Putin critical of Russia’s soccer team ahead of World Cup

Russia has won just one of its last 10 games and crashed out of this summer’s European Championship without winning a game. Despite all this, the team has been set a target of reaching the semifinals in 2018.

North American qualifying for 2022 World Cup delayed

However, it was unclear how FIFA and CONCACAF will reschedule games. The final eight-team group had been scheduled to start in June, but those dates could now be needed to complete the six-team playoffs among the lower-ranked nations. If so, the big teams like the U.S. and Mexico may not play their first qualifying games […]

Vietnam suspends national team call-up as World Cup Asian qualifiers delayed again

At around 12:00 pm on Wednesday, the VFF announced its plan for the national team’s call-up in Hanoi from August 16 to 28, with a list of 36 players chosen by head coach Park Hang Seo, in preparation for the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA, Twitter ‘In Panic’ as English Team May Boycott 2018 World Cup

Meanwhile Spanish publication AS has reported that FIFA is in a state of panic over growing international calls for a World Cup boycott. “Publicly, world football’s governing body has remained silent, but high-ranking officials are privately acknowledging that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal has been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Tensions have reached breaking point,” the publication wrote.

FIFA partners Qatar to deliver 2022 FIFA World Cup

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “Today we take a major step in the organisation of the biggest single-sport event in the world. Created in accordance with the FIFA President’s vision and together with our Qatari counterparts, the joint venture aims to reorganise the way we work at the operational front and avoid inefficiencies. I […]

‘I was screaming like crazy’: Sunil Chhetri reveals goalless draw against Qatar in World Cup Qualifiers stands out for him

“I would a thousand times prefer to be on the pitch helping my team than be a spectator from outside.”Towards the end, both sides started pushing aggressively for the go-ahead goal, even my volume levels went up and I was screaming like crazy. The tension was too much to take!” Chhetri wrote for the All […]

CONCACAF postpones World Cup qualifiers to March

Under CONCACAF’s qualifying format, the winners of each of the six first-round groups will play a two-legged knockout tie for a place in the last phase. Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras have already secured a place in the final round by virtue of their rankings.

India football players remember how Stimac stirred team to play well against Qatar last year

“The coach told us he wants to take us out for dinner (after the game against Oman) and it came as a slight surprise to us. Looking back at it now I can say for sure that it had a very important impact on the whole team,” Sandhu was quoted as saying by the official […]

Draw against Qatar stands out right up there with the best: Sunil Chhetri

The retun leg against Qatar will be held on October 8. It was originally scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar on March 26, but was put off, just like most of the other sports fixtures, due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

CONMEBOL clears Messi to play in opening World Cup qualifier

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — Lionel Messi will be free to play in Argentina’s opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador next month after the forward’s suspension was deemed to be no longer valid, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday.