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Chelsea coach Sarri makes record in Chelsea’s victory over Cardiff City

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, on Saturday made record in Chelsea’s 4-1 victory against Cardiff City in the Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge.
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Sol Bamba shocked the Blues with Cardiff’s first away goal of the season, but Eden Hazard’s treble and a late goal by Willian ensured victory for the West London club.

The win means that Sarri became the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League games in the competition history.

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The Italian joined an elite club of Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester).

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Sarri’s men are now currently occupying the number one position on the EPL log with a goal difference of plus 1, just above second placed, Liverpool.

Eden Hazard had a blast in the game and his hat-trick showed he is so much ready for the season.

However, Sarri believes Hazard can be even more prolific if he preserves his energy more to make the difference in the final third:

“I thought that Hazard was one of the best players in Europe. But now I change my mind because maybe he is the best,” said Sarri of the man crowned the second-best player at the World Cup this summer.

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“Hazard can improve more. I think he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres from the opposition goal,” added the former Napoli boss. “I told him… for me you can score 40 goals but you have to spend less energy. You have to play in the last 25 metres.”

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FIFA world cup 2019 teams: Women’s world cup key information

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It is another year for FIFA World Cup, however, for this year, it will be the Women’s World Cup and here are the things to know about the fifa world cup 2019 teams.

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Just a year after the 2018 edition of the men’s World Cup final in Russia, the Women’s World Cup 2019 is raring and ready to go and will start on June 7, 2019 and end on July 7, 2019. In this article, you will get all key information about the Women’s fifa world cup 2019 teams.

Taking place in France – the first time the country has hosted the tournament and the third time Europe will have done so – the Women’s World Cup will have 24 fifa world cup 2019 teams to compete for the highest football honour.

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Defending champions, the U.S. women’s national team are still a strong side and will no doubt be aiming to lift a record fourth World Cup, just a year after the U.S. men’s national team were unable to even qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

Draw of the Women’s fifa world cup 2019 teams
Group A: France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria

Group B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa

Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica

Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan

Group E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands

Group F: United States, Thailand, Chile, Sweden

How does the draw work?
Having been placed into four pots based on the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, countries were drawn into six groups of four teams.

Host nation France was automatically placed in position A1 in Pot 1. No group can contain more than one team from each confederation; the one exception is UEFA, which has nine teams and each group must have no more than two UEFA clubs.

Pot 1: France, United States, Germany, England, Canada, Australia

Pot 2: Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Spain, Norway

Pot 3: South Korea, China, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, Thailand

Pot 4: Argentina, Chile, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Jamaica

Which country got qualified into the fifa world cup 2019 teams?

The semifinals and final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.

After qualifying matches held between April 2017 and Dec. 1 of this year, 24 teams reached the tournament. The allotment of slots is the same as the previous Women’s World Cup. Here are the fifa world cup 2019 teams, listed by confederation:

Asian Football Confederation (5 teams)
Australia
China
Japan
South Korea
Thailand

Confederation of African Football (3 teams)
Cameroon
Nigeria
South Africa

CONCACAF (3 teams)
Canada
Jamaica
United States

CONMEBOL (3 teams)
Argentina
Brazil
Chile

Oceania Football Confederation (1 team)
New Zealand

UEFA (9 teams)
England
France (hosts)
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Scotland
Spain
Sweden

Women’s fifa world cup 2019 teams host cities

In 2019, the fifa world cup 2019 teams games will be played in 10 different venues across nine different cities in France, who won the right to host the tournament in March 2015. As hosts, France’s national team have automatically qualified for the competition.

Of the 10 venues, seven will stage at least three group stage games. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.

Games City                                                                   Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16                          Paris Parc des Princes
Group stage & Round of 16                       Reims Stade Auguste-Delaune
Group stage & Round of 16                          Grenoble Stade des Alpes
Group stage & Round of 16                          Rennes Roazhon Park
Group stage & Round of 16                          Rennes Roazhon Park
Group stage & Round of 16                     Valenciennes Stade du Hainaut
Group stage & Round of 16                     Montpellier Stade de la Mosson
Group stage & Round of 16 & third place       Nice Allianz Riviera
Group stage & Round of 16 &  Quarter-final       Le Havre Stade Oceane
Semi-finals & Final                                       Lyon  Parc Olympique Lyonnais

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Details of where the final will be played
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Key facts
Club: Olympique Lyonnais | Opening: 2016 | Capacity: 59,186 seats

History & Description
Groupama Stadium, also known as Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Parc OL, or Grand Stade OL, is the recently opened new home of Olympique Lyonnais. It replaced Stade de Gerland as Lyon’s home ground.

Lyon had been looking to build a new stadium from as early as 2007, but saw earlier proposals delayed due to local opposition and a lack of funding because of the financial crisis. The project received the final push when France got awarded the Euro 2016 tournament and Lyon got selected as a host city.

Lyon received their building permit in February 2012, and later that year building works kicked off. Delays however postponed the expected completion date from the summer of 2014 to January 2016.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais officially opened on 9 January 2016 with a league match between Lyon and Troyes (4-1).

The stadium has a capacity of 59,186 seats, of which about 6,000 business seats and 105 lodges. It came at a cost of roughly €600 million, including almost €190 million for improvements in infrastructure.

During Euro 2016, Parc Olympique Lyonnais hosted four group matches, the round of 16 match between France and Rep. of Ireland (2-1), and the semi-final between Portugal and Wales (2-0).

