The Week in Numbers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:19:00 GMT

George Weah’s kid emulating a FIFA World Cup milestone-maker and a striker surpassing some of the sport’s greatest-ever teenagers feature in’s latest stats review, along with miss-kicks and spot-kicks.

Di Matteo: Italy has a history of producing good coaches

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:22:00 GMT

It is safe to say there is quite the Italian flavour to The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award this year. Speaking exclusively to, Roberto Di Matteo explains why Italy are so good at producing coaches, and why he's also tipping Cristiano Ronaldo to remain The Best FIFA Men's Player.

Europe’s eight play-off contenders in numbers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:17:00 GMT

Eight teams discovered their opponents who stand in their way of a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, but how do they fair in the European play-offs themselves? We analyse the eight teams and how they have fared in the past.

Europe's play-off participants learn fate

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:00 GMT

The match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia™ have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich on Tuesday.


Relive the European play-off draw

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

On Tuesday 17 October, streamed live the Official Draw for the European FIFA World Cup play-off, which took  place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich at 14:00 CET.

Totti: Messi, Neymar & Ronaldo are footballing aliens

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:15:00 GMT

A bona fide Roma and Italian legend, Francesco Totti knows The Best when he sees it. The recently-retired midfielder let us know who he thinks is in line to pick up the honours at The Best FIFA Football Awards later this month.

How to follow Tuesday's European play-off draw

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:27:00 GMT

The draw for the upcoming European play-off round, with four World Cup places up for grabs, will take place at 14.00 on Tuesday 17 October in Zurich. Find out how you can follow it live!

Serbians relieved, Icelanders in raptures

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:45:00 GMT reviews Monday's European 2018 World Cup qualifying action where Serbia and Iceland both secured qualification for Russia, while two more play-off spots were locked up.

Who can qualify from Europe on Monday?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:51:00 GMT

On Monday 9 October, a total of nine games in Groups D, G and I will be played. Here we outline which nations can secure an automatic berth for Russia 2018 on the qualification campaign's final matchday.

Ranieri: I really admire Conte and Allegri

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:33:00 GMT caught up with The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2016 Claudio Ranieri to see how he is adapting to life at his new club Nantes, what the award has brought him and his verdict on this year's nominees.

Spain through at Italy’s expense, Serbia stumble

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:20:00 GMT reviews Russia 2018 qualifying action in Europe where 2010 world champions Spain booked their ticket to another World Cup, while there were major stumbles by Italy and Serbia.

Spain secure Russia 2018 berth

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:48:00 GMT

Spain's  victory against Albania, combined with Italy’s failure to beat FYR Macedonia, saw the 2010 World Cup winners clinch Group G’s top spot.

Determination fuelling Allegri's fire for 25 years

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:42:00 GMT

Massimiliano Allegri finds himself among The Best FIFA Men's Coach finalists for the first time, but his drive to succeed is no new phenomena, being present a quarter of a century ago back in his playing days.

How it all began for Allegri, Conte and Zidane

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:39:00 GMT

With Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane having been named as finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2017 award, takes a step back in time to recall their early days in the dugout. 

Panucci: Albania will be brave against Spain and Italy

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:56:00 GMT

In an exclusive interview with, Albania coach Christian Panucci - a former Italy coach who starred for Real Madrid - speaks about his team taking on Group G's leading duo, their prospects and his own career. 

Conte’s key qualities: In his players’ words

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:19:00 GMT

What's The Best FIFA Men’s Coach finalist Antonio Conte like as a manager? collects the thoughts from the men who know the Italian's coaching qualities more than anyone: his players.  

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:29:00 GMT looks back at the statistical week that was in world football including a rare blank for Real Madrid, another landmark passed by Alex Morgan, and goalscoring feats in Colombia, France and Italy.

No surprises as big guns make strong starts

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:44:00 GMT

With the launch of the Official Emblem and Slogan of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ in Paris on Tuesday, Europe’s teams can now see the objective in front of them as they hit the qualification trail.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:45:00 GMT

Girl power, Shanghai shoot-outs, a huge climb and a rapid stay in Croydon feature in’s latest stats review, along with goal feats from big-name forwards.

