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    President Biden has teamed up with the USA World Cup squad and captain Tyler Adams for a clever video to wish the team luck before Saturday's showdown against Holland. The USMNT meet Holland in the last-16 knockout stage of the tournament and victory would equal the best ever World Cup run with a quarterfinal place.  Midfielder Adams is filmed at a US training session held at the Al Gharafa stadium in Doha with the ball at his feet and shouts to camera: 'Hey Mr President - heads up!'. Adams then flicks the ball up and sends a powerful pass over the camera, before the scene switches 6,892 miles away to the White House. Tyler Adams and President Biden teamed up for a video before USA plays Holland on Saturday Biden catches a pass from Adams and tells the team they 'are going to do it' against Holland Good kick, @tyler_adams14. Let’s go @USMNT! pic.twitter.com/lEPC0UHXlI— President Biden (@POTUS) December 3, 2022 There, the ball appears to land in the Rose Garden, where President Biden is on hand to take a catch. Wearing...
    The official 'Al Rihla' footballs used for the World Cup in Qatar are so high-tech they don't just need to be pumped full of air - they need to be charged.  Manufactured by Adidas, the ball, which takes its name from the Arabic word for 'the journey', has a sensor inside that measures data like speed and direction and allows for ball-tracking and offside calls by the VAR. An incredible photo posted on Reddit shows the fluro-coloured balls being charged, like a smartphone, from a power board before a game.  It's a long way from the days when people would hunt around for a bicycle pump and then put a bit of oil or butter on an attached small needle to simply put air in a football.  The 'Al Rihla' or 'The Journey' balls used at the World Cup in Qatar have a high-tech sensor which needs to be charged A social media user posted a photo of the balls that quickly went viral; with a power board being used to charge the footballs like a smartphone. The ball can be...
    Iran's footballers sang the national anthem before their game against the United States at the World Cup, after being warned by officials in Tehran they face retribution for their 'insulting' decision not to sing it ahead of the match against England. An Iranian politician warned their could be punishment if they didn't start singing the anthem for their final two games, against England and the United States.  Medhi Chamran, the chairman of Tehran city council, warned that the country 'will never allow anyone to insult our anthem', reports The Guardian.  They sang the anthem before the Wales game but stood stony-faced as the anthem played at the Khalifa International Stadium last Monday ahead of their 6-2 World Cup defeat to England. It was viewed as a stand of solidarity with protests currently engulfing Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran's morality police on September 16. The 22-year-old died three days after her arrest in Tehran for allegedly breaching the Islamic dress code for women.  IRan's players sang their national anthem before the game against USA kicked off in...
    TENSIONS are high ahead of the World Cup’s first home nations clash between England and Wales.  The historic match, dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain’, could eliminate the Dragons from the tournament after they qualified for the first time in 64 years. 12England's John Stones, Eric Dier and Jude Bellingham were snapped topless on a beach ahead of the Wales gameCredit: Channel 5 News 12John Stones and Bellingham battle it out during a game of water poloCredit: Twitter / England The Three Lions are under the cosh too after a dull 0-0 draw against the USA, but have been finding plenty of ways to unwind ahead of tonight's showdown. Yesterday, team members including John Stones, Eric Dier and Jude Bellingham were snapped soaking up the sun at the beach, while others lapped up luxury in the palm-tree-laden Souq Al-Wakra Hotel. But it’s not the only way England’s World Cup squad have let their hair down - here we reveal what they’ve been up to... when they're not trying to bring it home. Posh grub and massages The Three Lions are staying in...
    IRANIAN footballer's families reportedly have been threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players don't "behave" ahead of their game with the USA. Massive protests threatening to bring down the brutal regime in Tehran have overshadowed Iran's presence at the World Cup in Qatar - losing 6-2 to England before beating Wales 2-0. 2Iran's team has the weight of their nation on their shouldersCredit: Reuters Iran are second in the group as they hold advantage of the US - and could progress to the knockout stage for the first time in their six appearances at the World Cup. But after seemingly caving into pressure to sing the Iranian national anthem ahead of their game against Wales, there are chilling reports that the regime is threatening the players' families. It is claimed the players were called into a meeting with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - the shadowy religious army at the right-hand of the Ayatollah. The players were told their families would face "violence and torture" if they didn't sing the national anthem or if...
