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Just before Spain was busy being dispatched from their path along the impossible dream of winning the u19, u20 and u21 championships in the same summer, France was busy getting a lesson in late-game drama from Nigeria.

And then Gueida Fofana hit back with some drama and technique of his own, sending France on its way to a 3-2 victory in ET.

But perhaps even better than one of the best goals this summer is the fact he began celebrating almost as soon as the ball left his foot. A casually extraordinary goal and celebration… Continue reading

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Spain holds the World Cup and the European Championships, beating the Dutch for the World Cup roughly one year ago. (And does it count that Spain thumped the team that thumped the Dutch in ‘08? No? Okay.) Since that time, the Spaniards have gone 5-0-0 in real, actual international matches. Friendly record is less scintillating, but they’re friendlies, right?

So obviously the Dutch are FIFA’s new No. 1 team.

Further proof there is something biblically wrong with FIFA’s system.

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Fairly sure this was completely missed during the World Cup, but if not, it’s certainly no crime to post again. Actually, it may be illegal in several countries not to post it again.

You’ll probably remember the a-capella Gimme Hope Joachim song from pre-World Cup, because it was the best thing without umlauts to arrive from Germany this year. Well, turns out they made a remix at some point during the World Cup to aptly reflect what had transpired. And it’s predictably the best thing since sliced bread mit Nutella.

Lyrics after the jump.… Continue reading

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One of the major concerns, if not the major concern, of the World Cup in Qatar has been that pesky issue of its location – a very, very warm location. The summers are scorching and though their big promise to world football was air conditioned stadiums, as many have said: you can’t air condition Qatar. Though they damn well might try.

With this in mind, figures have been popping up advocating a winter World Cup, touting its possibilities. Only they’re not just figures, they’re powerful figures, with titles and clout behind them; names like Beckenbauer… Continue reading

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Memories are short in football, but none more so than those in the Les Bleus camp. Despite everything seemingly going fine and dandy under Laurent Blanc at the moment – four straight victories – at least one man in the camp just can’t seem to quit Nicolas Anelka, their World Cup pariah (one of ‘em, anyway).

It’s like watching the girl just back on her feet stumble back to the abusive ex-boyfriend. Why won’t they ever learn?Man of epic name, Alain Boghossian, speaks:

“I’ve seen a lot of Chelsea matches … no-one is… Continue reading

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Difficult though it may be to see him atop the sport’s most powerful acronym, Sepp Blatter still remains the gift that keeps on giving. The man’s motormouth is a 365 day-a-year Santa Claus, bestowing us with gifts under the tree, never a hint of oversaturation, on all topics.

Yesterday the world’s press sat down with Sepp and he touched on the all-important subject: sodomy.(Link’s kosher – promise.)

Apart from the searing temperatures expected during the finals time of June and July, there could also be other problems with hosting the competition in an… Continue reading

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FIFA News

For Germany’s national team in particular, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is reminiscent of a big talent show – and a ‘recall’ to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in 12 months’ time is the grand prize [read]

Following their dramatic win over New Zealand and on the eve of their crucial match against Russia, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio talks team selection and his side's hopes. [read]

Germany will be out to earn a strong finish to the group stages, as they jostle with Chile to top Group B, while Cameroon know only a two-goal victory will see them usurp the FIFA World Cup-holders in [read]

After being a resident of Saint Petersburg for four and a half years, Portugal defender Luis Neto - who caught the eye with his flamboyant celebrations following UEFA EURO 2016 success - is relishing [read]

There are a number of reasons why Igor Akinfeev deserves a mention as the host nation's best performer against the Portuguese. [read]

Adolphe Teikeu is more than just Cameroon’s defensive linchpin at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017; he is also the Indomitable Lions’ tour guide in Russia, a country he fell in love with as soo [read]

Despite or maybe because of their young age, New Zealand's national team say they will show no fear up against Portugal on Saturday night. [read]

A little while ago, Alexis Sanchez shot an advert set in the future and in which he tells his grandson that he had made “history” with Chile’s so-called “golden generation” at the FIFA Confederations [read]

Samuel Inkoom, who has represented Ghana and is currently registered for the Bulgarian club FC Vereya, is to serve a ban on taking part in any football-related activity. [read]