Brazil lost to Colombia and got a ticket to the World Cup
Brazil have been at the top of the points table since the start of the Latin American World Cup qualifiers. As a result, it was almost certain that they would be the first to get a ticket to the World Cup from this region.
Even so! The five-time world champions were guaranteed a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar with six matches to spare in a 1-0 win over Colombia on Friday morning. A total of four teams will receive World Cup tickets directly from the Latin region.
Lucas Pakueta scored the winning goal for Brazil in their home match, with Neymar assisting. After this victory, Brazil has been confirmed to play next year's World Cup with 34 points in 12 matches.
Last month, Brazil had to return to Colombia with a draw. This is Brazil's only unbeaten match so far in the current World Cup qualifiers. The return shows that Neymar-Pakuetara did not make a mistake in defeating the Colombians.
The Celesaos dominated the entire match at the Corinthians Arena. Brazil was about 85 percent ahead in the fight for possession. They made at least 16 shots throughout the match, six of which were on target. But only one goal has been scored.
After being goalless in the first half, Pakueta ended the wait in the 62nd minute of the second half. After receiving the ball from Neymar, the star midfielder found the address of the net by shooting between the two players of the opponent.
Brazil had at least four to five more great chances in the match. But in the end none of them worked. As a result, the disciples of Titus had to be satisfied with the victory of the minimum interval.
The five-time world champions have become irresistible in the selection of the Latin region. So far, they have not lost a single match in 12 matches, they have conceded only four of their 26 goals.
They are on top with 11 wins and 34 points in one draw. Argentina is in second place with 25 points after playing one match less than Brazil.
On the other hand, Ecuador is at number three with 20 points in 13 matches. Chile, Colombia and Uruguay are in the next three places with 16 points each. Chile and Colombia played 13 matches each and Uruguay played 12 matches.
The top four teams in the points table from this region will get direct tickets to the World Cup in Qatar. The fifth-placed team will play in the intercontinental playoffs.
Martinez's new coach is Steven Gerrard
The English Premier League is going through a storm of coach layoffs and new coaches. The clubs have changed coaches one by one and appointed new coaches. Aston Villa, the club of Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, appointed a new coach according to that rule.
The club expelled Dean Smith after a 0-1 defeat to Southampton last week. Legendary England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has now taken over as the new coach in his place.
Gerard has taken over Aston Villa from Scottish Club Rangers. Rangers were at the top of the league with 30 points from 13 matches. On the other hand, Gerard's new club Aston Villa is at number 18 in the table with 10 points in 11 matches.
The club also held talks with Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. However, in the end, they gave the responsibility to Gerard on a two-and-a-half year contract.
"Aston Villa have a colorful history and are deeply involved in English football," said Gerrard after taking charge of the new club. I am very proud to be the new head coach of the club. I look forward to doing well in the days ahead. "
Gerard had a successful season for the Rangers before taking charge of Aston Villa. Last season, the Rangers won the premiership title for the first time in ten years under him. Even if he doesn't lose any match in the whole event.
Gerrard has played in 192 matches for the Rangers. Where his team has won 124 matches, drawn 41 and lost only 28 matches. However, when he came to Aston, he had to read in the opposite situation. Aston have lost a total of seven matches this season, including the last five.
Gerard will start his journey to Aston Villa on November 20 with a match to be played at Brighton. The club's legendary midfielder will face his former club Liverpool on December 11.
FIFA will announce the best in January
The FIFA World Player of the Year award will be given on January 17, 2022. The company said in a statement.
Due to the Corona epidemic, the winners will be announced through a virtual event like last time. The event, titled 'The Best FIFA Football Awards', will be hosted by FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
The national team captains, coaches, spectators and selected media personnel will be able to vote for the FIFA award from November 22. Voting will continue till December 10.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich won the FIFA Player of the Year award last year. The Women's Footballer of the Year award went to Lyon and English footballer Lucy Bronze, who played for Manchester City last season.
Meanwhile, Klopp, the German manager of Liverpool, has won the FIFA Coach of the Year award for the last two years. The last to win the award as a women's coach was current England women's team coach Sarina Viegman.
In addition to the Footballer of the Year and FIFA Coach, the best Goalkeeper of the Year, Puskas Award for Best Goal of the Year, Fair Play Award and Fan Award. Fifteen Men's World XI was also declared the best XI of the year.
FIFA now awards the Player of the Year separately. Between 2010 and 2015, France co-hosted the FIFA Ballon d'Or with a football magazine.