Will Salah overshadow El-Shanaway for MOTM against Russia – and will he also decline the award?

Will Salah overshadow El-Shanaway for MOTM against Russia – and will he also decline the award?

Egyptian Goalie says no to Man of the match award For most footballers, winning the man of the match award against a team like Uruguay is a dream comes true. But this was not the case for Egyptian goalie Mohamed El- Shanawy who refused to take the award after an impressive work in goal. Egypt played two-time Fifa World Cup champions Uruguay in their opening match on June 15, staging a show that few expected. They…

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Did Buffon overstay his time in the Azzurri?

Did Buffon overstay his time in the Azzurri?

Italy’s legendary keeper should have retired earlier 32/32 nations have now qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Peru sealed the last spot by beating New Zealand 2-0 in the last South American playoff on Wednesday. The most remarkable upset of a dramatic payoffs round was, however, Italy’s edging out by Denmark. The 0-0 draw in the second leg meant The Azzurri will be missing from the quadrennial global footballing event for the first…

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Messi magic fires Argentina to Russia World Cup, but Joey Barton is not convinced

Messi magic fires Argentina to Russia World Cup, but Joey Barton is not convinced

I have some humble pie to eat later today. See, coming from football practice last evening, one mate said with conviction, ‘Messi cannot just watch the World Cup.’ As you would expect, the entire crew was quick to admonish him. One of the mobbers asked, “Are you purporting that Messi will play U-pro?” (U-pro is the term around here for when a team invites a star player to turn out for them in a crucial match….

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Russia 2018: World Cup stadiums named

Russia 2018: World Cup stadiums named

With qualification campaigns already kicking in, let us now look at how preparations for the next edition of  national Football’s largest showpiece are getting on. A report appearing on FIFA’s official website says fans from all over the world can now familiarise themselves with the names of the hosting venues of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. So as to ensure easy recognition both in Russia and around the…

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