World Cup favourites France are targeting the final in Russia two decades after their 1998 triumph with one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, plotting their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium. Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry is plotting the downfall of France in the World Cup semi-finals AFP/FRANCK FIFE The European neighbours meet in Tuesday's (Jul 8) first semi-final in Saint Petersburg for the right to play England or Croatia in Sunday's showpiece in Moscow. Former Arsenal and Barcelona forward Henry, who was part of the squad that won the World Cup on home soil 20 years ago, is now alongside Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and eyeing the chinks in France's armour. "It will be bizarre to have him up against us," said France striker Olivier Giroud. "He is a living legend of French football. "He has given so much to the France team and we have got a lot of respect for what he has done. But we're not thinking about it too much, we're going to be … [Read more...] about World Cup: France eye World Cup final but Belgium have Henry factor
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Neymar looks sharper with each match AFP/SAEED KHAN Neymar's Brazil are aiming to win a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Jul 15. But first, the world's most expensive player and his star-studded supporting cast have to get past Belgium, who boast an array of their firepower, to reach the semi-finals. In a Kazan Arena expected to be dominated by yellow-clad Brazil fans, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne have a chance to prove they can cut it at the highest international level. They will have to be wary of attacking threats coming at them from every direction. "Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup," said vastly experienced Belgium defender Vincent Kompany. "But it doesn't affect our chances against them. None of us are going to sleep at night thinking 'We have already lost to Brazil'. "We are going to look them in the eye. But if we make this a match of individuals, then we'll lose," he said. Brazil coach Tite said … [Read more...] about World Cup: Brazil and France target semi finals
Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I’ve an old mate back in England, goes by the name of Russell Beale. Nice lad, smart, good laugh and about to become a father for the first time. He lives in a small town called Stroud in the South West of England but reading his Facebook page this past week or so and you would be forgiven for thinking he’s from another planet. Russell genuinely believes England will win the World Cup. His profile picture is decked out with patriotic colours and his posts and updates read like a motivational speaker employed to lift the entire nation. Before the Panama game, Russell predicted England would win 10-0. He wasn’t far off. I laughed at first at this ridiculous idea that my home nation actually stands a hope in Hell, but after giving it a little more thought I started to come around to his way of thinking. England’s squad for the World Cup is a young team of solid individuals who have … [Read more...] about Can England really win the World Cup?
Kane takes to world stage as England edge past TunisiaThe Saigon Times Daily England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal at Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia June 19, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS VOLGOGRAD (REUTERS) - England captain Harry Kane declared his arrival on football’s biggest stage when he scored twice, including a stoppage-time winner, in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisia as his team launched their World Cup campaign Tuesday. Just when it looked like the ‘Three Lions’ were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments, Kane stooped at the far post to head home in the 91st minute. Mindful of Ronaldo’s hat-trick for Portugal against Spain on Friday and doubles for Spaniard Diego Costa, also in that match, and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, Kane is the first England player to score twice in a World Cup game since Gary Lineker in 1990. Manager Gareth Southgate labelled him a “top, top striker” and … [Read more...] about Kane takes to world stage as England edge past Tunisia