Wednesday, June 13, 2018

World Cup Diary-part 17-June 13th, 2018 (T minus 1 day)


Team News:

-Spain has sacked National Team Manager Julen Lopetegui just two days before their World Cup opening match vs. Portugal. Lopetegui was set to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid at the end of the World Cup. The Spanish Federation fired him because the negotiations had occurred without their knowledge. Fernando Hierro will take over as Manager. Hierro (the then Sporting Director) had urged the Federation not to sack Lopetegui. The firing saved Real Madrid from paying Lopetegui’s buy-out clause. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Marcus Rashford missed England training due to a slight knee strain. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Former England Manager Sam Allardyce is ‘extremely jealous’ that Southgate is leading England at the World Cup and wishes he was still inc charge. (Source Reuters UK Online)

-Spain Captain Sergio Ramos tweeted that “we are the national team, we represent a crest, our colors, our fans and our country. Our responsibility and commitment are with you and for you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together”. #VamosEspana.  (Source online)

-Former German International Stefan Effenberg stated that the German Federation should expell Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan following the controversy surrounding their photographs with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. He linked it to his own misadventure in 1994, when he was sent home after giving the middle finger to German fans who were booing him. He mentioned that himself and Uli Stein (in 1986) had been treated more severely by the authorities. He nevertheless believed the fans should get behind the team and all the players.   (Source Online)

-France defender Djibril Sidibe will particpate in collective training . (Source L’Equipe online)

-The Belgium National Team has arrived in Russia by landing at Moscow. (Source Online)

-USA/Canada/Mexico have been awarded the rights to host the 2026 World Cup. (Source BBC Football Online)

-Egypt’s Mohamed Salah was able to join collective training. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Mexican defender Diego Reyes has been injured and will miss the World Cup. His place has now been taken by Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca). (Source L’Equipe online)

-FIFA President Gianni Infantino has presented himself once more as a candidate for the FIFA Presidency during the 68th FIFA Congress at Moscow. (Source online)

-Alexander Shprygin, a Russian fan group leader, has been denied documentation to attend Football matches. He had been deported in France during the 2016 Euros. (Source Reuters UK online)

-Iran Manager, the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, has called on Nike to apologize as the company refused to supply the Iran players with Football boots due to economic sanctions imposed by the USA Government. (Source Reuters UK online)

-Former Russian International, the Ukrainian Andrei Kanchelskis, has called the current Russian team as the worst that he has seen in his lifetime. (Source Online)

-Kevin De Bruyne has warned his Belgium teammate Eden Hazard that he will be subject to harsh treatment from opposing defenders and should therefore keep his cool. (Source online)

-Lionel Messi look-alike the Iranian Reza Parastesh has bene arrested in Moscow for creating chaos as people thought it was the real Messi.

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