    The USMNT has trained for the final time ahead of its Group B decider against Iran on Tuesday that will see the loser head home and the winner advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup. The Stars and Stripes will be desperate to get a first win in Qatar, following two consecutive draws, first against Wales (1-1) before keeping a clean sheet against old rivals England (0-0). US head coach Gregg Berhalter, who faced a barrage of politically-charged questions from reporters Monday, described the match as his team's 'first knockout game' of the World Cup and was wary of the threat posed by Iran after their second-half performance against Wales in a 2-0 win. The US trained one last time as a unit before playing Iran Tuesday in a win-or-go-home game The team's attacking players were put through their paces on the eve of the final Group B game US forward Jordan Morris looked upbeat as he and a member of the coaching staff high five RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Families of Iran's...
    Families of Iranian soccer players at the World Cup in Qatar have been threatened with torture and jailtime by their own country's government if they fail to adhere to pre-match rules ahead of a tense, final group match against the US on Tuesday.  A source told CNN that a meeting between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) and all 26 soccer players was called upon after the starting XI that faced England on November 21st refused to sing the Iranian national anthem before the start of the match. Players were told that their families would be subjugated to 'violence and torture' if they stay quiet during pre-match rituals and if they joined any groups protesting against the Islamic Republic's regime.  Families of Iranian soccer players at the World Cup in Qatar have been threatened with torture and jailtime by their own country's government ahead of their final Group B against the US on Tuesday Players of Iran stand during their national anthem prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between England and Iran at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha...
    US Soccer did not consult players, coaches, or the federal government before displaying Iran's flag on official social media accounts without the emblem of the Islamic Republic, a new report said. Ahead of the USA's Tuesday clash with Iran, the team posted an altered version of the nation's flag to Instagram and Twitter to show 'our support for the women in Iran with our graphic for 24 hours,' US Soccer said told the AP. But players and coaches were left blindsided by the move, according to Yahoo! Sports, with the decision now causing a diplomatic firestorm as the Iranian government have called for the USA to be thrown out of the tournament. Iran have been in a state of unrest for months after the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the country's morality police, as protesters have flocked to the streets advocate for women's rights. The protests in Iran have seen at least 450 people killed since they started, as well as over 18,000 arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran. The USMNT's...
    WORLD CUP fans and even the BBC were left totally baffled as Morocco's goalkeeper appeared to be substituted before kick-off - despite lining up for the national anthem. Morocco named Yassine Bounou in the starting XI to face Belgium this afternoon. 3Yassine Bounou was named in the starting XI for MoroccoCredit: BBC 3For the official team photo he had gone and was replacedCredit: Getty 3Munir Mohand Mohamedi El Kajoui was in goal once the game startedCredit: Reuters The No1 walked out of the tunnel with his team-mates and lined up as the North African national belted out their song. He is then filmed shaking hands with the Belgium players as usual. But then Munir Mohand Mohamedi El Kajoui is pictured in the official pre-match team photo. There was a short delay as the Morocco team lined up as Belgium captain Eden Hazard waited for the coin toss. And the replacement, who is wearing No12 at the World Cup, took his place between the sticks in time for kick-off - with no sign of Bounou. Even the BBC commentators,...
    BOOKINGS are a big part of football today. And although players need two to be sent off, just one can be have great consequences later on. 3England’s Jordan Henderson is shown a yellow card during the Russia 2018 World CupCredit: AFP Gareth Southgate will be praying that his players can stay fit and healthy before the World Cup gets underway in just over two weeks time. But injuries aren't the only thing that can rule players out. Suspensions as a result of yellow cards have long tortured sides in international tournaments. 3 World Cup news LIVE: All the latest from Qatar England vs USA: Three Lions can cement progress from Group B with victory over Americans Wales vs Iran: Dragons look to put one foot in knockout stage if they can beat Iranians England vs Wales - Group B concludes with an EPIC all-British battle in Qatar How many yellow cards before players are suspended at the 2022 World Cup? Players who receive two yellow cards in two different matches will result in them missing their country's next...
