Top scorers: For Nigeria, Emenike leads the way with three goals – including those two well-timed strikes in Addis Ababa. Croatia only scored 12 times in their group and Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic grabbed three of them including against Serbia at home and away. Playing all but one game of the qualifying campaign, he not only scored four times but created three more. Join Totemlydrunk and Edanar on Episode 222 as the hosts sit down to discuss a the latest news around the game and its competitive scene! But on game day, it’s not just about putting on the red, white, and blue, says U.S. Wrong. It’s veteran Helder Postiga, who scored six in the group stage as he seeks to play in his fifth major tournament. Scored twice in the 5-0 win over Somalia that took them through into the second round. Top scorers: Greece’s 12 goals in qualifying were shared fairly evenly around the team, though PAOK striker Dimitris Salpingidis scored a quarter of them.
He has 43 in 107 appearances for Portugal – four short of Pauleta’s all-time record – and he has 24 club goals already this season. Mark Parker, Nike’s president and CEO, confirmed the news in a recent earnings report that the 2019 USA stadium home jersey, as seen worn by star forward Alex Morgan and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher below, is now the top-selling soccer jersey ever sold on its website in one season. Still, it is designed uniquely and made of durable material to provide the players with energy in intense gameplay in the stadium. Saladin Said also has five so far, including a vital away goal against South Africa in the group stages. Adidas provided jerseys for 12 of the 32 teams, including Germany, Japan, Belgium, Sweden, Spain and Russia. Coaches: The travails in qualification must have come as a shock to Paulo Bento after his success in guiding the side to the semi-finals of the European Championships – where Spain beat them on spot-kicks. It’s been a mixed bag for Didier Deschamps since he took over in the wake of Euro 2012. The qualification results have been fine but friendly defeats against Germany, Brazil and Uruguay have reminded everyone this is a work in progress.
The Real Madrid man simply gets better and better, revelling in his unplayability and scoring goals at such a rate it’s sometimes hard to keep up. There has been quite a lot of buzz around Torje and he already has 33 caps and 10 goals for his country. Therefore, it will be Romania’s job to break them down and 23-year-old Gabriel Torje will be expected to produce some testing deliveries from the right wing. Canterbury have done a nice job here. At some point, France are going to have to score and there’s a lot of debate over whether Giroud or Benzema will get the nod. They saw it through to leave France on the rocky road. His compatriot Sabri Lamouchi didn’t experience as much success during his playing days with France but the 42-year-old is making a good fist of his first managerial assignment. Romania’s Victor Piturca is in his third spell with the national team and has a good record in qualifying. The Iceland games will be his first in charge but he was under 21 coach before so should have a good knowledge of the set-up.
If Iceland are to achieve this miracle, he will be key. Ethiopia boss Sewnet Bishaw has made great strides for Ethiopian football in his two spells in charge, helping them qualify for their first Africa Cup of Nations in nearly three decades in 2011. If they can somehow win this tie, that will be far usurped. I appreciate the way they have incorporated two very popular ideas in the history of US jerseys into one – the “Waldo” hoops of 2012 (horizontal stripes) and the classic diagonal stripe (or sash) of 1950. They cleverly represented the diagonal stripe on the Home with the blue part of the red-blue stripes, 2022 world cup jersey which I liked even though it is a lighter shade than that of our flag. England fans know all about Ukraine from the two draws played out in Group H during this round of qualifying. Of the four nations in this group, I believe the strongest of these four are England and USA. Coaches: Stephen Keshi, a former defender who won 64 caps for Nigeria, won the Cup of Nations in 2013 with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the final. Tahir and Duminy have already announced that the World Cup will be their final ODI tournament, although the former might continue playing T20 cricket.