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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to begin Thursday in Russia -- but do you know how to discuss “the beautiful game”?
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Currency conversions are correct as of midday on Monday June 11.
Russia — Aleksandr Golovin Reuters
Age: 22
Position: Central midfielder
Value: €18 million ($21.2 million)

Saudi Arabia — Yasser Al Shahrani Reuters
Age: 26
Position: Left back
Value: €1.5 million ($1.77 million)

Egypt — Mohamed Salah Robert Hradil/Getty Images
Age: 25
Position: Winger
Value: €150 million ($177 million)

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The spherical satellite was a joint venture between NASA and Bell Telephone laboratories (now AT&T), and is the inspiration Adidas called on for its latest World Cup ball, the Telstar 18. But it's not the first time Adidas has looked to the stars for inspiration – the Telstar 18 is a homage to the company’s iconic 1970 World Cup ball, the Adidas Telstar, which was the first to feature black and white panels, designed to make the ball stand out on the black-and-white televisions that were still in many homes.
The 2018 version features redesigned panels that are pixelated (for durability) and propellor-shaped (to help flight stability). 
While the 1970 ball was originally introduced in Mexico – and kicked by, among others, Pele – the 2018 ball being used in Russia takes on a whole different meaning. 
The Telstar satellite, designed to help the world communicate, was put out of action because of the Cold War, specifically the radiation from nuclear bombs tested by both the US and the USSR. 
These tests caused the satellite’s transistors to fail, with the satellite eventually completely losing transmission in 1963 – but not before it managed to send hundreds of phone calls and telegrams. And communication is key to the new Adidas World Cup ball. 
The Telstar 18 ball has NFC technology built into it.
Fittingly for something inspired by a satellite, it’s packing some of the very latest communication technology. There’s an NFC chip embedded into the ball, and there’s even a little Wi-Fi symbol on it calling attention to the tech inside.
Adding this type of tech isn’t anything new for Adidas. It used a similar thing with its  miCoach Smart Ball, which was designed to help coaches monitor performance. This time around, though, the technology won’t be measuring things like the power of the shot and speed of the ball, but it instead offers up information about the World Cup, and will allow users to enter a variety of competitions. 
This isn’t about tracking the ball but interacting with it, as a sort of fan experience that will work with both Android and iOS devices – although you will have to use a third-party app if you want to use it with iOS, given Apple’s lack of love for NFC.
Speaking about the ball, Roland Rommler, Category Director of Football Hardware at Adidas said: “The original Telstar is one of the most iconic soccer balls of all time, and one which changed soccer design forever, so developing the Telstar 18 while staying true to the original model was a really exciting challenge for us. 
“The new panel structure and inclusion of an NFC chip has taken soccer innovation and design to a new level and offers both consumers and players a completely new experience.“
FIFA will be hoping these innovations will add to the beautiful game and not detract from it. While there have been some welcome changes to the World Cup ball over the years, including in 1986 when the Azteca became the first synthetic ball be used, some tweaks were rather less well received.
In 2002, the Fevernova was a lighter ball and pitched as ”the most precise ball ever made”. In reality, it was one of the bounciest. But it was perhaps 2010’s Jabulani that became the biggest talking point. Adidas created a ball that was one of the roundest ever made, thanks to the use of eight panels stitched together. Players such as Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas hated the ball because of the unpredictable way in which it moved through the air, while strikers seemed to like hitting the thing.
In the end, NASA figured out the problem – it was something called the Knuckle Effect. “Knuckling occurs when, at zero or near-zero spin, the seams of the ball channel airflow in an unusual and erratic manner making its trajectory unpredictable,” the space agency explained.
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Daily Mail
159 d ago
Cesc Fabregas joins star-studded BBC punditry team for World Cup in Russia
Chelsea midfielder will join the likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klinsmann on the BBC's World Cup team and is set to make his studio debut when Spain face Portugal in Sochi.
The Guardian
159 d ago
England World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions
Gareth Southgate’s switch from 4-2-3-1 has given his young side flexibility, with Raheem Sterling central to England’s success
This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network , a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.
Related: Jordan Pickford: England's confident No 1 who could do a job in midfield
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Business Insider
159 d ago
Goldman Sachs used AI to simulate 1 million possible World Cup outcomes — and arrived at a clear winner
Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to start in Russia on June 14. Goldman Sachs used machine learning to run 200,000 models and simulate 1 million possible variations of the tournament in order to pick a winner.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi once said: "In football... talent and elegance mean nothing without rigor and precision."
It's a sentiment Goldman Sachs seems to have taken to heart when compiling its forecast for the 2018 FIFA World Cup , which is set to kick off on June 14. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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BBC
159 d ago
World Cup child trafficking bid foiled in Nigeria
Nigerian authorities say they have rescued 10 children who were being trafficked to Russia.
CNBC
159 d ago
Goldman Sachs predicts Brazil will get World Cup revenge against Germany
Four years is a long time in soccer, but players, fans and nations have long memories.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
John Obi Mikel and Nigeria team-mates set off for World Cup in style
The Nigerians have made a name for themselves as a team to watch at this summer's tournament in Russia, not just for their exciting, fast-paced style of football but for their dress sense too.
SB Nation
159 d ago
The tasteful guide to finding a World Cup team
A handy food quiz that allows you to make the most delicious decision of who to support in 2018 Russia.
A good match of soccer is much like a fine meal. When carefully prepared and crafted, both ought to leave one challenged, provoked, delighted, entertained, and, one hopes, nourished. Likewise, picking a soccer team to root for can be, perhaps even should be, akin to picking a restaurant at which to dine — a flavor quest.
With that in mind, our quiz endeavors to match your doubtless superior taste to the appropriate international side. And for those unhappy neutrals without a team to support in this summer’s World Cup, we’re hoping you find a new favorite dish. Bon appetit.
SB Nation
159 d ago
World Cup 2018 City-by-City Guide
Russia’s 11 World Cup host cities span nearly 1,800 miles, and each have their own rich tradition and nightlife. Explore our guide for how to visit, and where to watch the beautiful game.
World Cups have a way of taking on the identities of the nations that host them. Rio 2014 was a raucous, unpredictable party with moments of elation and brilliance ... and then bad hangovers. (The home nation losing 7-1 to Germany, anyone?) USA 1994 was exciting and new — massive crowds celebrating a game they didn’t quite fully understand yet — with a final between Brazil and Italy as ungainly as the fans trying to sing “Ole” in unison for the very first time.
And here we are in Russia for the 2018 World Cup, which, well, we will see. The 12 stadiums are a fine amalgamation of all that makes Russia what it is — both geographically diverse and made up of a wild (and at times deeply awkward) mix of centuries-old tradition and new wealth. And while these host cities will serve as not much more than a backdrop to the action for many people watching on TV worldwide, they are their own places outside of the game.
For those traveling to Russia for the tournament, or those who can only dream of attending, here’s our insider’s city-by-city guide to the 2018 World Cup, which outlines not only the rich tradition, culture, food, and nightlife for the 11 host cities, but should be your go-to resource for how to watch (and where to drink at) the tournament.
SB Nation
159 d ago
The Galactic Brain Glossary to World Cup 2018
Expand your mind with these handy terms and definitions to better understand 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Soccer is a sport of boundless possibilities: No matter how long you watch this game, you will find new ways to appreciate, understand, and be challenged by the sport.
Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, we thought it fitting to compile a glossary of terms for any fan of the game — from the smart, to the genius, to the brilliant, to the paradigm-shifter disrupting the soccer space. No matter how far along you are on your soccer journey, we hope you learn something new.
Smart
You like watching the Premier League and your favorite national team
Getting stuck in: Kicking a member of the opposite team, often times with two feet at once and the studs up. Occasionally the ball will be nearby, though not necessarily. See: PROPER TACKLE.
Through ball: A pass to a striker that goes along the floor. Arsenal fans might tell you that this was invented by Dennis Bergkamp in 1995.
Hopeful pass: A pass not to anybody in particular, but to a notionally helpful area of the pitch. Occasionally they work. More often than not, they go out for a goal kick or throw in, at which point a nearby teammate turns around and claps the effort. Depending on how bad the pass was, the clap can look rather sarcastic.
The mixer: The heart of the penalty area, a churning mass of necks and elbows and foreheads. Where corners should be sent, where crosses need to go, and where goalkeepers fear to tread.
Nutmeg: Poking the ball through an opponent’s legs. The highest form of disrespect possible on a football pitch while still staying within the rules.
Sitter: A straightforward chance to score. Invoked more in failure — “he’s missed an absolute sitter” — than success. Occasionally when a sitter is missed, a forward will turn and look at the referee’s assistant, begging them to raise their flag. Football’s a results game, so it’s okay to fail comically when it wouldn’t have counted anyway.
Upper 90: Either of the top corners of the goal. Putting a ball there is the most satisfying way to score, other than a PANENKA.
Hooligans: “Fans” who punch people. The cause of hooliganism is, depending on who you believe, a result of a depressed workforce ridden with ennui and self-loathing in post-industrialization Europe or, more likely, because these guys are just a bunch of assholes.
Magic spray: This is the stuff that referees put on the floor to mark the spot for a free kick. Not actually magic, but known as such to prevent arguments about whether technology is ruining football. Former England fullback and professional younger brother Phil Neville once called it invisible spray, which tells you everything you need to know about Phil Neville.
Penalty shout: In one box, the pathetic whining of a bunch of clowns who are attempting to mislead the referee because they know they’ve got no chance of scoring fairly. In the other, a dignified intervention by well-meaning citizens, designed to assist the referee in the application of justice.
Group: The initial cluster of four teams that compete in the early stages of the World Cup. According to former UEFA president Michel Platini, they are (or were) totally rigged.
Third Place Playoff: The second-to-last match played in the World Cup, between the two teams that lost in the semifinal, for third place. Usually the most entertaining match of the entire tournament, as no one ever remembers who finished in third place in a World Cup so the two teams just take turns trying wild shit.
Park the bus: Used to describe defending, though attacking with it would be preferable. Why would you park a bus when you could drive it top speed at your enemies? Anyway, you’ll hear a commentator use this term when one team is using all of its players to defend and making no attempt to push forward.
Dissent: “Excuse me, Mr. Referee, sir, but I think, with the greatest possible respect, that you may have possibly made a slight error of judgment with that last call, and in fact that throw-in, which you awarded to that lot, should in fact have been awarded to our lot, begging your pardon, sir, Mr. Referee, sir. Thank you for your time.” That, but with a lot more expletives.
Match fit: Capable of running around for 90 minutes without needing a cigarette.
Golden Ball: The award given every World Cup to the best player of the tournament. Can never be a defender, unless he is Italian, and Italy didn’t even make the 2018 World Cup.
Golden Boot: The award given every World Cup to the player who scores the most goals. Usually ends up with a German striker who scores 6 goals, all from within five yards of net.
Golden Glove: The award given every World Cup to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Though Italy did not qualify and Gianluigi Buffon has retired from international soccer, he is still the favorite to win.
The FIFA Fair Play Trophy: The award given to the team that advances to the second round with the least amount of yellow and red cards issued. Typically goes to a “nice lot” who barely advance out of the group stage then get smacked in the first knockout game.
Brilliant
You’ve played FIFA and Football Manager.
“We were lacking that bit of class today”: What one says when one’s team was utter dog shit. Usually said by managers after a 3-0 defeat.
Panenka: To take a penalty by chipping it gently down the middle. Named for Antonín Panenka, who scored one to win the 1976 European Championship, the cheeky so-and-so. Cool as anything when it goes right. Utterly humiliating when it goes wrong.
Rabona: Take your leg. Wrap it around the back of your other leg. Kick a football with it. Fall over. Grab your shin, which you kicked rather hard. Swear. Admire professional footballers for being able to do so without falling over or swearing. Wonder why on earth they bother.
Back 3/4/5: How many defenders a team starts with. Back threes usually come with a pair of associated wingbacks (See: WINGBACK), meaning they can become back fives at moments of high pressure. Very few teams play a true back five. A back four — the defensive shape you’ll see most often at the World Cup — is composed of two central defenders, a right back and a left back.
Wingback: If you’re feeling cynical, they’re defenders that can’t defend, but aren’t good enough in attack to be wingers. If you’re not cynical, they’re the glue that holds the whole back three/five system together: versatile, capable of occupying an entire flank, and monstrously hard-working. They usually attack more aggressively than the fullbacks do in a back four.
Number 6/8/10: The Goldilocks scale of midfield ambition. Traditionally, the No. 6 does all the donkey work, the No. 8 is expected to work hard but may be permitted a small amount of excitement in their lives, and the No. 10 is the fancy playmaker. You’ll often hear commentators use these numbers to refer to where a midfielder plays as well — No. 6 plays deepest, No. 8 right in the middle, and No. 10 close to the strikers. They’re terms that came from an era of soccer when teams always fielded Nos. 1-11, but squad numbering is more liberal these days.
Number 9: Also referred to as an out-and-out striker or a center forward. In the English imagination, they are the only proper strikers permitted: seven feet tall, addicted to headers, haven’t really existed since the 1990s. This may explain why the English are such a wistful people.
Holding midfielder: Traditionally the midfielder who stays back a bit to help the defense, the term can be both used to describe a midfielder who runs around a great deal (N’Golo Kante) or one who can’t run at all (late-period Andrea Pirlo).
Box-to-box: A midfielder who runs around a great deal. See: MIDFIELD ENGINE.
Packing midfield: When you jam a bunch of players midfield and hopes it mucks things up enough that the other team can’t do anything.
Speculative Effort: A shot from 40 yards away that has no chance at all at going in, and is usually sailed well over the bar. See: HAVING A GO.
“It’s just starting to come down a bit now”: A torrential downpour, as described by an English TV announcer.
Genius
You can explain how Francesco Totti (and the 2006-07 Roma quad) changed the sport.
Bielsa-esque: Can either refer to a tactical style that stresses high pressing all over the field and uses inverted wingbacks, or describe a nightmarish person who can’t be worked with. Both meanings derived from the last name of influential Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Proper footballer: How English pundits refer to a white guy who can’t dribble.
Proper hard: How English pundits refer to a white guy who can’t dribble and who also injures other people.
Proper tackle: How English pundits refer to a tackle that injures someone; usually made by a white guy who can’t dribble. See: GETTING STUCK IN.
False 9: A withdrawn striker, as utilized by Austria in the 1930s, Hungary in the 1950s, and Barcelona in more recent times, but you knew all that already. A false 9 will drop deep to force defenders to step up, opening space for teammates to run into. The most important modern innovator of the role was Francesco Totti, and Lionel Messi was moved into the position shortly afterward. False 9 also functions as a handy conversational shibboleth that lets readers of Inverting the Pyramid identify one another at a moment’s notice.
Trequartista: A footballer that plays in the disputed territory between midfield and attack, and as such is expected to both create and score. Usually the most skillful and creative player in a side. English speakers should give thanks, incidentally, for the wholesale theft of the term trequartista. The alternative is “in the hole,” and there’s only so many times a person can hear the words “in the hole” without starting to giggle. This is why golfers dress the way they do. An endless sartorial war against the forces of innuendo.
Double pivot: A partnership of two midfielders with significant defensive responsibilities. Their discipline in the center of the field allows the creative players in front of them a bit more freedom. Often used as a euphemism for boring teams as well; “double pivot” sounds a lot better and more interesting than “sticking two holding midfielders next to each other.”
High line/offside trap: A defense pushed as far up the pitch as possible, intending to squeeze the opposition. Rather than keeping defenders in front of them, teams employing this strategy aim to stop attacks by catching opponents offside. Frequently paired with a sweeper-keeper, who roams around in the open spaces pretending to be a real footballer. Many excellent teams defend like this, and it can be very effective. It can also, if it goes wrong, be very funny. See: MANUEL NEUER.
Manuel Neuer: German goalkeeper who believes himself to be a midfielder. Frustrating for many teams because he could probably start at midfielder for a fair number of international sides.
Defensive block: The tactical art of sitting all of your players deep on defense and hoping to catch your opponent in a counter-attack. See: TACTICAL, PARKING THE BUS.
Counter-press/gegenpressing: The theory that states that a team, when they lose the ball, should frantically attempt to win the thing back within a few seconds. If successful, the freshly recaptured ball can be used to launch an attack against a potentially opponent. Counter-pressing also saves modern coaches from having to teach all that boring stuff about defensive positioning.
Fluid/rigid: Fluid teams, like the mighty ocean, break and swell and move around whatever they encounter. Rigid teams, like the noble mountain, hold their shape no matter what the provocation.
Half-spaces: Imagine a football pitch from above, with the goals to the left and right side. Now, divide that pitch lengthways into five equal strips, running from byline to byline. The central strip is the middle; the two edge strips are the wings. And the ones between them? Those are the half-spaces, among the most potent and exploitable spaces on a football pitch. Watch any excitingly modern football team, and you’ll see them doing excitingly modern things in these parts of the pitch. Pep Guardiola’s a fan, while Jurgen Klopp loves them, and would live in them if he could.
Shuttler: When teams play formations without wingers, you might hear a midfielder referred to as a shuttler. This player’s job is to make up for the lack of wide players by covering a lot of space side-to-side, while still retaining some midfield responsibility as well.
Paradigm-Shifter
You have a 37-slide PowerPoint presentation explaining why Peter Crouch is actually better than Lionel Messi.
“Too team-oriented”: When a generational player is chastised for trying too hard to get his teammates involved as opposed to just dribbling the entire opposing team by himself. See: LIONEL MESSI.
Lionel Messi: An Argentine soccer player who hasn’t won any tournaments. See: TOO TEAM-ORIENTED.
Catenaccio: Italian for “door bolt,” catenaccio is a way to sound very fancy indeed while describing a team that sits everyone back on defense and hopes to win on penalties. Unwatchable for casual fans, “breathtaking” for cosmic appreciators of the defensive arts. Commentators who grew up watching successful Italian teams often refer to any ultra-defensive tactic as catenaccio.
Total football: A system of soccer created by Dutch manager Rinus Michels and made famous by legendary striker Johan Cruyff, in which no one has any position and everyone just runs around a bit and makes beautiful soccer happen. Lots of good attacking teams draw principles from it, though no one has really replicated it. In its purest form, it has worked with exactly one team in soccer history, and even they lost to Germany.
Tiki-taka: A system of soccer created by the Spanish where people have some positions but everyone runs around a bit and makes beautiful soccer happen. They do this by making small passes, roughly one million per game. It has worked with exactly two teams in soccer history.
Tactical: How to describe a coach who sticks all his players back on defense and lets the other team shoot the ball off his players’ faces. See: CATENACCIO.
Having a go: Shooting from a preposterous distance and/or angle, with little chance of it going in. See: SPECULATIVE EFFORT.
Magisterial: Popularized by announcer Ray Hudson, this word can mean absolutely anything you want it to mean, as long as it is describing something generally positive. Synonyms can include: Brilliant, breathtaking, calm, casual, classy, debonair, energetic, fantastic, great, huge, languid, nice, otherworldly, smart, terrorizing, unusual. See: LIONEL MESSI.
Midfield engine: A player in the center of the field who has solid passing skills and never stops running. See: BOX-TO-BOX.
Heartbeat of the midfield: A midfield engine who can’t run.
Take the game to them: A more sophisticated way of saying that a team should try to get the ball and attempt to score goals. Can be said sagely, with a nod, to imply great understanding of a tactical adjustment a team needs to make.
CNN
159 d ago
Hazard: 'We'll go there to try to win the World Cup'
There may never be another Belgian World Cup team this loaded with star power -- or lacking in confidence -- with team captain Eden Hazard capturing both qualities going into Russia 2018.
Business Insider
159 d ago
Russian workers are undergoing training to learn how to smile ahead of the World Cup
Reuters
Russian workers in key industries are being taught how to smile. This is because the country is expecting 1.5 million tourists during the FIFA World Cup, and it hopes to tackle the stereotype that its people are unfriendly. The World Cup kicks off on Thursday.
 
