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Mohamed Salah given honorary citizenship by Chechen leader – video

Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov grants honorary citizenship to striker Mohamed Salah on Friday at a banquet in Grozny. Kadyrov gave a short speech and pinned a badge bearing the Chechen flag to the Liverpool forward’s shirtMohamed Salah ‘honoured’ with …

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‘I’m still shaking’: Belgium fans happy after 5-2 win over Tunisia – video

Belgium and Tunisia fans react with contrasting emotions following Belgium’s 5-2 win in Moscow on SaturdayBelgium romp past Tunisia with Hazard and Lukaku doubles Continue reading…

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England striker Jamie Vardy ‘can’t stand’ Love Island – video

England striker Jamie Vardy has discussed how his team-mates relax. Vardy credits the squad watching reality TV and playing video games together for helping them to beat Tunisia but admits Love Island is not for himEngland have gone from inflated egos …

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Fans celebrate Switzerland beating Serbia in World Cup – video

Swiss fans celebrated beating Serbia 2-1 in Kaliningrad, while Kosovans in Pristina were also happy as the Swiss goals were scored by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who have Albanian heritageXhaka and Shaqiri goal celebrations bring Balkan politics …

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England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold: ‘All positions still up for grabs’ before Panama game – video

England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold says the World Cup squad have not been told who will be starting against Panama on Sunday and that ‘all positions are up for grabs’. Alexander-Arnold also expressed sympathy for his Liverpool team-mate Mo Salah who miss…

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‘It hurts my soul’: Argentina fans in Buenos Aires react to Croatia defeat – video

Supporters in Argentina’s capital city react to their team’s 3–0 defeat to Croatia at the World Cup. One fan told reporters: ‘I came here hoping for a draw … I don’t know what to tell my son’. The loss is Argentina’s heaviest in the group stage …

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Like the Gods: footballers as historic paintings – in pictures

The Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg is hosting an art project by the Italian artist Fabrizio Birimbelli entitled Like the Gods. The project presents a series of more than 40 portraits of world football stars and coaches in his…

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Faces of the World Cup: fans from around the world show their colours

Whether you support Senegal or Switzerland, the World Cup is a great excuse to get out the face paint or lion mask and display your patriotic pride Continue reading…

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Faces of the World Cup: fans from around the world show their colours

Whether you support Senegal or Switzerland, the World Cup is a great excuse to get out the face paint or lion mask and display your patriotic pride Continue reading…

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Croatian fans react after shocking 3-0 victory over Argentina – video

Croatia fans celebrated their 3-0 win in their world cup group D match. Some were already sure that their team would be the new world champions following confident performances against Nigeria and Argentina. Continue reading…

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Football transfer rumours: Mertens to Chelsea? Banega to Arsenal?

Today’s fluff knows what it wantsIt seems more a case of when and not if Maurizio Sarri whizzes through the revolving door at Stamford Bridge, and when he does, in close pursuit will be the former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola, who is in talks to ret…

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‘Football’s coming home’: England fans ecstatic after late Harry Kane winner – video

England fans have hailed captain Harry Kane as their hero after the team beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening World Cup match on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd. The Tottenham striker scored twice including a stoppage-time winner as he led his sid…

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World Cup fan zone reaction to Harry Kane’s England winner against Tunisia – video

Watch the moment England fans in Moscow saw captain Harry Kane score the late winner against TunisiaKane double delivers England win in World Cup opener Continue reading…

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‘I’ve never been a fan’: Australia’s Trent Sainsbury frustrated with VAR – video

Trent Sainsbury has voiced his frustrations with video assistant referees (VAR) following Australia’s narrow defeat to France, which was aided by technology. The Socceroos lost 2-1 in their World Cup opener after a VAR-assisted penalty and a match winn…

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France’s Blaise Matuidi says international football is ‘complicated’ – video

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has said France, Brazil, Argentina and Germany’s struggles in the World Cup thus far show that the standard of international football has improved. Matuidi added that France need “to be focused on ourselves first” as they face…

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Patrice Evra criticised for ‘patronising’ applause of Eni Aluko – video

Patrice Evra has been heavily criticised on social media after applauding Eni Aluko’s football knowledge. Some Twitter users said Evra  had been ‘utterly patronising’ and ‘misogynistic’ to his fellow World Cup pundit. England international Aluko w…

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Fabian Delph on ‘fiery’ England and working harder than Kevin De Bruyne – video

Fabian Delph has described England’s training sessions as ‘fiery’ and ‘spicy’ before their World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday. The midfielder also praised the influence his club manager Pep Guardiola has had on the England squad, with Mancheste…

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Australia fans proud despite France defeat as VAR comes into play– video

Australia fans said they were proud of their team after a narrow defeat by France in their opening match of Russia 2018. VAR served only to deliver more contention as technology played a decisive role in France’s 2-1 win over the SocceroosPaul Pog…

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Spain’s Nacho on Ronaldo foul : ‘I wouldn’t have given the penalty’ – video

Spain’s Nacho says that he did make contact with Ronaldo in the penalty box after only two minutes of play but that he ‘wouldn’t have given the penalty’. Spain defender Gerard Pique accused Ronaldo of diving to win the penalty, which was awarded with t…

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World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo saves Portugal in classic clash with Spain

Spain were held by Cristiano Ronaldo’s reigning European champions in a six-goal thriller which ended with a stunning free-kick Continue reading…