SALIBA SCORES FIRST ARSENAL GOAL

Frenchman William Saliba has been impressive for Arsenal since he returned to the club this summer on the back of his loan spell at Marseille in the French top flight. The centre back is expected to be part of the France squad to the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil without any doubt if he continues to perform well for the Gunners. France are the defending champions ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. Also, they are one of the favourites to win the tournament. The top four favourites to win the World Cup 2022 tournament are Brazil, France, England and Argentina.

Saliba has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. He scored his first goal for Arsenal during the big win over newly promoted team Bournemouth in the Premier League last week. The French international was one of the goalscorers as Arsenal secured top spot on the league table by beating hosts Bournemouth 3-0. Continue reading “SALIBA SCORES FIRST ARSENAL GOAL”

       CHILE APPEAL CLOSING OF CASTILLO CASE, DEMAND ECUADOR’S DISQUALIFICATION

Despite having had their complaint rejected, Chile are not giving up in their determination to have Ecuador thrown out of this year’s World Cup and have appealed the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision to close the eligibility case of Byron David Castillo Segura who represented Ecuador eight times during Conmebol qualifying.


Last month FIFA rejected Chile’s protests that Segura was an ineligible player. It had been widely anticipated that FIFA would discipline Ecuador but instead they closed the case after Chile disputed Castillo’s nationality. Continue reading ”       CHILE APPEAL CLOSING OF CASTILLO CASE, DEMAND ECUADOR’S DISQUALIFICATION”

      EURO 2022 SUCCESS WILL IMPACT WOMEN’S FOOTBALL AS 2027 WC BIDDING NEARS

Euro 2022 is yet to reach the semifinal stage, but even before the tournament reaches the last four next week, it can already be considered an unqualified success. An 85,000 sellout crowd at Wembley for the final on July 31 will only underscore how women’s football has now become a major player in world sport.


Almost 70,000 watched England’s opening game against Austria at Old Trafford earlier this month, an audience of 7.6 million watched the live television broadcast of their quarterfinal win against Spain, while 16,025 turned out at Brentford on Thursday to see Germany join the hosts in the semis with a 2-0 victory against Austria. Continue reading ”      EURO 2022 SUCCESS WILL IMPACT WOMEN’S FOOTBALL AS 2027 WC BIDDING NEARS”

NO PIRLO REUNION FOR RAMSEY

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey won’t be reuniting with Andrea Pirlo at FatihKaragumruk in the Turkish top flight after a move was ruled out for the Juventus star. It had earlier been reported that FatihKaragumruk were one of the teams interested in signing Ramsey this summer as he tries to get a new club to enable him to stay in top form for Wales ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.


Ramsey, 30, is expected to be an important player for Wales on their return to the World Cup after several decades. They were one of the last teams to book their spot at the World Cup 2022 tournament. As a matter of fact, Wales were the third to the last team to confirm a place at the World Cup 2022 tournament. Hosts Wales qualified by beating Ukraine 1-0 in their playoff clash. Continue reading “NO PIRLO REUNION FOR RAMSEY”

                    ITALY VS GERMANY PREVIEW: PROBABLE LINEUPS AND KEY STATS

It has been a contrasting period in Italian football, with the Azzurri first revelling in their success after winning the UEFA Euro 2020 then disappointing their fans by not qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Consistency is not necessarily an issue as Italy have been one of the most consistent national sides in Europe since Roberto Mancini took over. However, a few bad results and dropped points were only good enough to take them into the World Cup qualifying play-offs. At this stage, they shocked their fans by losing to North Macedonia and missing out on the plane to Qatar for the World Cup.

