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For local glory and global opportunity

For local glory and global opportunity

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Sixth edition of the CAF African Nations Championship starts this weekend Tournament reserved for African players competing in continent’s national leagues For some teams, also serves as dress rehearsal before Qatar 2022 qualifiers resume ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ goes the old adage. And for African football fans, opportunities to see many of their top internationals can be rare, with a lot playing outside the continent. This could explain the enthusiasm with which fans greet each edition of the CAF African Nations Championship. This competition is reserved exclusively for players from the Mother Continent who are active in its national championships, thereby enabling fans to see players they watch week-in week-out in the domestic leagues proudly donning their national team colours....
Auckland City FC withdraw from FIFA Club World Cup™

Auckland City FC withdraw from FIFA Club World Cup™

Football News
FIFA has today been informed by Auckland City FC that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities, the club will be unable to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup 2020™.  Despite FIFA’s regular exchanges with the club, New Zealand Football and the OFC in recent days, the requirements of the New Zealand authorities in relation to isolation and quarantine go beyond FIFA’s remit and, therefore, it was not possible to reach a solution. FIFA together with the Qatari authorities, will implement a comprehensive medical and security protocol providing the safeguards required to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the competition. Following the withdrawal of Auckland City, the FIFA Club World Cup 2020™ will be c...
Rueda returns to Colombia for second stint

Rueda returns to Colombia for second stint

Football News
After ending time with Chile, Rueda returns to his homeland It will be his second stint at the helm of his national team The objective? Qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Colombian Reinaldo Rueda has become the new head coach of his homeland's national team, confirmed by the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) on Thursday 14 January. "Coach Rueda will be in charge of leading our national team in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, as well as in the Copa America Argentina - Colombia 2021. We wish him and his team much success, convinced that they will do an excellent job in the task ahead," said the FCF in its official statement. Rueda replaces Carlos Queiroz, who left the position in December 2020 after the team's poor start to the South American qualifiers, whe...
Palmeiras, Santos book the battle of Brazil

Palmeiras, Santos book the battle of Brazil

Football News
Palmeiras saw off River while Santos prevailed against Boca The final will take place on 30 January at the Maracana Winners will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup Palmeiras and Santos, the top two sides in the group stage, put paid to the hopes of River Plate and Boca Juniors in their respective semis to set up an all-Brazilian final in the Copa Libertadores 2020. This will be the fourth time the tournament’s deciding game will be contested by two teams from the same country, and the third between Brazilian clubs. The nation last provided both finalists in 2006, when Internacional defeated Sao Paulo before going on to upset Barcelona in the Club World Cup final. The final, which is a single game, will take place on Saturday, 30 January at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. As well as...
Tender processes launched in Italy for media rights to FIFA World Cup 2022™ and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™

Tender processes launched in Italy for media rights to FIFA World Cup 2022™ and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™

Football News
FIFA has opened two invitations to tender (ITT) simultaneously for the media rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, FIFA’s flagship men’s and women’s competitions, in Italy. The first ITT is for the media rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022™. The second ITT is for the media rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. The FIFA World Cup 2022™ will be the 22nd edition of the competition and a unique edition, as the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the first to take place in November/December. With ultra-modern venues, optimal playing conditions and a compact event footprint, the host country will be a very special setting in which to celebrate the game and its ability to connect and inspire people around the world. The tournament will feature 3...
Gunnarsson: Iceland still have the same hunger

Gunnarsson: Iceland still have the same hunger

Football News
Aron Gunnarsson has captained Iceland for the past eight years He now plays his club football in Qatar with Al Arabi Midfielder talks tattoos, wonder goals and World Cup hopes with FIFA.com Bearded, tattooed and brimming with passion, Aron Gunnarsson is widely seen as the embodiment of Iceland’s national team. He was named captain at 23, and a famous back tattoo – based on the country’s coat of arms – reflects his pride in holding that position. When Iceland beat England to reach the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals, it was Gunnarsson who led the first player-fan rendition of the now-legendary ‘Viking Clap’. But from the moment Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson began moulding a team that would write football history, they had identified this all-action midfielder as the rock on whi...

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