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Kolkata to host final of FIFA U-17 World Cup

Following a week-long inspection tour of the six venues chosen for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, and with less than 200 days to go until the footballing talents of the future compete on the pitch, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have released the official match schedule and unveiled the tournament slogan.

The tournament will start in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai with the first double headers being held on 6 October. The quarter-finals will be in Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata, while Guwahati and Navi Mumbai will host the semi-finals. The final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will be held in Kolkata’s iconic Salt Lake Stadium.


World Cup Qualifiers: Germany, England continue winning ways

Germany kept their perfect record with a 4-1 victory over Azerbaijan, while England eased past Lithuania 2-0 in the 2018 football World Cup qualifiers.

Thanks to Andre Schuerrle's brace on Sunday, along with goals from Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez, Group C leaders Germany joined Switzerland as the only two teams with five consecutive wins. However, the reigning champions conceded their first goal, when Azerbaijan midfielder Dimitrij Nazarov found the back of the net.


Netherlands sack Head Coach Danny Blind

The Dutch football association, KNVB has fired head coach Danny Blind following a 0-2 defeat against Bulgaria in the World Cup qualifiers.

After the Dutch national team arrived back in Amsterdam from Sofia on Sunday, Blind already skipped the training and had a meeting with KNVB's director of professional football Jean-Paul Decossaux and technical director Hans van Breukelen.


Bafana Bafana quartet doubtful for Angola clash

South Africa’s 3-1 over Guinea-Bissau on Saturday, 25 March 2017 in Durban came with a price as four Bafana Bafana players are doubtful for the international friendly match against Angola on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.


World Cup Qualifiers: France, Portugal impress, Dutch beaten

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18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe made his international debut for France in a 3-1 victory over Luxembourg, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to earn Portugal a 3-0 home win against Hungary in the 2018 World Cup European qualifiers.

Mbappe came off the bench for Dimitri Payet in the 78th minute on Saturday, one minute after Olivier Giroud scored his second goal of the match with a header from Benjamin Mendy's cross. The Arsenal striker opened the deadlock with a low shot for Les Bleus before the half-hour mark.


Canada earns 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in U-23 series

Octavio Zambrano has a "W" from his first match in charge of Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Program. Zambrano and team led Canada to a 1:0 victory over Uzbekistan in the first of two matches at a U-23 series in Qatar.

Caniggia Elva was the goalscorer just before the hour mark. Captain and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau posted the clean sheet while Jordan Schweitzer earned man of the match honours. 


Erasmus, Tau and Jali on target for South Africa in International Friendly

Kermit Erasmus, Percy Tau and Andile Jali were on target for Bafana Bafana as the home side routed Guinea Bissau 3-1 in an international friendly played at Moses Mabhida stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Playing in drizzling rains, the home team were too powerful for Guinea Bissau and with good finishing; the scoreline could have been much higher. So dominant was Bafana Bafana that they spent most of the afternoon camped in the visitors’ own half. But interim coach Owen da Gama will be pleased with the team’s showing going into Tuesday’s friendly with Angola.


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