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The Nigerian national football team has recently experienced a change within their staff members as Gernot Rohr was appointed as the new Technical Advisor of the national squad and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has given the new staff member the target of at least qualifying for the upcoming 2018 World Cup.
When it comes to qualifying for the World Cup, the Nigerian national side used to struggle as they failed to do it from 1970-1990 but starting from the World Cup of 1994, they have consistently managed to do it except for the World Cup of 2006.
The elimination matches of the Euros are beginning from today and taking ground in the evening will be the two teams which have reached the second round in unexpected manners.
Talking about Portugal, they probably had one of the less tricky groups in the tournament, if not the least tricky and thus, top 2 was a definite possibility,
Iceland and Austria were considered to be the easy preys and Hungary should not have been much of a challenge either.
Antonio Conte was selected as the successor of Jose Mourinho on April of 2016 as he will be one of the main figures in charge of pushing Chelsea back to the top spots of the Premier League.
Taking into consideration the recent drop of form that Chelsea suffered, trying to get them back into shape and spark life back into the team is not going to be an easy task to accomplish but according to Gianluigi Buffon, Conte is going to be able to make it happen.
Some bad news for Welsh football fans, as the FAW is looking into some suspicious betting and gambling patterns.
Gianluigi Buffon’s professional career starter off with Parma when he joined the Italian club back in 1995 and from there on out he has cemented his place in the history-books of the sport as one of the best goalkeepers ever.
Throughout the playing career of Buffon, he has lifted just about every top piece of silverware that there is to win in Italian football including: Serie A, Serie B, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. He has been fairly successful with his national team at the international stage as he also secured the FIFA World Cup silverware back in 2006.
It’s been over 1 year since the 2014 FIFA World Cup reached it’s end and the football governing authority has released their financial report from the concluded event and this report shows that FIFA profited billions from the worldwide football competition which is a staggering amount of money and it’s because of this kind of things that the World Cup, or more specifically, FIFA has earned such a bad reputation in the world of football.
Netherlands have gone through a very bad spell in the last couple of years and this was largely demonstrated by the nation’s inability to qualify for the Euro 2016 despite being one of the top in the world.
Russian president Vladimir Putin is one of the most powerful men in the world and he has recently come out in support of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
The support given to Blatter is widely seen as a gratitude for giving Russia the opportunity to hold the World Cup 2018 competition. The tournament returns to Europe for the first time since 2006. However, there have been various allegations of corruption with regard to the bids for 2018 and 2022. The latter has been won by Qatar and it still remains doubtful as to whether the competition will be held in the Middle East.
It’s well known at this point that Russia is going through an economic struggle and especially in the world of football and this is evident by the fact that there is an amount of coaches who haven’t been paid including Fabio Capello.
There have been issues involving the Russian Football Union with an increasing debt that has reached the region of $26 million and it was just too much for the RFU to handle as 235 delegates voted in favor of the dismissal of the president Nikolai Tolstykh.
It seems impossible for India to make it to next World Cup as they have been placed with some very strong teams in the qualifying group.
There is only a whisker of a chance for them to be able to finish at the top position in that group.
However, they have something else to play for as well. They can aim for the no. 2 position. If they achieve that, they would get the ticket to Emirates for Asian Cup.