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    IN just days time, the ball will be rolling in Qatar, where 32 teams will battle it out for World Cup glory. And it's not just pride they will be playing for. 1France won the 2018 World Cup in RussiaCredit: PA As well as lifting the iconic trophy, the winners can expect a hefty cash prize for their contribution. FIFA are notorious for giving out ground-breaking sums as prizes for tournaments. Read More on World CupDANISH BLUES Fifa reject Denmark's request to wear pro-human rights shirts at World Cup And this year is no different, with huge financial rewards up for grabs. How much will the winner earn? Earlier this year, FIFA confirmed that the tournament winners will receive a record £35million, a £3m increase from 2018 and a whopping £27m increase from the 2006 World Cup. However, it's not just the winners who will profit from Qatar. Every side will walk away £1.2m richer just for qualifying. Individual players can also expect to fill their pockets. Australia are reportedly set to pay each of their players £128,000 with...
    US men's national soccer team players have already earned nearly $300,000 in their ongoing World Cup run in Qatar, and with four more wins, they could almost triple that figure. The current minimum payout for each member of the 23-man roster is $294,000, but that jumps to $383,000 with a win over the Dutch on Saturday, $559,000 for a fourth-place finish, $696,000 for third, $794,000 for fourth and a whopping $892,000 for a World Cup title in Qatar. The math on individual playouts is complicated by the equal-pay agreement between US men's players, US women's players, and the US Soccer Federation. America's top women's players stand to earn $822,000 each if their male counterparts take home the trophy. Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams of United States celebrate after Christian Pulisic of United States (not pictured) scored their side's first goal against Iran on Tuesday  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Gregg Berhalter hints that Gio Reyna WON'T start against... USA defender Walker Zimmerman is hilariously asked 'how is... Share this article Share Currently,...
    Any fears that the United States of America's main talisman would miss the Round of 16 tie with the Netherlands seem to be dwindling. According to Fox Sports' Jenny Taft, star winger Christian Pulisic told her, 'I'll be good' to go for the match on Saturday. The Chelsea man suffered an abdominal injury while in the process of scoring the lone goal in the USMNT's 1-0 win over Iran that sent them through to the knockout stages. "I asked Christian Pulisic point-blank, 'how are you doing?' and he looked at me with a smile and said, 'I'll be good.'"@JennyTaft gives the latest injury updates on Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent ???????? pic.twitter.com/bHMsVM1j25— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 1, 2022 Fubo TV Privacy Policy
    USA Women are set to receive $6.5million (£5.4million) for the men's side reaching the last 16 of the World Cup as part of the equal pay agreement that was forged earlier this year. The USMNT extended their stay in Qatar on Tuesday night after picking up a crucial 1-0 win over Iran, which saw them advance to the knockout stages of this year's World Cup. Progression to the last 16 has guaranteed U.S. Soccer an estimated $13million (£11million) in prize money, half of which will go to their women's team through the equal pay agreement. After sealing the landmark agreement earlier this year, USA became the first federation in history to split their World Cup prize money down the middle between their two main national teams, which they described as a 'truly historic moment'. That means USA Women will bank at least $6.5million after the men's team's success on Tuesday, having already earned $4.5million (£3.7million) for their participation in the group stage. USA Women (L) banked $6.5m (£5.4m) for the men's team (R) reaching the World Cup last-16 Christian Pulisic's...
    Hershey native Christian Pulisic scored his first goal at the World Cup during the US game against Iran—  making this the first winning game of the US Men's National Team.  As protests continue in Iran and Americans speak out in support of the citizens the world's eyes were on Pulisic when he made the only game of the first half of the match on Tuesday, Nov. 29.  Pulisic was subbed out for Brenden Aaronson after colliding with the Iranian goalie Alireza Beiranvand while scoring the goal at the 38-minute mark. Fans are expressing concern for him on social media as he appears to have been "kneed" in the groin.  This is the second goal the USMNT has made at the Cup with Timothy Weah making a goal in their very first game against Wales. 
    French national team star Kylian Mbappe was pictured with Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, husband Jared Kushner and their children following Les Bleus' thrilling 2-1 victory over Denmark.  The former First Daughter and her family are currently in Qatar for the prestigious soccer tournament and were spotted with the global star following his match-winning performance.  Mbappe scored twice, including an 86th minute winner, to secure France's place in the Round of 16.  Following the win, Mbappe met the family -- including sons Joseph and Theodore, along with daughter, Arabella.  Trump posted various photos of her children interacting with the Paris Saint-Germain phenomenon on her Instagram.  She lavished the 23-year-old with praise in one particular photo of Mbappe and her family. Kylian Mbappe posed with Jared Kushner (top left), Ivanka Trump (right) and their children, (L-R) Arabella, Joseph and Theodore, following his  heroics in France's win vs. Denmark Mbappe took several photos with Arabella, Theodore and Joseph postgame after the French national team all but secured first place in Group D ahead of Australia, Denmark and Tunisia 'An honor to congratulate @k.mbappe...
