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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performancesI could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. …

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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…

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Neymar’s roll to Southgate’s waistcoats: the World Cup’s most watched moments – video

The 2018 World Cup was quite the tournament. Here we look back at Neymar rolling, Panama celebrating their first goal in the World Cup ever, the return of football’s coming home and more Continue reading…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama lastIt is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. Neymar has pranced and preened, par…

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VAR: the World Cup verdict so far – some success but more clarity needed | Sachin Nakrani

The multiple controversies surrounding Iran v Portugal and Morocco v Spain showed that VAR can create as much argument as it resolves but in other areas it has worked wellSo here we go again, another discussion about VAR. It feels like a day hasn’t pas…

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World Cup 2018: Iran close to stunning Portugal but Quaresma goal enough for draw

A late penalty earned a draw for Iran against Portugal in a bad-tempered group decider in Saransk that was dominated by VAR decisions and saw Portugal go through to the knockout stages despite tense final minutes of the game. Related: Iran v Portugal: …

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World Cup 2018: Iran v Portugal – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST kick-offSuárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s partyAny thoughts? You can email Simon or tweet @simon_burnton 5.18pm BST To start with, the bare facts: Iran need to win; Portugal must not lose. …

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Iran women fans resist harassment to attend team’s game with Spain | Shaun Walker

Campaigners against a ban on female fans in Iran going to games have taken their battle to Russia where they watched their team’s second match despite invasive security checksWhen Iran take on Portugal in Saransk on Monday night, there will be a group …

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Iran’s female football supporters make history at World Cup stadium screening

Ban on attending sporting events at stadiums lifted to allow women in Tehran to watch Iran v SpainIran’s female football supporters have made history in Tehran – for the first time in 37 years they were able to attend a sporting event in the Azadi stad…

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Diego Costa gets luck of the bounce as Spain deny stubborn Iran

Amid the din, Iran’s footballers collapsed to the floor exhausted and someone decided to put Y Viva España on the PA system. Spain had lived, but dangerously. Iran had been defeated, but only just.Three times Carlos Queiroz’s team might have scored: th…

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Iran v Spain: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST kick-offThe long and friendly history between Hierro and QuierozEmail Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.06pm BST Iran: Beiranvand; Ramil, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Haji Safi; Karim, Omid, Ezatolahi, Amiri; …

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Great Satan 1-2 Iran: the most politically charged match in World Cup history

Iran’s surprise start in Russia comes 20 years after a breakout win over the USA in a match fraught with political underpinningsThere was a small rubber ball, dusty streets and not much else. This was Jalal Talebi’s childhood growing up in Tehran in th…

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‘The fact we exist is huge’: Iran’s women plotting course to world stage

Twelve years ago Kat Khosrowyar arrived in Iran on holiday. Now she’s driving a revolution in women’s football thereTo say things have changed for women’s football in Iran since Katayoun Khosrowyar first arrived in the country more than 12 years ago wo…

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Fernando Hierro right man to unite Spain, says Iran’s Carlos Queiroz

Managers of Iran and Spain have a shared history but their mutual appreciation will be tested at the World Cup in KazanReal Madrid were supposed to be celebrating the league title the night the president called time on the manager and the captain. It w…

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Joy, despair and crunching tackles: the best World Cup 2018 photos

We round up the best photography from the opening four days of the World Cup 2018• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal in added time hands Iran win against Morocco

Even when the World Cup is bad, you absolutely have to watch because something you will still be talking about for years could happen at any moment. Unfortunately for Aziz Bouhaddouz Morocco might be discussing his injury-time own-goal, that gave Iran …

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Morocco v Iran: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 4pm BST matchEgypt 0-1 Uruguay – Giménez header earns late winAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 2.57pm BST World Cup Football Daily: Our Football Weekly podcast has gone daily for the duration of…

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Indian chess champion quits competition in Iran over headscarf rule

Soumya Swaminathan has withdrawn from the Asian chess championship because of a rule requiring her to wear a headscarfAn Indian chess champion has withdrawn from an international competition in Iran, saying a rule requiring her to wear a headscarf woul…

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Fast friends: how World Cup squads have dealt with Ramadan

Fasting during daylight hours is obligatory during the Muslim festival, and the seven teams in Russia from largely Islamic nations have found various ways of tackling the issueAs World Cup 2018 begins in Russia, the Muslim festival of Ramadan is ending…

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Iran coach Queiroz demands apology as Nike refuse to supply World Cup boots

• ‘This arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous’• President Trump reimposed sanctions against Iran in MayThe Iran head coach, Carlos Queiroz, has demanded an apology from Nike after the US sportswear firm said it could not supply the …