caption Soccer fans in the United States were dismayed after the USMNT shockingly failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Thankfully, there’s plenty of teams that did make the tournament well worth taking on as your own for the next month. source Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us, and unfortunately for fans of the world’s most popular sport in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, Ireland, and others, their nations won’t be represented. While it’s certainly a disappointment for those teams, especially on the American side after their 2014 run to the knockout stage, their absences offer fans a unique opportunity to adopt another nation as their own for the next month. Below are our eight best picks for fans to cheer for at the 2018 World Cup. Brazil source Alex Livesey/Getty Images Why they’re fun: Brazil has long been the juggernaut of international soccer, having won six … [Read more...] about 8 teams to root for in the World Cup if your favorite country went bust in qualifying
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By Ciaran Fahey The Associated Press Tues., June 5, 2018 BERLIN—Public personal hygiene mishaps, speeding fines, old-fashioned jumpers, a 1970s hairstyle, and cheesy commercials for men’s beauty products — Germans are happy to overlook certain things about Joachim Loew. Because Jogi, as he is affectionately known, is a champion. He led Germany to the World Cup title in Brazil four years ago and his side is hotly tipped to successfully defend the crown in Russia. Just don’t type his name in YouTube. Loew will be doing his best not to be caught on global TV picking his nose again, or putting his hands down the front and back of his pants as he did at Euro 2016. Article Continued Below Read more: Ronaldo preps for World Cup amid Madrid doubts Injured Liverpool forward Salah unsurprisingly put in Egypt’s World Cup squad For Brazil’s Thiago Silva, World Cup in Russia laden with emotions Lately, he’s been displaying … [Read more...] about Germany coach Joachim Loew ‘staying calm’ in World Cup preparations
Egypt face Kuwait Saturday in the first of 15 warm-up matches the five African qualifiers for the World Cup will play ahead of the June 14 kick-off in Russia. The Egyptians, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have three fixtures each to iron out chinks in their armor and fine-tune tactics ahead of the global football showpiece. Egypt must do without talisman Mohamed Salah in Kuwait City as he will be playing for Liverpool against title-holders Real Madrid the same day in the UEFA Champions League final. Another potential World Cup star, Sadio Mane of Senegal, will also be in Liverpool colors as they try to prevent Real winning a third consecutive Champions League title. After Kuwait, an Egyptian squad coached by Argentine Hector Cuper head for Europe to meet Colombia in Milan and star-stacked Belgium in Brussels Morocco, back at the World Cup after a 20-year absence, tackle non-World Cup qualifiers Ukraine and Slovakia in Swiss city Geneva before taking on Estonia in … [Read more...] about News Egypt get ball rolling as Africa prepares for World Cup
Sport Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is on track to regain full fitness in time for next month's World Cup after recovering from a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, national team coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday. 24 May 2018 08:15PM Bookmark EPPAN, Italy: Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is on track to regain full fitness in time for next month's World Cup after recovering from a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, national team coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday.Speaking at the start of a training camp in northern Italy ahead of the tournament, Loew sounded confident that the 32-year-old Germany captain, part of his 2014 World Cup-winning team, would play in Russia.Bayern Munich keeper Neuer has not played since breaking a bone in his foot back in September that required surgery, putting his chances of making the finals in doubt."He trained a week at Bayern, here he is training fully and can also deal with the intensity … [Read more...] about Germany’s Neuer injury-free at start of pre-World Cup camp
SINGAPORE: As a member of France’s 1998 World Cup winning team, former defender Bixente Lizarazu knows first-hand his country’s failure to win the trophy for a consecutive time.The closest the French have got to the title again was their quarter-final berth in 2014, where they lost against current champions Germany.Appearing in Singapore recently to promote the Bundesliga, the Frenchman said that his countrymen currently have the best team in years to win the World Cup, which will begin in Russia in less than three months.“I would say that France are among the (top) favourites alongside Germany, Spain and Brazil. I think they can at least reach the semi-finals,” said the former Bayern Munich star, in an interview with Channel NewsAsia.“From then on ... anything can happen,” added the 48-year-old.Although some key players like Manchester United star Paul Pogba have been in stuttering form of late, Lizarazu noted how the current team has a … [Read more...] about Football: Can either Germany or France lift the 2018 World Cup?