McDonald: Playing for Montserrat is something I can tell the grandkids

Montserrat to face El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada & US Virgin Islands Montserrat will come face-to-face with El Salvador for fourth time in two years Massiah McDonald speaks with Concacaf.com about the team’s recent progress For the fourth time since September 2018, Montserrat will come face-to-face with El Salvador, this time in Group A in the first round of Concacaf FIFA World Cup Qualifying for Qatar 2022™. The two sides met in week one of Concacaf Nations League (CNL) qualifying in September 2018, followed by a pair of contests…

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Danilo: Ability-wise Pirlo has still got it

Danilo evaluates Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Andrea Pirlo He raves about Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo Danilo discusses his Russia 2018 experience and desire to go to Qatar 2022 “I’m very happy to have won league titles in England, Spain and Italy,” said Cristiano Ronaldo as he was showered with champagne in 2019. “It always feels good to be the only player in football history to have done something.” That is no longer a unique distinction for Ronaldo… thanks to an old friend. Danilo conquered La Liga…

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Ivankovic talks Croatia, Iran and coaching Oman

Branko Ivankovic was appointed head coach of Oman this year Veteran hoping to pass on his experience with Croatia in new role Coach reminisces about Croatia’s best World Cup results Having coached several clubs in IR Iran, China PR and Saudi Arabia, the Croatian Branko Ivankovic was already an established name in Asian football before taking the helm of the Omani national team at the beginning of this year. Now he is hoping to draw on his extensive experience to lead Oman to a maiden appearance at the FIFA World…

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Behind the World Cup record: Helmut Schon

Helmut Schon, born 105 years ago today, coached in a record 25 World Cup matches When they lost, Schon didn’t speak to his players the following day ‘The Lanky One’ led West Germany to glory in 1974 Helmut Schon is the most successful national coach in German football history, and one of the most successful ever to grace the beautiful game. He won the FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA EURO, and still holds a World Cup record to this day. He was recognised for his achievements in 1974 with the…

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Samatta: My English breakthrough can inspire other Tanzanians

Mbwana Samatta is captain of the Tanzanian national team Striker fired the Taifa Stars to the 2019 AFCON after a four-decade absence Samatta is also the first Tanzanian to play in the English Premier League For several seasons now, the likes of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez have been proudly flying the flag for African football. Their well-documented exploits on English soil has naturally whetted the appetite of other players from the Mother Continent, which provided 50 players to Premier League squads…

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Passy: Dominican Republic need to be band of brothers

Dominican Republic are in Group D in the Concacaf qualifiers for Qatar 2022 Jacques Passy is the man tasked with helping them make history “Every qualifying competition is an opportunity” He is Mexican but his name is French. He had ties with Dutch football for more than ten years as the head of the Johan Cruyff Institute in Mexico and Latin America. And he also spent four years as the coach of St. Kitts and Nevis, bringing an identity and success to the national team of an island that is…

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Action resumes in Asia's west

2020 AFC Champions League campaign resumes after seven-month hiatus Three 2020 World Cup stadiums used as venues in West Asia Holders Al Hilal among six former winners chasing glory The AFC Champions League is set to return on Monday. The 2020 edition began in February, but only two rounds were played due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With strict measures put in place by the Asian Football Confederation and the Qatar Government, the AFC Champions League will welcome the return of the continent’s elite clubs. The remainder of the campaign will…

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Action resumes in the Asian west

The AFC Champions League is set to return. The 2020 edition began in February, but only two rounds were played due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The remainder of the campaign will see 32 teams compete in a centralised format. In West Asia, all matches will be staged in Qatar across two weeks from 14-30 September, with 16 sides vying for a place in the final. In East Asia, the competition will only resume on 15 November. All eyes will be on defending champions Al Hilal’s clash with Pakhtakor as the…

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Transfer update ahead of the new FIFA season

Football players and clubs with new eSports teams Former FIFA eClub World Cup qualifiers strengthening their line-ups Overview of some of the most important transfers of recent weeks After months of calm, the FIFA eSports transfer scene has been hotting up in recent weeks. As well as new entrants of the calibre of David Beckham and BVB Dortmund, more established organisations have been strengthening their squads, with new players brought in ahead of the coming season. Here is an overview of some of the most significant transfers: Guild eSports David…

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Argentina's Ippolito living the Juve dream

18-year-old Dalila Ippolito is the first Argentinian woman to play in Italy She is the first female player from her country to have a stadium named after her The midfielder speaks about her footballing future and national team hopes Dalila Ippolito was in quarantine at home when she received a WhatsApp notification from her agent asking her if she was free for a chat. The Argentinian midfielder had been looking over offers from abroad, so the message did not surprise her. The video call that followed, however, was not quite…

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