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Russia 2018: ‘This is one of the best World Cups I have been to’ – Tunisia coach

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul, speaking after his side lost 2-1 to England at Volgograd Arena thanks to two Harry Kane goals, has said that Russia 2018 is one of the best tournaments he has attended. Referencing previous World Cups in 2002 and 2006, Maaloul said that the facilities and infrastructure of the 2018 edition made it “one of the best” he had …

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Super Eagles united and ready for Iceland, says Mikel Obi

Super Eagles’ captain, Mikel John Obi has said that the team is fully committed and are united than ever to give their all for their country when they file out against debutants Iceland in their second Group D match on Saturday. The Eagles’ skipper, who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively at the team’s base in Essentuki, assured Nigerians of their readiness, whilst …

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Interview: German trainer Pfannenstiel talks about Africa’s chances at the World Cup 2018

Africa has not had a good start so far at Russia 2018, with Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt losing their opening games. But the global football festival is just starting off and a lot of surprises are still possible. Our contributing writer Maximilian Lütgens, speaks in an exclusive interview with German trainer Lutz Pfannenstiel, who has worked in Africa as both …

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Africa goes for glory as World Cup kicks off

With the opening match of hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia on 14 June at 17:00 hrs (Central European Summer Time) in Moscow, begins the 21st FIFA World Cup. Among the 32 participating national teams are also 5 African teams. On the second day of the tournament, Egypt (against Uruguay) and Morocco (against Iran) have to win two important points for …

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World Cup: How far can African representatives go?

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia begins, our contributing editor, Michael Nnaji, previews the chances of Africa’s representatives at the Mundial. The football fiesta will hold in Russia between 14 June and 15 July 2018. For the third time since the World Cup was expanded to accommodate 32 teams, Africa will be represented by 5 nations who emerged from …

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World Cup: Russia is safe for Blacks, come and see for yourself – Nigerian envoy

The Nigerian ambassador to Russia believes the country is a safe place for Black people, amid Western media’s drive to portray it as a place with rampant racism ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup. “Racism is a very serious issue, it breaks your morale, it breaks your concentration,” Ambassador Steve Davies Ugbah said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday. “When there …

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Leaving Sané out of Germany’s World Cup team makes no sense, says Ballack

Michael Ballack believes there is more going on behind the scenes between Joachim Low and Leroy Aziz Sané than has been said following the Manchester City star’s shock omission from Germany’s World Cup squad. Sané is the son of former German rhythmic gymnast and the 1984 Summer Olympics bronze medalist Regina Weber and former footballer and Senegalese international Souleymane Sané. …

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Leroy Sané misses out, Neuer makes Germany World Cup squad

Attacking midfielder Leroy Sané was a surprise omission from Joachim Loew’s final Germany squad for the World Cup finals on Monday as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was named among the 23 players heading to Russia for the defending champions. Neuer made the squad despite playing in just one official game, a friendly against Austria on Friday, since breaking a bone in …

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All World Cup teams submit their final players’ list

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ just ten days away, the full squads of all 32 teams can finally be confirmed as anticipation for kick off cranks up another notch. All the initial provisional squads have been trimmed down, injuries weighed up and fitness assessed as the teams go through their final preparations ahead of the big kick-off in …

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Germany to lift FIFA World Cup again – Reuters poll

Germany will retain their World Cup title in Moscow to equal Brazil’s record of five wins in the tournament, according to a Reuters poll of financial specialists more used to predicting market moves. In a May 16-31 survey of regular Reuters poll participants from across the globe, Germany’s national football team got the highest number of nods – 43 out …

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France restricts public screenings of World Cup 2018 over terror fears

The threat of terrorist attacks in France has put paid to fans’ hopes of watching the World Cup on big screens in public spaces, France’s ministry for the interior has announced. The ministry said the terrorism threat means transmissions will only be allowed if they have taken the necessary precautions. That includes showing the matches in a secured public area …

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Germany’s immigration offices lack technology to scan and compare asylum-seekers’ fingerprints

Immigration offices in Germany do not have hardware they need to identify migrants, according to media reports. A lack of fingerprint scanners means authorities cannot keep track of asylum-seekers. Officials at immigration and welfare offices attempting to identify asylum-seekers face serious difficulty ensuring people are not taking advantage of German social services, according to reports in Die Welt and the …

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Germany trains 10,000 Nigerian youths in vocational skills

The German government trained 10,000 Nigerian youths in vocational education between June 2016 and this month, an official of the German National Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Mr Horst Bauernfeind, has said. He made this known on Sunday in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, at the closing ceremony of the programme. Bauernfeind explained that the scheme was part of ongoing …

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Germany unveils provisional World Cup squad

Germany head coach Joachim Löw has named his preliminary squad for the World Cup, which kicks off in Russia next month. The DFB has extended the head coach’s contract through to the World Cup in 2022. German national coach Joachim Löw has named a squad of 27 players, who will accompany him to the national team’s training camp in Austria …

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Nigeria names provisional 30-man World Cup squad

John Obi Mikel was named as Nigeria captain when the country’s provisional 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup was released on Monday. The Super Eagles are the only one of Africa’s five representatives from the last World Cup to return for the 2018 edition, which is being hosted by Russia from June 14 to July 15. The team representing …

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