Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the new Premier League season after undergoing an operation for an abdominal injury picked up during the summer World Cup in Russia. Matic was one of the club’s ever-presents during the previous campaign but unfortunately, the stress of playing continuously has had an impact on his body.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Mourinho confirmed that Matic should miss the start of the campaign as a result of a surgery, he said:“Matic has had surgery. Yes, of course [he is out for the start of the season]. I don’t know how long he will be out for.Matic arrived from the World Cup holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup. He has had surgery. He is out for the start of the season. He came from the World Cup with the injury and the time he had to rest on holiday was not enough to resolve the problem.”
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Roberto Martinez has praised Belgium for creating history by finishing third in the World Cup 2018. The current Belgian squad has been dubbed as the ‘golden generation’ for possessing incredible talent with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, and Lukaku in the team. Belgium had come into the tournament as one of the underdogs but they were able to create the most excitement by ripping apart many teams across the competition. Belgium even beat Brazil before finally faltering at the hands of France in the semifinals. Many, though, felt that Belgium would have been deserved winners of the competition.
However, there was some consolation in the form of a win over England and this secured the third place for Belgium. After coming into the managerial role only recently, Martinez was able to get Belgium to a huge improvement. The third place finish at the World Cup 2018 means that the squad was able to improve on the achievements of the 1986 squad. Now, Martinez is hoping that in the brilliant competition will be a stepping stone towards more successful Belgium in the future. There will be little doubt that this Belgium team will be considered as a favourite for the upcoming Euro 2020 alongside reigning World Cup champions France.
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Former Nigeria international Abiodun Obafemi has said that England may have underestimated the qualities possessed from Croatia during the semi-final of the World Cup. The Three Lions were widely fancied to beat the Croatians who had come off penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and Russia but they could not create many chances in a 2-1 defeat.
Speaking to Goal.com, Abiodun – an Olympic Gold medallist with Nigeria in 1996, stressed that Croatia were the better team based on their overall display during the game. He added that the Three Lions may have underestimated their opposition after tending to go on the defensive after securing an early lead against the Croats.
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Lionel Messi, yet again, could not rise up to the occasion as Argentina faltered in their second successive game at the 2018 World Cup. Croatia crushed them 3-0 as they qualified for the knockout stage, having previously beaten Nigeria.
Despite the team being star studded and very talented, Argentina have failed to turn in any major trophies. They have reached several finals but they just could not break through. With Russia 2018 being the last possible opportunity the golden generation of Argentine stars have of lifting a trophy, there was more pressure.
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Manchester United midfielder has stated his ambition to impress for France during the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. The Frenchman has been one of Didier Deschamps’ most influential players over the past 24 months and the 25-year-old is now keen to emerge as a leader in the upcoming global tournament.
Speaking on Canal +, he said: “I hope now, at the World Cup. I’m going to take the reins of the France team, try to be the boss on and off the pitch. I hear it (criticism) a lot. I hope to give my answer on the pitch and show everyone. I was the best young player (in 2014). I hope I’ll be the best player overall at the World Cup. That would be great.”
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Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has hinted that his international career would be over after the forthcoming World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The Belgium international has battled regular injury concerns in recent years.
In the last two years Kompany has played just 25 games in the Premier League. He returned to the team to help Pep Guardiola’s men finish strongly. While he is hoping to play in Russia next year, he said it could be his “last season with Belgium.”
Kompany said the tournament was “always a big motivation” when he was down but that he might not be able to go beyond it. He says it was important that he returned to the team as they were doubts.
The Citizens’ skipper said he was not afraid of the impact of the injuries else he “would have already stopped his career.” He says for now he wants to be reintegrated into the national team so he has spoken with Coach Roberto Martinez. Continue reading “KOMPANY TO RETIRE AFTER WORLD CUP 2018”
Even as FIFA struggles to get sponsors for its event following the corruption scandal that has rocked the body, Qatar Airways has announced a partnership with FIFA.
The national career of the Middle Eastern nation agreed a deal with FIFA to be the official airline for the next five years.
The multimillion dollar deal will see the airline’s brand on upcoming football related events around the world including the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The total value of the deal was kept under wraps but is seems to be a mutually beneficial one.
FIFA said the deal was “one of the biggest sporting sponsorships in the world and the largest in the history of Qatar Airways. With the way the statement from the world regulatory body was worded, the deal would likely be worth hundreds of millions of dollar as the deals with Coca cola, Hyundai and Adidas. Continue reading “QATAR AIRWAYS BECOMES FIFA OFFICIAL AIRLINE”
The FIFA World Cup has traditionally been one of the most viewed sporting events in the world. According to FIFA, the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was played between Argentina and Germany had over 1 billion people watching the match.
It’s because of this high amount of viewership that sponsors from all over the world are usually working hard to make their brand appear in either the commercials or the banner space in stadiums as this has been an effective way to promote their respective products.
Things however, have taken a turn for the worse as the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup has struggled trying to attract a high amount of sponsors as they have historically been able to do. Continue reading “Sponsors aren’t as motivated anymore for the 2018 FIFA World Cup”
Argentina has sacked their coach Edgardo Bauza after their poor performance in the World Cup qualification so far. Indeed the Argentina national team is currently fifth in the South American group table.
The Argentina football federation has stated that they have reached an agreement with the coach and that both parties have agreed to cancel the contract. He believes that this will be in the best interest of the national team.
Pressure has been mounting on Bauza ever since Argentina lost an important game against Bolivia who is considered among the weakest team in the confederation.
The search is already on for Argentina as they will need to find a new coach before their important game against Brazil which is schedule in June. There are various names that have been rumored such as Diego Simeone, but the latter has denied being contacted for the Argentina job. Continue reading “Argentina sack coach”
US national team coach Bruce Arena says that he will be cautious with his players ahead of the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifying games for the national team.
The US national team comes into the games against Honduras and Panama hoping for a major improvement in form. Since arena was appointed as the national team coach in November 22, he has been able to get the solitary victory over Jamaica in 2 matches. It is a disappointing run for the former LA Galaxy manager, who succeeded Klinsmann after the German failed to impress with recent results.
There is cause for concern ahead of the games against Honduras and Panama, as the US national team is suffering from injuries to key players. It is likely that players like Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Geoff Cameron will be unavailable due to injuries. Continue reading “Bruce Arena Ready to Adopt Careful Approach for World Cup 2018 Qualification”