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Lampard surprised Leeds won FIFA's Fair Play award
Lampard surprised Leeds won FIFA's Fair Play award
Frank Lampard admitted he was stunned to see Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds win the FIFA Fair Play Award despite the 'Spygate' scandal that rocked the Championship club.

Leeds boss Bielsa and his club were recognised at the world governing body's annual award ceremony in Milan for allowing Aston Villa to score an uncontested goal during a second tier match last season.
However, Leeds were also fined £200,000 and given a severe reprimand by the English Football League last term after Bielsa sent a member of his staff to spy on a Derby training session.
Chelsea boss Lampard, who was Derby manager at the time of Leeds' undercover operation in January, branded the Fair Play decision "strange".
Asked on Friday if he choked on his breakfast cereal when he heard the news, Lampard replied: "I did smile. Do we know who votes for these things?
"What happened with Spygate was very well documented, and then they got fined, the rules changed slightly because of it. I felt it was improper.
"To get a fair play award off the back of that is. I thought it was irony at first.
"It was a strange decision for them to win that. I think everyone had the same reaction (to the fair play award), to be fair, because a lot of news was put to Spygate.
"And I think quite rightly so and it got dealt with in the right way, so when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year then I don't think it's right."
In April, Leeds allowed Villa to walk the ball into their net at Elland Road.
Angry scenes had broken out minutes earlier after Leeds looked set to stop play because of an injury to Jonathan Kodjia before playing on and scoring through Mateusz Klich.
But Lampard didn't think that was enough to justify the FIFA prize.
"It was quite right that they give Villa the opportunity to score, quite right to level out the balance of what had happened," he added.
Guardiola struggles with strikers
Guardiola struggles with strikers
Keeping strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy is proving a challenge for Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits it is almost impossible to keep strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy.
Guardiola's preferred system has space for just one out-and-out striker which means he regularly has to leave one of Aguero or Jesus on the bench.
Ahead of Saturday's clash with Everton at Goodison Park, Argentina forward Aguero has eight goals in six Premier League outings.
Brazil international Jesus has netted three goals in five appearances with one each in the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup.
Despite the obvious quality of both players, Guardiola suggested he is loath to revert to a different formation which means one - most likely Jesus - looks likely miss out against the Toffees.
Guardiola said: "Both guys are incredible. It's difficult for me. I try to move them and play both.
"Never any player will be happy if they don't play regularly. He plays he will happy, he does not play he will not be happy. 
"But I try to let them both play as much as possible. Sometimes when they're injured, Gabriel or Sergio, the other one plays.
"In some games Gabriel gives me something Sergio cannot give us. And the other games, Sergio gives us what Gabriel cannot. That is the quality.
"Normally I don't play with two strikers. I played with two against Norwich, in the last minutes, and it wasn't good. Our control isn't the best, we're not solid enough."
Guardiola acknowledged he has to handle the striking dilemma sensitively, especially when both players are fit and in good form, and often finds himself apologising to one of the pair.
"They're upset if they don't play, of course," he added.
"You play a Champions League game, a semi-final or a quarter-final, and they are fit and they are strong. 
"They want to play, and the manager says, 'You don't play'. How can they be happy? It's impossible. All I can say with the players is I'm sorry - I have to choose 11. 
"Sergio could have scored five goals against Watford. Gabriel the last game against Preston could have scored three or four. 
"We have many, many games, four competitions and of course everyone is necessary".
Meanwhile, Guardiola dismissed suggestions of strained relations between himself and Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The 28-year-old was left on the bench for City's 3-2 defeat at Norwich and responded with a commanding display in their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.
Guardiola said in the aftermath of the win over the Hornets he was "frustrated" with aspects of De Bruyne's game but subsequently dismissed any notion the player had an attitude problem.
"When he's happy, his performance is incredible," Guardiola said. 
"Like when I do my job, I'm happier so my job I do it better. I communicate better to my players. 
"Sometimes I'm a bit down, I speak few words because not all the days I'm good. Sometimes I'm a little bit sad. It happens to me, it happens to you."
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
Callum Hudson-Odoi should follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to use Raheem Sterling as a role model to aid his development.
Hudson-Odoi, 18, re-signed with the Premier League club earlier this month, extending his stay at Stamford Bridge until 2024.
A two-time England international, the attacker scored five goals last season and netted in Wednesday's thrashing of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup.
Lampard wants the teenager to follow in the footsteps of Sterling, who has developed into a star for England and Manchester City.
"I know Callum's talent and he has got huge talent, hence why the club were so keen to get him signed up. We're all delighted with that, but there's a lot of work for Callum to do, lots of work," he told UK newspapers.
"You can look around and look at fantastic examples and not even at this club.
"I don't like to talk about other club's players but Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent, whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication, has seen him become a complete player, who we are all wowed by.
"He is a great model for Callum because Callum has those talents. I want him to be the absolute best because he has the potential to do that and some of it is about hard truths and I saw some hard truths in the game the other day – ways that he can improve.
"He needs to listen to them and he will. Then he can be that player for us."
Sitting 11th in the Premier League, Chelsea host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
Barcelona is gearing up for a game that could potentially make or break the season against Getafe this Saturday. The Catalans need to impose their strength and prove once and for all that their latest poor performances away from home were the exception and not the rule. Now facing another injury from team star Lionel Messi, Ernesto Valverde will put his Griezmann, Suarez and Dembele trident to the test in the hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing crisis.

