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Ventura defends record despite Italy flop

Gian Piero Ventura defended “one of the best records in 40 years” on Wednesday as he refused to resign as Italy coach despite failing to lead the four-time champions to the World Cup finals.
Soure:AFP: 2017/11/15 22:38:40

Jedinak fires Australia into World Cup

Captain Mile Jedinak fired a second-half hat trick as Australia swept into next year's World Cup finals in Russia with a 3-1 aggregate playoff victory over Honduras in Sydney on Wednesday.
Soure:AFP: 2017/11/15 22:38:40

Maradona wants return to coach Argentina national team

Diego Maradona has expressed a desire to return as coach of Argentina's national team after their 4-2 loss to Nigeria in a friendly.
Soure:Xinhua: 2017/11/15 16:24:39

Lampard offers up interesting take on why England fail

Following on from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a number of high-profile musicians and a slew of current and former soccer players, former England international Frank Lampard is the guest on the latest episode of the BTSport and Copa90 YouTube series FIFA and Chill, and much like when he wore a Chelsea shirt, he doesn't disappoint.
Soure:Global Times: 2017/11/14 23:13:39

England book friendlies

England have arranged friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy in March as they step up their preparations for the World Cup.
Soure:Agencies: 2017/11/14 23:08:40

A close call

China defender Jiang Zhipeng passes the ball during their friendly against Colombia on Tuesday in Chongqing. China lost 4-0. Colombia have qualified for the World Cup finals in Russia after finishing fourth in the South American qualifying.
Soure:IC: 2017/11/14 23:08:39

Arrivederci

A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit international soccer as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden.
Soure:AFP: 2017/11/14 22:28:39

Moyes names Irvine, Pearce as assistants at West Ham

West Ham United's new manager David Moyes has named Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as his assistants and hopes to confirm the appointment of Sunderland's caretaker boss Billy McKinlay in the coming days.
Soure:Reuters: 2017/11/13 23:38:39

Southgate has plan to overcome penalty curse

England manager Gareth Southgate is thinking of putting his team through a mock penalty shootout before a Wembley crowd in an attempt to overcome their traditional nerves at major soccer competitions.
Soure:Reuters: 2017/11/13 23:33:41

Croatia see off Greece to seal Russia spot

Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday by holding Greece to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their playoff in Piraeus, Greece for a 4-1 win on aggregate.
Soure:AFP: 2017/11/13 23:33:40

Isco to miss Russia trip

Real Madrid playmaker Isco withdrew Sunday from the Spain squad for Tuesday's friendly away to Russia in preparation for next year's World Cup due to a thigh injury.
Soure:Agencies: 2017/11/12 23:03:40

Record-setting non-league goalkeeper offers window into grass-roots game

The border of the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk isn't really renowned as a soccer hotbed and The Recreation Ground in Thetford has remained largely unnoticed in the 112 years that Thetford Town have called their stadium home. The club have done little to warrant headlines but that changed Saturday when The Brecklanders of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division hosted Wisbech Town of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division in the FA Vase second round proper.
Soure:Global Times: 2017/11/12 22:33:40

Chinese cities look to host World Cup

More than 10 Chinese provinces have said that they will sponsor high-level soccer events or even the World Cup as part of their soccer reform plans that were announced recently.
Soure:Global Times: 2017/11/12 22:18:39

Italy face WC nightmare against Sweden

For soccer giants Italy the next few days could be a nightmare as they face a double-headed playoff against Sweden to avoid the humiliation of missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Soure:AFP: 2017/11/10 22:23:40

The Maestro

Andrea Pirlo's announcement that he has played his last game of soccer as professional has been met as expected - with an outpouring of effusive praise. The Italian has passed his way into the hearts of his fellow professionals and fans worldwide over a 22-year career that has seen him win the World Cup, the Champions League twice and six Serie A titles.
Soure:Global Times: 2017/11/10 5:03:41

VAR future in doubt

Bundesliga fans are demanding the end of video assistant referee (VAR) testing in Germany as the system's German league chief was replaced earlier this week amid accusations of influencing matches.
Soure:AFP: 2017/11/10 5:03:41

Kline proves that soccer is still struggling with crunching the numbers

Several interesting stories came out of West London this week and for once it wasn't Chelsea at the forefront, although concerns over Antonio Conte's future, his dropping of David Luiz for the Manchester United win and the club getting rid of Technical Director Michael Emenalo were all talking points. Instead it was near neighbors Fulham and the fallout surrounding the sacking of Assistant Director of Football Operations Craig Kline that dominated the sports pages.
Soure:Global Times: 2017/11/9 23:28:40

Germany eager to experiment

Germany coach Joachim Loew has said he will experiment with his team when they take on England in a friendly on Friday, as the world champions prepare for their title defense next year.
Soure:Reuters: 2017/11/9 23:18:40