Workers in Russia are being taught how to smile in a bid to be more welcoming to tourists during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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The Guardian
159 d ago
Roberto Martínez: ‘At the World Cup we need to show we are prepared to suffer’
Belgium’s manager, getting ready to face England in Russia, talks about criticism from his own players, the country’s golden generation and why opera is played in the camp
“Everyone remembers their first World Cup as their introduction to football,” Roberto Martínez says on an intriguing afternoon at Belgium’s training centre in Tubize. We’re just a short drive from Brussels but a long way from Sochi where Belgium, whom Martínez has managed since August 2016, play their first game as one of the tournament favourites against Panama on Monday.
“I remember my first World Cup in 1982, when I was 10, starting a Panini collection with my dad and getting all the stickers and trying to understand as much as I could about the other nations,” Martínez says. “So to be involved in the tournament, as an international manager, means a great deal. But, just like then, football is all about the players. I have a fantastic group and I believe totally in them.”
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Reuters
159 d ago
Russia hopes to stir World Cup crowds with musical spoons
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Move over vuvuzela players. The musical instrument to master for this year's soccer World Cup is the Russian spoon.
The Guardian
159 d ago
World Cup group G preview: an England special – Football Weekly
Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Dominic Fifield and Barney Ronay to discuss England’s chances, the decisions Gareth Southgate has to make, King/Sir Kenny and Chris Coleman’s Chinese adventure
Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.
Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning , Dominic Fifield and Barney Ronay for the third and final instalment of our World Cup preview podcasts.
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BBC
160 d ago
Robbie Williams to kick off World Cup - despite offending Russia in 2016
He'll play the opening ceremony in Moscow, two years after Russian media called for him to be banned.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
France 1998 World Cup champions reunite to celebrate 20th anniversary
Ten former players including Robert Pires, Zinedine Zidane and Laurent Blanc came together at an event in Saint-Denis to mark the 20th anniversary of the triumph.
SB Nation
159 d ago
Brandi Chastain’s World Cup-winning goal demands a deep rewind
If you grew up in the United States and paid even the faintest attention to sports, you have seen the moment that made Brandi Chastain famous: The penalty kick goal, the reaction, the celebration.
But how much do you remember of what Chastain was celebrating, and what came before it? In this episode of REWINDER, we reflect on the incredibly tense game that preceded the winning penalty kick. The United States met a foe of equal strength in China , and played them even thanks to what was some pretty radical defense at the time. Michelle Akers played a gritty game but succumbed to injury, while Brianna Scurry and Kristine Lilly warded off disaster with some heroic plays.
And even just examining Chastain alone, there is some fascinating history immediately preceding the goal: Her previous penalty kick against Chinese keeper Gao Hong, her rollercoaster performance in the quarterfinal against Germany , and the coaching overrule that led to her even being in the position to shoot.
Check out REWINDER above, and if you like it, check out previous episodes about Michael Jordan , Madison Bumgarner , and Derek Fisher ’s big moments!
SB Nation
159 d ago
2018 World Cup predictions: Who will be the England of the tournament?
Plus the beautiful tournament that brings countries together, even if they aren’t countries.
Hello, and welcome to Tactically Naive, SB Nation’s column looking back at the week in football. Or soccer. Whichever you prefer. This week our sponsors are: the complete lack of complaints about the official World Cup ball being too round.
Good morning, afternoon, or evening. Or happy tomorrow, if you’re late to the content. The World Cup is just days away, the squads are set, the friendlies have almost all been endured, and that means it’s time. Time to step up. Time to make a commitment. Time to make ...
WORLD CUP PREDICTIONS
Here is what’s going to happen. Do not put any money on any of this.
Surprise package
It has become traditional, over the last few years, to identify Belgium as the likely surprise package for pretty much any tournament going: World Cup, European Championships, the Alan Turvey Trophy (formerly the Isthmian League Cup [known as the Velocity Sports Trophy for sponsorship reasons]). So much so, in fact, that Belgium are the least surprising surprise package since that Christmas you stole downstairs and peeked at your presents, you enemy of fun.
This has two consequences.
First, the only way Belgium could surprise us now is if they turned up, were terrible, and clattered out of the tournament in humiliating — wait, Roberto Martinez? How interesting ...
Secondly, we need to look elsewhere for potential shocks. Tactically Naive has been absorbing all the pre-tournament friendlies and has concluded: buy shares in Morocco . For one, they’re fun. For two, they’re actually pretty good. And for three, that Portugal -and- Spain group is looking far too neat and tidy. Frankly, it’s suspicious.
England of the tournament
It’s refreshing, but it’s also concerning: England aren’t looking very England at the moment. The squad is likable and liked; the hype is being constrained within sensible parameters; and on the pitch, they seem to have something like a plan. It just doesn’t seem fair.
So, is some other nation going to collapse into the abyss created when hubris slams into failure? We’re looking at France . There’s something about the contrast between the ebullient talent that runs through the squad and the grubby misery of Didier Deschamps. There’s a disaster waiting to happen in there, absolutely everybody’s going to come out of it looking awful, and it’s going to be great.
James Rodriguez of the tournament
Or: which player is going to have a really good tournament and get bought by Real Madrid for more euros than is strictly sensible? The key here is not to think about what Madrid need or about what might make sense, but to read the vectors of hype. We need somebody who can use this tournament to level up, as it were; to advance from mere footballer to potential galactico.
So it probably has to be an attacking player. They have all the fun. This attacking player has to play in a team that has a good shot at doing well, and in a way that allows this player to star. Assists are nice, and goals are better. And finally, they can’t play for anybody too big already, because that could get messy. This needs to be swift and grand.
Add all that up, and it looks like Madrid are going to spend untold millions on, er, Timo Werner. Congratulations to him! Congratulations to Leipzig! Buy yourselves something nice.
Getty Images Exciting-looking game that is going to be really boring
Spain vs. Portugal. The more we think about this game, the worse it starts to look. Spain nicking an early goal and then just passing the ball around. Cristiano Ronaldo pointing and shouting and walloping free kicks into the middle distance. Portugal’s midfield getting increasingly annoyed and breaking the game up with snide little fouls. Yellow cards. A red card. Some pushing and shoving. A brawl. The benches emptying. A last-minute penalty to Portugal. Ronaldo step-
Hang on, this sounds great. Tell you what, this World Cup fever is strong stuff. It rejects even the possibility of anything being boring.
Boring-looking game that is going to be really exciting
Poland vs. Senegal. Senegal have a really entertaining front three; Poland have two quick wingers and Robert Lewandowski. This one ends with 13 goals, or Tactically Naive isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.
Top scorer
We got really into this question. We looked at precedent. We considered form, both international and club. We looked at the draw. We refused to fall into the “oh, they’ve got an easy group” fallacy. We thought about likely lineups and impact subs. We balanced the creative talent in squads against the likely attitudes of the coaches.
Then we realised it’s obviously going to be Neymar.
Winner
Brazil . No, Germany . Wait, Spain. No, it’ll definitely be Brazil. They’re the best, and everybody else looks a bit weird. Although pre-tournament friendlies are basically meaningless. Germany, then. They know what they’re doing. But they look so tired. And Spain’s midfield is so good. France, maybe? France are pretty good. But we picked them to be a mess. We should stick with that. Germany it is, then. No, Brazil. Neymar’s the best. Well, Messi’s the best. But Argentina ... no. England? England! England. Spain. Let’s go with Spain. Or Germany. Or maybe Brazil.
All sorted.
The other world champions ...
... are Karpatalya, who on Saturday defeated Northern Cyprus to lift the ConIFA World Football Cup. Congratulations to them, and to ConIFA’s branding team for such a cute piece of trademark dodging.
The tournament wasn’t entirely without controversy. Ellan Vannin, from the Isle of Man, withdrew from the tournament after complaining — IN CAPITAL LETTERS — that hosts Barawa had been allowed to bend the rules around player registration. But on the whole, it passed in the intended spirit: a festival of football around the fringes of the international game.
And existence around the fringes of international borders. While Cascadia were losing to Karpatalya in the quarter-finals, Trevor Owen, of Cascadia Underground, was waving his flag on the sidelines. And when his arms got tired, he was pressing merchandise and the idea of Cascadia on London’s non-league groundhoppers. Not just a bioregion, apparently: a community, a flag, an anthem, a country in every conceivable respect ... except for the fact that it’s a chunk of the USA and another chunk of Canada.
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ConIFA is also home to teams drawn from diaspora or minority communities; Karpatalya, for example, are the team of the Hungarian minority within Zakarpattia Oblast, part of Ukraine . Theirs is a different relationship to the “proper nations;” they are located in one but defined, as a community, by another. This became particularly interesting in the semi-finals, when they faced Szekely Land, a team drawn from the Hungarian community in Romania . Red, white, and green flags were doing double duty.
What these teams remind us is that international borders, and indeed our very ideas of nations, are contingent and constructed. There is nothing inevitable about them; they are products of history and politics. And they are contested, too, by those within and beyond their borders. The World Cup deals with nations as they are; the World Football Cup deals with nations as they are imagined to be. In the process, that distinction collapses.
Here as much as anywhere else, football seems to be inevitable. Take any group of people with any kind of idea of commonality, and football will happen. And wandering around the non-league grounds of London this week as served as a reminder that football, whether played by Cascadia in front of 200 people, or Brazil in front of 90,000, always looks and feels much the same. The standard goes up and down, of course, but the forms remain.
The players holding their heads. The fanatics singing their voices ragged. The interested neutrals laughing and choosing sides. Football, it seems, is fractal: whatever the scale, the shapes remain the same. So too the pleasures.
Business Insider
159 d ago
The new format for the World Cup has a flaw that could encourage collusion among teams
Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images
The controversial decision by FIFA to increase the World Cup to 48 teams comes with a new format that could encourage nations to help each other out.  FIFA is aware of this problem and has considered banning draws during the group stage, but that is not likely to be much of a deterrent.  Collusion has been alleged at the World Cup before, most famously in the "Disgrace of Gijón," which led to changes to the World Cup group stage. 