    FIFA have picked 13 referees from around the world to take charge of the video replays in Russia. VAR will be used at the World Cup this summer for the first time in history in a bid to make the game as fair as possible. 2 Wilton Sampaio has been a listed referee for Fiifa since 2013Credit: Aizar Raldes Who is Wilton Sampaio? Sampaio was born in 1981 in Teresina de Goias, Brazil. The 36-year-old will be a video assistant referee at the World Cup this summer. He was elected as one of the best referees in the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A champions. Sampaio is known in Brazil for handing out yellow cards at every possible occasion. 2 The Brazilian impressed the Fifa officials during his VAR trainingCredit: Reuters After officiating three Copa Libertadores matches last season, the Brazilian produced 14 yellow cards and one red card. And he handed out 12 yellow cards after two Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A matches.Has he refereed at a World Cup competition? The competition in Russia will be Brazilian's first ever job at...
    England and the USA are known around the world for their special relationship.  But tonight the Three Lions want to teach the Stars and Stripes a lesson on and off the pitch.    From suspect terminology and cringey chants to an apparent difficulty understanding the offside rule - leading to the New York Times producing its own handy guide - there's still a lot that the Americans get wrong about the Beautiful Game. And that's even before we get started on Diana Ross's shocking penalty at the 1994 World Cup opening ceremony (yes, we've still not forgotten)... With England and the USA preparing to face off against each other in Qatar tonight, it's time to iron out these issues once and for all. Below, we reveal our light-hearted guide of all the times Americans have shot wide of the goal...  US manager Gregg Berhalter raises his finger during a pre-match press conference ahead of the England match on Friday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next England heads to the pub! Streets empty as fans...
    If any member of the USMNT group needs extra inspiration before Friday's game against England, they should speak to Antonee Robinson. The Fulham defender has stoked the fires on the eve of his USA team's World Cup tie with England and told them they can not only cause a shock against Gareth Southgate's team but they can also go on and win the whole tournament in Qatar. 'Yes. Everyone in our squad believes we can beat any team on our day, so why not think we can get out of this group and then go and win every knockout game?' Robinson told The Times. Antonee Robinson is in confident spirits before the USA's World Cup game against England He believes his team is good enough to beat England and go on and win the World Cup But first, USA needs a result against England unsurprisingly, the defender who plays club football for Fulham in the English Premier League is confident. Robinson's inspiration, he says, comes from England's bad form in Europe's Nations League this year, where they failed to win...
    LIONEL MESSI was slammed by footy fans after they learned of his ambassadorial deal with Saudi Arabia. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner came up against the Saudis in Argentina's World Cup opener on Tuesday morning. 3Lionel Messi was booed by Saudi fans over his deal with The Kingdom ahead of their World Cup clashCredit: REX 3Messi hit back by opening the scoring in the tenth minuteCredit: REX 3But he was left embarrassed as the pre-tournament favourites suffered a shock lossCredit: REX But he was booed by fans before he even kicked a ball over his lucrative deal with The Kingdom. The Athletic reported this week that the Paris Saint-Germain hitman had inked a £25m a year deal with the controversial country in May. And the Saudis in attendance at the Lusail Iconic Stadium made their feelings known as the all-time great took to the pitch for their Group C clash. A requirement for Messi's deal with Saudi requires him to promote the country. READ MORE IN SPORTARGENTINA 1 SAUDI ARABIA 2 Messi's flops suffer huge shock with first loss in...
