FIFA AND FRANCE SIGN TO DEVELOP FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN FOOTBALL

World soccer governing body FIFA and the French Football Federation (FFF) have signed an agreement aimed at developing the game in francophone African nations, as per reports. The pact is expected to contribute to the FIFA Forward program in terms of technical support.

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino is excited at another first for FIFA, hoping other nations follow suit. He is content with the work of the FFF at developing other member nations. Infantino reminded others that this is in line with the essence of FIFA in the past: offering global support.
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Luiz Felipe Scolari confirms Colombia have approached him

Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has acknowledged that Colombia have approached to sign him as their next head coach. The 70-year-old recently guided Palmeiras to the Brazilian top-flight title and he now appears to have been offered the chance to return to the international fray with Colombia, who parted ways with manager Jose Pekerman following their second round exit at the World Cup.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Scolari confirmed that there is indeed interest from the South American heavyweights but he has yet to make the mind up regarding the vacancy, he said:“There has been an approach, yes [by Colombia. It is a role which, now that the season is over, we can think about more clearly. Over the past 20, 25 years, I have spent 80 percent of my time outside Brazil. So I need to think about certain family aspects. I also have another family: the Palmeiras family. The way in which they respected me, received me, the connection between Palmeiras fans, I need to think.”
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Claude Puel backs James Maddison to stay grounded after maiden England call-up

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has backed James Maddison to stay grounded after earning a maiden call-up to the England national team. The former Coventry City graduate joined the Foxes from Norwich City after a solid Championship season last term and he has since made himself ever-present in an attacking midfield role.

Speaking to reporters, Puel was pleased with Maddison’s selection for the Three Lions and believes the youngster has the character to remain grounded, he said: “He has the character to keep his feet on the ground, this is the most important thing. He has a good personality and it’s important he continues his mentality to improve. It’s a good reward… he has fantastic attributes and tough character at 21. He has a lot of maturity and is an intelligent player. We know his quality. He is a creative player and good on set pieces.”
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Poland preparation for the World Cup

New Poland manager Jerzy Brzęczek said that he is happy with the performance of his players in the game against Italy and that this will serve as a preparation for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

Jerzy Brzęczek has just taken charge of the team after their poor performance at the Russian World Cup and said that his objective is to build a team that can perform at the next Euros and also qualifies for the World Cup 2022.
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SWISS ALMOST THROUGH TO KNOCKOUT STAGE

The Switzerland team at the ongoing World Cup in Russia is almost through to the next stage after aXherdanShaqiri late strike helped them defeat a stubborn Serbian opposition.

It was a high stakes match after the Swiss had held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in the first game. Serbia had three points after seeing off Costa Rica so they were willing to get the win to seal their qualification or at least force a draw and test their chances with Brazil. The Swiss were aware that a draw might put them in a tight spot so they fought desperately for a win.
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