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Category: World Cup 2018

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Van Marwijk’s Socceroos appointment shows lack of long-term direction

The Dutchman has no incentive to invest in the future of Australian footballBert van Marwijk made a solid first impression as Socceroos coach last week. He lobbied persuasively for his career to be appraised without such laser beam focus on the notorio…

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Jeremy Corbyn says players should walk off if racially abused at World Cup

• Labour leader fears racism may overshadow Russia event• Corbyn urges Tottenham fans to abandon ‘Yid Army’ chantJeremy Corbyn has urged England players to walk out during World Cup matches in Russia this summer if that is the only way they feel racist…

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England to wear ‘classic’ World Cup kit for Russia 2018

• All 28 national teams based in St George’s Park will wear kits• The kits add to excitement around national teams, says FAEngland have unveiled their World Cup kit for the tournament in Russia, including new home and away kits. The outfits will be wor…

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Bert van Marwijk vows to do it his way as Socceroos coach

‘I like creative football … but I also like to win’ says new Australia boss, signalling shift from Ange Postecoglou era Any Australian football fans retaining hope the new Socceroos coach, Bert van Marwijk, might continue on Ange Postecoglou’s philosop…

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Russia World Cup could be ruined due to locusts on the pitch, officials fear

Swarms could attack green grass and cause a ‘global scandal’, says agriculture ministry officialSwarms of locusts pose a threat to Russia’s World Cup because they could attack pitches, causing a “global scandal“, an agriculture ministry official said o…

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Arabian flight: why are nine Saudis playing in Spain before World Cup?

Saudi Arabia have sent players to Spanish clubs keen to expand their appeal in the Middle East but will anyone gain?Sporting Gijón’s welcome tweet to greet a new signing on 21 January got the name of the player – Abdullah al-Hamdan – mixed up with the …

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Bert van Marwijk: why has FFA again opted for philosophical opposite of predecessor? | Ante Jukic

The Socceroos’ lack of continuity from an ideological standpoint in the coaching role raises questionsUninspiring, pragmatic, Dutch. These three words have dominated the initial response to Bert van Marwijk’s hire as Socceroos coach for this year’s Wor…

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‘World class’ Bert van Marwijk named new Socceroos coach

Dutchman to lead Australia at this year’s World Cup‘A compelling choice,’ says FFA chairman Steven LowyBert Van Marwijk has been confirmed as the man to lead Australia in their World Cup campaign later this year in Russia.The Dutchman took Holland to t…

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VAR edges closer to confirmation for 2018 World Cup

• Ifab recommend video technology be approved for use• Decision taken in Geneva seen as a crucial seal of approvalVideo Assistant Referees (VAR) took another step towards becoming part and parcel of football after the International Football Association…

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Socceroos to play Colombia in London as part of World Cup preparations

New coach to run rule over players on 27 March Game comes four days after friendly against Norway in OsloThe Socceroos’ preparations for the 2018 World Cup will take in a friendly match in the familiar surrounds of Craven Cottage against Colombia on 27…

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Socceroos to play Colombia in London as part of World Cup preparations

New coach to run rule over players on 27 March Game comes four days after friendly against Norway in OsloThe Socceroos’ preparations for the 2018 World Cup will take in a friendly match in the familiar surrounds of Craven Cottage against Colombia on 27…

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David Squires on … the runners and riders to become Socceroos coach

This week our cartoonist runs the rule over the candidates to replace Ange Postecoglou after a speedy (in FFA terms) initial consultation processTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More …

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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Russia accuses British media of ‘pumping out’ propaganda against World Cup hosts

• Foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova says press ‘conjuring’ stories• ‘We learned that reporters received a state order to launch a smear campaign’Russia has accused the British media of “conjuring” up government-led propaganda in the leadup …

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Graham Arnold is the standout candidate and should already be Socceroos coach

Coach of every national team should be the same as the players, a free market off the field of play is contrary to the idea of country vs countrySix weeks on from Ange Postecoglou’s resignation and a month since the announcement of a many-handed recrui…

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Vitaly Mutko steps down as head of Russia World Cup organising committee

• Mutko dogged by allegations of involvement in Russia’s doping program• Two days ago Mutko suspended his role as head of country’s football unionVitaly Mutko, a Russian deputy prime minister who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in the cou…

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Vitaly Mutko quits football role before 2018 World Cup to fight doping ban

Russian deputy prime minister also considering resigning as local World Cup organiser as he appeals against Olympic life ban Vitaly Mutko, a Russian deputy prime minister who was banned for life from the Olympics this month, has said he is temporarily…

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Proxy battles by the US and Russia are taking sport back to the 1930s | Richard Williams

Lindsey Vonn’s outburst against Donald Trump means she takes her place in a complex game where politics and sport have once again become deeply entangledOn the face of it, Lindsey Vonn looks like Donald Trump’s type. Tall, blond, blue-eyed and a former…

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Peru’s Paolo Guerrero to miss World Cup after testing positive for cocaine

• Captain and all-time leading goalscorer handed 12-month ban by Fifa • Peru have qualified for a World Cup finals for first time since 1982Paolo Guerrero, the Peru captain and all-time record goalscorer, has been handed a 12-month ban after testing po…