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FIFA Names 36 Referees, 63 Assistant Referees For The Fifa World Cup 2018

FIFA, on Thursday has selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees, representing 46 different countries, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The referees and the assistants make up a total of 99 officials selected for the tournament. The world governing body also announced that video assistant referees (VAR) will be chosen from the pool of officials. VAR, which has caused controversy in Europe , will be used for the first time at a World Cup when the tournament starts on 14 June.

The officials, chosen from 46 countries, will attend a two-week seminar at the Italian Football Association’s base in Coverciano next month. The African referees are: Mehdi Abid Charef from Algeria, Malang Diedhiou of Senegal, Bakary Papa Gassama from The Gambia, Gehad Grisha from Egypt, Janny Sikazwe from Zambia, and Ethiopian Bamlak Tessema Weyesa.

Europe will be represented by referees from Germany, Turkey, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Italy, Slovenia and France. Asia will have six as will north and South America and two from Oceania.

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Imke Wubbenhorst: I Pick Players According To The Size Of Their Manhood



A woman who coaches a male football team in Germany has shocked many by saying that she picks her team according to the size of their manhood.

The German coach who coaches a German male football team shocked a journalist who asked her a ‘gender-biased’ question when she retorted that she picked her team members based on the size of their joystick.

Imke Wubbenhorst, first woman to coach a football club in Germany’s top five divisions went sarcastic in an interview with German Newspaper, Welt.

The Journalists had asked her if the players had to cover themselves up before she goes into their changing room, and the coach retorted – “Of course not. I’m a professional. I pick the team on joystick size.”

Wübbenhorst, 30, took over at fifth-tier Cloppenburg in December, tasked with steering the relegation-threatened side away from the Oberliga Niedersachsen drop zone.

A former Cloppenburg player and Germany Under-23 international, she had been employed in coaching roles with the club’s women’s team since hanging up her boots in 2016.

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Liverpool boss Klopp sends surprise birthday package to a fan who turns 104 this month (Photo)




Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has surprised one of the club’s long standing fans Bernard Sheridan who turns 104 years old on January 25 after sending him gifts.

The German born tactician sent a personalised letter, a birthday cake, a customised jersey and tickets to this weekend’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace to the man.

According to Daily Mail, Sheridan was extremely delighted with after receiving the gifts from the Reds representative.


The celebrant further revealed that the best gift this weekend would be to see the Anfield side claim maximum point after regulation period.

He said that: ” I’ve been a proud Liverpool supporter since I was a boy and have supported the club through thick and thin, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be off to the match on Saturday!

“Obviously, the icing on the cake will be when we beat Crystal Palace!”


The letter that Mr Sheridan received from Klopp read: “Dear Bernard, I would like to personally wish you a very happy 104th birthday.

“I hope you enjoy celebrating with your family and friends. Thank you for your continued support of Liverpool Football Club. You’ll Never Walk Alone .”

Sheridan, who lives in the RMBI care home The Tithebarn, Great Crosby, attended his first match at the age of eight, when he was accompanied by his uncle.

The ardent Liverpool fan has seven grandchildren and fourteen great grand-children. One of Sheridan’s sons will be coming from Canada to watch the game against Crystal Palace at Anfield.

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Arsenal close to sealing a move for £35m rated attacker as Mesut Ozil’s replacement




Arsenal have reportedly launched a bid for PSV Eindhoven attacker Hirving Lozano according to SunSport.

The Mexican forward has been in superb form for his Dutch League side this campaign – scoring 11 goals and assisting six others in 17 topflight matches.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has however made the 23-year-old a major target as replacement for out-of-favour star Mesut Ozil.

According to SunSport quoting TMW, the north Londoners will have to cough out more than £35 million to sign him this month.

The publication also reveals that PSV might consider about £27 million with add-ons if clubs come knocking on their door in the summer.

Napoli were in pole position to land the star forward due to their relationship with the Dutch side and the player’s agent Mino Raiola, giving them an edge in negotiations.

The German midfielder was said to have been offered to AC Milan but former Gunners chief Ivan Gazidis rejected the move.

Ozil is surplus to requirement in Emery’s squad at the Emirates, and has even allegedly told Ozil that it would be best for him to leave the club.

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is reportedly edging closer to joining the Gunners after “positive talks” held between the two clubs.

The Gunners were also thought to be interested in signing former Real Madrid star James Rodriguez on a cut-price £3 million loan move.

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