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World Cup stunning moments: Austria’s Wunderteam | John Ashdown

In 1934 a revolutionary Austrian side reached the World Cup semi-finals on the back of a storming run. History beckoned. And then turned its backOn the morning of 23 January 1939 Gustav Hartmann burst through the door of a Vienna apartment in search of…

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Fifa’s fantastical diversions: stop fretting about Russia, start meddling with Qatar | Marina Hyde

Global political turmoil might be set to wreck Russia’s World Cup but, fear not, Gianni Infantino won’t take his eye off the ball and has some interesting other ideas for us allTwo months out from a World Cup hosted by an aspirant rogue state, what is …

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England winning the World Cup would take ‘a miracle’, says Kyle Walker

England defender questions experience of squad in knockout stagesWalker says players and fans need to be realisticKyle Walker believes it will take “a miracle” for England to win the World Cup and has questioned whether the side has the experience nece…

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Experience the saving grace for Joe Hart in keepers’ World Cup battle | Ed Aarons

He has struggled for games and form but Gareth Southgate is still set to take his 75-cap goalkeeper to Russia despite the claims of England’s younger trio‘Three days ago against Spain, I felt like crying,” admitted Vikash Dhorasoo. “I’m not a supporter…

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World Cup hosts Russia charged with fan racism during France friendly

• Monkey chants were aimed at players last month in St Petersburg • Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings against the RFUFifa has charged World Cup hosts Russia with fan racism less than two months before the tournament begins.Monkey chants were aimed at…

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World Cup stunning moments: Dennis Bergkamp’s wonder goal | Rob Smyth

On 4 July 1998 the forward took three divine touches, scored the perfect goal and sent the Netherlands into the semi-finalsBobby Moore never got a bathmat wet in his life. Mike Summerbee, who sometimes shared a room with Moore on England trips, said he…

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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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David Squires on … the new Socceroos strip

This week our cartoonist casts his eye over the latest Australia kit which has unsurprisingly split opinion Take a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoons Continue reading…

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Trump official: football fans should ‘think twice’ about Russia World Cup

Senior White House staffer says consular services threatenedTrump-Putin meeting will ‘thrash out’ US-Russia relationsFootball fans should “think twice” about travelling to the World Cup in Russia this summer as consular services are threatened by the d…

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Tunisia rocked as star player Youssef Msakni is ruled out of World Cup

• Tunisia set to face England, Belgium and Panama in Russia• Coach says losing Msakni is like Argentina playing without MessiEngland’s opening World Cup opponents, Tunisia, have suffered a shattering blow as their star player, Youssef Msakni, sustained…

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Don’t believe the scare stories. Foreign fans will be protected better than some might deserve

A Russian journalist believes his country’s love of English football will protect all but the most violent travelling supporters during the World CupAbout six months ago a big Russian publishing house asked me to write a book before the World Cup. I su…

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Rafael Benítez backs Jonjo Shelvey’s claims for an England World Cup call

• ‘Forget past, he would be great in Russia,’ says Newcastle manager• Shelvey received the last of his six England caps three years agoRafael Benítez has lent his voice to the increasingly compelling argument for Jonjo Shelvey’s inclusion in England’s …

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World Cup stunning moments: Mussolini’s blackshirts’ 1938 win

In 1938 Italy went to France and shrugged off protests and wild unpopularity to successfully defend their World Cup crownThe critical moment was … when our players raised their hands to give the fascist salute … I entered the stadium with our players, …

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Salisbury poisoning’s role in England’s World Cup downfall? There isn’t one

It is farcical that the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is being analysed through the prism of how it may affect Gareth Southgate’s England side at the World Cup in RussiaTo properly stress-test any theory, you have to take it to extremes. We can…

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World Cup stunning moments: Andrés Escobar’s deadly own goal | Barry Glendenning

An own goal at USA 94 led to horrific ramifications for Colombia’s captain, who paid the heaviest of prices for the failings of society as much as his national teamLife doesn’t end here. We have to go on. Life cannot end here. No matter how difficult, …

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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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Sports quiz of the week: Joshua v Parker, World Cup winners and a mascot

Who won at home? Who is a proud dad? And who fears for his place? Related: José Mourinho or Donald Trump: who said it? Eight countries have won the World Cup. Which three of them lost to other World Cup-winning nations in the international break?Nether…

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Fifa confirms no British referees will take part at 2018 World Cup

• List of 36 officials contains none from home countries• First World Cup since 1938 without British refereeThere will be no British referees at the World Cup this summer for the first time in 80 years, Fifa has confirmed.Football’s governing body has …

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Paul Pogba was colossal for France but they need to sort out their defence

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé shone against Russia but France should forget about winning the World Cup with this defenceBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsPaul Pogba’s ferocious performance against an admittedly poor Russia team on Tuesday was s…

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Cost to fill Panini World Cup sticker book is £734, says maths prof

But Paul Harper calculates that swapping duplicates with friends will reduce cost to about £250 A maths professor from Cardiff has calculated that filling this year’s World Cup sticker book will cost collectors £773.60. Prof Paul Harper has devised a f…