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HOW POLAND QUALIFIED FOR QATAR 2022

Poland went through a barren spell recently as they failed to qualify for two successive FIFA World Cup tournaments on the back of their appearance at the 2006 edition on German soil. They didn’t qualify for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

The Polish team were able to end their 12-year wait for an appearance at the World Cup during the last edition in Russia. Poland showed a lot of promise during the qualifiers ahead of the tournament in Russia four years only for them to perform poorly when hostilities began on Russian soil. They were the favourites in their group ahead of Senegal, Colombia and Japan, but they struggled badly to live up to that status and were bottom of the group at the end of proceedings. Continue reading

SWEDEN, POLAND BATTLE FOR W/CUP SPOT

It would be a straight battle between Sweden and Poland when the two teams meetin the playoff final clash scheduled to take place at the Stadion Slaski in Chorzow, Poland on Tuesday night with a place in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament at stake. This means that only one of Sweden and Poland will be at the World Cup tournament scheduled to take place later this year in Qatar.


Poland are the hosts, but Sweden can solace from the fact that they have a very good record against them. Sweden have won their last six meetings between the two countries since they lost the first meeting at the 1974 FIFA World Cup tournament in West Germany. The Swedes have a record of six wins and one defeat in seven meetings against Poland with 14 goals scored and four goals conceded. Two of the four goals conceded against Poland came at the Euro 2020 tournament last summer thanks to the brace from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. Despite the two goals from their star man, Poland were still beaten 3-2 by Sweden. Continue reading

ALBERTO IN £17M ZENIT DEAL

Brazilian striker Yuri Alberto has signed for Zenit Saint Petersburg FC of Russia. The signing was confirmed by the Russian champions earlier this week.

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The Premier League duo of Arsenal and Everton were interested in the attacking talent before he swapped Brazil for Russia this month. Brazilian media outlet GloboEsporte reported that the deal is worth £17m.
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ITALY, PORTUGAL NEED WORLD CUP PLAYOFFS

Four months is a long period in the world football as the Italy senior national team players and their fans found out recently on the back of their failure to seal a place at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament automatically via the European section.

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Back in July, Italy returned to the top of European football when they saw off England on penalties to lift the delayed Euro 2020 tournament amidst an impressive unbeaten run. The Italians were able to set a new unbeaten record of 37 matches at the end of their World Cup qualifying gamesin September as they continued their phenomenal run as the top team in Europe.
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QATAR 2022: RUSSIA IN POLE POSITION

Russia are in pole position in Group J of the European qualifiers ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament after they took advantage of dropped points from former leaders Croatia. The 2018 World Cup hosts became the new leaders in their group after an impressive 2-1 win at the home of Slovenia last week Monday.


Apart from Russia, Croatia and Slovenia, the other teams in Group J are Malta, Cyprus and Slovakia. Ahead of the eighth round of games in the group held last week Monday, Croatia held on to the summit from Russia via goal difference. Continue reading

RUSSIA RECORD SUCCESSIVE W/CUP QUALIFYING WIN 

 

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Russia have now won their last two World Cup 2022 qualifying games after the latest win, a 2-0 victory at home to Malta on Tuesday night. The Russians have beaten both Cyprus and Malta since the goalless draw at home to Group H leaders Croatiaearlier this month.

The stalemate with Croatia preceded the away win over Cyprus for the Russians. Russia secured a 2-0 win at the home of Cyprus thanks to the goals from Aleksandr Yerokhin and RifatZhemaletdinov either side of the halftime break. Continue reading

RUSSIA: EURO 2020, TOURNAMENT TO FORGET

The Russians had a tournament to forget after their participation at Euro 2020 was deservedly cut short at the group stage. Russia were drawn in a relatively good group alongside Belgium, Denmark and first timers Finland in Group B but they made heavy work of it by finishing last at the end of proceedings in the group.

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Russia started the Euro 2020 tournament in the worst possible manner losing 3-0 to Belgium who are the number one team on the FIFA Rankings. The Russians didn’t lay a finger on the Red Devils of Belgium and they could have conceded more than just the three goals. In their second Group B encounter, AlekseiMiranchuk scored on the stroke of half-time to give Russia a 1-0 win over Finland.
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SPURS TO MISS OUT ON VITORIA

North London giants Tottenham Hotspur are set to miss out on another of their managerial targets according to the reports emanating from the media in Portugal.

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Former Benficamanager Rui Vitoria had previously emerged as one of the targets being considered for the permanent manager’s job at Tottenham Hotspur. However, the report from Portuguese media portal O Jogo claimed that Vitoria is on his way to Russia.
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FRENCH CUP: MONACO SECURE SEMI-FINAL SPOT

Russia national team playmaker AleksandrGolovin was the catalyst that AS Monaco needed to beat hosts Lyon to the lone semi-final spot on offer in the French Cup earlier this week.

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Golovin played the entire duration of the second half as Monaco sealed a 2-0 away win over Lyon in their French Cup quarterfinal clash on Wednesday courtesy two second half goals from Frenchman Wissem Ben Yedder (penalty) and Kevin Volland within the space of seven minutes.
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