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  • Italian Football Federation Want Antonio Conte to Return as Italy Manager

    Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Federation, has given a strong indication he wants Antonio Conte to take over as Italy boss for a second time.  He spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t BBC Sport) and implied Conte is his first choice: "[Massimiliano] Allegri, [Roberto] Mancini, [Carlo] Ancelotti...I say getting warmer. And Conte? Fire." Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy boss after they lost to Sweden in their play-off for the 2018 World Cup, the first time since 1958 the...

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  • Monterrey vs. Tigres: 2017 Apertura Championship Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

    Monterrey take on Tigres in the final round of fixtures in Liga MX's Apertura on Saturday. The hosts go into the Clasico Regiomontano top of the table with 34 points, while Tigres are two points further back in second. Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs, but Tigres have the chance to finish top with victory at the home of their local rivals. Here is how you can watch the game in Guadalupe, Mexico: Date: Saturday, November 18 Time: 1 a.m. (November 19) (GMT), 8 p.m. (ET) TV...

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  • Ranking Possible World Cup Groups of Death, Groups of Life, Excitement & More

    The group-stage draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place on December 1. All 32 teams participating have been decided, with Peru the last to join the party, and it's time to turn our attentions to the permutations on offer. Here we look at what could unfold in Russia and which teams could be pitted against one another in potential groups of death, groups of life and groups of raw entertainment—plus a few club-themed bonus balls at the end. Feel free to design your own, but remember the...

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  • World Cup 2018 Power Rankings After Lineup Is Finalised

    The 32 teams attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup have been finalised, with Peru the last confirmed participant courtesy of their 2-0 aggregate victory over New Zealand on Thursday. Ahead of the the anticipated group-stage draw, set to take place on December 1, there's now only one real question left: Who is going to win it? We've taken stock of every side attending the finals in Russia next summer and ranked them, from one to 32, in order of how likely we feel they are to lift that wondrous golden...

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  • Gian Piero Ventura Sacked as Italy Manager After Missing 2018 World Cup

    Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked from his position as the manager of the Italian national team, it was confirmed on Wednesday.  News of the change of leadership came via Sky Sports News: Ventura leaves the Italy side at their lowest ebb for 60 years, as the team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup; it'll be the first time since 1958 the Azzurri won't be involved in football's biggest international tournament. In a two-legged play-off against Sweden they were beaten 1-0 over the...

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  • World Cup 2018 Qualifying: Australia Qualifies for Tournament in Wednesday Play

    Australia became the 31st team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, as they overcame Honduras 3-1 in Sydney thanks to a Mile Jedinak hat-trick.  After a goalless draw between the two sides in the first leg in Honduras, the Aussie skipper proved to be the difference in front of his home supporters, as he rattled home a deflected free-kick and a couple of penalties in the second half. Alberth Elis scored a late consolation for the visitors. The lineup for the competition in Russia...

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  • World Cup 2018 Qualifying: Latest Results, Standings After Tuesday

    Christian Eriksen netted a fantastic hat-trick as Denmark sealed their spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup by beating the Republic of Ireland 5-1at Dublin's Aviva Stadium in the second leg of their play-off on Tuesday. A 0-0 draw in the opening leg in Copenhagen meant the tie was there for the taking for either side, and the hosts made the perfect start as Shane Duffy headed them ahead inside six minutes. But Denmark then took control and equalised through a Cyrus Christie own goal just before the...

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  • Russia Draw 3-3 with Spain in International Friendly; Sergio Ramos Scores Brace

    Russia drew 3-3 with Spain in a pulsating international friendly on Tuesday, as the hosts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup fought back in Saint Petersburg. Jordi Alba gave the visitors an early lead in the ninth minute, and Sergio Ramos doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after 35 minutes at the Krestovsky Stadium. However, the Russians fought back as Fyodor Smolov found the back of the net four minutes before half-time.  The home crowd were on their feet as Russia pulled level through Aleksey...

