Most footballers tend to evolve during their playing days. As their bodies slow down, forwards generally drop deeper and midfielders sometimes slot into defence. However, Gary Lineker’s playing career was carved out in a pretty similar and consistent pattern throughout. His ability to sniff out a chance in the opposition penalty area was honed, perfected and maintained to such a standard that the man who claimed the adidas Golden Boot at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was still snatching poacher's goals up until his retirement almost a decade later.

Lineker’s evolution has come since hanging up his boots. He is now one of the most recognisable faces in British sports broadcasting, boasts a hefty social media presence, and the former Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona forward also helped conduct the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA.com sat down with the likeable Lineker to discuss his World Cup memories, reminisce about his first goal on the global stage and assess England’s chances in Russia.

COLUMBUS -- The World Cup of Hockey is returning in September 2016 after a 12-year hiatus, the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association announced in a press conference Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

The first World Cup competition since 2004 will feature national teams from the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, and there will be two all-star teams, one made up of the top 23-and-under North American players and another featuring the top NHL players from the European countries that aren't represented by their national teams, including Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Norway, Denmark and Latvia.

"A two-week, best-on-best international tournament that promises to be one of the best competitions in hockey history," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in describing the vision for the World Cup. "Everything we've been focused on has been to make this a great exciting tournament. A North American Youngstars team and a team of the best NHL European players from outside the ‘Big Four’ European countries enables us to include more of the very best players in the world who might otherwise have been left out of the competition."

32 players were supposed to play the third round of the FIDE World Cup 2017 at 3 p.m. in Hualing Hotel, Tbilisi. However, when the clocks started, one of them was missing. That person was Anton Kovalyov. Anton was up against Maxim Rodshtein. And Anton didn't turn up even after 15 minutes of forfeit time had passed which gave his opponent the full point.

ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili noticed that Anton was dressed in shorts and asked him to adhere to the players' contract which mentions the point related to the dress code:

3. 13. 4. Players are requested to note the requirements of FIDE Regulations C.01 (Article 8.1) in respect of their dignified appearance at all times during the World Cup.

Portugal has proven it has the mettle needed to win major international tournaments after it ground though the 2016 European Championship and beat host France in the final despite an early injury to Ronaldo.

Portugal will take a large part of that experienced squad to Russia. Pepe is a physical enforcer in defense, Joao Moutinho adds passing skills to its midfield, and newcomer Andre Silva can help Ronaldo in attack.

KEY PLAYER: Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – At 32, Ronaldo is no longer the goal machine he once was. Key to success in Russia could be how he is managed by Real Madrid for the rest of the season.

Most footballers tend to evolve during their playing days. As their bodies slow down, forwards generally drop deeper and midfielders sometimes slot into defence. However, Gary Lineker’s playing career was carved out in a pretty similar and consistent pattern throughout. His ability to sniff out a chance in the opposition penalty area was honed, perfected and maintained to such a standard that the man who claimed the adidas Golden Boot at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was still snatching poacher's goals up until his retirement almost a decade later.

Lineker’s evolution has come since hanging up his boots. He is now one of the most recognisable faces in British sports broadcasting, boasts a hefty social media presence, and the former Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona forward also helped conduct the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA.com sat down with the likeable Lineker to discuss his World Cup memories, reminisce about his first goal on the global stage and assess England’s chances in Russia.

Most footballers tend to evolve during their playing days. As their bodies slow down, forwards generally drop deeper and midfielders sometimes slot into defence. However, Gary Lineker’s playing career was carved out in a pretty similar and consistent pattern throughout. His ability to sniff out a chance in the opposition penalty area was honed, perfected and maintained to such a standard that the man who claimed the adidas Golden Boot at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was still snatching poacher's goals up until his retirement almost a decade later.

Lineker’s evolution has come since hanging up his boots. He is now one of the most recognisable faces in British sports broadcasting, boasts a hefty social media presence, and the former Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona forward also helped conduct the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA.com sat down with the likeable Lineker to discuss his World Cup memories, reminisce about his first goal on the global stage and assess England’s chances in Russia.

COLUMBUS -- The World Cup of Hockey is returning in September 2016 after a 12-year hiatus, the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association announced in a press conference Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

The first World Cup competition since 2004 will feature national teams from the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, and there will be two all-star teams, one made up of the top 23-and-under North American players and another featuring the top NHL players from the European countries that aren't represented by their national teams, including Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Norway, Denmark and Latvia.

"A two-week, best-on-best international tournament that promises to be one of the best competitions in hockey history," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in describing the vision for the World Cup. "Everything we've been focused on has been to make this a great exciting tournament. A North American Youngstars team and a team of the best NHL European players from outside the ‘Big Four’ European countries enables us to include more of the very best players in the world who might otherwise have been left out of the competition."

32 players were supposed to play the third round of the FIDE World Cup 2017 at 3 p.m. in Hualing Hotel, Tbilisi. However, when the clocks started, one of them was missing. That person was Anton Kovalyov. Anton was up against Maxim Rodshtein. And Anton didn't turn up even after 15 minutes of forfeit time had passed which gave his opponent the full point.

ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili noticed that Anton was dressed in shorts and asked him to adhere to the players' contract which mentions the point related to the dress code:

3. 13. 4. Players are requested to note the requirements of FIDE Regulations C.01 (Article 8.1) in respect of their dignified appearance at all times during the World Cup.

Most footballers tend to evolve during their playing days. As their bodies slow down, forwards generally drop deeper and midfielders sometimes slot into defence. However, Gary Lineker’s playing career was carved out in a pretty similar and consistent pattern throughout. His ability to sniff out a chance in the opposition penalty area was honed, perfected and maintained to such a standard that the man who claimed the adidas Golden Boot at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was still snatching poacher's goals up until his retirement almost a decade later.

Lineker’s evolution has come since hanging up his boots. He is now one of the most recognisable faces in British sports broadcasting, boasts a hefty social media presence, and the former Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona forward also helped conduct the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA.com sat down with the likeable Lineker to discuss his World Cup memories, reminisce about his first goal on the global stage and assess England’s chances in Russia.

COLUMBUS -- The World Cup of Hockey is returning in September 2016 after a 12-year hiatus, the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association announced in a press conference Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

The first World Cup competition since 2004 will feature national teams from the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, and there will be two all-star teams, one made up of the top 23-and-under North American players and another featuring the top NHL players from the European countries that aren't represented by their national teams, including Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Norway, Denmark and Latvia.

"A two-week, best-on-best international tournament that promises to be one of the best competitions in hockey history," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in describing the vision for the World Cup. "Everything we've been focused on has been to make this a great exciting tournament. A North American Youngstars team and a team of the best NHL European players from outside the ‘Big Four’ European countries enables us to include more of the very best players in the world who might otherwise have been left out of the competition."

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