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2018 World Cup

2018 WORLD CUP NEWS

Friends in Leningrad

July 24, 2018 1:13 am

The World Cup showcased the softer side of Russian players — and their country.

Pussy Riot's pitch invasion at World Cup final to 'defy Vladimir Putin': All you need to know

July 16, 2018 7:22 pm

Founded in 2011, Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest group that has staged provocative guerrilla performances in public places and have voiced their criticism against Vladimir Putin (whom they describe as dictator) and other Russian allies.

FIFA World Cup 2018: 'Just another night' for Belgium

July 11, 2018 3:20 pm

The result against France will hurt Belgium, a team of so-called golden generation of players, who came to Russia looking to erase memories of the shock defeat against Wales in the 2016 European Championship quarterfinals.

World Cup excitement grips football fan clubs in Mumbai

June 17, 2018 5:11 am

Lower Parel, had people on the edge of their seats, with a few Spanish fans running around the area in a victory lap when Spain went up 3-2, only to witness a third Portuguese goal sending almost everyone else into a frenzy.

Markets turn down the volume when the World Cup starts

June 13, 2018 12:02 pm

Be warned! Financial markets tend to act like any emotional soccer fan during the matches — they go quiet and nervy and don't like losing.

Spain and Serbia close in on 2018 World Cup spots

September 06, 2017 11:35 am

Spain followed up 3-0 win over Italy by crushing Liechtenstein 8-0 to remain top of Group G, three points ahead of the Azzurri, who labored to a 1-0 win over Israel. Only the nine group winners automatically advance from European qualifying.

Tite to make four changes to Brazil side vs Colombia

September 05, 2017 1:44 pm

Fernandinho will replace Casemiro in midfield, while Firmino will take the place of Gabriel Jesus up front. Thiago Silva, meanwhile, is expected to replace injured Miranda, while Filipe Luis is favourite to come in at full back for the suspended Marcelo.

Amid war, Syria hopes to reach World Cup for first time

September 05, 2017 12:57 pm

The national team is made up of government-approved supporters, although at least one player was an opposition activist. Striker Firas al-Khatib was often seen attending fundraising events.

My decision is made, says Wayne Rooney on International retirement

September 03, 2017 6:39 pm

Wayne Rooney said, "I think the lads now who are trying to qualify for Russia, if they get there they're the players who will deserve to play in the tournament, so my decision is made."

Japan can be World Cup challengers, not tourists in Russia, says coach Vahid Halilhodzic

September 01, 2017 1:49 pm

Japan qualified for their sixth successive finals appearance with an emphatic 2-0 victory over Asian champions Australia in Saitama on Thursday. They're now assured of finishing top of Group B in Asian qualifying before their final match away to second-placed Saudi Arabia

2018 WORLD CUP VIDEOS

FIFA World Cup 2018 Final: France vs Croatia Match Preview

July 14, 2018 2:16 pm

The final World Cup match will be played in Moscow on Sunday between France and Croatia before we have to wait another four years for the world's biggest football tournament to return. France, World Cup champions of 1998 will play Croatia, who are pl

FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi-Final | England vs Croatia Match Preview

July 10, 2018 1:03 pm

FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi-Final: England vs Croatia Match Preview In the second semifinal clash of the World Cup 2018, it will be England who will take on Croatia. The two teams have defeated tough oppositions in the knockouts and will be eager to rea