    Fifa have labelled Cristiano Ronaldo a "total genius" for the "smart" way he won a controversial penalty in Portugal's World Cup opener. Ghana boss Otto Addo was outraged by the soft spot-kick that Ronaldo converted to become the first player to score at five World Cups. 3Ronaldo certainly had no qualms over celebrating his hotly-debated spot-kickCredit: AP Legend Ron tumbled all too easily under the challenge of Mohammed Salisu but Fifa claim it was a perfect example of strikers getting smarter" in their thinking and movement. The historic goal from the Manchester United discard sparked a 3-2 victory. And Sunday Oliseh, from Fifa technical study group (TSG), believes Ronaldo, 37, should be "complimented" for it. Oliseh told a briefing in Doha: "Maybe the strikers are getting smarter? 3Cristiano Ronaldo slumped to the floor under the challenge from Mohammed Salisu to persuade referee Ismail Elfath to give a penaltyCredit: AP 3Ronaldo tucked home the penalty to become the first player ever to score at five World Cups, putting Portugal on the way to a 3-2 win vs GhanaCredit: Alamy "The Ronaldo penalty, people can say what they...
    EDEN HAZARD claims he is the key to Belgium winning the World Cup - but his teammate Kevin De Bruyne begs to differ. Belgium kicked off their 2022 campaign with a 1-0 win over Canada this week thanks to a Michy Batshuayi strike. 2Hazard believes he can lead Belgium to World Cup gloryCredit: Getty 2But, De Bruyne claims the squad is 'too old' to winCredit: Getty But, their overall performance was far from convincing. The Red Devils were made to look completely disjointed by John Herdman's Maple Leafs, who were unlucky not to have taken more from the game. Star players Hazard, 31, and De Bruyne, 31, were both off the boil throughout, but the former is adamant that he can still carry Belgium to World Cup victory next month. Hazard said: "The more matches I play the better I am. It is up to me to play as well as I can. To make it clear I am still in top form and Belgium can be world champions if Eden Hazard is in top form. Read More in FootballQATAR...
    ENGLAND's dour 0-0 draw with the USA was not an easy watch - but it could prove to a good omen for tournament success. The Three Lions endured their first bump in the road in the World Cup as they stumbled against America. 1It was a frustrating 90 minutes for England - but the 0-0 could be a sign of good things to comeCredit: Getty Gregg Berhalter's side were disciplined and probably had the better chances in the 90 minutes. But ultimately it was a game to forget with Wags left bored in the stadium and viewers turning their attention to Roy Keane's appearance. But England fans can take one positive omen from tonight's result, if not performance. The group stage 0-0 draw is actually an encouraging indicator for the nation, with the result repeatedly coming up in England's most successful international tournaments. READ MORE IN THE WORLD CUPAMERI-CANT All the reaction after dominant USA hold England to draw In 1966 when the Three Lions won the World Cup for the first time, they also endured...
    LIONEL MESSI hails from Rosario, a city of around 1.5million within the Argentine province of Santa Fe. Also from Rosario is Gerardo Martino - the man currently planning to dump him out of his final World Cup. 4Gerardo Martino managed Messi for a season at BarcelonaCredit: AFP 4Martino, 60, also coached Messi as Argentina bossCredit: Getty At the age of 35, Messi is on his fifth and final attempt at winning the trophy that has so far eluded him during his glittering career. After his side fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia earlier this week, however, they already find themselves on the ropes. And the man that could mastermind the knockout blow is none other than fellow son of Rosario Martino - currently boss of the Mexico national team. Should El Tri win on Saturday, Messi and Co will be eliminated from the tournament with a group game still to play. Read More World Cup StoriesQATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp Martino's links with Messi go way back. The 60-year-old...
    ENGLAND World Cup-winning rugby hero Lawrence Dallaglio is fighting a bankruptcy claim, The Sun can reveal. The taxman has lodged a case against the 50-year-old pitch legend at London’s High Court. 3Court papers show a bankruptcy case has been filed against former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio, pictured above, right, holding the World Cup with Martin JohnsonCredit: Action Images 3Dallaglio, 50, said he was 'aware' of the claimCredit: Getty 3He was part of the team that beat hosts Australia in the 2003 World Cup final Court papers show HMRC officials filed a case against the former England captain, who won 85 caps, on Tuesday. Dallaglio, part of the team which beat hosts Australia in the 2003 World Cup final, said he was “aware” of the claim. Speaking outside his £3.5million home in Richmond, South West London, he said: “It’s all OK. There’s nothing to worry about. I’ve got someone dealing with it.” Back row star Dallaglio remains one of England’s greatest rugby union stars. READ MORE RUGBY UNIONOLDEST WINGER IN TOWN I'm UK's oldest rugby player - I want to...
    GERMANY kick off their quest for a record-equalling fifth World Cup with a meeting against Japan. The 2018 campaign in Russia ended in a miserable group stage exit, so Hansi Flick's side will be desperate to right their wrongs from four years ago. 8 Although expectation is not particularly high for the 2014 champions, who have reached at least the semis in four of the last five tournaments. Japan on the other hand reached the Round of 16 in Russia, and Germany will be desperate not to avoid a slip up, especially with Spain also in the group. The Samurai Blue are skippered by former Southampton star Maya Yoshida, with Arsenal ace Takehiro Tomiyasu providing more defensive solidity. Here, SunSport previews the Group E clash as Germany look to avoid a repeat of their disastrous 2018 campaign. Read More World Cup NewsGERMANY VS JAPAN Hansi Flick's side face Group E opponents Japan in first World Cup clash How did they get there? Germany: The 2014 champions breezed through qualifying, winning nine out of their 10 games en...
