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Al Harash: Libya's situation has only increased appetite for football
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Al Harash: Libya's situation has only increased appetite for football

Ongoing unrest in Libya harming football in the country Local league suspended for 18 months, national team play home games abroad Zakaria Al Harash says country still up to the challenge of World Cup qualifiers The ongoing fighting and instability in Libya has led to a suspension of domestic football for the last 18 months and the national team having to play their home games abroad. This has unsurprisingly affected the performances of the Mediterranean Knights, who failed to qualify for the most recent edition of the Africa Cup of Nations or FIFA World Cup™ despite competing valiantly in both qualifying tournaments. FIFA.com spoke with one of the team’s rising stars, Zakaria Al Harash, who discussed the effect of the conflict on the country’s recent results. &ldq...
Breakthrough star Hau aims high as Vietnam seek to stun the world 
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Breakthrough star Hau aims high as Vietnam seek to stun the world 

Doan Van Hau recently returned home from a one-year spell with SC Heerenveen Defender part of Vietnam's young golden generation Vietnam on track to reach decisive round of World Cup qualifiers for first time Three-time Youth Player of the Year in Vietnam, 2018 AFF Championship winner, 2018 AFC U-23 Championship silver medal, participant in nation’s groundbreaking 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign and quarter-finalist at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. It is quite a résumé for 21-year-old Vietnamese defender Doan Van Hau, who is being hailed as one of Asia’s most promising stars. The talented youngster returned home from SC Heerenveen on Sunday, ending his one-year spell with the Eredivisie side. Just as Hau’s high-profile loan move to the Dutch giants last Sep...
Ragomo’s Solomons chase futsal history
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Ragomo’s Solomons chase futsal history

Elliot Ragomo is perhaps Oceania’s most decorated futsal player The Solomon Islands star will lead his side to a fourth World Cup next year Kurukuru have set their sights on first-ever knockout-stage qualification Elliot Ragomo has achieved quite a bit in his career. A four-time World Cup captain, over a decade wearing the national team colours and the only Pacific Islander to play futsal in Brazil’s elite competition are just some of his personal achievements. Not bad for a player from the remote Roviana island, nearly a day’s boat trip from Solomon Islands' capital and football focal point, Honiara. Now the Solomon Islands skipper has his focus on leading his team to history-making qualification into the knockout rounds when the delayed FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithu...
Venezuela banking on the class of 2017
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Venezuela banking on the class of 2017

La Vinotinto hoping to reach FIFA World Cup™ for first time Players from U-20 World Cup 2017 team are pushing hard for places Some have broken into the team, others during World Cup qualifying When Venezuela finished runners-up at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, their pride was soon followed by a feeling of hope. The expectation was that this generation of players would kick on and help Venezuela fulfil their dream of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time in the country’s history. And what better time to do that than in the qualifiers for Qatar 2022? FIFA.com looks at the young players who starred in Korea Republic three years ago to see who has broken into the senior team that will contest the preliminaries and who's hoping to do so in...
Stott: I never thought a home World Cup would happen in my lifetime
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Stott: I never thought a home World Cup would happen in my lifetime

Rebekah Stott is set to be a central figure for hosts New Zealand in 2023 Defender grew up in both New Zealand and Australia Football Ferns chasing first-ever qualification from the group stage Role models were so inaccessible for New Zealand defender Rebekah Stott during her childhood that she dreamed of playing international football for USA or China. Progress has been significant since Stott's formative years early this century, but the change for local youngsters when Australia and New Zealand host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ could be truly transformative. News of the two nation’s successful bid in late June provided an incredible boost for so many members of the football fraternity Down Under. But few have such a unique perspective as Stott. Born in New Z...
Amokachi, Amuneke recall centennial rhapsody
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Amokachi, Amuneke recall centennial rhapsody

Atlanta 1996 was the Centennial Olympics Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy and Spain sent star-stacked squads On this day in 1996 Nigeria emerged as the surprise champions “Winning Olympic gold is the ultimate goal for any athlete,” said Kurt Angle. “So can you imagine how badly everyone wanted gold at the Centennial Olympics?” The future WWE megastar overcame the tragic murder of his coach Dave Schultz in January 1996, not having a fixed training facility for a period, and fracturing two cervical vertebrae, herniating two discs, and pulling four muscles at the US Olympic trails to conquer heavyweight gold in freestyle wrestling and complete a career Grand Slam. Andre Agassi, Michael Johnson, Wladimir Klitschko and Muhammad Ali also seized Olympic golds at Atl...
Kethevoama: Major tournament with Central African Republic is my biggest dream
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Kethevoama: Major tournament with Central African Republic is my biggest dream

Foxi Kethevoama is Central African Republic’s most capped player of all time His country has never reached the finals of a major competition Now 34, he is determined to put that record straight Since playing their first international match in 1974, Central African Republic have had few chances to show what they can do on the international stage, having never reached the FIFA World Cup™ or the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. Nevertheless, they have scored a shock win or two in the qualifiers for both tournaments, with one player in particular attracting attention: Foxi Kethevoama. Born in the capital of Bangui in 1986, the winger, who stands 5’8 (1.73m) tall, has been through thick and thin with Les Fauves du Bas-Oubangui (The Low Ubangui Fawns) since making his internati...
Congo DR's Kiassumbua keen for more World Cup glory
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Congo DR's Kiassumbua keen for more World Cup glory

