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Hugo Lloris Announces Retirement From International Football

France Captain Hugo Lloris has announced his retirement from International Football.

The 36-year-old made a record 145 appearances for France and captained Les Bleus as they won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Lloris:

“It’s not easy to announce, but after 14 years defending the shirt which I wore with great pleasure, pride, duty and a sense of responsibility, I believe I have reached the end.”

“I have decided to end my international career, with the feeling of having given everything.

“And I think it’s important to announce it now, before the start of the qualifying for the Euros, out of respect for the coach and the players, to let them start again.

“I’ve been reflecting on this since the end of the World Cup.

There was something deep inside me for a few months, which grew during the whole competition and which led me to make this choice.

“What pushed me in recent months was the World Cup, the appearance record,

because when you have the opportunity to break such a record, you have to seize this chance, as well as defending our title as world champion.

 

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What kept me going was the idea of living one last adventure, with my teammates, with the coach, with the staff, by pushing our limits.

“There comes a time when you have to know when to hand it over.

I don’t want to make the team my own. I’ve always said and repeated that the France team doesn’t belong to anyone, and we all have to make sure that’s the case.

I think the team is ready to continue. There is also a goalkeeper who is already [Mike Maignan], and, for me, I need time for me, my family and my children.

“Having been the goalkeeper of the France team for 14 seasons is an honour, but it’s exhausting as well, mentally.

I hope that freeing up some time will allow me to continue playing at the highest level for several years and that I will stay fresh.”

Lloris began his career with hometown club OGC Nice, made his debut as a teenager in October 2005 and started in goal during the team’s run to the 2006 Coupe de la Ligue Final.

Lloris moved to seven-time Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais, amid interest from several other clubs, notably Milan.

Lloris won several domestic awards in his first season with Lyon and, in his second season.

He joined Tottenham in 2012, and helped the team reach the Champions League final in 2019.

Gianni Infantino: FIFA Will Ask Every Country In The World To Name A Stadium After Pele

Fifa will ask every country in the world to name one of their stadium in honour of Pelé, its president, Gianni Infantino, confirmed that on Monday.

Pelé’s coffin was placed inside the Vila Belmiro stadium in Santos on Monday, the home ground of the club where he spent virtually his entire career.

The Brazilian icon, who was the only player to win the World Cup three times, died on December 29 aged 82 after a battle with cancer.

Infantino is currently in Brazil to pay his respects to Pele and told journalists that FIFA wants all its member nations to name – or, indeed, rename – one of their stadiums after the footballing legend.

Infantino:

‘Pele leaves an incredibly legacy for football, a unique legacy.’

‘Pele had, I think, the gift of god – a gift that very few people on earth have – and it’s a gift to touch the hearts and emotions of people.

‘The fact that so many people around the world, millions, billions even, like me who have never seen Pele play, remember him.

I have, of course, the honour and the luck to meet him personally as well.

‘But I did not see him play, my father saw him play and he would speak to me about him.

I think the legacy that he leaves for what he did on the pitch [is huge].

 

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‘He was the first in doing so many things that 99% of players can only dream about and the other 1% can only do one of the things that he was doing. And he was the first doing all these things.

‘So this will remain in our hearts forever. And we need to make sure that we and the world of football remembers Pele forever as well.

‘And for this reason of course we pay tribute to him by being here.

We pay tribute to him by asking all the federations now to pay a minute of silence and tribute to Pele.

‘But we are also going to ask every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele.

‘In 50 years or 100 years from now, when children are asking, “Who is Pele?”

they need to remember him all over the world in a place where you score goals, where you feel emotions, in a stadium, in a football field, where children – boys and girls – can play. We need to make sure of this.’

Checkout The Greatest Quotes About Pele

Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16.

During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player to do so.

He was nicknamed O Rei (The King) following the 1958 tournament.

Pelé is the joint-top goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At the club level, he is Santos’ all-time top goalscorer with 643 goals in 659 games.

Pele, scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games for club and country during his career, ended his playing days at New York Cosmos and retired from football in 1977.

A player who made the game look as simple as anything and inspired so many.

“Pele played football for 22 years, and in that time he did more to promote world friendship and fraternity than any other ambassador anywhere.”

J.B. Pinheiro

“My name is Ronald Reagan, I’m the President of the United States of America. But you don’t need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pele is.”

Ronald Reagan

“Pele was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries.”

Andy Warhol

 

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“The difficulty, the extraordinary, is not to score 1,000 goals like Pele – it’s to score one goal like Pele.”

