Real Madrid Gears Up For FIFA World Club Championship

Defending champions Real Madrid will play the winner of a play-off between the Asian champions and Auckland City/Al Jazira in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, it was announced Monday. Emirati champions Al Jazira and OFC Champions League winners Auckland City face each other in the opening game, the winners then play in the second round with Mexico’s Pachuca and the CAF and AFC champions. Real Madrid, seeking a record-equaling third title, and the Copa Libertadores champions will join the competition from the semi-final stage…

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Japan Qualifies For Russia 2018 World Cup

Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi were on target as Japan beat Australia 2-0 at home Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup. Asano steered home a left-foot volley four minutes before half-time and Ideguchi sealed the victory with a stunning long-range strike after 82 minutes as Japan became the fourth team to reach next year’s finals in Russia. Details later….. Share on: WhatsApp

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Mikel Optimistic Of Super Eagles Qualification For 2018 World Cup

John Obi Mikel is nothing if not optimistic when it comes to Nigeria’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Although Africa’s third round of qualifying only reaches its halfway point at the end of this month and beginning of September, the Super Eagles captain believes a place at the global finals is within their grasp. The Super Eagles captain has declared himself fit. The midfielder is ready to help his Chinese Super League team – His club have not won in their last 7 League games…

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Mexico 83: Reps Call on FG to Reward Flying Eagles Team

Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to redeem its promise of rewarding members of Flying Eagles team of 1983 who qualified Nigeria for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Mexico. The call followed a motion by Hon. Abbas Tajudeen (APC, Kaduna) at plenary. Canvassing for support to the motion, Tajudeen recalled that “1983 Flying Eagles team was the first Nigerian Nation football team to qualify for any Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) organized football tournament”. He also recalled that the team “emerged…

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FIFA Lifts Messi’s Ban

By Akinwale Kasali Argentina and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has seen his four match ban lifted by world soccer governing body, FIFA. Messi, 29, was banned for insulting an assistant referee during a World Cup qualifier against Chile in March. FIFA’s appeal committee described Messi’s behaviour as “reproachable” but decided the evidence against him was insufficient. Here is FIFA’s verdict: The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee,…

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Super Eagles Moves Up to 40th Position In Latest FIFA Ranking

Super Eagles of Nigeria improved on their performance in the FIFA rankings from last month by moving up two places in Africa to become 5th and one place to become 40th in the world as against the 7th and 41st positions occupied respectively in the last rankings. The only game the Super Eagles played after last month’s rankings was against Senegal which ended in a 1-1 draw. The game against Burkina-Faso was called off. Meanwhile, Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in…

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FIFA Suspends Messi

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of Argentina qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been dealt a big blow few hours before the Argentine football team suffered a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. The loss puts Argentina in the fifth position, falling off the pecking order for an automatic qualification slot, with a play-off imminent. Their next five matches will see Lionel Messi following his suspension by FIFA, the world soccer governing board for misconduct on the part of the highly rated maestro. Lionel Messi’s…

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