LNTUP 10 Hot Topics of The Day By the date 9th November 2017

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1.New Nations League Plan.
A new Nations League tournament, for teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is close to being agreed upon with an expected start in September, 2018,
CONCACAF, which governs the sport in the region, has been consulting with its 41 national associations, which includes the United States and Mexico, about a competition which will be similar to UEFA’s Nations League, which is due to begin in Europe in September.

2. Rest in peace: Josip Weber.
Josip Weber, a former Belgium striker who played at the 1994 World Cup, has died. He was 52. Cercle Bruges, Weber’s former club, said he died after a long illness. Weber spoke about his fight against cancer earlier this year.

3. Greek Football Officials on trial.
The chairman of Greek soccer club Olympiakos and 27 other businessmen and former sporting officials will stand trial on match-fixing charges.
A panel of judges ordered Olympiakos chairman Vangelis Marinakis to stand trial. No date was set, and the conditions for his bail were extended. Marinakis, a shipowner, has denied the charges.

4. Boateng to miss English friendly
Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of the world champions’ friendly international against England at Wembley on Friday, the team said on Wednesday. Boateng has been nursing unspecified muscle problems, the German football association said in a statement, and would miss the game as a precautionary measure after a discussion with head coach Joachim Loew.

5. When World Cup gave a chance to play.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern will represent his country’s national soccer team on Thursday in a playoff game against Switzerland in Belfast, his fifth World Cup qualifying game this season. That is five more league games than he has played this season for Norwich, his team in England.
The only competitive club action McGovern had was a game in August in England’s second-string cup competition. It was against a third-tier team.

6. Dominating win for India U-19.
India blanked Turkmenistan 3-0 in the last Group D match to end their campaign in the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers on a rousing note in Damman on Wednesday. Skipper Amarjit Singh opened the scoring in the 74th minute, Abhishek Halder doubled the lead in the 80th and Edmund completed the tally with a strike in the 92nd as India dominated the proceedings for the better part of the game.

7. Resolutions of Moyes.
West Ham United’s new manager David Moyes wants his team to play attacking football but said his first task would be to build a solid defensive unit capable of grinding out results in the Premier League.
The Hammers are currently 18th in the standings and have conceded 23 goals, the most by any club in the English top-flight this season.

8. Contract extension for Hubchev.
Bulgaria coach Petar Hubchev has been given a two-year contract extension that will keep him in charge through the the 2020 European championship qualifiers.

9. Green signal from Lampard.
Former England midfielder Frank Lampard backed the video assistant referee (VAR) technology but wants opinion of the match officials to prevail in ‘grey’ situations.
FIFA has said it would like to use VAR at the 2018 World Cup, and soccer’s law-making body International Football Association Board is expected to decide next March whether to make them part of the game on a permanent basis.

10. New coach for the Dutch.
Dick Advocaat is stepping down as Netherlands coach after his team’s two friendly internationals this month, he said on Wednesday.
The 70-year-old took over from Danny Blind in mid-year but, in his third spell in charge, proved unable to turn around Dutch fortunes as they failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.