FIFA is planning on expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 teams, possibly as soon as 2022 , a move that would make FIFA a lot more money.
The idea of a 48-team World Cup has already proven to be controversial , due to concerns that the increased number of teams will likely dilute the quality of soccer.  See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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Daily Mail
159 d ago
Belgium vs Costa Rica LIVE score updates - World Cup warm-up friendly
Just three days before the World Cup kicks off, Belgium take part in their final warm up match for the tournament when they host Costa Rica in Brussels. Follow all the action as it happens.
The Guardian
159 d ago
The World Cup provides a chance to be reminded of our self-delusions | Marina Hyde
I cannot wait for the tournament to start. I just feel like I’m going to be happier arguing about VAR than about nerve agent
In 2012, the Pointless host Richard Osman conceived the World Cup of Crisps, in which 32 big-hitting varieties of crisp were pitted against each other in group stages, all decided by Twitter polls. Thereafter, the winners proceeded to knockout stages, meeting in quarter-finals, before progressing to – well, I believe you are familiar with this general format.
Osman has since expanded the idea to the World Cup of Chocolate, and a book called The World Cup of Everything, which invites readers to stage their own hotly contested tournaments between the weightiest competitors in the fields of such things as bands, animals, biscuits and so on.
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Daily Mail
159 d ago
Danny Welbeck laughs off claim that England's World Cup base could be boring
Danny Welbeck spent enough time cooped up through injury that talk of boredom setting in at England's remote World Cup base is immediately laughed off.
BBC
159 d ago
World Cup 2018: England players 'should wear protest armbands'
Stephen Kinnock says England players should protest against the Russian regime at the World Cup.
The Guardian
159 d ago
Fifa’s Gianni Infantino hits rocky ground on 2018 World Cup eve | David Conn
Infantino is threatened by resistance within his own ranks and political volatility worldwide – not least in the ramifications of a vote to host the 2026 tournament
The World Cup in Russia has sailed into view with a new Fifa captain at the helm, two and a half years since Sepp Blatter’s presidency crashed on the rocks of corruption and ethics breaches. Gianni Infantino seemed a callow, unlikely president when he was elevated to succeed the banned Blatter in February 2016 as, his tie slightly askew, he tapped his heart in wonderment at winning the vote of the Fifa congress.
Yet the better clue to how Infantino would operate has turned out not to be that moment of youthful elation but the ferocious ambition with which he had seized his opportunity. He had seemed a steady, bureaucratic type in his former blazer as the Uefa general secretary but he has surprised many with a bullish and ruthless approach to the Fifa presidency, when stewardship of the world’s most popular sport calls for diplomacy, especially now.
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Business Insider
159 d ago
Fortnite has introduced a soccer arena to the map ahead of the World Cup
Ahead of the World Cup kicking off this week in Russia, "Fortnite: Battle Royale" developers have added a full-fledged soccer arena to the map.
The arena is already swarming with players eager explore the map's newest addition, but if you could manage to stay alive long enough to explore the stadium, this is what you'd see.
Take a look:
The arena is located just north of Pleasant Park, and can be seen on the map. Screenshot / Business Insider
There are even a few soccer balls sitting in the goals on the pitch, for those who want to get in a few goals between shoot-outs. Screenshot / Business Insider
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159 d ago
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Features Are Coming to Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is introducing several features this week to mark Thursday's kickoff of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Fans will have access to Camera Effects such as filters adding face paint and festive wigs custom-designed for each team competing in the tournament. Users can open Messenger Camera, select the soccer ball, choose their squad and...
Daily Mail
159 d ago
Where were they then? England's 2018 World Cup squad four years ago
Gareth Southgate's squad for the 2018 World Cup is one of the most youthful ever selected - only one player has over 50 caps and have an average age of 26. There are few survivors from 2014.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
World Cup Russian security bosses vow to hammer the yobs
IAN HERBERT IN MOSCOW: The head of the World Cup security operation warned that there would be severe punishment for any fans involved in acts of destruction.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
Scorcher! England face dramatic rise in temp for World Cup opener
MATT LAWTON AND SAMI MOKBEL: England could be forced to cope with a dramatic rise in temperature when they transfer from their training base to Volgograd for their opening game.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
Sealed with a wink: Salah in good shape during Egypt World Cup photo shoot
Mohamed Salah looks to be on course to make his return for Egypt in time for the beginning of the World Cup. The forward looked in good shape and high spirits this week during a photo shoot with Egypt.
BBC
160 d ago
World Cup 2018 personality quiz: Which country should you really support?
Take our World Cup quiz to find out which team you should really be rooting for in Russia this summer.
The Guardian
159 d ago
Eden Hazard limps off as Belgium beat Costa Rica in World Cup warm-up
Roberto Martínez has played down injury fears over Eden Hazard after he limped out of Monday’s 4-1 friendly win over Costa Rica.
Hazard, Belgium’s captain, hobbled off in the 70th minutewith a dead leg but the Belgium manager said the injury was not serious. “Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it’s nothing to worry about,” Martinez said.
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USA Today
158 d ago
2026 World Cup vote: Does the United Bid or Morocco hold the advantage?
Wednesday's vote will award the world's largest sporting event either to the United Bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, or Morocco.
         
 
 
USA Today
159 d ago
FIFA World Cup 2018: Notable teams that failed to qualify
As shocking as it was for the U.S. men's national soccer team to not qualify for the 2018 World Cup, it was far from being the most shocking World Cup qualifying failure of them all.
         
 
 
USA Today
159 d ago
Telemundo hopes viewers like World Cup better in Spanish
Promoting Andres Cantor's excited and lengthy shouts of "Goal!" NBC's Telemundo network hopes English-language viewers in the United States will watch its World Cup coverage rather than tune into Fox's debut
         
 
 
BBC
159 d ago
World Cup 2018: Kaliningrad - the venue next door to the West
Ruined in the war, but now with a World Cup facelift, Kaliningrad is just a short drive from Poland.
Business Insider
159 d ago
8 teams to root for in the World Cup if your favorite country went bust in qualifying
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The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us, and unfortunately for fans of the world's most popular sport in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, Ireland, and others, their nations won't be represented.
While it's certainly a disappointment for those teams, especially on the American side after their 2014 run to the knockout stage, their absences offer fans a unique opportunity to adopt another nation as their own for the next month.
Below are our eight best picks for fans to cheer for at the 2018 World Cup.
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Why they’re fun:
Brazil has long been the juggernaut of international soccer, having won six World Cups over the years — more than any other country on the planet.
But while that might make you think that they're something of a New England Patriots/Golden State Warriors/Evil Empire of the sport, this team is undeniably likable. Neymar is the centerpiece of what should be a dazzling attack, supported by Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho, all of whom are marvelous to watch and could find themselves with the goal of the tournament.
Also, Brazil is playing for redemption. After cruising to the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup, they were embarrassed on their home soil by Germany, falling 7-1 after the German side scored four goals in six minutes in the first half. With how the draw worked out, Germany and Brazil could potentially meet for a rematch, either in the first match of the knockout round, or the final.
Can they win?
Undoubtedly. They've done it six times before and return with a more loaded team this year than four years ago. If you love reveling in the World Cup and want to adopt a team with a real chance to take home the trophy, Brazil is your squad for the next month.
You should root for them if….
You like rooting for the 2018 Yankees — even if you're usually against their stacked roster, you have to admit that they're fun.

Argentina Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images
Why they’re fun:
Lionel Messi. He's been the most entertaining player to watch on the pitch for virtually a decade, serving as both a creator and finisher with the ability to seemingly control the ball with his mind more than his feet. Messi is the rare athlete where any time the ball is at his foot, something amazing can happen — his moves past defenders cause audible gasps from the crowd no matter how far from the goal he makes them.
A World Cup win is all that is missing from his resume.
Can they win?
Yes. They were runners-up in 2014, losing a gut-wrenching final to Germany in extra time. If Sergio Aguero can find good form and contribute offensively by finally netting his first World Cup goal, there's no reason to think they couldn't make another run.
You should root for them if….
You like watching the best be the best on the biggest of stages.

Mexico Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Why they’re fun:
Fans of the United States Men's National Team may never want to admit it, but our greatest rivals are also a delightful team to watch, and there's no reason to rob yourself of the thrill of watching them out of bitterness.
Entering the 2018 World Cup, Mexico is a live underdog — a team with enough talent to make noise in the tournament but certainly outmatched on paper. For fans of the USMNT, this is the rare opportunity to cheer for Chicarito, seen above, who is the happiest athlete on the planet after scoring.
Can they win?
They're a long shot, but sure, why not. If they can figure out a way to steal a point from Germany and win their group, their path to the semifinal looks plausible. That said, the most likely outcome is a second place group finish that leaves them facing Brazil to open the knockout stage, which would be a tall order.
You should root for them if….
If you're the type of fan to root for a team from your division to win the title once your team has been eliminated from playoff contention.

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USA Today
157 d ago
2018 World Cup: What you need to know
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers discusses Russia's first time as a World Cup host, the underdogs of the tournament and if a South American country can their its World Cup in Europe since 1958.
         
 
 
Digiday
159 d ago
Adidas tests new media strategy with World Cup campaign
Adidas is building a media strategy that values ads not by impressions, but on the audience attention and engagement they deliver.
Adidas’ core consumers are big ad-blockers, so moving away from traditional digital media buying is the most effective way to reach its audience, said four separate executives with knowledge of Adidas’ plans. That means instead working directly with publishers and influencers that have loyal audiences, rather than relying on proxies for reach.
The company’s World Cup campaign is the clearest example to date of this strategy change. For the campaign, 56 of Adidas’ most influential ambassadors will create content for fans in New York, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles. Outside of football, Adidas ambassadors like record producer Pharrell Williams, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and model Karlie Kloss will share content they developed with Adidas on their own personal channels. The second phase of the World Cup campaign will emphasize content crowdsourced from fans.
Adidas declined to detail its media strategy. A spokesperson did say that the campaign’s social rollout has been customized by platform and personalized by viewer, based on their interests and preferences, though. Fans in each of Adidas’ key cities will see a different take on an ad that speaks to cultural nuances, the rep said. Adidas-backed footballers such as Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba will also participate in the campaign, though the company is seeking to ensure the campaign’s appeal goes beyond football.
“We are inviting athletes, musicians, artists and filmmakers in adidas key cities to co-create and shape the brand narrative,” the spokeswoman said. “These images, moments and content that Adidas and makers create together will form the first-ever open-sourced campaign [from the brand] and real-time pulse of the world’s biggest sporting event.”
For years, Adidas, like many other advertisers, planned media based on impressions and used cookie data for targeting. Adidas told its agencies this approach doesn’t build lasting, valuable attention, according to the four executives, and is telling its agencies to move away from chasing short-term, vanity metrics that can be easily gamed. The advertiser’s senior marketers have talked to their agencies at length about how viewability and contextual targeting can be used to ensure quality placements.
One agency executive that works with the company summed up the shift in strategy: “Brands like Adidas are increasingly looking at distributed publishing models for their campaigns, so if you have a strong following on a platform, then you’re much more valuable to be working with as a partner or an influencer.”
Sam Fenton-Elstone, CEO of media-buying agency AIP (and not one of the aforementioned four executives), cautioned that personalizing content can come off as “gimmicky,” though.
“Once the instant surprise is over, the value of it is negligible. Building cultural attention means understanding people, communities and culture, and adding value to those groups. It takes more than data to do this,” Fenton-Elstone said. “Brands need to stay true to their identity, but speak the language and tone of the communities they are part of and the audiences they are targeting.”
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BBC
159 d ago
50 Great World Cup moments: Maradona's 'magnificent' second goal v England - 1986
With two days to go until the 2018 World Cup, BBC Sport looks back on Diego Maradona's magnificent second goal for Argentina against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 tournament in Mexico.
USA Today
159 d ago
Nigeria's bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup unis
Nigeria's bright green World Cup jerseys already have droves of fans
         
