A helicopter carrying national team players flies over the Obelisk monument in Buenos Aires An open-air bus parade for Argentina's World Cup heroes had to be called off part-way through to protect the safety of millions of fans who had poured onto the streets of Buenos Aires. Argentina captain Lionel Messi and his fellow teammates instead boarded … Continue reading Why Argentina canceled bus parade after World Cup victory
GIANNI INFANTINO (FIFA PRESIDENT) “We are convinced of the power of our game.” A short phrase by Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, from his closing press conference at this winter’s World Cup. Compared with his opening speech some four weeks previously, a wild-eyed address that went viral in a manner unusual for sports administrators, it appears harmless … Continue reading World Cup 2022: Buildup to the final, plus Croatia vs Morocco news
Gianni Infantino has secured backing from the FIFA Council to potentially extend his presidency until 2031 - beyond the 12-year limit envisaged in reforms of the scandal-plagued football body he helped to draw up. The job running world football pays around $3m (£2.46m) annually and he is unopposed to be re-elected in March. The FIFA … Continue reading FIFA Boss Gianni Infantino gets approval to extend tenure until 2031
France have always known Karim Benzema is “not coming back” to the World Cup despite his return to training with Real Madrid, according to reports. The Real Madrid striker was honoured with the Ballon d’Or in October for his brilliant season in 2021/22, when he won a fifth Champions League title with the Spanish giants. … Continue reading Qatar 2022: Will Benzema play the World Cup finals against Argentina?
Rio Ferdinand reckons “the stars are aligning for Lionel Messi” as Argentina prepare to take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday. Argentina comfortably overcame Croatia in the semi-finals 3-0 to reach Sunday’s finale but it hasn’t all been plain-sailing with Lionel Scaloni’s side losing to Saudi Arabia in the group stage and needing … Continue reading World Cup 2022: Rio Ferdinand predicts Argentina vs France result
A cold virus is running through the France squad ahead of the World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday, affecting at least three players in the squad. Coach Didier Deschamps said two players with symptoms, defender Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Adrien Rabiot, were isolated earlier this week and didn’t play in France's 2-0 semifinal win over Morocco. … Continue reading World Cup 2022: French players hit by cold virus ahead of finals with Messi-led Argentina
France are back in the semi-finals thanks in no small part to Antoine Griezmann's excellence in a new midfield role. With Antoine Griezmann in such stellar form, France are entitled to think big. The Atletico Madrid man turned in another sparkling performance against England in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, teeing … Continue reading World Cup 2022: Why French fans won’t care if Griezmann doesn’t score in Qatar
Kylian Mbappe leads the race for the adidas Golden Boot Lionel Messi and Olivier Giroud are now just one goal behind Criteria for Golden Boot Award Qatar 2022 top goalscorers 5 goals Kylian Mbappe (France) 4 goals Lionel Messi (Argentina) Olivier Giroud (France) 3 goals * Goncalo Ramos (Portugal) * Alvaro Morata (Spain) * Marcus … Continue reading Qatar 2022: Top goal scorers at the World Cup, criteria for Golden Boot
France midfielder Adrien Rabiot has claimed that Harry Kane’s penalty miss for England “was justice” as the spot-kick should not have been given. The 2018 World Cup winners progressed through to the semi-finals of this year’s competition by beating England on Saturday night. The Three Lions fells behind early on as Aurelien Tchouameni fired the … Continue reading Was England’s second penalty against France a bad karma?
Qa Final thoughts: Ruthless tournament football strikes again! What a game. What a result. Tournament football is brutal, and Brazil have encountered that fact with all its might. Croatia deserve massive credit for their game plan, playing right out of the hands of the individually talented Brazilians, using the technical ability of their midfielders to … Continue reading Another incredible World Cup result. How Croatia did it
Kylian Mbappe said on Sunday that he dreamed of winning the World Cup for a second time after his brace helped France to a 3-1 win over Poland which advanced the holders to the quarter-finals in Qatar. "Of course, this World Cup is an obsession for me, it's the competition of my dreams," said the … Continue reading Mbappe: I had a dream about the World Cup, my obsession
England forward Raheem Sterling has headed home from the World Cup in Qatar after armed intruders broke into his house while his family were there, MEZIESBLOG understands. The 27-year-old was not part of Gareth Southgate’s squad as they beat Senegal 3-0 in Sunday’s last-16 encounter and set-up a quarter-final clash with France. Sterling’s absence is understood to … Continue reading Raheem Sterling leaves Qatar after armed men attacked his family in England
The goal that dumped Germany out of the 2022 World Cup initially didn’t count. Japan scored it to take the lead during its 2-1 win over Spain on Thursday, but referees initially disallowed it because the ball, a second before the goal, seemed to have crossed the end line. But the video assistant referee (VAR), after reviewing … Continue reading Qatar 2022: Why Japan’s controversial goal against Spain was allowed
Defending champion France won its World Cup group despite losing to Tunisia 1-0 Wednesday. Wahbi Khazri scored in the 58th minute to give the Tunisians the victory, but it wasn’t enough to get them into the round of 16. Australia beat Denmark 1-0 in other Group D game and finished second on goal difference. Khazri ran at … Continue reading France lost 1-0 to Tunisia but still won World Cup group
Christian Pulisic has been diagnosed with a “pelvic contusion” after leaving the U.S. men’s national team’s 1-0 World Cup win over Iran at halftime, and is considered “day-to-day” ahead of Saturday’s Round of 16 match against the Netherlands, according to the team. Pulisic suffered the injury while scoring the only goal of the match. He clattered into Iranian … Continue reading Christian Pulisic diagnosed with ‘pelvic contusion’ after deadly collision in Qatar