LNTUP 10 Hot Topics of The Day By the date 8th November 2017
1.Benjamin Pavard is the surprise package.
Largely unknown in his own country outside soccer circles, Pavard has quickly imposed himself in the starting lineup of his Bundesliga club. The Stuttgart youngster now called upon for upcoming friendlies against Germany to represent France.
— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) November 7, 2017
2. Debut for the U-17 heroes.
Midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, 17-old forward Josh Sargent, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez could make their US national team debuts in a Nov. 14 exhibition at Portugal.
Unfamiliar with Josh Sargent? Weston McKennie? Tyler Adams? Carter-Vickers?
— FC Yahoo (@FCYahoo) November 7, 2017
3. Fine for the Latin American Teams.
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru were fined sums ranging between 10,000 and 40,000 Swiss francs ($40,056) on Tuesday as FIFA continued its clamp down on homophobic chanting by fans in Latin America.
Homophobic chanting at soccer matches is widespread in some Latin American countries, especially when the visiting goalkeeper runs up to take a goal kick, and until recently it was overlooked by football authorities.
FIFA fined Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru for homophobic chants in eliminatory pic.twitter.com/iEXgM0o3MG
— Santa Fe Radio (@santafebusiness) November 8, 2017
4. Bayern Munich need fresh blood.
Bayern Munich must make sure they bring in top players every season to stay competitive and ease the pressure on an ageing squad, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski said on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich must make sure they bring in top players every season to stay competitive and ease the pressure on an ageing squad, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski said on Tuesday. #Bundesliga pic.twitter.com/ibuFEOIAxp
— ELINGO NEWS (@elingonews) November 8, 2017
5. Koscielny will retire after World Cup.
France defender Laurent Koscielny will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 32-year-old has said. Koscielny has collected 49 caps since his debut in 2011, playing in the 2014 World Cup and two European Championships including the 2016 edition when the hosts finished runners-up.
— Koscielny (@6_LKOSCIELNY) November 8, 2017
6. It seems a confident New Zealand side.
New Zealand are quietly confident they can produce something of a boilover in their World Cup playoff against Peru on Saturday with regular captain Winston Reid fit and back in the side, according to defender Tommy Smith.
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) October 12, 2017
7. Coutinho may return.
Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho could return from a thigh problem to play against England at Wembley on Tuesday, according to their team doctor.
The 25-year-old picked up the injury last month and missed his third consecutive game for Liverpool as they beat West Ham United 4-1 to climb to fifth at the weekend.
— Philipe Coutinho (@Phil_Coutinho) September 30, 2015
8. Practice season for ATK.
Two-time Indian Super League champions ATK defeated Neroca FC 2-1 in a closed-door practice match at the Salt Lake Stadium training ground in Kolkata. Akhlidin Israilov scored with a left-footer from a close range free kick to put Neroca FC ahead in the 31st minute on Tuesday.
But Robbie Keane (45th) and Robin Singh (86th) displayed some superb skills and netted one each for a hard-fought victory.
— ATK (@WorldATK) November 7, 2017
9. Trial of VAR.
England’s FA will trial the video assistant referee (VAR) system when the national side host world champions Germany in a friendly at Wembley on Friday, The Times reported.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) November 8, 2017
10. Benteke to return.
Crystal Palace have been handed a boost with the news that striker Christian Benteke has returned to training after recovering from a knee ligament injury and could be fit to face Everton when Premier League action resumes following the international break.
— Christian Benteke (@chrisbenteke) July 29, 2017