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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Capela: I’d love to be a soccer pundit

NBA’s Clint Capela chats to FIFA.com about his love of football He raves about Henry, Mbappe, Pulisic, Ronaldo, Shaqiri & Weah Capela dreams of a career in football after he’s quit basketball Clint Capela spent the middle months of 2018 negotiating a $90 million contract to continue slam-dunking a Spalding ball alongside ‘The Beard’ and CP3, AKA James Harden and Chris Paul, in a breathtaking Houston Rockets side. If he’d had it his way, the 6ft 10ins center would have been kicking a Telstar 18 for Switzerland at the FIFA…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Willian eyes Brazil victory at their London ‘home from home’

He’s impressed London crowds on numerous occasions already in the early stages of the Premier League season with Chelsea. Now, Willian will be hoping to replicating that form for Brazil when they take on neighbours Uruguay in what has been his home city for the last five years on Friday. The explosive winger has already played his part in eight goals since returning from the FIFA World Cup™ – where A Seleção reached the quarter-finals – and has been producing some of his best football in a blue shirt. With…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – African underdogs aim to upset odds again

Qualifying campaign for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations back underway Teams play double-header against same opponents over Matchdays 3 and 4 Spotlight on surprise group leaders The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ may already be in the rear-view mirror, but it is likely still playing on the minds of the five African teams that failed to advance to the knockout stages. In order to put their disappointment behind them definitively, they have set themselves the objective of shining on the continental scene and qualifying for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Young Dragons taking flight

Wales young recruits propelling them upwards in UEFA Nations League Youthful side earned first competitive win without Bale and Ramsey for 13 years We take a closer look at three potential stars of the future for Ryan Giggs’s side A month ago, Wales fans were forced to take a step into a past they haven’t had to consider for some time – life without both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. For the first time in 11 years, they were without their two talismans for a competitive game when they faced…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Osorio has big plans for Paraguay

Paraguay’s newly appointed coach speaks exclusively to FIFA.com He explains his reasons for accepting the job and his goals He also has a message for former employers Mexico Juan Carlos Osorio is a busy man. Fresh from leading Mexico to the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the Colombian has just accepted his second job as a national team coach, this time with Paraguay, who have not graced the world finals since South Africa 2010. In giving one of his first exclusive interviews since his appointment in…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – FIFA President praises Qatar 2022 infrastructure progress during whistle-stop tour

Gianni Infantino visits Qatar 2022 venues FIFA President travelled on the new Doha Metro during his visit He praised the infrastructure progress made in the country FIFA President Gianni Infantino has praised Qatar’s infrastructure progress and described the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ as a unique opportunity for football fans to experience a new culture and region during a whistle-stop tour of the country. Infantino visited the 40,000-capacity Al Wakrah Stadium before taking a helicopter ride to view the other seven proposed tournament venues, along with several training sites. He arrived…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – 100 days on, still going strong

They said fatigue would handicap the stars of Russia 2018 We look at the players defying that 100 days after its Final Hazard, Lozano, Mbappe, and Trippier feature Remember the pundits who said players coming off a demanding FIFA World Cup™ would struggle to find their form in 2018/19? Well, a crop of Russia 2018 stars have made a mockery of those predictions. None more so than Eden Hazard, who pocketed the adidas Silver Ball as Belgium finished third. The 27-year-old is the top scorer in the 2018/19 Premier League…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Triumphant return for Alcacer

The striker is back in the Roja side after a two-and-a-half-year absence Player in form with Borussia Dortmund; scored three goals in two games for Spain Luis Enrique signed him in 2016 when coach of Barcelona 1 minute and 35 seconds. That is how long Paco Alcacer needed from coming on to the pitch to reducing the deficit for Spain against England (1-3) with his first touch. Marco Asensio swung in a corner and the forward rose at the near post to direct a glancing header past the helpless Jordan…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Predictor champ’s unforgettable Russia 2018 adventure 

Geoff Guttmann predicted his way to a trip for two to Russia 2018 The Canadian raves about the France-Belgium atmosphere He believes Kevin De Bruyne was the player of the tournament “I’d done predictors for a while,” said Geoff Guttmann. “I do them for fun. I sometimes put a streak together, but I never imagined I’d win anything from one, yet alone the trip of a lifetime.” But that’s exactly what the England-born Canadian scooped for himself and wife Mary. The 64-year-old Newcastle United and England supporter successfully predicted the…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – FIFA Technical Study Group publishes 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia report

FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) has published its 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia report, which includes comprehensive statistics on the tournament and each individual match, team profiles and exclusive video footage to support the analysis. The TSG at Russia 2018 was headed by Carlos Alberto Parreira, who was joined by Marco van Basten (FIFA’s Chief Technical Development Officer), Emmanuel Amunike, Bora Milutinović, Andy Roxburgh and Pascal Zuberbühler, a Goalkeeping Specialist in FIFA’s Technical Development Division. It was overseen by FIFA’s Coaching & Player Development Department, which is led by Branimir…

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