Argentina have officially announced the jersey numbers that their 23 member squad will be wearing at the 2018 World Cup. The Albiceleste, who controversially chose not to take Mauro Icardi to the tournament, will again be banking on key talisman Lionel Messi, who will be in the No.10 jersey at Russia 2018.
Juve striker Gonzalo Higuain will don the No.9 shirt, with PSG’s Angel di Maria getting No.11. West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has been given the No.15 jersey.
The trio of Armani, Meza and Pavon- the only players in the squad plying their trade in Argentina have been given numbers 12, 13 and 22 respectively. Continue reading
The weeks are rapidly turning into days, and before we know it, we will be in the eye of the storm that is the FIFA World Cup. It’s one of those sporting events that makes the whole world stop what it’s doing and pay attention – a little like the Grand National or the Superbowl, except it goes on for almost a month! Continue reading
Livingston completed back to back promotions after beating Partick Thistle 1-0 in the second leg of their playoff tie today. David Hopkin’s side, who had won League One in 2016/17, won the two legged tie 3-1 on aggregate and will thus return to the Scottish Premiership after a gap of twelve years. The result saw Thistle relegated, a disappointing result for a club that had finished in the top six last season.
Livi, who had taken a 2-1 lead from the first leg, secured the win thanks to Keaghan Jacobs’ goal. The midfielder, who had also scored in the first leg, netted shortly after the interval. Connor Sammon had a chance to equalise from the spot for the Jags, but Neil Alexander was on hand to save the penalty.
Celtic became the first Scottish side to do a domestic treble in successive seasons as they beat Motherwell 2-0 at Hampden to win the Scottish Cup. Both Jock Stein’s Celtic (1970) and Walter Smith’s Rangers side (1994) had come within one game of doing the Double Treble, but there was no stopping Rodgers’ men, with first half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham sealing a comfortable victory for the Hoops.
It was a disappointing day for Motherwell, who were hoping for their first piece of silverware since their 1991 Cup win, and also means that Hibs, who finished fourth in the Scottish Prem, will go into the Europa League qualifiers next season.
Craig Gordon was relatively untroubled in the Celtic goal, with Curtis Main’s effort and Gael Bigirimana’s free kick the closest Well would come to scoring in this game.
Nice striker Mario Balotelli was named in new Italy manager Roberto Mancini’s first ever squad as the former Man City gaffer took charge of the Azzurri after leaving his post at Russian outfit Zenit St.Petersburg. Mancini succeeds Gian Paolo Ventura, who was shown the door after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup following a playoff defeat to Sweden.
Balotelli last played for Italy in the 2014 WC, but has been in sparkling form for Nice in Ligue 1 this season, prompting Mancini to recall him. However there is no place for Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti.
The squad named is for the friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands. Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta are the only two Premier League based players in the squad.