Enersto Valverde's tough start to the season has seen him face harsh criticism for Barcelona's away form. Indeed, Barcelona has at times looked like a mere shadow of the team that just last season had been pinned to win the treble. 
The Catalans are their usual imposing selves when at the Camp Nou, but as soon as they leave the Camp Nou, Valverde's men lose their ability to perform as a well-jointed team. 
Losses against Atlethic Bilbao and Granada, as well as a draw against Osasuna - all games which Barcelona was expected to win, and do so comfortably - have meant that the pressure is mounting for a team that needs to react accordingly this weekend. 
Barcelona's rival Getafe is no easy team, especially when at home in the Alfonso Perez Coliseum, but the desperate need for a win means Barcelona should do everything to stay afloat. 
Anything other than adding the three points will amplify a crisis that is already of considerable size. For this reason, Valverde will undoubtedly do everything in his power to avoid this, including forming a new trident with some of Barcelona's biggest names. 
According to 'Sport', the Blaugrana coach will come out to Getafe with an offensive trio formed by Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Dembele in the absence of Leo Messi and Ansu Fati.
The three players will also seek to vindicate themselves on a personal level, as they all their personal reasons for wanting to succeed and please the fans. 
The former Atletico Madrid player wants to remove the bad taste from fans' mouths after less than impressive performances in Granada and Dortmund (in the Champions League) and show that he can lead Barça in the absence of their biggest star. 
For his part, Luis Suarez wants those whistles received in the last duel against Villarreal to disappear, which will only happen if the Uruguayan recovers his best form. 
Meanwhile, 'Dembouz' will try to make it clear that his good performance in the few minutes awarded against Villarreal as a replacement for Messi were not the exception but the norm and that, when healthy, he is an essential footballer in the team.
The 'gsd'. Or the 'dsg'. In short, a trio of circumstances that must lead Barcelona to put an end to a long ordeal away from home.
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE

Zinedine Zidane appeared before the media on the eve of the visit to Osasuna. The Real Madrid coach highlighted the attitude of his players against Sevilla, but did not want to concentrate on the win.

