The lingering after-effects of the Fifa World Cup 2018 on the Premier League could be significant if the likes of Jose Mourinho are to be believed. The World Cup was a source of joy for the English football team. The Three Lions went all the way to the semi-final for only the third time in its history. In doing so they sparked a lot of adulation for its performances. However, the upcoming season of the Premier League begins less than six weeks after the World Cup final with Manchester United and Leicester City will be playing the opening match on August 11. Between the World Cup final and the start of the Premier League, there is the matter of pre-season training. This period is perhaps the most important time for a club's season. Team building drills and tactical planning can be done before the frenetic pace of three to four competitions hits every team from August to May/June. There is also the commercial consideration of touring the USA for glamorous friendlies. Jose Mourinho, the … [Read more...] about After effects of Fifa World Cup 2018 would be visible in Premier League?
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REYKAVIK: Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson stepped down on Tuesday (Jul 17), a few weeks after leading the tiny nation at its first World Cup."If I had to continue, I would have done it with the same preparation, the same motivation but at some point, this kind of routine can lead to a certain weariness," he told a press conference in Reykjavik.The 51-year-old added that it would be "good for the team to have a new vision".The Football Association of Iceland had hoped he would extend his contract for two more years."Heimir was naturally our first choice due to his excellent work in recent years," Gudni Bergsson, president of the federation, said in a statement which also thanked Hallgrimsson.Hallgrimsson became an assistant coach in 2011 under Swede Lars Lagerback. He took charge after Iceland reached the quarter-finals at the 2016 Euros in France and guided Iceland to first place in a World Cup qualifying group that also included eventual finalists Croatia.With a population of … [Read more...] about Iceland’s World Cup coach Hallgrimsson steps down
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
caption Mohamed Salah. source Getty Images The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicks off in three months’ time and will likely be one of the most-watched sports competition on the planet. France, Brazil, and Argentina are among the favourites to win the tournament with players like Antoine Griezmann, Neymar, and Lionel Messi expected to excel. But those nations are far from reliant on just one player and it takes a team effort for a single country to lift the World Cup trophy when the competition finishes on July 15. For that reason, we’ve collected a list of one player you really need to know from every nation in the tournament. Argentina — Nicolás Otamendi. source Getty Images Position: Defender. International appearances: 51 (3 goals). We’re well aware one of the best players on the planet, Lionel Messi, plays for Argentina. As does Paulo Dybala, Sergio Agüero, and Gonzalo Higuaín. Argentina has an embarrassment of riches up … [Read more...] about The one player you need to know from every country competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup
SOCHI (RUSSIA) - World Cup coaches expressed a quiet confidence on Wednesday about Video Assistant Referee technology ahead of its likely adoption for this year's showpiece event in Russia. Referee Stuart Attwell (2nd R) stops play to consult his VAR (Video Assistant Referee) about a possible penalty incident during the English FA Cup tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County recently Representatives from the 32 teams to have qualified for the World Cup gathered in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for a briefing on how "modern life" was taking over the beautiful game.Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is expected to be given the green light by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), when the body that determines the laws of the game meets on Saturday.VAR has been heavily promoted by world football's governing body FIFA, despite its implementation this season in leading leagues such as the German Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A not convincing everyone.Earlier this … [Read more...] about World Cup coaches brace for ‘modern life’ of VAR