Scotland international Robert Snodgrass believes that his nation could still clinch automatic qualification to the World Cup, should they managed to beat rivals England in their next qualifier.
The neighbours face off against each other on June 10th with the Scots currently six points adrift of the Three Lions.
Manager Gordon Strachan was on the cusp of losing his job during the initial stages after a 1-1 draw against Lithuania was coupled with successive 3-0 defeats to Slovakia and England. However, Chris Martins’ last winner against Slovenia in March has given the Scots a slim chance of making it to Russia next year.
Snodgrass, who joined West Ham United from Hull City in the second half of the season, feels his nation could be back in the hunt for qualification if they surprise Gareth Southgate’s men at Hampden Park, he said: “That was our objective at the start. It wasn’t to just fight for second place. We created a lot of chances against England in November and we would never have done that if we didn’t believe. We want to get there automatically, we want to beat England and we want to kick on.” Continue reading Robert Snodgrass Still Confident of World Cup Qualification
Argentina former coach Edgardo Bauza believes that the team will make it to the World Cup despite their poor recent form.
Bauza has been sacked as the coach of Argentina some weeks back, and he believes that the team has enough quality to make it to Russia.
Bauza said that he is disappointed with the way things have worked out with the Argentinian team but he feels that they will be able to recover in time and make it to the 2018 World Cup that will be held in Russia.
Argentina has been in poor form during recent games and has been on a losing streak in matches against Paraguay, Brazil, and Bolivia. These successive losses have left them fifth in the qualifying table 11 points behind leaders Brazil. Continue reading Bauza believes that Argentina will qualify
England risk losing the forthcoming World Cup as MPs vote that they have no confidence in the country’s Football Association.
The vote is one that could hamper the preparation of the Three Lions for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia as it would be an offence considering FIFA’s political interference stance.
Though a ban is unlikely as it is expected that they would sit up when FIFA warns but the oldest Football Association in the world face a risk. Culture, Media and Sport committee MPs are not satisfied with the FA and could cut £30-40 million in funding, at the very least. The committee chair has said that a change in the way things are done is a guarantee.
However FIFA rules forbid interference from the political class of any country. The world football body has moved to suspend several countries in recent years for violating the rule. The vote of no confidence means the government would reform the governance of the association, directly against FIFA’s mandate. Continue reading ENGLAND RISK MISSING THE FORTHCOMING WORLD CUP
The world’s leading anti-doping organisations have suggested that Russia should be deprived of the privilege of hosting the 2018 World Cup seeing their failure to properly tackle the prevailing challenge of doping in the country.
The Anti-Doping Agencies have called for Russia to be banned from participating and also be stripped of hosting further international sporting events, including the 2018 World Cup, until she has shown that she abides by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code.
The recently released McLaren report shows that the country has failed several dope tests owing to a state-sponsored doping programme for over 1000 athletes spanning from 2011 to 2015.
Travis Tygart, United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive has assured other agencies and organisations that he believes Russia can show that they are co-compliant with the WADA regulations and that the world cup host should not be taken from them. He said this at a summit of anti-doping organisations in Dublin.
Meanwhile, the country had already lost their bid to host the 2017 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships as well as the World Cup Biathlon event Continue reading ANTI-DOPING AGENCIES BLAST RUSSIA’S INCOMPETENCE
World football body FIFA is set to increase the number of participating teams in the World Cup from 32 to 48 after the body voted in that regard during a meeting in Zurich.
The change is expected to start taking effect during from the 2026 tournament.
At the moment, the number of games is about 64 games but it is set to rise to 80 when the expansion plans kicks in. however, eventual winners of the tourney play same seven games only. Also, the whole affair would be within 32 days in a bid to appease the concerns of those who opposed it – mainly European clubs. Continue reading WORLD CUP TEAMS TO EXPAND TO 48