Japan have set their sights on winning the Olympic gold when the Tokyo games are held on 2020. For this purpose, manager Hajime Moriyasu says that he wants to include a squad that has physical and mental toughness.
Japan have never been able to win a Olympic gold in soccer, but the chances are extremely high for the upcoming event due to home advantage. Moriyasu is also on a high after getting Japan to the second place at the Asian Cup. The 51-year-old manager is currently taking a look the prospect of players, who will largely be under 23 years of age. There are a couple of overage players who can be included in the squad. Read More
Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make another move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco. The Lilywhites made an approach for the player last summer. They were unable to reach a conclusion for the mercurial playmaker. According to an inside source from the club, Spurs will return for the player at the end of the season.
The Spanish international’s future was up for debate. Since the return of Zinedine Zidane, Isco has not enjoyed consistency with the French coach since he took over, and the second time coming of Zidane prompted rumour about the player’s exit. Read More
As the January transfer window winds down with only a couple of hours left on the clock for any team to actually do or seal any reasonable deal, Chelsea have turn their sites towards Dries Mertens the Napoli striker who will be out of contract by the need of the current season.
At the age of 32, chances of
Mertens making it to the World Cup 2022 holding in Qatar is as slim as they
come but that doesn’t mean he won’t try after all despite peaking late, he is
currently the second highest goal scorer in Napoli’s history with only three
goals behind the first position held by Marek Hamsik.
Anthony Martial did not go to last year’s World Cup because according to reports, France coach Didier Deschamps had deemed his involvement with Manchester United that season insufficient.
He didn’t feature enough and predictably Jose Mourinho go dragged into it for not once again, giving youth “a chance”.
With the World Cup 2022 around the corner plus the Euro 2020, Martial’s performance so far this season has made him and many comfortable that never again will he miss a top tournament.
The 2022 World Cup is less than three years away and qualifiers for the tournament are expected to begin this year. The Confederations of African Football begins their qualifiers in September and teams have begun to announce their squads.
Liberia is one of them and the West African nation has called up 13 foreign based players for their opening match with Sierra Leone. Manager Peter Butler released a list with the high profile inclusion that of IK Brage midfielder Seth KantehHellberg.
It was a jocund evening, fanfare & goodbyes all around as the 1st arena to be constructed from scratch for the upcoming FIFA World Cup to be held in 2022, the Al Janoub Stadium, and it was inaugurated in the capital city Doha on last Thursday on the eve of the final of Amir Cup. Al Sadd, who was crowned the champion of Qatar Stars League, took on the Al Duhail in a kick-off which took place in the late evening and that was graced up by some of the apex dignitaries like Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (the Amir of Qatar), Gianni Infantino (the president of FIFA) and also a host of some of the prominent footballers such as Samuel Eto’o, Cafu, and Roberto Carlos.
On the pitch of game, there was one more genius of football, Xavi Hernandez, who was playing the last match (professional) of his long career, which saw him even lifting the FIFA World Cup once, 2 titles of UEFA Euro Championship, 8 trophies of La Liga and 4 UEFA titles of Champions League. Those players who are currently 39 years old also managed to bag a title in the final year of his career when he led the Al Sadd to the crown of Qatar Stars League in this season.