In 2017, the stadium was renamed Groupama Stadium following a 3-year naming rights deal with insurance firm Groupama.

Groupama Stadium has been selected to host the 2018 Europa League final.

How to get to Groupama Stadium
Groupama Stadium is located in the Lyon suburb Décines, in the east of the city and just over 10 kilometres from Lyon’s city centre.

The stadium, located right next to the N346 / E15 motorway, is easily reached by car. Get on the N346 from the A42 in the north or the A43 in the south and take exit 6.

If using public transport, the stadium can be reached by tram. The stadium is only a 10-minute walk from station Decines Grand Large of tram line 3, which runs just north of the stadium, but on matchdays a special branch will bring you right in front of the stadium. Line 3 departs from Gare Part-Dieu on the eastern edge of Lyon’s city centre.

Eat, drink, and sleep near Groupama Stadium

Parc Olympique Lyonnais is located on the edge of the city in a quiet suburb, surrounded by residential housing and farmlands. There is little around in terms of eating and drinking apart from the odd fast-food restaurant, which therefore best done in Lyon’s pleasant city centre.

Most will also decide to find a hotel in the centre of Lyon, though if you want to stay close to the stadium, then there are a few roadside hotels around. These will likely most appeal to those arriving by car.

Hotel Grand Est and B&B Hotel Lyon Meyzieu are decent mid-range options located right on the other side of the N346. Click here for an overview of hotels near Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

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Of course, most will decide to stay in Lyon’s city centre, which boasts plenty of options in all price ranges.

Olympique Lyonnais Tickets
Tickets for Lyon matches can be bought online through the official website through official ticket partner viagogo, in person at the club store at the stadium, or at the OL store at the 104 Rue du President Edouard Herriot in Lyon’s city centre.

Ticket prices depend on the opponent, but expect to pay between €30.00 and €65.00 for an upper tier seat and between €60.00 and €275.00 for a lower tier seat.

Groupama Stadium tours
Lyon offer guided stadium tours around Groupama Stadium that include the players’ tunnel, dugouts, press room, and hospitality areas. The tours lasts 75 minutes. The club offer a shorter ‘mini’ 45-minute alternative as well with less access.

Tours run 5-10 days a month multiple times a day. Check online for the current schedule and bookings. The regular tour costs €19.00 while the mini tour costs €9.00.

Debutants among the Women’s fifa world cup 2019 teams

Four nations will make their Women’s World Cup debut in 2019: Chile, Jamaica, Scotland and South Africa. The odds may be stacked against these four countries, three of whom will likely be seeded in Pot 4.

Don’t be shocked to see one or two advance. In the first edition of the 24-team tournament in 2015, Cameroon, the Netherlands and Switzerland all advanced to the knockout rounds in their first World Cup appearance.

Keep an eye on Scotland, as the Scots are markedly improved from the 2015 cycle and feature a plethora of players who play at top clubs in England.

Who are the favourites to win the Women’s World Cup 2019?

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Defending champions United States are expected to go far in France once again, having won the competition three times.

Experienced stars such as Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are expected to guide the team to a potential fourth World Cup win. There will be an opportunity to introduce younger talent into the side as the country will look to prepare for the future following Hope Solo’s retirement and what could be Carli Lloyd’s final international tournament as she turns 37 two days after the 2019 final.

Meanwhile, Les Bleues will be expected to pick up on the momentum left behind by the men’s French team, with the host nation eyeing the highest honour in football by winning the tournament on home turf.

The French team’s best finish on the world stage was fourth place in the 2011 edition and the side have never progressed past the quarter-final stage of the European Championships.

Germany won gold in the 2016 Rio Oympics but tasted to defeat to the United States in the 2015 semi-finals. They will be looking to bounce back after crashing out of the 2017 Euros in the quarter-finals, despite struggling in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup after losing to France and the U.S.

Japan are one of the most consistent sides in football and were World Cup winners in 2011 and runners-up in 2015. They will be eager to seek revenge on the USWNT, with the two sides having met in the last two finals.

England are arguably a strong contender to go far in France in 2019. Despite going out of the 2015 tournament through a devastating last-minute own goal in the semis the side were still able to finish third after beating Germany.

FC Barcelona and Netherlands star Lieke Martens is expected to push her nation far in the World Cup next summer, while recent Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg is also expected to make waves for Norway in France.

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Breaking: Man Utd finally name a new ‘caretaker’ coach

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Barely 24 hours after sacking Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have named former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said Solskjaer.

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“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”

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Solskjaer, who earlier this month signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde, will be joined by Mike Phelan, who returns as an assistant manager having previously working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson.

Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, both part of Mourinho’s coaching staff, will continue to work under Solskjaer.

Solskjaer’s first match in charge will be against Cardiff – where he endured an ill-fated spell as manager – on Saturday.

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The 45-year-old takes over with United sixth in the Premier League.

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Manchester United Sack Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the club, days after the team’s loss to Liverpool.

The Red Devils are currently 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and are sixth on the log.

Manchester United released a statement on Tuesday morning that said: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.

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The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

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A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

Mourinho, who joined United in May 2016 has had a fractious relationship with some of his players including Paul Pogba, that was stripped of vice-captaincy.

Michael Carrick will be appointed as the temporary manager in place of the Portuguese.

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Details later.

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