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06/19/2018 06:13 PM Follow live: Ronaldo, Portugal take on Morocco Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a hat trick in Portugal's opener, and Morocco will have its hands full trying to contain him.
06/19/2018 04:48 PM Senegal scores 2018 World Cup's most bizarre, controversial goal vs. Poland (Video) The last game of Matchday 1 at the 2018 World Cup offered up the most bizarre goal of the tournament thus far. And it was controversial, too. But it shouldn’t have been. Senegal doubled its lead vs. Poland midway through the second half when M’Baye Niang
06/18/2018 05:45 PM Croatia sends World Cup player home for refusing to play in Nigeria match Croatia sent one of its players home Monday after he refused to take the pitch during the team's opening World Cup match. Head coach Zlatko Dalić confirmed forward Nikola Kalinić was sent packing from the team's basecamp in Roshchino, Russia. The drastic move comes after Kalinić apparently cited a back injury and refused to come on as a substitute during Croatia's Group D match against Nigeria on Saturday. Croatia won the game, 2-0. "During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinić was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half. However, he then stated that he wasn't ready to come on due to a back issue," Dalić said Monday. "The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as
06/20/2018 10:54 AM Power woes hit Nigeria's football fans Football-loving Nigerians had more than one reason to groan about the country's opening World Cup game: not only did they lose 2-0, many weren't even able to see the whole match. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said six power plants were shut down to prevent the "collapse" of the national grid following a pipeline failure and unspecified "technical issues". For two days, the grid lost 1,087 megawatts of electricity.
06/19/2018 04:53 PM Moscow runs low on beer necessities for thirsty World Cup fans Beer-guzzling soccer fans risk drinking parts of Moscow dry, with some bars and restaurants in the Russian capital saying they are running low and having to wait longer than usual for fresh supplies. Moscow has been transformed by the World Cup, with singing, chanting and beer-swilling fans overwhelming some of the packed bars and restaurants around the Kremlin and Red Square. "We just didn't think they would only want beer," said one waiter at a upscale eatery in central Moscow who asked not to be identified for fear of scaring off future customers.
06/19/2018 06:01 PM Banned ex-FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup next prev MOSCOW – Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with fans from Mexico and Portugal on his arrival Tuesday at a five-star downtown hotel. The 82-year-old Blatter is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. But the FIFA ban doesn't prevent him from attending games and he's expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. Blatter stopped briefly to greet a small group of reporters and said he just wanted to enjoy the World Cup. "I am not here to analyze the games," said
06/20/2018 12:21 AM Russia vs. Egypt final score, recap: Hosts dominate again at World Cup as Mohamed Salah, Pharaohs fall Russia has taken six points from six at the World Cup. After crushing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener, they beat Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday to put themselves on the brink of qualifying for the round of 16. Russia didn't score until the second half but had three goals in 16 minutes to put the Pharaohs away. Egypt got a late penalty kick goal from Mohamed Salah, but it was over by then. Russia made it 1-0 in the 47th minute on the tournament's fifth own goal, one shy of tying the all-time record set in 1998: Then Denis Cheryshev, who scored two in the opener, made it 2-0 on 59 minutes: And Artem Dzyuba put it away three minutes later with this cool finish: Salah did score the first World Cup goal of his
06/19/2018 07:21 AM Roman Abramovich fulfills ill children's World Cup dreams "I'm having the time of my life," nine-year-old Polina Feldman, who suffers with cerebral palsy, told CNN. "I've never been abroad before, and football is my life." The group watched Mexico defeat reigning world champion Germany on Sunday and will also attend the Poland-Senegal clash on Tuesday and Portugal vs Morocco on Wednesday. Zidane Abu says people keep asking to take photos with him. "I still can't believe I'm here," said Zidane Abu, 20, who also has cerebral palsy. "Going to the World Cup was my greatest dream. All the people around are very kind, asking to take their photos with us, as like we're the stars." This is the third tournament in succession that Abramovich has donated to the
06/19/2018 05:00 AM FIFA should give U.S., Mexico and Canada automatic qualification to 2026 World Cup When the United States, Mexico, and Canada’s United Bid won the rights to host the 2026 World Cup last week, there was a ton of excitement all across North America that the world’s biggest tournament was returning to these shores. The 23 cities under consideration to become host venues also welcomed the general enthusiasm among fans about securing the bid. However, thoughts quickly shifted to this question: will all 3 nations automatically qualify for the World Cup as the host nations? Before now, that question was an easy yes. The nations that hosted the World Cup received automatic bids to the tournament. Even the only World Cup that had multiple hosts - 2002 in Japan and South Korea - both
06/19/2018 08:42 PM Russian Fans Celebrate Once-Maligned Team as Heroes Russia's World Cup soccer team transformed from near-laughing stock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. A Russian fan blows a small vuvuzela at the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — What a transformation. Russia's World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. And no one is more stunned than their own fans. Chants of "Ro-see-ya! Ro-see-ya!" reverberated through the St. Petersburg Stadium and along the nearby wind-whipped shores of the Baltic on Tuesday after Russia beat Egypt 3-1. "Incredible!"
