Bebeto: I get emotional talking about my celebration

It is, perhaps, the most iconic celebration in FIFA World Cup™ history. Twenty-six years ago today at USA 1994, Bebeto, in homage to new-born son Mattheus, spontaneously showcased his baby-cradling celebration after scoring in a 3-2 win over the Netherlands. “The day before, I knelt down and asked God to give me one opportunity to score a goal for my son, because I had to pay homage,” Bebeto explained to FIFA.com on the goal’s milestone anniversary. “And the celebration just happened. “I went off to celebrate and Romario and Mazinho…

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Watch Live: FIFA Women's Football Webinar

Watch the FIFA Women’s Football Webinar on The Physical Analysis of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, an online panel discussion featuring FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman, who will talk about the physical development of the women’s game with several experts: Dawn Scott: Scott was the high performance coach for the USA women’s national team from 2010 to 2019 and is now the senior women’s physical performance manager for the England women’s national team Paul Bradley: Reader in sports performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a…

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Relive the FIFA Women's Football Webinar

Watch the FIFA Women’s Football Webinar on The Physical Analysis of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, an online panel discussion featuring FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman, who talked about the physical development of the women’s game with several experts: Dawn Scott: Scott was the high performance coach for the USA women’s national team from 2010 to 2019 and is now the senior women’s physical performance manager for the England women’s national team Paul Bradley: Reader in sports performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a consultant…

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Cannavaro and Italy savour World Cup glory

When reflecting on the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, one of the many iconic images that springs to mind is Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro, ‘Il Capitano’, proudly holding the Trophy aloft in Berlin’s Olympiastadion. After a Final packed with action, emotion and drama, it was Gli Azzurri who emerged victorious against France on penalties, adding a fourth gold star above to their crest. Three World Cups have passed since Germany 2006 but the memories are still vivid in the mind of Cannavaro. The 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year reflects on…

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Grosso strikes gold for Italy

Italy defeated France to win the World Cup on this day in 2006 Lippi stunne​d Grosso by asking him to take a penalty in the Final shootout Italy had a penalty-shootout curse hanging over them Why me? This, Fabio Grosso remembers, was his reaction to being asked to take the famous spot-kick captured in this photograph. The left-back knew that he had not been among Italy’s five selected penalty takers before the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ Final, with Pirlo, Materazzi, De Rossi, Del Piero and Totti the names Marcello…

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Mike Block Announces New World Music LP Guzo, Releases First Single ‘Expression Of Concern’

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Pioneering cello player, composer, singer and educator, Mike Block, has announced his latest album, Guzo, for an August 21 release on Bright Shiny Things. Guzo, which combines elements of North African, Middle Eastern and Persian musical traditions, will be Block’s third album, in three different genres, in less than one year. In conjunction, Block has released the record’s first single, “Expression of Concern,” featuring Syrian oud virtuoso Kinan Adnawi, today. Pre-order Guzo here. A GRAMMY Award winner with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Block studied…

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West Germany's 1990 winners in numbers

Amidst ‘The Fall of the Wall’, Franz Beckenbauer and pupils had another bulging blockade to break through. It comprised two of their fiercest rivals, the reigning European and the defending world champions, Dragan Stojkovic, Carlos Valderrama, Marco van Basten, Tomas Skuhravy, Paul Gascoigne and Diego Maradona, and injury, stricture, suspension and missing studs. They did it in style. FIFA.com presents the statistical story of West Germany’s conquering of the 14th FIFA World Cup™. Follow and like us:

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The hero and villain of a Seville thriller

Schumacher inflicted horrific injuries on Battiston in a thrilling semi-final He was controversially impatient as the Frenchman received treatment Schumacher then emerged as the hero in the shootout “All in all, goalkeepers today are cooler and calmer than when I was playing. I was a big mouth back then, and frequently had to pay the price for that too. But you do need courage for that. At the end of the day it’s a question of character.” This was what Harald ‘Toni’ Schumacher told FIFA.com in 2011, acknowledging the volatile…

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A magical night in Rome

​Matthaus and Voller were West Germany’s first-choice penalty-takers Brehme found himself under a 700-something-kilogram pile-up! An emperor reigned in Rome for the first time since 476 AD “And, what’s he given? He’s given a penalty! He’s. Given. A. Penalty!” Those are the famous words German television commentator Gerd Rubenbauer used to describe the events in the 85th minute of the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ Final, sparking cries of delight in living rooms across the country. Rudi Voller had been felled in the box and Mexican referee Edgardo Codesal Mendez pointed…

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