 
 
BBC
159 d ago
World Cup sponsor revenue 'drops off'
The value of World Cup sponsorship has dropped between the 2014 event in Brazil and this year's in Russia, says Nielsen.
BBC
159 d ago
World Cup 2018: Does history tell us who will win in Russia?
Can history tell us who will win this summer's World Cup? By looking at patterns, trends and statistics from past tournaments, we predict who will be crowned champions.
The Guardian
159 d ago
Harry Kane promises England will tackle this World Cup ‘head on’
• ‘The aim is to be aggressive and brave in possession’
• Captain keen to open his goal account at major tournaments
Harry Kane has vowed England will tackle the World Cup “head on” as the national side’s new captain seeks to break his goalscoring duck at major tournaments.
Gareth Southgate’s squad depart on Tuesday for their base in Repino, on the Gulf of Finland near St Petersburg, eager to make a mark in Russia. Kane failed to register under Roy Hodgson at Euro 2016, or at the Under-21s European Championship the previous summer, but is confident he will thrive at the head of a vibrant, attack-minded group.
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Reuters
159 d ago
Ten dead after river boats collide in Russia World Cup host city
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ten people on a river cruise were killed when their boat collided with a tugboat late on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd, which is hosting matches in the soccer World Cup, rescue services said.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
England squad suited and booted in pre-World Cup photoshoot
Before leaving these shores captain Harry Kane and his Three Lions team-mates put on their official World Cup suits, which cost £413 and are provided by Marks and Spencer.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
Chicharito: No prostitutes at pre-World Cup party, it was birthday bash
The 30-year-old denied claims escorts had attended the event at a house in a Mexico City neighbourhood after Mexico's recent 1-0 friendly win against Scotland.
BBC
158 d ago
BBC's World Cup of kits final: Brazil 1970 beats West Germany 1990
Brazil 1970 is chosen as the winner of the World Cup of kits by BBC Sport users, who had plenty to say as the rounds unfolded.
The Guardian
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: England arrive in Russia as buildup continues – live!
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Killer stat from Opta: Julen Lopetegui has not lost any of his first 20 Spain games (winning 14, drawing 6) and his side are on the longest unbeaten run heading into the World Cup. No wonder Real Madrid fancied him as Zinedine Zidane’s successor.
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France news: Kylian Mbappé was forced out of training earlier on on Tuesday, injuring his left ankle after a clash with Adil Rami . The extent of the damage is seemingly unknown at this stage but he limped back on to the team bus, and it is unclear if he’ll make Saturday’s opener against Australia.
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Reuters
159 d ago
Eleven dead after river boats collide in Russia World Cup host city
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Eleven people on a river cruise were killed when their boat collided with a tugboat late on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd, which is hosting matches in the soccer World Cup, rescue services said.
CNN
159 d ago
Russia 2018 to be World Cup of technology
The late-Dutch great Johan Cruyff once said football is a game you play with your brain.
USA Today
157 d ago
The World Cup cord-cutter's guide: How to watch the soccer championship without cable
Just because you don't have pay TV, doesn't mean you want to miss the World Cup. Here's how to stream the soccer action between June 14 and July 15.
         
 
 
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Why you should bet on Brazil to win World Cup (but don't sleep on Spain yet): AI predicts winners
Statisticians at the London headquarters of Goldman Sachs made the predictions after feeding an AI data on team strategy, the strengths and weaknesses of players and recent team results.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
Antoine Griezmann gets autographs from France 1998 World Cup heroes
Some heartwarming footage has emerged of a young Antoine Griezmann meeting his France heroes in 1998. Aged seven, and wearing the number seven on his back, he is with a friend, running about.
BBC
159 d ago
Fifa World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico v Morocco
The hosts of the 2026 World Cup bid could be announced on Wednesday as a 'United Bid' of Canada, the US and Mexico aims to beat a bid from Morocco.
The Guardian
159 d ago
England have reasons to believe looking ahead to Women’s World Cup | Suzanne Wrack
Phil Neville has made a quietly impressive start as manager and Lucy Bronze has grown in stature but there are still faults to be ironed out in time for next year’s tournament in France
The World Cup is just days away and while Gareth Southgate’s side attempt to write a more cheerful chapter to the long Three Lions story, in the background the Lionesses are cruising to qualification for the Women’s World Cup next year.
On Friday Phil Neville’s team leapfrogged Wales to once again top their qualification group with a comfortable 3-1 win against third-placed Russia . It was their fifth qualifying win (fourth under Neville) and Elena Danilova’s strike to reduce a 2-0 lead was the first goal they have conceded.
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Daily Mail
158 d ago
England board plane to Russia ahead of 2018 World Cup
Harry Kane was pictured leading the team up the steps and onto their Boeing 757-23N for the five-hour flight to Russia, where they will then go through their final preparations.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
Leroy Sane enjoys California break with glamorous girlfriend after World Cup snubbing by Germany
Sane was surprisingly left out of Joachim Low's 23-man Germany squad for this summer's tournament in Russia despite an incredibly successful season in the Premier League.
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: England arrive in Russia for tournament
England arrive in Russia before the World Cup, with manager Gareth Southgate saying striker Marcus Rashford has picked up "a slight knock" in training.
The Guardian
159 d ago
David Squires on ... the World Cup: Football Christmas is here!
Our cartoonist gets ready for the 2018 World Cup and whets the appetite for the big kick-off in Russia
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CNN
152 d ago
1-on-1 with World Cup winner Hope Solo
US goalkeeper Hope Solo, one of the most decorated players in women's football, gives out tips on how to win the World Cup, a competition she won in 2015.
USA Today
159 d ago
WORLD CUP: Rossi explodes into life as Italy wins 3rd title
Italy has a reputation of being a slow-starter at the World Cup, not least because of its exploits at the 1982 tournament in Spain
         
 
 
Daily Mail
159 d ago
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co in high spirits ahead of World Cup opener against Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates were put through their paces on Tuesday as they prepared to do battle with rivals Spain on Friday evening in Sochi.
The Guardian
159 d ago
Poland World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions
A switch to 3-4-3 has yet to fully bed in, but in Piotr Zielinski and Arkadiusz Milik, Poland have two exciting young players
This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network , a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.
Related: Piotr Zielinski: Poland's playmaker tipped to be the next Kevin De Bruyne
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Awwwards
159 d ago
World cup in pattern
Soccerpattern is a retrospective of the greatest jerseys worn during soccer world cups. at the occasion of 2018 FIFA Worldcup in Russia
Reuters
159 d ago
Thai elephants kick off anti-gambling campaign ahead of World Cup
AYUTTHAYA/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Elephants kicked off World Cup fever in Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya on Tuesday, playing a soccer match to raise awareness against illegal gambling.
USA Today
159 d ago
Christian Pulisic: USMNT missing out on World Cup 'will always hurt'
Christian Pulisic will watch the World Cup but says missing out on the tournament will always haunt him.
         
 
 
The Guardian
159 d ago
Scotland should be at Cricket World Cup – here’s a way they could be next time | The Spin
The thrilling win against England on Sunday showed Scotland’s potential and made a mockery of the decision to restrict the 2019 Cricket World Cup to 10 teams
The enthralling Scottish match raised two simple questions. Why are Scotland not playing in the 2019 World Cup? Why are England favourites for that competition?
Scotland performed brilliantly at the Grange in a wonderfully entertaining contest which could be appreciated on either side of Hadrian’s Wall. They have never scored so many runs; they have seldom played better. They were, however, given a helping hand by an England side whose defeat unwittingly reopened the debate about the format of cricket’s World Cup.
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USA Today
159 d ago
British police: LGBT fans at World Cup should obey local law
The top British police officer working at the World Cup in Russia has suggested LGBT fans should follow Russian law despite restrictions on what they can say and do in public
         
 
 
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Benjamin Massing recalls his X-rated tackle on Claudio Caniggia at Italia '90 World Cup
It was a truly sensational opening to a World Cup. Not only did unfancied Cameroon shock holders Argentina but Benjamin Massing committed one of the most X-rated tackles in tournament history.
The Guardian
159 d ago
World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries preview the tournament
Supporters from every country that qualified share their hopes and expectations for Russia 2018
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The Guardian
159 d ago
World Cup Fiver | Mature, eloquent, decent and an ability to grow a beard
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Some dates in human history will never be forgotten, and 12 June 2018 looks set to join the list. Yup, it’s the day England flew out to Russia for the Ethics World Cup. What a time to be alive! The inanity is unavoidable – this is the World Cup – but in defence of this very likable England side and a more realistic media, there is none of the preposterous hubris of, say, 12 years ago. Back then, England’s arrival in Germany was such a grandiloquent 0rgy of self-congratulation that it felt unnecessary to stage an actual tournament to confirm the bleedin’ obvious: congratulations to England, arise Sir Sven.
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The Guardian
159 d ago
How will VAR work at the World Cup and how much is riding on it? | Paul MacInnes
Thirteen Fifa officials based at a Moscow hub will correct ‘clear and obvious errors’ – but what if it all goes wrong?
This summer technology will free up the World Cup, eliminate serious refereeing errors and put an end to on-field controversy. Alternatively, it will create just as many problems as it solves, undermine match officials, and turn the world’s favourite activity into a series of long pauses only briefly interrupted by sport. Take your pick.
Ever since Fifa announced that video assistant referee technology (VAR) would be used in each of the 64 matches at Russia 2018, there has been a sense of foreboding in the air. Even among enthusiasts for the system, by no means the vast majority of people within the game, there are fears it could be too much, too soon. One counter-argument however, made at the highest levels, is that technology has to play a greater role in modern football and the sooner it starts the better. So here’s what to expect from VAR at the World Cup.
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Ad Week
159 d ago
How Fox Sports Is Marketing the World Cup to U.S. Viewers With No Home Team to Root For
Fox Sports evp of marketing Robert Gottlieb had the perfect marketing campaign for his company's first broadcast of the men's FIFA World Cup in 2018. At least, until the U.S. men's team failed to qualify for the tournament last October--depriving Fox Sports of its most valuable marketing asset. "It's seismic on one level because you...
Reuters
159 d ago
Ball girls selected for World Cup opener
AGRYZ, Russia (Reuters) - A group of 14 Russian girls will act as ballgirls in the opening match of the World Cup on Thursday, the first all-female group to do so.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
The history of England's World Cup departures from 1950 to 2010
England's 23-man squad departed for Russia on Tuesday full of optimism ahead of this summer's World Cup. Sportsmail looks back through the archives to see previous England teams depart.
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: 'Salah used for political capital' as Chechnya host Egypt training
Fifa is making a "big mistake" in allowing Chechnya to host a World Cup training base, a football anti-discrimination chief tells BBC Sport.
The Guardian
159 d ago
World Cup kits through the ages
Explore the history of the World Cup with our graphic guide to the official kits worn by this year’s 32 competing teams
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The Guardian
158 d ago
‘On the pitch there was a divide’: tales behind England’s World Cup failures
Before kick-off in Russia, England squad members from each World Cup since 1998 reflect on key lessons to be learned
Knocked out by Argentina on penalties in last 16
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TechRadar
159 d ago
Get the best SIM only deal to see every minute of World Cup 2018
The World Cup is all set to, ahem, kick-off and already the chat has begun about how challenging it could be to watch on the go. No, we're not referring to streaming issues from connection or device speeds. For once this issue could be down to how much data you have.
According to a new study by smartphone retailer Fonehouse , Russia 2018 could cost you a whopping 28.8GB of your data allowance to watch all the games on the move. Since lots of games are at awkward work times, the company decided to find out just how much data games viewed exclusively on your smartphone would take up.
In a rather sobering judgement the research takes into account that England may be out of the World Cup in the earlier stages, meaning it could cost UK fans a meagre 1.8GB of data to catch all the England games - Fonehouse reckons they'll crash out in the last 16. 
Based on survival expectations, the likes of Saudi Arabia, Sweden and, yes the hosts, Russia could use the least data since they are expected to go out after their three group matches. That would mean around just 1.3GB of data is needed to keep an eye on these nations' efforts.
The biggest data needs will be for the predicted footballing heroes of France, Argentina, Brazil and Germany. If they do indeed manage seven games (all the way to the final or third-place playoff) each that'll add up to a hefty 3.15GB of data needed to watch.
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If you're planning to be one of the phone fans who watches the games from anywhere, it might be a good idea to get your data plan upgraded.
We've trawled the interwebs and beyond to find the best SIMO deals online. If you want to see the best deals for 30GB of data specifically, look no further, we've got it all laid out for you right here. Back of the net!
USA Today
159 d ago
WORLD CUP: Swiss have talent to go far but face tough start
Switzerland's storyline for the World Cup is one of the hardest to predict, and the most intriguing
         
 
 
Daily Mail
158 d ago
World Cup referees get put through their paces as officials show they are ready for tournament
While players from across the globe try to find an extra yard of pace or refine their touch ahead of Thursday's World Cup opener, the officials showed they are fighting fit in training.
Daily Mail
159 d ago
World Cup 2018 quiz: Find out which World Cup hero you are
Were you a mercurial maverick like Maradona? An elusive genius like Cruyff? Or a relentless goal machine like Pele? Take our World Cup quiz in order to find out!
USA Today
158 d ago
Europe's border agency to help Poland with World Cup fans
The European border agency Frontex says it will deploy 20 border control officers from across Europe to Poland to assist in the smooth and safe passage of thousands of fans going to World Cup matches in Russia's Kaliningrad region
         
 
 
