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Kashima take management in Asian climax

Japan's Kashima Antlers took a big step in direction of clinching their first ever AFC Champions League title after sealing a 2-Zero win over Persepo...


Japan’s Kashima Antlers took a big step in direction of clinching their first ever AFC Champions League title after sealing a 2-Zero win over Persepolis of Iran within the first-leg of the continental remaining.

Second-half objectives from Silva and Serginho noticed them put themselves in pole place to achieve the FIFA Membership World Cup UAE 2018, having loved a brave run to the ultimate in 2016 on dwelling soil as Japanese champions.

Each side had been having fun with their first style of a Champions League remaining and Persepolis began this encounter the brighter, nonetheless, spurning a gilt-edged likelihood inside 5 minutes. Ali Alipour discovered himself on their own in entrance of aim eight yards out. Nonetheless, a heroic sliding block from Jung Seunghyun prevented the house crowd from an early set-back, as Kashima weathered an early storm.

Antlers grew into the sport, nevertheless it wasn’t till after the break after they broke the impasse. A pleasant change between Leo Silva and Doi Shoma noticed the Brazilian curl into the underside nook from the sting of the field fantastically.

The vocal help had a lot extra to shout about 12 minutes later as a second Brazilian discovered his manner onto the scoresheeet within the form of Serginho. After Persepolis did not clear a nook sufficiently, Kento Misao flicked the ball again into the field for the midfielder to select the identical nook from an acute angle.

“All of us labored collectively and did all the pieces we would have liked to right now, however now we’ve got to verify we proceed to maintain our focus and be sure that ultimately we take the title,” Silva mirrored after the sport. “Our goal is to win the Champions League so to be able to obtain that now all of us have to provide all our power to verify we do this within the away leg.”

The edges will meet once more in every week on 10 November as Persepolis will look to show the tie on its head and forestall Kashima’s return to the Membership World Cup.

Legends give their tackle The Greatest


The Best FIFA Football Awards™

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  • Campbell, Kanu, Schmeichel and Smith in attendance, as The Best finalists revealed
  • Four FIFA Legends gave their reaction after the announcements in London
  • Winners of all awards will be revealed at the Royal Festival Hall on 24 September

The eyes of the football world turned to London, as the finalists for a number of The Best FIFA Football Awards were revealed in the United Kingdom’s capital. Three weeks before the winners will be unveiled at the Royal Festival Hall in London, four FIFA Legends were on hand to give their take on the star-studded list of elite names, who remain in the hunt for planet football’s most-coveted individual prizes.

FIFA.com was there to speak to Sol Campbell, Nwankwo Kanu, Peter Schmeichel and Kelly Smith after the announcements to get their take on The Best finalists.

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Sol Campbell

I think [Modric] is not a recognised scorer, but he’s scored some vital goals, penalty kicks and from free play as well. For me, overall performances have caught the eye. I think fans and coaches, captains and managers, they’ve started to see football, broaden their horizons and open up the spectrum of looking at players and seeing who is fundamentally making this team tick. How are they contributing, and what are they contributing? Yes, we can all see people score goals, we can see people save the vital penalties, but now we’re looking in more detail. I think that’s healthy.

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Nwankwo Kanu

I think for years and years, it’s been only Messi and Ronaldo, but to see other people being part of it, Salah and Modric, it shows that things are changing. Who knows if it’s going to keep going that way? It could be difficult for them to come back. They are good players, they don’t give up. It’s for the other players to show that the times of Messi and Ronaldo have to stop.

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​Peter Schmeichel

I’m very very proud. [Kasper] has worked so hard all his life, and I think in many ways, it feels like it was always supposed to be a little bit more difficult for him. To be nominated as one of the three best goalkeepers in the world, it’s fantastic for him, but as a dad, I’m so proud. He did really well in Russia. It’s events like that where you find out about players, you find out about how good they are. The pressure of playing in a World Cup is incredible.

