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Soccer – 2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar unveils design for Lusail stadium

Soccer – 2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar unveils design for Lusail stadium

The unique design for the 80,000-capacity Lusail stadium was launched in the presence of FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura… The spectacular design for the Lusail Iconic stadium in Qatar was unveiled at a gala ceremony in Doha on Saturday. Located 15 kms north of central Doha, the Lusail stadium is all set to play host…

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Soccer – 2022 World Cup: Qatar’s Lusail Stadium expected to be completed by 2020

Soccer – 2022 World Cup: Qatar’s Lusail Stadium expected to be completed by 2020

The venue for the World Cup’s opening game and the final is expected to be completed in two years… The Lusail Stadium, which has been proposed as the venue for the 2022 World Cup’s opening game and the final on December 18, is making rapid progress according to Tamim El Abed, Stadium Project Manager for…

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Soccer – What is Total Football? Famous tactics explained: the clubs, countries & players to use it (Cady, Tues)

Soccer – What is Total Football? Famous tactics explained: the clubs, countries & players to use it (Cady, Tues)

Iconic footballer Johan Cruyff made the philosophy famous during his playing career, and propelled Dutch football from obscurity to global stardom Ahead of England’s UEFA Nations League semi-final clash with the Netherlands next summer, Goal takes a look at Total Football, the tactical philosophy made famous by the Dutch team in the early 1970s, as well…

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Soccer – World Cup over Ballon d’Or for disappointed Griezmann

Soccer – World Cup over Ballon d’Or for disappointed Griezmann

The Atletico Madrid star discussed finishing third behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo despite a successful year for club and country Antoine Griezmann expressed his disappointment but put the World Cup ahead of the Ballon d’Or after the Atletico Madrid and France star missed out on the coveted individual award to Luka Modric. Griezmann helped…

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Soccer – Ballon d’Or: Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid

Soccer – Ballon d’Or: Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid

The Croatian says he wants to see out his career at the Santiago Bernabeu amid links with Inter Luka Modric said he wants to retire at Real Madrid after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or. Modric claimed the coveted individual honour at a ceremony in Paris on Monday – ending the…

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Soccer – Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or: Ending Messi-Ronaldo duopoly a win for football

Soccer – Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or: Ending Messi-Ronaldo duopoly a win for football

The midfielder basked in his Ballon d’Or success after ending the duo’s grip on the award Luka Modric said his Ballon d’Or win is for all the players who deserved the accolade but missed out because of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance of the coveted award. Real Madrid midfielder and Croatia captain Modric, 33, capped a…

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Soccer – Ballon d’Or 2018: Antoine Griezmann voices frustration at third-placed finish

Soccer – Ballon d’Or 2018: Antoine Griezmann voices frustration at third-placed finish

The Atletico Madrid and France star admitted he was frustrated having won two bits of silverware in 2018, but still only finished third in the voting Antoine Griezmann was disappointed to have not won the Ballon d’Or after winning the Europa League and World Cup in 2018, while Kylian Mbappe says he will work to…

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Soccer – FIFA world rankings: England retain top-five standing as Germany slip to 16th and Belgium keep top spot

Soccer – FIFA world rankings: England retain top-five standing as Germany slip to 16th and Belgium keep top spot

Belgium continue to lead the way, just ahead of France, while there is mixed fortunes for fallen giants such as Die Mannschaft, Argentina and Italy England have cemented their standing in the world’s top five, but Germany have hit a serious slide and now sit 16th in the eyes of FIFA. The Three Lions have…

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Soccer – Barcelona news: ‘Argentina waiting for Lionel Messi with open arms’ – It’s not the same without him, admits Gabriel Mercado

Soccer – Barcelona news: ‘Argentina waiting for Lionel Messi with open arms’ – It’s not the same without him, admits Gabriel Mercado

The Sevilla defender is hoping that a domestic rival at Barcelona will soon rejoin him as part of the international fold with the Albiceleste Argentina are waiting for Lionel Messi “with open arms”, Gabriel Mercado has told Goal, with the Barcelona star currently in self-imposed exile from international football. Having seen his World Cup dreams…

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Soccer – World Cup every two years? FIFA told to change finals frequency by CONMEBOL

Soccer – World Cup every two years? FIFA told to change finals frequency by CONMEBOL

