Essien secret is hard work and discipline

The secret to the glittering career of ex-Chelsea and Ghana legend Michael Essien has been revealed by one of his old teammates.

Derek Boateng who played alongside the powerhouse midfielder for their country at youth and senior levels he is not surprised by the fact the 34-year-old is still going strong playing in the Indonesian top flight side Persib Bandung.

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.

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.

The recent FIFA scandals will not affect Russia’s 2018 World Cup

A few months ago, a number of head executives of FIFA were hit with bans due to scandals involving bids in relation to previous World Cups as well as upcoming ones.

Following this incident, Russia’s bid to host the approaching 2018 World Cup was a questionable one and this bid was re-evaluated.

After all the investigations uncovered a series of scandals and things of this nature, one of the executives of FIFA that decided to resign was Sepp Blatter and was replaced by Gianni Infantino.

Romel Quinonez remains confident of qualifying for the World Cup 2018

Bolivia goalkeeper Romel Quinonez remains confident of qualifying for the World Cup 2018 despite making a poor start to the campaign.

Regarded as one of the minnows in South American football, Bolivia have never been favourites to qualify for a major tournament like the World Cup. However, there has been a seismic shift in the football landscape in this region since 2015.Baldivieso took charge of the national team during this period and he has placed his faith on the youngsters in this region. So far, the national team has managed only one win in the qualification campaign.

There has been a lot of criticism surrounding the Qatar World Cup 2022

There has been a lot of criticism surrounding the Qatar World Cup 2022. Many countries have objected to the World Cup being awarded to the Middle East nation due to fears of corruption.

Since the award process has gone beyond a certain stage, it is now almost certain that Qatar will host a World Cup for the first time in the nation’s history. Keen to showcase their power to the rest of the world, the Middle East oil rich nation has been spending huge sums of money on the construction of new stadiums. In order to combat the intense heat, most stadiums are expected to be fully air-conditioned.

FINAL: Netherlands 0-1 Spain (aet)

Andres Iniesta struck a dramatic winner late in extra time to give Spain World Cup glory for the first time but condemned the Netherlands to their third defeat in a final.

Iniesta drilled his right-foot strike across goal - but the Dutch were incensed after referee Howard Webb had failed to award their side a corner moments earlier when a free-kick took a sizeable deflection off Cesc Fabregas.

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