    Football fans have poured onto Twitter to slam Lionel Messi for 'choking', as Argentina suffer a shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their 2022 World Cup opener in Qatar. The PSG forward opened the scoring for World Cup favourites Argentina from the penalty spot in just the 10th minute of the match after a VAR check. They had three other goals ruled out for offside calls picked up by the automated system before half-time as Saudi's high defensive line just about held firm. Fans have poured onto Twitter to slam Lionel Messi for 'choking' after Argentina's shock defeat to Saudi Arabia The PSG forward opened the scoring for World Cup favourites Argentina before it went wrong Against all odds Saudi Arabia notched two goals in the space of eight minutes in the Group C clash.  Saleh Al-Shehri drew them level as he stole a yard on Cristian Romero to fire across goal and equalise.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'Newcastle are really sticking it to Argentina here!': Fans... Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Saudis...
    WALES' "sexiest fan" has promised Gareth Bale and the rest of the team a special reward if they win the World Cup. Alaw Haf posed in black underwear and just a Wales scarf ahead of the country's game against USA yesterday. 3Alaw Haf posed in black underwear and just a Wales scarfCredit: Instagram/@alawpx 3The OnlyFans creator promised to half the prices of her pictures if Wales made it through to the next roundCredit: Instagram/@alawpx Being a huge fan of the team, the OnlyFans creator said after the 1-1 result she would slash the price of her pictures. However, the 50 per cent sale will only take place if Wales qualify for the next round. She told the Daily Star: “I can't wait for the World Cup, I'll do a 50% off sale on my content if Wales qualify for the next round." Despite her "favourite players" being at the World Cup, Alaw can't join them. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPTHEY THINK IT'S BRAWL OVER Watch shock brawl in CEMETERY between Argentina and Brazil fans Even on her £5,000...
    ENGLAND start off their World Cup Group B campaign against Iran but a supercomputer predicts it's NOT coming home. The Three Lions are heavy favourites to make the knockout stages in Qatar. 3Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup 3England are predicted to lose to France in the quarter-finalCredit: Getty Bettingexpert's supercomputer BETSiE ran 100,000 simulations and has rated England's chances of beating Iran at just above 70 per cent. That would mean Gareth Southgate's bold 4-3-3 will have paid off. Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are expected to protect Jordan Pickford, SunSport has reported. Declan Rice is set to be the anchor in midfield, with Jude Bellingham and pal Mason Mount playing ahead of him. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST England in armband row ahead of Iran opener, Ronaldo finally breaks silence Raheem Sterling will man the left flank, while Bukayo Saka starts to captain Harry Kane's right. Wins over USA and Wales are also expected, with the probability of wins coming in at over 60 per cent. BETSiE predicts Gareth Southgate's men...
    RORY McILROY fought back tears as he returned to the top of golf’s world rankings with a successful defence of the CJ Cup. The Northern Irishman’s one-shot victory in South Carolina saw him become world No 1 again for the first time since July 2020. 2Rory McIlroy won the CJ Open to climb back to world No 1Credit: Getty Images - Getty 2McIlroy was emotional after climbing back to the top of the rankingsCredit: Getty Images - Getty He stormed past Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who finished down the field in a share of 45th place. Former world No 1s Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth were also among the also-rans. McIlroy got choked up as he revealed how much it meant to him to take top spot once more. He said: “Getting back to No 1 means a lot. “I have worked so hard to get myself back to this place. Read More Golf StoriesWELCOME TO THE CLUB Paige explains why she tops most followed golfers on Insta list “To go out with the lead and play some great golf to...
    CHLOE KELLY admits it is a “bit mad” being spotted by eager fans on the streets following her Euros final goalscoring heroics. The winger says England’s other leading figures can fill the gap left by Leah Williamson after injury forced the captain to withdraw from the squad. 3Chloe Kelly could be in line to feature for England against the USA at Wembley on FridayCredit: PA Kelly, who returned to international duty after missing England's September games, is staying grounded in terms of talk of the team winning next year's World Cup. The forward, 24, could be in line for an appearance this Friday with the team facing the USA at Wembley followed by a duel with the Czech Republic at the Amex on Tuesday. The Wembley fixture could see Kelly get some international minutes for the first time since scoring the winner that led to a Euros trophy win for the Lionesses. Of her encounter with supporters on the streets since that triumph, Kelly said: "I am just a normal girl and to be noticed in the street a little...
    ITALY boss Roberto Mancini believes England still have a "good chance" of winning the World Cup later this year. Gareth Southgate's men lost 1-0 to Mancini's side in Milan on Friday night, extending their winless run to five matches as they were relegated from their Nations League group. 2England lost their third match in five games on Friday nightCredit: Rex 2Mancini still believes England are a major contender to lift the World CupCredit: Getty England have just one game left before the World Cup in Qatar - a clash with Germany on Monday. They have not tasted victory since March, drawing two and losing three since then and scoring just one goal in the process. But Mancini, whose Italy side have not qualified for the World Cup, still believes England remain one of the favourites to lift the trophy despite their poor form. Speaking after the match, he said: "You [England] are in the World Cup and that is the most important. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFOOTBALL LATEST England RELEGATED in Nations League, Bara 'rushing' to seal Griezmann deal "My opinion...
