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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

FIFA has launched a second round of summits to bring together its member associations and discuss strategic matters for the future of the game. [read]

After just five matches in charge of the Saudi Arabian national team, the Saudi Arabia Football Federation have sacked head coach Edgardo Bauza. [read]

Ange Postecoglou has resigned as Australia coach just a week after leading the Socceroos to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. [read]

Renato Gaucho, an idol at Gremio and their current coach, sits down with ​FIFA.com​ to discuss his side's upcoming Copa Libertadores clash against Argentinian outfit Lanus. [read]

Unemployment, omissions, braces, height, a moustache and a volte-face feature as FIFA.com’s statistical pen reviews Argentina’s conquest of the 11th FIFA World Cup. [read]

Having tasted glory himself in 1966, former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks talks about helping to lay the path to Russia 2018 as part of the Final Draw and explains what the hosts’ players can expect [read]

The 2017 Copa Libertadores kicked off in January, with 47 teams in contention. Just two are left standing, Gremio and Lanus, who meet in the first leg of the final on Wednesday. [read]

Diego Forlan spoke to FIFA.com about the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 and his hopes for the hosts and women's football in South America after attending the tournament's emblem la [read]

With the eagerly awaited Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Moscow approaching, FIFA has revealed the high-profile draw assistants who will be lending a helping hand on 1 December.  [read]