    Qatari academic Dr Nayef bin Nahar said he was 'proud' US journalist Grant Wahl was detained for wearing a rainbow t-shirt  A Qatari academic has said he's 'proud' that American soccer reporter Grant Wahl was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow shirt.  Wahl was attending the USA's first game of the tournament against Wales on Monday and wore a black t-shirt with a circle in the colors of the rainbow wrapping around a soccer ball, in support of the LGBTQ+ community. He took to Twitter to claim that he was initially refused entry to the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. He also revealed that shortly after sending out his first tweet, security staff 'forcibly ripped his phone from his hands.' Wahl's account was met with widespread condemnation on social media but Dr Nayef bin Nahar, a director of social sciences at Qatar University, had an alternative view. Retweeting Wahl, he said: 'As a Qatari I’m proud of what happened. 'I don’t know when will the westerners realize that their values aren’t universal. There...
    FOOTBALL fans praised the Wales players and supporters after they passionately sung the national anthem before their World Cup opener against USA. Welsh skipper Gareth Bale led his team in belting out Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau ahead of their first World Cup game in 64 years. 3The Welsh supporters belted out their national anthem before the USA gameCredit: Reuters 3The players joined their supporters in singing the anthemCredit: AP Wales anthem. Sport is a gift. pic.twitter.com/iHniVZSkeO— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 21, 2022 3It was a passionate cry as Wales prepared for their first World Cup game since 1954Credit: FOX It was an emotional moment for the country, with the fans inside the stadium showing just how much it meant to them. Several Wales supporters could be seen screaming the anthem as they prepared to take on the US. And social media hailed the passion exuding out of both the players and fans. Speaking on Twitter, one person said: "Have you ever seen a more passionate national anthem at the World Cup than that? F***** proud as f***, I am. ????????????????????."...
    Iran's players refused to sing the national anthem as boos rung out from the stands ahead of their first game of the Qatar World Cup against England today.  The Iranian national squad stood stony-faced as the anthem played at the Khalifa International Stadium on Monday, in an apparent sign of solidarity with protests currently engulfing the country back home. Meanwhile audible jeers and boos were heard by supporters in the crowd, who were also seen waving banners supporting the demonstrators.  Iran has been wracked by more than two months of anti-regime demonstrations sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini who died in police custody after being arrested for failing to wear a compulsory hijab. Since then, near-daily marches have taken place calling for an end to the country's strict interpretation of Islamic laws and the overthrow of the mullah's regime. News out of the country is limited amid widespread internet outages, but it is thought hundreds - if not thousands - of demonstrators have been killed by security forces in an increasingly violent crackdown. Iran's national team have signalled support...
    FIFA have abandoned plans to stage an opening ceremony before every game of the World Cup on the instructions of Qatar's Supreme Committee. The lavish 30-minute ceremony fronted by Morgan Freeman at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday evening was widely criticised for hypocrisy and tokenism in Europe due to FIFA's attempt to promote supposedly universal human values, with the BBC refusing to screen it on their main channels, and plans for the rest of the tournament have now been scaled down. FIFA had planned and rehearsed similar ceremonies for each of the World Cup's 64 matches, but Sportsmail has learned that the Supreme Committee have now taken over the delivery of match-day events which as a result will be more limited.  FIFA have abandoned plans to stage an opening ceremony before every game of the World Cup on the instructions of Qatar's Supreme Committee. Pictured: Sunday night's opening ceremony to the 2022 World Cup, ahead of the first match between Qatar and Ecuador Instead of a lengthy pre-match show a shorter two-minute ceremony featuring a large replica World Cup...
    Iran defender Ehsan Hajsafi became the first member of his team to speak out from the World Cup in apparent support of anti-government protests at home, saying players should be the voice of those suffering. More than two months of protests in Iran, sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini while in custody of the country's morality police, have created one of the boldest challenges to its clerical leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran's national team has been in the spotlight in the run-up to the World Cup in Qatar, with anticipation over whether players will use soccer's showpiece event as a platform to show solidarity with the protest movement. 'They should know that we are with them. And we support them. And we sympathize with them regarding the conditions,' Hajsafi, who plays for Greek team AEK Athens, told a news conference. Iran defender Ehsan Hajsafi publicly supported the protests against the Iranian regime at a press conference on Sunday ahead of the World Cup game against England Protesters have created one of the boldest challenges to its leaders...
