Month: June 2020

Manchester United desperately need Rashford and Martial to remain fit
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Manchester United desperately need Rashford and Martial to remain fit

There should be plenty of optimism amongst Manchester United supporters as the Premier League season winds down. Not only are the Red Devils likely to finish in a top five place and take the Champions League spot forfeited by derby rival Manchester City due to Financial Fair Play punishment, but the club have one of the best scoring duos in the division. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have combined for four goals with the former supplying the latter to score all four of those strikes. The duo has been immense when combining but individually, has been just as good. Rashford and Martial have combined to score 28 goals – 14 apiece – this season in the Premier League making for an incredible one-two punch. Martial has tallied 14 league goals in 25 appearances, while Rashford ha...
Ronaldo: It was a fabulous feeling to kiss the Trophy
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Ronaldo: It was a fabulous feeling to kiss the Trophy

​Ronaldo won the FIFA World Cup Final for Brazil today in 2002 Holding and kissing gold 'It wasn’t about Rivaldo, Ronaldinho or Ronaldo' Ronaldo had barely kicked a ball in two-and-a-half years. Brazil had barely booked their place at Asia’s first FIFA World Cup™. After 30 days in the Far East, however, O Fenômeno held the adidas Golden Boot and Brazil the Trophy. FIFA caught up with Ronaldo to discuss his recovery from two career-threatening injuries, winning Korea/Japan 2002 and his USA 1994 experience. FIFA.com: Ronaldo, how did it feel to lift the Trophy?Ronaldo: It is a wonderful feeling to have won this Trophy. It was very moving to see how many people were jubilant after we won. I wanted to become a world champion so badly. Achieving that goal, winnin...
Can Frank Lampard usher in a new era with FA Cup win?
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Can Frank Lampard usher in a new era with FA Cup win?

Frank Lampard had big shoes to fill when Chelsea appointed him manager in the summer of 2019. Chelsea had won trophies in three straight seasons prior to Lampard’s arrival under the managements of Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri. The hiring of Lampard was hopeful, but after an inconsistent start to the campaign, it looked like he could be sacked before finishing the season. Now, with Chelsea nearing a top-four Premier League finish and qualifying for the FA Cup semifinals, Lampard’s work at Stamford Bridge has proved to be a success and the club are on the cusps of a new era. Lampard has overhauled the Blues in his time at the helm. The team were well-known for playing Sarri-ball in 2018-19 which led to a hit and miss season. Although Chelsea finished third in the Premier Leagu...
Pele’s golden gaze
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Pele’s golden gaze

Pele, then 17, photographed with the Trophy he won for the first time in 1958 He would triumph again in 1962 and 1970, setting a tournament record Father’s tears following 1950 Final loss led to an unlikely promise being fulfilled Pele was just nine years old when Brazil lost the 1950 FIFA World Cup™ Final to Uruguay. “It was the first time I ever saw my father cry, and all because of that defeat,” he told FIFA.com in 2014. “I remember saying to him: ‘Don’t cry, Papa. I’ll win the World Cup for you.’” It was, Pele later admitted, a spontaneous and futile attempt at raising his father’s spirits. “I just came out with it because I didn’t know what else to say,” he reflected. Yet eight years later, there he...
#WorldCupAtHome: Argentina beat West Germany in Maradona’s World Cup
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#WorldCupAtHome: Argentina beat West Germany in Maradona’s World Cup

Argentina-West Germany chosen by fans for the #WorldCupAtHome series Intense decider 34 years ago today saw comeback dashed in frantic finale Massive crowd at Azteca watched Maradona lift trophy In 1986 Mexico played host to the 13th edition of the FIFA World Cup™. Considered one of the best of all time, the tournament served up intense encounters and fantastic goals that football fans still talk about to this day. On 29 June, an expectant Azteca crowd sensed history in the making, and so it proved. With a huge attendance and wonderful atmosphere for a final between two former champions in Argentina and West Germany, all eyes were on Maradona. In the end, it would be La Albiceleste’s delirious fans who saw their team crowned champions and their beloved captain lift football...
Jakobsson helps Sweden break the spell 
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Jakobsson helps Sweden break the spell 

Sweden ended 24-year jinx in France 2019 quarter-finals Sofia Jakobsson recalls the match against Germany The Swede played a major role in her team’s success Sweden versus Germany is a classic fixture in women’s football. The two opponents have faced off 30 times so far, with the Germans emerging victorious on an incredible 21 occasions. Yet this was not the outcome on 29 June 2019, when an era of dominance lasting 24 years came to an end... "We always play Germany at the big tournaments at some point, whether in the group stage or later," said Sofia Jakobsson in an interview with FIFA.com. "We’ve played against them a lot and know each other well. It’s always a tough game and we usually lose to them at major tournaments,“ she laughed. "But this time we had ...
Tostao: Maradona, Messi and Cristiano weren’t on Pele’s level
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Tostao: Maradona, Messi and Cristiano weren’t on Pele’s level

