World Cup Chat: France, Belgium, England and Croatia book semi-final spots in Russia

After a thrilling weekend of World Cup quarter-final action, we have our final four in Russia.

TVNZ football oracle Chris Chang breaks down the weekend's action, and looks forward to the upcoming matches. 

Chris Chang leads TVNZ's football buffs in breaking down the results of the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals. Source: 1 NEWS


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TVNZ FC: Neymar dives again, as the international break takes a new twist

Club football may currently be at a standstill thanks to the international break, but the same can't be said for everyone at TVNZ FC.

This week, Jack Tame is joined by the trio of Jack Mabire, Victor Waters and Simon Plumb, looking at the big issues in the world of football.

Following his World Cup theatrics, Neymar is up to his old tricks once again, caught diving in Brazil's latest friendly against the USA.

The boys look at the new UEFA Nations League, looking to put an end to meaningless friendlies once and for all.

And finally, the Wellington Phoenix have been linked to signing one of the world's best midfielders - about 10 years too late.

Club football is on a break, but we're not as Jack Tame and the boys discuss this week's issues. Source: 1 NEWS


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Maradona unveiled as coach of struggling Mexican team based in hometown of notorious drug cartel

Diego Maradona today insisted he had left his off-the-pitch issues behind.

The Argentine football legend spoke as he was formally introduced as the new coach of Mexican second-tier club Dorados de Sinaloa.

The 57-year-old has publicly struggled in the past with alcohol and drug addiction.

But he told reporters he would take his new job seriously, and hadn't come to Mexico for a holiday.

His new club is located in Culiacan, considered the heart of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful drug smuggling gangs.

Some critics have described Maradona's new role as a publicity stunt for the team and a last-ditch effort to resurrect his career.

Maradona will reportedly earn $US150,000 a month to coach players who have complained of missed paychecks.

A Dorados club representative could not be reached to confirm or deny the salary or missed payments.

The Argentine football legend was formally introduced as the new coach of Mexican second-tier club Dorados de Sinaloa. Source: Associated Press


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Usain Bolt granted leave from Central Coast Mariners duty

Usain Bolt's fledgling football career at the Central Coast Mariners is taking a quick break, with the sporting superstar to leave the country for a week.

In a statement, the A-League club said Bolt would jet out to an unnamed location tomorrow.

"After completing his first three weeks of training with the Central Coast Mariners, the club wishes to advise that Usain Bolt will be abroad from Sunday 9 September to Sunday 16 September for a previously planned commitment," the Mariners said in a statement.

"This commitment was agreed between Usain Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners before his training period commenced with the club."

Bolt made his debut for the club when he came on in the closing stages of a trial match against a Central Coast select side earlier this month.

He played just over 20 minutes in the 6-1 win.

"I think the big fellow did OK," Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said of Bolt after that game.

"He was on a hiding to nothing a little bit nervous, but I'm quite happy with him.'

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt Source: Photosport


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TVNZ FC: The mighty Watford, Heraf claims ‘Hitler’ jibe, and are Barcelona in the group of death?

This week on the TVNZ Football Club, we look at the latest twist in the Andreas Heraf saga after he told Austrian media he was compared to Hitler while in NZ.

And in England, we focus on the mighty Watford, who are unbeaten after four games - who saw that coming?

At the other end of the table, former Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini could be the first managerial casualty of the season, if West Ham lose again after the dreaded international break.

Barcelona again showed how deep the quality goes in La Liga... winning 8-2 against new boys huesca.

But our panellists ask if they’re in the group of death in the Champions League.

And how come Lionel Messi is getting passed over for all the big awards?

Elsewhere, there’s Neymar's fake tears and the bizarre story of Denmark drafting in some futsal players to play Wales in an international tie.

* The show is also available on the 1 News Facebook and YouTube pages, and as a podcast in all the usual places - just search for "TVNZ Football Club".

Jack Tame is in for Chris Chang this week, with Victor Waters and Simon Plumb dissecting the big (and less big) issues in the world of football. Source: 1 NEWS


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