"Solidity is the key to success. Beyond the game in Seville, what stands out is that we play as a team. To win games you have to play like this. There are no easy games. When you are together you can fight better. We have to continue in this line," said the coach in the press room of the Ciudad Real Madrid.
In this sense, Zinedine Zidane stressed the difficulty of La Liga: "I don't know how many teams there are to win. It costs a lot to win games. In this league everything can happen. La Liga is very good. To beat all the teams you have to demand it. "
In regards to the injuries, the Frenchman commented: "I am not worried, but it's annoying. I don't want players injured, but it's a part of football that we don't control very well. Those who work here are very good, but you have to accept from time to time that an injury can happen. The calendar with many matches also affects it".
"Our preparation has not changed much. All physical trainers think of the team and are great professionals. What happens next, everyone thinks. What I have to say is that we need a little respect for them. We work very well in preseason, but many factors come into play with injuries," he added.
Meanwhile, Zidane was on the fence regarding Leo Messi's FIFA award: "If I think the 'The Best' is fair? I neither saw it nor found out. I'm glad for my players. I'm not going to tell you if I think they deserve it or not, but when a player is good he always is, for a lifetime".
In addition, the French coach does not fear media noise or the word 'crisis': "It is always like this and will continue like this. What happened, happened. The next game is the important one. What moves me is what happens Wednesday. We have to play a great game, with the same attitude and intensity".
"Football is like this. When I lose, I am out; when I win, I can stay. The game against Osasuna is the only thing that interests me right now. I feel strong. Same as a month ago. I try to give my best, like when I was a player. It is in the difficult times that you learn a lot" he added.
Also, the Real Madrid coach did not want to assess the problems of FC Barcelona: "We can lose ourselves, everyone... The most important thing is that my players give it their all. If you lose giving it everything, then nothing happens. You can only win one, but you have to give everything," he added.


Table Games World Cup 2018

Table Games World Cup 2018
Table Games World Cup 2018

The FIFA 2018 World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup sponsored by the International Federation of Football (FIFA), which will be hosted by Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.

Where Russia won the honor of hosting the tournament after the decision of the International Federation of Football FIFA on 2 December 2010. Russia managed to overcome 3 nominations, winning a joint nomination between Spain and Portugal, and also won a joint nomination between the Netherlands and Belgium, and the nomination of a single for England. The first of the World Cup finals in Eastern Europe, and the first time the European continent will host the tournament after the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

European countries qualify for the 2018 World Cup

1- Russia
2- Belgium
3- Germany
4- England
5- Spain
6- Poland
7- Serbia
8- Iceland
9- France
10- Portugal
11- Switzerland
12- Croatia
13- Sweden
14- Denmark

World Cup Schedule

- Thursday, June 14

(15.00) Russia - Saudi Arabia (Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow)

- Friday 15 June

(12.00) Egypt - Uruguay (Yekaterinburg)

(15.00) Morocco - Iran (St. Petersburg)

(18.00) Portugal - Spain (Sochi)

- Saturday, June 16

(10.00) France - Australia (Kazan)

(13.00) Argentina - Iceland (Spartak, Moscow)

(16.00) Peru - Denmark (Saransk)

(19.00) Croatia - Nigeria (Kaliningrad)

- Sunday 17 June

(12.00) Costa Rica - Serbia (Samara)

(15.00) Germany - Mexico (Luzhniki, Moscow)

(18.00) Brazil - Switzerland (Rostov-on-Don)

- Monday, June 18

(12.00) Sweden - South Korea (Novgorod)

(15.00) Belgium - Panama (Sochi)

(18.00) England - Tunisia (Volgograd)

- Tuesday 19 June

(12.00) Poland - Senegal (Moscow)

(15.00) Colombia - Japan (Saransk)

(18.00) Russia - Egypt (St. Petersburg)

- Wednesday 20 June

(12.00) Portugal - Morocco (Luzhniki, Moscow)

(15.00) Uruguay - Saudi Arabia (Rostov-on-Don)

(18.00) Iran - Spain (Kazan)

- Thursday 21 June

(12.00) France - Peru (Yekaterinburg)

(15.00) Denmark - Australia (Samara)

(18.00) Argentina - Croatia (Novgorod)

- Friday, June 22

(12.00) Brazil - Costa Rica (Saint Petersburg)

(15.00) Nigeria - Iceland (Volgograd)

(18.00) Serbia - Switzerland (Kaliningrad)

- Saturday, June 23

(12.00) Belgium - Tunisia (Spartak, Moscow)

