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England’stalismanic striker Wayne Rooneywill carry on fighting and will refuse to take his foot off the pedal in an attempt to protect himself for the World Cup. The 24-year-old was hindered by ankle and groin injuries for the majority of the domestic run-in with Manchester United, and he also injured his neck during the latter stages of Monday nights victory over Mexico – though the England boss Fabio Capello was quick to allay fears of the incident. The earlier knocks severely dented Uniteds hopes of clinching Premier League and Champions League honours, while Rooneys own form has suffered since, scoring… Continue reading

That’s what this adidas commercial for their new F50 boot featuring Leo Messi and David Villa seems to be suggesting. Or at least that Zidane is one of many football gods. Though I wouldn’t necessarily have him figured as the god of anything involving pace, would you? Anyway, on to the links…

A quick question for all you readers out there on this fine Saturday. A week from today, Inter and Bayern Munich face off in the Champions League final in Madrid. Each team has a Netherlands international who has had a very strong year. The question is, which one (Wesley Sneijder or Arjen Robben) will make more of an impact at the World Cup? We have a few videos to make the case for each.

Sneijder can do this:

Robben watches this and says “Oh yes? Very nice. But I can do this.”:

Don’t ask me why Robben speaks with a… Continue reading

FIFA News

Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, and Paul Pogba star in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a rapid goal, some on-song Lions, and an all-time Barça-Real record being under threat. [read]

At the fifth FIFA Executive Football Summit of the 2017/2018 series in Amsterdam, representatives from 21 FIFA member associations held discussions on the FIFA Forward Programme, the future of youth a [read]

The Hamburg District Court has issued a preliminary injunction against Switzerland-based viagogo AG, banning the company from offering tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ via its viagogo.de on [read]

Karen Duggan speaks to FIFA.com about Republic of Ireland's quest to make the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ their first major tournament and explains why she has opted against turning profe [read]

In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week we look back to 1974 and the spectacular scenes that greeted the beaten Netherlands team on [read]

With just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018, with Germany remaining on t [read]

Presidents and general secretaries from 21 FIFA member associations and three confederations (AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA) debated issues, including the FIFA Forward Programme and the future of youth and w [read]

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies an [read]

Trinidad and Tobago will be the setting for the ninth edition of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, which begins on Thursday, with three places at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup up for [read]