Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned FIFA they ‘can’t stop me from anything’ amid claims world football’s governing body could ban him from taking part in the World Cup. Sweden's record goalscorer retired from international duty after Euro 2016 but has repeatedly hinted he could reverse that decision ever since the Blue-Yellow's shock World Cup play-off win against Italy last year. Although that may seem a little far-fetched when Ibrahimovic is playing for the LA Galaxy and 36 years of age, FIFA may yet be the ones who scupper his dream. Ibrahimovic recently entered a partnership with Bethard Group, a Maltese gambling company, which appears to fall foul of FIFA’s code of ethics. Rule 25 of the code states: ‘Persons bound by this code shall be forbidden from taking part in, either directly or indirectly, or otherwise being associated with, betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transactions connected with football matches. 'They are forbidden … [Read more...] about Man Utd hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brilliant response to World Cup ban claims
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When the hosts Russia kick off against Saudi Arabia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium the politics and the nonsense will evaporate and football fans around the globe will feel the rush of adrenalin that kicks off every World Cup. Not every World Cup has been memorable. Some have been real stinkers while others remain mired in controversy — hosts Argentina's victory in the 1978 World Cup remains tainted because it helped to prop up a military junta which was torturing and killing civilians and the world's greatest player, Johan Cruyff had boycotted it because of their human rights abuses. So here are five of the best, in reverse order. 1958: Sweden (won by Brazil) A young ragamuffin called Edson Arantes do Nascimento burst onto the scene as the World Cup came to Scandinavia. Fortunately, for commentators the world over, the 17-year-old was better known as Pele. He teamed up with Garrincha, … [Read more...] about Goals, Drama, Controversy: What Tournaments Make The Top Five Best World Cups?
In a Moscow pub decorated with British football memorabilia, a Russian supporter of local side CSKA was happy last week to reassure English fans planning to travel to this summer’s World Cup. Konstantin, or Kostya for short, says he doubts there will be violence because the toughest Russian hooligans have already lost their taste for fighting England supporters. “It’s like being a mountain climber,” said Kostya, a member of one of the Russian capital’s prominent CSKA “firms”, after recalling how a group of Russian fans smashed through a contingent of English fans in Marseille in June 2016, using extreme violence. “Once you’ve reached the summit, you don’t do it again. There’s no point in beating them again. So they don’t have to be afraid to come to Russia, nothing’s going to happen.” Kostya said he was in Marseille during Euro 2016 but did not take part in the fighting. He said that Russia supporters … [Read more...] about What awaits England fans at the World Cup in Russia?
A good World Cup can be just what a player needs to secure a big money move to a top club. This summer, more than a few footballers will be all too aware of the scouts' eyes on them. Inevitably, there'll be the hidden gems - those who become household names overnight, attracting the interest of high-profile clubs from Europe's top leagues. There'll also be the players we know as consistent domestic performers, who announce themselves on the international stage with dazzling displays. And one or two match-winning performances could be all that's required to bag genuine superstars mega-money moves to elite teams. Here, we've suggested 12 players likely to be in the shop window this summer... 1. Mohamed Salah OK, so it's not as if he isn't already hot property. But the World Cup is a different ball game (although not literally) to Premier League football. Many will have been dazzled by Salah's displays in red for Liverpool this season. There's been plenty of interest from Europe's elite … [Read more...] about 12 players in the shop window at this summer’s World Cup
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be prevented from playing at the World Cup due to FIFA's gambling regulations. The 36-year-old has left the door open to play in Russia after Sweden qualified, despite having already retired from international football. He made an incredible start to his LA Galaxy career on Saturday, scoring a stunner to equalise before adding a late winner after emerging from the bench in the MLS side's pulsating 4-3 win over local rivals LAFC. But his partnership with Malta-licensed gambling operator Bethard could put paid to any hopes Swedish fans had of seeing their hero in action this summer. Chapter four, rule 25 of FIFA's code of ethics states that: "Persons bound by this code shall be forbidden from taking part in, either directly or indirectly, or otherwise being associated with, betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transactions connected with football matches. "They are forbidden from having stakes, either actively or passively, in companies, concerns, … [Read more...] about The FIFA ruling that could see Zlatan Ibrahimovic miss the World Cup