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The Super Eagles have arrived here in Kaliningrad for Saturday’s Group D clash against Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

The players and their officials arrived ij the city at around 6pm following a three- hour flight from their Essentuki camp base.

The three-time African champions are lodged at the Mercure Hotel.

They will have first feel of the Kaliningrad Stadium pitch on Friday by 5pm.

Croatia also arrived in Kaliningrad from their Iliceva base on Thursday.

Two-time world champions Argentina and debutants Iceland will clash in the other Group D clash on Saturday.

Super Eagles forward Victor Moses has urged his Super Eagles’ teammates to remain focused as they begin their Russia2018 World Cup campaign against Croatia on Saturday.

The Chelsea star apologized to fans for their poor performance in the friendly games but vowed to be in their best form against Croatia.

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“We’ve come here a long time here at Esentuki, but I think you can see in the training that we were doing very well. Now there is a match with Croatia, a very strong team, but we are gunning for the win,” he told Croatian outlet sportske.jutarnji.hr.

“This game is very important to us because it is very important to start winning and get a good result. We are optimistic, we want to beat Croatia.

“Yet these were just friendly matches, although we were sorry we lost, especially against England. But we look good at this point; we will be good in opening game against Croatia.

“Croatia is a great team with many top players; they are strong individuals and team. They have a particularly strong midfield and attack, the most important thing for us is to be concentrated, then we can beat Croatia.

“The most important thing is not to lose this first game because they are sometimes the most important. Croatia can beat anyone, but Nigeria can beat Croatia. We’ll have to do it like a team.”

Moses chose no country as his favorite to win the World Cup.

“Everything can happen in our group, all teams can advance,” he added.

Bayern Munich and Austrian International star, David Alaba, paid a goodwill visit to the Nigeria Super Eagles team camp in Austria on Friday, in the company of West Ham forward, Marko Arnautovic.

Alaba, born of a Nigerian father during his visit was full of kind wishes for the Nigerian team as they begin their world campaign on Saturday, June 16.

The left-back also thanked Nigerian football fans for their support and show of love to him. “I want to thank Nigerians for their love and support. I know there is a lot of love for me over there,” Alaba said.

He also concluded saying “I wish the Super Eagles only the best in Russia.”

The Super leave their camp today for Russia.

Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has backed Gareth Southgate’s England team to challenge for the World Cup this summer in Russia.The former Chelsea midfielder was left impressed by England’s performance in their 2-1 win over the Super Eagles on Saturday night at Wembley.
Goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane were enough to begin preparations for Russia with a win, though Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors to deny England a clean sheet.

On account of what he saw, Mikel believes England “have a good chance” of going all the way in Russia. “I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team… you can feel it,” he said.

“I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half.“In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. I think the England team have a good chance.”

Nigeria were completely outplayed by England in the first half but reacted after the interval through Iwobi before making their opponents work for the win.The Super Eagles, who are in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, are aiming to go further than the round of 16 that they reached in Brazil four years ago.

Former Super Eagles player, Kanu Nwankwo has been robbed in Russia, the host country for the 2018 World Cup.

The former Arsenal star was robbed of $11,000 when he flew in from London through Moscow to Kaliningrad, where the Super Eagles play their first game against Croatia on June 16.

The money was reported missing from his luggage when he arrived at Kaliningrad.

According to the Associated Press, Police spokeswoman Irina Volk says two baggage handlers at Sheremetevo airport in Moscow have been detained on suspicion of theft.

Kanu played in three World Cups for the Super Eagles featuring in the 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cups.

Zidane has left his role at Real Madrid after leading the Spanish side to three consecutive Champions League titles.

French coach Zinedine Zidane has quit his role as coach of Real Madrid after three consecutive Champions League titles with the La Liga side.

Zidane’s decision to step down at Real Madrid comes after he led his side to the another Champions League victory over Liverpool on Saturday, May 26.

Zidane was brought in to replace Raphael Benitez in January 2016, and has led the Madrid side to the three Champions League titles in the two and a half season he has been in charge.

According to several reports Zidane’s decision to quit was a result of event after the Champions League final in which star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale hinted they may leave the Santiago Bernebeu.

He hinted his departure in February when he said, “Being a coach is extremely tiring – more so at a club like Real Madrid. When I feel there is nothing more to give, I’ll walk away.”

