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Referee Stephanie Frappart to make World Cup history as part of all-female team

French referee Stephanie Frappart will make World Cup history as part of an all-female officiating team when she takes charge of Germany’s match against Costa Rica on Thursday.Frappart will become the first female official to referee a men’s World Cup match, while  Brazilian Neuza Back and Mexican Karen Diaz will be the assistant referees for the Group E match.Frappart, the fourth official for the Poland-Mexico clash in Group C last week, will be the main referee as she reaches another milestone in the sport.The 38-year-old became the first female to officiate at a men’s World Cup qualifier in March...
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USA World Cup 2022 squad guide: Full fixtures, group, ones to watch, odds and more

The United States have reached the last 16 of the QatarWorld Cup after a tense 1-0 victory over Iran to finish second in Group B behind England. Gregg Berhalter’s men have shown tactical discipline throughout the group stage, holding the Three Lions to a goalless draw, and now they play the Netherlands for a place in the quarter-finals. Christian Pulisic picked up an abdominal injury and was taken to hospital after his goal against Iran, with United States fans desperate for the Chelsea star to make it against the Orange on Saturday.And while Pulisic is the star, the United States’...
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Denmark aim to draw on past memories as World Cup destiny is decided

It could be a dark day for the dark horses. Denmark were tipped as potential World Cup winners. They came to Qatar ranked 10th in the world, with a 2022 double over France to their name, as Euro 2020 semi-finalists, with 23 wins in their last 32 games. They may go out at the first opportunity after finishing below Australia or Tunisia; maybe even both.But, as Denmark know to their cost, a prowess in the European Championships is no guarantee of World Cup success. This has been billed as their best team in three decades. Yet the side who...

Bayern Munich Rule Out Signing Cristiano Ronaldo: 'He Won't Match Our Ideas'

Bayern Munich have "ruled out" signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently parted ways with Manchester United, ahead of the January window. Ronaldo, who was in the final year of his deal with Manchester United, got his contract terminated earlier this month on mutual consent. The 37-year-old Portuguese forward will now be allowed to negotiate with any club over a contract when the winter window opens on Jan. 1.

Real Madrid Identify Harry Kane As Karim Benzema's Replacement; Who Are Their Other Targets?

Real Madrid are reportedly keeping a close eye on Harry Kane, who is captaining England in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Kane is contracted with Tottenham Hotspur until 2024. Real Madrid are eyeing Kane as an ideal long-term replacement for Karim Benzema, reported Spanish media outlet The Sport. Spurs are expected to demand around $93 million for Kane, an amount that Los Blancos are not willing to spend on the English striker.

Spong: International Cup is our Champions League

Jack Spong reckons he and the under-21s are getting their own taste of the Champions League with their involvement in this season’s Premier League International Cup. We kicked off this campaign's competition with a 2-0 win over Feyenoord, with Monaco next in our sights, as we face them at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Wednesday, kick-off 7pm.

Commentary: Juventus case lays bare football’s rotten finances

Football may be the beautiful game, but success on the pitch requires an ugly financial battle to sign top players and pay their vastly inflated wages. Monday’s resignation of Juventus Football Club SpA’s entire board of directors, including chairman Andrea Agnelli, amid multiple investigations into the club’s financial reporting, is a searing moment for the club and the wider football universe.

Where are they now? The 10 youngest players from 2018 World Cup

Every World Cup is marked by some exciting young talent but not all hot prospects from the 2018 edition went on to bigger and better things after participating in Russia. It’s a major demonstration of faith from any World Cup manager to take a promising youngster to the finals, often at the expense of experience, and the decision of some 2018 bosses looks even more inspired with the passage of time.
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First All-Women Referee Crew Set to Debut at Men’s World Cup

A trio of women will become the first all-female refereeing team to officiate a men’s World Cup match when Costa Rica and Germany clash in a Group E match on Thursday. On Tuesday, FIFA named Stephanie Frappart, Neuza Back and Karen Diaz as the trio to make history in the upcoming match. Frappart will serve as the main referee in the match after serving as the fourth official in a Group C match between Poland and Mexico last week.

Christian Pulisic scores biggest USA goal in 12 years as USA advance

DOHA, Qatar — Christian Pulisic scored the goal in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Iran and led the United States to the knockout rounds of the World Cup, and that’s really all everyone needs to know. Because that was it, an all-or-nothing game where winning was all...