading “Dunga claims that he is not interested in proving others”
The United States played a crucial encounter against Guatemala. If the US had lost, that would have been a possible end to their World Cup 2018 hopes.
The Yanks defeated their counterparts, the inexperienced Guatemala with a whopping four goals to nothing. The victory was a rather convincing one for the United States.
In the opening minutes of the encounter, both teams tried to outdo one another. This continued until Dempsey’s goal in the 12th minute. A cross came from Gyasi Zardes into the box but wasn’t cleared out in time by the Guatemala team, Dempsey got the ball and fired it past the goal keeper.
The United States continued with the attacks and dominated the game even after the initial goal. The sustained attacks led to the second goal from Cameron in the 35th minute. Michael Bradley sent a free kick for Geoff Cameron to nod it past Motta, the goal keeper for Guatemala. The fist half ended with the two goals lead for the United States.
After the break, with less than a minute played, a re-invigorated US squad scored the third goal. Yedlin led the attack before passing unto Gyasi zardes. Zardes manged to pass the ball to Graham Zusi who buried the Guatemala team. The match progressed rather quickly until few minutes to the match end when Jose Altidore scored the fourth goal. Continue reading “USA SALVAGE THEIR WORLD CUP 2018 HOPES WITH A VICTORY”