Jill Ellis’ US side, who beat Japan 5-2 in the final to win the World Cup in Canada three years ago, were drawn with Thailand, debutants Chile and 2016 Olympic silver medallists Sweden in Group F. The US and the Swedes have had tight battles over the years, more recently in the 2016 Olympics when the Europeans knocked out the Americans in the quarter-finals before going on to win silver. However, their meeting will be in the final match of the group in Le Havre on June 20, meaning both teams may have already secured their passage to the round of 16. “The draw is good for us, it pits us against a couple of teams that we’re not that familiar with which I like. And then of course Sweden and I like having Sweden as the third game, I think that allows us to settle in to the tournament” Ellis told reporters. “This is a completely different team playing a completely different style. So it’s not about defending the World Cup, it’s about attacking the … [Read more...] about Champions US get favourable draw in Women’s World Cup
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Thousands of people have booked tours to Russia to see the World Cup 2018 which starts on June 14. World Cup 2018 starts on June 14 Local firms said most tours to Russia had been on sale since last year and had been fully booked since April. The World Cup tours this year are selling more easily than the World Cup 2014 in Brazil thanks to more convenient flight schedule and attractive destinations. Pham Van Bay, deputy head of Vietravel in Hanoi said they were a ticket distribution agent for FIFA in South East Asia so they could organise tours to watch football matches. According to Vietravel, they will have 600 tourists to Russia this time with two cruises on Volga River. Saigontourist has 15 tours to see a match in the group stage in St. Petersburg. The Golden Tour has two tours to watch World Cup matches which last for eight nights. Fiditour said the number of tourists to Russia normally increased by 15-20% during summer. However, thanks to the world cup that the number of … [Read more...] about Travel firms report surge in tours to Russia as World Cup starts
The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City is at the heart of the North American bid. (Photo: AFP/PEDRO PARDO) FIFA had already decided to expand the 2026 tournament to 48 teams and by backing the joint bid it has also committed to holding the first tournament hosted by three countries. Here is an overview of the bid: STADIUM FACILITIES Arguably the greatest strength of the North American bid is the vast array of already-built stadiums available to organisers, ranging from iconic World Cup venues such as Mexico City's Azteca Stadium to state-of-the-art large-capacity arenas. A total of 23 venues - three in Mexico, three in Canada, 17 in the United States - have made the final shortlist that will be considered for the tournament. The average stadium capacity for the tournament is 55,000, with the largest being the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, best known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team. The stadium, which has a retractable roof, has a capacity of 92,467. The smallest is the … [Read more...] about FIFA eyes big crowds, bigger profits at 2026 World Cup
Around $450 million was spent on Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi AFP/Mladen ANTONOV ONE MILLION EXPECTED There won't be an "Oranje" army in Russia, because the Dutch failed to qualify, but there will still be the clapping Icelanders, the chanting English and the distinctive personalities of the supporters of the other 29 visiting countries. The differing languages, songs, flags and fan cultures of the world will energise the streets of Russia's host cities until the middle of July. The figure of one million seems to have been reached by a surprisingly unscientific manner. FIFA has deducted the number of tickets sold to Russians, 872,578, from the two million it says have been sold in total. The biggest demand, outside the host nation, has come from the United States, whose team failed to qualify, with 86,710 sold. Then comes Brazil (71,787), Colombia (64,231) and Germany (60,457). The English are not even in the top ten. Russia's objective, organising committee chief Alexei … [Read more...] about What sort of welcome will World Cup visitors get in Russia?
Viet Nam News Football HÀ NỘI — Moving on from their two huge defeats in the Asian Women’s Cup, the Vietnamese players are positive for their last Group B match against South Korea today in Amman, Jordan. After two rounds, Việt Nam, world No 35, are at the bottom of the ranking table. Although their previous defeats eliminated them from the final four, they can still reach the playoffs for the fifth place and earn a ticket to FIFA Women’s World Cup if they defeat South Korea, who are world No 16. Despite the challenge, coach Mai Đức Chung allowed his players to spend Wednesday afternoon shopping and sightseeing. Speaking about their rivals, Chung said the South Koreans were a team of physical players, who also owned good technique. He said their playing style was simple but effective, adding their performance improved with their matches against reigning champions Japan and runners-up Australia. He was impressed with at least four … [Read more...] about Defeating South Korea a must for World Cup berth