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  • 'Apocalypse': Media Reacts to Italy's Failure to Qualify for 2018 World Cup

    Italy's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest football stories of 2017, and the country's media has reacted with anger to the performance of the team.  The Azzurri were beaten 1-0 over the course of two legs by Sweden, with the 0-0 draw at the San Siro on Monday confirming Italy will not be involved in Russia next summer. It's the first time since 1958 the four-time winners will not feature in the World Cup. As we can see courtesy of Sport Witness, Gazzetta dello...

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  • England to Play the Netherlands and Italy in March International Friendlies

    England will face the Netherlands and Italy in a pair of friendly matches in March as part of their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  News of the double-header of international games came via Sky Sports News on Tuesday: The Three Lions have secured their spot at the Russia showpiece next month after an excellent qualifying campaign, in which they won nine and drew one of their 10 matches. Their opponents will not be heading to the World Cup, though, despite their esteemed records in...

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  • Janne Andersson Says Sweden's Moved on from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rules out Return

    Sweden manager Janne Andersson dismissed talk of an international return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday after his side overcame Italy to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  A 0-0 draw at the San Siro for the Swedes saw them to a 1-0 aggregate win over the Azzurri, with the team turning in a heroic defensive performance in both matches. Afterwards, the manager was asked about Ibrahimovic and was not pleased. "This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden...

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  • Dani Alves Says Gabriel Jesus Is 'The New Ronaldo' and He 'Will Get Even Better'

    Dani Alves has dubbed Brazil team-mate Gabriel Jesus "the new Ronaldo" and believes the striker is set to "get even better." Alves, talking about Brazil legend Ronaldo as opposed to current world player of the year Cristianno Ronaldo, was full of praise for Jesus when he spoke at a press conference ahead of their friendly clash with England, per sports reporter Ian Abrahams: According to Sam Cunningham of the Daily Mail, he added: "For all that he's done, all that he's achieved, there's no...

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  • Robert Martinez Says He Understands Kevin De Bruyne's Tactics Criticism

    Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has said he "understands" recent criticism received from Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.  After the 3-3 draw with Mexico in an international friendly last week, De Bruyne questioned the tactics used by the team. When asked about the situation in a press conference on Monday, Martinez said the City man had done nothing wrong and was adamant there's no tension between the pair. "What De Bruyne had to say wasn't a personal attack," he stated, per DH (h/t...

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  • Italy Manager Gian Piero Ventura Resigns After Failing to Reach 2018 World Cup

    Gian Piero Ventura has reportedly announced his resignation from Italy's managerial role after a 0-0 draw against Sweden on Monday saw his side fail to qualify for the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A 1-0 win in the first leg meant Sweden won the fixture on aggregate, and Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted after the result that Ventura was no longer at the helm. While the Swedes will feature in their first World Cup since 2006, Italy—who won the tournament that year—will be absent...

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  • World Cup 2018 Qualifying: Italy to Miss Tournament for 1st Time Since 1958

    Four-time winners Italy will miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they could only draw 0-0 with Sweden at the San Siro in the second leg of their play-off on Monday.  Jakob Johansson had given Sweden a 1-0 lead in the tie after he netted in Friday's first leg, and the visitors then produced an immaculate defensive performance in Milan to book their spot at 2018's tournament.  Italy will not be present at their first World Cup since 1958, and manager Gian Piero Ventura is likely to...

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  • Alex Morgan, USA Use Strong 2nd Half to Beat Canada in 2017 Friendly Match

    Three days after the same teams battled to a 1-1 draw, the United States women's national team got the better of Canada this time around with a 3-1 win in San Jose, California. Although Sunday's match once again reached a 1-1 score, Alex Morgan made the difference this time around with a goal and an assist in the second half to help secure the win for the Americans. Julie Ertz and Carli Lloyd also scored goals in the team's final match of 2017. Canada was the aggressor last match on its home...