    ENGLAND's World Cup hopes lie on the shoulders of captain Harry Kane. That's according to the 39-cap former Three Lion Jamie Carragher. 2England 'stand or fall' with captain Kane, reckons CarragherCredit: Reuters 2The former Liverpool ace says England can win the World Cup if the striker is at his bestCredit: Getty The ex-Liverpool defender claims Gareth Southgate doesn't have "anyone to replace" Kane. The 29-year-old is closing in on Wayne Rooney's all-time goal scoring record for his nation. The Spurs striker's 50 notches is tied with legendary Bobby Charlton and just three behind leading Rooney. In just 73 caps, the England No9's total proves he is already a certified great. READ MORE ON ENGLANDSETTING THE TONE Brentford star Ivan Toney included in England squad for first time And Carragher reckons the country needs him to be firing on all cylinders this winter. He said: "It stands up or falls down around Harry Kane, the captain of the country. I don’t think we have anyone to replace him at all. "He is a world-class player. He wasn’t at his best in...
    WITH the World Cup just FOUR months away, the line-up for the biggest tournament in football is almost complete. But plenty of big names saw their World Cup dream end, including Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah whose Egypt team fell in qualifying. 3A best XI of players NOT going to the World Cup 3Salah failed to guide Egypt to back-to-back World Cup finalsCredit: AP And here SunSport have formulated a best XI of players who will be watching this year's World Cup finals from home... or the beach. Leading the line for the best XI not at the World Cup is Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland. He might be one of the most prolific strikers on the planet, but Haaland's Norway could only finish third in their qualifying group. Captained by Arsenal man Martin Odegaard, another to make the XI of stars not going to the World Cup, Norway finished behind both the Netherlands and Turkey. Read More SportROAD TO GLORY World Cup group stage draw simulated as England pitted against rivals Germany In an attack heavy team, Salah...
    THE sign of a real football fan is the ability to name all of England’s World Cup-winning team, a survey claims. Reeling off all our 11 legends from 1966 — not just Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore — was deemed top trait of a true supporter. 1Being able to name all 11 of England's winning 1966 World Cup winning team is a sign you're a true football fanCredit: Getty Images - Getty Playing the game, even at Sunday league, was next, followed by attending at least five games a season. Other vital signs include owning multiple shirts, easily explaining the offside rule and supporting your local team. Stadium knowledge of other cities and predicting substitutions before they happen are also considered important attributes. Some 47 per cent said you can only be classed a proper fan if you support the men’s and women’s teams, according to a poll of 2,000 by the England Teams’ partner Snickers. READ MORE FOOTBALLVAR FROM OVER Mike Dean to stay in football and will become VAR official for Premier LeagueBENDING THE RULES Alison Bender:...
    DAVID BROOKS took the first steps on the road to full fitness after winning his fight against cancer. The Bournemouth winger, 24, was part of the club's pre-season physical testing on Saturday. 2David Brooks joined Bournemouth for pre-season testing after recovering from cancerCredit: Getty 2The winger hopes to be part of Wales' World Cup quest in Qatar this winterCredit: Getty Brooks was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma last October but is eyeing a comeback in the new season. Bournemouth tweeted: "Things you love to see. Great to see you back amongst things, @DRBrooks15." The Welshman hopes to make a stunning return in the Premier League for Scott Parker's newly-promoted side. Then Brooks, who joined up with Robert Page's squad for the play-off win over Ukraine, will bid to force his way back into the international fold in time for the World Cup in November. READ MORE SUN STORIESCHERRY ON TOP Bournemouth plot £1m swoop for Blackpool's Josh Bowler in low-spending window Brooks is now cancer free after being diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma last October. And teammate Chris Mepham believes Brooks...
    HARRY KANE believes having a winter World Cup will be a game-changer for England’s chances in Qatar. But the Three Lions skipper has warned his teammates to get their heads around being favourites at a major tournament. 1Captain Harry Kane believes England's Prem stars will be used to peaking with a busy schedule in November and DecemberCredit: Getty Gareth Southgate’s men have come off the back of some torrid Nations League results this month, including being beaten home and away by Hungary. The embarrassing 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Hungarians at Molineux this week has seen enthusiasm around this England team vanish. But Kane, 28, remains upbeat about their progress – and believes this year’s later World Cup could play right into their hands. England’s opening group game at the World Cup will be against Iran on November 21, while a potential final is scheduled for December 18. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLSEA R7 Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez relax on £5.5m yacht in Majorca FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS - BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS And Kane said:...
    ENGLAND have the fourth best chance of winning the 2022 World Cup despite the 4-0 thrashing by Hungary, according to Stats Perform. The Three Lions' eight per cent chance of silverware places them above world number two Belgium and also three-time winners Germany. 2France are favourites to retain their title 2England are fourth favourites to win the World Cup despite the increased pressure on Gareth Southgate following the Nations LeagueCredit: Alamy Gareth Southgate's side are also said to have a greater chance of silverware than Copa America champions Argentina. Lionel Messi's side are unbeaten in 33 games but have been given just a six per cent chance of World Cup glory. Argentina have been revealed as the eighth favourites with the Netherlands also sitting behind England. Reigning champions France are the favorites to take home the trophy once again, despite also struggling in the Nations League this month. Read More in FootballEngland 0 Hungary 4 Fans turn on Southgate as Three Lions suffer worst home loss since 1928 Like England they are winless from their four Nations League games having...
