World Cup

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the World Cup, the best international tournament in world football.

Tickets, World Cup

Virgil van Dijk Rules Himself Out Of Euro 2020

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of playing for the Netherlands at this summer’s European Championship.

The 29-year-old is recovering from surgery after suffering knee ligament damage in October.

“I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab in the off-season,” said Netherlands captain Van Dijk.

“It’s tough, but I’m at peace with it.”

The Euros are taking place between 11 June and 11 July, having been delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tickets, World Cup

Mexican National Team To Play In Nashville On June 30

Mextour 2021

After a year without games in the U.S., the Mexican National Team is coming back to the America in 2021 as part of its #MexTour.

This year will be a busy one for El Tri with the Gold Cup, Nations League and World Cup qualifiers.

To get ready for those three competitions, Mexico has linked up three friendlies, headlined with a match on June 30 against Panama in Nashville, ahead of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

AC Milan, Arsenal, La Liga, Liverpool, Major League Soccer, News, Premier League, Real Madrid, Tickets, World Cup

Gold Cup And World Cup Qualifiers Highlight Summer Schedule

USA Soccer Fans

Despite a global pandemic and EURO 2020 taking place this summer, 2021 promises to be a big year for soccer fans in the U.S. While we will not have the usual round of international soccer friendlies this summer via the International Champions Cup we will have the Gold Cup, Nations League, 2022 World Cup qualification and some good friendlies.

Gold Cup 2021

While the schedule for the Gold Cup 2021 has not been released, we do know where the games will be played as CONCACAF has announced that these nine U.S. cities will host group and knockout stage matches of this year’s Gold Cup are:

Major League Soccer, News, Tickets, World Cup

Road To Qatar 2022 Begins In Austria For US Men

USA World Cup Qualifying Tickets

The road to the 2020 World Cup in Qatar for the U.S. Men’s National Team begins in Austria on March 29 when Gregg Berhalter’s side will meet Jamaica in the rematch of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinal. The U.S. will follow up that friendly with a trip to Belfast on April 1 where they will play Northern Ireland.

Premier League, Liverpool, World Cup

Liverpool Fire First Shot In Club vs Country Battle

jurgen klopp Liverpool manager

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says players cannot be allowed to travel for March’s international break if they have to quarantine when they return.

In the UK at present, anyone returning from coronavirus ‘red list’ countries is required to quarantine for 10 days.

Fifa says clubs can prevent players leaving if they need to quarantine for five days or more on their return.

“I understand the need of the different FA’s but it is a time where you cannot make everybody happy,” said Klopp.

“The players are paid by the clubs so that means we have to be the first priority. You cannot make everyone happy in this period of our lives.

Europe, Tickets, World Cup

England Get Croatia And Czech Republic In Euro 2020 Draw

Euro 2020 Tickets

Gareth Southgate’s England side will warm up for the rescheduled Euro 2020 with friendlies against Austria and Romania.

The Three Lions had an agreement to play both sides last summer before the outbreak of Covid-19 curtailed the tournament.

England will play Austria on Wednesday, June 2 with Romania set for Sunday, June 6.

This summer’s tournament is still facing elements of uncertainty due to the pandemic, with initial plans to stage the competition across 12 European cities under scrutiny as respective nations battle to keep coronavirus under control.

Europe, Tickets, World Cup

France Drawn Alongside Germany And Portugal

Euro 2020 Tickets

After the draw was announced, France coach Didier Deschamps said: “It’s the most difficult group, but we have to accept it, that’s the way it is. This will require the French team to be ready immediately.”

What Deschamps was talking about was the Euro 2020 draw Group F that includes holders Portugal, and the most recent two world champions in France and Germany, all three of whom reached the semifinals in 2016. Whichever team makes up the numbers via the playoffs, it will be hard to avoid the thought they have simply won the right to finish bottom.

Europe, Tickets, World Cup

Germany In Euro 2020 Group Of Death

Didier Deschamps (France) laughed, Joachim Low (Germany) looked ashen-faced and Fernando Santos (Portugal) stared into the distance. Group F, with its six European Championship titles, features holders Portugal and the most recent two world champions in France and Germany, all three of whom reached the semifinals in 2016. Whichever team makes up the numbers via the playoffs, it will be hard to avoid the thought they have simply won the right to finish bottom.

Before the draw, Low said that Germany should not be considered as one of the favorites for the Euro’s:

Europe, Tickets, World Cup

Belgium Euro 2020 Draw

Belgium Euro 2020 Tickets

No.1 in the FIFA rankings, Belgium had the best attack and defence in qualification and should not be worried by Russia, having beaten them 7-2 on aggregate during their journey to the finals. The Danes are an altogether different proposition and will fancy their chances. Finland, meanwhile, have nothing to lose after reaching a major tournament for the first time in their history. Teemu Pukki scored 10 goals in qualifying.

X factor: Looking beyond Belgium’s array of stars, Christian Eriksen ended qualifying as Denmark’s top scorer and the qualifying rounds’ second-best chance creator behind Antoine Griezmann. Out of contract in the summer, unless he extends with Tottenham, the playmaker could be playing to attract the calibre of interest he was unable to arouse [Real Madrid] at the end of last season.

Europe, Serie A, Tickets, World Cup

Mancini Happy With Italy Euro 2020 Draw

Italy Euro 2020 Tickets

Italy have been drawn Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in the Euro 2020 group stage. The Azzurri previously faced Turkey at Euro 2000, beating them 2-1 with goals from Antonio Conte and Simone Inzaghi.

Italy have never before faced Switzerland or Wales at a Euros, although they have lost just nine of their 66 meetings with the two countries.

They will open the tournament against Turkey in Rome on June 12 and have the advantage of playing all their group games at the Olimpico.

Roberto Mancini’s side host Switzerland on June 17 in their second match, before welcoming Wales four days later.