Will Mexico’s Concacaf Champions League dominance continue in 2020?

The 2020 Concacaf Champions League kicks off on 18 February Record champions Club America return to the competition Carlos Vela and newcomers LAFC are out to flip the script The 2020 Concacaf Champions League gets under way this week, and one thing is certain: There will be no repeat champion. Monterrey, the region’s holders and third-place finishers at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™, did not qualify for the competition this time around.  Though Rayados lifted North America’s top club trophy four times in the previous decade, this year’s…

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Rising Nguyen eyes big things with Vietnam

Nguyen Tien Linh struck twice in World Cup qualifying debut Forward figured for Vietnam at FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Helping team in effort to seal maiden qualification to the third round Twenty two-years-old. Dauntless. Having scored two goals in his FIFA World Cup™ qualifying debut, this was how Vietnam striker Nguyen Tien Linh impressed the media and fans alike in Asia’s qualifying for Qatar 2022. The Becamex Binh Duong forward failed to find the back of the net in Vietnam’s goalless draw against Thailand in the opener,…

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Takakura: I'd be lying if I said there was no pressure

Asako Takakura will lead the hosts at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Last year’s Women’s World Cup represented a steep learning curve Japan’s coach talks us through the ‘must-dos’ for fans visiting the Olympic Games Tokyo is one of the most-visited cities in the world. Along with New York, London, Paris and Bangkok, it is a city that has a huge pull on tourists from across the globe. This year will see many more visitors descend on the city, but for a sporting purpose: the 2020 Olympic Games. Asako Takakura,…

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Pacific ace Serritslev takes Fiji reins

Flemming Serritslev recently named Fiji coach for Qatar 2022 campaign Dane took Papua New Guinea to 2016 OFC Nations Cup final Melanesian nation has a strong history at regional level Danish coach Flemming Serritslev, who took Papua New Guinea to within touching distance of unlikely qualification for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, has been appointed coach of Fiji for their upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ campaign. PNG reached the most recent OFC Nations Cup final on home soil but were defeated by New Zealand on penalties after 120 scoreless…

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Ten things we learned from the FIFA eClub World Cup

Complexity overcome Ellevens in Final Showdown to win FIFA eClub World Cup Action-packed three days of competitive EA SPORTS FIFA Ten takeaways following the tournament’s conclusion in Milan The dust has settled on an historic FIFA eClub World Cup 2020™ where Complexity Gaming overcame Ellevens in the Final Showdown to become the first North American side to win the tournament. Three FIFA-filled days – in 1v1 and 2v2 format – unfolded in Milan, culminating with ‘Joksan’ and ‘MaXe’ getting their hands on $40,000 and 2,000 Global Series Ranking points. After…

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Argentina point way to Tokyo as Brazil follow

La Albiceleste win Olympic qualifying competition for the fifth time A Canarinha will defend their Olympic title at Tokyo 2020 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will be played from 23 July to 8 August Impressive winners of the CONMEBOL Olympic qualifying competition, Argentina will be joined at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 by runners-up Brazil. La Albiceleste sealed the continental crown and their ticket to Japan with a game to spare, while A Canarinha only made sure of their place when beating the Argentinians in their final match. The…

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USA and Canada's regional dominance continues

USA and Canada to represent Concacaf at Tokyo 2020 Christine Sinclair claims all-time scoring record during Olympic qualifiers Women’s Olympic Football Tournament to run from 22 July–7 August With just over 160 days until the opening game of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020, we now know the two Concacaf representatives who will be going for gold in the Japan. Unsurprisingly, it will be four-time Olympic champions USA, and the bronze medallists from London 2012 and Rio 2016, Canada – the pair proving just too strong for other regional…

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Tim Cahill joins Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy as an official ambassador

Tim Cahill named an official ambassador for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Joins Xavi, Samuel Eto’o and Cafu on ambassadorial team Cahill: “Football is giving back to this region” Australian football legend Tim Cahill has been unveiled as an official ambassador for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), at a special event in Qatar. Cahill, 40, becomes the latest renowned name to join the SC family – and accompanies Xavi, Samuel Eto’o, Cafu plus a number of other local and regional football legends on the ambassador…

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Messi-inspired Hamano aims high with Japan

Maika Hamano finished as tournament top-scorer in Asian qualifiers Cerezo Osaka forward lists Lionel Messi as her idol Has her sights on triumphant U-17 Women’s World Cup While many of football’s youth aspirants across the globe agree that Lionel Messi has provided them with a lasting inspiration, his myriad talents mean the Argentina and Barcelona star likely influences them in different ways. For Maika Hamano, Japan U-17 Women team’s top striker, it is Messi’s often unfathomable art of scoring that opened the footballing gates for her. “What is the most…

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Rio 2016 winners Brazil qualify for Tokyo 2020

Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 to seal qualification to Tokyo 2020 La Albiceleste had already qualified three days ago Uruguay and Colombia bow out Rio 2016 winners Brazil will have the chance to defend their gold medal at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 after sealing qualification with a 3-0 win over Argentina on the final matchday of South America’s qualification tournament. Argentina had already sealed their place at Tokyo 2020 three days earlier and finished in first place in the region’s qualifiers after defeating Uruguay 3-2 and Colombia 2-1…

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