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  • USA vs. Canada Women's Soccer: Sunday Time, Live Stream for 2017 Friendly

    The United States Women's national team and Canada will complete their set of friendlies on Sunday, as they go head-to-head once again in San Jose, California. The two sides battled to a draw earlier this week in Vancouver, with Alex Morgan and Adriana Leon finding the net in the friendly. The Stars and Stripes had their chances to grab the win and will be eager to close out 2017 with a victory in front of their own fans. Here's everything you need to know about the contest. Date: Sunday,...

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  • Sergio Aguero Goal Gives Argentina 1-0 Win over Russia

    Sergio Aguero's late strike handed Argentina a 1-0 win over Russia in their friendly match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Saturday. La Albiceleste looked to be on course for a disappointing goalless stalemate with the 2018 World Cup hosts after missing a series of chances, but Aguero's 86th-minute strike handed them a deserved win. A flurry of offside calls in the opening minutes against Angel Di Maria, Konstantin Rausch—who also had to be denied by an inch-perfect tackle from Javier...

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  • Colombia Women's Team 'Furious' After Model Fronts Kit Unveiling

    Adidas have angered the Colombia women's football team by using actress and former Miss Colombia Paulina Vega Dieppa to front the unveiling of their new kit. The Independent's Jack de Menezes reported the women's team are "furious" with the German sportswear company, especially given the men's shirt reveal used star playmaker James Rodriguez as the kit model.  Colombia's women have enjoyed plenty of success in recent years, finishing as runners-up to Brazil at the Copa America Femenina twice...

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  • Belgium vs. Mexico: Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule for 2017 Friendly

    Belgium and Mexico continue their preparations for the FIFA 2018 World Cup finals with a friendly in Brussels on Friday night. The hosts made light work of qualification, topping Group H by nine points from Greece after securing nine wins from 10 games with 43 goals scored along the way. Mexico booked their spot in next summer's finals in Russia by finishing top of the CONCACAF table with 21 points from 10 games. Here is how you can watch the international friendly: Date: Friday, November...

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  • USA vs. Canada Women's Soccer: Date, Time, Live Stream for 2017 Friendly

    The United States Women's national team will play its final two matches of 2017 against neighbours Canada, starting with a meeting in Vancouver on Thursday before the two face off in San Jose, California. As shared by U.S. Soccer WNT, the Stars and Stripes have rotated and experimented a lot of late, and these two matches should provide another opportunity to do so: With multiple players in the squad vying for their first cap, expect manager Jill Ellis to shuffle things around for the clashes...

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo Threatened by ISIS After Lionel Messi, Neymar Images

    Cristiano Ronaldo has become the latest player to be threatened by ISIS after Lionel Messi and Neymar were depicted in a photoshopped image of an execution. Security news portal SITE Intel Group shared the image on Twitter, with a bruised Ronaldo pictured kneeling before a masked man: The image also depicts the 2018 World Cup logo torn in half, with the caption: "Our words are what you see not what you hear. So just you wait, we are waiting too." It comes just days after Messi and Neymar were...

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  • England vs. Spain: 2017 U-17 World Cup Live Stream, Schedule and Prediction

    England will meet Spain in the final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kolkata, India, on Saturday. The young Three Lions laid down a marker in the last four by beating Brazil, but Spain's squad is loaded with quality and will pose a tough test at the Salt Lake Stadium. As they've done throughout the tournament, England will count on the goals of Liverpool's Rhian Brewster. Yet Spain also feature a prolific striker of their own in the form of Barcelona's Abel Ruiz. Before a preview and...

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  • Real Madrid Beat Fuenlabrada 2-0 in Leg 1 of Copa Del Rey

    Real Madrid defeated Fuenlabrada 2-0 in the first leg of the round of 32 of the 2017-18 Spanish Copa del Rey at the Estadio Fernando Torres on Thursday. A penalty from Marco Asensio broke the deadlock after 61 minutes and was followed by another strike from the spot by Lucas Vazquez with 10 minutes remaining. Real posted their rotated selection ahead of the cup match: Asensio joined Borja Mayoral to lead the attack, with coach Zinedine Zidane relying on the fringes of his squad against the...

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