Carlos Drummond de Andrade

“When I saw Pele play, it made me feel I should hang up my boots.”

Just Fontaine

“The greatest player in history was Di Stefano. I refuse to classify Pele as a player. He was above that.”

Ferenc Puskas

“Pele is the greatest player of all time. He reigned supreme for 20 years. All the others – Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini – rank beneath him. There’s no one to compare with Pele.”

Franz Beckenbauer

“The moment the ball arrived at Pele’s feet, football transformed into poetry.”

Pier Paolo Pasolini

“Absolutely everybody wanted to shake his hand, to get a photo with him. Saying you had partied with Pele was the biggest badge of honour going.”

Mick Jagger

“To watch him play was to watch the delight of a child combined with the extraordinary grace of a man in full.”

Nelson Mandela

“I sometimes feel as though football was invented for this magical player.”

Bobby Charlton

“Pele was the most complete player.”

Bobby Moore

“In some countries they wanted to touch him, in some they wanted to kiss him. In others they even kissed the ground he walked on. I thought it was beautiful, just beautiful.”

Clodoaldo

“An artist, in my eyes, is someone who can lighten up a dark room. I have never and will never find the difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970 and the poetry of the young Rimbaud. There is in each of these human manifestations an expression of beauty which touches us and gives us a feeling of eternity.”

Eric Cantona

Muhammad Ali was waving to the crowd, blowing kisses, doing the Muhammad Ali thing. As soon as he walked into the locker room and saw Pele…he was like a star-struck child.”

Shep Messing

“There’s Pele the man, and then Pele the player. And to play like Pele is to play like God.”

Eusebio

“I’m a Pele fan from way back when I was a kid, and then there was always this thing later about Pele and Maradona. I was young and impressionable as a kid but it was always Pele for me.”

Sir Alex Ferguson

“His great secret was improvisation. Those things he did were in one moment. He had an extraordinary perception of the game.”

Carlos Alberto

“Pele was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic.”

Johan Cruyff

Malcolm Allison: “How do you spell Pele?” Pat Crerand: “Easy: G-O-D.””

British commentary team at Mexico 1970

Pele’s family confirmed he died on Thursday afternoon at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo Rest On Legend.

Sir Geoff Hurstn And Kylian Mbappe Lead Tributes To ‘Greatest Of All Time’ Pele

Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.

The three-time World Cup winner spent Christmas in hospital as his cancer worsened, while he also required treatment for heart and kidney problems.

Pele’s family confirmed he died on Thursday afternoon at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.

 

Statement on social media:

“Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pele, who peacefully passed away today.

“On his journey, Edson enchanted the world with his genius in sport, stopped a war, carried out social works all over the world and spread what he most believed to be the cure for all our problems: love.

“His message today becomes a legacy for future generations. Love, love and love, forever.”

Kylian Mbappe was among those to swiftly pay tribute to the Brazilian, widely considered one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Tributes have been paid from the world of football and beyond after Brazilian icon Pele died aged 82.

 

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Mbappe:

“The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten.” “RIP KING.”

England World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst posted:

“I have so many memories of Pele, without doubt the best footballer I ever played against (with Bobby Moore being the best footballer I ever played alongside).

“For me Pele remains the greatest of all time and I was proud to be on the the pitch with him. RIP Pele and thank you.”

Usain Bolt:

“A Sporting Legend. Rest in Peace King Pele.”

Gary Lineker:

“Pele has died. The most divine of footballers and joyous of men.

He played a game only a few chosen ones have come close to.

“3 times he lifted the most coveted gold trophy in that beautiful yellow shirt.

He may have left us but he’ll always have footballing immortality.”

Neymar:

“Before Pele, ‘10’ was only a number. I read this phrase somewhere, sometime in my life.

“But this phrase, beautiful, is incomplete. I would say that before Pele, football was solely a sport.

“Pele changed everything. He transformed football into art, into entertainment.

He gave voice to the poor, to black people, and most importantly: He gave visibility to Brazil.

“Football and Brazil elevated their status thanks to the King! He is gone, but his magic will stay.

“Pele is eternal!!”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, became a global star when, aged 17.

He helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, forcing his way into the starting line-up by the knockout stages.

Wherever football is played, the name of Pele will be synonymous with it.

 

The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar delighted fans with many records. The tournament had everything – unexpected soccer live scores, dramas and disappointments.

