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May supports joint UK-Ireland FIFA World Cup bid in 2030

The 2026 tournament was awarded to “United” bid the United States presented with Mexico and Canada

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Belgium snatch 3-2 win over Japan to set up Brazil clash

Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals when substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds as they beat spirited Japan 3-2 on Monday to set up a mouthwatering clash with five-time champions Brazil. The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early…

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Messi’s Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

Lionel Messi’s Argentina face their World Cup day of destiny, needing a win to have any chance of progressing to the last 16 while the Video Assistant Referee system is questioned after a chaotic night of matches. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed from Group B in dramatic fashion on Monday, joining host…

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The dream goes on for Iran despite Spain defeat

Iran’s dream of reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup survived Wednesday’s loss to Spain and coach Carlos Queiroz promised his team would give their absolute all to take their second chance against his native Portugal next week. Queiroz said his players deserved huge credit for their battling performance after going down 1-0 to…

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Plane carrying Saudi World Cup footballers escapes disaster

The plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s World Cup team suffered a fire in one of its engines as the players flew to Rostov-on-Don for their next match, the Saudi football federation said Monday. The aircraft landed safely after what one of the Saudi players called a “simple malfunction”. “It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right…

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Football technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday. Striker Antoine Griezmann lashed home the historic spot kick in the 58th minute but Australia hit back with a penalty of their own when…

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Messi to put heat on Iceland as France target Australia

Lionel Messi’s bid for World Cup redemption begins Saturday when he leads Argentina against an unfancied Iceland side intent on springing a surprise in their first appearance on football’s biggest stage. Messi’s eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, made history on Friday, when he became only the fourth player to score at four World Cups on his…

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World Cup 2018 factbox: Costa Rica

Facts on Costa Rica who play in World Cup Group E: Country: Costa Rica Honours: CONCACAF Championship/Gold Cup winners 1963, 1969, 1989 Past World Cup performance: Fifth participation. Best result: quarter-finalists in 2014 FIFA ranking: 25th Main clubs: Saprissa, Alajuelense Nickname: Los Ticos How they qualified: They finished second behind Mexico in CONCACAF final round…

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World Cup 2018 factbox: Switzerland

Facts on Switzerland, who play in World Cup Group E: Country: Switzerland Honours: None Past World Cup performance: 11th participation. Best result: Quarter-finals in 1934, 1938 and 1954 FIFA ranking: Sixth Main clubs: Basel, Young Boys, FC Zurich Nickname: Schweizer Nati (German), La Nati (French), Squadra Nazionale (Italian) How they qualified: Finished second behind Portugal in…

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World Cup 2018 factbox: Croatia

Facts on Croatia who play in World Cup Group D: Country: Croatia Honours: None Past World Cup performance: Fifth participation. Best result: Third in 1998 FIFA world ranking: 18th Main clubs: Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Rijeka, Osijek Nickname: ‘Fiery Ones’ (‘Vatreni’ in Croatian) How they qualified: Finished second in UEFA qualifying Group I, then beat Greece…

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World Cup 2018 factbox: Portugal

Facts on Portugal in World Cup group B: Country: Portugal Honours: European Championship winners 2016 Past World Cup performances: Seventh participation. Best result: Third (1966) FIFA ranking: 4th Main clubs: Benfica, Porto, Sporting Lisbon Nickname: A Selecao das Quinas How they qualified: Beat Switzerland to top spot on goal difference in UEFA qualifying Group B…

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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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Webology Episode 4: FIFA World Cup trophy comes to Pakistan but not to Karachi

In the fourth episode of Webology, Sarah Hasan and Raza Haidery speak on the arrival of FIFA World Cup trophy to the historical city of Lahore but not to Karachi, which is one of the most happening cities of Pakistan.

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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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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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‘Apocalypse’ now as Italy face FIFA World Cup humiliation

MILAN: Four-time champions Italy face missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a potential national humiliation likened to the “apocalypse” by the team’s fanatical supporters. Italy need to overturn a 1-0 play-off first-leg defeat against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday. National coach Gian Piero Ventura insists his team…

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Italy lose to Sweden in FIFA World Cup play-off first leg

STOCKHOLM: Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years. Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike…

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Italy’s proud FIFA World Cup record in danger

PARIS: The last burst of qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup allows some nations a chance to dream, but for football aristocrats Italy, the next few days are a potential nightmare. The last nine places in Russia will be settled in seven frantic days starting on Thursday. There are four berths up for grabs…

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Ten-man Belgium end Korea's stint in FIFA World Cup

SAO PAULO: Jan Vertonghen led 10-man Belgium to a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday that gave them top place in their World Cup group and ended Asian hopes in the competition. The stand-in captain hit the winner 12 minutes from time as Belgium finished with a perfect three wins in Group H. They…

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Asian champions Japan fail to bridge the World Cup gap

CUIABA: Alberto Zaccheroni instilled flair, creativity and goals in his four years in charge of Japan but he could not find a cure for the mental flaws that prevented his side showcasing those talents on the grandest stage. The Asian champions slumped meekly out of the World Cup at the group stage on Tuesday after…

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Last-gasp Portugal deny US shock win

MANAUS: Portugal snatched a dramatic equaliser deep into injury time to force a 2-2 draw with the United States and keep their World Cup hopes flickering on Sunday. Silvestre Varela headed in a cross from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus to…

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