Nigeria vs Burundi - Ighalo believes Nigeria's Super Eagles can soar in Africa Cup of Nations

Posted Friday, June 21, 2019 by PA

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo says his country can win the Africa Cup of Nations as they prepare to kick-off their campaign against Burundi.The Super Eagles, who last won the tournament in 2013, take on the Group B minnows in Alexandria on Saturday, hoping to take the first steps towards a fourth title.The former Watford striker said in an interview with the Nigeria Football Federation: “If...Full Story »

DR Congo vs Uganda - Ibenge wants DR Congo to make fast start at Africa Cup of Nations

Posted Friday, June 21, 2019 by PA

Democratic Republic of Congo head coach Florent Ibenge feels his side must make a fast start if they are to go on and have an impact at the Africa Cup of Nations.The Leopards, captained by Celtic midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, play Uganda in Cairo on Saturday and then face hosts Egypt ahead of their final Group A match with Zimbabwe.Ibenge knows just how important an opening victory could prove.&l...Full Story »

Egypt vs Zimbabwe - 'Africa Cup of Nations glory will boost Salah's Ballon d’Or hopes'

Posted Thursday, June 20, 2019 by PA

Egypt head coach Javier Aguirre has told Mohamed Salah that leading his country to Africa Cup of Nations glory will significantly boost his prospects of winning the Ballon d’Or.Pharaohs forward Salah approaches the tournament full of confidence after lifting the Champions League trophy at the end of a fine season with Liverpool.Seven-time champions Egypt kick off their campaign on Friday a...Full Story »

Brazil vs Bolivia - Cafu thinks Brazil can win Copa America despite Neymar's absence

Posted Thursday, June 13, 2019 by PA

Brazil can overcome the loss of star man Neymar to claim the Copa America crown on home soil, according to former captain Cafu.The Selecao open the tournament against Bolivia in Sao Paulo, with an expectant nation targeting victory in the South American showpiece event for the first time since 2007.Head coach Tite, though, will be without Paris St Germain forward Neymar, who suffered ankle ligam...Full Story »

Mancini demands ‘the best Italy’ in clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by PA

Head coach Roberto Mancini will make a number of unnamed changes as Italy take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tuesday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier.The Group J leaders made it three wins from three – without conceding a goal – in qualification for next summer’s European Championship with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Greece on Saturday thanks to goals from Nicolo Barella, Lo...Full Story »

Sorg to keep faith with Germany’s ‘rebuilding phase’ ahead of Estonia clash

Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by PA

Germany assistant coach Marcus Sorg has vowed to keep faith in his nation’s “rebuilding phase” as they prepare to face underdogs Estonia in Mainz.Sorg, who will once again deputise for absent coach Joachim Low, expects his side to maintain their 100 per cent start to European Championship qualifying Group C after Saturday’s 2-0 win in Belarus.Sorg told a press conference:...Full Story »

Belarus vs Germany - Draxler hoping to help new-look Germany regain old strength

Posted Saturday, June 08, 2019 by PA

Julian Draxler believes revamped Germany are ready to regain their “old strength”.Germany finished bottom of their group at the 2018 World Cup but are rebuilding, with boss Joachim Low having cleared out a host of old guard stars.Low will miss Germany’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia due to a contused artery that required hospital treatment, leaving assistant ...Full Story »

Greece vs Italy - Verratti backs Mancini tactics as Italy look to extend winning run

Posted Saturday, June 08, 2019 by PA

Marco Verratti has backed Roberto Mancini’s tactical reshuffle that sees Jorginho filling a similar role for Italy to the one that has so polarised opinion at Chelsea.Paris St Germain midfielder Verratti hailed Azzurri boss Mancini’s measured approach play, that sees him and Chelsea star Jorginho sharing deep-lying playmaking responsibilities.Jorginho became a lightning rod for fan c...Full Story »

Faroe Islands vs Spain - Kepa happy to bide his time in battle for Spain number one jersey

Posted Thursday, June 06, 2019 by PA

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is happy to bide his time as he battles with David De Gea for the Spain number one jersey.Spain continue their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign away to the Faroe Islands on Friday, before hosting Group F rivals Sweden in Madrid on June 10.Arrizabalaga maintains he has no issues working alongside Manchester United stopper De Gea and Pau Lopez of Real Betis as the...Full Story »

France women motivated to follow men as World Cup winners

Posted Thursday, June 06, 2019 by PA

France midfielder Gaetane Thiney wants to emulate the men’s success at last year’s World Cup.Les Bleus secured their second title in Russia when they beat Croatia 4-2 in the final last July.Hosts France open the Women’s World Cup on Friday evening when they face South Korea at the Parc des Princes, with Thiney to use the men’s triumph as inspiration.“Les Bleus ...Full Story »

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