Zidane won't be France coach soon
PARIS • Zinedine Zidane will not be taking over as France national team coach any time soon as Didier Deschamps will remain in the post till his contract runs out in 2020, the head of the French Football Federation (FFF) said yesterday.
Speculation about Zidane's next job has intensified since his shock resignation last month as coach of Real Madrid, less than a week after leading them to a third successive Champions League crown.
But FFF president Noel le Graet insisted Deschamps "will stay until 2020" and added there had been no discussions with Zidane about a possible role with Les Bleus.
Queiroz wants Fifa action over boots
TEHERAN • Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has called on world football governing body Fifa to intervene, after American sportswear giant Nike said it would not provide boots to Iranian players playing at the World Cup in line with US sanctions, Press TV reported on Thursday.
Nike said its decision was in line with US President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he would reimpose sanctions on Iran following his withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
Van Marwijk to foot assistants' pay
SYDNEY • Australia coach Bert van Marwijk will personally pay the salaries of eight assistant coaches and analysts to help the Socceroos get ready for the World Cup, ahead of their Group C opener against France next Saturday.
His decision, reported by Fairfax Media, came after Football Federation Australia informed him that it did not have the budget to hire the large team of assistants who worked with the Dutchman before.
Lanzini out with cruciate knee injury
SYDNEY • West Ham's Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini will miss the World Cup after injuring a knee during training in Spain, the Argentine Football Association said yesterday.
"Manuel Lanzini suffered, in today's morning training, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee," the federation wrote in a Twitter message.