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Mbappe shows off signed Pele shirt Kylian Mbappe has shown off a signed shirt from Pele after he followed in the Brazil icon's footsteps at the World Cup. Mbappe scored four goals at Russia 2018, including a superb strike in France's final defeat of Croatia, as his efforts this summer earned him the award for best player at the tournament.

Russia World Cup 2018 eye-opener THE quality of football played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was great, but it was the country that was the big surprise for Allan Lewis, managing director, JN Fund Managers.

Football family gathers to grow together The FIFA Football Conference in London, where coaches and technical directors from close to 200 member associations gathered to identify the most important emerging football trends from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, came to a successful conclusion on Sunday.

Joachim Low discusses Germany's failures at the World Cup After more than two months reflecting on Germany's embarrassingly brief World Cup campaign, Joachim Low on Sunday offered fellow coaches a reason why the champions were so easily deposed.

France prepared not to repeat Germany's mistakes - Didier Deschamps France coach Didier Deschamps has warned against making the same mistakes that saw 2014 World Cup winners Germany eliminated early in 2018.

World Cup 2022 Will Be a Defining Moment for Qatar's Hospitality Sector Attracting more and more international tourists to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be one of the major priorities of the hospitality sector as they take on the important role ahead of the much-awaited mega global sporting event.

FIFA Football Conference identifies emerging trends and tactics from 2018 FIFA World Cup 70 days after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, coaches and technical experts from nearly 200 member associations and all confederations gathered at the FIFA Football Conference in London today to analyse the latest footballing trends and tactics showcased at this summer's showpiece event in Russia.

Pickford plans to have words with new club-mate Mina is yet to make his Everton debut and he is currently learning English, but Pickford plans to have words with the 24-year-old about the World Cup once he is up to speed with the language. "Your jobs to help the team and I thought I'd done enough with the save in the 90minute from the volley.

Loew: Germany lacking greed, passion at World Cup in Russia LONDON - Germany coach Joachim Loew says the deposed champions lacked the passion and greed needed to succeed at the World Cup in Russia. Loew was summoned to speak from the floor at FIFA's World Cup debrief for national team coaches on Sunday to talk about why Germany was eliminated in the group stage in June.

Kyle Walker reveals he wants to play at right-back for England 'I want to play right-back for England. I think that's my spot. I have played there for nine years,' Walker told the Daily Mail. 'In the World Cup I was happy to play anywhere. Gareth Southgate felt that would help the team so I was happy to sacrifice the chance to prove that I am one of the best right-backs in the world.

Premier League: FIFA World Cup victory has helped Paul Pogba find momentum, says Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho Paul Pogba's fine form for Manchester United this season is evidence that post-World Cup hangovers are as much mental as physical, according to the club's manager Jose Mourinho. Pogba played a crucial role in France's path to being crowned world champions - scoring a sublime goal in the final against Croatia - in Russia in July.

Harry Maguire still coming to terms with increased attention after World Cup heroics Leicester defender Harry Maguire is still coming to terms with the increased attention being paid to him, according to his manager Claude Puel. The 25-year-old centre-half went to the World Cup as a relative unknown but returned with a significantly increased profile after starring in England's run to the semi-finals.

'Sir Harry Kane? You're joking!' - Barton rubbishes idea of England World Cup win Joey Barton insists he never wants to see England win the World Cup, as it would lead to a rash of knighthoods! The Three Lions threatened to end 52 years of hurt in Russia over the summer, reaching the semi-finals of the tournament, where they lost to Croatia.

FIFA World Cup Success Has Given Paul Pogba A Boost: Jose Mourinho Mourinho, though, thinks that Pogba's success with France has given the midfielder an extra surge of energy. "I think good results, and good performances, they make miracles," said Mourinho at his press conference on Friday.

Argentina star Messi the best I've seen - Lamela - Goal.com Lionel Messi is a one-off and football will not see a player like the Barcelona and Argentina star again, says Erik Lamela. Messi struck a hat-trick against PSV to get Barca's Champions League campaign off to a flying start this week, while he has hit four goals in four LaLiga games.

Tabarez signs four-year contract renewal with Uruguay The Uruguay Football Association announced that an agreement has been reached between long-time head coach Oscar Tabarez and his staff to continue leading the national team for another four years. Tabarez and his coaching staff, including Celso Otero, Mario Rebollo and Jose Herrera, take charge for a fifth period.

Salzburg finally get their glory vs. Leipzig in the 'Red Bull battle' RB Salzburg have lived in RB Leipzig's shadow for some time despite also being owned by Red Bull. Thursday night saw the Austrian side shine.

Who will win Ballon d'Or 2018? Messi, Ronaldo & the favourites, outsiders, underdogs & latest odds The Portuguese superstar's start to the current season hasn't been quite so stellar, however, only scoring his first Juventus goals in his fourth Serie A appearance and receiving a red card against Valencia in the Champions League - ruling him out of the next three European fixtures.

Uruguay coach Tabarez agrees new four-year contract Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez will remain in charge of Uruguay until the next World Cup after signing a four-year contract extension. Tabarez reached an agreement with the Uruguayan Football Association on Friday to continue in the role he has held since 2006.

FIFA World Cup 2022: 1000 nationals from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE apply to be volunteers despite Qatar embargo South Africa Women in West Indies, 3 ODI Series, 2018. WIW Vs SAW. Match Abandoned. India Women in Sri Lanka, 5 T20 International Series, 2018. SLW Vs INDW. India Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 13 runs. Asia Cup, 2018. BAN Vs AFG. Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 136 runs.

Video: EXCLUSIVE: Football: Irreplaceable Messi vital for Argentina - Erik Lamela Tottenham and Argentina forward Erik Lamela admits Argentina are not the same without Lionel Messi in the squad.

How Athletes At The Women’s World Cup Will Have More Equal Footing With Male Players We believe now the time is right because we believe it's our responsibility for women's sports and specifically for women's soccer to do whatever it takes to push for equal pay and equal rights. And to be treated with respect," she added during an interview on the Today show.

FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women's World Cup In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA - the sport's world governing body - will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France for next year's tournament.

FIFA to fund Women's World Cup team flights FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some 2019 Women's World Cup teams when they travel to the tournament in France, AP reports. FIFA official Emily Shaw also told a women's sports law conference total prize money would "significantly increase" from $15m shared among 24 teams at the 2015 edition.

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