Confederations Cup, mighty Germany...and VAR fails

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Danny Higginbotham, the former Stoke and Southampton defender, tweeted: "VAR will only work with factual decisions, not subjective ones".

Gone are the days when the said competition was attracting star players and other nations are now using the tournament to identify and nature new talent.

VAR can definitely be a major asset to the sport, but right now it's something of a hindrance, at least based on what we saw in the Confederations Cup final Sunday.

"But it's not even about the strong and energetic support for our team, what pleased me the most was the respect with which Russian fans treated our guests".

Tired of reading? Click through the mini-gallery above to see all the award winners. And instantly he was transformed.

Paris Saint-Germain winger Draxler revelled in both the captaincy and the attacking freedom granted to him by Low's glorious experiment.

In the five matches Mexico played at Russia, coach Juan Carlos Osorio lost his temper in two of them.

Two reports commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found at least 1,000 athletes were involved in a state-sponsored doping programme. He did his best, but Germany scored and that was all they needed. But on the international scene they have dealt a blow to the footballing world. It was unable to win the national football championship for 16 years. "Some people will want sanctions, but if there are no negative results, how can there be?" he said. It begs the question, what actually is the point?

"I should have stopped myself earlier", Blatter said in an interview published by Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, adding that his ousting as FIFA boss was "a relief".

"I will not give that order!"

From there, he started attacks and had the stamina to join in on some offensive forays on his own, making dangerous runs as the third man to join the attack.

In 2018, Russia will host the FIFA World Cup, which will be held between June 14 and July 15, 2018, in 11 Russian cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

To make matters worse, Cristiano had been here before! The event will be the first ever World Cup to take place in Eastern Europe.

Video assistant refereeing (VAR) decisions took centre stage at the traditional World Cup warm-up tournament but often proved confusing, controversial and time-consuming.

"We have another great club, Zenit".

"The thing that amazed me about the decision was the fact there was zero dissent from the players".

"You've still got to remember that you can look at an incident, and there might be a split decision over whether it is a red card or not a red card, a penalty or not a penalty".

FIFA claims that Russia's hosting of the 2017 Confederations Cup was a "great success" and believes that it bodes well for next year's World Cup.

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