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Gary Lineker

As confessions go, this one ranks in the all-time pantheon of greats…and those providing too much information.

Discussing the 1990 World Cup on BBC radio, Gary Lineker let the world in on a little secret as to the state of his back end during the Ireland game, and offers a little insight as to why any grown man would drag his ass across a World Cup pitch. It’s been done figuratively a number of times, but literally? Gary may be a trail blazer.

And “relaxed myself”, I think, is about the most candid admission I’ve ever heard on any media,… Continue reading

England’s first two matches in South Africa are unlikely to live long in the memories of most supporters. In the past, England sides have played their part in some thrilling World Cup encounters. Here’s a handful of some the most memorable matches, a list which current England players Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney will hope to help add to this time around.


’86 England v Poland, 3-0

England got off to a bad start at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, losing their first match to Portugal followed by their captain Bryan Robson to a tournament-ending injury. They… Continue reading

Team of the Quarters: Germany. A more difficult call to make than it’d seem since it was tantamount to shooting fish in the barrel, but ultimately Brazil shooting itself in the foot wasn’t enough for the Dutch to tip the scales.

Jogi won’t be receiving Christmas gifts for the next ten years after receiving Argentina on a silver platter from Diego, but they were still clinically impressive and did exactly as they should have. It’s just a shame the Argentina staff didn’t watch any tape – of themselves or of Germany.

Player of the Quarters: Bastian Schweinsteiger. Lesson learned: don’t… Continue reading


Karen Duggan speaks to 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, 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]

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 moved a step closer on Wednesday 17 January, with the announcement of the match schedule. [read]

In the hunt to win the first ever MLS Cup, New York Red Bulls have already made a new signing – two-time Grand Finalist Michael Labelle. [read]

As they chase a first FIFA Women's World Cup in the wake of humbling two-time champions Germany, Iceland are reaping the benefits of significant FIFA Forward-supported investment. hears [read]