Peru became the 32nd and final team to qualify for the Russian World Cup 2018 by beating New Zealand in the 2nd of Qualifiers
With only 210 days remaining for the World Cup,here is the complete list of 32 teams which qualified for the tournament:
7. South Korea
8. Saudi Arabia
13. Costa Rica
The World Cup Qualifying campaign was full of surprises and unpredictability . Interestingnews.in group hopes for a World Cup similarly unpredictable and full of surprises. The count down begins
U.S. Soccer are looking into the possibility of hosting a summer tournament for nations which failed to Qualify for the World Cup in Russia 2018
A series of qualifying shocks have seen the USMNT, Chile, Italy, Netherlands, Ghana and more all fail to qualify.
Obviously not everyone can reach the 32-team FIFA tournament but those nations were widely expected to reach the tournament in Russia.
It’s been confirmed by U.S. Soccer, who are working alongside MLS’s marketing team (US Soccer Marketing), that there are now plans for an alternative summer tournament.
The proposed tournament would take place ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off on 14th June.
Unfortunately, that only offers three weeks between the end of the European season, which culminates with the Champions League final on 26th May.
Buffon retired from International Football leaving the world heartbroken as Italy stumbles out of the 2018 World Cup failing to qualify in the crucial match against Sweden. The match came out as 0:0 and Sweden Qualifying with 0:1 in aggregate . The star studded Italy team failed miserably to score goals against Sweden as the 4 times World Cup winners fails to quality for a world cup for the First time after 1958
The Legendary international Career of Gianluigi Buffon which lasted for about 20 Years and 175 Apps comes to an end . Still,Buffon’s career ends with a charm as he have The World Cup Medal(2006,Germany) in his trophy cabinet.
Buffon in his post match reaction apologies to the Italy fans for not being able to qualify. Buffon demonstrated why he is one of the most respected players ever by applauding for Sweden’s national anthem despite the loud Boos from Italian fans .
Buffon will remain in the hearts of every football fans of this generation even though he might not be there on the pitch
The Other Famous teams to miss out this World Cup are
As the transfer window gears up,Atleti forward Fernando Torres eyes a Premier League return .
A reunion with Rafa Benitez is likely on the cards for Torres as Newcastle United aims to sign the star striker.
As per the report from Mirror,Newcastle manager Benitez, who brought Torres to Anfield from Atletico Madrid in summer 2007 and also coached him during his brief stint as Chelsea manager, is aware of the Spain international’s desire to return to England.
The former Liverpool striker is also linked with a possible Southampton move.
The 33-year old has started only twice for Atletico this season.With 18 months remaining on his contract with Atletico Madrid,the Spaniard hopes to join the next season with his hometown club.
The French and Real Madrid Striker commented on his relationship with his club colleague Cristiano Ronaldo in interview given to Canal+. Benzema stated that he gets on very well with Cristiano Ronaldo but also thinks that ‘Cristiano is more Selfish than him infront of the goal‘. But according to the Striker,it evidently benefits the team very well and he does not possess a problem as well
“At Real, I score, but when the guy who is next to you scores 50 per season (you can not do anything),” Benzema told Canal+ .
“It’s different from how I played at Lyon. I just like football and winning titles. I’m having fun.
“Ronaldo and I, we get on well. I like playing with him. He likes to play with one touch of the ball. He is more selfish than me, but that’s normal. That does not bother me. Finally, it’s good for the team.”
“I did not imagine that I would stay at Real Madrid for nine years,” Benzema said. “When I was at Lyon, I imagined moving to Real to win titles. The most difficult thing in Madrid is the pressure.
“The debate about me? It’s to sell papers. I got used to it. I focus on the football. With age, I have learned to stay calm.”
The Duo have been playing for almost a decade (since the 2009-10) season and have a large sum of goals between them. The French Striker is yet to find his goal Scoring momentum in the team with only 1 Goal in 7 league appearance’s meanwhile he last played for France in the 2014 world cup
Lionel Messi has told ESPN that it makes him angry when people claim he makes the big decisions for the Argentina national team.
Messi, whose hat trick took Argentina to the World Cup last month, has been accused of selecting coaches and influencing which players do and do not make the squad in the past.
The Barcelona forward, however, criticised the “ridiculous” comments that have been made about him.
“It makes me angry that people say so many things so easily,” Messi told ESPN’s Diego Monroig about his thoughts on the suggestion he runs the Argentina team.
“People say a lot of things without knowing. So, on one hand, it makes me angry. But on the other hand, I am used to everything that they say.”
“I am used to all the ridiculous things they say not just about me, but about this group [of players] from the last few years, so I can live with it.”
In an interview with TyC Sports, Messi added that the people making the comments were showing a lack of respect, not just to him, but to his international teammates.
“It’s a lie that I put my friends and the coaches I want in the national team. I’m just one more player in the team,” the Barcelona forward said.
“To tell these great players — [Angel] Di Maria, [Sergio] Aguero, [Gonzalo] Higuain and [Javier] Mascherano, who are worldwide figures — that, ‘You play because you’re Messi’s friend,’ shows a lack of respect towards them and also towards me.”
“It’s a lie. I never choose players for the team or take them out. That’s not who I am. I am here to add to the squad, nothing else.”
Criticism of Argentina was present throughout their World Cup qualifying campaign, as they left it late before booking their ticket to Russia next summer, courtesy of Messi’s treble in the final group game against Ecuador.
With Messi now 30 years old and a number of other players in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad also approaching the latter stages of their careers — including Di Maria, Mascherano and Higuain — it might prove the last chance for this group to win a World Cup.
Messi said he doesn’t think about how many years he has left.
“No, honestly, I hadn’t taken a decision [on my international future],” he said. “But I think it would have been yes, it would have been the end for this group [of players], because it would have been crazy not to qualify for the World Cup. Honestly, I can’t even imagine what would have happened, because it would have been terrible for everyone.”
“[Last World Cup?] I don’t know. I try to not to look at the future and to just focus on the day-to-day and set objectives in the near future. I don’t know what’s going to happen after the World Cup. We’re just going to keep growing in the coming months, taking advantage of the little time we have [before Russia 2018]. After that, we will see.”
The 5 times Balon d’or looks firm on the only Trophy left out in his cabin and this World cup can turn out to be a treat for all Argentinian Fans
Sources reportedly suggests that Cristiano Ronaldo did not vote for Arsenel F.C superstar Oliver Giroud’s Goal for the PUSKAS 2017. Reports suggest that the FIFA World Footballer of the Year voted for the Bicycle Kick Goal by Baroka FC Goalkeeper OSCARIN MASULUKE against Orlando Pirates FC in the ending Minutes of the game which decided the fate of the game .
CRISTIANO RONALDO voted the Bicycle Goal as his favorite provided the crucial impact it had made on the ending Minutes of the game and not to mention the beauty of the goal from the far top end of the penalty box Via a Corner
Earlier Sprinter Usaign Bolt also suggest MASULUKE’S goal to be the best Goal among the PUSKAS Nominations 2017