Untold stories from an Olympic record-holder 

Christie Pearce Rampone holds record for most medals in Olympic football history She chats with FIFA.com about her stand-out memories from each tournament Be All In, a book she has co-written, will be available this month Christie Pearce Rampone stands alone at the top of the all-time medals podium in Olympic Football Tournament history – men’s or women’s – with four. Throughout a highly-decorated career, the USA defender won three gold medals (2004, 2008 and 2012) and one silver (2000). In every edition she competed in, she won a medal.…

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Van de Sanden: Marozsan is on another level

Shanice van de Sanden recalls her “crazy” path into football She discusses Lyon’s quest for another two trophies this month 2023 “will be sick” says the Netherlands attacker When she dances, every member of the Oranjeleeuwinnen pride dances. When she smiles, the whole room smiles with her. And when she’s not at the office sporting an all-orange or all-white uniform, everyone flashes I-wish-I-could-look-like-you envy-gazes into her magnetising sphere. Shanice van de Sanden, indeed, turns up to post-cup final dinners looking not like she’s just tore across turf for 90 minutes,…

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Jung: I will fight to play at Qatar 2022

Jung Wooyoung took part in Russia 2018, where Korea Republic beat Germany Midfielder wants to lead Al Sadd to continental glory He believes Qatar 2022 will be a great experience for everyone Korea Republic enjoyed something of a fairy tale summer when it co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. The tournament, at which the Taegeuk Warriors finished a very commendable fourth, was a turning point for thousands of Koreans, who drew inspiration from their team’s performance and used it to help set their future goals. The World Cup’s impact,…

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Jung: 2002 World Cup was unforgettable

Jung Wooyoung took part in Russia 2018, where Korea Republic beat Germany Midfielder wants to lead Al Sadd to continental glory He believes Qatar 2022 will be a great experience for everyone Korea Republic enjoyed something of a fairy tale summer when it co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. The tournament, at which the Taegeuk Warriors finished a very commendable fourth, was a turning point for thousands of Koreans, who drew inspiration from their team’s performance and used it to help set their future goals. The World Cup’s impact,…

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Al Harash: Libya's situation has only increased appetite for football

Ongoing unrest in Libya harming football in the country Local league suspended for 18 months, national team play home games abroad Zakaria Al Harash says country still up to the challenge of World Cup qualifiers The ongoing fighting and instability in Libya has led to a suspension of domestic football for the last 18 months and the national team having to play their home games abroad. This has unsurprisingly affected the performances of the Mediterranean Knights, who failed to qualify for the most recent edition of the Africa Cup of…

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Breakthrough star Hau aims high as Vietnam seek to stun the world 

Doan Van Hau recently returned home from a one-year spell with SC Heerenveen Defender part of Vietnam’s young golden generation Vietnam on track to reach decisive round of World Cup qualifiers for first time Three-time Youth Player of the Year in Vietnam, 2018 AFF Championship winner, 2018 AFC U-23 Championship silver medal, participant in nation’s groundbreaking 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign and quarter-finalist at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. It is quite a résumé for 21-year-old Vietnamese defender Doan Van Hau, who is being hailed as one of Asia’s…

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Beckham's Argentina redemption

England’s scapegoat at France 1998. Their hero at Korea/Japan 2002. When David Beckham came up against Argentina four years after being sent off at the FIFA World Cup™, the Three Lions icon was determined to put the record straight. Travel back to 2002 in the latest in FIFA TV’s ‘Mesmerising Moments’ YouTube series and enjoy a perfectly scripted goal from England’s most famous player of that era. Follow and like us:

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Ragomo’s Solomons chase futsal history

Elliot Ragomo is perhaps Oceania’s most decorated futsal player The Solomon Islands star will lead his side to a fourth World Cup next year Kurukuru have set their sights on first-ever knockout-stage qualification Elliot Ragomo has achieved quite a bit in his career. A four-time World Cup captain, over a decade wearing the national team colours and the only Pacific Islander to play futsal in Brazil’s elite competition are just some of his personal achievements. Not bad for a player from the remote Roviana island, nearly a day’s boat trip…

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Venezuela banking on the class of 2017

La Vinotinto hoping to reach FIFA World Cup™ for first time Players from U-20 World Cup 2017 team are pushing hard for places Some have broken into the team, others during World Cup qualifying When Venezuela finished runners-up at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, their pride was soon followed by a feeling of hope. The expectation was that this generation of players would kick on and help Venezuela fulfil their dream of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time in the country’s history. And…

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Stott: I never thought a home World Cup would happen in my lifetime

Rebekah Stott is set to be a central figure for hosts New Zealand in 2023 Defender grew up in both New Zealand and Australia Football Ferns chasing first-ever qualification from the group stage Role models were so inaccessible for New Zealand defender Rebekah Stott during her childhood that she dreamed of playing international football for USA or China. Progress has been significant since Stott’s formative years early this century, but the change for local youngsters when Australia and New Zealand host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ could be truly…

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