06/19/2018 05:49 PM Exciting moments of the 2018 World Cup so far The first round of the World Cup group stage are complete and FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey shares the most exciting moments thus far.
06/18/2018 08:24 PM Saudi Arabian World Cup team's plane catches fire in midair Flames were seen coming out of the Russian Airlines Airbus engine that the Saudi Arabian team rode on. The Saudi Arabian national team’s rough start to World Cup continued on Tuesday, as the team’s plane caught fire in midair. Flames were spotted coming out of the engine of the Russian Airlines Airbus that was carrying the Saudi team to Rostov, where it is set to face Uruguay on Wednesday.
06/19/2018 11:55 AM Soccer-Latins around the world unite - once every four years If you look to the stands during World Cup matches and see a bunch of Colombians supporting Panama or a group of Mexicans cheering on Brazil then don't be surprised, your eyes are not deceiving you. In the World Cup, Latin America is a country.
06/19/2018 08:54 AM Iran have nothing to fear, they have Carlos Queiroz John Duerden SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- Carlos Queiroz has guided three national teams to four World Cups but the game against Spain on Wednesday could prove to be his finest hour and a half, not just on the global stage but in a long and distinguished coaching career. If all goes well in Kazan vs. Spain, and then against Portugal in Saransk, the 65-year-old will have secured his reputation as one of the world's top coaches. He was already up there in the eyes of his Iran players after they threw him into the Saint Petersburg air following a 1-0 win over Morocco in the opening game of Group B. This is Iran's fifth appearance at the World Cup and only their second win. It was a masterclass. Iran
06/20/2018 06:10 AM The World Cup rise of Gabriel Jesus: From playing on the streets, to being painted on them Five years ago, Gabriel Jesus was playing football on the streets of Brazil. When the last World Cup was being played, Jesus had only just signed his first professional contract with Palmeiras, as the Brazilians would be sent packing from their own tournament in humiliating fashion by Germany in a 7-1 semi-final loss. Since then, the striker has lived up to his biblical last name, rising through the football ranks in miraculous fashion and heads to Russia after claiming the English Premier League title with Manchester City.
06/19/2018 10:18 PM Wilshere to leave Arsenal after 17 years LONDON (AP) — Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is to leave the English club after 17 years, having been told he would face a diminished role under new coach Unai Emery. The 26-year-old Wilshere had previously accepted a reduced-terms deal to extend his contract which expires at the end of June. However, he said discussions with Emery convinced him he had "little choice" but to leave for "footballing reasons." Wilshere and his agent had been negotiating his midfielder's future with the club for several months but the meeting with Emery, appointed as Arsene Wenger's successor in late May, proved the turning point.
