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Greg Clarke’s FA charm offensive in Qatar: what could possibly go right? | Barry Glendenning

The FA chairman’s trip to the 2022 World Cup host as part of a global charm offensive has left him on dubious moral groundGiven Greg Clarke’s track record in the field of diplomatic relations, the obvious question to ask upon learning the Football Asso…

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England friendlies with Qatar on cards after FA agrees partnership

• ‘Memorandum of understanding’ to ‘share knowledge’ with Qatar FA • FA chairman Greg Clarke signs deal with 2022 World Cup hostsThe Football Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Football Association ahead of the Gulf Sta…

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Van Marwijk’s Socceroos appointment shows lack of long-term direction

The Dutchman has no incentive to invest in the future of Australian footballBert van Marwijk made a solid first impression as Socceroos coach last week. He lobbied persuasively for his career to be appraised without such laser beam focus on the notorio…

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Jeremy Corbyn says players should walk off if racially abused at World Cup

• Labour leader fears racism may overshadow Russia event• Corbyn urges Tottenham fans to abandon ‘Yid Army’ chantJeremy Corbyn has urged England players to walk out during World Cup matches in Russia this summer if that is the only way they feel racist…

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England to wear ‘classic’ World Cup kit for Russia 2018

• All 28 national teams based in St George’s Park will wear kits• The kits add to excitement around national teams, says FAEngland have unveiled their World Cup kit for the tournament in Russia, including new home and away kits. The outfits will be wor…

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Bert van Marwijk vows to do it his way as Socceroos coach

‘I like creative football … but I also like to win’ says new Australia boss, signalling shift from Ange Postecoglou era Any Australian football fans retaining hope the new Socceroos coach, Bert van Marwijk, might continue on Ange Postecoglou’s philosop…

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Russia World Cup could be ruined due to locusts on the pitch, officials fear

Swarms could attack green grass and cause a ‘global scandal’, says agriculture ministry officialSwarms of locusts pose a threat to Russia’s World Cup because they could attack pitches, causing a “global scandal“, an agriculture ministry official said o…

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Bert van Marwijk: why has FFA again opted for philosophical opposite of predecessor? | Ante Jukic

The Socceroos’ lack of continuity from an ideological standpoint in the coaching role raises questionsUninspiring, pragmatic, Dutch. These three words have dominated the initial response to Bert van Marwijk’s hire as Socceroos coach for this year’s Wor…

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‘World class’ Bert van Marwijk named new Socceroos coach

Dutchman to lead Australia at this year’s World Cup‘A compelling choice,’ says FFA chairman Steven LowyBert Van Marwijk has been confirmed as the man to lead Australia in their World Cup campaign later this year in Russia.The Dutchman took Holland to t…

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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…

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

New poll shows confidence in US leadership has hit a new lowUS has launched joint bid for 2026 event with Canada and MexicoAs a new poll shows global confidence in American leadership is at an all-time low, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati has raised c…

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Nessun Dorma: the podcast that celebrates 1980s and 1990s football

If you associate 1990 with Italy, 1992 with Denmark and 1997 with England winning Le Tournoi, you’ll enjoy Nessun DormaFootball has changed. The modern game is both richer and poorer than the one we grew up watching. You know the kind of thing we’re ta…

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David Squires on … the runners and riders to become Socceroos coach

This week our cartoonist runs the rule over the candidates to replace Ange Postecoglou after a speedy (in FFA terms) initial consultation processTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More …

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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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 …

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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 countrySix weeks on from Ange Postecoglou’s resignation and a month since the announcement of a many-handed recrui…

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Vitaly Mutko steps down as head of Russia World Cup organising committee

• Mutko dogged by allegations of involvement in Russia’s doping program• Two days ago Mutko suspended his role as head of country’s football unionVitaly Mutko, a Russian deputy prime minister who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in the cou…

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2022 World Cup migrant workers ‘systematically’ exploited, Amnesty say

• Research points to Qatar stadium workers ‘trapped’ in vicious cycle of debt, • ‘Nepali migrant workers are being systematically and mercilessly set up’Migrant workers constructing stadiums for the Qatar 2022 World Cup continue to be trapped in a vici…

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The beaten finalists who were more memorable than the champions

Roberto Baggio in 1994, Holland in the 1970s and Bayern Munich’s late heartache in 1999 – sometimes losers leave more enduring images than winnersBy Mark Sanderson for When Saturday Comes, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAs captain it was my job to go up …