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England: Get Peter Crouch And Andy Carroll On That Bloody Plane To 2018 World Cup (And Keep Joe Hart As Far Away As Humanly Possible)

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Two of the Premier League's preeminent 'big men' came to the fore as West Ham and Stoke produced a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium on Monday night.

The Grand Old Duke of Crouch opened the scoring in the 79th minute, but only after a trademark lapse of technique and concentration from Joe Hart provided the gangly striker with the means to do so.

Predicting ultimate 23-man World Cup squad with one player per country

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is fast approaching. Coaches must begin to seriously evaluate the 23 players they will take to Russia for the world’s greatest sporting event.

Squad selections are imminent. Let’s get experimental and select a 23-man squad from players who will feature at the tournament.

Predicting ultimate 23-man World Cup squad with one player per country

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is fast approaching. Coaches must begin to seriously evaluate the 23 players they will take to Russia for the world’s greatest sporting event.

Squad selections are imminent. Let’s get experimental and select a 23-man squad from players who will feature at the tournament.

‘The Most Vivid Yellow For 20 Years’ – Nike Release New Brazil Home And Away Kits For 2018 World Cup (Photos)

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Nike have finally furnished us with the brand new togs Brazil will be wearing at the World Cup this summer.

The home kit features a new shirt which Nike assure us is rendered in the brightest and most vivid shade of yellow that the Selecao have sported for over 20 years.

Indeed, the designers took a trip to the Football Museum in Sao Paulo and used a colour swatch book to match the exact 'Samba Gold' hue of the shirts Brazil wore while winning the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Got, Need, Got: Panini Launch First Ever Digital Sticker Album For 2018 World Cup

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If you love collecting football stickers but simply can't abide their physical form, then we bring tidings of great joy.

For the 2018 World Cup, the good folk at Panini have launched their first ever digital sticker album, available as an app.

IT'S HERE!

White Wash: Puma Unveil Entirely Unimaginative Batch Of Identical Away Kits For Italy, Uruguay, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Etc (Photos)

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Puma have released a job lot of new kits that the requisite nations will be wearing during the upcoming international break and (for some of them at least) on until the 2018 World Cup.

The batch contains 10 new away strips for the likes of Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon, as well as the Russia-bound teams like Serbia, Switzerland, Senegal and Uruguay.

Comme Ci, Comme Ça: France’s New 2018 World Cup Kits Are Okay, Nothing Special (Photos)

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Nike have released the capsule of kits France will be wearing at the World Cup this summer and you know what? They're okay. Nothing special. Nothing to write home about.

Oh, who are we kidding. They're all hopelessly elegant, effortlessly stylish and achingly cool just like every other France kit.

Jose Mourinho Signs Up With Russian Broadcasters RT To Provide Expert Punditry For 2018 World Cup

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Those of you concerned that the upcoming World Cup might have been a little light on ashen-faced grumbling, fear not Jose Mourinho will be at Russia 2018 after all.

The Manchester United manager has signed on as 'coach' of Russia Today's tournament broadcast 'dream team', meaning he'll be in Moscow to provide insight and analysis for all games covered by Vladimir Putin's channel of choice.

‘I Wouldn’t Even Need A Phone Call’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic Drops Subtlest Of Hints That He’s Willing To Reverse Retirement To Play For Sweden At 2018 World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dangled the very subtlest of hints that he'd been willing to come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at the upcoming World Cup.

Ibrahimovic called it quits after Sweden went tumbling out Euro 2016 at the end of the group stage but, with 14 or so weeks left until Russia 2018 begins in earnest, the 36-year-old has casually put his name forward for selection without actually saying as much.

Jason Derulo Has Been Entrusted With Recording The Official FIFA 2018 World Cup Song (Video)

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Following in the illustrious footsteps of Shakira, Anastacia and Pitbull, it's been announced that Jason Derulo has been entrusted with singing the official anthem for the 2018 World Cup.

For the uninitiated, Derulo is the man behind such songs as 'Swalla', 'Wiggle', 'Tip Toe', 'Bubblegum', 'Trumpets' and 'Zipper'.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Fox Sports announces 2018 World Cup schedule, USWNT to play in Jacksonville, and more

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Big Fox is going to have a ton of soccer this June and July.

