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Brazilian striker pleased to have joined Manchester City

Brazil international Gabriel Jesus has said that he made the right decision to join Manchester City shortly after the club’s 1-0 triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-final. The younger striker has cut a frustrated figure on numerous occasions this term with Sergio Aguero preferred ahead of him, but he made the key difference at the weekend where he scored the winning strike in the fourth minute.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Jesus said that he is pleased to have made the decision to join the Citizens and he is hoping to guide the club to plenty of trophy success, he told: “When I decided to come to City I spoke with my family and my mum and I said I wanted to come here to win titles – to be champions. I looked at the players and the manager and said ‘This is my place’. I am glad I did, as I made a good decision. I’m so happy to be in the FA Cup final as we want the titles.Of course we want to win the Quadruple but we think just about the next game.”
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Former Brazil star hails Alisson Becker’s performances at Liverpool

Former Brazil goalkeeper Dida has hailed the qualities of Alisson Becker and believes he is one of the strongest shot-stoppers in Europe’s top leagues at the moment. The 26-year-old made the switch from AS Roma during last summer’s transfer window and he has since been efficient between the sticks for the Reds with 16 clean sheets in the Premier League alone.

Speaking to The Liverpool Echo, Dida was pleased with the performances of Alisson since his Premier League move. He added that he was already aware of the player’s qualities from his youngster days and his compatriot can be regarded as one of the best goalkeepers working in Europe at present, he said: “I could see his qualities from the very beginning. He was very agile and quick to read the offensive schemes.
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UAE Open to Increasing World Cup 2022 Teams

Qatar can be helped out by Kuwait, UAE, and Oman when it comes to expanding the World Cup 2022 to 48 teams. FIFA are very keen on increasing the total number of teams from 32 to 48, and it would make the upcoming edition of the World Cup as the biggest in history. FIFA president Gianni Infantino recently claimed that the decision to increase the total teams will be taken shortly but the decision has been delayed due to the geopolitical tensions. Qatar’s relationship with the likes of Saudi Arabia have been completely cut off for the last two years and the latter may be one of the best choices for helping Qatar to expand the total World Cup teams.

However, it now appears that the likes of Oman and Kuwait are arriving to help the nation. Qatar has also been assisted by UAE, who have claimed that they would like to host some of the matches but everything remains in the hands of Qatar. If the geopolitical tensions continue to exist, it may become difficult for the likes of UAE to help out Qatar. The additional countries already have the infrastructure and the stadiums necessary for the World Cup matches, and they also happen to meet the FIFA requirements. This eliminates the need to construct new stadiums, which may be very difficult with only three years left for the tournament.
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Tata Martino becomes the new Mexico head coach

Mexico have confirmed the appointment of Tata Martino as their new manager following the veteran’s success with Atlanta United in Major League Soccer. The former Barcelona star had a storybook season with Atlanta during the previous campaign where he guided them to MLS Cup success in just their second season in the top tier.

Speaking after joining El Tri, Martino revealed that he has committed to the nation for the next four years and the ambition is to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup with the country being knocked out at the round of 16 stage in the previous seven editions, he said: “I’m getting onboard with the objective of playing in the fifth match of the World Cup. But before that, I want to put in place a system of play and a clear idea. We won’t just magically arrive there. The spirit of the contract is that of the World Cup cycle of four years.”
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Stuart Pearce heaps praise on Gareth Southgate’s efforts with England

Former England player and Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce believes Gareth Southgate has vastly improved the performances of the national side since taking charge at the helm. The Three Lions managed to reach the semi-final stage of the World Cup for only the third time in their history during the summer but they was some sort of disappointment after Croatia denied them the opportunity to reach the final event.