    SADIO MANE did the double over Liverpool pal Mo Salah as he fired Senegal to the World Cup at Egypt's expense. Mane smashed in the winning penalty in a dramatic spot-kick after Salah fluffed his lines moments earlier. 1Credit: AP And after beating Egypt in February's Afcon final, Senegal won the battle again to book their spot at Qatar 2022. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in SportNO OFFENCE WWE star Liv Morgan responds to Undertaker comments ahead of WrestleManiaROM 'CHEM ATTACK' Abramovich ‘went blind and skin peeled off after eating poisoned choc'KILLED IN ACTION Ukrainian kickboxing world champ 'killed in combat' in siege of MariupolBARELY THERE Paige VanZant's AEW rival Tay Conti poses naked with championship belt
    IMAGINE being a Welsh or Scottish football fan for a moment. Now that you have put aside the urge to question your existence and stopped worrying about having no friends, just think what it must be like. 4Wales will play either Ukraine or Scotland in the World Cup play-off finalCredit: REX FEATURES Your national team is on the verge of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since the Act of Union was signed in 1707. These are exciting, optimistic days. Then some bloody do-gooder comes along and suggests the players of both countries should step aside and wave Ukraine through to Qatar out of kindness. Let the beleaguered Eastern Europeans stroll through the play-offs without kicking a ball and straight into the greatest football show on earth — as a noble gesture. Read more in footballFOOTY LATEST John Stones OUT of England squad, Barca 'AGREE Lewandowski transfer' It’s a lovely thought but it should end right there. No nation on this planet is more noble than Ukraine at the moment. No people holding its collective head up...
    A man was shot dead in Brazil after Chelsea's Club World Cup final victory over Palmeiras on Saturday. The incident occurred outside the Brazilian club's Allianz Stadium. 2Military police have confirmed a man was shot after Palmeiras' Club World Cup defeatCredit: REX FEATURES 2Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the rioting crowdsCredit: REX FEATURES Thousands went to the ground to watch the big game being played at the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi on big screens. But Palmeiras' fans rioted after watching their side fall to a 2-1 defeat with Kai Havertz winning the match from the penalty spot. According to The Athletic, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the rioters. A military police statement read: “There were some outbreaks of fighting among fans, which unleashed a riot and a man was shot.” One man has been arrested following the violence and police are working to identify others who may have been involved. The Club World Cup is a big deal in South America, with only three Brazilian teams winning the...
    CHELSEA earned a cool £3.68million for being crowned world champions. The Blues saw off Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal 1-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday. 2Roman Abramovich and Cesar Azpilicueta pose with the Club World Cup trophy in Abu DhabiCredit: Getty And they followed that up with a nervy 2-1 victory over Palmeiras after extra-time yesterday. Those two wins saw them lift the Club World Cup to complete their incredible honours list. And with the tournament a Fifa event, there was a decent £3.68m cheque to accompany the trophy on the plane back to London. It may be a fraction of the £75m Chelsea earned for winning the Champions League in May. But it is a significant boost for three-and-half hours of work in Abu Dhabi - and on the £1.8m the winners of the FA Cup receive. Kai Havertz will have an argument to receive his fair share of the cash after burying his pressure penalty in the 117th minute - thanks to some genius work by Cesar Azpilicueta. Most read in SportPAUL OVER Tyson...
    CHELSEA have confirmed that Edouard Mendy is 'ready' to play in tomorrow's Club World Cup final. The Senegalese star last turned out for the Blues on January 2, having since been away at the Africa Cup of Nations with his country. 3Edouard Mendy is in Abu Dhabi with his Chelsea team-matesCredit: Getty 3Kepa Arrizabalaga played against Al-Hilal on WednesdayCredit: AFP After tasting Afcon glory, however, Mendy is now back with the Blues as they plot Club World Cup success. Kepa Arrizabalaga has deputised for the 29-year-old in his absence in all but one game over the last six weeks, and kept a clean sheet in Wednesday night's semi-final against Al-Hilal. But in his pre-match press conference, Chelsea assistant Zsolt Low hinted that Mendy is likely to receive the nod. He said: "We're very proud of Edou. The whole squad was happy he won the Africa Cup. "He arrives in a very good mood. Always has a big smile on his face. "He's very important to the group. He gives a lot of energy. He was a little tired the...
    Getty MONACO - OCTOBER 11: Franz Beckenbauer (L) and Hugo Sanchez walking to Golden Foot Awards Press Conference at Fairmont Hotel on October 11, 2010 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images for Golden Foot) With World Cup qualifiers coming for Mexico, there are many doubts in terms of their current struggles to find a sense of rhythm, but that topic of conversation is shifted to its past when the greatest player to don the famous green jersey “reneged” playing for it. When many are asked around to name a Mexican footballer, many will mention Hugo Sánchez. For many he is the best Mexican player in history, he tore it up in Europeand and became an ambassador at Real Madrid, he is considered one of the best strikers in history, but Hugo Sánchez never transcended in the World Cups, although that was apparently “the fault of the country where he was born”. Despite the fact that historically he has been presumed to be a staunch (and at times borderline xenophobic) defender of Mexicans in football in all...
    TVN Chile Griezmann Mbappé is the first Chilean baby born in 2022 Griezmann Mbappé is the name of the first baby born this new year in the Atacama region of Chile. His name has gone viral on social media even in France. His parents are Teodora Pacaje and Héctor Chambi, a humble Bolivian couple who have lived in that country for four years and who confessed to being passionate about The Beautiful Game. That is why he decided to call his newborn like that, like the two strikers of the French team. Antoine Griezmann, who saw his career start to rise while he was was a Real Sociedad player is currently bac with Atlético Madrid; Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappé has an uncertain future with PSG in France. “I named him Griezmann, after the footballer and his father put him Mbappé, for the same reason. We are both huge football fans. As soon as authorities caught wind of this story, it spread like wildfire. Muchas felicidades???? Saludamos con mucho cariño a Griezmann Mbappé,primer bebé en nacer en el @hospitalcopiapo este...
    SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Francesco Friedrich of Germany was undefeated in 2021. He won’t repeat the feat in 2022. Friedrich’s 21-race World Cup winning streak was snapped Saturday, after his worst finish in more than four years. Rostislav Gaitiukevich of Russia was the surprise winner of a two-man race, teaming with Mikhail Mordasov to prevail in 1 minute, 39.23 seconds. The British sled of Brad Hall and Greg Cackett was second in 1:39.33, while Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer of Austria got third in 1:39.40. Friedrich couldn’t overcome trouble at the top of the track in both runs, and he and brakeman Alexander Schuller finished 12th in 1:39.84. It matched Friedrich’s worst finish in any World Cup race since Nov. 24, 2017, when he was 12th in a two-man race at Whistler, Canada. And with the Olympics looming next month, the rest of the bobsled circuit now knows that Friedrich — who still will be the gold-medal favorite in two- and four-man at the Beijing Games — can be beaten. Counting two- and four-man competitions, Friedrich competed in 20 international...
    ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Germany took three of six possible medals in World Cup skeleton racing on Friday, including a sweep of the golds with Tina Hermann winning the women’s race and Axel Jungk getting the men’s win. Hermann held off Russia’s Alina Tararychenkova by 0.31 seconds, while Austria’s Janine Flock was third. Katie Uhlaender led the U.S. contingent with an eighth-place finish, only 0.56 seconds off Hermann’s winning time of 1 minute, 55.36 seconds. Kelly Curtis was 13th and Megan Henry placed 20th for the U.S. women. Jungk’s time was 1:51.71, just 0.11 seconds better than fellow German Christopher Grotheer. Martins Dukurs of Latvia was third, about a half-second off the pace. John Daly was 20th for the U.S. men. Austin Florian had a medal-contending run going, then crashed late in his first heat and finished 22nd. Florian needed about a half-dozen stitches to close a cut over an eye, the U.S. team said. ___ More AP Winter Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/winter-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Hansi Flick extended his winning start as Germany coach to seven games in a 4-1 victory over Armenia in World Cup qualifying Sunday, as North Macedonia reached the playoffs in its bid to play at the World Cup for the first time. Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Germany, which qualified last month, finished top of Group J by nine points. Flick replaced Joachim Löw after Germany’s exit to England in the round of 16 at the European Championship and has won all seven games since for the best starting record of any Germany coach. Under Flick, who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2019-20, Germany has scored 31 goals and conceded just two. His seven games have included two wins each against Armenia and Liechtenstein, and Flick’s Germany is yet to face any of the world’s top teams. Kai Havertz got Germany started against Armenia when he turned in a low cross from Jonas Hofmann. Gundogan scored a penalty in first-half stoppage time and another goal off Thomas Müller’s assist early...
    MARO ITOJE has revealed he was in BED when he was called by Eddie Jones to launch his England career. The Saracen lock, who wins his 50th cap against Australia tomorrow, was handed his debut for the 2016 Six Nations with Italy. 2Maro Itoje has set his sights on winning the 2023 World CupCredit: Getty 2Itoje poses for a photo alongside his father after a Lions matchCredit: Rex Features Itoje, 27, said: “I was in bed when Eddie Jones called me. I wasn’t quite sleeping, but I was drowsy. “Eddie said: ‘Maro, I wanna pick you for the Six Nations. Get ready to work.’ He hung up. That was it. “I jumped out of bed, ran downstairs and told my parents. This time they understood how big it was. I had wanted to be an England player for so long.” Itoje is proud of reaching his half century but his ultimate aim remains winning the World Cup with England. He told The Players’ Tribune: “Not many people get to that number and I never thought I would be one of...
    ENGLAND'S 1966 World Cup win is the iconic sporting moments most Brits wish they could have witnessed in person. A study asked 2,000 adults which incredible sporting feats they'd have loved to have seen live. 3Andy Murray winning Wimbledon in 2013 comes second on the listCredit: PA:Press Association 3Emma Raducanu's historic US Open win earlier this yaer completes the top threeCredit: Alamy And the Three Lions' 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley in 1966 - still England's only ever major tournament win - leads the way. Two iconic tennis moments complete the top three, with Andy Murray's Wimbledon win of 2013 and Emma Raducanu's 2021 US Open shock next. The study found many would also have loved to have watched England win the Ashes for the first time in 18 years during the incredible 2005 serie. Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s iconic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and Paul Gascoigne's stunning solo goal against Scotland at Euro 96 also featured in top 30 list. Despite a love of major sporting events, 46 per cent of Brits have never been lucky...
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Riyad Mahrez scored twice as African champion Algeria romped to a 6-1 win over Niger to return to winning ways in World Cup qualifying on Friday. Egypt took top spot in its group from Libya by edging their encounter 1-0. Ivory Coast claimed the other most significant result of the day as Max-Alain Gradel thumped in a volley to send the Ivorians on their way to a 3-0 victory in Malawi. Manchester City’s Mahrez opened the scoring for Algeria in the 27th minute in Blida but the other five Algerian goals came in the second half, including Mahrez’s second from the penalty spot. Islam Slimani also scored a late brace as the Algerians rebounded from a draw in their last qualifier in Burkina Faso. Algeria and Burkina Faso are tied on seven points at the top of Group A after Burkina Faso won in Djibouti 4-0. Mohamed Salah was back on home soil with his national team after missing Egypt’s first home game of the qualifying campaign because of British travel regulations,...
