The Mission XI Million is an initiative that aims at reaching out to millions of youth across India to increase participation in football and create a platform for them to develop their skills. Speaking on the development, Director of Football Business Unit of adidas India Hrishikesh Shende said: "adidas is deeply honoured to partner the Government to bring football to millions of young Indians across the country. "We strongly believe that Mission XI Million is a stepping stone to put India on the world map of Football." Adidas will also conduct exclusive master-classes for the participants at the Mission XI Million festivals, featuring a 360 degree approach to improve their skills in the sport.The master-classes will aim to nurture football skills of the participants through drills focusing on aspects of the game such as shooting, dribbling, free-kicks, team-play, improving their first touch, passing and goal-keeping amongst others, adidas will also provide high quality football gear … [Read more...] about Adidas partners with FIFA U-17 World Cup local organising committee
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Video PlayerClose KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that the world football government body is still "looking at" the possibility expand the number of teams taking part in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Speaking at the annual congress of Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Infantino mentioned that the plan has been adopted to increase the number of teams that participate in the finals during the 2026 World Cup from 32 to 48. "Will it happen in 2022? We are looking at it. If it's possible, why not?" he said, adding that it would have the positive effects on Asian football as the quota for AFC members will rise from 4.5 to 8.5. FIFA is discussing the proposal with the host Qatar and other partners in the region, Infantino said. "We need to see if it's possible, if it's feasible," he said. "We hope this could happen, and if not, we will have tried." Meanwhile, Infantino said FIFA is eyeing on revamping the Club World Cup, the next edition of … [Read more...] about FIFA President says still “looking at” possible expansion for 2022 World Cup
Video PlayerClose By Xie Yuzhi MADRID, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Ten years ago, the Spanish national football team was about to embark on a period of unprecedented success, winning both the 2008 and 2012 European Championships as well as in the 2010 World Cup. Their unique brand of "tiki-taka" passing football won them many admirers, and ensured the team's place in footballing folklore. However, as Spain's core players began to age, the "invincible fleet" that once conquered the world began to fall from grace. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they failed to advance from the group stage, suffering a humiliating 1-5 defeat to the Netherlands. And at the European Championships in France two years later, La Furia Roja was eliminated in the Round of 16 after losing 0-2 to Italy. After Vicente del Bosque resigned as national team manager, the Spanish Football Federation brought Julen Lopetegui in for the 2018 World Cup qualification. Lopetegui lived up to expectations and led the team to Russia … [Read more...] about World Cup Group B preview: Spain: Return of the king?
In Saturday’s World Cup qualifiers for Russia 2018, France huffed and puffed but eventually saw off Luxembourg to maintain their grip on Group A. Olivier Giroud scored twice and Antoine Griezmann also found the net. Aurelien Joachim scored from the spot for the hosts. Elsewhere, Emil Forsberg got a brace as Sweden eased pased Belarus to stay in the hunt for top spot. And two goals from Spas Delev saw the Dutch go down in Bulgaria, further denting their hopes of making the playoffs. Switzerland stay firmly in the driving seat of Group B after Josip Drnic’s strike was enough to defeat Latvia. European champions Portugal remain three points behind after making light work of Hungary. Cristiano Ronaldo with a double after Andre Silva put the home side ahead. Have Portugal finally found a reliable goalscorer other than Ronaldo? André Silva for the senior Portugal national side:pic.twitter.com/lHFI8zZOxR— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 25, 2017 And it’s … [Read more...] about Russia 2018 – Ronaldo fires Portugal past Hungary; Lukaku’s late late show saves Belgian blushes
The Football Association has committed to finding out if heading the ball is linked to developing brain illnesses later in life. The FA has been in talks with the Professional Footballers' Association about funding research into the issue since 2014 but both have until now tried to involve world governing body FIFA, believing it needed an international approach. But with FIFA seemingly distracted and growing criticism of the FA's apparent inaction, the national governing body has decided to press on with domestic partners. A spokesman said the FA will continue to work with FIFA to find "widely applicable" answers to whether playing football is linked to dementia but said it has now been agreed that "solely UK-based research" may be the best and quickest approach. As well as the players' union, the FA has been talking to the Football League and Premier League, and it is hoped that other unnamed sports will come on board to both facilitate and fund research. The spokesman would not … [Read more...] about Does heading a football lead to developing brain illnesses? FA to launch study amid growing concerns