Happy Wednesday folks. It's supposed to be hot again today, but I need Mother Nature to recognize it's not spring. Someone turn the heat off.

Also, MLS Fantasy is back! Our very own BlasianSays has set up two leagues for you all: a classic, single table league and a head-to-head league.

2018 World Cup shirts on sale for all 32 teams

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The 2018 World Cup shirts for the countries participating in this summer’s biggest soccer tournament are slowly being unveiled. Many of the countries have released the jerseys they’ll be wearing with pride in Russia 2018, but there are still many more that will be announced soon.

No matter what country you’ll be cheering for this summer, the colors and designs of the official 2018 World Cup shirts are quite varied.

2018 World Cup shirts on sale for all 32 teams

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The 2018 World Cup shirts for the countries participating in this summer’s biggest soccer tournament are slowly being unveiled. Many of the countries have released the jerseys they’ll be wearing with pride in Russia 2018, but there are still many more that will be announced soon.

No matter what country you’ll be cheering for this summer, the colors and designs of the official 2018 World Cup shirts are quite varied.

Arsenal

Danny Welbeck suggests inclusion in alternative attacking spearhead

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Mesut Ozil will not feature for Germany against Brazil and has been sent home to Arsenal

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Jack Wilshere swears to make his presence in the England set-up known

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Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspur in hunt for German playmaker

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LAFC

News roundup: Curtin’s presser, Nova beat Syracuse, LA derby crowned El Tráfico

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Plus where to watch Saturday's Union game, Bob Bradley interview, Russia, and more.

News roundup: Herbers interview, Martino on U.S. Soccer run, USWNT drama

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Plus Union Academy action, MLS signing & trades, #SaveTheCrew prediction, more.

Links: NY Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso lashes out

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He sees the US as a failed soccer nation. Anthony Precourt is all in on Austin. LAFC sold out their season tickets.

Seattle

The WoSo Independent Podcast turns their attention to the Seattle Reign in their latest 2018 NWSL preview show. The WoSo Independent Podcast – Episode #38 – 2018 NWSL Team Previews – Seattle Reign | All White Kit

Major League Soccer

Without a US team making the trip, the list of MLS players who are likely to make a World Cup roster is shorter this time around.

AFP

VAR confusion could blight World Cup – Southgate

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate believes a lack of clarity over the video assistant referee (VAR) system could blight the 2018 World Cup.

Southgate’s side were denied another impressive World Cup warm-up friendly result as Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty three minutes from time salvaged a 1-1 draw for Italy at Wembley on Tuesday.

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host revealed June 13

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Lausanne (AFP) – Hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup are set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The decision will be announced at a FIFA meeting in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia.

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host revealed June 13

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Lausanne (AFP) – Hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup are set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The decision will be announced at a FIFA meeting in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia.

Brazil are better but will still miss Neymar – Germany’s Sane

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Berlin (AFP) – Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup, but injury to superstar Neymar still weakens the ‘Selecao’, Germany winger Leroy Sane said Sunday.

“Brazil aren’t as dependent on Neymar as they were in 2014,” said Manchester City winger Sane.

“They are better positioned and have a few new stars, but it still makes a big difference whether Neymar plays or not.

Brazil are better but will still miss Neymar – Germany’s Sane

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Berlin (AFP) – Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup, but injury to superstar Neymar still weakens the ‘Selecao’, Germany winger Leroy Sane said Sunday.

“Brazil aren’t as dependent on Neymar as they were in 2014,” said Manchester City winger Sane.

“They are better positioned and have a few new stars, but it still makes a big difference whether Neymar plays or not.

Kamara hat-trick as Norway spoil Van Marwijk’s Socceroos start

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Oslo (AFP) – Brought in to oversee Australia’s 2018 World Cup finals campaign, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk watched his new charges lose 4-1 to Norway on a freezing night in Oslo on Friday.

The man who coached the Netherlands to the 2010 finals was overseeing his first match in charge of Australia and would have been heartened when Jackson Irvine’s towering header gave his cautious side a 19th minute lead with their first serious attack.

Kamara hat-trick as Norway spoil Van Marwijk’s Socceroos start

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Oslo (AFP) – Brought in to oversee Australia’s 2018 World Cup finals campaign, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk watched his new charges lose 4-1 to Norway on a freezing night in Oslo on Friday.