SB Nation
158 d ago
10 players you could fall in love with at the 2018 World Cup
Here are the potential breakout stars of the World Cup in Russia.
The World Cup is upon us, which means it’s time to gather together as a global community and enjoy The Beautiful Game. Or, well, just blow off work and watch some soccer.
In anticipation of this thing, I wanted to make a list of a group of players that I feel you might fall in love with this tournament. My criteria for this list is, well, I don’t know. It sorta shifts. Basically: Players I don’t think a lot of casual soccer fans know about who are also extremely dope. Also, there are no defenders on this list, because people tend not to fall in love with defenders, except that one World Cup where we all decided to talk about Fabio Cannavaro for the entire tournament for some reason.
Before I dive into these potential breakout stars, I should probably also include a list of players you could fall in love with if you have never watched soccer at all. Here are some of those people: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Isco, Antoine Griezmann, and Paul Pogba.
If you haven’t heard of any of those guys, I implore you to go and Google them. Watch their highlights. They are all exceedingly good at soccer!
OK let’s get to the hipster shit now.
Hirving Lozano — Mexico
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano not only has one of the best nicknames in world soccer, he’s also just 22 years old and had a huge breakout season as a winger for PSV, where he scored 17 goals in just 29 appearances for the club. Look for Mexico to try and create space for Lozano to work in the attacking third, and don’t be surprised if he puts the ball in the net. Also some club is going to pay a goddamn truckload of money for in a couple years.
Saîf-Eddine Khaoui — Tunisia
Khaoui doesn’t have quite the worldwide attention on him as some of the other players on this list, but I’ve watched a few Tunisia friendlies and I really, really like this kid. Just 23, playing an attacking winger or pure 10 role, Khaoui doesn’t possess truly elite speed or skill, but what I will say about him is: He tries shit. Tunisia builds their team on the counter, and what I love about Khaoui is he always seems eager to get the ball and try something creative. That’s a real skill.
Son Heung-min — South Korea
I’m certain the soccer-heads are all scoffing at this pick, because they all already know Son — a flashy and exciting winger and striker for Tottenham Hotspur — but there are some of us out there who don’t wake up early every Saturday morning and ignore our families to watch Spurs play West Ham.
Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Anyway, Son is exciting, and if his South Korea team can maintain possession in these games and get him in attacking spaces, he can make stuff happen against just about any defender in the world.
Kylian Mbappé — France
Another one the soccer-heads know, another one that good lord if you haven’t seen Kylian Mbappé play drop everything you’re doing and watch this kid play soccer. He’s just 19 years old, and in a team that features Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, it’s entirely possible that France builds their attack around him. He’s 19!
Goncalo Guedes — Portugal
Just 21, Guedes is already being set up to play the complementary role to Cristiano Ronaldo in this World Cup. That’s not an easy thing to do, and it’s easy to get overshadowed by one of the greatest to ever play the game. But Guedes is bright, skilled, and eager, and if he and Ronaldo can work out some chemistry, the PSG-owned winger could see himself vaulted into the worldwide spotlight.
Christian Cueva — Peru
Peru is good. PERU IS GOOD. Look at this shit:
Peru's goal against Croatia in March. Watch out for them in the World Cup
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— Troll Football Media (@Troll__Footbal) June 2, 2018
That’s 26-year-old Christian Cueva with that incisive pass to spring the striker in that run of play. The No. 10 currently plays for Sao Paolo in Brazil , and plays well for them, but if Peru makes any sort of run in this tournament, and Cueva plays like I think he’ll play, the big European clubs are going to come calling.
Timo Werner — Germany
Germany has like 75 world-class players, so it’s hard to get excited about one over the other, but you should really get excited about Timo Werner. The 22-year-old RB Leipzig attacking midfielder is already being linked to some of the top clubs in the world, and with good reason. It should say something that for all the talent Germany has at its disposal, it looks like Werner will be one of the focal points of its attack.
Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images Hakim Ziyech — Morocco
Ziyech is just 25, but when you play for Ajax, that makes you one of the elder statesmen of the team. The Moroccan attacking midfielder likes to dribble people and score free kick goals . If either of those are your things, you will probably like him, and perhaps ... love him.
Gabriel Jesus — Brazil
He’s young, he’s Brazilian, he plays for Manchester City, and he’s going to score a lot of goals this tournament. If you follow soccer, you probably know him already. If you don’t know him for some reason, get ready to.
Sergej Milinković-Savić — Serbia
Milinković-Savić, a 23-year-old Serbian midfielder, is being linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after impressing for Lazio over the last two seasons. A pure box-to-box midfielder, Milinković-Savić’s Wikipedia page compares his play to that of Zidane’s, which makes me think maybe Milinković-Savić has been editing his Wikipedia page. Kidding. Sort of. He’s extremely good, though, and if Serbia puts it together for a run, he will be important in them doing so.
The Guardian
158 d ago
Senegal World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions
Senegal’s hopes of another World Cup quarter-final rest on defensive solidity from Kalidou Koulibaly alongside moments of magic from Sadio Mané
This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network , a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.
Related: Badou Ndiaye: Senegal's legal eagle from Stoke via the Arctic Circle
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USA Today
158 d ago
WORLD CUP: First-timer Panama tweaks defense to limit damage
In a country better known for its baseball players and boxing champions, soccer will muscle into their territory when Panama makes its first trip to the World Cup
         
 
 
USA Today
158 d ago
WORLD CUP: Belgium has exceptional talent but so many doubts
Belgium has the ingredients for success at the World Cup, but injury cloud over Kompany
         
 
 
CNN
158 d ago
'Trump factor' helping Morocco World Cup bid
A member of Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid committee said that U.S. President Trump was hurting his country's chances ahead of the deciding vote on Wednesday.
BBC
159 d ago
World Cup 2018: Neymar & Philippe Coutinho egged by team-mates in Brazil training
Brazil stars Neymar and Philippe Coutinho are egged by team-mates in Brazil training, on the Barcelona forward's 26th birthday.
Reuters
158 d ago
Egypt's Salah still doubtful for World Cup opener
(Reuters) - Egypt forward Mohamed Salah remains a doubt to face Uruguay in their World Cup opener on Friday, the country's football association has said.
Reuters
158 d ago
Despite tensions with Russia, World Cup countries pitch in for tournament safety
DOMODEDOVO, Russia (Reuters) - As World Cup squads and their fans fly into Russia for the start of the tournament on Thursday, so do police officers from all the competing nations to help deter hooliganism and the threat of any militant attack.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Eden Hazard backs Belgium to beat England in World Cup final after predicting every knockout game
Eden Hazard has predicted that Belgium will beat England in the World Cup final. In a post shared on Instagram, the Chelsea winger shared his selections for every game in the knockout stages.
Fox News
157 d ago
World Cup 2018 terms to know, from 'Spoons of Victory' to panenka
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to begin Thursday in Russia -- but do you know how to discuss “the beautiful game”?
USA Today
158 d ago
Injured Glik set to return for Poland at World Cup
Poland team doctor Jacek Jaroszewski says injured defender Kamil Glik should be fit to return to play in a World Cup game against Japan
         
 
 
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Rob Green given 'two hours' notice' that he was to start in England's 2010 World Cup clash with USA
Green has claimed he was given less than two hours notice by the then England boss that he would be starting ahead of David James in their opening game against the USA.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
How England's stars might pass the long hours in their World Cup camp in Repino
For England, it's been a World Cup conundrum every bit as vexing as tactics and team selection. How best to wile away the long hours struck in the team hotel in between their matches?
SB Nation
158 d ago
The XI best players who didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup
The best players who won’t be appearing in 2018 World Cup in Russia ... because their countries didn’t qualify.
One day, FIFA’s grand plan will be realised, and all 211 national associations will qualify for the World Cup . But until then, we have to deal with the hard reality that not all of the world’s best players will be going to the World Cup.
Fortunately, where reality lets us down, our imaginations can step in. Here, then, is the SB Nation Soccer invitational XI picked from those countries that failed to make the big tournament. We’ve restricted our picks to one player from each country, because otherwise we’d end up with eight or nine Wales players, and nobody wants that. Please note that while these choices maybe appear to be subjective and up for discussion, they are in fact objectively correct.
Jan Oblak, Slovakia
The world of goalkeeping is currently divided into David de Gea, all on his lonesome at the top, and then a ferocious scrum behind him for second place. Of those, Oblak has as good a claim as any: he’s big, he’s exceptionally agile, and like every other part of Diego Simeone’s Atletico side, he seems to have steel in his blood. Pity he chucked one in against England , really.
Anyway, with Manuel Neuer only just back from injury, there’s finally some competition for the title of Best Goalkeeper Who Looks Like a Simple Farmhand (Who Can Lift a Hay Bale With His Bare Hands, and Will Die a Futile Death in a Far Away War). Now is Oblak’s time.
David Alaba, Austria
He may play in midfield for Austria, but we need a left back and so we’ve gone for Bayern Munich’s. Seems a reasonable call. In truth, Alaba is irritatingly perfect at almost everything, and you suspect he’d be a perfectly decent striker if the mood took him. For he is one of those players blessed with a rare and strange power: the ball just does what it’s told.
Fun fact: Austria were the best team in qualifying for Euro 2016. Second fun fact: since their failure to qualify for Russia was confirmed, with a 1-1 draw against Georgia , they’ve won seven games in a row, including wins over Uruguay and Germany . Timing is everything.
Virgil van Dijk, Netherlands
He’s massive, he’s strong in the air, he’s hard in the tackle, he can pass long and short, he cost Liverpool millions upon millions of pounds, he played in the Champions League final … and he’s not going to Russia because Dutch football is a big orange mess.
Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Eric Bailly, Cote d’Ivoire
We’ll level with you: we mostly picked Bailly here because we want to revisit Jose Mourinho’s deeply weird excuse for leaving Bailly out of Manchester United’s side towards the end of the season. Apparently players that aren’t going to the World Cup don’t get selected, even when they’re really good. We look forward to Mourinho’s eventual move into international management, and the moment when Portugal fail to qualify and so he just refuses to pick anybody ever again.
Antonio Valencia, Ecuador
As with Alaba, Valencia has played a number of positions for Ecuador, but we’ve had to bounce him back to full-back for the sake of this team. And unlike all the players we’ve had so far, Valencia’s age — he’s 32, and he’s definitely tiring — means that this World Cup would likely have been his last. Yes, we’re on to the Those We Have Lost section of the exercise, and this exemplary international servant, almost ever present in a consistently okayish side, is our first.
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Perhaps Valencia’s biggest contribution to the World Cup came in 2006, when he finished top of an online poll to determine the Young Player of the Tournament. The favourite, Cristiano Ronaldo, could only finish second, after what appeared to be an organised effort by England fans angry that Ronaldo had cynically assaulted Wayne Rooney’s foot with his testicles. In the end, Lukas Podolski won. Hooray?
Daniele De Rossi, Italy
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Limited to just one Italian, we’ve gone with De Rossi, because he exists at the precise intersection of technical excellence, cynicism, and barely-fettered fury that defines the Italian national team. At least, defines what the Italian international team should be; this current lot were a bit weird and rubbish, which is why they didn’t make it.
Arturo Vidal, Chile
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Sniff. If Italy are missed for reasons of familiarity and tradition, then Chile and Vidal will be missed for reasons of good, solid, honest fun. Chile’s emergence as a genuine force has been one of the most delightful stories in the last couple of cycles of international football, and Vidal’s been the energetic, dynamic heart of it all.
Naby Keita, Guinea
Look, if we can’t all use the World Cup as a cheat sheet ahead of a promising young player’s big-money move, then what even is the point of the competition? What are we supposed to go on, Youtube compilations and half-watched Bundesliga highlights? The Europa League? It’s just not fair.
Gareth Bale, Wales
New rule: if a nation’s best player scores an overhead kick in the Champions League final, then that nation is immediately placed into the World Cup, on the understanding that they spend the entire tournament attempting to recreate that goal. Three glorious games of Aaron Ramsey attempting to tee up Chris Gunter, so that he can tee up BALE! Oh, he’s missed and landed on his topknot.
Call us, Gianni. Our rates are reasonable.
Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Edin Dzeko, Bosnia & Herzegovina
What do you want your no. 9 to do? Score goals. Hold the ball up. Annoy defenders into mistakes. Have a first touch that looks weird, given their angular frame. Score some more goals. Have a really good angry-celebration-face. Score different kinds of goals. In decent numbers.
Congratulations! You want Edin Dzeko. Here he is.
Christian Pulisic, USA
Look, the kid’s 19. It would be unfair to expect him to win a whole World Cup at such a tender age. And it would be even more unfair, on everybody else, to have him win the competition at such a tender age. Better to keep him back for four years. Let him get a bit older. It’ll make it less embarrassing for everybody else, when it finally happens, as it certainly will.
The Guardian
158 d ago
What to watch during the World Cup if you can't stand football
Couldn’t care less about the action in Russia? Here is a top TV alternative to tune in to on each day of the group stage
For those who are football-averse, the terrestrial TV schedules for the rest of June look misshapen and diseased, distended into unnatural shapes by aggressive clusters of World Cup fixtures. Thanks to Russia’s relatively sympathetic time difference, these seemingly endless group games squat over daytime and early evening while highlights dominate the post-News at Ten slot. But don’t despair. There is a life raft of excellent counter-programming out there to enjoy if you are prepared to seek it out. Here is one option for each day of the group stage. You’ll just have to imagine the accompanying wallchart …
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The Guardian
158 d ago
Julen Lopetegui to join Real Madrid as head coach after World Cup
• Spain coach signs three-year contract at the Bernabéu
• European champions pay €2m compensation for Lopetegui
Real Madrid have chosen Julen Lopetegui to be their next manager, with the current head coach of the Spanish national side set to move to the Bernabéu after the World Cup.
Lopetegui, who has signed a three-year-deal at Real, has a long association with the club, though he made a single professional appearance as a player. The 51-year-old will now face the challenge of refreshing a side that have won the Champions League three times in a row and boasts some of the biggest talents – as well as egos – in world football.
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CNN
158 d ago
'Trump factor' helping Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid
Morocco has had an unexpected helping hand from US President Donald Trump over the last few months in its bid to win the right to stage the 2026 World Cup, according to a member of the North African country's bid.
USA Today
158 d ago
Brazil right at home at World Cup base in sunny Sochi
Brazil feeling right at home at its World Cup base in sunny Sochi
         