    An Ecuador supporter attending the opening match of the Qatar World Cup was involved in a momentary altercation with host nation supporters inside the stadium on Sunday. Qatar suffered defeat in their first-ever World Cup fixture as Ecuador ran out two-nil victors in front of a packed crowd at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. Former Everton striker Enner Valencia scored twice inside the first-half to secure an important group a victory for the South American side in Qatar. But one Ecuador supporter who had travelled to the match was given a quick telling off by Qatar supporters sat near him as he celebrated his team's success. A video posted to Twitter shows the fan dressed in the yellow national team shirt of Ecuador standing up and singing amongst a crowd of what appears to be Qatar fans. As the youthful looking supporter points and sings at opposing fans alongside him in attendance at the match, he finds himself on the receiving end of some aggravated Qataris.
    While there were several questions raised over the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, one that was left unanswered until now was the mystery of host Morgan Freeman's single glove. The disgraced actor was chosen to host the Qatar curtain-raiser along with Ghanim al-Muftah in a ceremony that was performed in front of thousands of empty seats in Doha's Al Bayt Stadium. Viewers would have noticed the 85-year-old acting veteran wearing a single beige-coloured glove as he put on an act to launch the controversial tournament.     Freeman and Qatari YouTuber Ghanim al-Muftah speak during the opening ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup It is actually a compression glove and Freeman has been wearing it on and off since paralysing his left hand in a car crash 14 years ago. While he will often remove it for promotional photos and videos, he elected to keep it on for the World Cup opening ceremony. Freeman was lucky to survive the crash, which saw his vehicle on a multiple times on a Mississippi highway. Freeman suffered multiple broken bones, but escaped with his life...
    GARETH SOUTHGATE says England WILL take the knee before Monday's World Cup opener against Iran. Boss Southgate and skipper Harry Kane endorsed the decision after discussions with the squad. 2Gareth Southgate revealed his England players want to take the kneeCredit: EPA 2Captain Harry Kane is also prepared to wear the OneLove armbandCredit: PA The Three Lions dropped the gesture after two years in recent Nations League clashes. But players again want to show their support for Black Lives Matter after criticism of Qatar's human rights record. Kane also plans to defy Fifa's equipment regulations rules by wearing a One Love armband promoting inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights throughout the tournament. The Tottenham striker could be fined or even given a yellow card if he does display the heart-shaped rainbow emblem. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUP QATAR LATEST BBC SNUB World Cup opening ceremony, Qatar fall to defeat in opening match Southgate said: "We have discussed taking the knee. We feel we should. "It's what we stand for as a team and have done for a long period of time. "We understand in the Premier...
    Qatar has been accused of paying hundreds of 'fake fans' to sing and dance in a series of choreographed videos ahead of the World Cup. Footage has emerged of various 'fan parades' in Doha ahead of the tournament's big kick-off this Sunday, including celebrations featuring supporters supposedly from England, Brazil, Argentina and several other nations. The TikTok channel Qatari Living, which has over 400,000 followers, has been sharing videos of the 'fans' from different countries waving flags and chanting songs as they walk along the Corniche in Doha. The suggestion is that supporters had arrived early in the country to soak up the atmosphere in the build-up to the World Cup, with the clips posted mostly over the weekend. But fans reacted with scepticism and some accused the Qatari authorities of paying migrant workers to dress up in support of different nations. Sportmail has contacted the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for comment. Several comments on the England 'fans' TikTok video featured the word 'England' along with the flag emojis of India and Bangladesh, countries where thousands of workers were recruited...
