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15. Serbia (+1)

There’s no guarantee it all clicks for Serbia, but if it does watch out. They’re a massive side who will dominate set pieces and have key difference-makers Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic in great form.

They’re the second of our three dark-horse contenders.

14. Mexico (-1)

The 2018 World Cup will act as a sort of strange pathway from one generation to the next for Mexico. Thirty-nine-year-old Rafa Marquez will anchor the defence in his last tournament, while Hirving Lozano will spearhead the attack in his first.

They look good value to get out of their group, with the number of goals they’re capable of netting giving them the edge over Sweden, and from there who knows?

13. Denmark (+1)

Denmark hop above Mexico in our rankings after beating them 2-0 on Saturday, but there’s little to choose between the two. That Yussuf Poulsen found his goalscoring groove in the game is potentially important; it’s crucial the attacking onus does not solely fall on Christian Eriksen’s shoulders.authentic nfl jerseys

12. Poland (-1)

The news that Kamil Glik will miss the finals after sustaining an injury during training is a massive blow. Of all the pre-tournament ailments suffered across the 32 competing nations—and there’ve been too many, sadly—this is arguably the most impactful.

The White and Reds may still ride Robert Lewandowski’s coattails to success, but they’ll be far less resolute without their central-defensive man mountain.wholesale nfl jerseys

11. Colombia (-1)

Colombia opted to play just one tune-up game ahead of the World Cup finals, taking on Egypt on June 1 and drawing 0-0.nfl jerseys wholesale

That hardly seems like the ideal preparation—particularly given some teams have jammed in three friendlies during this period, for comparison—nfl jerseys china and things were made worse on Saturday by the ACL injury sustained by starting left-back Frank Fabra.

Los Cafeteros have depth in plenty of positions, but not that one. It’s a serious knock to their chances of upsetting the odds this summer.nfl wholesale jerseys

Sweden

20. Sweden (+2)

Sweden won’t wow anyone this tournament, but they’re capable of getting results—as evidenced by the play-off win over Italy, and their solid, if unspectacular, build-up to the finals.

They look third-strongest in Group F, but qualification isn’t out of the question. They’ll need to make an effort to score a few more goals than usual if they’re to usurp Mexico, though.

19. Morocco (+9)

If you’re looking for a potential group-stage upset, Morocco to qualify ahead of Portugal should be on your radar. They’re defensively excellent, have a coach in Herve Renard who knows how to eke out victories, and are close to a year unbeaten.

The Atlas Lions rarely concede, mix defensive quality (Medhi Benatia) with attacking zip (Hakim Ziyech) and are our first of three dark-horse candidates.cheap nfl jerseys china

18. Senegal (+5)

Perhaps results didn’t go their way during this preparation period, but what Senegal offered on the counter-attack against Croatia in their 2-1 defeat on Friday should scare anyone preparing to play them.nfl cheap jerseys

They defend crosses well and launch attacks quickly, feeding the ball to Sadio Mane and asking him to create. It’s a good strategy!

17. Switzerland (+7)

For Switzerland, see Sweden (20): They won’t blow you away with their football, but they can be solid when required and boast a couple of genuine difference-makers—Xherdan Shaqiri and Breel Embolo—in attack.nfl jerseys cheap china

The group they’ve landed in, alongside Serbia and Costa Rica, will be a gritty one, but that almost plays to their strengths.

16. Peru (+5)

Things are looking pretty rosy for Peru right now. They haven’t lost a game in over a year, have won five of their last six and have welcomed talismanic striker Paolo Guerrero back into the fold nfl jersey after his doping ban was temporarily lifted.nfl jerseys

A Journey into the Wild, Complex and Unique World of Football in Iran

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June 2017, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

In the video, the two dozen or so members of the Iranian national football squad sit in two rows, facing each other. The long, modestly appointed, high-ceilinged room is the office of the presidential administration in central Tehran, the Iranian capital. The players are patiently, almost nervously waiting to begin. nike nfl jerseys for sale Between the two rows of men at the end of the room is the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, wearing a white turban and sitting on a chair trimmed with gold leaf, the sole sign of presidential opulence. Behind him hang two portraits. Over his right shoulder, the image of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini, the ayatollah who led the 1979 Islamic revolution, transforming Iran and its relationship with the rest of the world. Over his left, the portrait of Iran’s current supreme leader, and the true and final arbiter of power in the Islamic Republic today, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Two days ago Iran qualified for their fifth World Cup with ease. They had beaten Uzbekistan 2-0 in the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. The national team, also known as Team Melli,nfl cheap jerseys china  had gone unbeaten during qualification as a new generation of Iranian stars were born. Sardar Azmoun, Iran’s highly regarded striker, had scored the opening goal, set up by the equally talented young winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Tens of thousands took to the streets to celebrate.

Football, and especially the men’s national team, is often a rare good news story for a country that has been an international pariah for nearly four decades, and whose economy and civil society nfl jerseys for sale cheap  have withered as a result. So now, today, the president of the country wants to honour the team for making it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the third team after Russia and Brazil to qualify. “It was my wish to receive you here,” President Rouhani tells the room, “and, as the representative of the people, to congratulate you.”