    LEEDS forward Raphinha produced a sensational display on his Brazil debut as he laid on two assists in a 3-1 victory over Venezuela. The 24-year-old came on at half-time with Tite's side 1-0 down, but his substitution would turn the game on its head. 1Raphinha was superb as he came off the bench to change the gameCredit: EPA He delivered the corner for Marquinhos to convert from as Brazil levelled with 19 minutes remaining. And in the 85th minute the five-time World Cup winners completed the turnaround as Gabriel Barbosa tucked away a penalty. Raphinha then capped off a superb debut by setting up Antony in stoppage time to seal victory in the World Cup qualifier. He also had another assist chalked off in the second half as VAR ruled the goal out. Brazil have now won all nine of their qualification matches, scoring 22 times and conceding just three. They sit eight points clear of second place Argentina, with Ecuador and Uruguay another three points behind them. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTIE LIVE Newcastle could appoint Steven Gerrard,...
    RAPHAEL VARANE trained with Manchester United for the first time on Monday. The centre-back also revealed he plans on bringing his 'winning mentality' to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad after his £42million move from Real Madrid. 4Raphael Varane took part in his first Man Utd training session on MondayCredit: Getty 4And the World Cup winner says he will bring his 'winning mentality' to Old TraffordCredit: AFP or licensors Varane, 28, took part in Monday's session at Carrington. He was pictured doing running and passing drills. And he also took time out to chat to fellow newbie Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils announced the arrival of the France international just moments ahead of their season opener against Leeds in front of a packed out Old Trafford. A deal was agreed last month which is said to be worth an initial £34m - with a further £8m in potential add-ons. But with Varane enjoying a post-Euro 2020 break, he's only just passed his medical and put pen to paper on his contract. However, having been seen training with his new team-mates, the former Lens man...
    GERD MULLER wrote his name into the history books time and time again - especially when he scored the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup final.  The heroic striker tragically passed away at the age of 75. 10 Germany and Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller is one of the most lethal strikers of all-timeCredit: Michael Donald 10 But photo-journalist Michael Donald also found the diminutive star to also be much more modest than may be expectedCredit: Michael Donald But four years before his sad death, Muller opened up on his finest hour: hitting the back of the net to crown West Germany as world champs. Despite more than 700 career goals and 14 major honours, he even admitted his crippling pre-match nerves after a fortune-teller predicted the Netherlands would win. West Germany were up against one of the greatest sides of all-time, Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff's side that pioneered 'Total Football'. The Dutch side had breezed to the final, dismantling Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay on the way with a brand of football never seen before. The Netherlands were...
    Zachary Levi Makes Red Carpet Debut with Special Lady Friend Caroline Tyler at ESPY Awards Best and Worst States for Pensions England were the betting favorites to topple Italy in Sunday's UEFA European Championship final but fell via a penalty shootout defeat.  © ddp images Gareth Southgate Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate received some criticism for not actively pursuing a second goal after Luke Shaw opened the scoring in the second minute of Sunday's contest, but the boss said Monday he wants to keep his job through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that begins Nov. 21 of next year.  "I don't think now is an appropriate time to be thinking about it," Southgate responded when asked about potentially signing a new contract, per Sky Sports. "We have to qualify for Qatar. I need time to go away and reflect on Euro 2020. I need a rest. "It is an amazing experience but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll. I said at the time it is great to have that internal support, you greatly value...
    MANCHESTER CITY target Jack Grealish has given a clear hint his future lies away from Aston Villa after revealing he’s desperate to win the Champions League. The Premier League champions are close to landing the England midfielder in a £100million deal. 3Grealish provided the assist for Sterling to score against the Czech Republic on TuesdayCredit: Alamy 3The Villa man will be hoping to keep his place for the crunch clash against GermanyCredit: Getty Grealish’s admission will send a chill through Villa, who are considering offering him a new deal in a bid to keep him. The 25-year-old said: “My ultimate goal? It's got to be a trophy hasn't it. I want to win either the Champions League or a major trophy with England, the Euros or the World Cup. “Obviously, the World Cup would be iconic wouldn't it? But I think the Euros is just as good. And then at club level, to win a Champions League. “My best mate here, Chilly, has come...
    GARY NEVILLE is backing Euro favourites France to make it back-to-back tournament wins. Although he believes England should be able to push Les Bleus all the way to glory. 3France head into the tournament as favourites with their star-studded sideCredit: Reuters France head into the tournament on the back of winning the World Cup three years ago and finishing runners-up at the previous Euros. Jose Mourinho has already told SunSport how anything other than a win for France would be deemed a failure. And with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann in their star-studded side, Neville is also tipping them for Euro success. He told Sky Sports' Football Euros podcast: "I can’t look past France, really. I just can’t. WIN £50,000 with Dream Team EurosDream Team Euros is HERE! The best fantasy football game to accompany Euro 2020 has arrived. And you can play absolutely FREE for your chance to win the £50,000 jackpot. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE! Dream Team Euros £50,000 jackpot The best fantasy football game...
