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Category: World Cup 2018

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Hugo Lloris is not given the credit he deserves for France’s success

Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove in Russia and David de Gea was picked in Fifa’s team of the year. What about Lloris?By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIndividual acclaim for a goalkeeper is rare. No goalkeeper has won the Ba…

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Qatar World Cup workers still exploited, says Amnesty report

Charity says promised government reforms to ‘kafala’ system have not taken place Migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup and other big projects in Qatar are still suffering exploitation and severe human rights violations despite …

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The normalisation of gambling in football | Letter

The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport, writes the bishop of St Albans, Alan SmithIt is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and…

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The normalisation of gambling in football | Letter

The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport, writes the bishop of St Albans, Alan SmithIt is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and…

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From Ibrox abuse to sacking Lopetegui: meet the head of Spain’s FA

Luis Rubiales, a former Hamilton Academical centre-back, does not hold back in his assessment of football’s image and La Liga’s plans to take a game to the USThe way Luis Rubiales remembers it, the last song dedicated to him in a football stadium ran: …

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Mohamed Salah blames Egypt’s FA for hampering World Cup preparations

Liverpool star says celebrities were among ‘many disturbances’ at team’s Chechen training baseThe Liverpool and Egypt footballer Mohamed Salah has accused the Egyptian Football Association of hampering the country’s World Cup preparations in Russia ear…

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Qatar 2022 bid team ‘sabotaged World Cup rivals’

Whistleblower tells Sunday Times that PR agency and former CIA operatives spread fake propagandaThe Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team broke Fifa rules by running a secret campaign to sabotage their rivals for the tournament, it has been claimed. The claims…

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World Cup 2018: ‘covering the action provided drama every day’

The Guardian’s new head of sport, Will Woodward, explains how he tackled one of his first tasks in the role – covering Moscow 2018 As Eric Dier slotted home his penalty against Colombia, there was a brief roar across the Guardian sports desk. It wasn’t…

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Mesut Özil quits Germany team over ‘racism’ and draws mixed reactions – video

Mesut Özil’s departure from Germany’s national team amid accusations of racism is drawing mixed reactions with both expressions of concern over its implications for society and criticism of the player. The Arsenal player announced on Sunday he was…

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Mesut Özil retires from German national team citing discrimination

• Arsenal playmaker met Turkish president Erdogan in May• ‘Our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies’Mesut Özil has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, hitting out at what he perceived to be unfair discr…

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Premier League teams face World Cup hangover after abridged pre-season | Paul Wilson

Seven top-tier sides had 10 or more players on international duty in Russia and only Bournemouth and Fulham are training for the new season with complete squads at their disposalWhether it is possible to have too much football is a question frequently …

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Russia’s World Cup was great – now get behind the women at France 2019 | Marta

Hot on the heels of the successful men’s tournament comes the showpiece event for the women’s game – ample opportunity to demonstrate how much it has grownThe men’s World Cup has come to an end and for me the tournament was a success. Questions had&nbs…

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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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Watchdog reviews complaints about World Cup betting ads

ASA to assess if ‘bet now’ offers during matches broke rules on problem gamblingThe UK’s advertising watchdog is examining complaints about World Cup ads by Bet365, William Hill and Coral that potentially broke new rules designed to crack down on probl…

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Ten players whose transfer values surged at the World Cup

Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Ivan Perisic and Eden Hazard will command much higher fees now than a month agoBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWell that was fun, wasn’t it? The 2018 World Cup delivered entertainment until the very last. As ever, a number of…

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The 30 best photos of the 2018 World Cup – in pictures

Our picture editor, Jonny Weeks, chooses his favourite images from Russia, including some of the more unusual shots that may not have made the papersThe World Cup colour chart – a photographic journey Continue reading…

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Who has won the World Cup and European Cup in the same year? | The Knowledge

Plus: players who have lost European Cup and World Cup finals in the same year; knocking out continents; and huge friendly attendances. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Raphaël Varane has just completed the big-time double of winning the European Cup …

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Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly

Didier Deschamps crafted a team and a spirit, much like Aimé Jacquet in 1998, that catapulted France to gloryMes amis, it was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful….

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Tim Cahill retires as the greatest of all the Socceroos | Jonathan Howcroft

While not the most talented Australian, Cahill was the definition of a big game playerWhen Tim Cahill announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday he did so as the greatest ever representative of Australia’s men’s national team. His …

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Brazil World Cup player’s mother freed after being kidnapped

Rosângela Freda, mother of Brazil’s Taison, taken by armed gang who lured her from homeThe mother of the Brazilian footballer Taison, a member of the World Cup squad who plays for the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, was kidnapped on Monday by an armed…