Coach Carlos Queiroz is the first to approach the president and warmly shakes his hand. The combative Portuguese leader had masterminded the team’s success. This will be his second World Cup with Iran, although he had taken South Africa to the 2002 World Cup (resigning before the tournament began after falling out with the South African federation) cheap official nfl jerseys and his native Portugal to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He made his name as Sir Alex Ferguson’s highly rated cheap nfl jerseys cheap shipping assistant at Manchester United before taking charge of Real Madrid. But the Portugal job ended in recriminations that almost led to a ban from international football, a series of misfortunes that eventually brought him to Iran in 2011, when he was at his lowest ebb. He has been here ever since.

United States starlet Timothy Weah ‘really happy’ at PSG, hoping for more minutes

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Rising American talent Timothy Weah has told The 42 that he is “really happy” with Paris Saint-Germain and his “incredible” situation in the French capital.nfl jerseys cheap authentic

Weah, 18, played 61 minutes and scored in the U.S.’s 3-0 friendly win over Bolivia last week and then went the full 90 in a 2-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland.

Les Parisiens’ No. 37 may well feature against France in the U.S.’s final friendly later this week before going on holiday for the summer.

Weah is looking forward to preseason with customized nfl jerseys cheap PSG and is hoping for some clarity on his future from new coach Thomas Tuchel.

“It is an incredible club, an incredible bunch of players, incredible coaching staff,” said Weah of the French champions. “I am learning so much from playing with them each day at such a young age and I am maturing in a way that I really wanted to.

“I am seeing my game really develop for the custom nfl jerseys  better. I am really happy to be at PSG — I want to stay there and learn and hopefully get some playing time.

“I feel like loan is a little too early. I still want to be with them, get some more minutes and maybe at the end of next season or in the middle of next season, I will go out on loan. Who knows? It is up to the coach.”customized nfl jerseys

Weah made his full senior debut for PSG in a 0-0 draw away at Caen on the final day of the Ligue 1 season and featured twice more as a substitute in Le Championnat.

Nathan Ake’s Late Equaliser Gives Netherlands Draw vs. Italy in Friendly

Simone Zaza came off the bench to give Italy the lead, but a late Nathan Ake equaliser ensured the Netherlands walked out of Turin with a 1-1 draw on Monday.

The hosts dominated the first half of the international friendly, and Zaza’s toe-poke after the break gave them a deserved lead. Domenico Criscito was sent off for the Azzurri, and with the man advantage, the Dutch equalised in the final minutes.

Here are Monday’s key takeaways.

Does Koeman Have a Plan?

Italy were the superior side before the break by a huge margin, and the Netherlands were the better side in the second half. This friendly between two sides that won’t be going to the World Cup and are in the midst of a difficult period was never about the result or on-pitch dominance.nfl authentic jerseys

Rather, it gave both managers the chance to experiment and see what they have in the squad. For Roberto Mancini, it meant rotating the side compared to the loss against France, with the likes of Mattia Perin and Andrea Belotti coming in. Youngsters Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli led the way in defence, and the nfl authentic jerseys cheap duo of Jorginho and Bryan Cristante got the chance to play together in midfield.

Ronald Koeman’s approach was a little different. While he did start Matthijs de Ligt, he mostly avoided youth and players with upside in favour of the likes of Ryan Babel and Daley Blind―players who don’t seem to be a part of the team’s long-term future.

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Belotti Has Run Out of Credit

Belotti desperately needed a good outing on Monday after watching Mario Balotelliimpress against Saudi Arabia and France. Il Gallo and Super Mario appear to be locked in a battle for the main backup spot at the striker position, behind Lazio Roma’s Ciro Immobile, who had a fantastic season.best nfl jerseys

The Torino man did not have a good season, and at 24 years old, he can’t be considered a prospect any longer. His great scoring exploits last year bought him some credit, but the 2016-17 campaign appears nothing but a distant memory at this point.

Against the Netherlands, nfl jersey for cheap Belotti spent just over an hour running offside and wasting excellent chances:

Ligue 1 Recap: Lyon keep control of 2nd place over Monaco, Marseille

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Forward Bertrand Traore scored two goals as seven-time champion Lyon kept the upper hand in its three-way fight for Champions League qualification with a 3-0 victory over official nfl nike jerseys Troyes on Sunday.

With two games left this season, Lyon remained second behind Paris Saint-Germain, which sealed the title with five games to spare last month.

Lyon has been in tremendous form in recent weeks, securing eight consecutive league wins. It kept its one-point lead over deposed champion Monaco intact after the Riviera side snatched a last-minute 2-1 win at Caen.the authentic nfl jerseys

Fourth-place Marseille, which can also qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League, defeated Nice 2-1 and is one point behind Monaco.

The 22-year-old Traore scored twice in the first half in the space of seven minutes, taking his tally for the season to 13 goals.

Maxwel Cornet, another promising forward aged 21, sealed Lyon’s win in the 88th minute from a tight angle.

SYLLA SHINES

Monaco needed a stoppage-time goal from teenage forward Moussa Sylla to end a three-match winless run with a 2-1 win at Caen and keep alive its hopes of securing the second automatic Champions League berth.

The 18-year-old Sylla scored both Monaco’s goals after being given his first start in attack because of a spate of injuries in Leonardo Jardim’s squad.

Sylla opened the scoring in the 13th from the rebound after Youri Tielemans hit the post, becoming the youngest scorer in the league this season at 18 years, 5 months.where to get nfl jerseys

He then made the most of a poor clearance by ‘keeper Remy Vercoutre to secure three crucial points after Ivan Santini leveled for the hosts.

Monaco had a nine-point lead over Lyon and was seven points clear of Marseille in March but had managed just one win in its past five nfl jerseys china nikegames.

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