(15.00) Germany - Sweden (Sochi)

(18.00) South Korea - Mexico (Rostov-on-Don)

- Sunday, June 24

(12.00) England - Panama (Novgorod)

(15.00) Japan - Senegal (Nkternborg)

(18.00) Poland - Colombia (Kazan)

- Monday, June 25

(14.00) Saudi Arabia - Egypt (Volgograd)

(14.00) Uruguay - Russia (Samara)

(18.00) Spain - Morocco (Kaliningrad)

(18.00) Iran - Portugal(Saransk)

- Tuesday 26 June

(14.00) Denmark - France (Luzhniki, Moscow)

(14.00) Australia - Peru (Sochi)

(18.00) Nigeria - Argentina (St. Petersburg)

(18.00) Iceland - Croatia (Rostov-on-Don)

- Wednesday, June 27

(14.00) South Korea - Germany (Kazan)

(14.00) Mexico - Sweden (Samara)

(18.00) Switzerland - Costa Rica (Kaliningrad)

(18.00) Serbia - Brazil (Saransk)

- Thursday 28 June

(14.00) Japan - Poland (Volgograd)

(14.00) Senegal - Colombia (Samara)

(18.00) England - Belgium (Kaliningrad)

(18.00) Panama - Tunisia (Saransk)

We wish success to the teams of the European teams to reach the finals and win the championship.


Information about Swiss team 2018

Information about Swiss team 2018
Information about Swiss team 2018

The Swiss team does not have much experience in Olympic football, and it is the first time that the Swiss have qualified for the Olympic Games in 84 years!

However, the Swiss won the silver medal and finished second in the 1924 tournament in France after losing to Uruguay 3-0.

The Swiss team qualified for the Olympic football tournament for the next round in Amsterdam in 1928, but failed to cross the group stage and came out of the first round following a major defeat against Germany.

In recent years, however, Swiss football has developed considerably, especially in the youth sector. The Swiss team won the U-17 World Cup in Nigeria in 2009.

Not only that, but the Swiss team also managed to get the second place in the UEFA European Championship in 2011 to get a card directly qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Swiss are counting on the 2009 U-17 World Champions and European Cup holders under 21 in 2011 to achieve an achievement for the European team by passing through the group stage and qualifying for the quarter-finals at least, and even looking beyond that if possible.

The Swiss team qualified for the UEFA U-21 World Cup in Denmark in 2011. The Swiss made their group three wins in three games and beat Czech Republic in the semi-finals with a 1-0 win to reach the final.

In the final, Switzerland did not manage to withstand the Spanish tide and lost two straight goals, but received a qualification card directly to London.

The Swiss team has outstanding players like Diego Penaglio, Ricardo Rodriguez and Oliver Bove.

The Swiss will play in the second round of the World Cup, with both the South American and South American teams in South Africa and Gabon in the African Cup of Nations.

The Swiss team will face fierce competition in their quest to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals, but their chances remain in view of their outstanding results in the recent period.

The team is led by Tammy Pierre Luigi.


Information about Serbia Team 2018

Information about Serbia Team 2018
Information about Serbia Team 2018

Serbia is Serbia's official soccer representative. He reached the World Cup finals once in addition to the 2006 World Cup after her previous appearances in 1998. The team was previously known as the Yugoslav national team. The name was changed to the FIF. The name was turned to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, then to Serbia in 2006, and another to Montenegro. The first international match of this new name was in 2003 and was exchanged with Azerbaijan 2-2. From leading players captain Dian Stankovic, who plays for Inter Milan in Italy.

Founded in 1919, the Serbian Football Federation joined FIFA in the same year. Serbia qualified for the finals after offering a host of great offers to lead their group in the qualifiers without a defeat, two points ahead of Spain, which was the top candidate.

The coach is Lejka Petkovic, 60, who took over as coach in July 2003 after a surprise loss to Azerbaijan. Petkovic managed in a short time to form a solid team. His plans are based on a comprehensive game based on the participation of all players in the defense mission.

