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Kollam Rising
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This thread is dedicated for the World of International Football and on the various leagues, international matches, and friendly matches from an Indian perspective.

It will be great if we consolidate all the latest news and updates on football, FIFA, and the various governing bodies, national leagues, and more important on the new talent across the world.

This thread is dedicated to all the football fans in India who proved that Football is the number one sport in India as far as vieweship is concerned. This fact was underlined not only by the fans but by the visual and print media. Never ever we felt the vacuum at nights and it happend after the month long World Cup 2014. Viva Football and Viva Indian Football fans.

For the first time, Soccer was in the forefront in US and as per the latest reports it has become second most viewed sport in US. It was the most talked about sports in US during the World Cup 2014 time. US government gave an official holiday to watch the US Vs Germany match by bringing an emergency amendment. The US Vs Portugal match was the most talked about match in the US during the World cup 2014.

World Cup fever grips America – but can soccer make it mainstream?

World Cup 2014: America is getting enthusiastic about football

Kollam Rising
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UEFA Nations League: New European league competition for nations to start in 2018

Nations League: New European competition to start in 2018

A "League of Nations" competition intended as a third major tournament for European countries after the World Cup and European Championship has been given the go-ahead by Uefa.

The competition, which starts in September 2018, will also provide four qualifying spots for Euro 2020.

Uefa is still finalising the details but there will be four divisions, sub-divided into four smaller pools.

The top division's four pool winners will then play each other in June 2019.

There will be promotion and relegation between divisions.

The tournament will replace most international friendly fixtures, with pool matches played between September and November 2018 and the 'final four' competition played the following summer.

The opportunity to qualify for the European Championships is intended to make the League of Nations competitive.

The best four teams in each division who have not already qualified for Euro 2020 will play off for the final four places in the tournament.

"Twenty teams will advance from the qualifying competition to the Euro 2020 finals - which are being played in 13 cities around Europe," Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino told delegates at the authority's Congress in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

"That leaves four extra slots to be filled and they will come from four teams from the Nations League who have not otherwise qualified."

On current ranking, England would be in the top division alongside the likes of Spain, Germany and Italy. Each division would then be divided into pools of three or four teams, with the winners of each pool qualifying for a semi-final and final, played at neutral venues.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - ranked 31, 34 and 39 respectively by Uefa - could find themselves playing each other in the third or fourth divisions using the current national team coefficient.

Fifpro, the world footballers' association, is concerned about the added strain it will place on players.

"It should be clear that there is a difference in a friendly match and a competitive match," said director of player services Tijs Tummers.

"The Nations League will be another prestigious competition. As a consequence, that implies an increase in the workload for the group of top players."

While matches will be played on dates reserved for friendlies, there will still be flexibility for smaller countries to arrange high-profile fixtures with bigger European teams and for nations to play friendlies against national sides from outside Europe.

Scotland's FA is in favour of the new format and performance director Mark Wotte told BBC Scotland: "Friendly games are only interesting if you play world-class opponents.

"It is a good proposal, it is something new, it is worth a try and we have a couple of years to prepare for it."

The Football Association in England has also backed the plan, with chairman Greg **** saying earlier this month: "The hard thing is the detail, but I think a Nations League where we played the top nations would be very attractive."

Source - BBC

Kollam Rising
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MLS reveal All-Star side

English duo Jermain Defoe and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Australian Tim Cahill and Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane were among those named in the Major League Soccer All-Stars who will play Bayern Munich.

The league announced a 23-player roster that will be drawn upon when the elite MLS line-up faces the reigning Bundesliga champions and 2013 UEFA Champions League winners on 6 August at Portland, Oregon. Wright-Phillips, a striker for the New York Red Bulls, leads MLS with 16 goals in 18 matches while Defoe has 11 goals for Toronto FC in his first MLS season after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.

Cahill, a Red Bulls midfielder, netted two 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ goals last month for the Socceroos while Keane, the Irish captain and all-time scoring leader with 53 goals, has 43 goals in three MLS seasons for the Los Angeles Galaxy. France boasts two MLS All-Stars in Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry and 2012 MLS Defender of the Year Aurelien Collin for reigning MLS champions Sporting Kansas City.

Other internationals selected include Cuba midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and Nigeria forward Obafemi Martins of Seattle Sounders, Canada midfielder Will Johnson, Argentina midfielder Diego Valeri of Portland Timbers and Mexico forward Erick Torres of Chivas USA.

Clint Dempsey of Seattle and Landon Donovan of the Galaxy lead the Americans in the MLS lineup, which also includes fellow USA internationals midfielder Michael Bradley of Toronto, Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, Columbus Crew centre-back Michael Parkhurst, Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin, Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi and Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman.

MLS All-Star squad:

Goalkeepers:Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey(Seattle Sounders FC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

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