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Nani, Eder, Andre Gomes fail to make cut as Portugal announce squad

Nani, Eder and Andre Gomes were among the big names missing out as Portugal announced their 23 man squad for the World Cup. Other notable exclusions were Ruben Neves, who has had a stellar reason with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship and Nelson Semedo.

A total of 10 players who were in the Seleccao’s Euro 2016 winning squad failed to make the cut, with Danilo, Renato Sanches, Eduardo, Ricardo Carvalho, Eliseu, Vierinha and Rafa Silva also excluded by coach Fernando Santos.

Portugal Squad

Dortmund & Atalanta fined by UEFA for Europa League transgressions

German outfit Borussia Dortmund and Italian side Atalanta have both been fined by European football’s governing organisation UEFA for their transgressions in the Europa League clash that took place between the two teams earlier this year.

Somewhat bizarrely, Atalanta, who had the charges of racist abuse towards BVB’s Michy Batshuayi levied upon them, were only fined 34,000 euros while Dortmund were slapped with a 40,000 euro fine. Belgian international Batshuayi, obviously not pleased with the verdict, took to social media side Twitter to sarcastically mock UEFA, saying “Lol, Must be my imagination. It’s just monkey noises who cares

Here are the charges and the full ruling below.

Dortmund Atalanta Fines UEFA

Poland-Korea Republic 3:2 27 March 2018 | Zielinski stunner helps Poland prevail

A fantastic strike deep into second half stoppage time from Napoli’s Zielinski helped Adam Nawalka’s Poland beat Korea Republic 3:2 in a thrilling friendly at Stadion Slaski and end their three game winless streak.

Poland went ahead through Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski’s 32nd minute header and the provider of the assist for the first goal, Hull’s Kamil Grosicki, made it 2:0 for the home side just before half time.

Poland Korea 2018

Nawalka’s men appeared to be cruising towards victory but Korea scored twice in as many minutes (85 and 87) to turn the game on its head.

However Zielinski provided the final twist, with his superb left footed strike sealing victory for Poland Continue reading Poland-Korea Republic 3:2 27 March 2018 | Zielinski stunner helps Poland prevail

The Top 3 teams in WC history

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, the 32 qualifying teams are preparing to go against each other in Russia. The March international break is the last chance for teams to experiment with their players before deciding the squad that boards the plane to Moscow. The World Cup is not won by an individual, but a team, and the national managers needs to ensure that their players are in top condition ahead of this mega event that takes place once every four years. Continue reading The Top 3 teams in WC history

Gibraltar 1:0 Latvia | Gibraltar’s first home win and second win overall

Tiny Gibraltar registered their maiden home win when they beat Latvia 1:0 in a friendly. The game was played in at the Victoria Stadium and was won thanks to a deflected late free kick from Notts County’s Liam Walker. It was Gibraltar’s first win since their 1:0 win over Malta back in 2014.

A disappointing result for Latvia, who were present at Euro 2004 and even managed a draw with world champions Germany in the group stages of that tournament. Current manager Aleksandrs Starkovs (he was also the person who lead them to Euro 2004) is in his third term as Latvian manager. Recent results have not been great for Latvia (they even lost to the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying)

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