Friday, July 13, 2018

World Cup Diary-part 47-July 13th, 2018 (Day 30)


Team News:

-England’s Kieran Tripper trained today and is fit to play tomorrow vs. Belgium. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Tunisia National Team Manager Nabil Maaloul has left his post and become the new Manager of Qatari side Al-Duhail. (Source Online)

-Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus has selected his team of the World Cup for Sport Bild.
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Benjamin Pavard (France), Yerry Mina (Colombia), Samuel Umtiti (France), Laxalt (Uruguay), N’Golo Kante (France), Kylian Mbappe (France), Luka Modric (Croatia), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) (Source online)

-FIFA President Gianni Infantino has described the 2018 World Cup as ‘the best ever’. (Source Reuters UK Online)

-Antoine Griezmann responded to Thibaut Courtois’ criticism in France’s manner of winning. He said ‘He (Courtois) has played at Atletico Madrid, he plays at Chelsea, does he think he’s playing like at Barcelona’. He added that he does not care of the manner sued to win. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-France President Emmanuel Macron has invited Dmitri Payet and Laurent Koscielny for the Final. The pair appeared to be certainties in the French squad until late injurues deprived them of the World Cup.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-Croatia’s Ivan Perisic and Strincic are carrying injuries and their particpation in the Final is in doubt.  (Source Onze-Mondial online)

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