 

Records and interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese is the first player to score in the final five World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022). The goal against Ghana made Cristiano the oldest player to score at the Mundials for a Portuguese team (37 years, 292 days). In addition, this tournament was the fifth for CR7 – only four players can boast such an achievement:

  • Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez (both from Mexico);
  • Lothar Matthaus (Germany);
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina).

And if you are interested in soccer, namely live scores, then open the site, where the results of all confrontations are promptly published. Here you won’t miss a single goal.

Lionel Messi

So, in addition to repeating the record for the number of World Cups held, Leo has renewed a number of other achievements. He became the first Argentine to score in four tournaments (2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022), surpassing Diego Armando Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta.

The goals in the final against the French were the 95th and 96th for the national team, the absolute record of the Argentine team, on what soccer prediction experts made before the start of the 2022 World Cup.

The final against the French was Messi’s 26th World Cup clash. Previously, the record holder had been German Lothar Matthäus, who had made 25 appearances. The match against Australia became the 1000th in his career.

He scored his first World Cup playoff goal in the same game. And the assist in the quarterfinal against the Dutch was the fifth in the play-off round – in this indicator he passed Pele (4).

 

Olivier Giroud and Hugo Llaurice

Olivier Giroud’s goal against the Poles in the 1/8 final was his 52nd goal for France. He surpassed Thierry Henry, and in the next game consolidated his lead in the list of the best scorers of the French team in its history.

Another record for the French national team was set by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The final against Argentina was his 143rd appearance for Le Bleu. The previous record belonged to Lilian Thuram – 142 games.

Inaki and Nico Williams

For the first time in World Cup history, brothers have played for different teams. Iñaki Williams, 28, played for Ghana and his younger brother Nico (20) for Spain. Both play at the forward position and play for the same club, Athletic Bilbao.

Stephanie Frappar

For the first time a woman officiated at a men’s World Cup match. That was the Frenchwoman Stéphanie Frappart, who officiated the meeting between Germany and Costa Rica, which ended with the Europeans’ victory with a score of 4-2. Earlier she had officiated at the Mexico-Poland match.

And if you have a desire to make predictions on soccer, then don’t waste your time. Open the sports statistics website, and success is guaranteed.

“I Don't Like To Compare Myself”_ Erling Haaland Played Down Mbappe Rivalry

Erling Haaland has played down his so-called ‘rivalry’ with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe in a fascinating new interview.

The Norwegian , who has scored 24 goals in 19 games since joining City from Dortmund in the summer following his highly-anticipated £51.5 million summer move to Manchester City.

He is currently on course to become the third player to win the Golden Boot in his debut top-flight season after scoring 18 goals in 13 Premier League games

And as a result of his fine form, many are touting Haaland to ignite a Messi & Ronaldo type-rivalry with another top forward – Kylian Mbappe.

Haaland:

“I don’t like to compare myself with others.

I think you need to be your own player when it comes to that so I don’t like to compare or anything with that.”

“I think the media has been doing that with Ronaldo and Messi for the last 10 years and I think they’ve been pushing each other as well.

I think it’s been a positive thing. Barcelona and Madrid against each other. It’s been the perfect rivalry.

“But I don’t think about this [rivalry with Mbappe], honestly.”

Kylian Mbappe made it clear last year that Haaland isn’t quite on his level yet, saying he needs to show more longevity before being labelled football’s next big star.

 

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Mbappe:

“It is his second year, we are getting to know him. It is the beginning for him. I’m happy for him, for what he’s doing.”

“I have played up front, I have played on the left and on the right.”

“In all humility, I don’t think everyone is capable of changing positions like this every year and maintaining a great performance at the highest level.

“That did not fall from the sky. If I talk about the baggage that they gave me in adolescence, it’s all there.

“I have managed to work on my weak points, but above all to perfect my strengths, because they have always told me that it is through your strengths that you are going to win.”

Mbappe netted a hat-trick in the World Cup final last weekend, even though it was unable to prevent France’s from lifting the World Cup.

Meanwhile Haaland made a goalscoring return in Manchester City’s first competitive game since November as they defear Liverpool on Thursday night.

FIFA Delete Tweet That Seems To Mock Cristiano Ronaldo

FIFA appeared to have piled into the debate, with its official World Cup account posting two tweets that seemingly sought to elevate the Argentine above the Portuguese.

A tweet from a FIFA account seems to have mock at Cristiano Ronaldo following Lionel Messi’s World Cup success.

The PSG star has, for many, settled the long-standing debate between him and his rival by helping Argentina win the tournament for the first time since 1986 and scoring in the final.