Kelly Smith

Key to Marta’s longevity are a hunger and desire to keep proving people wrong. When you get to a later part of your career, people start writing you off and you hear it. She has the hunger to keep going and performing at that highest level. She’s playing in one of the top leagues in America, a very physical league and she has been at the forefront of the game for a number of years. She’s got such great technique and skill and vision. You’re never going to lose that. You lose the pace when you get a little bit older, but she is one of the best and has been for a number of years.

Basigi decided to take Ghana to new heights

  • ​Ghana set to participate of their fifth straight U-20 Ladies’s World Cup
  • They’ve but to succeed in the quarter-finals of the competitors
  • Coach Yussif Basigi has set that as his facet’s goal this time round

In the case of ladies’s youth soccer, there might be no questioning Ghana’s standing as certainly one of Africa’s large weapons. The Black Princesses are about to make their fifth consecutive look on the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup, the place they are going to be joined by fellow continental heavyweights Nigeria, the 2 having knocked out the likes of South Africa and Cameroon en path to France 2018.

But as a look at their event document reveals, Ghana have but to grace the final eight. Hoping to place that straight in France is their coach, Yussif Basigi, who had this to say to FIFA.com: “We’re actually hoping to make it this time. That’s our goal.”

The Ghana Soccer Affiliation (GFA) turned to the previous senior nationwide ladies’s group boss to finish that disappointing sequence. And since his arrival within the publish, a way of hope and optimism has grown within the Black Princesses camp, on the again of some very promising numbers.

24 – the variety of objectives scored by Ghana of their six qualifying matches, another than Nigeria. The Black Princesses and the Tremendous Falconets loved an identical run to the world finals, successful 5 matches every, drawing one apiece and conceding two objectives every.

Basigi’s view: “I’m happy with the qualifiers we had. We’re hoping to maintain the momentum moving into France and to play in addition to we did within the qualifying competitors. Nigeria scored fewer objectives than us. I wouldn’t say that we’re higher, but it surely must be mentioned that our statistics are a bit higher than theirs.”

15 – the variety of years of expertise that Basigi has in ladies’s soccer. The present U-20 nationwide group coach began out within the self-discipline in 2003, taking cost of a number of Ghanaian membership sides earlier than being given the senior nationwide ladies’s group publish in 2012, one he held till 2016. Throughout his Black Queens tenure, he guided them to the African Video games title in Brazzaville 2015, their first triumph within the competitors. The expertise he has acquired over time will likely be important to the Princesses’ hopes at France 2018.

Basigi’s view: “I don’t see going from the seniors to the U-20s as a backward step. I had the pleasure of teaching the complete nationwide group for a very long time and I’m honoured to have been invited to tackle this new problem with the U-20s. I began out as a Bodily Schooling (PE) trainer and I’m used to working with kids. It’s going to be an actual take a look at for me.”

10 – the variety of objectives scored by Princella Adubea within the African qualifiers. The Ghana captain will likely be eager to make her mark in France, having failed to seek out the again of the online on her final look within the competitors, at Papua New Guinea 2016.

Basigi’s view: “Princella is an outstanding participant. She’s disciplined, gifted and a tireless employee. She units an instance on and off the pitch.”

2 the variety of African groups which have represented the continent on the final 4 U-20 Ladies’s World Cup competitions. These two groups are Ghana and Nigeria, who’ve dominated the qualifiers lately. This time round solely Cameroon induced Ghana any issues, holding them to a 1-1 draw within the first leg of their third-round tie earlier than dropping Four-1 on mixture.

Basigi’s view: “There’s expertise in every single place you go in Africa, however the infrastructures differ from one place to the subsequent. Ladies’s soccer has been round for a very long time in Nigeria and Ghana. Leagues have been arrange and loads of assets made accessible to assist the game develop. Elsewhere it’s taken a short time for issues to be put in place, although large progress has been made in nations like South Africa and Zimbabwe. Throughout the continent as a complete there’s a smaller hole between groups now.”

1 Ghana play the hosts of their first match at France 2018, in Vannes on 5 August 2018, an event on which Basigi and the Black Princesses will hope to shine.

Basigi’s view: “Because the event hosts, France may have the assist of their followers. It’s going to be a troublesome match and we’ll attempt to put together for it in the absolute best approach. Our goal remains to be to get out of the group although.”