WORLD CUP: SANCHEZ TO PLAY DESPITE INJURY

Despite a heavily bandaged knee, Arsenal's star player, Alexis Sanchez had been declared fit and available for Chile's World Cup qualifier to be played against Uruguay.


Sanchez, who was being closely watched, to ascertain his level of fitness, had trained with the National team on Monday despite sporting a heavily bandaged thigh.
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LÖW OPPOSES WORLD CUP EXPANSION PLANS

The national team manager of Germany, Joachim Löw has spoken out against the plans by FIFA to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup to 48.


He is of the opinion that if and when it is successfully carried out, the competition’s sporting value could be “diluted.”
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Northern Ireland Claim Key Win against San Marino

After managing only a draw from the opening group match, Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was pleased to see his team get a much expected win against San Marino in the latest group match.


Northern Ireland were involved in a goalless draw against Czech Republic on the opening day. However, they bounced back from this disappointing result in the best possible fashion after scoring four against San Marino. Admittedly, the opposition are considered as minnows in the global game but it still takes effort to come up with four goals.
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Canada has once again failed to qualify for a World Cup

Throughout the entire history of the Canadian national football team, they have consistently struggled to qualify for the World Cup.


As each year passes by, Canada just can’t seem to snatch a qualification spot that would allow them to compete in the worldwide competition.
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NEW COACH OF SUPER EAGLES PROMISE 2018 WORLD CUP

The newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr says he would take the three time African champions to the World Cup despite the tight qualification rope and even excel at the tournament.


The German tactician was announced this week by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), after the coach agreed to a two year deal to lead the side.
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SOUTH KOREA COACH FORFEITS HOLIDAY FOR WORLD CUP PREPARATIONS

The head coach of the South Korean men national football team Uli Stielike is forfeiting his summer holiday plans as he decided to put extra efforts to prepare his team ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualification set to begin in September. An official of the national football governing body announced to the admiration of reporters.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) official said Stielike wants to spend his time checking the players in the country’s pro football leagues.

Chris Coleman says that he will not downplay the importance of the match against Belgium

Wales manager Chris Coleman says that he will not downplay the importance of the upcoming match against Belgium to his players as everyone is aware of the status.


Wales take on Belgium in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 knowing that they can match the achievements of a great footballing team 60 years ago in the 1958 World Cup. Wales have not reached the semi-final of a major international tournament for almost 6 decades. The team has already been praised for managing to exceed expectations already. Wales were not expected to even reach the Euro 2016 after having failed to qualify for numerous major international tournaments in recent decades.
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DEL BOSQUE WANTS SPAIN TO LEARN FROM THEIR WORLD CUP EXPERIENCE IN BRAZIL

The coach of Spain, Vicente del Bosque, wants the team to learn from their World Cup experience in Brazil as they attempt a third successive campaign at the Euro 2016 in France.


After the team lifted the Euro 2008 and 2012, also winning their first ever World Cup in South Africa 2010, they could not cope with the very high pressure of being the favourites to lift the trophy for a second successive time. They were surprisingly knocked out from the tournament in the first round.
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Alexi Lalas backs US to host 2026 WC

The United States is the best candidate to host the 2026 World Cup, according to former international defender Alexi Lalas.

FIFA is looking for a fresh start after being involved in several corruption scandals and undergoing new presidential elections, which saw Gianni Infantino take over from Sepp Blatter. The organisation recently announced new rules for countries wishing to host the World Cup. The selection process for the 2018 and 2022 world cups have already been concluded and they have been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. Interested parties will have to undergo rigorous consultation, campaigning, and evaluation processes.

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Alexi Lalas considers US to be Best Candidate for 2026 WC

The United States is the best candidate to host the 2026 World Cup, according to former international defender Alexi Lalas.

FIFA is looking for a fresh start after being involved in several corruption scandals and undergoing new presidential elections, which saw Gianni Infantino take over from Sepp Blatter. The organisation recently announced new rules for countries wishing to host the World Cup. The selection process for the 2018 and 2022 world cups have already been concluded and they have been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. Interested parties will have to undergo rigorous consultation, campaigning, and evaluation processes.

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