    QATAR has been accused of paying hundreds of "fake fans" to parade for the cameras ahead of the World Cup. Footage has emerged of football "supporters" from across the globe filling the streets of the Qatari capital Doha - a week before the tournament kicks off. 5England fans filled the streets of Doha a week before the tournament startsCredit: TikTok/Qatarliving 5England fans with their drums and flags marching through the streetsCredit: TikTok/Qatarliving 5Portugal supporters were also seen parading through DohaCredit: TikTok/Qatarliving 5Hundreds of Brazilian fans gathered at Doha Corniche - the waterfront promenadeCredit: TikTok/Qatarliving Qatar Living - dubbed the country’s first official community platform on TikTok - has been posting videos of "fans" from different countries gathered in their hundreds with flags, painted faces, and banners. It's not clear whether the fans are migrants workers who live in Qatar and have been partying early, or whether the parades have been staged by authorities. One clip shows a sea of supposed Brazil fans waving flags in Doha Corniche - the waterfront promenade in the city - and others...
    TODAY The Sun launches a health campaign urging unvaccinated people to “Do The Double” and get Covid and flu jabs before the World Cup. NHS bosses want to avoid a repeat of the coronavirus wave that followed last year’s Euros. 4Sir Geoff Hurst, whose hat trick in the 1966 World Cup saw England lift the trophy for the first and only time, said he backed our jabs push 'one million per cent'Credit: Getty 4Former England ace and current Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has backed Brits to do the double and get both flu and Covid jabs on offerCredit: Getty And yesterday two of England football’s biggest names — Gary Lineker and Sir Geoff Hurst — backed our Do The Double campaign. Millions of those eligible for jabs have not had them, with 13million in England due an Omicron Covid booster and 18million still due a flu vaccine. Medics fear a virus “twindemic” could cripple hospitals this winter as they now face mass walkouts after the nurses’ strike vote. Covid cases are falling, but experts predict a virus...
    QATAR host the first World Cup in winter when the 2022 tournament gets underway in the Middle East. Felix Sanchez's side will face Ecuador on the opening day of the competition before coming up against Senegal and the Netherlands in Group A. 2Qatar’s forward Akram Afif celebrating after scoring against Chile in an international friendlyCredit: AFP The hosts qualified for the 2022 World Cup due to the fact that they are the host nation, earning an automatic spot at the tournament. Despite impressing in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing in the semi-finals, Qatar are entering unfamiliar territory as they compete in the World Cup. Read More World CupLast Dance Messi announces Qatar will be his final World Cup at the age of 35QATARSTROPHIC Why is Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup? Have Qatar qualified for the World Cup before? The game of football was first introduced to Qatar in the 1940's and rose to popularity over the next decade, seeing a purpose built football venue built before further grounds were constructed 20 years later. Qatar's football association was...
    ENGLAND'S preparations for the World Cup in Qatar are going from bad to worse. The 1-0 defeat in Milan against European Champions Italy on Friday night means Gareth Southgate’s side are on a run of FIVE GAMES without a win. 4Gareth Southgate looks to the skies after defeat in ItalyCredit: Rex 4England are out of Nations League A after a 1-0 defeat to ItalyCredit: Getty England haven't had such a barren run since 1992 when the late Graham Taylor was manager. Not only have they forgotten how to win, they can't even score any more, despite having England hero Harry Kane up front. The Three Lions have not scored from open play in 450 MINUTES and have gone three games without a goal for the first time in 22 years. They were booed off the park by the England fans in the San Siro, and a Sun Twitter poll showed 83% of fans want him sacked before the World Cup starts. read more football storiesHARRY PAIN Harry Kane left with blood pouring from mouth after sickening collisionENG OF THE ROAD?...
    Tyson Fury is back on track to meet Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world in a mega-millions fight in Saudi Arabia. Team Fury are in talks worth even more than Saturday's £85million bonanza here which saw Ukraine war hero Usyk keep his WBA, IBF and WBO belts. The fight to unite those titles with Fury's WBC belt is pencilled in for December 17. That is the night before the 2022 World Cup final in neighbouring Qatar and the fight would intensify the focus on the Middle East.  Tyson Fury will come out of his recent retirement to fight Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk Usyk retained his WBA, IBF and WBO belts with victory over Anthony Joshua on Saturday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Atalanta 1-1 AC Milan: Ismael Bennacer screamer saves... Spurs still want rid of two midfielders, United are keen to... Cameron Norrie will leap to a career-high ranking of ninth... Lille 1-7 PSG: Kylian Mbappe scores after just EIGHT seconds... Share this article Share 215 shares Prince...
