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World Cup 2018 qualifying draw: Netherlands, France in European Group of Death
World Cup 2018 qualifying draw: Netherlands, France in European Group of Death

The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup began with the draw for groups and qualifying matches. The five different zones – Europe, South America, Africa, North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) and Oceania – have been divided into pots within themselves and each of them slightly differ in the structure of their qualifying procedure. The draw took place at Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. 206 nations will wait wit

Jul 25 2015
5 nations and their potential 2018 World Cup starting lineups
5 nations and their potential 2018 World Cup starting lineups

It seems just yesterday that a magical world cup campaign in Brazil reached its conclusion, culminating in an inevitable German triumph at the Maracanã. Fast forward twelve months and it seems ludicrous to even think about the next edition but, with pressure mounting on the organisation that runs the beloved tournament, it can be difficult to keep national football off the mind, especially as we look for something to fill the footballing v

Jul 23 2015
Video: David Beckham surprises hard-working family with gifts and cheque for $100,000
Video: David Beckham surprises hard-working family with gifts and cheque for $100,000

David Beckham surprised a hard-working family with gifts and a $100k cheque David Beckham made a special appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s new show Knock Knock Live, which features celebrities surprising deserved families with a home visit and gifts. The retired footballer and Miami MLS franchise owner was in California and took a trip to Mr Gonzalez’s house, who gave up his football career and is now working in a con

Jul 23 2015
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney open to MLS move in future
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney open to MLS move in future

Wayne Rooney says he will consider a future in MLS when his time at United is up Wayne Rooney has said that he will consider a move to Major League Soccer in the future, adding that he is solely concentrating on Manchester United at the moment, The Guardian reports. The United skipper is currently in the United States with his teammates as part of the club’s pre-season tour and says he could follow the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fran

Jul 17 2015
7 best Panenkas scored in crucial situations
7 best Panenkas scored in crucial situations

Lionel Messi’s penalty against Getafe was called the best Panenka by the creator himself The Panenka is one of the riskiest penalty techniques in football. It may look like easy work, and might not seem very skilful either, but the nerve required to execute such a penalty is beyond compare.  In this technique, the run up to the ball remains the same as any penalty, but instead of kicking the ball directly into the goal trajectory

European Under-21 Championship Round-Up
European Under-21 Championship Round-Up

Another international tournament has finished and England have, somewhat unsurprisingly, underperformed. Following in the footsteps of the seniors at last summer's World Cup, Gareth Southgate’s men crashed out at the group stages, although some pride can be taken from the fact they were the only team to beat eventual winners Sweden. Not that that stands for much. Perhaps it makes their visit to the Czech Republic even more frustratin

Jul 2 2015
Top 5 midfielders from England's Golden Generation
Top 5 midfielders from England's Golden Generation

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were the mainstays in England’s midfield in the 2000s England’s Golden Generation were one of the most talked about teams in the whole of world football throughout the early 2000s and, despite their inability to turn that promise into trophies, they were undoubtedly one of the game’s most fascinating squads of all time. The combination of a star-studded squad and a first ever foreign manager

Jun 30 2015
U21 Euros 2015: Best XI from the Group stage
U21 Euros 2015: Best XI from the Group stage

As it was, England’s U21 European Championship came to an end, not with a bang, but a whimper. Gareth Southgate’s team finished bottom of Group B, mirroring the senior side from 12 months ago at the 2014 World Cup. It was a disappointing end to a competition that promised so much given the talent at Southgate’s disposal, but it just wasn’t to be for England, who were outclassed by Italy U21 on Wednesday in a ma

Jun 25 2015
6 instances when players were sent-off after the final whistle
6 instances when players were sent-off after the final whistle

Football brings the best and the worst out of footballers. Fouls are part of the game and some of the most cynical fouls are the ones that prevent the opposition from scoring or creating a goal scoring opportunity. Referees brandish yellow or red cards depending on the severity of the offence. The sight of a card coming out of one of the pockets is a common sight during most games.  What is uncommon is cards being dished out after the

Jun 24 2015
Move on from the
Move on from the "Hand of God" and celebrate Diego Maradona's "Left Foot of God"

“Cosmic kite! What planet are you from?” “Maradona has the ball, two mark him, he touches the ball. The genius of world football dashes to the right and leaves the third and is going to pass to Burruchaga. It’s still Maradona! Genius! Genius! Genius! Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. Gooooooooooal! Gooooooooooal! I want to cry! Dear God! Long live football! Gooooooooooal! Diegoal! Maradona! It’s enough to make you cry, fo

Jun 23 2015
Team analysis: Why England's U-21s have a good chance of winning Euro 2015
Team analysis: Why England's U-21s have a good chance of winning Euro 2015

England U-21 team looks like a transformed side under Gareth Southgate After scoring just one goal in Euro 2013, England crashed out of the tournament bottom of their group in a campaign that included losses to Israel and Norway. An embarrassing exit prompted former manager Stuart Pearce to lambast his own players, addressing the lack of pride and professionalism displayed by his side despite a strong qualification run. Pearce, arguably

Jun 17 2015
Euro 2016: 5 teams who took a major step towards qualification
Euro 2016: 5 teams who took a major step towards qualification

While the ongoing Latin-American showpiece Copa America has been the main attraction this summer, back in Europe teams played out their crucial qualifiers for Euro 2016 to be held in France next summer. Six rounds of games have been played and the qualifiers are slowly taking shape. Some teams have all but booked their tickets for the coveted championship while many others are still in contention. We take a look at five teams who won their

Jun 16 2015
Highlights: Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney give England 3-2 win over Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifier
Highlights: Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney give England 3-2 win over Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifier

England midfielder Jack Wilshere scores his second goal against Slovenia in their UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier A Jack Wilshere brace and a late winner from captain Wayne Rooney gave England a 3-2 win over Slovenia in their Group E Euro 2016 qualifier in Ljubljana on Sunday night. The win means that England kept their perfect record in the group intact having won all six games so far. But it was Slovenia who took the lead through Miliv

Jun 15 2015
Video: Jack Wilshere scores stunning 25-yard strike against Slovenia
Video: Jack Wilshere scores stunning 25-yard strike against Slovenia

Jack Wilshere starred for England by scoring two goals Jack Wilshere scored a brilliant long-ranger in England's 3-2 win over Slovenia. Wilshere picked up a backheel from Adam Lallana to thump in a brilliant goal.  The Arsenal midfielder scored twice in England's win and the goal of the match was the midfielder's 25-yard strike.  Former England international Gary Linekar went onto say that it could even be one of the t

Jun 15 2015
Frank Lampard is awarded the Order of the British Empire
Frank Lampard is awarded the Order of the British Empire

Frank Lampard can boast most trophies and medals English top flight football has to offer. But, as he prepares to say goodbye to England and join New York City FC in the MLS, he has been awarded an Order of the British Empire medal for his services to football. The former Chelsea midfielder became the West London club’s top goalscorer with 211 goals. In addition he also won 106 caps for England. Speaking about his pleasure at receiving

Jun 13 2015
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