Head coach of the national senior men’s football team, Michael Johnson, and Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Ian Greenwood, will be among head coaches and technical directors of FIFA member associations and technical experts of all six confederations who will participate in a FIFA conference aimed at reviewing the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.GFF Technical Director Ian GreenwoodScheduled for September 23 in London, England, the conference “aims to analyse the FIFA World Cup from a technical and tactical point of view, identify trends, and compare the main findings to previous editions of the FIFA World Cup based on the report by FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG), and assess the impact of VAR on the game.”The GFF staff will engage the FIFA technical experts to garner the information from the conference, so as to share with coaches locally and regionally. During the interaction, special attention will be paid to goals scored, where they came from, and the role of key players throughout the tournament.Besides the conference, specific meetings are planned with national teams’ head coaches and technical directors of the member associations. The purpose of these meetings is to go deeper into the analysis of the teams from the different confederations and to discuss the influence that this World Cup might have on the development of football in the various regions.Golden Jags Head Coach Michael JohnsonAccording to FIFA, the World Cup winning-coach Didier Deschamps will share his view on France’s path to glory at the conference in London. Besides Deschamps and Southgate, the other FIFA World Cup semi-finalist coaches: Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez, as well as Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion manager Joachim Low, have registered for the conference.Participants in the special panel would include Gareth Southgate (Coach of England), Tite (Coach of Brazil), Aliou Cisse (Coach of Senegal), and Juan Antonio Pizzi (Coach of Saudi Arabia).The discussions will be moderated by ex- players Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands) and Alex Scott (England). The conference will take place in conjunction with The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018™, and all delegates will be invited to attend the show on the evening of the 24th September 2018.
Croatia have never gone beyond the semis, but after matching the achievements of their much-revered 1998 side, a richly talented generation’s luck may have turned in time to land the biggest prize in football.AFP Sport looks at three key battles that could decide where the game is won and lost.Jordan Henderson v Luka ModricLuka Modric and Jordan Henderson meet again just over six weeks on from the Champions League final © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYJust over six weeks on from Liverpool’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Henderson has his chance to exact revenge on Modric and extend his incredible run of 30 matches without defeat in an England shirt – the longest unbeaten run for any player in England’s history.Henderson’s leadership, discipline and distribution as Gareth Southgate’s deepest-lying midfielder has been key to allowing Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli to get forward and score goals in Russia.However, that midfield faces its toughest test yet with Modric in the form of his life at 32.Modric has played defence-splitting passes, scored goals and dictated the rhythm of the game during three man-of-the-match performances in the four games he has completed at the World Cup.After a third Champions League success in as many years, Modric has even been touted as a Ballon d’Or candidate should Croatia go all the way.Harry Kane v Dejan LovrenToo good: Harry Kane has an excellent scoring record when facing Dejan Lovren © AFP / Glyn KIRKFacing the tournament’s top scorer brings back bad memories for Lovren. The Liverpool defender was replaced after just half an hour into a 4-1 defeat by Tottenham in October after being run ragged by Kane.It was a performance that many believed would end Lovren’s career at Anfield. But he fought to win back Jurgen Klopp’s confidence at club level and has marshalled a Croatian defence that shut down Lionel Messi and Argentina in the group stages.In total, Kane has scored five times in five meetings with Lovren and will look to seal the Golden Boot by adding to his six goals already at the World Cup.Kieran Trippier v Ivan PerisicComing of age: Kieran Trippier has been one of England’s standout performers in Russia © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVTrippier has been one of the breakout stars of the World Cup. Nicknamed the “Bury Beckham” for the similarities in the quality of his crossing to the former England captain, Trippier is rivalling Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne for creating the greatest number of chances at the tournament so far.Southgate’s 3-5-2 system with another natural right-back, Kyle Walker, in the back three has allowed Trippier to get forward at every opportunity. But his defensive capabilities will be examined up against Perisic.The Inter Milan winger has scored five times in his past 11 appearances at major international tournaments and is the one player in the Croatian attack with the pace to stretch the England defence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leading by example: Captains Luka Modric (left) and Harry Kane have been the stars for Croatia and England © AFP / Adrian DENNIS, FRANCK FIFESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 10 – Youth faces experience when England’s young guns and Croatia’s old guard face off in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final in Moscow, with the prize of a return trip to the Luzhniki Stadium for the final.England have not reached the last four for 28 years and have only once before reached the final, when they won the World Cup on home soil in 1966.