The Roma midfielder, Daniele De Rossi, meanwhile, has said that Italy must be angry against Sweden to win the two-legged play-off. “Losing this play-off would be a black mark on my career,” he said. “The experience [we have got in the team] counts for a lot but we also have to be angry, furious, lucid and organised. … [Read more...] about Zlatan Ibrahimovic: my Sweden career is over even if they reach World Cup
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O’Neills embody cerebral tradition of Blanchflower and Irish game’s best 3) Messi’s arrival likely to upstage host nation Lionel Messi and Argentina touched down in Moscow on Monday, doubtless still relieved that they will be able to do the same in seven months’ time. Argentina squeaked home last month thanks to that timely hat-trick from their talisman against Ecuador; they now need to find some consistency and on paper Saturday’s friendly with a creaking Russia side is an opportunity to get into the groove. Stanislav Cherchesov’s team remain unloved and may find that most gazes inside the Luzhniki Stadium are centred on their celebrity visitor. Back in June, Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence drew far louder screams – and, for that matter, bums on seats – than anything the hosts could produce. It would be a major shot in the arm if Russia could cause some excitement this time around but it remains difficult to see where any spark will … [Read more...] about World Cup play-offs, final qualifiers and friendlies: 10 things to look out for
USA struggled throughout their campaign and fell 2-1 down to Trinidad & Tobago in their final game. That meant a Panama win over Costa Rica would see them into their first World Cup, and Román Torres struck with only two minutes left. USA dropped to fifth in the table, missing their first finals since 1986, after Honduras fought back to beat Mexico and claim a play-off place, in which they lost out to Australia over two legs. … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: which teams have made it to Russia?
"The target for coach Park Hang-seo is to try his best to defend the AFF Cup title. The national team will enter the tournament with the strongest squad. Both V. League 1 and V. League 2 are scheduled to conclude by the end of September so that Vietnam had more time for preparation." … [Read more...] about Vietnam unable to arrange friendlies ahead of major football tournaments
At times, this aspirational, friendly version of Russia collided with the unmovable wall of the real thing. Attempting to access the media centre for the opening match, I found a metal grille slammed firmly in my face and an angry police officer who would answer only “Wait!” to any question. The volunteers were still smiling but had no answers as to what was going on. After a while, it became apparent that Vladimir Putin was about to land in his helicopter, and for that reason access to the media centre was closed for a full 40 minutes, meaning myself and a number of other reporters missed the kick-off. … [Read more...] about Russia passes Confederations Cup test but hosts need a team to rally behind