FOR a man who refuses to fly, Dennis Bergkamp has done a pretty good job of piloting Holland into the semi-finals of the World Cup. He's scored three goals already in France 98, claiming a Dutch national record of 36 in the process. He struck the vital 90thminute winner against Argentina – a goal of such exquisite touch and ruthless execution that it could well prove to be the best individual effort of the tournament. He has been the inspiration behind so much of what has been a revelation about this Dutch side. And tonight in Marseille he comes up against Ronaldo – the Brazilian star who cost £20million when he moved from Barcelona to Inter Milan, and who at 21 is the brightest talent in the soccer firmament. It is not fanciful to suggest that they will be competing for more than a place in the World Cup final – they will also be playing for the right to be called the world's greatest footballer. Their showdown promises to be the most intriguing battle of France … [Read more...] about France ’98: So who is the best soccer player in the world?
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Denmark coach Åge Hareide on Monday. Photo: AP Photo/David Vincent/Ritzau Scanpix Denmark face France on Tuesday needing a point from their final game to be sure of a place in the last 16, as they bid to reach the knockout rounds of a World Cup for the first time since 2002. Coach Åge Hareide said the Danes would go in search of victory, resisting the dangerous temptation to look to settle for a draw in the match, which kicks off at 4pm Danish time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. "I know one point will be enough but that's not a good way to start the match," Norwegian Hareide said. "If you put that into your players' heads there will be passiveness in the team and that's not good." "It will be a tough match tomorrow," Hareide added. "The players worked very hard in the first two matches. "We haven't done our best in terms of play but we've worked very hard for the points. We can't ask for more." READ ALSO: Denmark frustrated by Australia in World Cup draw … [Read more...] about Denmark to play for win in decisive World Cup clash against France: Hareide
Group ARussia - Opponents of Russia's national side might face two identical players: the “terrible” identical twins Aleksei and Anton Miranchuk who have been playing together in the national squad since autumn 2017. The family traces its origins back to the Cossacks, independent horsemen forces who guarded Tsarist Russia's borders and started off from the local club of their hometown, Slavyansk-on-Kuban, close to the Crimea peninsula, before joining Spartak Moscow. Russia started their preparations for their first World Cup on home soil - with a training camp in Austria's Stubai Valley. The location of the training camp is becoming well known in international football circles - France stayed there before their own European Championship two years ago. And if Russia are looking for a lucky omen ahead of the tournament, Spain stayed in the Stubai Valley before Euro 2008, which they won. Egypt - Egypt the dominant force in African football in the last 10 years, they have … [Read more...] about Did you know this about the World Cup’s 32 teams?
Disgraced ex-footballer Michel Platini has admitted the draw for the 1998 World Cup was fixed. The former UEFA president and Euro 84 winner said the scam "wasn't difficult" and had boosted the chances of what he called a "dream final" of France against Brazil.He told France Bleu Sport: "Group A was France, Group F or Group L was Brazil, so if they both finished first they couldn't meet, that's all - it was simple."The revelations come as the man once nicknamed Le Roi (The King) - who still boasts the most goals in a European Championship with nine - serves a four-year ban from involvement in football.He was found to have received a "disloyal payment" of £1.3m from then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.The ban was originally eight years but has been reduced twice.Platini was a co-president of the organising committee at France 98 which placed Brazil in Group A, as was the standard practice at the time for the defending champions, and France in Group C - meaning if both teams won their … [Read more...] about Platini admits draw for 1998 World Cup was fixed so France faced Brazil in final
RUSSIAN World Cup chiefs have studied the ISIS-inspired bomb outrage in Manchester in a bid to prevent a copy-cat attack at the World Cup. Fears of a similar atrocity hitting the tournament come as the sick terror group released a chilling poster bearing the message “Target Russia”. ISIS fanatics have issued continual threats to target this summer’s event because of Russia’s bombing campaign against the regime in Syria. And a home-made suicide bomb similar to the device that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last year is one of the most likely threats. Terrorists also attacked at the Stade de France during a friendly match between France and Germany in November 2015. European footballing body UEFA has revealed that Russian security chiefs recently attended a “counter-terrorism masterclass” in Holland. And special courses have been given to officials who are responsible for training stewards for the World Cup. UEFA had already … [Read more...] about Russian World Cup chiefs have studied Manchester bombing in bid to prevent copy-cat attack.. as ISIS calls for fans to be targeted