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England’s one and only Soccer Worldcup success was a home win in 1966. However this victory is now a vague memory as the team failed to attest their trophy as expected, in 1970. Their failure to qualify in three world soccer qualifying games has also impacted the team’s overall success.But, following a suite of modest performance under Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren, there seems to be a new boost of energy in the team thanks to coach Fabio Capello. With a new spark of possibility for the Three Lions’ squad, the team needs to recover their stature. With their recent… Continue reading

Few people who have won 76 caps for England, scoring 20 goals in the process, have divided the nation’s football fans as much as Frank Lampard. Lamps, if you’re a fan; Fat Frank, if you’re not.

Not many England players have actually been booed by the Wembley crowd whilst they’re representing their country – John Barnes in 1994 and Ashley Cole more recently come to mind. It happened to Frank Lampard, though, in a qualifying match against Estonia in October, 2007.

And yet this was a player who had been selected in the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2004,… Continue reading

With the benefit of hindsight, the Evening Standard headline writer who dreamt up the ‘Arsène Who?’ headline back in September, 1996 must feel pretty silly now.

There can be few football club managers anywhere in the world who are as identified with their team and their style of play as Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger. In a profession in which staying in a post for more than two years should qualify you for a testimonial match, the urbane Frenchman has now been at Arsenal for nearly 13 years. In any other country – that is one with no Sir Alex Ferguson in… Continue reading

As if going to a match at the Bernabéu Stadium to watch Real Madrid wasn’t a big enough attraction anyway, the club has now gone and smashed the world transfer record to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to La Liga.

A staggering £80 million has gone to Manchester United to acquire the World Player of the Year – a sum that the Madrid club consider to be great value for money, considering the skill that the player possesses on the pitch. And, of course, the moneymaking potential he brings off it.

Footballers, of course, always polarise opinion. Fans of one club are… Continue reading

The best centre forward in the Premier League – or a diving, whinging, theatrical cheat who uses his elbows as much as his feet? Didier Drogba certainly polarises opinions.

There is no doubt that, when he’s really on his game, Drogba can completely overpower and dominate even the best central defenders. Physically strong, excellent in the air, able to strike a dead ball ferociously and with a true predatory instinct inside the penalty area, he embodies everything that a true ‘centre forward’ should possess – and he certainly has that little bit of ‘devil’ in him as well.

Although born… Continue reading

The World Football Challenge is coming to the United States of America this July, so you’d better be ready for all the action with a lucky club jersey, some tickets and all your facts in a row. While most Americans will spend the summer paying attention to the national sport, baseball, European soccer clubs get neglected at the expense of the more popular sports in the States. For that reason we’re here to help you get re-acquainted with one of the four clubs coming to the World Football Challenge, Inter Milan. StubHub can help you get the right World Football… Continue reading

FIFA News

The first step on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was taken on Tuesday when the Local Organising Committee unveiled the tournament’s Official Emblem and Slogan in Paris. [read]

There are just three days left until we reveal the final nominees for a host of The Best FIFA Football Awards, with a vast number of players and coaches eagerly awaiting the trimming of the initial sh [read]

When Cristian Ramirez signed for Russian side FC Krasnodar towards the end of 2016, he already had the 2018 FIFA World Cup on his mind. [read]

Germany and Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer will be sidelined until January after undergoing surgery on a foot injury. [read]

Jonathan Joubert, the Luxembourg goalkeeper who shut out France in the recent 0-0 draw in World Cup qualifying, speaks to FIFA.com about that historic result and the Roud Léiwen's rise on the FIF [read]

FIFA.com hears from Australia's first-ever The Best nominee Sam Kerr about her stellar rise, learning from Carli Lloyd and sharing the red carpet with Cristiano Ronaldo. [read]

The Official Emblem and Slogan of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was launched in Paris on Tuesday, the next step in the countdown to the tournament. [read]

Ahead of the reveal of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 emblem and slogan, USA's Carli Lloyd looks at the past, present and future of women's football with FIFA.com. [read]

We look back at the Final of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 when Carli Lloyd's wonder goal from the halfway line secured a third title for USA. [read]