PULISIC ON TARGET AGAINST CHARLOTTE

American forward Christian Pulisic was on the scoresheet for Chelsea as they were beaten on penalties by Major League Soccer (MLS) side Charlotte FC. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the end of normal time thus prompting penalty shootout. The MLS club went on to win 5-3 on penalties.


At the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel named a strong starting XI including the aforementioned Pulisic. The former Borussia Dortmund attacker is expected to be the main man for the United States of America at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.Pulisic played his part in securing World Cup 2022 qualification for his country. The Americans have been drawn in Group B alongside England, Wales and Iran at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.Read More

                2022 WORLD CUP: THE 32-TEAM FINALS LINE-UP IS FINALLY COMPLETE

Costa Rica become last country to qualify for Qatar tournament that begins on November 21st. Costa Rica beat New Zealand 1-0 in the final intercontinental playoff to complete the 32 finalists who will play in this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar. In Doha, Los Ticos took the early lead they sustained until the final whistle when Campbell scored after three minutes. The former Arsenal player, now with Monterrey in Mexico, converted a cross after great work from the teenager, Jewison Bennette, down the left flank.


New Zealand fought back and had much of the pressure in the first half. Chris Wood, the Newcastle striker, had the ball in the net in the 39th minute, only for VAR to overrule an equaliser after a foul in the buildup. The check found that Matthew Garbett had fouled Óscar Duarte. A match that often threatened to boil over saw Luis Fernando Suárez, the Costa Rica coach, make three subs at half-time, including the introduction of the veteran captain, Bryan Ruiz, but New Zealand continued to create many more chances.Read More

ECUADOR DRAWN WITH HOSTS, OTHERS

South American nation Ecuador will have to navigate a group that includes hosts Qatar, African team Senegal and three-game finalists Netherlands if they want to qualify for the knockout stage at the World Cup 2022 tournament. Ecuador have been drawn in the same group with the aforementioned countries after the draw which took place on the first of last month.


Ecuador qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil automatically from the South American region. The Ecuadorians are one of the four teams who qualified for the tournament automatically. The other three teams are five-time world champions Brazil, Two-time world champions Uruguay and two-time world champions Argentina.Read More

QATAR 2022: SOUTH AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVES REVEALED

Four South American teams will definitely be at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar and there could be a fifth South American team depending on how Peru perform in the inter-confederation playoffs.

Peru finished fifth in the South American qualifiers after seeing off Colombia courtesy the 2-0 win over Paraguay. Gianluca Lapadula and Yoshimar Yotun scored in the first half to give Peru a big victory in their quest to make a sixth World Cup appearance at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil. Fifth spot was enough to get the inter-confederation playoffs thanks to the first half goals from the duo of Gianluca Lapadula and Yoshimar Yotun on the way to a 2-0 home win over Paraguay.Read More

ITALY OUT OF WORLD CUP AGAIN

European champions Italy won’t be going to the World Cup tournament again after they were eliminated at the playoff stage by lowly North Macedonia via a 1-0 home defeat. The Italians had to settle for a place in the World Cup 2022 playoffs from the European region after they finished second behind Switzerland in their qualifying group and they were drawn with North Macedonia in path C of the playoffs. On their part, the North Macedonians finished second behind Germany in their qualifying group.


Italy and North Macedonia were drawn against each other in one part of the semifinals in path C of the World Cup 2022 playoffs in the European section. Immediate past European champions Portugal and Turkey were drawn against each other in the other part of the semifinals in path C.Read More

NIGERIA VS GHANA WHO WILL QUALIFY FOR QATAR 2022?

There will be a resumption of hostilities when the two West African giants lock horns seeking to secure automatic qualification for the FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar later this year and there’s all to play for. Both Nigeria and Ghana left the ongoing African Cup of Nations earlier than expected of them and while both countries have engaged in fierce pitch battles in the past, they’ve been pitted against each other in what is expected to be a thrilling qualifying fixture.

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Ghana were knocked out of the AFCON Group Stage after an embarrassing and shocking defeat at the hands of Comoros in their final group game, a result that meant that the Ghanaian Football Federation relieved their former coach of his duties afterward. Nigeria suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Tunisia in their very first knockout game of the tournament despite being the only team with a 100% record at the group stage, winning all if their three group games.
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AFRICA: TEN TEAMS INTO FINAL ROUND

The ten teams for the final round of the African qualifiers have been confirmed ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament. In the second round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament, forty teams were drawn into ten groups of four teams each. At the end of proceedings, the ten group winners advanced to the third and final round.

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For the final round of the African qualifiers for Qatar 2022, the ten teams from the second round would need to face a two-legged tie to determine the five teams that would qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament.
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QATAR 2022: BOLIVIA STUN PARAGUAY

The World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign is starting to take a definite shape at the various regions and the South Americans are not left behind. The round robin World Cup qualifying format adopted for the South American region is one of the most dynamic when it comes to the World Cup tournament.


For the latest round robin World Cup qualifying format ahead of the tournament in Qatar next year, Bolivia have been very impressive. The Bolivians would be hoping the current set of players can emulate the 1994 set by making it to the World Cup 2022 tournament. Bolivia have not qualified for a World Cup tournament since the 1994 edition in the United States of America (USA).Their latest game ended in their World Cup qualifying campaign turned out to be their most impressive thanks to the thumping 4-0 home win over Paraguay.Read More

QATAR 2022: NIGERIA MAINTAIN PERFECT START

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have a perfect record after two games at the start of their World Cup 2022 qualifiers following the 2-1 win over hosts Cape Verde in their latest qualifying match on Tuesday evening.

The Gernot Rohr-led Nigerian team started their World Cup campaign in Group C of the second round as far as the African continent is concerned. The three-time African champions were one of the teams drawn bye in the first round.Read More

VAN GAAL ANNOUNCED AS THE NETHERLANDS NEW HEAD COACH

Some reports started making the rounds from around three weeks ago that former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was getting close to reaching an agreement with the Netherlands Football Federation to become their national team’s new head coach following the dismissal of the former coach Frank de Boer.

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De Boer was relieved of his duties by the federation as he could not help them go far at the Euros 2020 tournament. Their disappointing campaign saw them crash out of the competition during the knockout stage and it was unexpected of them because of the wealth of talents they had in the squad heading into the tournament.
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