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Japan will struggle at competition, warns Troussier

Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier has cast doubt on the country’s hopes of surviving their group at next year’s World Cup, describing their draw as “bad news”. The Frenchman, who led the Blue Samurai to the last 16 as 2002 co-hosts, fears that Colombia and Senegal could have too much Read More…

Chelsea boss Conte accepts FA charge in referee row

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said Friday he intends to accept a Football Association charge of misconduct after he was sent off against Swansea City. The Italian was ordered off the touchline and into the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick towards the end of the first half of Chelsea’s eventual 1-0 Read More…

France have the World Cup weapons

With a potent attack featuring teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and Atletico Madrid hotshot Antoine Griezmann and a midfield stuffed with talent, France should be among the World Cup favourites. With Alexandre Lacazette offering yet another attacking threat, a top-class goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris and depth at virtually every position, France Read More…

Dempsey on target for Seattle as Dynamo fizzle in MLS

Clint Dempsey got on the scoresheet as the Seattle Sounders defeated Houston Dynamo 3-0 to set up a repeat MLS Cup final showdown with Toronto FC on Thursday. Veteran striker Dempsey rammed in Seattle’s second goal of the night as the defending champions completed an emphatic 5-0 aggregate victory to Read More…

City taken a leaf out of United’s book, says Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says the Premier League frontrunners have taken a leaf out of their arch rival’s book and will never stop believing they can win games even in the dying seconds. City have maintained an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with last-gasp 2-1 Read More…

‘Doping not a problem in football’ as World Cup draw takes place

FIFA President Gianni Infantino denied Friday that doping was a problem in football shortly before the draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia took place in the Kremlin. President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing Read More…

Russian Premier League leaders Lokomotiv Moscow look to extend lead

Russian Premier League leaders Lokomotiv Moscow host struggling Rubin Kazan on Saturday, hoping to extend their six-point advantage at the top of the table. All eyes in Moscow will be on Friday’s World Cup draw, but three of the capital’s clubs are still in the Russian title race. CSKA Moscow Read More…

Spain rediscover style for new World Cup challenge

They may not be a top seed for Friday’s World Cup draw in Moscow, but the fresh blood added by coach Julen Lopetegui has put Spain back among the favourites for glory next July. Early exits at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 appeared to show the sun was Read More…

City boss Guardiola regrets Redmond rage

Pep Guardiola has admitted he regrets his extraordinary post-match exchange with Southampton’s Nathan Redmond that has brought him to the attention of the disciplinary department of the Football Association. The FA have asked Guardiola for his observations after he was pictured in what looked like an angry exchange with the Read More…

England national football team, the eternal mystery

Though untroubled in qualifying, England approach Friday’s 2018 World Cup draw harbouring the same eternal doubts about whether they will crack under pressure once the tournament comes around. England have picked up the pieces impressively under Gareth Southgate since their humiliation by Iceland at Euro 2016, finishing unbeaten and eight Read More…

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