Wales national team boss Chris Coleman says that his team are not afraid of facing Belgium, who have been now ranked as the number two team in the world.
It was only five years ago when Belgium were as low as 57th in the FIFA rankings. However, this has been substantially improved in recent years and the team are now second best after an impressive run of form during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Several Belgium stars like Eden Hazard disappointed during the World Cup but this did not prevent the national team from almost reaching the semifinals.
Wales manager Chris Coleman says that he believes that this current team can become the best in the national team’s history.
Regarded as one of the minnows in world football, Wales have not qualified for a major tournament like the World Cup since 1958. A side that once boasted the likes of George Best could have gone on to dominate world football. However, it was not the case. Even though the latest generation of players like Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs continued to provide a lot of quality to the national team, it has not been enough.
The world of football is talking about the upcoming 2022 World Cup which is going to be held in Qatar and it has turned into one of the major topics of discussion of football ever since Qatar was selected as the host and now it has been revealed that major changes will have to be done with the schedule of clubs from all around the world in order for the players to have enough rest for the worldwide event to take place which has now been changed to November and December.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey will not be available until the New Year after suffering a hamstring injury in the Champions League match against Galatasaray.
Ramsey has been in great form in the last 18 months, but this season he has been hampered by injuries more often than not. The 24-year-old has featured in only 19 matches in all competitions so far. Even though he is yet to reach the peak scoring form that he achieved last season, Ramsey continues to play a vital role to free up space for the likes of Alexis Sanchez.
The Welsh national football side is getting ready for their upcoming 2016 Euro’s qualifying match which is scheduled to be played against Belgium on November 16 with each nation in need of a victory that can aid in their progression and secure a promotion spot to the tournament which is going to be hosted by France.
Chris Coleman was once again a delighted man after his Welsh team continued their impressive run of form in the Euro 2016 qualifiers with a 2-1 win over Cyprus. This was always seen as one of the difficult tests for the Welsh in their efforts to qualify for a major tournament in a long time. Even with a difficult group that also features the likes of Belgium, Wales have managed to go top of the table of the three matches. They remain undefeated in these three matches. Apart from Belgium, Cyprus were seen as the biggest threat for Wales in their efforts to qualify for the tournament.
Manchester City’s poor start to the league campaign continued after a 2-2 draw with Arsenal. Manuel Pellegrini was hoping to get his team back to winning ways after having seen them suffer a rare home defeat at the hands of Stoke City in the previous league match. After having taken the lead early in the first half through their star striker Sergio Aguero, City looked comfortable for much of the match. However, Arsenal improved tremendously in the second half and were able to go in front through goals from Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere.
After Miroslav Klose, now, Philipp Lahm has decided to retire as a German player.
Lahm was the skipper of Germany in the World Cup in Brazil and he ended up leading his team to the title.
Every player obviously wants to exit on a winning note and Lahm is no different, but, he was only 30 years of age and he could probably have played for Germany in one more World Cup. However, just like Klose, he also thought that the time was perfect to put a full stop on what has been a wonderful international career.
The Leeds United boss, David Hockaday, believes that Sam Byram would be better off staying in the second tier and playing regularly for one more season rather than going to the top tier and finding himself warming the benches most of the time.
Byram who has the rare capability of playing in the front line as well as in the back line has been on the radar of several league teams. Hockaday has even got a bid for him from Southampton which he has rejected. He is believed to be going to get a few more offers for the player before the window closes at the end of this month.
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has criticised Roy Hodgson for not taking experienced players like John Terry and Ashley Cole to the World Cup 2014. Hodgson appeared to favour youth for this tournament, as he took the likes of Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw on the plane to Brazil. This meant that there was no place for Ashley Cole in the squad, while Hodgson did not also consider persuading John Terry to return from international retirement. The lack of experience proved vital at the World Cup, as England failed to create any impression.