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What To Look Forward To In The World Of Football In 2019...

What To Look Forward To In The World Of Football In 2019...
1/01/2019
As 2018 has come to an end, everyone will reflect on an eventful year during which France reclaimed their World Cup title, Liverpool lost one of the most incident-packed UEFA Champions League finals ever, Manchester City won the English Premier League title in record-breaking style and Nigeria Super Falcon defended their Africa Women's Cup of Nations tittle after beating determined South Africa 4-3 on penalties.
But what do we have to look forward to in this year 2019?
  • The most exciting English Premier League title race in years: The 2018-19 season is shaping up as the most exciting season in years as Liverpool match, and indeed lead, Manchester City while Spurs and Chelsea, albeit in a more understated manner, make claims of their own. The season is made even more exciting by the thrilling brand of football from the teams chasing the big prize - from Guardiola's City to Jurgen Klopp's vibrant, attacking Liverpool side. Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino and newcomer Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea are also determined to pursue trophies in the most attractive manner, while the animated Unai Emery has been a breath of fresh air at Arsenal. Who will win this year's title? who will avoid relegation? 
  • 2019 Africa Cup of Nations: The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football. The competition will be held from 15 June to 13 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time. It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams. The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. Cameroon would have hosted the competition for the first time since 1972. But on 30 November 2018, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to infrastructural delays, the Boko Haram insurgency and the Anglophone Crisis. And now, CAF is looking for a new host for the 2019 AFCON. South Africa and Egypt are battling for the mandate to host the competition. So, who will win the rights to host the tournament?
  • The Women's World Cup: The ever-expanding global women's game gets its greatest showcase once more in France next summer - and expectations have never been higher as its profile continues to rise. USA is ranked number one in the world followed by Germany, France and England. The final of the Women's World Cup will be staged in the Stade de Lyon on July 7.
  • UEFA Nations League: The first tournament began in September 2018, following the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The four group winners from League A will qualify for the finals, to be played in Portugal in June 2019. Four nations, one from each League, will also qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals. The competition largely replaces the international friendly matches previously played on the FIFA International Match Calendar. The semifinals this June are Portugal vs Switzerland and Netherlands vs England.
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