There is a concern among the Russian supporters about the cost of the tickets of the matches of the upcoming World Cup because the costs of the upper classes of tickets are too high for most of them.
The tickets of World Cup matches are divided into four classes. The first three classes are there to be bought by anyone, but, the last class which is the fourth class belongs to the Russian nationals and only they can buy them.
The thing with that fourth class of tickets is that their cost is significantly lesser in comparison to that of the upper classes and it’s been introduced with the sole purpose of facilitating the people of the moderate income group of Russia to go and watch the matches live from the stadium. (more…)
Argentina’s quest of qualifying for the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup is not going as smooth as it’s supporters wanted it and expected it to be as they are currently positioned at the 5th spot after 14 qualification matches with 22 points from all those games.
Argentina is competing in the CONMEBOL group which consists of: Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela. There are a total of 10 national sides competing for a top 4 spot that can allow them to directly qualify for the next edition of the FIFA World Cup.
Despite having top players including: Messi, Dybala, Mascherano, Pastore and Higuain, Argentina has suffered shocking results and their latest one was when Argentina lost 0-2 against Bolivia.
In this defeat against Bolivia, Messi was believed to have verbally abused the referee of that game which ultimately saw him receiving a 4 match suspension which would see the star of Barcelona being unable to play in any of Argentina’s remaining qualification matches. (more…)
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that he is not moved by the threat of hooliganism making the rounds in the media ahead of World Cup 2018 in Russia.
did a documentary that featured a Russia fan saying chaos is “100% guaranteed” at the mundial in Russia.
At the last Euro tournament in France, there were violent clashes between Russian and English fans. Many believe this would reoccur in Russia next year but Infantino is “not all concerned.” He said he has full confidence in the hosts to manage any situation.
“They have been in contact with UEFA and French organizers to learn the lessons from France. As part of this, the Russian government has put in place an ID system which will help us when it comes to any potential trouble,” Infantino said.
The president also spoke about the next editions of the number one football tournament. He said for the sake of travel, multiple host nations for the 2026 World Cup would have to be “ideally” close to one another. The tournament would see an expansion to 48 teams but the bidding for it is yet to begin. (more…)
After repeated failures in recent World Cup tournaments, Brazil are fast losing theirstatus as one of the celebrated teams in world football.
The five-time winners are in desperate need of a trophy that would go a long way into the collecting the efforts at the 2002 World Cup. Brazil have not been successful in this major tournament since it was held in South Korea and Japan more than a decade ago. The 2018 World Cup will be held closer to this region in Russia. Hopes are once again fly high within the Brazil camp as they have just begun qualification for the tournament.
After having managed victories against Ecuador and Colombia in the opening two games of qualification, Brazil are sitting comfortable in the table. Since the appointment of Tite, the national team has been expected to undergo major revisions in terms of the way they play. This has helped Brazil keep the goals conceded to just one in the last two games. It does look that this Brazil team will be hard to beat, but upcoming games against the likes of Argentina and Venezuela could help come to a conclusion. Douglas Costa, though, strongly thinks that Brazil are now at their strongest and will be capable of winning the World Cup 2018.
South Africa managed to beat Lesotho by 4-2 on penalties to move to the COSAFA Cup semifinals on Saturday.
The match ended 1-1 following the normal time, and the game went on to the penalties.
The match started well for the South African team where they created a number of occasions. However, they will fail to take their chances and will allow Lesotho back into the game. The South African team will get a good occasion in the 14th minute when they will be awarded a free-kick. Unfortunately, for them, Modiba will miss the target by putting the ball over the crossbar.
It is Lesotho that will open the score on their first occasion of the match in the 19th minute. The goal will come from a solo effort of Jane Thaba-Ntso. The latter will find his way into the box after an amazing run and will unleash a fierce box that will give the South Africa keeper, ReyaadPieterse no chance.
South Africa will attempt to come back into the game, but they will be let off by poor passing and great defending by Lesotho. The match reached half-time 1-0 for Lesotho. (more…)
Croatia will take on Norway tomorrow in what’s believed to be a top-of-the-table clash.
Croatia is sitting at the first position in Group H Euro qualifying right now, but, if they lose to Norway, they might even go down to no. 3.
Norway, on the other hand, will be leading the table if they end on the better side in Zagreb.
However, on the basis of what history suggests, Norway’s win is unlikely.
Out of the last 28 Euro qualifiers that Croatia has played on the home turf, they have not lost any and not only have they been unbeaten, if you see the no. of goals that have been scored against them, it’s not that many.
It would definitely not come as a shock for anyone if the hosts end up stretching that unbeaten run to 29.
Also, Norway has not been as good a team away from home as they have been at it and that does not encourage people enough either to put money on them.
Although if you take only these qualifiers into account, you would not agree to that as in this qualifying tournament, the Norwegians already have a couple of away victories under their belt.
But, if you see their overall record when they visit other places, you would use the word ‘ordinary’. (more…)