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Arsène Wenger linked with Qatar job

  Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been linked with the post of national team manager for Qatar. That is according to France Football who report that the hosts of the 2022 World Cup would like the 69-year old Frenchman to take over and lead them into the tournament which will be held on home soil in three years time. ...

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The curious case of three Dutch legends who won little

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The first came out of retirement to play for one last time. The second has made it clear he would retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. The third announced he had retired from professional football with immediate effect. The simultaneous retirement of these three high profile players is not just a mere coincidence. It happens to be one ...

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Gareth Southgate to sign new England deal

Gareth Southgate is likely to sign in the next few days a new 4-year deal which will see him continue to manage England until 2022, with confirmation expected before he names his next international squad for the upcoming Nation’s League matches with Spain and Croatia on Thursday. Southgate was appointed interim manager 2 years ago after Sam Allardyce was sacked ...

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Former Tottenham star cleared of perjury

He may have been voted men’s player of the year at the FIFA awafds last month, but Croatian captain Luke Modric is not held in universal esteem in his homeland. In fact there was a real danger that he could be jailed for perjury, following the accusation that he had given false testimony last year in the trial of former ...

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Top 10 places that produce the most World Cup players for England

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It’s no secret that England have a chequered past when it comes to world cup performance. In recent world cups the expectations placed on England’s performance has rarely been delivered, and that’s no surprise, while England haven’t got as far through the competition as they statistically should, winning the world cup is a monstrous achievement that requires everything to fall ...

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England’s chances of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Logo by Unknown CC BY After the disappointment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, many England fans will be looking forward to this summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia with some amount trepidation, if not outright dread. Losses against Italy and Uruguay and a draw against Costa Rica left the Three Lions floundering at the bottom of Group D ...

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Alternative World Cup predictions based on data needed to stream each match

UK mobile phone retailer Fonehouse has provided an alternative set of World Cup predictions based on the amount of data fans of the various teams will need to stream matches on their smartphones. And it is good news for fans of Argentina, Brazil, France, and Germany, whilst supporters of Gareth Southgate’s England face early disappointment. Fonehouse carried out comprehensive research on ...

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What Would Make a Successful World Cup for England?

Every national team has its issues with pressure, be it too much or too little, from their media outlets. However, few teams enter – and depart from – major tournaments with the frequency of existential crisis like the England national team do.  Back in the heyday of England’s second ‘golden generation’ of Beckham, Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard, Ferdinand et al, the ...

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The rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold and the impact he can have on England’s World Cup campaign

Man City boss Pep Guardiola had a clear strategy to secure victory against Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final showdown this season. He analysed the Reds’ backline, identified a weakness at right-back and told his men to ruthlessly target teenage defender Trent Alexander-Arnold in a bid to carve out opportunities. Yet Alexander-Arnold, the youngest Englishman to ever play in a ...

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