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Harry Kane named England captain for World Cup

Striker Harry Kane will wear the captain’s armband for England at next month’s World Cup, ending speculation about who would lead Gareth Southgate’s squad in Russia. The announcement was made in a video published on Twitter in which Southgate said Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane had “outstanding leadership” qualities. England’s last full-time captain was Wayne Rooney but…

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Brazilian banks authorized to close for World Cup games

Brazilian bankers can breathe a sigh of relief: they’ll be allowed to close up and watch the national team in the World Cup on television. Financial authorities in Latin America’s biggest economy have told all banks they can arrange their working hours around the far more important live coverage of the “selecao’s” matches in Russia….

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Ozil joins Germany injury list, insists he will be fit for World Cup

Mesut Ozil has joined the list of Germany stars currently injured, but the Arsenal midfielder insisted Monday he will be fit for their World Cup title defence in Russia. “It’s a pity I missed yesterday’s match with my back injury,” Ozil wrote on his Instagram account after sitting out Arsenal’s 5-0 rout of Burnley on…

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Russia World Cup says yes to drugs with a doctor’s note

MOSCOW: World Cup fans in Russia may snort cocaine at the stadium — provided they have a doctor’s note. Some peculiar Russian rules are coming to light as the June 14-July 15 football extravaganza draws nearer. One was spotted by intrepid reporters at Russia’s government-friendly Izvestia daily in February and received new attention this week….

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The FIFA World Cup trophy came to Pakistan and our footballers are upset

KARACHI: A footballing website in Pakistan has reported that national footballers vented their anger on how they were treated when the FIFA World Cup trophy toured Pakistan. FootballPakistan.com, in a series of tweets, reported some of the male and female players have taken to social media to post their grievances about their treatment at the…

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FIFA World Cup trophy comes to Pakistan in February

LAHORE: For the first time in history, the  FIFA World Cup trophy is coming to Pakistan. The fans in Pakistan will get a chance opportunity to have a look at the glittering World Cup trophy at home as it arrives in the country on February 3rd for just one day. A source said, “The trophy,…

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Peru beats New Zealand 2-0 to capture last FIFA World Cup 2018 berth

LIMA, PERU: Emotional Peru advanced to the World Cup for the first time since 1982 by defeating New Zealand 2-0 on Wednesday, goals by Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos sealing the last ticket to Russia. Farfan struck in the 27th minute and Ramos scored in the 65th to give “Los Incas” their fifth overall World…

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Croatia qualify for FIFA World Cup 2018 with Greece draw

PIRAEUS: Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday by holding Greece to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off in Piraeus for a 4-1 win on aggregate. Zlatko Dalic’s men will be playing in their fifth World Cup in Russia next year, having only once failed to qualify in 2010….

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Swiss qualify for World Cup 2018 with goalless draw against Northern Ireland

BASEL: Switzerland scraped into next year’s World Cup, their fourth finals in a row, after being held to a goalless draw at home by a valiant and workmanlike Northern Ireland who came desperately close to forcing extra-time on Sunday. The Swiss qualified 1-0 on aggregate, the tie ultimately being decided by the hugely controversial penalty…

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I want to avoid Spain in World Cup draw – Messi

BARCELONA: It might be because he lives there or perhaps because he has friends in their team, but Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi has identified Spain as the one country he hopes to avoid in the group stages of the World Cup finals next year. “I wouldn’t like to be drawn against Spain, who are…

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Boycott nations demand FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup – report

SWITZERLAND: The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer’s governing body FIFA to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a “base of terrorism”. The Swiss website The Local reported that Saudi Arabia,…

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