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The beaten finalists who were more memorable than the champions

Roberto Baggio in 1994, Holland in the 1970s and Bayern Munich’s late heartache in 1999 – sometimes losers leave more enduring images than winnersBy Mark Sanderson for When Saturday Comes, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAs captain it was my job to go up …

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Fifa removed investigator on trail of Russia World Cup chief Vitaly Mutko

• Cornel Borbély examining doping allegations when tenure terminated• Mutko faces football ban if Fifa was to agree with Wada and IOCCornel Borbély, Fifa’s ethics committee chairman, was investigating the alleged role of Russia’s deputy prime minister …

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Tim Cahill has next club lined up, says Kevin Muscat

Cahill walked away from Melbourne City on Wednesday after agreeing terms to rip up his contract Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he knows Tim Cahill well enough to believe he has his next playing deal stitched up.Cahill sensationally walked fr…

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FA’s Greg Clarke to embark on global tour with 2030 World Cup in mind

• FA chairman Greg Clarke looking to build bridges in Africa and Asia• World Cup tournament in 13 years’ time will have 48 teamsThe chairman of the Football Association is to embark on a worldwide tour of other Fifa member countries on a charm offensiv…

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Fifa’s desperate dependence on Russia exposed in flimsy response to IOC ban | David Conn

The governing body’s willingness to let Vitaly Mutko, a man banned from the Olympics over state-sponsored doping, run next year’s World Cup shows how ethically compromised it remainsHow awkward it has been for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino, …

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Southgate’s job safe whatever the results in Russia, says FA’s Martin Glenn

• Chief executive says FA has ‘realistic’ World Cup expectations• 2018 finals seen as staging post for ‘sustainable’ team developmentGareth Southgate has been told he will keep his job even if England lose all their group stage matches at Russia 2018, …

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Gareth Southgate toughens up England for hard campaign at Russia 2018

The manager has steeled his side for shared hardship to win through at the World Cup and wants a team of leaders rather than one set captainIf anything about last month’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil set a resounding tone for Gareth Southgate …

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Brazil regain favourite status but it feels good just to be at the World Cup | Amy Lawrence

Brazil have recovered from their 7-1 shame in 2014, while Germany maintain their winners’ aura and Russia have to show they can lay on a world-class partyIt should not come as any surprise for Brazil and Germany to be earmarked as favourites for the Wo…

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World Cup draw: France likely to dominate Australia’s group

There’s less certainty about Peru and Denmark as the Socceroos distract themselves from potentially ruinous chaos in FFAIt could have been better for Australia, but it sure could have been a lot worse. As the Socceroos distract themselves from the pote…

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England manager Gareth Southgate on the World Cup draw – video

Gareth Southgate gives his reaction to the draw in Moscow for the World Cup next year in Russia. ‘We’re excited now that we know who we’re playing,’ says the England manager. The Three Lions will take on Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Russia next yearE…

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World Cup 2018 draw: England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

• ‘It would be folly for us not to be serious and make sure our mentality is right’• Manager remembers playing for England when they beat Tunisia at France 98Gareth Southgate attempted to dampen expectations for Russia 2018 despite England being drawn …

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Fates and Diego Maradona hand England a World Cup group of hope | Barney Ronay

Tunisia and Panama give Gareth Southgate’s men a winnable start in the World Cup before they face Belgium’s galaxy of Premier League starsWelcome, once again, to the world. The balls have been cracked, the teams grouped off, the dates and venues parcel…

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World Cup: Socceroos drawn with France, Denmark and Peru

Australia avoid the brutal draw of 2014, but still face a huge challenge to reach the knockout stage against three teams in the world’s top 12 The Socceroos will start their 2018 World Cup campaign against former champions and tournament fancies Franc…

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Russia 2018: a guide to the cities and stadiums for England’s group games

World Cup fans based in Moscow will find the Panama game the easiest to get to while travel to one of the others could include an 18-hour train journeyWhile the World Cup draw has been kind to England in footballing terms, the travel logistics are rath…

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World Cup fixtures: the full schedule for Russia 2018

We run down the planned schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, kicking off in Moscow on 14 June and finishing back at the Luzhniki on 15 July14 June: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 7.45pm, Group A) Continue reading…

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‘ITV can have that’: the internet reacts to the World Cup 2018 draw

Football fans and media around the globe used social media to laugh along as the World Cup draw for Russia 2018 took place in MoscowFootball fans around the world might have stopped what they were doing to watch the World Cup draw in the Kremlin, but t…

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England draw Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in 2018 World Cup group

• Gareth Southgate’s side avoid likes of France, Argentina and Brazil• Holders Germany in same group as Mexico, Sweden and Costa RicaEngland’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup were handed a boost after they were assigne…

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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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Gary Lineker fronting World Cup draw for Fifa feels like a kind of betrayal | Barney Ronay

Lineker has been one of Fifa’s most visceral critics and it is baffling to find him presiding over events in Moscow, even in an industry where the phrase ’complete moral volte-face’ tends to draw blank looksAs the days ticked down you kept thinking he …

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Gary Lineker fronting World Cup draw for Fifa feels like a kind of betrayal | Barney Ronay

Lineker has been one of Fifa’s most visceral critics and it is baffling to find him presiding over events in Moscow, even in an industry where the phrase ’complete moral volte-face’ tends to draw blank looksAs the days ticked down you kept thinking he …