Mirko Vucinic: Born in 1983 as a promising star, he joined the Italian Lecce in 2000. The living example of the defender embodies the goals. Last year Lecce scored 19 goals in 28 games, a rare occurrence not only in Italy but throughout the world. Former Chelsea striker Matia Kezman, who currently plays for Atletico Madrid and starred names, is the 2.02-meter Red Star Belgrade striker named Nikola Zyjic, dubbed the longest player in the world.

Iceland and Serbia booked their ticket at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ™ after Serbia beat Georgia 1-0 and Iceland beat Kosovo 2-0.

Iceland, despite the difficulty of the group, which included strong teams such as Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey, while booked a place in the finals of Serbia thanks to the results of a great achievement throughout the qualifying.

Serbia won 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in 10 games, scoring 20 goals and conceding only 10 goals.
Iceland scored seven wins, one draw and two defeats, scoring 16 goals and conceding seven goals.

Serbia has already participated in the FIFA World Cup in 2010 in South Africa, while they missed Brazil 2014, and Iceland will be the first 2018 in the FIFA World Cup after being close to qualifying for Brazil.



Information about Manchester City Club

Information about Manchester City Club 2018
Information about Manchester City Club

     Manchester City was founded in 1880 as St. Marks, then changed, while the name was changed again in 1887 and the club was renamed April 16, 1894, The strongest English clubs where he struggles annually for local and European titles.

     The team's performance during the period was particularly disconcerting, with accusations of financial irregularities that led to the arrest of 17 players in 1906.

    After the end of the First World War, the team tried to get back to the fore, but the administrative and financial problems hindered it, and the performance was poor, which had a negative effect on its results.

     In 1934, the FA won the FA Cup, and three years later he achieved - for the first time - his dream of winning the local championship, but - and to everyone's dismay - came down to 1938 in the first class.

     The Second World War stopped sports activities in Britain, but there was consensus on a periodic formation suited to the atmosphere of conflict.
Manchester City struggled to return after the war was over and won the second division championship in 1947.

     The club maintained its performance during the 1950s and managed to reach the FA Cup in 1955 when it failed against Newcastle United, while winning the same cup in 1956 after beating Birmingham City.

     The club fell back to the first division in 1963 and forced the management to take action at the level of the technical staff to adjust the situation. This was achieved by winning the first division title in 1965, and then returned to the elite division again (Premier League). Not only did the club win the championship for the second time in its history during the 1967-1968 season.

     He also won the FA Cup in 1969, the European Cup in 1970, and the same year he won the English League Cup.

     August 2003 saw Manchester City move to the City of Manchester Stadium, leaving the Main Road Stadium where they had been playing since 1913, and the club's most successful period in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup English clubs and European Cups.

     Manchester United lived in the late 1960s and late 1970s, winning the Premiership, FA Cup and European Cups under Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison, but after losing the FA Cup in 1981, the club began to retreat and landed in the third division for the first time In its history in 1998.

   Manchester City regained its balance after Abu Dhabi United became the club's new owner in 2009, becoming one of the richest clubs in the world. In 2011, Manchester City qualified for the Champions League and won the FA Cup. The following year they won the Premier League His first league title in 44 years.

     In 2014, Manchester City won the English Premier League title, the second title after winning the English Premier League title in 2013-2014. During that season, the club was ranked sixth in the list of the world's richest football clubs, Its annual revenue is a total of 463.5 million euros.

Manchester City's achievements and titles in detail:

English Premier League: (4 times): 1936-1937, 1967-1968, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

Second Division: (7 times) 1898-1899, 1902-1903, 1909-1910, 1927-1928, 1946-1947, 1965-1966, 2001-2002.

England Cup: (5 times) 1903-1904, 1933-1934, 1955-1956, 1968-1969, 2010-2011.

English Armor Cup: (4 times): 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012.

English Professional League Cup: (4 times): 1969-1970, 1975-1976, 2013-2014, 2015-2016.

European Cup Winners: (Once): 1969-1970.