European nations vie for France 2019 slots

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:32:00 GMT looks ahead to the first two rounds of European qualifying matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, with the continent's giants all set to enter the fray and begin battling it out for the eight available places.

Nacho: Spain must stay relaxed against Italy

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:31:00 GMT

Spain and Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez speaks to about the "absolutely vital" upcoming qualifier against Italy and why he has always had a passion for stopping goals rather than scoring them.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:38:00 GMT

A team taking tika-taka to new heights decorates’s latest stats review, along with big cats ripping up records in Moselle and Sao Paulo and a mega-money signing sizzling.

Spain end Women’s U-19 EURO final hoodoo

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:12:00 GMT reviews the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship after Spain cast aside several years of heartbreak to win the final of a tournament which saw three other teams book qualification to France 2018.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:07:00 GMT

A mathematical explanation, a positional transformation and the daddy of debuts feature in’s latest stats review, along with a familiar office for the French and the end of long unbeaten runs.

Big and little, old and new

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:27:00 GMT

A huge team, a little striker, an veteran midfielder and fresh champs feature in’s latest stats review, along with Real retention and climbing Poles.

EURO stars, comebacks and a circus trick

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:44:00 GMT

A breathtaking back-heel, set-piece wizardry, spot-kick incapacity feature in’s latest stats review, along with a Brazilian equalling an Alessandro Del Piero feat and the end of unprecedented hegemony.

Behind the World Cup record: Helmut Schon

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:08:00 GMT

Thought of as one of the most successful coaches in German football history, Helmut Schon holds the World Cup record for most matches as coach (25). goes behind the record and takes a closer look at Schon's achievement.

A dribble, a shutout and a three-team club

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:41:00 GMT

A jaw-dropping dribble, dream debuts, the swapping of a stripe and the end of long sequences feature in’s latest stats review, along with joy for a Brooklynite and a Reddingite.

Bonucci completes AC Milan switch

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:45:00 GMT

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has sealed a move to AC Milan after signing a deal which keeps him with the Rossoneri until 2022 on Thursday.

Bearzot’s Blues of ’82 in numbers

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:53:00 GMT

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, classical painters and Panini stickers feature in’s statistical review of Italy’s conquest of Spain 1982, along with a scream, a drought and a treble.

Europe seeks its latest footballing heroines

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:12:00 GMT

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 kicks-off in the Netherlands on Sunday as the hosts take on Norway. previews the three-week tournament where for the first time, 16 teams will battle it out for European glory.

Boban presented with fair play award

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:47:00 GMT

FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban has been honoured during the 21st edition of the Fair Play Menarini Awards in Italy.

Chinese coffee and a deadly insect

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:17:00 GMT

Compatriots sharing a big birthday celebration feature in’s latest stats review, along with a set-piece specialist, a supersub, an unbelievable upset and a game that lasted longer than two days.

England soar as history-makers abound in Korea Republic

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:59:00 GMT

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 ended in scintillating style in Suwon as England won their first ever title at this level. Fittingly capping off a tournament graced by dazzling moments, both individually and collectively, the Young Lions and Venezuela put on a final befitting a fine three weeks of action.

Iceland leave it late, big guns pocket three points

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 02:38:00 GMT

Sunday’s European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ saw Spain and Italy, who will face each other in a much-anticipated Group G duel in September, do exactly what was expected of them against FYR Macedonia and Liechtenstein, respectively.

Golden trio reflect on personal glory

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:50:00 GMT

We hear from adidas Golden Ball winner Dominic Solanke and England team-mate Freddie Woodman, who clinched the adidas Golden Glove, as well Italy's Riccardo Orsolini - who took home the adidas Golden Boot.

Teens, whites in blue and a Hollywood goal

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:13:00 GMT

Three teenagers from across the Americas decorate’s latest stats review, along with some mind-blowing feats from a club in unfamiliar colours and a shot from atop an exalted building.

Korea Republic producing delight, goals & memories

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 02:54:00 GMT

With 50 games gone and just two remaining, look back at some of the memories caught on video which we will be cherishing from the FIFA U-20 World Cup once the title is lifted on Sunday 11 June.

England, Venezuela book tickets to maiden finals

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:27:00 GMT

The final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup has been decided, after England and Venezuela both came from behind to seal passage to Suwon and send themselves into their first appearances in the tournament showpiece.

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