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Megan Rapinoe sees disparity as World Cup approaches She was among a chorus of voices that criticized FIFA in the run-up to the 2015 World Cup in Canada because the tournament was played on artificial turf, which was considered a slight to the women. So it's understandable the 33-year-old national team vet would call out FIFA for more recent issues.
Guzan to make 1st US appearance in 13 months - Brad Guzan is set to make his first appearance for the United States in 13 months when the Americans play Peru in an exhibition on Tuesday night. The 34-year-old Guzan has not played for the U.S. since Sept. 5 last year, a 1-1 draw at Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.
Canada qualifies for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Canada has qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, doing so emphatically in Frisco, Texas. Led by captain Christine Sinclair, who had two goals, Canada put the boots to Panama in the CONCACAF Women's Championship semi-final, winning by a score of 7-0.
Player Profile: Roberto Firmino Player Profile: Roberto Firmino. Welcome to our page dedicated to Brazil and Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino. This piece featured in our October 2018 issue and tracks his rise from playing in Brazil to leading the line for Liverpool in Jurgen Klopp's exciting side.
Fifa targets record-setting Women's World Cup World football's governing body Fifa has said it will seek to use a record-breaking 2019 Women's World Cup as a platform to inspire more young girls to take up the sport. France will host next year's tournament from June 7 to July 7, following on from Canada's edition in 2015.
A throwback to Russia 2018, looking ahead at Qatar 2022 Three months after France lifted the 2018 FIFA World Cup and a great sense of achievement took over the Russian people following such a successful event, key members of the Local Organising Committee's operational staff gathered with FIFA in Zurich from 11 to 12 October to debrief on the tournament.
Canada qualifies for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 and Concacaf Women's Championship Final Canada qualifies for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and Concacaf Women’s Championship Final.
USA qualifies for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup after semi-final win over Jamaica USA qualifies for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup after semi-final win over Jamaica.
Tobin Heath and Becky Sauerbrunn on qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup Tobin Heath and Becky Sauerbrunn discuss the USWNT qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup after a big win versus Jamaica.
US headed to Women's World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica FRISCO, Texas - Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Heath's first came in the first two minutes of the match and she added a second in the 29th.
USWNT beats Jamaica to qualify for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Highlights, live updates recap Women's national soccer team beat Jamaica 6-0 in the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Sunday to earn an automatic berth to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA is the reigning World Cup champion and will have a chance to defend its title in France next year.
Alex Morgan's 95th career goal helps the USWNT qualify for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 Alex Morgan gets her 95th career goal for the USWNT.
Canada gets into Women's World Cup with 7-0 win over Panama FRISCO, Texas - Christine Sinclair scored twice and Canada went on to secure a spot in next year's World Cup in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama on Sunday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Sinclair has 177th international goals.
Italy leaves it late to earn 1st competitive win in a year ROME - Italy is finally showing signs of emerging from its crisis, nearly a year after failing to qualify for the World Cup. Cristiano Biraghi's goal in stoppage time earned the Azzurri a much-needed 1-0 win in Poland on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League.
Canada thrashes Panama to book FIFA Women's World Cup berth Sinclair scored twice and Canada went on to secure a spot in next year's World Cup in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama on Sunday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Watch highlights from Canada's win:. Sinclair has 177th international goals.
Pavard backs Varane to beat favourites to Ballon d'Or Benjamin Pavard thinks fellow France defender Raphael Varane would a be a worthy winner of the Ballon d'Or following his World Cup and Champions League exploits. The 30-man shortlist for the award was revealed last Monday, with six of the Les Bleus squad who triumphed in Russia among the nominees.
Kane ready for Spain test England's Harry Kane admits Spain deserve to be favourites for Monday's UEFA Nations League clash but is relishing being the underdog.
Laurent Koscielny confirms France exit: 'World Cup victory did a lot more psychological damage than my injury' "France's World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me."
Thailand's Stamp Issues, May 2018 to January 2019 This past Friday, Thailand Post announced - complete with design images - its first stamp for 2019 marking the Year of the Pig, due for release on January 1. This served as a reminder to me that it had been a while since I'd written about Thailand's stamps released over the past few months.
I'm not in need of a rest, claims Kane despite England goal drought Harry Kane admits it has been difficult to play so much football since the summer - but the England captain insists his game has not suffered as a result.
USWNT Players Take Issue With Changes in World Cup Prize Money In addition to the changes in prize money for the women's World Cup, FIFA is also set to do what it does for the men's World Cup by introducing payout compensation to teams competing in the tournament for preparation costs and to women's clubs in return for using their players.
Neymar diving: 'It was totally inappropriate' - Brazil star backed by Eden Hazard in simulation debate - Goal.com Eden Hazard has defended Neymar over the treatment he received during the World Cup. Neymar was widely criticised for his diving exploits, as Brazil fell to Belgium in the quarter-finals. The PSG superstar did score twice during the tournament, in wins over Costa Rica and Mexico, having overcome a serious metatarsal injury.
Argentina news: Lionel Messi won't be a leader for as long as he goes to the toilet 20 times before a game, says Diego Maradona - Goal.com Lionel Messi is not a leader, according to Diego Maradona, with the Barcelona and Argentina talisman accused of "going to the bathroom 20 times before a game". At 31 years of age and having spent more than a decade as an elite performer in the global game, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is accustomed to shouldering pressure and expectation.
Neymar delighted for Gabriel Jesus after 'unfair criticism' at World Cup But after the 21-year-old returned to form in the 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar hit back at the 'injustice' of 'unfair criticism' directed at his team-mate. 'I was very happy to have assisted Gabriel Jesus', he said after the match in Riyadh.
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