 
 
The Guardian
158 d ago
Robbie Williams 'selling soul to dictator Putin' in World Cup gig
Singer handing Russian leader PR coup by performing at opening ceremony, say critics
Robbie Williams has been accused of selling his soul to the “dictator” Vladimir Putin after it emerged he will be performing in Russia for the football World Cup.
The singer will headline Thursday’s opening ceremony, which will be attended by the Russian president prior to the tournament’s first game, between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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Daily Mail
158 d ago
Alan Shearer shows off BBC's World Cup base
Alan Shearer has shown off the BBC's punditry base which is situated next to the iconic Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow as he prepares to play a key role in their World Cup coverage.
Business Insider
158 d ago
The World Cup could send Twitter's stock soaring, JPMorgan says (TWTR)
Reuters / Brendan McDermid
JPMorgan upgraded Twitter on Tuesday, giving it a $50 price target. The bank estimates ad revenues will grow by more than 20% in upcoming quarters, with a boost from the World Cup.  Follow Twitter's stock price in real-time here. 
The World Cup could help propel Twitter 's surging stock price another 16% higher, JPMorgan said Tuesday.
The bank upgraded shares of the social-media company, giving them a $50 price target as it continues to show signs of a financial turnaround. The bank's previous target was $39.  See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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The Guardian
158 d ago
Marcus Rashford an injury concern as England arrive in Russia for World Cup
• Forward sustained ‘slight knock’ in England training session
• Ashley Young has no racism concerns as squad land in Russia
Marcus Rashford will be examined by England’s medical staff on Wednesday to assess whether there are any doubts about his involvement in the team’s opening game of the World Cup finals, against Tunisia.
Rashford hurt a knee during a training game at St George’s Park on Tuesday and the Manchester United striker was still complaining about soreness when the squad arrived in Repino, outside St Petersburg, for their first look at the training base for the tournament.
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Reuters
158 d ago
Russian World Cup bear finally ready to roar
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nobody would have hand picked the tournament's two worst teams to launch the 2018 World Cup, but when Russia and Saudi Arabia meet on Thursday form will be irrelevant as the world's biggest sporting festival explodes into life in Moscow.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
The World Cup Golden Boot race: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar
The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot was won by Colombia's James Rodriguez, who set the tournament alight with six goals and goal of the tournament before earning a transfer to Real Madrid.
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: Assistant refs to keep flag down for tight offside calls
World Cup assistant referees are told to keep their flag down for tight offside calls so the VAR system can make the correct decision.
Reuters
158 d ago
VAR at World Cup will not be perfect, warns FIFA refereeing chief
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Video Assistant Referees (VARs) will be making their debut at the World Cup in Russia this month but the technology will not be perfect, FIFA's director of refereeing, Massimo Busacca, warned on Tuesday.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: Red cards will be 'more likely' as referees turn to video assistant, study says
The 2018 World Cup in Russia will be the first time VAR (video assistant referee) will be implemented in a major tournament. But scientists believe this system could result in harsher referees.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Jose Mourinho tips Brazil to knock England out of World Cup in quarter-finals
Jose Mourinho has predicted England will be knocked out of the World Cup by Brazil in the quarter-finals. He sees Gareth Southgate's side overcoming Poland in the last 16.
Fox News
158 d ago
World Cup 2018 opening ceremony performers, start time and how to watch
Everything to know about the 2018 World Cup opening ceremony.
SB Nation
158 d ago
Enjoy the World Cup this summer, because international soccer is about to change forever
It’s the end of the World Cup as we know it.
The World Cup is, from a purely structural standpoint, a beautiful sporting event.
Every four years, 32 teams meet in a perfect format — a small round robin, followed by a knockout tournament. It’s elegant, clean, and with just 32 out of 211 FIFA members qualifying, the competition is fierce enough to make the event truly special.
Say goodbye to it.
(And the rest of the way men’s international soccer is organized, while you’re at it.)
The 2018 World Cup might mark the end of men’s international soccer as we know it. There’s a serious possibility Russia is hosting the final 32-team edition of the tournament, while the rest of the soccer world will be drastically altered as well.
FIFA has already announced the World Cup will expand to 48 teams by 2026, but the people behind the 2022 tournament in Qatar — which, while we’re talking changes, is being held in the winter — are pushing to get the field expanded even sooner for their World Cup . At the same time, FIFA is considering a proposal to expand the Club World Cup and create a new, between-World-Cups tournament.
This is in addition to the UEFA Nations League, which is another new tournament that takes place between World Cups involving European countries.
The inaugural UEFA Nations League kicks off in September , by the way, as UEFA aims to cut down time filled with meaningless friendlies and qualifiers with no stakes. That will lead into UEFA 2020, which will not have one or two host countries, but 12 of them .
On the other side of the Atlantic, the North and South American confederations — CONCACAF and CONMEBOL — are looking to build off the success of 2016’s Copa America Centenario, a tournament which featured teams from both continents and drew big ratings. Not only do they want to hold the tournament again , both federations are actually considering merging together .
That’s an expanded World Cup field, a new European tournament, a possible new world tournament, and a possible merging of two confederations into one, hemispheric-spanning confederation.
Imagine Rip Van Winkle as a soccer fan, laying down for a nap in 2002. He’ll wake up 20 years later to a soccer landscape that is completely unrecognizable to him. What might happen in the next four years could represent the largest change over one World Cup cycle in the game’s history.
If you’re wondering why this is happening, the very easy answer is money, though who ultimately pockets that money is very much to be determined. It’s also remains to be seen what current fans of the sport will think of the changes.
What we do know is that these changes are coming in the name of expanding the game to a more global audience.
FIFA’s mission to make soccer more accessible in all corners of the world makes sense, and expansion of international tournaments isn’t inherently corrupt. But the speed with which changes are being thrust on the sport raises legitimate questions about how the game — from the competition on the pitch to the fan experience — will be affected. The thing with those questions, though, is that with the amount of money that’s set to be generated, it’s unclear if world soccer’s top executives even care to answer them.
FIFA wants you to believe it’s doing socialism, not corruption
Sepp Blatter is very easy to hate — he was the president of FIFA when Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup despite their deeply troubled bid , and he’s a sexist asshole . But despite public perception, neither criminal investigators nor FIFA’s ethics committee were ever able to prove that Blatter took bribes from anyone. He’s banned from FIFA for dereliction of duty because he paid another dude, former UEFA president Michel Platini, not because he took money from someone. He didn’t even have the most interesting stories during the scandal.
That distinction belongs to Chuck Blazer and Jack Warner, the two men who used to run CONCACAF, the governing body that oversees soccer in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Blazer had a Trump Tower apartment just for his cats , as well as a confederation-issued Hummer to drive around Manhattan (which is probably a more egregious waste of money than the cat apartment). The FBI caught on to his shenanigans and convinced him to rat out his partner in crime, Warner. If you’re unfamiliar, Warner has the air of a cartoon villain and once allegedly solicited and received a bribe in the form of a shitload of cash in a suitcase , allegedly pocketed money intended for Haitian earthquake victims , and got into a public spat with John Oliver .
Blazer and Warner screwed up the game for everyone else with the brazen nature of their alleged corruption. Before those two, no one could prove that any of FIFA’s dealings were shady, and there was a legitimate explanation for all kinds of payments that the public might view as bribery. No one was ringing up the United States Department of Justice to investigate, say, a fee for consulting services here, or an allocation of funds for new fields there — but alleged off-the-record briefcases full of cash draw different attention.
You might think Blatter was a crook, but he did a pretty good Robin Hood bit . He made sure that a lot of countries got funding they needed for various projects, and as a result, they voted for him. New president Gianni Infantino is continuing Blatter’s legacy by spreading FIFA’s wealth around to a large number of countries. A cynical person might view that as buying votes to retain power, but Infantino will tell you that he’s trying his best to grow the game. It’s an entirely defensible point.
The World Cup is the largest sporting event on the planet, but it has yet to include some of the world’s most populous countries. There are eight Asian countries that make up half the world’s population that are currently nowhere near making it to a World Cup . This is a huge problem for a sport that brands itself as the global game.
FIFA wants a 48-team World Cup to give not just China and India, but other countries — like Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines — hope that they could qualify for a World Cup. That increased hope could lead to those countries investing more in soccer. FIFA says it wants to generate $25 billion from new tournaments to help fund projects in countries where soccer is still struggling to take a strong foothold. China is already on its way to eventually establishing itself as a top-four team in Asia, but the others appear decades away.
This strategy from FIFA stands in stark contrast to world cricket’s governing body, which is regularly accused of corruption for the exact opposite reason. That sport’s Big Three — England , India, and Australiahave taken control of the ICC , and actively work to consolidate their control of the game, rather than grow it. Despite massive global interest, the Cricket World Cup has shrunk . That’s what a completely self-serving brand of executive corruption looks like. FIFA, at least, is genuinely spreading resources to a lot of countries and creating new opportunities for a lot of players. Some guys just skim $40 million off the top for themselves in the process .
International soccer is changing dramatically in the name of spreading the game to a truly global audience, and some greedy people are probably going to make money for themselves at the same time. That’s why dramatic changes are incoming, but what no one can possibly know is what the results will be.
What might this new world look like?
It’s easy to envision world soccer’s dedicated fanbase — the people who watch more than just the major tournaments — developing international soccer fatigue. The most intriguing part of the World Cup is that we get an opportunity to see matchups for the first — and likely only — time. If you miss it, you might miss some great moments in soccer history, never to be duplicated again. The UEFA Nations League is already going to dilute the specialness of the World Cup by pitting Europe’s best teams against each other more often than ever before. If a FIFA copy of the concept comes into existence, it’ll make the big inter-confederation matchups less special as well.
A stadium under construction in Qatar
Perhaps FIFA will find a way to make this nations league and confederation championships double as World Cup qualifying, but it seems more likely that we’re going to have a system with a lot of bad, pointless qualifying matches. Everyone will have more margin for error, so we’re unlikely to see a USMNT in Trinidad situation ever again. You might think that’s a good thing if you’re a USMNT fan, but a lower level of competition and larger margin for error means the team isn’t going to be forced to get better.
A 48-team World Cup is also going to have more matches than any previous edition, and test the endurance of the viewer. Inevitably, fans who used to watch every single game of the tournament are going to skip some. FIFA might have to put two games on at the same time more often. And unlike now, when every game has the chance to be very competitive, a 48-team tournament will mean that the likes of Germany and Brazil will end up in matches against low-quality opposition that they can sleepwalk through.
More international matches could also lead to some of the world’s best players opting out of national team duty between big tournaments, or just retiring from international duty altogether. Coaches might be nice enough to rest players on teams who are involved in a lot of club competitions, but with campaigns already being so demanding — players for the biggest teams are already playing more than 60 matches in a season — it’s even more likely that there’s an uptick in players like Joel Matip, who retired from the Cameroon national team at age 25 .
These are the bad scenarios. They’re far from guaranteed. Maybe the expanded tournament will be more exciting, and there will be wild upsets and crazy Cinderella runs. Big teams won’t miss the tournament anymore, so fanbases of bigger countries — including the U.S. — will never have to sit out a cycle. Maybe more soccer is always better.
Maybe.
The thing is: We don’t know. We don’t know what will happen to the Euros, Copa America, and the Nations League. We can’t foresee whether a 48-team World Cup and the build-up to it will suck, just like we can’t tell whether Blatter and Infantino are making a good faith effort to grow the game or simply trying to make themselves and their associates richer.
But there is a very real possibility that men’s international football, the most popular iteration of the most popular sport in the history of the world, is about to get irreparably screwed up.
With that in mind, this World Cup might be more than just another World Cup. It could be the last of a generation of superb tournaments, and our last opportunity to enjoy international soccer as it is now before it’s altered beyond all recognition. Do not take this World Cup for granted. Savor every match.
USA Today
158 d ago
Why you shouldn't root for these countries in the 2018 World Cup
With United States missing World Cup for first time since 1986, many Americans will adopt another team. But here are reasons against them all.
         
 
 
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Poland 4-0 Lithuania: Robert Lewandowski scores brace in final World Cup warm-up game
Poland took the lead after 19 minutes when Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski, preparing for his first appearance at a World Cup, finished a team move with a precise strike.
Reuters
158 d ago
Tri-nation North American bid set for 2026 World Cup
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The World Cup will be heading to North America for the fourth time if the hosting rights to the 2026 are, as expected, handed to the joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada at Wednesday's FIFA congress in Moscow.
Reuters
158 d ago
Brazil power grid braces for demand swings during World Cup games
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian government has prepared the country's power grid to deal with the wild swings in demand for electricity as most people in the soccer-mad country tune out everything except their televisions to watch the national team play in the Fifa 2018 World Cup.
CNN
158 d ago
World Cup child trafficking plot stopped in Nigeria
Ten Nigerian children who were being smuggled out of the country to Russia have been rescued, the country's anti-trafficking agency said Tuesday.
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup: Nike boots barred for Iran footballers amid US sanctions
Nike's withdrawal of its boots to Iranian footballers has polarised opinion on social media.
The Guardian
158 d ago
Leave it to VAR: World Cup linesmen told not to flag for tight offsides
• Pierluigi Collina tells officials to let video rule out goals
• VAR rulings will be replayed on big screens inside stadiums
Fans inside the World Cup stadiums will be shown replays of incidents requiring video assistant refereeing decisions to reduce the confusion that has reigned during trials of the technology in England and other domestic leagues.
Supporters at the tournament in Russia will be shown clips of the passage of play that was under revision but only once the referee has made his decision and play has restarted.
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Reuters
158 d ago
Markets turn down the volumes when the World Cup starts
LONDON (Reuters) - The World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday and investors should be warned that financial markets tend to act like any emotional soccer fan during the matches - they go quiet and nervy and don't like losing.
USA Today
158 d ago
2018 World Cup: Iceland, Belgium among sleeper teams to watch
Iceland is one of the teams to follow at this year's World Cup in Russia, but the underdogs arguably face the longest odds among these five sleeper teams.
         
