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World Cup: Argentinian FA sorry for guide on how to talk to Russian women

Manual was issued to players, officials and journalistsAFA says chapter on talking to Russian women printed in errorThere are more than a few concerns before next month’s World Cup in Russia: the threat of hooliganism, the country’s patchy record on LG…

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Nessun Dorma podcast: from Eric Cantona to Glenn Hoddle and Kenny G

The pod discuss the greatest player of all time, musical failures, televised football and Manchester United’s first title for 26 yearsModern life is a great advert for nostalgia. That’s why we started Nessun Dorma, a semi-regular podcast about football…

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World Cup stunning moments: Diego Maradona’s Hand of God | Scott Murray

The 1986 quarter-final between England and Argentina is famous for one of football’s most iconic moments. But there was more to this goal – and match – than a single act of larcenyHigh noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final sho…

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Lionel Messi’s supercharged genius the ideal antidote to grey World Cup | Barney Ronay

Argentina may look in a sorry state but their No 10 could offer something redemptive, a happy ending of sorts, a way of making Russia’s World Cup beautifulI see a bad moon rising: I see trouble up ahead. Or if not quite trouble, then some interest…

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Ramshackle Argentina show they need Lionel Messi more than ever | Marcela Mora y Araujo

The 6-1 defeat against Spain, without Messi, showed Argentina’s chances of a third World Cup rest entirely on his shouldersWhat was meant to be a chance for Argentina to consolidate their idea of the game, to try different relationships on the field, t…

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International football: talking points from the latest friendlies

Argentina are in a mess, England should go for all-out attack and Kylian Mbappé’s heroics are papering over French cracksBefore this game, Jorge Sampaoli had said that when it comes to the World Cup, Lionel Messi has a revolver pressed against his head…

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Spain’s winning identity intact as they hit Argentina for six in friendly win

For a long time Spain lamented the fact that they were world champions of friendlies but not when it came to the actual tournaments, so there will be a reluctance to fall into the old, momentarily forgotten trap of reading too much into results such as…

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Germany v Brazil, Spain v Argentina and more: international football – live!

England v Italy – live! Join Scott Murray for the latestFollow all the goals from the international friendliesAnd feel free to email Nick or ping him a tweet 7.53pm BST And it has finished Switzerland 6-0 Panama. That was very poor from Panama’s defenc…

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Argentina have too much for Italy at the half-empty Etihad Stadium

• Banega and Lanzini on target for 2014 World Cup finalists• Messi on the bench for Argentina but failed to appear on the pitchLionel Messi watched from the stands as Argentina began their World Cup build-up with a lacklustre 2-0 win over Italy at the …

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Germany v Spain, Italy v Argentina and more: international football – live!

Live: Netherlands v England minute-by-minuteLive scoreboard: all the latest from Friday’s matchesAnd you can email Nick here or tweet him here 7.17pm GMT There are other friendlies *ongoing*, some of which you might find interesting, relevant or both:T…

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Gianluigi Buffon hits out at Italy critics as he prepares to face Lionel Messi

• Italy to take on Argentina in Manchester friendly• ‘People enjoy controversy … I’m not here to showcase’Gianluigi Buffon issued a stern rebuke to his critics as he arrived in England to add to his record cap tally with Italy.The veteran goalkeeper …

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World Cup stunning moments: Cameroon stun Argentina in 1990

François Omam-Biyik’s goal and an unheralded team of journeymen defeated Diego Maradona’s world championsOf the great World Cup upsets – the USA’s victory over England in 1950, North Korea’s over Italy in 1966 and Algeria’s over West Germany in 1982 pr…

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Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with ‘agreement and support’ of Murdoch’s Fox executives

Documents form part of sprawling investigation into football corruptionTestimony in Fifa trial places Fox executives in meetings with corrupt officialsSenior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation are alleged to have agreed for mil…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …

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Russia World Cup 2018 draw: team-by-team guide to all 32 countries

With the draw taking place in Moscow on Friday, here is everything you need to know about the teams, from star players to tactics and the ones to watch Continue reading…

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Ex-football official killed himself hours after bribery accusations in Fifa trial

• 52-year-old Jorge Delhon was accused of accepting $500,000 in bribes• Argentinian accused by key witness in an ongoing Fifa corruption trialA former Argentinian football official took his own life on Tuesday, just hours after he was accused of taking…

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Sergio Agüero taken to hospital after fainting in dressing room during Argentina defeat

• Striker ‘had a blackout’ and was taken to hospital for routine examinations• Alex Iwobi scores twice as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2Sergio Agüero was taken to a hospital for checks after he fainted during half-time of Argentina’s 4-2 friendly defeat to…

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Argentina take aim at winning World Cup after somehow emerging from chaos

A year ago the Argentinian FA was on its knees and Lionel Messi wanted to quit international football. On Saturday they play Russia in Moscow with fresh hopeOn Saturday Argentina face Russia in a friendly at the Luzhniki Stadium, a venue the team now h…

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‘Messi’s last chance to become a God’: Argentina fans on the 2018 World Cup

Argentina put their fans through agony on their way to securing their place in Russia. We went to Buenos Aires to endure and enjoy it with themBy Copa90, for the Guardian Sport NetworkArgentina are playing Russia on Saturday afternoon in the Luzhniki S…

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World Cup play-offs, final qualifiers and friendlies: 10 things to look out for

Republic of Ireland walk disciplinary tightrope, Italians seek revenge, Morocco and Senegal look for final step and will Wilfried Zaha be Ivory Coast’s saviour?Northern Ireland and Switzerland last met in a competitive fixture in 1964, when a home team…