    SIR GEOFF HURST is backing the country’s leading emergency services mental health charity in a major new campaign to celebrate the efforts of frontline emergency service workers battling Covid-19. The Laura Hyde Foundation is joining forces with We Remember Them 2021 (WRT2021) to organise the UK’s largest ever virtual relay. 2Hurst scored a hat-trick for England in the World Cup final against West GermanyCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Hurst has called for others to support the charity helping out frontline workers with CovidCredit: Getty It will see events taking place in villages, towns and cities across the UK and those taking taking part will walk, run, swim, cycle, row and climb - all monitored online. Those taking part will raise funds for the charity and highlight the work carried out by frontline emergency workers since the pandemic struck in March 2020. England’s 1966 World Cup-winning hero Hurst, supported by other sporting greats like Peter Shilton and Ricky Hatton, is backing the charity and calling on the public to get involved. Hurst said: “The efforts of frontline emergency workers during this pandemic is...
    Former U.S. men’s national team boss and current New England Revolution manager Bruce Arena says that the idea of the U.S. winning a World Cup any time soon is “stupid talk” in the wake of the team’s 2018 World Cup faillings. After taking over from Jurgen Klinsmann after a disastrous start to World Cup qualifiers, Arena was unable to guide the U.S. to the World Cup in 2018 after a now-infamous collapse against Trinidad & Tobago. With players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest featuring for massive European clubs, there is optimism that the USMNT could be a contender in 2022 and 2026, but Arena believes that optimism is a bit premature. What did Arena have to say? “That’s stupid talk. You’re talking about winning a World Cup now?” Arena told Extratime. “We didn’t qualify [in 2018] and now we’re going to win the World Cup? “I do think the way the sport has grown in our country, the young players we have that when we play at home in 2026 — and hopefully we have a good draw...
    U.S. men’s national team defender Chris Richards is determined to be part of bringing the first men’s World Cup title back stateside. Richards is part of the USMNT’s promsing and youthful side, which features Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest, Tyler Adams and Gio Reyna. With that young core preparing for 2022 and, ultimately, a 2026 World Cup on home soil, Richards says the current group has lofty aims and ambitions of joining the world’s elite. What did Richards say? “We want to win every game and every tournament we are in but being able to play on our home soil in 2026 is something that gives us this extra motivation,” Richards told the Guardian. “We want to make history by bringing the first World Cup back.” A learning experience Richards made his move to Bayern in 2018, initially on loan from FC Dallas before that loan was made permanent. His first Bayern appearances came in preseason games against Juventus and Manchester City in 2018, and he steadily rose through the system before making his first official appearance for Bayern last...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly received a huge transfer boost with Real Madrid deciding they are ‘open to offers’ for Raphael Varane. The 27-year-old defender has entered the final 18 months of his contract at the Bernabeu. 2Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Raphael VaraneCredit: Rex Features And he is dragging his feet over whether to commit his future to the LaLiga giants. With fellow centre-back and United target Sergio Ramos, 34, becoming a free agent in June, Real have made it a ‘priority’ to tie down Varane long-term. Now Marca claims they have changed their stance over the French World Cup winner. And they state that if his situation is still not resolved by June then they will take their final opportunity to cash-in on the star, who has been at the club for a decade. United’s interest in the defender has stretched back to 2019 when he first considered walking away from the Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane’s return convinced him to stay then, but with the Real boss under-pressure himself, the France legend’s presence may not...
    Mike Tindall's company has been claiming furlough money despite him being a member of the Royal Family with a huge personal wealth. The former England rugby star, 42, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara, has a firm to manage his speaking engagements, which have dried up during the pandemic. The company, Kimble Trading Ltd, has confirmed it claimed government aid. Accounts indicate it has only one member of staff. Mike Tindall's company has been claiming furlough despite him being a member of the Royal Family with a huge personal wealth The former England rugby star, 42, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara, missed out on speaking engagements due to the pandemic His company Kimble Trading Ltd has admitted it received the government aid earmarked for at risk companies According to The Sun, accounts for the firm, which were filed in December, said: 'The outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions imposed have led to a number of events in 2020 being cancelled. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    California Churches Declare Victory, Plan Indoor Worship After Supreme Court Ruling Sanders criticizes Democrats willing to pare down eligibility for stimulus checks Medvedev, Rublev fire Russia to maiden ATP Cup victory A relentless Russia crushed Italy 2-0 to win their maiden ATP Cup Sunday with Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev in red-hot form leading into the Australian Open. © William WEST Daniil Medvedev steered Russia to the ATP Cup title Russia were the only nation in the 12-team event to boast two top 10 players and they had swept past Japan, Argentina and Germany en route to the decider. Italy faced the same juggernaut on Rod Laver Arena, with Rublev destroying Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2 in just 61 minutes before Medvedev overpowered Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-2 in 79 minutes. "Such a pleasure to be part of this team," said Russia captain Evgeny Donskoy. "It's not a tough job to be captain of such a strong team." World number four Medvedev and eighth-ranked Rublev have been the two hottest players on tour since last year's US Open. Medvedev is now...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding chef has spoken about the Duchess' love of food as she praised the royal for being 'very tuned into the restaurant world.' Clare Smyth, who catered for the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, at their wedding in summer 2018, saw her Notting Hill restaurant Core going from two to three Michelin stars last month. Speaking to the BBC, the Northern Irish chef, who was the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK, said: 'To be awarded three Michelin stars is like winning the World cup or an Olympic medal - its the pinnacle, it's global recognition.' Meanwhile she also revealed: 'Meghan is really into her food in particular and loves food and is very tuned into restaurants and what happens in our world.' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding chef Clare Smyth has spoken about the Duchess' love of food as she praised the royal for being 'very tuned into the restaurant world' BBC News Privacy Policy Speaking about the accolade, she...
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