South America’s federation see the concept as an alternative to UEFA’s Nations League CONMEBOL is lobbying FIFA to stage the World Cup every two years, according to the South American federation’s president, Alejandro Dominguez. There is an apparent concern from Dominguez’s organisation that Europe is moving further ahead of South America, especially given the success of the…

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Soccer – Who will win Ballon d’Or 2018? Messi, Ronaldo & the favourites, outsiders, underdogs & latest odds

Soccer – Who will win Ballon d’Or 2018? Messi, Ronaldo & the favourites, outsiders, underdogs & latest odds

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both have five Ballons d’Or apiece, so who could win the award this year to break up their decade-long dominance? The Ballon d’Or 2018 will mark precisely 10 years since Cristiano Ronaldo first scooped up the award in 2008, leading to an entire decade in which he and Lionel Messi…

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Soccer – CONMEBOL wants FIFA World Cup every two years

Soccer – CONMEBOL wants FIFA World Cup every two years

The tournament cycle could be changed from every four years to every two, if FIFA agrees to a proposal from CONMEBOL FIFA is considering a proposal to stage the World Cup every two years rather than every four, according to CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez. Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter first mooted the idea in 1999, without…

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Soccer – Serie A news: Inter star Radja Nainggolan blasts ‘pathetic’ Roberto Martinez excuses and vows never to return to Belgium duty

Soccer – Serie A news: Inter star Radja Nainggolan blasts ‘pathetic’ Roberto Martinez excuses and vows never to return to Belgium duty

The Inter midfielder was left out of the Red Devils’ 2018 World Cup squad and says he will not consider a recall at any stage in the future Radja Nainggolan has slammed the “pathetic” excuses used to justify his exclusion from the Belgium squad and has vowed never to return to the fold. The 30-year-old…

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Soccer – FIFA president Gianni Infantino pledges ‘best World Cup ever’ in Qatar

Soccer – FIFA president Gianni Infantino pledges ‘best World Cup ever’ in Qatar

The decision to award the small nation the 2022 World Cup was criticised, but the FIFA boss believes it has the potential to be special FIFA president Gianni Infantino predicts the 2022 World Cup will be “an unforgettable event” despite a continuing lack of clarity over the number of teams involved and where matches will be…

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Soccer – Spain approach Morocco for a joint 2030 World Cup bid together with Portugal

Soccer – Spain approach Morocco for a joint 2030 World Cup bid together with Portugal

Morocco has previously submitted unsuccessful bids to host the 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2026 Fifa World Cup Spain has invited Morocco to join them in bidding to host the 2030 World Cup together with Portugal. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was in Rabat on Monday where he had a meeting with his Moroccan counterpart…

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Soccer – What time does Mexico play? El Tri’s upcoming schedule and results

Soccer – What time does Mexico play? El Tri’s upcoming schedule and results

Goal takes a look at when the next Mexico national team matches take place and what time you should tune in… Mexico’s World Cup run once again ended in the round of 16. Now it’s time to turn the page and look ahead to the next cycle. There are plenty of questions surrounding the team.…

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Soccer – Ballon d’Or: Hazard says he does not deserve Ballon d’Or, backs Mbappe

Soccer – Ballon d’Or: Hazard says he does not deserve Ballon d’Or, backs Mbappe

The Chelsea star insists that the PSG youngster should be at the front of the queue for the award after winning the World Cup Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard has dismissed the idea he deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or and has backed France attacker Kylian Mbappe to claim the prize. The race…

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Soccer – Barcelona news: Ivan Rakitic hamstring injury confirmed after scan

Soccer – Barcelona news: Ivan Rakitic hamstring injury confirmed after scan

Croatia had already announced that the midfielder would not be fit to face England, with Barca announcing clarifying that he has a hamstring injury. Barcelona have confirmed Ivan Rakitic has been diagnosed with a hamstring injury. Rakitic was substituted midway through the second half of Croatia’s 3-2 Nations League win against Spain, in which Tin Jedvaj…

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Soccer – England news: Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has ‘enormous respect’ for Gareth Southgate’s side

Soccer – England news: Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has ‘enormous respect’ for Gareth Southgate’s side

Sunday’s Wembley clash will be a repeat of the World Cup semi-final, with the Croatia midfielder speaking of his respect for Gareth Southgate’s side Ivan Rakitic says he has “enormous respect” for England ahead of their World Cup semi-final rematch in the Nations League. Croatia came out on top at Russia 2018 after downing England…

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