Cheer for Egypt’s Soccer team in Russia and pay in installments

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Under the slogan "Cheer for Egypt’s Soccer Team," many Egyptian banks announced new loans and plans, to help Egyptians support their team in the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Banque Misr has announced plans to support Egypt’s national team and added it to other offers which facilitate domestic and foreign tourism, holy Hajj and Umrah programs for up to 6 years, under an instalment scheme. The program covers employees in ministries, government agencies, the public sector, the ...

Peru’s Guerrero to miss World Cup after drugs ban

Friday, 8 December 2017

Peru’s hopes at next year’s World Cup finals were dealt a huge blow when captain and all-time record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was banned for one year on Friday after failing an anti-doping test for cocaine. The 33-year-old striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been provisionally suspended by world governing body FIFA after the drug, classified as a stimulant, was found in his system after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October. ...

REPORT: One of 2026 bidders to replace Qatar for World Cup 2022

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Owing to geopolitical problems and suspicions of corruption, Qatar could lose the organization of its World Cup due in five years, a report in the Mexican press has revealed. If that were to happen, candidates for the World Cup 2026 -  the United States, Canada or Mexico, could then be favored by FIFA. In its December 4 edition, Mexican sports daily Record argues that FIFA is very concerned about the geopolitical situation in Qatar and is already thinking about a plan B for the organization ...

Six World Cup games to watch out for that mix geopolitics with football

Monday, 4 December 2017

The official World Cup draw on Friday saw many national teams with geopolitical history come together in the same groups. Here are the games that will be played in the tournament between countries that share an eventful past. Egypt vs. Saudi Arabia The derby match will see both countries share a long history of shared mutual interest come together. Most recently, the neighbors are cooperating militarily in Yemen and politically in their joint actions against Qatar. And when it comes to football, ...

Argentina’s Pizzi appointed coach for World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Juan Antonio Pizzi has replaced Edgardo Bauza as head coach of World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia, sources at the country's football federation have told Reuters. Argentinean Pizzi would represent Saudi Arabia at the World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday, they added. Pizzi is the third coach to fill the position in the last three months after Bauza was hired to replace Bert van Marwijk, who qualified the country for their first World Cup finals since 2006. Van ...

Saudi Arabia target return to past glories in Russia

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Saudi Arabia make their return to the World Cup finals for the first time since 2006 aiming to recapture the country’s glory days. The Saudis reached the knockout phase in their first appearance at the tournament in the United States in 1994 when Saeed Owairan’s 80-yard run culminated in a remarkable goal against Belgium that helped take the country into the last 16. Saudi Arabia’s fortunes at the World Cup have been diminishing ever since, however, with none of their ...

Bauza sacked as Saudi Arabia coach after 5 games in charge

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Argentinian Edgardo Bauza was sacked as Saudi Arabia coach after just five games in charge, the Saudi Arabia Football Federation announced on Wednesday.Bauza replaced Bert van Marwjik over two months ago, after the Dutchman lead the Gulf team to the World Cup.Bauza’s short tenure included two victories over Latvia and Jamaica, but also defeats to Ghana, Portugal and Bulgaria.The federation have not announced who Bauza’s replacement will be.

Italy boss Tavecchio resigns after World Cup elimination

Monday, 20 November 2017

Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years. Tavecchio, 74, had been under pressure to step down after a goalless draw at home to Sweden meant Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Coach Gian Piero Ventura was sacked last Wednesday. An angry Tavecchio told a news conference he had resigned because he had ...

FIFA picks Lineker to host World Cup draw in Moscow

Friday, 17 November 2017

FIFA says former England forward Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya will present the World Cup draw in Moscow on Dec. 1.Lineker, a respected broadcaster for British networks, has been chosen for the State Kremlin Palace event despite often criticizing FIFA to his 6.7 million followers on Twitter.FIFA deputy secretary general Zvonimir Boban says Lineker’s “honest and open views together with his in-depth knowledge of the game greatly enrich the world of ...

Peru overcome New Zealand in Lima to reach World Cup finals

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Peru became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals when goals from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave them a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second leg of their inter-confederation playoff on Wednesday.The South Americans advanced to Russia 2-0 on aggregate after the sides ground out a goalless draw in Wellington on Saturday and will take part in their first finals since 1982. 

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