Nigeria Spurred on by Recent Failures, says NFF President

Nigeria football Federation president Amaju Pinnick claimed that the failures of the African Cup of Nations was a key factor behind Nigeria only thing for the World Cup 2018. After having been unable to reach the African Cup of Nations in back-to-back editions, Nigeria were able to reach the World Cup 2018 in relatively comfortable fashion. These failures were a key factor in motivating the team higher positions and greater performances in the qualification campaign according to the president. Pinnick says that anymore failure for the national team would have been disastrous and the team were relatively happy to avoid this situation.

The Nigerian national team were able to finish top of their World Cup qualification group with a significant advantage over second placed Zambia and third placed Cameroon. Both these teams were considered as main challenges for Nigeria but the team ended the qualification campaign without any defeat in the six matches. There was further boost for Nigeria as they were able to get a 4-2 win over Argentina in a recent friendly match. Unlike some of the things that do not take part in many competitions between now and the World Cup, Nigeria have several matches lined up in the African Nations Championship in January.

Scotland Set to Be without Armstrong and Brown for Key World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has been dealt with a major blow with two players – Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown – ruled out of the games against Slovakia and Slovenia.


Scotland have given themselves a great opportunity to reach the finals of the World Cup. Even though the national team will not be able to secure a top spot at this position, they will be able to aim for a second spot in the group. This will be enough for a play-off place which could potentially see the Scots make an appearance in the World Cup for the first time since 1998. The national team has failed to qualify in the last four editions but there is a strong possibility of seeing the team at the World Cup 2018.

Chris Coleman Says Joe Ledley Will Play If Match Fit

Chris Coleman has claimed that he will consider starting with Joe Ledley if the player is fit enough to start the match. Ledley is without the club after deciding to leave Crystal Palace in the summer.


However, he has not been able to find the club in the last few months, and it is looking increasingly likely that the 30-year-old will have to drop down a division or two in order to find regular first-team football. The former Cardiff youngster made the switch to Celtic which brought him to greater prominence across European football in 2010. After spending four years at Celtic, he returned to English football with Crystal Palace in the January transfer window of 2014 for around € 3.5 million.
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Payet wants to be at the World Cup

Former West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet said that he wants to participate at the next World Cup in Russia with France.


He said that it is always a dream for a player to represent his country at the World Cup and he is determined to win his place in the team.

World Cup 2018 Ambitions Still Alivefor Jermain Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe is eyeing a berth in the England squad for the highly anticipated World Cup finals in Russia next year.


The 34-year-old had been ignored from the Three Lions squad for the vast part of four seasons before earning a surprise recall earlier in March.
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England can win World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate believes that the team has the potential to win the World Cup, but they will need to change their mentality.


He said that England has a history of having some talented players, but they just do not seem to be able to win the biggest prize in world football.
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RUSSIA WORLD CUP COSTS INCREASE CONSIDERABLY

World Cup 2018 hosts Russia are spending more than initial estimates in a bid to put all in place when they host the rest of the world for the prestigious tournament.


They increased their spending by £260 million, according to Russian news agency TASS.
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WALES FA BOSS SHOCKED OVER WCQ TICKETS

The chairman of Wales football fan group is quite shocked to hear that they will receive about 3,300 tickets for the World Cup qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on March 24.


Vince Alm expected an allocation of 10% of the Aviva Stadium’s 51,700 capacity, but the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is offering just 6.5%. Wales’ home venue, Cardiff City Stadium, has a capacity of 33,280 and Republic of Ireland fans have been given 10% of the tickets for their visit.
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LAHM – WORLD WIN: HIGHPOINT OF MY FOOTBALL CAREER”

Former Germany national football team captain Philipp ‘Magic Dwarf’ Lahm has said that winning the FIFA World Cup in the last edition remains the highpoint of his career.


The highly talented and versatile player who played right back and central midfield during the last World Cup was the man who lifted the trophy before he announced his retirement from international football less than a week after.
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Russia can host World Cup

Former Brazil and Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista said that Russia has the potential to host a fantastic World Cup.


He was speaking after the Confederations Cup draw that was held in Russia. He said that the Confederation Cup would be a great rehearsal for the World Cup and this can give you an idea of the talent and skills of Russians when it comes to organizing a big tournament.
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