Mancini has a big task at hand, as he has stayed on despite many seeking his resignation. The supposed new era already began with a 3-0 loss to Argentina in the Finalissima, and the next one, coming shortly against Germany, is not the ideal start for the Azzurri this summer. Add the forthcoming England and Hungary games into the mix, and Italy are in for a big test of character. Continue reading ”                    ITALY VS GERMANY PREVIEW: PROBABLE LINEUPS AND KEY STATS”

          FRANCE’S SQUAD DEPTH AHEAD OF 2022 WORLD CUP IS FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD

France manager Didier Deschamps has picked his latest squad for next month’s Nations League fixtures – and it’s a timely reminder of their strength in depth coming into the World Cup in Qatar. The defending champions will be one of the favourites following last year’s Nations League victory against Spain in October.


And with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema in the form of their life, Les Bleus certainly have a good chance of lifting the trophy once again. So how will they line-up? Earlier this week, Deschamps made some controversial decisions when he unveiled his squad for their upcoming Nations League fixtures against Denmark, Croatia and Austria. Continue reading ”          FRANCE’S SQUAD DEPTH AHEAD OF 2022 WORLD CUP IS FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD”

RONALDO SCORING STREAK CONTINUES AGAINST CHELSEA

Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in four successive Premier League games after he levelled proceedings for his team during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a rescheduled encounter. The game had to be moved forward by a few weeks due toFA Cup final commitment on the part of Chelsea.

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Ronaldo, 37, is one of the most in-form players in the Premier League after scoring eight goals in his last four games including his colleges strike against Chelsea. He’s expected to spearhead Portugal’s quest to win the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar when hostilities start in November. Ronaldo and Portugal had to go through the playoffs to seal their place at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil after finishing second in Group A of the qualifiers in the European section. The Portuguese team finished second in their group behind Serbia who were able to secure am automatic spot to Qatar as a result. Portugal booked their place at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar by beating Turkey and North Macedonia in the playoffs.
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BAYERN CRASH OUT OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Bavarian giants Bayern Munich have crashed out of this season’s Champions League at the hands of Spanish La Liga team Villarreal after they could only settled for a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie. Six-time champions Bayern Munich came into the second leg on the back of a one-goal deficit from the first leg and they needed more than a one-goal win to progress into the last four to live up to their status as massive favourites. In the first leg, Dutch forward Arnaut Danjuma scored as early as the eighth minute for the only goal of the game to give Europa League champions Villarreal a 1-0 lead before the two teams met at the Allianz Arena, Munich on Tuesday night.


In the second leg, there were no goals in the first half like what was obtainable with the first leg before Polish striker Robert Lewandowski gave hosts Bayern the lead seven minutes into the second half after Thomas Mueller pounced on the sloppy pass from Villarreal skipper Dani Parejo to provide the assist for the goalscorer who has 13 Champions League goals this season. Continue reading “BAYERN CRASH OUT OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE”

TRENT RULED OUT OF ENGLAND GAMES

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of the upcoming England games after he picked up a hamstring problem this week. The update on Trent was provided by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in his pre-match presser on Friday ahead of the FA Cup quarterfinal clash with hosts Nottingham Forest this weekend. The two former European champions will meet in the sixth round of the FA Cup on Sunday to determine who will go through to the semifinals scheduled to take place at the Wembley Stadium in April.


On Trent, Klopp said that the right-back would be out of action for some weeks thus ruling him out of the England friendlies against Switzerland and African team Ivory Coast this month. Trent was one of two right-backs in the 25-man England squad named by manager Gareth Southgate on Thursday. Continue reading “TRENT RULED OUT OF ENGLAND GAMES”

RUSSIA KICKED OUT OF QATAR 2022

Russia won’t be at this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar after world football’s governing body, FIFA confirmed that they have been thrown out of the playoffs for the tournament in the European section.

The Russians were on course to qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil via the playoffs. They had secured their place in the World Cup 2022 playoffs on the European scene after narrowly finishing second to Croatia in Group H. Russia finished one point behind Croatia at the end of their respective Group H campaigns. Group H leaders Croatia finished with 23 points from ten games, while runners-up Russia recorded 22 points from ten games.

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