Joel Kiassumbua plays in goal for Congo DR A FIFA U-17 World Cup winner in 2009 with Switzerland Now dreaming of helping the Leopards reach Qatar 2022 When they appeared in the FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers for the first time back in 1974, Congo DR – then known as Zaire – made it all the way to the finals in Germany. Though they went on to lose all three of their group games in a luckless campaign, the Simbas – as the Leopards were called at the time – had at least made a little bit of history. That brief appearance was their last in the world finals to date however, a record that Congo DR’s new generation are keen to set straight. “When you look at how much Congolese football has come on, I don’t think it would be a surprise to see the L...
Farias: South American qualifiers are like a difficult university
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Farias: South American qualifiers are like a difficult university

Still in mourning, the Bolivian coach spoke with FIFA.com He remembered Cesar Salinas and spoke of the pain his death provoked Looking ahead to the qualifiers he says the team “have possibilities" Cesar Farias is still in shock. The death from coronavirus of Cesar Salinas, the president of the Bolivian Football Federation, was a heavy blow for the coach of the senior team, who is still trying to come to terms with the news. "It’s very sad what happened, and you feel powerless and very frustrated at having no answer to the imponderables of these moments. I would like to express once more my sincerest condolences to his loved ones," the Venezuelan tells FIFA.com. Farias admits that "talking about football helps to cope with the situation, as it was through football that I ...
Velud: My success has come because I love Africa
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Velud: My success has come because I love Africa

Hubert Velud has coached across Africa He is now tasked with leading Sudan He discusses their hopes of reaching the AFCON and Qatar 2022 Hubert Velud began his coaching career with small clubs in the French second and third divisions, before embarking on an adventure in a continent known for its unique footballing traditions. Ten years after leading Togo, the Frenchman continues to coach in Africa, having fallen in love with his adopted continent and enjoyed a great deal of success there. As a former goalkeeper, Velud was always able to read the game and observe players. This has given him an acute sense of tactical awareness and helped him develop a successful philosophy that has made him one of the most sought-after coaches in Africa. “To coach in Africa, you need to love th...
Dabbagh: Palestine can still reach the next round
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Dabbagh: Palestine can still reach the next round

Uday Dabbagh got Palestine off to a great start in Qatar 2022 qualifying His injury coincided with The Knights' loss of form Dabbagh insists they can still reach the next round A mix of optimism and pessimism prevailed among Noureddine Ould Ali’s men when Palestine were drawn against Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Singapore and Yemen in Group D of Asian qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The Palestinian team got off to an impressive start, winning 2-0 against Uzbekistan, a country that was 18 spots above them on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. “That was a very important victory, especially as it came at the beginning of our qualification campaign,” Uday Dabbagh, the player who scored the first goal for Palestine in the qualifiers, told FIFA.com. &ldqu...
Are England's 'years of hurt' about to come to an end?
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Are England's 'years of hurt' about to come to an end?

Can England go all the way at Qatar 2022? Developments in recent years suggest that they will be one of the main contenders England's lone FIFA World Cup win was achieved 54 years ago today Winning the FIFA World Cup™ is the dream of many players and many a team, but in the competition’s 90-year history, only eight countries have achieved that feat to date. It took Spain – indisputably a great footballing nation – until 2010 before they got to lift the trophy for the first time. Taking England as an example, we will see why it so hard to win the World Cup title, and why the Three Lions can look forward to Qatar 2022 with more than a degree of optimism. The birthplace of modern football has only tasted World Cup glory on one occasion, in 1966 – a year et...
The 1966 Final – as you’ve never seen it before
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The 1966 Final – as you’ve never seen it before

Iconic Final to be premiered on FIFA’s YouTube Channel Broadcast will feature interviews with former stars It will also feature previously unseen footage from Wembley Stadium On its 54th anniversary, England’s dramatic 1966 FIFA World Cup Final win over West Germany will be broadcast in full on the FIFA YouTube Channel on Thursday 30 July at 16:00 CEST. Fans across the world will be able to watch the whole match in the company of England’s hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, presenter Gabby Logan and ex-England player and manager Glenn Hoddle. The team will be joined by other football stars including Alex Scott, Jurgen Klinsmann and Roy Hodgson. The build-up before the match will show England’s route to Wembley and see Gabby Logan interviewing Sir Geoff Hurst - t...
Anwar: We surprised the world in 1994
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Anwar: We surprised the world in 1994

Fuad Anwar scored Saudi Arabia’s first-ever goal at the World Cup Midfielder appeared in two editions of the global showpiece 1994 generation considered by many as the best Saudi Arabian team When Jorge Solari’s Saudi Arabia side arrived in the USA in the summer of 1994 for the FIFA World Cup™, expectations were not especially high given that it was the country’s maiden appearance at the global showpiece. Against all odds, however, The Green Falcons made history by qualifying for the Round of 16 on their World Cup debut. After losing their opening game to the Netherlands, they recorded their first victory at the finals with a 2-1 defeat of Morocco. They then stunned the footballing world by overcoming Belgium thanks to Saeed al Owairan’s fantastic indivi...
No end in sight for unyielding Bolanos
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No end in sight for unyielding Bolanos

Bolanos named league’s best player in Costa Rica at age of 36 Player ready for any challenge with national team "Costa Rica facing their toughest qualifying competition" Many felt there was no way back for Costa Rican Christian Bolanos in December 2017, when he announced he had failed to agree a contract renewal with Vancouver Whitecaps. Some went as far as suggesting that the then 33-year-old had played his last game. Bolanos, however, had other plans and they involved a return to his homeland and former club Deportivo Saprissa. "I decided it was time to go back to Costa Rica with my family. At that point, at 33, when I was asked about retirement, I said that I’d review things tournament by tournament. And to this day, I still don't know when the date will be," he says s...