 
 
The Guardian
158 d ago
Morocco receive late boost in their bid to host 2026 World Cup
• Joint USA, Mexico, Canada bid promises higher profit
• Belief Donald Trump could alienate some nations
The race to host the 2026 World Cup finals was too close to call, according to Fifa insiders, as Morocco received a late boost to their hopes with the expectation that four US territories will abstain from voting on Wednesday.
The so-called united bid of the USA, Mexico and Canada is the technically safer option and definitely more attractive financially to the voting federations but that may not be enough to carry them over the line. Their position was weakened by the expectation that four US territories at the centre of a voting row will not take part.
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SB Nation
158 d ago
The definitive Super Smash Bros Best XI in honor of the 2018 World Cup
Don’t at me.
I was told to make a Best XI out of Super Smash Bros in honor of the World Cup . [Editor’s note: Glad you’re psyched to be doing this, Kofie. Love to see that “Mom told me I have to empty the dishwasher” enthusiasm in the opening sentence.]
Keep in mind we all have opinions and all of our opinions are trash in some way, shape or form.
Except for mine. LET’S DO THIS.
For a formation, we’re going with an attacking 3-4-3. We’re taking the game to them. I don’t know much about soccer, please bear with me. [Editor’s note: Great.]
Goalkeeper: Kirby.
Nothing escapes him. NOTHING. Try almost any shot you want and it’s not getting past him. He can also float to get to shots out of his reach. He can also kick the shit out of you and absorb the other team.
Left back: Kirby
Oh, I can’t use Kirby for every position? Fine.
Left Back: Bowser
He has a shell with SPIKES on it and can BREATHE FIRE.
Center Back: Wii Fit Trainer.
Do I have to explain myself?
The combination of fitness and power should strike fear into anyone dumb enough to attach.
Right Back: Pokemon Trainer
I’d be able to switch between these Pokemon and not have to use substitutions. This was an easy choice!
Left Midfielder: Yoshi
He has both fast feet and a quick tail. One of the more versatile characters on the roster. It’s an easy choice.
Center Midfielder: Fox
Fox’s dashing speed and mobility make him super versatile. I want Fox around the ball at all times no matter what.
Center Midfielder: Captain Falcon
He’s the obvious Captain. What you thought I was going to make someone with CAPTAIN in their name NOT the captain? Come on now.
Right Midfielder: Lucario
Lucario is here for the swag points and kicking power. What’s not to love?
Left Wing: Sonic
Why would not want Sonic’s speed and ability to curl up into a ball and wreck you on your side?
Striker: Mewtwo
Its height, psychic ability and tail make it the PERFECT Target for crosses, set pieces and corners.
Right Wing: Lucas
Quick feet. Did a bicycle kick in the Smash Bros Ultimate reveal. I’m in.
Fox News
157 d ago
World Cup 2018 teams to watch, from Germany to Iceland
Thirty-two teams are competing in Russia for the 2018 World Cup, including defending champion Germany.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Jesse Lingard gives fans glimpse of England players' hotel rooms at World Cup
Gareth Southgate's squad checked in to their team hotel in nearby Repino on Tuesday. Manchester United's Lingard wasted no time in showing fans the homely rooms the squad are staying in.
Fox News
156 d ago
World Cup contender Iceland emerges as 2018's Cinderella story: What to know about the team
Iceland defeated Kosovo in October 2017 in the European Championship to solidify its spot in the 2018 World Cup, becoming the smallest team to do so.
Ad Week
158 d ago
Facebook Has Some 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Features of Its Own
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia fun is not exclusive to Facebook Messenger, as the social network revealed some special features of its own for the tournament, which kicks off Thursday. Starting Wednesday, soccer fans on Facebook may start seeing animated messages atop their News Feeds encouraging them to show their pride in their favorite World...
Fox News
157 d ago
World Cup mascots through the years, from Zabivaka to World Cup Willie
The World Cup has had a number of different mascots.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Meet Sportsmail's team of experts for the World Cup
Sportsmail will also be bringing you unrivalled analysis from eight experts who know what playing, managing and refereeing at a major international tournament is all about.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis fears the worst for Russia at the World Cup
IAN HERBERT IN MOSCOW: ‘The football was better organised in those old days,’ the Ukraine-born former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis says.
Business Insider
157 d ago
World Cup 2018: The 11 cities across Russia that will host the biggest tournament in soccer
Shayanne Gal/Business Insider
This week 32 teams will meet in Russia to compete for the 2018 World Cup .
For some teams, the trip will be over after just three matches, but for the two country's that make it to the final, seven matches will take them all across Russia for the next month. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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The Guardian
158 d ago
England World Cup squad told they will be soft targets for Russian hackers
• Gareth Southgate’s team were briefed by security experts
• Online activity and unsafe safes among the dangers in hotel
England arrived at their World Cup training base in Russia with explicit instructions aimed at preventing them from being victims of online hacking.
Gareth Southgate and his players, along with the entire Football Association entourage, have been briefed by a team of experts from Government Communications Headquarters and warned they will be seen as soft targets unless they take stringent measures to improve their online security.
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New York Times
158 d ago
North Korea, Time Warner, World Cup: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
Reuters
158 d ago
No 'Party Like A Russian' for Robbie Williams at World Cup opening
MOSCOW (Reuters) - British pop star Robbie Williams, who will be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, said he will not be performing his hit song "Party Like A Russian."
Fox News
158 d ago
World Cup attendees urged to get measles vaccine: Signs and symptoms of the viral illness
What is the norovirus?
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Alvaro Morata shows he can still find the net after World Cup snub with basketball court shot
Alvaro Morata is already practicing finding the net ahead of next season as he pulled off an incredible shot on the basketball court while on holiday, utilising his time after Spain World Cup snub.
Reuters
158 d ago
Exclusive: U.S. counterspy warns World Cup travelers' devices could be hacked
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. counterintelligence official is advising Americans traveling to Russia for football's World Cup beginning this week that they should not take electronic devices because they are likely to be hacked by criminals or the Russian government.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Messi gets serious in World Cup photoshoot... as Aguero and Dybala practice goal celebrations
Lionel Messi and Co posed for a number of snaps as they get ready for the tournament, practising their celebrations and pulling some moves in front of the cameras for their portraits.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Scottish striking coach is England's secret agent at the World Cup
While Scotland once again remain at home during a World Cup, Allan Russell will be mixing it with the great and the good in Russia this summer.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
The best and worst tattoos on display at this summer's World Cup
A number of international stars head to the World Cup in Russia with unique ink on their one or both of their hands and Sportsmail has picked out some of the best examples for your enjoyment. So, enjoy!
The Guardian
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: Guardian writers give their predictions for the tournament
Who will triumph in Russia? Which player will be top scorer? Who will be the breakthrough star? How far will England go?
My time of selecting Spain to win every tournament is now officially over – probably four years too late – and I’m reverting back to Germany, in a penalty shootout against France. Daniel Taylor
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Daily Mail
158 d ago
USA, Mexico and Canada joint-bid set to beat Morocco to host World Cup 2026
The World Cup will be heading to North America for the fourth time if the hosting rights to the 2026 are, as expected, handed to the joint bid from the USA, Mexico and Canada.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Blatter reveals that he will attend World Cup in Russia as guest of Vladimir Putin
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he will attend the World Cup as a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Business Insider
158 d ago
The country hosting the World Cup usually sees big stocks gains for that year
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The host country of the World Cup sees hugely outperforming stock gains for the year it hosts the Cup. Russia, which is hosting this year, is only outperforming marginally.  Russia has likley already seen most of its gains from the Cup. 
On June 14, the FIFA World Cup will kick off.
The World Cup is the world’s biggest single sporting event… by far. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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Daily Mail
158 d ago
FIFA refereeing chief Massimo Busacca warns that VAR will not be perfect at the World Cup
Video Assistant Referees (VARs) will be making their debut at the World Cup in Russia this month but the technology will not be perfect, FIFA's director of refereeing, Massimo Busacca said
Polygon
158 d ago
Epic announces the 2019 Fortnite World Cup event
Epic is giving everyone a chance at competitive Fortnite glory
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The Verge
158 d ago
The first Fortnite World Cup with $100 million in prize money is happening in 2019
Epic Games announced more details about its e-sports plans for Fortnite, revealing today during its live celebrity-streamer ProAm tournament in Los Angeles during E3 that the competitions will all be part of what’s called the Fortnite World Cup. The prize pool, first announced earlier this year , will be $100 million. It will be spread out over a number of different “organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world,” reads the developer’s blog post .
Crucially, Epic is taking a far different approach than other e-sports leagues, like Blizzard’s Overwatch League . (Though Blizzard does operate an annual Overwatch World Cup as well.) “This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup...
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The Wall Street Journal
157 d ago
A World Cup With It All, Just Not U.S.
Just because Team USA won’t be there when play begins in Russia on June 14 doesn’t mean it can’t be a sublime World Cup.
Gawker Media
158 d ago
Newsweek Is Not Sorry For Their Horrible SEO Headlines Also When Does the World Cup Start
Newsweek’s shitty, SEO-optimized articles following the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade last week exposed how the site has essentially thrown morality out the window, in order to drive clicks and cash in on celebrity deaths.
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New York Times
157 d ago
Europe Edition: North Korea, French Strikes, World Cup: Your Wednesday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
The Guardian
158 d ago
'Much nicer than expected': World Cup fans size up modern Moscow
Russian capital has changed perhaps more than any other European city in recent years
On Tuesday as Moscow was bathed in warm sunshine, the streets around Red Square gave a hint as to what is in store over the next few weeks as the World Cup comes to town.
A dozen flag-waving Moroccans walked through the cavernous interiors of the GUM department store, singing in perfect harmony; a Russian family posed for photographs with a quartet of Mexicans in oversized sombreros behind the domes of St Basil’s Cathedral; and three Peruvians clad in their team’s colours joined thousands of locals strolling around the newly landscaped Zaryadye Park in central Moscow.
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Reuters
158 d ago
Iran's Queiroz slams Nike over World Cup boots
(Reuters) - Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has called on Nike to apologize to his team after the U.S. sportswear firm said it could not supply the players with football boots for the World Cup due to sanctions.
USA Today
157 d ago
2018 FIFA World Cup predictions: Can Germany become first repeat winner since 1962?
Can Germany become the first back-to-back World Cup winner in more than a half century? Find out as USA TODAY Sports staff and guest experts reveal how they see this summer's tournament playing out.
         
 
 
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup wallchart: Download yours for Russia 2018
Download your wallchart for Russia 2018 and keep up to date with all the fixtures and results at the summer's World Cup.
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: BBC pundits predict what will happen in Russia
Who will win, who can spring a surprise, and how will England do? BBC pundits predict what will happen at the World Cup.
USA Today
158 d ago
Live stream: FIFA Congress meets to pick 2026 World Cup host
The FIFA Congress will decide if Morocco or North America will host the 2026 World Cup.
         
 
 
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: Can you name the 32 teams at this summer's tournament?
Can you name the 32 teams taking part in this summer's World Cup in Russia in three minutes?
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Kevin De Bruyne tips Raheem Sterling to 'light up' World Cup
Kevin De Bruyne has backed Raheem Sterling to 'light up' the World Cup. The Manchester City midfielder tipped his club team-mate to excel in Russia.
The Guardian
158 d ago
How Russia became lowest ranked team at the 2018 World Cup – video
The eyes of the world will fall on Russia this summer but hopes for the hosts' national team are not high, with the side currently ranked 70th in the world, three places above Saudi Arabia. Russia has only managed to make it out of the group stages at one international tournament since the break up of the Soviet Union. We take a look at the history of Russian and Soviet football to see how we got to where they are today
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The Guardian
158 d ago
Naked, cheering and drinking: Juergen Teller's riotous World Cup photography
He’s been in bed with Pele. He’s been naked with a football at his dad’s grave. Now the fashion photographer is capturing all the joy, absurdity and horror of his life as a soccer fanatic
Juergen Teller dangles a cigarette from his lips as he reviews his bacchanalian celebration of Bayern Munich’s sixth straight Bundesliga title. Here he is in short shorts fleeing a shower of wheat beer, here drowning in Paulaner brew frothing like sea foam, here draped in a white towel looking like Moses or a Madonna.
The fashion photographer’s newest exhibition, Trembling on the Sofa, is his paean to football, or rather, to watching football: a personal exhibition of dreams fulfilled and dashed, of father-son bonding and family tragedy, and of the banality of sitting on one’s couch in west London and screaming at footballers – usually his German countrymen, toiling thousands of miles away.
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USA Today
158 d ago
Pence to address Southern Baptist Convention, 2026 World Cup bid: 5 more things to know Wednesday
Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Southern Baptist Convention, 2026 World Cup bid and more things to start your day.
         
