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Nadal and Djokovic need to break silence over Saudi exhibition | Kevin Mitchell

The two players appear to have remained deaf to growing clamour over seeming endorsement of Saudi Arabia amid outrage over disappearance of Jamal KhashoggiRafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good nam…

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Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia | Marina Hyde

The widely carried rumours are the latest example of social media concoctions that swell well beyond their substanceEven in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glaz…

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How Lazio’s ultras must wish they had the cash reserves of Man City | Marina Hyde

City’s acclaimed behind-the-scenes documentary shows the soft power that has been bought by their Abu Dhabi ownersIt was the best of times, it was arguably not really the worst of times. Either way, we once again have football public relations to thank…

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Premier League​ games ‘screened illegally via Saudi satellite firm’

UK body representing top 20 clubs says it has compelling evidence of year-long piracy operationA Saudi government-owned satellite firm is linked to the illegal screening of Premier League football matches across the Middle East and north Africa, the Pr…

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George Groves and Callum Smith to fight for titles in Saudi Arabia

• Super Series final confirmed for 28 September• Groves’s WBA title will also be on the line in JeddahThe World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final between George Groves and Callum Smith will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 28 September.In …

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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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Football and fat fees: questions raised over funding of sporting conference

Was ‘sports integrity’ event that repeatedly questioned 2022 World Cup decision funded by Qatar rivals?After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an…

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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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Salem al-Dawsari snatches win for Saudi Arabia against Egypt

Saudi Arabia managed their first win at the 2018 World Cup by beating Egypt 2-1 with a last-gasp winner that eclipsed Mohamed Salah’s 22nd minute goal in Monday’s Group A game between the two eliminated teams.Saudi Arabia finished third in the group st…

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Saudi Arabia v Egypt: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group A updates from the 3pm BST kick-offUruguay v Russia – live! Join Jacob Steinberg nowAny thoughts? Email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 2.28pm BST Saudi Arabia: Al-Mosailem, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Motaz Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Bahbir, Al-F…

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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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Saudi woman to drive Formula One car to mark end of ban

Aseel Al Hamad to take lap of Le Castellet circuit ahead of French Grand PrixAseel Al Hamad is to make a further breakthrough for Saudi Arabian women by driving a Formula One car ahead of the French Grand Prix. The lap of the Le Castellet circuit comes…

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Luis Suárez sends Uruguay through with victory over Saudi Arabia

• Group A: Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia (Suárez 23)• Uruguay and Russia through to the last 16Uruguay sealed their place in the last 16 with an 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia that means the host nation Russia are also through to the knockout stages.Luis Suá…

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World Cup 2018: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia – live!

World Cup Group A updates from the 4pm BST kick-offRonaldo strikes again to dump Morocco out of World Cup Email Barry here. Tweet @bglendenning 3.17pm BST Related: Saudi Arabia players land safely at Rostov after plane caught fire in flight 3.17pm B…

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The worst World Cup teams: can Saudi Arabia avoid the list? | Ben Fisher

From Zaire’s 9-0 pounding by Yugoslavia to North Korea being accused of betraying the nation in a six-hour dressing down, becoming a World Cup flop is best avoidedSaudi Arabia crashed to a 5-0 defeat in their opening match against Russia, and Uruguay’s…

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Saudi Arabia players land safely at Rostov after plane caught fire in flight

• On-board video shows flames licking around one of the wings• Saudi Arabia prepare to face Uruguay in Group A on WednesdaySaudi Arabia’s plane has landed safely despite a terrifying incident when it caught fire during their flight to Rostov-on-Don for…

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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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Pomp, absurdity and goals galore get Russia’s show off to a delirious start

Opening night in Moscow had grandeur and hugeness, plus a home team so urgent and creative it was tempting to wonder if a Russia+1 filter had been placed over the pitchTake that! On opening night in Moscow the World Cup turned a full-flush red, setting…

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World Cup 2018: Opening ceremony and Russia’s flying start – in pictures

The best images from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as the 2018 World Cup got under way with Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina starring in a glamorous opening ceremony before the host nation got off to a dream start with a 5-0 defeat of …