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Coman: I’ll be fit for the World Cup – FIFA on GBP Sports

  • ​Kingsley Coman hasn’t played since undergoing ankle surgery in February
  • The 21-year-old has revealed when he hopes to return for Bayern Munich
  • France have fierce competition for places out wide

Kingsley Coman has told France coach Didier Deschamps that he will be fit for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The 21-year-old winger was having a superb season for Bayern Munich until suffering an ankle injury, for which he had surgery, in February.

It had been feared Coman would be ruled out of Russia 2018, but the 15-times-capped international now hopes to return against Stuttgart in the final round of the Bundesliga on 12 May – three days before Deschamps has indicated he will name his squad for the tournament.

“I’m getting better,” Coman told SportBild. “Maybe I can play against Stuttgart on the final day. I’m sure I can play in the DFB-Pokal final (19 May).

“The World Cup will be no problem for me. I’ll be fit in time for it coming around.”

Coman, who has won six successive league titles with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern, starred at UEFA EURO 2016 and just missed out to Renato Sanches for its Young Player of the Tournament award.

Deschamps has a wealth of options at his disposal to play out wide, with Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar, Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe having played there in recent matches. Laurent Blanc, who helped Les Bleus win the 1998 World Cup, recently said in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com that “there aren’t that many teams with that much potential in attack” as France.

France begin their Russia 2018 campaign against Australia on 16 June, before also facing Peru and Denmark in Group C.

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Inspiration drawn from African Technical Directors workshop  – FIFA on GBP Sports

  • FIFA Workshop for Technical Directors held recently in Johannesburg
  • Eight African member associations were represented
  • “Technical directors are the ones to lead change”

It is now over two decades since Pele famously predicted that an African team would win the FIFA World Cup™ before the turn of the last century.

That prediction went unfulfilled, of course, and since then five further World Cups have taken place, with the continent still waiting. However, a meeting of technical directors of a number of African federations recently took place with the aim of making major strides toward bringing success to football in the Mother Continent.

Speaking after FIFA’s Workshop for Technical Directors – Module 2B (Technical), which was held in Johannesburg, Dominique Niyonzima, the senior manager in the technical and development department of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), said that he was very aware that there was still a lot of work to be done. However, he is hopeful that one of the African teams at Russia 2018 will make a significant impact.

“We will have five African teams at this World Cup and it is surely our dream that one of them will make the semi-finals at least,” he said. “We have come close before, but we somehow have not done the right things at the right times in the lead up to major competitions. I think that workshops like the one are a big step in the right direction.”

At the first World Cup finals held on African soil in South Africa in 2010, Ghana came agonisingly close to becoming the first African team to advance to the last four. Denied ultimately by a Luis Suarez handball in the final moments and Asamoah Gyan’s resultant penalty miss, the Black Stars instead became the third African team to be eliminated at the quarter-final stage.

However, when the 32 best teams in the world gather in Russia later this year, the Ghanaians will be missing, having finished a disappointing third in their qualifying group behind Egypt and Uganda. For Francis Oti-Akenteng, who is technical director of the Ghana FA, that is a sign of the inconsistency they need to address. “The technical director’s role, I learned in Johannesburg, is to help with the formulation of a policy, and to make sure we have to coaches and youth programmes that can produce players to take us to the top,” he said.

Leading change
Oti-Akenteng is not the only participant who is confident that workshops such as the one held in Johannesburg will be of great benefit to African football. “We were given guidance and direction,” said Abdul Rassullassine Abdulla of Mozambique. “Now it’s up to the technical directors to implement the world-class development ideas we have been given. If we can get them going in the African associations, standards have to improve.”

The Seychelles’ Ulric Mathiot said that an emphasis on regular high-quality competitions is now needed. “If we don’t have quality leagues, we can’t expect to compete with the best in the world,” he said. “We were told repeatedly at the workshop that the best coaching and development programmes are meaningless unless they are tied to regular, appropriate matches for the players.”

FIFA’s technical consultant for the region, Govinden Thondoo, said that the role of the technical directors was important when it came to improving the game. Thondoo, who is based in Mauritius but visits all the member associations in the region, added that the technical directors needed support from their federations.

“We need the management of the associations to accept that allowing the technical directors to do their work is going to lead, in the long run, to the success of their national teams,” he said. “Workshops like the one in Johannesburg are an essential step in raising standards. But things won’t happen on their own. There needs to be a change in mindset in some cases, and these technical directors are the ones to lead that change.”

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Real Madrid reach third consecutive final – FIFA on GBP Sports

Real Madrid hosted Bayern Munich in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.

In another mouthwatering encounter between these two European heavyweights, a pair of goals from Karim Benzema ensured Madrid claimed a 2-2 home draw with Bayern, who found the scoresheet through an early strike from Joshua Kimmich and a second-half equaliser from James Rodriguez.

With the 4-3 aggregate result, the Spanish giants booked their spot in the final of Europe’s top club competition for a third consecutive season.

FIFA.com breaks down the biggest moments of Tuesday’s match with a photo gallery.

The winner of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League will represent Europe at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 at the end of the year.

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Santos: I won’t pick the EURO winners on sentiment – FIFA on GBP Sports

Fernando Santos has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player guaranteed a place in his 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ squad and that he won’t pick those who helped Portugal win the latest UEFA EURO for sentimental reasons.

The likes of Nelson Semedo, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Gelson Martins, Rony Lopes and Andre Silva – now with Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Sporting, Monaco and AC Milan respectively – missed out on France 2016.

“I don’t know if he will go or not,” Santos told A Bola of Eder, whose goal won Portugal the EURO final but has won just one cap since 2016. “I do know that he, or any other EURO champion, will not be called up for sentimental reasons.



“There are several players who were in France that, for several reasons, wouldn’t be now. Vieirinha, for example, is having a good season and, at present, is out of the squad. There are other cases, such as Gelson and Bernardo, who weren’t in France.

“I can’t be sentimental to the point of picking players because of what they did [at EURO 2016]. I know that picking the final 23 is like doing a puzzle.

“I don’t have a debt to them. I do have an enormous sense of gratitude to the European champions. I credit them and even some players who didn’t make it to France and that I will not forget.

“But there is only one unquestionable, which is Cristiano. I will say that, yes, some other names are almost guaranteed to be in the final 23.”

Portugal face Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B at Russia 2018.

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