 
 
Daily Mail
158 d ago
FIFA 2018 World Cup minnows guide: Everything you need to know about underdogs in Russia
Sportsmail have done the research and compiled everything you need to know about the competition's eight underdogs ahead of its commencement on June 14.
The Guardian
158 d ago
Gay rights abuses, war crimes and World Cup fever – it’s an ugly mix | Peter Tatchell
I’m in Russia – but I’m not here for the football. Fifa has allowed the sport to legitimise Putin’s abnormal regime – and I’m here to protest
I’m in Moscow trying to lie low and evade the Russian security service the FSB. I’m exhausted from the stress. It’s my sixth time in the country; each time I’ve visited in order to support LGBT+ campaigners who were attempting to hold a Pride parade and festival. On every occasion, these were suppressed by the authorities, sometimes violently. I’ve been arrested twice and once been beaten almost unconscious.
This time I’m here for the World Cup – but unlike thousands of fans I won’t be cheering on this festival of football. There can be no normal sporting relations with an abnormal regime like that of Vladimir Putin. LGBT+ people and many other Russians suffer state-sanctioned persecution and far right violence. These abuses need to be challenged – that is why I am in Moscow.
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The Guardian
158 d ago
Colombia World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions
The flair of James Rodríguez and the finishing of Radamel Falcao are key to Colombia’s hopes of equalling or bettering their last-eight finish in 2014
This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network , a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.
Related: Juan Cuadrado: Colombia's talisman driven by family sacrifices
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Reuters
158 d ago
Kremlin says all welcome when asked about U.S. World Cup invite
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking U.S. officials.
BBC
158 d ago
World Cup 2018: Predict how the World Cup will unfold round by round
How accurately can you predict what will happen in Russia? Choose who you think will go through round by round and share it with your friends.
Reuters
158 d ago
Day before World Cup, Putin thanks FIFA for keeping politics out of sport
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA on Wednesday for keeping politics out of sport, the day before the start of the soccer World Cup.
The New Yorker
158 d ago
Awaiting the Transfixing, Transporting, and Transcendent Moments of the 2018 (and 2026) World Cup
Michael Luo writes about the nature of soccer fandom in advance of the 2018 World Cup, expanding on arguments from “What We Think About When We Think About Soccer,” by Simon Critchley.
The Guardian
158 d ago
Which stars were left out of Panini's World Cup sticker albums? | The Knowledge
Plus: players who were more prolific at international level and missing the World Cup due to bizarre injuries. Mail us here or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU
“Panini have to select the players for their World Cup sticker albums in advance of the squads being announced – so what has been the most glaring omission?” enquires Dan Leach.
Publishing schedules mean Panini and other sticker-album manufacturers cannot wait for the World Cup squads to be announced – and they certainly can’t wait for unlikely heroes to emerge once the tournament starts. That, and the fact the albums usually contain around 16 players rather than the full squad, inevitably means a few have slipped through the net.
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TechRadar
158 d ago
Fortnite now boasts 125 million users - teases $100 million Fortnite World Cup
It's not even a year old yet but Fortnite has amassed quite the following since launch. According to latest figures, it now has 125 million registered players and to celebrate this fact, it has released more details about its Fortnite World Cup, which comes with the massive total prize fund of $100 million .
Over the course of this year, Fortnite will be holding Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers and the idea is that this will culminate in the Fortnite World Cup in 2019. 
The good thing about this tournament, is how much Epic Games is making it inclusive - everyone will be given a chance and everything will be determined on merit. 
“This is for you, the players,” explains the blog post . “Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won’t allow third-party leagues to do so either.”
Charity battle
At E3 2018 , there was a little preview of what’s to come with the tournament. It hosted a ProAm event in the Banc of California stadium, pairing 50 Twitch and YouTube personalities with 50 celebrities - all battling it out for a $3 million dollar charity prize pool.
This was all shown on a Twitch livestream (as well as to people in the full stadium). The stream was three hours long and, at points, there were over 700,00 people watching at once which is an impressive number. The tournament was eventually won by Fortnite superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.
Epic Games finally revealed this week that Fortnite is being made available for the Nintendo Switch . Unfortunately, though, crossplay has been blocked between the PS4 and Switch which has disappointed a number of users.  
Quite rightly, Xbox has been capitalizing on this situation on Twitter. 
Now, all we have to do is wait patiently for the game to be released on Android - once this happens, expect Fortnite’s numbers to balloon even more.
E3 is the world's largest exhibition for the games industry, stuffed full of the latest and greatest games, consoles, and gaming hardware. TechRadar is reporting live from Los Angeles all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated E3 2018 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about the next year in gaming.  
USA Today
158 d ago
Salah races to be fit for Egypt's World Cup opener v Uruguay
Mohamed Salah is expected to recover from a shoulder injury in time to play in the World Cup, but will he be fit enough to play Egypt's opening match against Uruguay?
         
 
 
The Guardian
158 d ago
UK Home Office bans 1,200 fans from going to Russia for World Cup
Those with history of football-related violence or disorder told to surrender passports
More than 1,200 Britons with a history of football-related violence or disorder have been blocked from going to the World Cup in Russia after having their passports seized.
The Football Banning Orders Authority (FBOA), part of the Home Office, has ordered 1,312 individuals subject to banning orders who hold a passport to surrender the document to police.
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Daily Mail
158 d ago
Ibrahimovic picks out Pogba andMbappe as the two star man to watch at the World Cup
Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be going to the Russia World Cup, but the iconic forward is sure keen to have his say on how he thinks things will play out.
TechRadar
158 d ago
Ultimate World Cup home entertainment setup: the AV tech you need to buy
When England won the World Cup in ‘66, home entertainment consisted of little more than a game of shove ha'penny and a couple of rounds of buttered tea cakes. If you wanted big screens and kick ass sound, you’d have to drag the sofa a little closer to the small black and white telly (rented) and wind up the volume dial.
Today, we expect a rather more immersive experience when lounging in our boxers. If you want to make the most of the FIFA Russia World Cup, and live sporting events to follow, then a new UHD TV screen and cinematic sound system constitute the bare essentials.
To help you prepare, we've shortlisted all the kit you need…
Best for... watching football Hisense U7a (HE55U7A1WTSG)
You don't need to spend a big bucks to get a big screen. Basic 50-inch panels can be had for a few hundred. Up your budget though, and you can take home a 55-incher built from the boots-up for footie. This Hisense even powers up with the FIFA logo!
It may not cost a transfer fee, but build quality is high. Smart connectivity is good too. Hisense’s connected interface offers easy access to apps, inputs, media and settings. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Youtube all support 4K streaming.  This set is compatible with HDR10 and HLG, and will  stream the World Cup in glorious 4K HDR via the BBC iPlayer app (if you are in the UK). 
UHD images are razor sharp and motion handling is spot on. Hisense’s Ultra Smooth Motion processing, specifically the Clear and Standard modes, keep players crisp and panning smooth. The cherry on the cake is a dedicated sports mode. The U7A auto detects sports content from its tuner and optimises picture and audio to suit. 
Best for... watching fast-moving sports Sony AF8 4K OLED
OLED is fast becoming the MVP at the higher-end of the telly market, and Sony’s AF8 dominates the front line. The KD-65AF8 combines superb imagery with class-leading motion handling.
Sony’s proprietary Motionflow processing does a remarkable job, smoothing pans and maintaining clarity. Our advice is toggle between Standard and Clear, and choose the one that works best for you, if you want to follow all the action.
The panel has premier league good looks. Clean and minimalist, a central foot provides support. There are no visible speakers, because the TV uses Acoustic Surface technology. The panel itself vibrates, courtesy of two attached actuators on the rear, which creates forward facing stereo sound. It sounds mad, but works brilliantly. Twin rear-mounted woofers lend extra depth.
While there’s no Freeview Play, a bespoke YouView app provides most of the same functionality. The core platform is the Android TV OS,  with integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant.  The AF8 can handle the BBC’s 4K HDR iPlayer streams, but also offers Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, DisneyLife and  Rakuten TV.
Key to picture performance is its X1 Extreme image processor. This supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. SDR handling is particularly good (significant given that ITV will not be showing its matches in 4K). There’s a faux HDR lift to SDR material that seems entirely naturalistic.
Best for... an all-in-one TV sound upgrade Q Acoustics M2 soundbase
Nothing builds excitement quite like good sound. While some tellies make a decent noise, a dedicated sound system will always pay back in dividends. If you want to crank it up, but keep things simple, then Q Acoustics Bluetooth-enabled M2 soundbase is the box to bring home. 
This all-in-one delivers with aplomb. Pop it under your TV (it’ll  take the weight of screens up to 25kg) or in a cabinet, and connect via either HDMI ARC to your display, or a digital optical audio lead. There’s no need for a seperate subwoofer, as the screen has a down-firing 100mm x 150mm dual voice-coil subwoofer on-board. Front-facing 58 x 58mm BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) drivers ensure a wide stereo spread.
Given that the M2 is plug ‘n’ play, there’s no auto calibration system to worry about. Two switches on the rear help optimise performance, but that’s about it. 
The M2 may be unapologetically stereophonic, but it delivers a stadium-sized soundstage that’s perfect for sports. A power plant of 80W (with 2 x 20W going to the stereo pair, and 40W going to the sub), keeps things lively.  
Best for... adding Dolby Atmos to your setup Sony STR-DN1080 AV receiver and Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos speakers
If you demand something more elaborate that a stereophonic soundbase, then an AV receiver with multichannel speakers is the obvious upgrade. For value as well as performance, our suggestion is the Sony STR-DN1080 Dolby Atmos AV receiver coupled to Focal Sib Evo Atmos speakers.
The Sony AVR features six 4K HDMI inputs, with two HDMI outputs, enabling it to support a TV as well as the projector. Other connectivity is covered by Bluetooth, Airplay and Chromecast Built-in (for audio only). You can even pair the AVR with Bluetooth headphones, if you’d rather listen to matches without disturbing family or flat mates. 
The STR-DN1080 has seven channels of grunty amplification, giving Dolby Atmos in a 5.1.2 configuration. Power output is (optimistically) rated at 165W per channel, but there’s no shortage of real world welly.  The STR-DN1080 also boasts phantom rears to give the impression of full wraparound crowd ambiance. While no World Cup matches are being broadcast in the UK in Dolby Atmos audio, this receiver is able to upmix a 5.1 stream, for a surprisingly effective listening experience. 
Partnering the STR-DN1080, is Focal’s Sib Evo Dolby Atmos loudspeaker package. It may be compact in design, but will have no problem recreating the roar of the crowd.
The Focal system comprises two Sib Evo (with integrated) Dolby Atmos upfirers for left/right and height, plus a Cub Evo subwoofer, and three Sib Evo satellites, which handle the rear surround and centre channels.  
Best for... projecting sports on a big screen Optoma UHD51 4K projector
If you want to supersize your soccer (and who doesn’t?), consider upgrading your TV to a projector. Optoma’s UHD51 is the cheapest 4K projector we’ve seen, and it’s bright enough to deliver pin sharp images in rooms with moderate ambient light.
Weighing just 5.22kg, it’s small enough to park on a coffee table, so you can fire it at walls and screens with ease.
Rear connections include two HDMI inputs, both of which are 4K ready. It also has an internal 5w sound system, so you don’t have to use outboard speakers. That said, you can always use it with a separate sound system (like our Sony STR-DN1080/Focal Sib Evo combo) if you want to audio to match the scale of its images.
Picture quality is excellent, offering beautiful detail with no visible pixel structure, even when watching at more than 100-inches across. The UHD51 features a  0.47-inch DMD device, which cleverly employs hyper-fast switching to create a 4K (8 million pixel) image from just over 2 million mirrors .
Crucially, the projector features top notch image interpolation, in the form of PureMotion. Our advice is keep the PureMotion mode High for all sports, to retain detail during fast action (probably not required for England matches).  
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Reuters
158 d ago
Russia bans fan leader deported from Euros from World Cup
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian fan group leader Alexander Shprygin said on Wednesday he had been denied a document required to attend World Cup matches.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
World Cup fans travelling to Russia are likely to have their phones HACKED by Russian spies
Fans travelling to the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off in Moscow on Thursday, should bring 'burner phones' that can be destroyed before heading home, intelligence officials said.
Daily Mail
158 d ago
Tickets still available for World Cup, including England opener
Tickets are still available for at least 20 matches at the World Cup in Russia — including England's Group G opener against Tunisia. FIFA insist it is because of 120,000 tickets being made available.
Business Insider
158 d ago
Spain has stunned the soccer world by firing its manager Julen Lopetegui the day before the World Cup — here's why
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Spain has sacked Julen Lopetegui. The decision to fire Lopetegui comes one day before the 2018 FIFA World Cup begins, and two days before Spain takes on Portugal in a huge Group B match. The Spanish FA felt Lopetegui acted unprofessionally for agreeing a deal to join Real Madrid after the World Cup ends in July — so it fired him. Read all of Business Insider's World Cup coverage here .
 
Spain has stunned the soccer world by sacking its manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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Reuters
158 d ago
Lopetegui fired by Spain two days before World Cup debut
KRASNODAR, Russia (Reuters) - Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked on Wednesday, two days before their opening World Cup match against Portugal, after the country's federation said he failed to tell them he had agreed to join Real Madrid after the tournament.
USA Today
158 d ago
Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui a day before World Cup begins
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SB Nation
158 d ago
Spain sack head coach Julen Lopetegui one day before 2018 World Cup begins
Lopetegui pays the price for accepting the Real Madrid job.
Julen Lopetegui has been sacked from his position as head coach of Spain . The decision was taken following Real Madrid’s announcement yesterday that Lopetegui would take over at the Bernabeu after the tournament. It appears that this didn’t go down well with Lopetegui’s bosses at the Spanish Football Federation:
Rubiales on why he sacked Lopetegui "The Spanish national team is the team of all the Spaniards. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid."
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) June 13, 2018
Lopetegui’s time in charge had been largely successful: they were unbeaten in qualification and among the favourites going into the tournament. Indeed, he had recently signed a new deal with Spain stretching up to Euro 2022. Instead, he’ll be heading to the Bernabeu a month early. It looks as though his replacement will be one of Albert Celades or Fernando Hierro, both of whom are already involved in the national set-up.
Reports suggest that a late appeal from the players, asking the federation to swallow their pride and focus on the World Cup , was unsuccessful. Quite how the squad will be feeling, having both lost their manager and been publicly ignored by the administrators, remains to be seen. Spain’s first game is on Friday, June 15, against Portugal . Should be a fun one.
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