The man who coached the Netherlands to the 2010 finals was overseeing his first match in charge of Australia and would have been heartened when Jackson Irvine’s towering header gave his cautious side a 19th minute lead with their first serious attack.

Russian ambassador says England fans will be safe at World Cup

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London (AFP) – Russia’s ambassador to Britain insisted Thursday that England football fans will be safe at the 2018 World Cup, despite a raging diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow.

“They will be safe in Russia,” Alexander Yakovenko told a press conference at the London embassy.

Egypt striker Gamal quits South Africa after failing to impress

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Egypt striker Amr Gamal has quit reigning South African champions Wits after failing to make an impact, lessening his chances of featuring at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt on Tuesday confirmed the early end to a one-year loan deal, saying: “Amr is a good footballer, but I thought he would settle in much quicker.

Egypt striker Gamal quits South Africa after failing to impress

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Egypt striker Amr Gamal has quit reigning South African champions Wits after failing to make an impact, lessening his chances of featuring at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt on Tuesday confirmed the early end to a one-year loan deal, saying: “Amr is a good footballer, but I thought he would settle in much quicker.

Cristiano Ronaldo says self-belief key to success

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo says the key to his staggering success is believing nobody is better than he is - and he advised his Portuguese teammates to adopt the same attitude.

The Real Madrid star made the comments as he accepted the Portuguese player of the year award in Lisbon.

Dutch pass master Sneijder takes international retirement

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The Hague (AFP) – Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has decided to end his international football career after 14 years and a record 133 caps during a golden era for his country.

Alongside Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Mark van Bommel, Sneijder propelled the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final where an extra-time goal from Andres Iniesta saw Spain win the title.

Dutch pass master Sneijder takes international retirement

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The Hague (AFP) – Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has decided to end his international football career after 14 years and a record 133 caps during a golden era for his country.

Alongside Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Mark van Bommel, Sneijder propelled the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final where an extra-time goal from Andres Iniesta saw Spain win the title.

VAR set for 2018 World Cup approval

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Zurich (AFP) – Football’s law-making body on Saturday was set to approve the use of video assistant referee technology (VAR) at this summer’s World Cup, overriding purists concerned about technology disrupting the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich is widely expected to rubber-stamp the move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.

VAR set for 2018 World Cup approval

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Zurich (AFP) – Football’s law-making body on Saturday was set to approve the use of video assistant referee technology (VAR) at this summer’s World Cup, overriding purists concerned about technology disrupting the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich is widely expected to rubber-stamp the move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.

US soccer elects vice-president Cordeiro as new chief

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Orlando (AFP) – United States Soccer Federation vice-president Carlos Cordeiro was elected chief of the governing body on Saturday, replacing outgoing president Sunil Gulati who stepped down after the country’s 2018 World Cup flop.

Cordeiro, a Harvard-educated former investment banker, came through a crowded field of eight contenders to win on a third ballot at the USSF’s annual meeting at the Seaworld resort in Orlando.

US soccer elects vice-president Cordeiro as new chief

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Orlando (AFP) – United States Soccer Federation vice-president Carlos Cordeiro was elected chief of the governing body on Saturday, replacing outgoing president Sunil Gulati who stepped down after the country’s 2018 World Cup flop.

Cordeiro, a Harvard-educated former investment banker, came through a crowded field of eight contenders to win on a third ballot at the USSF’s annual meeting at the Seaworld resort in Orlando.

Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez set for Inter move – reports

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Milan (AFP) – Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez, touted as a potential newcomer in Jorge Sampaoli’s 2018 World Cup squad, is set to sign a deal worth over 25 million euros ($30 million) with Inter Milan, the Italian press reported Friday.

The 20-year-old striker, who plays for Racing Club and the Argentina under-20 side, has opted for Inter ahead of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia and will join the northern Italian outfit this summer, Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez set for Inter move – reports

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Milan (AFP) – Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez, touted as a potential newcomer in Jorge Sampaoli’s 2018 World Cup squad, is set to sign a deal worth over 25 million euros ($30 million) with Inter Milan, the Italian press reported Friday.

The 20-year-old striker, who plays for Racing Club and the Argentina under-20 side, has opted for Inter ahead of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia and will join the northern Italian outfit this summer, Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

The Rest

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