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Wieghorst: Denmark want to make people stop and watch

Wieghorst: Denmark want to make people stop and watch

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World Cup veteran Morten Wieghorst is now Denmark’s assistant coach The Danes have made a flawless, free-scoring start to Qatar 2022 qualifying Wieghorst discusses their new-look team and reflects on his career highlights Morten Wieghorst was 15 when Danish Dynamite exploded on the global stage. He watched, starry-eyed, as the stylish, fluid football of Laudrup, Lerby, Elkjaer and the Olsens illuminated the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™, winning the hearts of neutrals everywhere. A dream formed as he saw that team plant Denmark’s flag on the football map, and was realised 12 years later when Wieghorst lined up alongside Laudrup, his evergreen idol, at the country’s second World Cup. The Danes’ Class of '98 were a fine team in their own right, had enjoyed major-tournament successes, and...
Kike: Playing in four Futsal World Cups was a huge privilege

Kike: Playing in four Futsal World Cups was a huge privilege

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Spaniard Kike Boned turns 43 today Historic figure won World Cup in 2000 and 2004 Shares memories and discusses upcoming World Cup with FIFA.com There are few more respected voices in the world of futsal than that of Kike Boned, a two-time world champion – in 2000 and 2004 – and runner-up at the next two editions. And though he has been retired some seven years now, it is still strange not seeing him in the famous red of Spain. To mark his 43rd birthday, FIFA.com spoke to him about his past glories, the current state of futsal and what he expects from the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021. FIFA.com: As you turn 43, what springs to mind when you look back on your hugely successful career? A sense of pride and privilege at having enjoyed a wonderful sport that allowed me to enjoy ...
Kozlova and the magic of numbers 

Kozlova and the magic of numbers 

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Nicole Kozlova narrowly missed out on EURO qualification with Ukraine The team’s next challenge: reaching the FIFA Women's World Cup "We may not be the most technically gifted team, but we're fighters." “For sure I’m disappointed, but I’m the kind of person player who knows you can't change anything once it's happened. We have World Cup qualifiers happening this fall, so the focus is on restarting, improving and fixing our mistakes. "Obviously there were mistakes on our part that we need to put right, and we need to work on how we can take our game to the next level, how we can compete. You have to move on but it’s hard for sure. Personally, it was also upsetting, as it feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and you’re not sure when the next one will come. Still, you have to pu...
Guatemala coach De Leon’s long and winding road to the top

Guatemala coach De Leon’s long and winding road to the top

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Guatemala will host the Concacaf qualifiers for Lithuania 2021 Regional competition runs from 3 to 9 May Guatemala coach Estuardo de Leon optimistic about their chances When he was growing up in Zona 18, one of Guatemala City’s toughest neighbourhoods, Estuardo de Leon had two paths to choose. The first was the easier: a life of drugs, violence and easy money, which is something he could have done with at the time, his family being poor. The second was much more uncertain, would take much longer and would not bring him a lot of money. But that second path was the one that he chose. “Football really helped me take my life forward,” De Leon told FIFA.com in an exclusive interview. “My neighbourhood was a place, like so many others in the world, where it was easier to get caught up in a...
Tokyo 2020 hopefuls shine on road to Gothenburg

Tokyo 2020 hopefuls shine on road to Gothenburg

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Barcelona and Chelsea reach UEFA Women's Champions League final Barça edged Paris 3-2 on aggregate, Chelsea beat Bayern 5-3 Final on 16 May in Gothenburg at 21:00 CET Several players who are expected to shine at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 played key roles in helping their clubs advance to the UEFA Women's Champions League final, where both Barcelona and Chelsea will be desperate to lift the continental club trophy for the first time. Barcelona opened the day with a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain thanks to Dutch star Lieke Martens' first-half brace. Marie-Antoinette Katoto replied almost immediately after Martens' second, however Barça proved to be too strong in the end and were deserved winners, booking a place in the final for the second time in their h...
Four World Cup tickets on the line for Concacaf hopefuls

Four World Cup tickets on the line for Concacaf hopefuls

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Thirteen teams to participate in Guatemala between 3-9 May 2021 The Domo Polideportivo also hosted matches at the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2000 Semi-finalists qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 The Concacaf Futsal Championship 2021 will be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from 3-9 May, with all matches in the competition’s seventh edition to take place at the Domo Polideportivo. The venue has a long history of hosting international futsal tournaments, including the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2000. The inaugural Concacaf Futsal Championship was contested in 1996 and has since taken place every four years as part of Futsal World Cup qualifying. Costa Rica will travel to Guatemala as reigning holders and record champions, Los Ticos having triumphed in 2000, 2012 and 2016. US...
Kaunas to host FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™ final

Kaunas to host FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™ final

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The FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021™ final will be played on Sunday 3 October Vilnius and Klaipėda complete the trio of host cities across Lithuania that will host 52 matches involving 24 of the world’s best futsal teams Click HERE for more information on the host cities and match schedule With less than six months to go until the start of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021™, the tournament’s match schedule was unveiled today. Kaunas has been confirmed as the host of the opening and final matches, with Vilnius and Klaipėda completing the list of host cities for the first-ever FIFA competition to be organised in Lithuania. The capital of Lithuania will welcome group-stage matches and two quarter-finals, while Klaipėda will close out the group-stage matches after six days of intense competition....
Europe’s route to 2023 Women’s World Cup mapped out

Europe’s route to 2023 Women’s World Cup mapped out

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European teams have discovered the path they must take to to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ following the UEFA qualifying group stage draw at the confederation’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 13:30 CET. A record 51 teams have been split into nine sections (six groups of six teams, three of five), with the qualifying matches set to be played between September 2021 and September 2022. The groups are as follows: Group A: Sweden, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Georgia Group B: Spain, Scotland, Ukraine, Hungary, Faroe Islands Group C: Netherlands, Iceland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Cyprus Group D: England, Austria, Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, Latvia, Luxembourg Group E: Denmark, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Malta, Montenegro Group F: Norway, Belgium,...
Lazarevic: I’m expecting big things from Serbia on the world stage

Lazarevic: I’m expecting big things from Serbia on the world stage

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Lazarevic was the hero of Helsinki for Serbia in their FIFA Futsal World Cup play-off His hat-trick against Finland fired the Eagles to September’s finals in Lithuania The striker and his compatriots believe they can reach the quarter-finals Joy knew no bounds at the Energie Arena in Vantaa, Finland, on the evening of 9 December 2020, as Serbia’s national futsal team danced and sang in a circle shortly after the final whistle brought their play-off tie to a close. After edging a 1-0 win at home, a spectacular 5-5 draw in the return leg was enough for the Eagles to secure victory over Finland. At the heart of this joyous throng was hero of the hour Jovan Lazarevic, whose hat-trick played a major part in helping Serbia to snatch the last European ticket to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lit...
Euphoria, agony and anthem controversy: GB’s Dieke’s Olympic memories

Euphoria, agony and anthem controversy: GB’s Dieke’s Olympic memories

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Ifeoma Dieke starred for Great Britain’s women in inaugural Olympic appearance Scottish centre-half was one of just two non-English players in the squad Dieke discusses the 2012 experience and which Scots might star in Tokyo She was born in the US, earned a scholarship at Florida International University, played professionally in Chicago and Boston, and now coaches in Miami. But when the call came in 2004 to join up with the world’s most successful women’s national team, Ifeoma Dieke did the unthinkable. She turned down the USWNT. Explaining the seemingly inexplicable begins with her first few words, uttered in a thick and unmistakable Scottish accent. Dieke goes on to make clear that, for all those American links – not to mention her Nigerian parentage – she feels “everything about ...

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