Swansea City 0 Chelsea 1: Blues keep Champions League ambitions alive

Key Opta Facts: – Antonio Conte has won 50 of his 73 Premier League games in charge – only Jose Mourinho (63) and Pep Guardiola (69) reached 50 wins as manager in the competition in fewer games. – Swansea have failed to score in 16 different Premier League games this season; in no campaign have they failed to score in more in the competition (also … Continue reading Swansea City 0 Chelsea 1: Blues keep Champions League ambitions alive

ITALY 0 SWEDEN 0 (0-1 AGG): VENTURA ON THE BRINK AS AZZURRI MISS FIRST WORLD CUP IN 60 YEARS

Sweden’s defence would not be breached as Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after a 0-0 draw in Milan. Italy will miss out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years as Sweden secured a precious goalless draw that punched their ticket to Russia thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win. Not since the 1958 … Continue reading ITALY 0 SWEDEN 0 (0-1 AGG): VENTURA ON THE BRINK AS AZZURRI MISS FIRST WORLD CUP IN 60 YEARS

COULD IBRAHIMOVIC RETURN FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP AFTER SWEDEN BEAT ITALY?

Zlatan retired from international duty after Euro 2016, but the striker could return after Blagult overcame the Azzurri to secure their spot in Russia Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to make a return to international football after Sweden qualified for the World Cup. The Scandinavians shocked Italy over two legs to qualify for Russia next year, with Jakob Johansson’s strike in the first leg enough … Continue reading COULD IBRAHIMOVIC RETURN FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP AFTER SWEDEN BEAT ITALY?

ENGLAND 0 BRAZIL 0: GOMEZ IMPRESSES AS HOSTS STIFLE NEYMAR AND COMPANy

It was not the liveliest of encounters, but England can take heart from a goalless draw against Brazil. England followed up their stalemate against Germany with another impressive clean sheet as they held five-time world champions Brazil to a 0-0 draw at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s injury-hit squad showed their dedication to defending with a stoic display on home soil, leading to the first scoreless encounter … Continue reading ENGLAND 0 BRAZIL 0: GOMEZ IMPRESSES AS HOSTS STIFLE NEYMAR AND COMPANy

ARENA: MIAZGA PROBABLY WOULD HAVE STARTED AT THE WORLD CUP

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler were the starters in the game in Trinidad but Arena told FOX Sports that his preferred center-back pairing had the U.S. qualified could have been the duo starting the nation’s friendly against Portugal on Tuesday — John Brooks and Miazga. “We had some injuries during the year, in particular at the center back position,” Arena said before the USA-Portugal match. “John Brooks … Continue reading ARENA: MIAZGA PROBABLY WOULD HAVE STARTED AT THE WORLD CUP

WORLD CUP 2018: WHICH TEAMS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE FINALS IN RUSSIA?

As qualification closes, Goal will have all the information you need to know about which nations have confirmed their places at the tournament. This is our complete guide to the qualification spots, the teams that have already sealed their spot in Russia and those that could join them. 1. World Cup lineup in full 2. AFC (Asia) qualification  2a. Qualified  2b. In contention  2c. Eliminated 3. CAF … Continue reading WORLD CUP 2018: WHICH TEAMS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE FINALS IN RUSSIA?

HOW TO BUY TICKETS TO THE 2018 WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA

HOW CAN I BUY WORLD CUP TICKETS? World Cup tickets will be sold through FIFA.com’s ticketing service and sales began on September 14, 2017. FIFA revealed that tickets would go on sale in two phases, which are then divided into two stages. The first stage of phase one ran from September 14 to October 12. During this stage, all applicants had the same chance of getting tickets through a random … Continue reading HOW TO BUY TICKETS TO THE 2018 WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA

BRAZIL AND NEYMAR CAN’T FIND THE SPARK TO BEAT ENGLAND

PSG’s superstar flickered in spells at Wembley and the five-time World Cup winners are not going to find the going easy at the tournament next summer Much has been written about Brazil’s return to form, the resurgence of Jogo Bonito and the possibility of Tite leading the national team back to World Cup glory. This was a chance then to demonstrate for the first time in front … Continue reading BRAZIL AND NEYMAR CAN’T FIND THE SPARK TO BEAT ENGLAND

GOAL 50 Journalists from across Goal’s 37 editions voted in the 10th annual award for the world’s 50 best footballers

50. Thomas Lemar After a promising first season at Monaco, following his arrival from Caen in the summer of 2015, Thomas Lemar has established himself as one of the most exciting wingers in the world over the past 12 months. The France international netted nine times during his club’s shock Ligue 1 title triumph, with his fine form prompting Arsenal to make a €100 million … Continue reading GOAL 50 Journalists from across Goal’s 37 editions voted in the 10th annual award for the world’s 50 best footballers

Gianluigi Buffon: The Making of Superman

Gianluigi Buffon: The Making of Superman The goalkeeper retired from international football following Italy’s shock World Cup elimination. Mark Doyle tells the story of the legend’s rise to greatness Before every Parma game, coach Nevio Scala would pass by each player’s room to assess their frame of mind. On the eve of the Serie A meeting with AC Milan on November 19, 1995, he was interested in … Continue reading Gianluigi Buffon: The Making of Superman