Speaking on his decision to quit after wining yet another Champions League Zidane revealed that it was because he needed a change but did not rule out an option to return to the club.

He said, “It can be a ‘see you later’. Madrid has given me everything.

“I will be close to this club all my life. But the decision, for many, doesn’t make sense. But it does to me. It is the moment to make a change.

“I think it is the right decision for everyone. I have to thank the fans for all their support and love.”

Zidane will be remembered as one of Real Madrid’s greatest managers winning three Champions League, One La Liga, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cup titles.

The Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr on Wednesday reduced his 30-man provisional squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup to 25 players.

The German dropped domestic league top scorer Junior Lokosa, Standard Liege midfielder Uche Agbo, Lokomotiv Plovdiv defender Stephen Eze and Plateau United Dele Ajiboye. Twenty-three players will make the final squad.

Meanwhile, Rohr left Abuja with 24 players for London ahead of Saturday’s friendly match against England at Wembley.

The NFF said in a statement that Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, Bryan Idowu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Ola Aina, Leon Balogun, Shehu Abdullahi, Joel Obi, William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem and Elderson Echiejile were on the chartered flight that conveyed the players to London.

Others are Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Odion Ighalo, Simeon Nwankwo, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho.

The statement confirmed that Moses Simon, who was earlier ruled out of the tournament due to injury, will undergo further medical checks in the UK to ascertain the seriousness of his injury. The body added that Victor Moses would join the team in London.

Nigeria play Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the group stage of the June 14 to July 15 tournament in Russia.

Eze expressed his sadness on Twitter.

“Sadly, my journey to the World Cup ends here. I am disappointed to not make the final squad, but I want to thank our coach and management for the opportunity! I wish my team the best & hope to join in celebrations when they bring the trophy home! GO #NIGERIA! #DefendLikeEze,” he wrote.

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Injured Brazil striker Neymar has targeted May 17 for a return to training, vowing to work harder than ever to be ready for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The Paris St Germain player, who joined the club from Barcelona in August, had an operation on his foot after being injured in a French league game against Olympique de Marseille on February 25.

He has been receiving treatment in Brazil and said he expects to be training exactly a month before the five-time champions play their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.

“I get my final exam, if I’m not mistaken on May 17 and then I’ll be free to play,” he told reporters at a news conference in Sao Paulo.

“I had an exam last week, it is all perfect, evolving well, so I hope that continues so I can get back as soon as possible.

“I am having treatment every day and from the moment I start training I am going to work harder than I ever worked because this is a dream that’s coming up, it’s a World Cup.

“I’ve waited four years for this chance, its close and I hope to get there in great shape.”

Neymar played for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, but missed the catastrophic 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany through injury.

Brazil struggled in the two years immediately after their home World Cup, but have since rebounded and go to Russia as joint favourites with bookmakers along with Germany.

Players from the Premier League champions-in-waiting Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year announced on Wednesday, occupying five out of 11 spots.

City defenders Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne as well as all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero were named in the side.

Tottenham Hotspur had three players on the list, including England striker Harry Kane, who made the team for a third straight year along with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who has 40 goals across all competitions this season and was nominated for the PFA’s Player of the Year award, also made the team.

Chelsea had a lone representative in defender Marcos Alonso.

PFA Team of the Year: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Alonso, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero.

Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be remembered at Real Madrid in the same glowing terms as Alfredo Di Stefano, AFP reports.

Di Stefano was the face of Real´s domination during the 1950s and 1960s, when they won five European Cups and he scored more than 300 goals.

Ronaldo is now trying to lead another prolonged period of European success, with Real gunning for their third consecutive Champions League triumph, and fourth in five years.

They take a 3-0 lead into Wednesday´s quarter-final second leg at home to Juventus after the Portuguese scored twice last week in Turin, a double that included a sensational bicycle kick.

Ronaldo already has 14 goals in this year´s tournament, three short of his best ever 17, which he posted when Real were crowned champions in 2014.

“I do not think of playing without Cristian, we have him and we are happy,” Zidane said on Tuesday.

“There are many people who remember Di Stefano, it is normal – many people, and I am one of them, will now remember Cristiano with this club.

“We have him and it is necessary to take advantage of this. All the teams in the world would be happy to have this player.”