However, Southgate and his team managed to overcome the setback by securing a dramatic 2-1 comeback win over the Croatia on Sunday and the victory has offered England with the chance to vie for potential silverware after progressing to the Nations League finals. Speaking on Sky Sports News, Pearce highlighted that Southgate has become a better manager as his time with England has progressed and feels the 48-year-old does not have second thoughts with his selection for any matchday.
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Qatar Could Share Stadiums with Neighbours at 2022 World Cup, claims FIFA chief

FIFA chiefGianni Infantino has claimed that Qatar neighbours could ultimately join hands to host the 2022 World Cup. This tournament will encompass 48 teams and it is a substantial increase over the previous editions which featured only 32 teams. As a result, there will be plenty of requirements for stadiums across the host nation. It would allow 64 matches will be played at eight different stadiums over the course of 28 days.Qatar has been in a rift with neighbours, who have boycotted all forms of economy and travel with the oil-rich state.

Infantino admitted there was tension between countries like the Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. However, he says that the possibility of sharing games is quite feasible and that leaders should consider giving it a try since it would send a good message to the world. The FIFA chief has compared the situation to the 2026 World Cup edition, which will feature games hosted jointly by Canada, United States, and Mexico. Even though the three countries are involved in several trade disputes, they have joined together in order to host the event. At the same time,Infantino admitted that it is highly unlikely that most of the Middle East states will be joining hands with Qatar considering that they have little to gain from such an arrangement.
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Ex-Brazil manager backs Neymar to be the best player at next World Cup

Former Brazil manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo has backed Neymar to be the best player at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Paris Saint-Germain star struggled with a foot injury during the backend of the previous league campaign and this partly hampered his performances for Brazil at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Moreover, he was also heavily criticised for the diving antics whenever he was fouled at the global tournament but Luxemburgo believes the attacker will be better prepared for the next World Cup in the Middle East, he told Omnisport: “Of course it has an impact on him. You can be sure of what I will say now: Neymar will be the best player of the next World Cup.
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World Cup winner unsurprised by Alisson Becker’s rapid rise

Former World Cup winner and Brazil legend Claudio Taffarel has said that he is not surprised by the progress made by Alisson Becker over the past couple of years. In the summer of 2016, Roma signed the shot-stopper from Internacional for a modest £7.1m but they managed to make a hefty profit on him after sanctioning his £65m switch to Liverpool earlier this summer.

Since then, Alisson has been fluent between the sticks on more occasions than not and Taffarel has suggested that his potential was never in doubt, he said: “You know, from the moment Alisson started playing at Roma he has enjoyed a natural growth. We all expected it, because in Brazil he had already shown his potential. He always showed that in the Brazilian team as well. “For us, it is very important. For the Brazilian goalkeepers it opens a lot of doors in Europe when they’re spoken of well. Ederson has impressive potential. Over time he will grow.”
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Mauricio Pochettino expecting his toughest season yet with Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he could face his ‘toughest season’ yet with Spurs. The north London outfit surprisingly made no signings during the recent transfer window and Pochettino now expects double effort from the current squad, if they are to compete for another top-four finish this season.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Given everything, for me, it will be the toughest season and if we want success we have to give more than our best. 100 percent is not enough – it’s 200 percent. We know from inside that the season will be hard and because we are warriors we want to fight. We want to be proud at the end, we want success, and we do not want to complain or make excuses. I am a winner and I love the challenge, so I feel full of energy. We want to go again. The club, the fans, and the team need our full energy more than before.”
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Lucas Moura keen to impress for Tottenham Hotspur in pre-season

Brazil international Lucas Moura is keen to make an impression during Tottenham Hotspur’s pre-season tour of the United States. The 25-year-old could not make much of an impact after his mid-season arrival from Paris Saint-Germain last term but he is now eager to make amends starting with a strong display from pre-season.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Roma is a big game to start the tour, I have Brazilian friends who have played at Roma. I also played against them (for PSG) last pre-season in America! It’s always tough against Italian teams.It’s always a pleasure to play against Barcelona. It’s a big team, big players and for me, it’s an important test.  We have to try to keep the ball and when we lose it, we try to get it back quickly. It’s my first pre-season with the club so I will give my best to show my talent and try to help the team win games. That’s my objective.”
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