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FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off a busy year for Russian hosts

The Russian men's national team has kicked off what promises to be a historic year with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand. Nobody knows more than the Russian FA that this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup is an essential test run for the nation's selection to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup next year. Even though the Confederations Cup is a far smaller tournament, featuring just four host cities and a fraction of the games due to be played next year,…
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Six Contenders, One Trophy: Who Will Win the Premier League Title Next Season?

Chelsea were the strongest team in England’s top flight by some way last season and nobody can argue with that. Antonio Conte’s men deserved to lift the Premier League title after a very impressive campaign and the Blues will be quietly confident of defending their crown in the 2017/18 season. Source: Premier League via Facebook However, it could be very different this time around. England’s elite clubs, including both Manchester sides, are likely to spend big in the transfer window…
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FIFA Video Assistant Referees and the FIFA Confederations Cup

After trials at U-20 level, elements of FIFA’s Play Fair! Initiative are now making a big splash at senior international level in the FIFA Confederations Cup, in particular with the use of 'Video Assistant Referees' (VARs) which represent just one of the major changes to the game’s rules being debated and tested. The IFAB and FIFA formally launching the new play fair! Initiative last Thursday as part of “a strategy focussing on improving fairness and the image of the game.”…
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Will the Heroes of England Under 20 World Cup Success Get Premier League Game Time this Season?

There was celebration and elation in Suwon on the 11th of June as Paul Simpson led England 20s to a historic World Cup triumph. Dominic Calvert Lewin's strike was enough to secure the title in a competitively fought game and each and every one of the players deserves enormous credit for their part in the success. But will we see this exciting generation feature in the Premier League next season?  (more…)
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Who Will Win the Confederations Cup in 2017?

The Confederations Cup is a special tournament held between eight teams from around the world that takes place from 17th June until 2nd July.  The 2017 tournament is being held in Russia but who are the favourites and which nation have the best record in it? What is the Confederations Cup? The Confederations Cup was founded back in 1992 by FIFA, the international football body.  The tournament is held every four years and is contested by the holders of each…
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Premier League Week 38 in review

Welcome to our review of some of the leading stats and facts from the final round of Premier League games in 2016-17. Arsenal game out on the wrong end of this season’s subdued final day drama as they finished outside the top four in the Premier League for the first time since 1995-96, so for the first time under manager Arsène Wenger. It meant they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 1999-2000…
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Premier League Week 37 in review

Welcome to our weekly review of some of the leading stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games. It’s congratulations to Chelsea as the Blues clinched their sixth top division title and fifth in the Premier League with a Friday night victory at West Bromwich Albion. Antonio Conte became the fourth manager to win the Premier League title in his first season in England while he has also won the league title in four successive seasons as…
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As Chelsea Draws Closer To the Premier League Title – See Record of Previous Winners

It is very sensible to conclude that the Premier League title for 2016/2017 will be won by Chelsea. When a team of Chelsea’s calibre is at the top of the table at this stage, it’s very difficult to push them off. This becomes even more difficult when it is Tottenham that is making the push. The remaining fixtures for the two teams also have a lot to say about this title. Chelsea still has Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford and Sunderland to…
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Premier League Week 35 in review

Welcome to our weekly review of some of the leading stats and facts from the latest round of Premier League games. Sunderland’s 500th all-time home league defeat confirmed the end of their ten-year stay in the Premier League. It is the fourth time that the Black Cats have been relegated from the division so equaling the competition record held by Crystal Palace and Norwich City. (more…)
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