World Cup 2022: Hugo Lloris reveals the winning secret of French teams

France’s Hugo Lloris is bidding to become the first man to captain two World Cup winning teams. In 1934 and 1938, the Italian captains were first Gianpiero Combi and then Giuseppe Meazza. In 1958 and 1962, the Brazilian captains were Hilderaldo Bellini and then Mauro Ramos. Lloris has been speaking about the Doha flu in the French camp. … Continue reading World Cup 2022: Hugo Lloris reveals the winning secret of French teams

Croatia 2-1 Morocco: Player ratings as Ivan Perisic wins ‘Man of the Match’ Award

Croatia saw off a spirited but exhausted Morocco to win 2-1 and seal a third-placed finish at the World Cup. Zlatko Dalic's side were torn apart by Lionel Messi and Argentina in the semi-finals, but looked more like their old selves today as they controlled the game and produced the lion's share of the chances. … Continue reading Croatia 2-1 Morocco: Player ratings as Ivan Perisic wins ‘Man of the Match’ Award

10 World Cup highlights you can’t miss

Here are ten World Cup highlights as chosen by their team of reporters at the tournament. Saudi Arabia stun ArgentinaArgentina were cruising in their opening Group C game after Lionel Messi scored a first-half penalty. But the Green Falcons swooped after half time with Saleh Al-Shehri squeezing in a low shot to equalise and five minutes later … Continue reading 10 World Cup highlights you can’t miss

World Cup 2022: Buildup to the final, plus Croatia vs Morocco news

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

FIFA Boss Gianni Infantino gets approval to extend tenure until 2031

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

World Cup 2022: Rio Ferdinand predicts Argentina vs France result

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

World Cup 2022: French players hit by cold virus ahead of finals with Messi-led Argentina

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

Portugal international footballer says Morocco deserve semi-final spot

Portuguese footballer Bruno Fernandes reacted positively to Morocco's triumph at the global football tournament in Qatar. Fernandes acknowledged Morocco as deserving FIFA World Cup™ semi-finalists after seeing Portugal's campaign cut short by the Atlas Lions in Saturday's quarter-final. Youssef En-Nesyri headed home the game's only goal just before half-time as Morocco caused another upset at … Continue reading Portugal international footballer says Morocco deserve semi-final spot

World Cup 2022: Why French fans won’t care if Griezmann doesn’t score in Qatar

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

Was England’s second penalty against France a bad karma?

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?

Harry Kane sends heartfelt message to football legend Pele

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV at Wembley Stadium on November 6, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) England captain, Harry Kane, has sent a … Continue reading Harry Kane sends heartfelt message to football legend Pele

World Cup: Ex-France coach slams Mbappe over comments on Brazil, Argentina

Former France coach, Raymond Domenech, has hit out at Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe over his controversial comments on Brazil and Argentina in relation to the level of football in South America. Mbappe had claimed that both Brazil and Argentina don’t face tough opponents before qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The France international said … Continue reading World Cup: Ex-France coach slams Mbappe over comments on Brazil, Argentina