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Category: World Cup 2018

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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…

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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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David Squires on … France’s World Cup win and a final look at Russia 2018

Our cartoonist on Les Bleus’ triumph in Moscow and the controversy, drama and farce that surrounded itView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading…

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World Cup 2018 quotes quiz: who said what in Russia?

Who is slab-head? What is the sister of genius? Where is Samara?• The big 2018 World Cup quizWho said …Stanislav CherchesovJuan Carlos OsorioGareth SouthgateCarlos QueirozWho said …Juan Antonio PizziJulen Lopetegui Joachim LöwFernando HierroWho sai…

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Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup

Didier Deschamps adopted the same winning formula in 2018 as he did in 1998: talent, teamwork and togethernessBy Adam White for Get French Football NewsAs Patrice Evra stormed from the training pitch and his teammates hid behind the curtains of their t…

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The World Cup colour chart – a photographic journey

Looking back at the highs and lows of Russia 2018 via a rainbow of imagery, from Gareth Southgate to France lifting the trophy Continue reading…

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‘It’s not coming home’: England’s anthem returns to haunt them

Is what started as an ironic nostalgic chant being seen as hubris by rival nations?When the French midfielder Paul Pogba danced with the World Cup trophy on Sunday night, he laughed as he delivered a message for fans watching on his Instagram video liv…