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Keisuke Honda to coach Cambodia national team while playing in A-League

Honda signs two-year contract and won’t receive a salaryMelbourne Victory insist he won’t miss A-League matchesFormer Japan international Keisuke Honda has been named general manager of Cambodia’s national team just a week after signing for Melbourne V…

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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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The ecstasy and agony of the knockout stages – the best World Cup 2018 photos

We round up the best photography from the last-16 of the World Cup in Russia, including some penalty tension and last gasp goalsSee the opening week photos here and the second week here• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Con…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil reign while Sweden still edge England

With all the last-16 ties played we rank the teams who made it to the knockout stages of the World Cup, with Sweden and England rising while Spain plummet nine places to 16thIt looks like Brazil’s World Cup to lose now. They reduced Mexico to huff and …

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Fellaini and Chadli as game-changers? This World Cup is absolute chaos | Nick Miller

Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli play bit-part roles at their clubs but proved their worth with goals to beat JapanHearts sank like lost shoes in a muddy field in Manchester when the news emerged last week. Derision, resignation, bafflement: United …

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Belgium knock Japan out of World Cup with late goal in 3-2 last-16 win

Belgium scored a stunning late goal to secure progress to the World Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory in their last-16 tie against Japan.In four extraordinary minutes Japan rocked the Rostov Arena with goals to Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui just…

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World Cup 2018: Belgium v Japan – live!

World Cup last-16 updates from the 7pm BST kick-off???????2018?W?????????Neymar and Firmino take Brazil past Mexico into last eightAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.11pm BST Today’s referee, Malang Diedhiou, lists his occupation as…

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World Cup 2018: Belgium v Japan – live!

World Cup last-16 updates from the 7pm BST kick-off???????2018?W?????????Neymar and Firmino take Brazil past Mexico into last eightAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.11pm BST Today’s referee, Malang Diedhiou, lists his occupation as…

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World Cup 2018: Russia face Croatia in quarters, plus build-up to Brazil – live!

Rolling report with reaction and build-up to Brazil v MexicoWorld Cup Football Daily: From Spain’s exit to Ramos’s barberKieran Pender: Modric fluffs line but still prevails in Eriksen duelEmail or tweet your thoughts to Mike 5.37am BST You have to fee…

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Eden Hazard says the time is right for Belgium to reach their potential | Stuart James

Confident Hazard says the side are more mature now after chastening quarter-final defeats by Argentina at World Cup four years ago and Wales at Euro 2016It was one of those questions that some players would have wriggled out of answering properly and p…

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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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Japan manager Akira Nishino admits his own negative tactics left him unhappy

• Coach told his team to shut up shop• Tactics led to Senegal’s early exitAkira Nishino, the Japan coach, admitted his tactics in the final 10 minutes of their game against Poland were “very regrettable” and left him feeling unhappy, after he told his …

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Japan sneak through to World Cup last 16 despite Poland defeat

On a swelteringly hot evening full of twists and turns, Japan somehow scrambled into the knockout stage of the World Cup finals courtesy of a goal that was scored 400 miles away in Samara, by Colombia’s Yerry Mina, and by virtue of the fact that they p…

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Japan v Poland: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group H updates from the 3pm BST kick-offSenegal v Colombia: live updates of Group H’s other game???????? – Japanese language liveblog!And feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 2.46pm BST An email: “Commuter trains much quieter …

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Goals, celebrations and Maradona’s dismay – the best World Cup 2018 photos from week two

We round up the best photography from the second week of the World Cup in Russia, including some thumping strikes and tidy celebrations• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Senegal and Japan keep World Cup knockout hopes alive with 2-2 draw

Japan have brought their oldest ever squad to a World Cup and all that experience counted for something as they summoned the spirit and attacking intuition to twice drag themselves back into a match that challenged them in every way.There had been many…