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Main stadium of Russia 2018 receives ‘green’ certification

When he was still a child and people first started to call him Pele, Edson Arantes do Nascimento could not have imagined that those two syllables would become internationally synonymous with football greatness. “My father had named me Edson after Thomas Edison, the great inventor. And I was really proud of it! I didn’t want anything to do with Pele,” ...

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Main stadium of Russia 2018 receives ‘green’ certification

The Luzhniki Stadium has received final certificate from international green standard BREEAM The Spartak Stadium and Kazan Arena have also undergone certification Certifying stadiums in accordance with sustainable standards is a mandatory requirement of FIFA and an integral part of the 2018 F… FIFA.com

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The Week in Quotes

“Messi plays another sport. For Messi to score three goals (in any given game) is normal.” Carlos Tevez talks about Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi with ESPN Argentina “It’s a World Cup year. Every Mexican player worldwide dreams of going to the World Cup. We have to do everything we can to draw the coach’s eye.” Mexico and LA ...

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Rising La Roja eyeing further progress

Spain at highest-ever 13th in FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking Head coach Jorge Vilda explains story behind country’s success at youth level *La Roja *defeated European champions Netherlands in recent friendly Spain climbed four spots in December’s FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, moving bac… FIFA.com

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FIFA Secretary General meets with Spanish authorities

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura met with Inigo Mendez de Vigo, the Spanish Minister for Education, Culture, and Sport, in Madrid on Tuesday 5 February. Also present at the meeting were Jose Ramon Lete, the president of the Spanish Sports Council, and Juan Luis Larrea, the president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF). Taking place in a spirit of full ...

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Gareth Southgate secure as England boss regardless of World Cup results

England manager Gareth Southgate has been told his job is safe even if the Three Lions lose all their group matches at next summer’s World Cup. Southgate took up the reins on a permanent basis 12 months ago on a four-year contract and oversaw a successful qualification for the 2018 showpiece event, where England will fa… England Football News

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Senamuang spurs Thailand’s rise

Thailand continued their impressive progress up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking at the start of 2016, gaining 12 positions in January’s edition to move up to 121st. In doing so, the Warring Elephants emerged as the biggest movers during a quiet period for international football in general, and indeed for the Thais themselves. Their current position may still be some way ...

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Chelsea v Barcelona past meetings

Premier League champions Chelsea have been drawn to face Barcelona in the Champions League last-16. Here Press Association Sport looks at previous Champions League meetings between the sides. Blues battle through adversity – 2011/12 semi-finals (Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate) <!– EMBED START Image { id… UEFA Champions League Football News

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Panama won't be in awe of England, former coach Stempel warns

Former Panama coach Gary Stempel has warned England not to underestimate the World Cup debutants next summer or risk suffering an upset that would trump any in their history. Panama will be gracing the finals for the first time after qualifying in third place from the CONCACAF section and their impact in Russia is expec… England Football News

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Southgate reveals he spends evenings swotting up on Panama and Tunisia

England manager Gareth Southgate has already started doing his homework on World Cup rivals Panama. Southgate said following the draw on December 1 that he knew “a lot less about” Panama and Tunisia compared to his knowledge of group top seeds Belgium, who feature a host of Premier League stars. And in the week tha… England Football News

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