VAR edges closer to confirmation for 2018 World Cup

• Ifab recommend video technology be approved for use
• Decision taken in Geneva seen as a crucial seal of approvalVideo Assistant Referees (VAR) took another step towards becoming part and parcel of football after the International Football Association Board (Ifab) recommended they be approved for use. The decision taken in Geneva is seen to be the crucial seal of approval for the technology, which has been the subject of testing for the past two years across 20 football competitions. It will now be rubber-stamped at the Ifab’s AGM in March leaving it certain to be deployed in full at this summer’s World Cup. Continue reading...

Italian outfit keen to snag Jack Wilshere for free in summer

Jack Wilshere’s future at Arsenal is still shadowed with uncertainty, and with his current contract at the club set to terminate in the summer, it’s surfaced – subject to a report published by The Sun – that Juventus are keen to snag the 26-year-old play-maker for free, if contract renewal talks with the Gunners run […]

Sunil Gulati says global perceptions of US could hit 2026 World Cup bid

  • New poll shows confidence in US leadership has hit a new low
  • US has launched joint bid for 2026 event with Canada and Mexico
As a new poll shows global confidence in American leadership is at an all-time low, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati has raised concerns about the country’s 2026 World Cup bid. The US is widely seen as a favorite to win the bid for the 2026 tournament, which it plans to co-host with Mexico and Canada. However, a new Gallup poll of 134 countries shows global approval for the US has fallen from 48% under Barack Obama’s presidency to 30% after one year of Donald Trump. According to the survey, Germany and China are now seen as more reliable world leaders than the US. Continue reading...

FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

  • Small number of local and international names in frame
  • Formal interviews with candidates to begin soon
The next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection process. FFA chief executive David Gallop said a final shortlist of candidates has been drawn up with formal interviews to begin imminently. Names on the shortlist have not been released but the likes of Graham Arnold, Marcelo Bielsa, Slaven Bilic, Bert van Marwick have been previously linked with the job. Continue reading...

Russia accuses British media of ‘pumping out’ propaganda against World Cup hosts

• Foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova says press ‘conjuring’ stories
• ‘We learned that reporters received a state order to launch a smear campaign’Russia has accused the British media of “conjuring” up government-led propaganda in the leadup to the World Cup. The hosts have stumbled their way towards football’s summer showpiece with Vitaly Mutko, the head of the 2018 World Cup organising committee, recently stepping down after being cited in a series of reports exposing the country’s systematic doping regime. Continue reading...

Graham Arnold is the standout candidate and should already be Socceroos coach

Coach of every national team should be the same as the players, a free market off the field of play is contrary to the idea of country vs country Six weeks on from Ange Postecoglou’s resignation and a month since the announcement of a many-handed recruitment process to find his replacement, the Socceroos still don’t have a head coach. Australia open their World Cup campaign against France on 16 June. They are the only nation heading to Russia currently without a manager.
Appointing Graham Arnold needn’t have taken long at all. The Sydney FC boss has been the standout candidate since rumours first surfaced of Postecoglou’s likely exit in October. The coach of Australia should be Australian and Arnold is by far the most qualified Australian available. Continue reading...