FIFA set to make $5bn world cup sales

Even taking financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify, FIFA’s top salesman insists the 2018 world cup will make its income target, AP reports.                                            

Everybody is annoyed with the non-qualification of the US which was not expected, to be honest, “said FIFA commercial director Phillippe Le Floc’h who has targeted deals with American tech firms. On the other hand, we are not going to go cheap, “Le Floc’h told the Associated press on Thursday in his first media interview since joining FIFA 14 months ago. FIFA does not disclose values individuals deals, though the tier of regional sponsors earned $4 million in 2016 from Russia’s Ala-Bank, according to the soccer body’s financial report. Le Floc’h inherited a sales plan that was unproven even before FIFA, and its already battered image, were rocked in may 2015 when American and  swiss  federal prosecutors unsealed sweeping investigators of corruption. To read full article http:/ /ift.tt/2AixEuA 

                                                                       

        

Neymar : The Brazil that Everyone Respects is back .          Neymar said he is going to give everything to win the world cup next year as Brazil look vanquish the demons of 2014.The 2014 world cup was supposed to be Brazil’s time to shine on home soil, However, the south American giants suffered a demoralising 7-1 semi-finals loss to eventual champions Germany. It was as a result that sent shocking waves through Brazil and world football but fast foward to 2017 and the Tite’s men now head to Russia’s Showpeice with renewed belief and loom as one of the teams to beat. Brazil only lost once during CONMEBOL qualifying to book their ticket to next year’s tournament and Paris Saint-Germain Star Neymar insisted confidence is high. “The respect towards the team is different to what it was three or four years ago after the world cup Neymar told FIFA.com  “People see us differently. The Brazil that Everyone’s respects and admires is back; a team that makes us happy. The mood of our fans and our Country has changed. Everyone’s confident and happy looking ahead to the world cup. You can’t put a price on that.”

 Nigeria get drawn with Argentina again.

Nigeria were to be drawn in a tough group for next year’s world cup finals with coach Gernot Rohr, insisting his players were ready for anyone. The super eagles Was in pot four with the other teams in the group with the lowest rank .

After the draw was made today December 1st , The Super Eagles found themselves in the same group with Argentina once again.  The other teams having qualified, convincingly from their respective qualifying zone. Iceland with a population of around 300,000 people, The European country has some qualities in their side .

Croatia been seeded in  group D with the Super Eagles has been dominant in their qualifying rounds possesing the likes of Modric and Mandzukic in their National team, The Super Eagles face some some tough test.

        

                                            Here’s the list of the seeded teams in the qualifiers for more go to FIFA.com

As Wenger and Mourinho resume their heated rivalry.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head on a crunchy tie on Saturday the gunners secured a comfortable 5-0 victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday night, and go into the match full of confidence as they sit fourth on the EPL standings.

Manchester United beats Watford at Vicerage road 4-2 on Tuesday they sit second on the log. Though Mourinhos men almost threw away the win after having 3 goals lead against the hornets Mourinho will be hoping for a similar level of ruthlessness against a resolute Arsenal defence, united cannot afford to be found wanting at the back with the gunners in determined form.

Arsenal host Manchester united at emirates stadium with kick off scheduled for 6:30pm on Saturday west Africa time.