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Trio complete Concacaf’s Octagonal line-up 

Trio complete Concacaf’s Octagonal line-up 

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Round 2 of Concacaf Qatar 2022 qualifiers came to a close on Tuesday Canada, El Salvador and Panama completed aggregate wins after first leg victories Curaçao, Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis exited to leave eight nations remaining The second legs of Round 2 Concacaf FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying came to a close on Tuesday with three nations advancing to the 'Octagonal' where three automatic tickets to Qatar 2022 will be up for grabs. The three first-leg winners all advanced although Curaçao pushed Panama to the very limit in Willemstad. Matters were much simpler for El Salvador, and also Canada who reached the final round of Concacaf qualifying after a lengthy drought. The three winners join Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and USA in the final round. Results Curaçao 0...
Eight more Asian nations leap into third round

Eight more Asian nations leap into third round

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Asia's second round in Qatar 2022 qualifying came to a close on Tuesday 12 AFC teams will compete in Round 3 for four automatic spots at Qatar 2022 IR Iran edged Iraq to win Group C, UAE held off Vietnam to top Group G The FIFA World Cup™ dream is still alive for 12 teams across Asia. The decisive day of Round 2 in the region's FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying drew to a conclusion on 15 June. Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Syria had already won their groups, but eight more nations joined them after an enthralling day of action. There were plenty of intriguing storylines to follow, but the headline results saw IR Iran edge Iraq to win Group C, United Arab Emirates hold off a resilient Vietnam side to leapfrog their opponents and win Group G, and Saudi Arabia cruise past ne...
Mancini: We wanted to do something really different with Italy

Mancini: We wanted to do something really different with Italy

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Roberto Mancini has led a remarkable turnaround in Italy’s fortunes Almost three years have passed since his Azzurri side last tasted defeat Mancini tells us about his attacking revolution and special World Cup motivation With Roberto Mancini, the numbers rarely tell the full story. A perfect example would be his tally of zero FIFA World Cup™ appearances as a player. Those who never saw him in action might conclude from this figure that, as a footballer, Mancini was unremarkable. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth. Sven-Goran Eriksson, his coach at Sampdoria and Lazio, is among several to laud this supreme trequartista as “an artist” and “a genius”. “He saw things on the pitch quicker than anybody else,” enthused the Swede. “His vision was incredible.” Mancini hims...
Follow Asia’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Follow Asia’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers

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Final day of AFC Round 2 Qatar 2022 qualifiers Seven group winners and five best runners-up will advance to the third round IR Iran edge Iraq to win Group C The decisive day of Round 2 in Asia FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying has arrived. Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Syria have already won their groups, but eight more nations will look to join them and keep their World Cup dreams alive. There are plenty of intriguing storylines to follow throughout the day, but the can't-miss games undoubtedly involve the yet-to-be-decided groups. IR Iran edged Iraq to win Group C and the United Arab Emirates did the same against Vietnam in Group G, while Saudi Arabia (D) are desperate to hold on to their lead as they face nearest challengers Uzbekistan. With matches doubling as AFC Asia...
Schirinzi: A life dedicated to beach soccer

Schirinzi: A life dedicated to beach soccer

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European qualifying event for Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 starts this week FIFA.com chats to Switzerland coach Angelo Schirinzi "Russia are joint-favourites for the World Cup, alongside Portugal and Brazil" Football – or more precisely beach soccer – dominates Angelo Schirinzi’s life. For years, the Swiss national has been one of the world's leading experts on the discipline and has written a textbook on beach soccer technique and training. Schirinzi has also worked as a FIFA instructor for many years in locations all over the world. Whether in Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire, Solomon Islands, IR Iran, Tahiti or Oman, the 48-year-old is constantly trying to sustainably improve beach soccer and drive its development. Presently, he is at the helm of Russian beach soccer giants BSC Kristall, ...
Rugamas and El Salvador dreaming big

Rugamas and El Salvador dreaming big

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El Salvador dreaming of a return to the World Cup Firm favourites to reach third round after emphatic first-leg win over St. Kitts and Nevis "We have that dream, and nothing is impossible" Anyone following El Salvador’s recent games can not have failed to notice one name cropping up again and again on the scoresheet: that of David Antonio "Tony" Rugamas. Whether in the starting XI or coming off the bench, the 31-year-old striker has been finding the net with such regularity that fans of La Selecta are growing in excitement and hope during the Concacaf qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. "Undoubtedly, I’m enjoying the best spell of my career. Performing like this for the national team is something you always dream about as a professional player. Everything about it is very ...
Tickets for the FIFA Arab Cup™ qualifiers to go on sale this week 

Tickets for the FIFA Arab Cup™ qualifiers to go on sale this week 

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Tickets for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ qualifiers will go on sale on Tuesday, 15 June. Seven qualifying matches will be held in Qatar from 19-25 June. The games will take place on consecutive nights at two venues: Khalifa International Stadium, which will host matches during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Tickets priced QAR 20 will be available to buy from the Qatar Football Association website: tickets.qfa.qa. All spectators must be aged 12 and over. Fans must either be fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last nine months. Fans will be able to purchase a maximum of four tickets each. Here is the full match schedule: 19 June (8 PM kick-off) – Libya v Sudan – Khalifa International Stadium 20 June (8 PM kick-off) – Oman v Somalia – Jassi...
Wilkinson: The Olympics have given me my best moments in football

Wilkinson: The Olympics have given me my best moments in football

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Rhian Wilkinson won bronze at the last two Olympics with Canada Now she's going for gold as assistant coach of Great Britain She tells us about British talent, Hege Riise and the FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme Rhian Wilkinson’s presence at Tokyo 2020 will come as no surprise. A participant in the three most recent Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments, and a medalist at the last two, the former Canada international has a strong affinity with this event. She's also long been regarded as one of women’s football’s most exciting up-and-coming coaches. What would have been unthinkable until recently, though, is Wilkinson taking her seat on the Great Britain bench when Team GB face Canada in Kashima. The 39-year-old wore the maple leaf 181 times as a player after all, and more recently co...
Chance: To be an Olympian is for life

Chance: To be an Olympian is for life

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Olivia Chance set for first Olympic Games Prominent figure in New Zealand’s midfield in recent years “To be in the Olympic Games is the dream I have always wanted.” Olivia Chance is on the verge of achieving a lifelong dream. The New Zealand midfielder has dim memories of watching the Olympic Games as a young child, but what was always clear was that to feature in the multi-sport event was an athletes’ pinnacle. “I have always wanted to be involved in the Olympics,” Chance told FIFA.com. “Probably more so than the World Cup, which some might find interesting, but I think the whole [Olympic] atmosphere is something you will always remember. It is the dream that I have always wanted. “I saw someone point out said recently: 'You can be a world champion but that might only last for a ye...
Socceroos book Round 3 ticket on goal-filled day in Asia

Socceroos book Round 3 ticket on goal-filled day in Asia

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Penultimate matchday in AFC World Cup qualifying Round 2 Several decisive encounters took place, including Malaysia-Vietnam and Kuwait-Jordan Australia claimed their ticket to Round 3 with win over Nepal FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying continued on Friday with another massive matchday as Round 2 heads towards its conclusion. Much remains up for grabs heading into the final matches of the round with seven group winners advancing (excluding World Cup hosts Qatar), plus the best five runners-up. Iraq and IR Iran both won as they joust in Group C ahead of an exciting showdown between the pair. It is a similar story in Group D for Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. In a fascinating Group G, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates lead the charge. Meanwhile, Australia claimed their ticket t...

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