Messi’s seven goals in Qatar trumped the Portuguese international’s one.

And on FIFA’s World Cup account, the organisation tweeted:

“Thumbs up if you really enjoyed the #FIFAWorldCup” alongside a picture of Ronaldo with his digit in the air.

However, it certainly did not go down well with some fans, with the tweet being removed soon after.

 

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This comes after the tweet that was posted swiftly after Messi’s triumph: “The GOAT debate is settled. The ultimate prize is now part of the collection. The legacy is complete.”

That too has now been removed from their account, with Ronaldo seemingly unable to get away from the comparisons.

Argentina were crowned champions whilst Portugal only reached the quarter-finals, with both players having very different levels of success.

Ever since the World Cup final, Ronaldo has remained silent on social media.

However, such a lack of online activity is more likely due to him focusing on the next step of his career.

The forward has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr, and is expected to sign for them by the end of the year.

Despite Messi’s emphatic triumph, the debate between the two football stars is expected to continue amongst fans.

Ronaldo may never get his hands on the World Cup, but he will forever be remembered as one of the best to ever do it.

Ronaldo played the World Cup as a free agent having been released by the club prior to the tournament as a result of his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan in the days prior.

Adil Rami Named Argentina Goalkeeper Martinez As Most Hated Man

Adil Rami a Former France international, and World Cup winner, has named former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez “the most hated man” in football.

Martinez enjoyed a fine World Cup as Argentina won the tournament and he was named as the best goalkeeper, the trophy for which he placed

near his crotch and thrust it towards the booing France fans after the final.

After the game, he explained to Argentine radio station La Red about the lewd gesture: “I did it because the French booed me. Pride does not work with me.”

It appears Martinez’s actions have not gone down well with Rami, who on Instagram has branded the Albiceleste keeper as “the biggest son of a ***** in football. The most hated man.”

 

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Rami went on to claim that Morocco’s Yassine Bounou was more worthy of the Golden Glove award, having conceded three fewer goals than Martinez.

The former defender also believes that Argentina were celebrating more the fact that

they beat Kylian Mbappe rather than winning the World Cup.

In the dressing room after the game, Martinez called for a minute’s silence for Mbappe as they striker was now “dead”.

“We Need To Save Him A Spot,” Scaloni Rules Out 2026 WC Messi Hope.

Lionel Messi has finally done it by winning a World Cup – but will it be the last one?

Last time out in Russia, there were rumours that it could be Messi’s last World Cup.

Messi confirmed after Argentina beat France that he does not intend to retire from international football, and Argentina coach

Lionel Scaloni said he held out hope of him playing in the United States, Canada and Mexico in four years’ time.

Scloni:

“We need to save him a spot,” “If he wants to keep playing, he’ll be with us.”

But Messi will be 39 in 2026 and has confirmed Sunday’s dramatic final against France will be his last World Cup match.

Asked if he thought this was his last World Cup match, the 35-year-old said: “As I’ve said before, it is.

 

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“They (the fans in Argentina) should wait for us. We’re coming home to celebrate with them.

“We’ve done it. We couldn’t have asked for more.

I thank God for everything he gave me, for this outcome, for this trophy that I dreamt of, my team-mates and Argentina too. What can I say…we are world champions.”

Messi emulates Diego Maradona by leading Argentina to World Cup glory for the first time since 1986.

“I’m not going to analyse the match now, there’s no need,” he continued. “We were destined to be world champions and we are.

“The game developed as it did, but this is not the time for analysis, but for celebration.”

Lionel Messi Crown Sports Personality Of The Year Award.

Messi was the hero as he scored twice and converted his penalty in a dramatic shoot-out win over France after a 3-3 draw at the Lusail Stadium.

The PSG star has been named the World Sports Star of 2022 by the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Sunday’s World Cup final saw the Argentine star, 35, cap a fine tournament in which he scored seven goals and finally won the globe’s top sporting crown for the first time.

Messi, who also won the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain, is set to celebrate his country’s triumph in a parade across Buenos Aires on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Ahead of lifting the trophy in Qatar, the forward won his second Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup having also taken the accolade in 2014, when Argentina lost in the final.

Previous recipients of the World Sports Star award include Roger Federer, who has won it four times, Shane Warne and Tiger Woods.

Usain Bolt, a three-time recipient of the gong, has already been announced as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement award for 2022.

The BBC will announce the shortlist for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on Tuesday ahead of this week’s ceremony.