Tostao explains why he had to nutmeg Bobby Moore at Mexico 1970 He reveals he played the last 20 minutes of the Final crying Tostao juxtaposes Maradona, Messi and Cristiano with Pele “I had been involved in countless retinal detachment surgeries,” said ophthalmologist Alice R. McPherson, MD. “The first question was always, ‘Will I get my sight back?’ This gentleman’s was, ‘Will I be able to play in the World Cup?’” The Harvard alumna’s patient on a Houston, Texas operating table in late 1969 would himself become a doctor. Now, though, he was the man Brazil were banking on to surgically slice open defences at Mexico 1970. ‘The Little Coin’ was in his filthy-rich pomp. Tostao had been the indecipherable tunesmith as Cr...
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Oumari: Fernando Torres motivated me to raise the bar

Joan an Oumari discusses playing alongside Messrs Iniesta, Podolski and Villa The defender assesses Lebanon’s Qatar 2022 qualifying hopes He targets a draw against Korea Republic Lebanese defender Joan an Oumari never imagined that his move to Japan in 2018 would be the opportunity of a lifetime. He has added new experiences to the ones he had in Germany, United Arab Emirates and Turkey, and has made some fantastic friends. Since arriving in the Far East, Oumari has experienced a football style that was new to him and played alongside a host of stars who have made FIFA World Cup™ history – from Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Villa, who became world champions with Spain at South Africa 2010, to Lukas Podolski, who won the title with Germany at Brazil 2014. ...
Milla: My record will be very difficult to beat
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Milla: My record will be very difficult to beat

Roger Milla wrote his name into FIFA World Cup™ history 26 years ago today Cameroon’s meeting with Russia at USA 1994 saw more than one record broken Milla told FIFA.com about that match and reflected on his incredible career When he came on against Russia in his side’s final group match at the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™ – played at Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto on Tuesday 28 June – Cameroon’s Roger Milla took just a minute to enter the annals of football history. With the Africans trailing 3-0 at half-time to an Oleg Salenko hat-trick, Cameroon’s French coach, Henri Michel, decided to bring on his veteran striker, who at the time became the oldest player ever to take part in a World Cup match (a record that has since been beaten, first by Colom...
#WorldCupAtHome: Muller runs riot in historic win over Three Lions
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#WorldCupAtHome: Muller runs riot in historic win over Three Lions

Germany-England chosen by fans for the #WorldCupAtHome series Germany inflicted the Three Lions’ biggest ever World Cup defeat The memorable encounter took place ten years ago today Germany sensationally reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ as Joachim Low’s side beat England 4-1 in front of 40,510 spectators at the Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein, a result that marked the Three Lions’ heaviest World Cup defeat. The summary Germany 4-1 England 27 June 2010 | Free State Stadium, Mangaung/Bloemfontein Goalscorers: Germany: Miroslav Klose (19’), Lukas Podolski (31’), Thomas Muller (66’, 69’) | England: Matthew Upson (36’) Line-ups:Germany: Manuel Neuer – Philipp Lahm (c), Arne Friedr...
Sinclair: The support for my record was incredible
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Sinclair: The support for my record was incredible

Christine Sinclair discusses becoming international football’s all-time top scorer The Canada icon had an “emotional breakdown” when she won an Olympic medal Hails Jordyn Huitema, Julie Ertz, Becky Sauerbrunn, Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan 'Cause you may not believe That, baby, I'm relieved The Michael Buble lyrics on It's a Beautiful Day summed up how a fellow Burnaby, British Colombia native felt on a beautiful day for Canadian soccer earlier this year. Christine Sinclair had finally ended her Gretzky-on-Gordie quest to outrank Abby Wambach and become international football’s all-time record scorer. So, while Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, tennis goddess Billie Jean King, Wambach and, perhaps m...
Boxing Hall of Famer Duran battles COVID-19
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Boxing Hall of Famer Duran battles COVID-19

International Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran was diagnosed with the coronavirus, his son announced Thursday. In an Instagram post, Robin Duran wrote that his 69-year-old father recently tested positive after originally believing that he had merely the common cold.
Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran hospitalized with COVID-19
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Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran hospitalized with COVID-19

Panamanian Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran, six-time boxing world champion, was hospitalized in non-life-threatening condition Thursday with the novel coronavirus, his children said on the same day that Panama hit a new record of daily cases. "Test results have just arrived for my dad, and they confirm he is positive for COVID-19," the legendary fighter's son Robin Duran said on Instagram. Robin Duran had posted hours before that the 69-year-old had been hospitalized as a precaution for a "respiratory virus," which turned out to be COVID-19.