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Wang: The Chinese players ran 10km per day to qualify

Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Women (FIFA.com) 14 Apr 2021 © imago images China PR dramatically pipped Korea Republic for an Olympic place Wang Shuang was the extra-time hero The 26-year-old discusses their qualification and Tokyo targets The scene of a weeping Wang Shuang, hugging team-mates after 120 minutes in Suzhou yesterday, told its own story. It had been a year since China PR were due to face Korea Republic in a winner-takes-all showdown for a Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 place. Due to the COVID-19, however, the two…

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Chile book historic ticket to round out Tokyo 2020 field

Chile edge Cameroon 2-1 on aggregate La Roja are headed to the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time All 12 teams confirmed for Tokyo 2020 Chile clinched the final ticket for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 by edging Cameroon 2-1 on aggregate in their two-legged intercontinental play-off. The victory is hugely significant for Chilean women’s football as it will be the first time in the nation’s history that they will compete at the Olympics, building on their first appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France…

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Wang snatches Olympic football for the Steel Roses 

Korea Republic led 3-2 on aggregate Wang Shuang won China PR an extra-time thriller The Steel Roses secured a ticket to the Olympics Wang Shuang turned China PR’s saviour to snatch them a ticket to the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 at the expense of Korea Republic. The Steel Roses were 3-2 behind on aggregate, with little over 20 minutes of normal time to play, but the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder set up Yang Man and then scored a superb extra-time goal to secure a 2-2 draw on the…

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Heskey: Coaching helps you look at football differently

Emile Heskey represented England at four major tournaments The former Liverpool striker is now coaching Leicester City’s women He tells FIFA.com about that job and gives his take on England’s Class of 2021 Emile Heskey is one of Leicester’s favourite football sons. A local lad made good, he lifted two League Cups for his hometown team before becoming a treble-winner at Liverpool and earning 62 caps for his country. In a ‘golden generation’ of dazzling individual English talent, he was the unflashy personification of humility and hard work. Michael Owen,…

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Ambition fuelling Jesus Vidal return for Venezuela

Venezuelan injured in qualifiers for Lithuania 2021 Pandemic allowed him to recover for World Cup Player talks about that experience, as well as team preparations and goals It was 6 February 2020, with Venezuela contesting the biggest game in their futsal history, when Alfredo de Jesus Vidal felt something was not right. Instinctively, he looked to the bench and signalled for a change. After being seen by the team doctor on the sidelines, the player tried to briefly accelerate, “only to feel my knee go”. On the court, his Vinotinto…

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The shooting stars hoping to light up a home World Cup

Australia and New Zealand’s squads have been largely settled in recent years Several fresh faces lit up the recent W-League season FIFA.com looks at newer names hoping to feature at a home Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand are set to welcome the world at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and, as always, much interest will focus on the hosts. Both nations have enjoyed settled line-ups in recent years. New Zealand arrived at France 2019 with an incredible 17 players who had been involved in Canada four years…

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The story behind an unlikely world record

Multiple FIFA World Cup records were set on this day 20 years ago American Samoa faced numerous hurdles in the lead-up FIFA.com chronicles the back-story to a unique match Twenty years ago today a world record international score was set. Australia 31-0 American Samoa It is a mark that will surely never be surpassed. This is the back-story of how the record books were torn to shreds in Coffs Harbour. About six hours north of Sydney, the area’s beachside ambience is more renowned as a summer holiday spot. But in…

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Caparros: Armenia must have faith in the work being done 

FIFA.com speaks exclusively with Armenia coach Joaquin Caparros His side have begun Qatar 2022 qualifying with three straight wins “We’ve started well, but we’re keeping our feet on the ground,” he says When Joaquin Caparros was appointed Sevilla coach back in 2000, he could never have guessed where he would be coaching 21 years later. From then until 2005, he became an idol at the Andalusian club, contributing to the development and consolidation of future stars like Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, Jose Antonio Reyes and Dani Alves. After taking charge…

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ media rights awarded in Italy

Following the tender process for the Italian media rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022™, FIFA has awarded the exclusive rights to the competition to Rai, the Italian national public service broadcaster. Rai has been awarded multi-platform rights across television, digital and radio, and will provide an extremely strong broadcast platform for the tournament. In addition to making all 64 matches available live in the territory, Rai will also offer extensive support programming, including highlights and magazine programming. At least 28 matches of the tournament, including the opening match, final…

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Vidal: Spain's goal is to reach the final and win it

Spain coach Fede Vidal talks to FIFA.com He discusses La Roja’s preparation for the Futsal World Cup and EURO Major tournaments increasingly competitive, he says Futsal is one of the disciplines in which Spain has had greatest success over the years. However, maintaining that dominant position in the game is getting harder all the time. While the national team continue to grace the latter stages of major tournaments, they had to settle for runners-up spot at the last UEFA Futsal EURO and a quarter-final place at the last FIFA Futsal…

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