    TIMO WERNER says Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's system, combined with his lack of regular football are the reasons why he left Stamford Bridge. The 26-year-old returned to RB Leipzig in a deal worth £23.5million earlier this month. 2Timo Werner has claimed Thomas Tuchel's tactics contributing to him wanting to leave ChelseaCredit: Getty 2Werner admitted his German compatriot's system "didn't suit" him all that wellCredit: AFP And Werner has claimed Tuchel's tactics "didn't suit" him particularly well. The German international was signed by Frank Lampard in 2020, but largely found himself shunted out onto the wing under Tuchel. Werner also found himself regularly dropped to the bench, and admitted "the fun got a bit lost" He told the Einfach Luppen podcast: "For me, the fun of playing football is in the foreground. Read More Chelsea NewsChelsea news Aubameyang £23m BID, Fofana terms AGREED, Anthony Gordon latest "Of course, I had great success at Chelsea, but the fun got a bit lost in the end because I didn't play regularly anymore. "I think the coach's system of play didn't suit me perfectly. ...
    Anthony Joshua's much-delayed rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is fixed for Saudi Arabia on August 20 and Tyson Fury is in negotiations to fight the winner there in December for the undisputed world heavyweight title. A formal announcement of the hundred-million-dollar plus deal for Joshua v Usyk II will be made early next week. The Middle East Kingdom is poised to invest even more extravagantly in the Gypsy King's return from brief retirement for a spectacular which they regard as 'the next Rumble In The Jungle.' This ends unfounded speculation that Joshua may hang up the gloves rather than go through with a return bout with Usyk, who stripped him of his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts with an embarrassingly one-sided upset at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September. The formal announcement of the rematch in Saudi Arabia is expected early next week  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Anthony Joshua's rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is 'CONFIRMED'... 'He has INSANE power': Anthony Joshua's new trainer Robert... Anthony Joshua 'is set to QUIT his broadcast...
    FIFA wants Arsene Wenger's plan for a World Cup every two years voted through before the end of the year  Former Arsenal boss Wenger formally presented his proposals to 204 of the 211 national associations at a virtual meeting from Zurich. 1Fifa want to hold a vote on Arsene Wenger's World Cup plans before the end of the yearCredit: Getty Despite strong opposition led by Uefa and European clubs and leagues, FIFA President Gianni Infantino claimed he was embarking on the “most inclusive and thorough consultation process that the world of football has ever seen on a global basis”. Infantino told supporters and opponents: "FIFA has one event that lasts one month every four years that is helping to develop football in 211 member associations. "Our ambitions for football development across the entire world can only be realised if we have more successful events taking place on a more regular basis." Wenger and former US women's coach Jill Ellis outlined plans for the shape of men's, women's and youth football. But despite the criticism, FIFA announced a "comprehensive report" would be...
    England's players have been berated again for taking the knee as Poland star Robert Lewandowski risked the fury of his own supporters after he pointed to the 'Respect' symbol during a chorus of boos. The talismanic striker, 33, made the gesture while furious Polish fans made their feelings heard at Warsaw's Stadion Narodowy before England and Poland's World Cup qualifier kicked off. Undaunted by the jeering crowd, England's players continued to take the knee as their public display of protest continues. In addition to targeting the Three Lions' anti-racism protest, 'God Save The Queen' was nearly drowned out by the 60,000 whistling supporters in attendance.   It was the second time the Three Lions faced boos for taking the knee in the last week, having been targeted by a hostile Hungarian crowd in similar circumstances in Budapest on Thursday, September 2. Despite a 4-0 victory, England's win was tarnished by ugly scenes as missiles, including cans of beer, were thrown onto the pitch while there were also claims of racist chants towards black players which will be investigated by Fifa. Raheem Sterling...
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