2018 #WorldCupDraw: LIVE UPDATES

2018 #WorldCupDraw: LIVE UPDATES

The 2018 World Cup in Russia draw begins. The tournament draw is held at a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin UPDATES: FIFA President Gianni Infantino takes the stage to welcome everyone: “Thank you to all the Russian people who have worked hard over the last seven years to bring us one step further to the final tournament. Thanks to all 11 Host Cities who are doing a tremendous job.” President Vladimir Putin just made his…

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World Cup draw: England boss in Moscow to learn opponents

World Cup draw: England boss  in Moscow to learn opponents

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is in Moscow for the draw, which will be conducted by ex-England striker Gary Lineker, at the State Kremlin Palace. England will be seeded and will not play Spain in the group stage. “This is going to be a really exciting period,” said Southgate. “From our point of view, the draw is the next stage of being able to plan properly.” A tough scenario would see England drawn in the…

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Nigeria not afraid of any team, Rohr says

Nigeria not afraid of any team, Rohr says

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr says he is calm ahead of Friday’s Final Draw for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals as his team has no fear of any team. According to a statement by the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday, Rohr spoke from the Crowne Plaza World Trade Centre in Moscow. It quoted him as speaking in the morning after he landed in the Russian capital for the…

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Russia 2018: Nigeria Had The Youngest Squad During Qualifiers – FIFA

Russia 2018: Nigeria Had The Youngest Squad During Qualifiers – FIFA

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) says Nigeria paraded the youngest players during the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This was announced on FIFA’s official website on Tuesday by a Switzerland-based independent study Centre International d’Étude du Sport (CIES) in it’s issue number 30 of Observatory Monthly Report.

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Fifa Gives deadline for lifting of suspension of The Gambia federation leadership

Fifa Gives deadline for lifting of suspension of The Gambia federation leadership

A letter from football’s world governing body says it will take further action, including a possible global suspension, if the deadline is not met. The NSC is yet to respond to the ultimatum set by Fifa. On 10 November the NSC suspended the leadership of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) amid allegations of fraud. “The suspension is to enable the investigation team to do the investigation without interference from the suspended GFF officials,” the NSC said at…

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FIFA Bans 3 Ex-Football Officials for Life

FIFA Bans 3 Ex-Football Officials for Life

FIFA’s ethics watchdogs have banned three former football officials from Guam, Nicaragua and Venezuela for life as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport, the world football governing body said on Tuesday. The latest officials to be hit by Fifa bans are Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member of the Fifa audit and compliance committee; Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Association president and a former…

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UEFA Champions League Tables and Points

UEFA Champions League Tables and Points

UEFA Champions League tables ahead of this week’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Group A Manchester United 4 4 0 0 10 1 12 Basel 4 2 0 2 8 5 6 CSKA Moscow 4 2 0 2 5 8 6 Benfica 4 0 0 4 1 10 0 Group B Paris SG 4 4 0 0 17 0 12 – qualified Bayern Munich 4 3 0 1 8 4 9…

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FIFA Provides Official Authorization For Argentina – Nigeria Friendly Match

FIFA Provides Official Authorization For Argentina – Nigeria Friendly Match

World football–governing body, FIFA, has given approval for the international friendly between Nigeria and Argentina to go ahead as scheduled in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday, 14th November 2017. This was contained in a letter forwarded to the Football Union of Russia, addressed to the General Secretary, Aleksandr Alaev, and signed by FIFA’s Director of Competitions, Christian Unger. The letter, dated 31 October 2017 read, inter alia: “FIFA would like to thank you for complying with…

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Nigeria To Get Over $12M From FIFA For Qualifying For Russia 2018 World Cup

Nigeria To Get Over $12M From FIFA For Qualifying For Russia 2018 World Cup

Nigeria will be paid a total of $12.5 million by FIFA for qualifying for Russia 2018 with $2.5 million of this amount paid for the Eagles to prepare adequately for the football showpiece. They will earn more cash should they reach the knockout rounds of the tournament as they have done in 1994 and 2014. Nigeria have so far used a total of 37 players for the qualifying tournament for Russia 2018 and they are…

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Nigeria Vs Zambia: Why FIFA May Punish NFF

Nigeria Vs Zambia: Why FIFA May Punish NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is facing another FIFA rap, after five people were confirmed dead and many others sustained various degrees of injuries, following a stampede at the entrance of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, on Saturday. The incident happened while football fans were trying to enter the stadium during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia. They were allegedly beaten by soldiers at the gates with heavy sticks. Before the game in…

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