06/19/2018 06:48 AM In pictures: England fans celebrate their team's win over Tunisia in the World Cup There’s nothing like a last-minute winner to get football fans celebrating.England left it late to clinch a win over Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup in Volgograd, Russia, last night.Two goals from Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane were
06/19/2018 12:18 PM Fighting for equality 'in a lonely world' -- Hope Solo Is Solo an outspoken troublemaker or a tireless reformer? There are those who could argue at length for and against. Former international teammate Abby Wambach has described the 36-year-old's sacking as a "lifetime achievement award," a consequence of a decade of misdemeanors: the forthright views, the arrests, the suspensions. Solo, the first goalkeeper to achieve 100 clean sheets in international football, believes she was dismissed by US Soccer because hers was the loudest voice in the women's team's battle for equal pay. A claim the federation tells CNN is "100% false." The two-time Olympic champion and World Cup winner -- one of only three goalkeepers to have won the women's World Cup and
06/19/2018 08:33 PM Fox’s Alexi Lalas feared for safety after scary run-in with fan An angry soccer fan aggressively confronted American broadcaster Alexi Lalas last weekend near his Moscow hotel, according to USA Today. The report said Lalas feared for his safety, citing an anonymous source because of the “sensitivity of the matter.” “He was shaken up,” the source told USA Today. “It was aggressive behavior that went a long way beyond what someone in his position might usually expect. The fan was angry.” Lalas, a former US National Team defender, is participating in Fox’s World Cup coverage. He declined comment to the paper and hasn’t posted about the incident on any of his social media channels. “The safety and security of our Fox family is of the utmost importance in all
06/19/2018 08:52 PM U.S. soccer fight: Since we can’t play in World Cup, we’ll bicker about it! The U.S. men’s soccer team is sitting this World Cup out, having failed to qualify for the party. But they’re still getting their shots in. Landon Donovan has flexed his God-given ability to get under people’s skin, filming commercials for Wells Fargo bank and Modelo beer in which he urges people to root for Mexico — our geographic neighbor and regional soccer rival. Apparently that has left a bruise on some of his former teammates. “He’s disappointed us in the past with some of his comments,” said Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda Monday night on The Jason Smith Show on FOXSportsRadio.com. “It’s OK to have a rival, to have a real healthy rivalry -– the kind that we have with Mexico. But look,
06/19/2018 10:25 AM Brazil's jailed former president criticizes World Cup team SARANSK, Russia – Brazil's jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made his debut as a soccer pundit, writing a column from behind bars in which he criticized Brazil's performance in the team's 1-1 World Cup draw against Switzerland. "Qualifying is one thing. The World Cup is different," da Silva wrote in comments that were read by a reporter on the ex-president's Workers' Party TV on Monday. "Switzerland was strong in defense, playing rough, and didn't allow Brazil to perform," da Silva continued. "They also stopped Neymar by fouling him again and again." Da Silva, known by his admirers as "Lula," began serving a 12-year sentence for corruption in April. He remains the Workers' Party's
06/20/2018 11:20 AM Ranking every World Cup 2018 team, after one game each What a World Cup it's been! Penalties, VAR, own goals, counter-attacks and just lots of lovely goals all over the place - it's been great fun. After a promising opening five minutes full of Barcelona-esque tip-tap football and fluid movement, Saudi Arabia put in one of the worst international performances I've ever seen. The centre-backs couldn't string a pass together, the wide players showed some fantastic first-touches and then gave the ball away immediately, offered no threat going forward and let an extremely ordinary Russia score five past them.
06/19/2018 03:48 PM Uruguay turn to golden oldies against Saudi Arabia By Richard Martin ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - After sneaking past Egypt in their World Cup opener with a stoppage-time winner, Uruguay will field a veteran side containing seven players aged 31 or over against Saudi Arabia as they seek a victory that would seal their place in the last 16. With the hour mark approaching against Egypt and his side struggling to create chances, coach Oscar Tabarez removed young wingers Nahitan Nandez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta, aged 22 and 24 respectively, replacing them with hardened veterans Cristian Rodriguez, 32, and Carlos Sanchez, 33.
06/19/2018 08:38 AM Fekir move to Liverpool is not dead Ian Holyman Nabil Fekir's agent has told French TV the Lyon midfielder's transfer to Liverpool "is not finished." Earlier this month, a Liverpool source told ESPN FC the club were confident of sealing a €60 million deal for the France midfielder, one of Lyon's standout performers as they finished third in Ligue 1. However, Lyon then ended talks with the Champions League runners-up and released a statement saying they were "overjoyed that they can count on the presence of their captain, who will be a significant part of their 2018-19 season." But agent Jean-Pierre Bernes said Fekir, on World Cup duty with France, could still end up at Anfield. "Why hasn't he signed? Because it is not finished.
06/20/2018 06:54 AM Poland's mishaps help Senegal claim first African win By Brian Homewood MOSCOW (Reuters) - Senegal became the first African team to win a match at the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday when they beat Poland 2-1, helped by an own goal from a Brazilian-born Polish defender and a nightmare moment for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Thiago Cionek stuck out a leg and deflected Idrissa Gueye's wayward shot into the net to give Senegal the lead with game's first shot on target in the 37th minute. Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak played the ball back from inside the Senegal half but the defence failed to notice that M'Baye Niang, who had been on the touchline receiving treatment, had re-entered the field.
06/19/2018 06:55 PM Pepe says Portugal 'privileged' to have Ronaldo Portugal defender Pepe said it was a "privilege" for the country to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star's dazzling display against Spain at the World Cup. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including an 88th-minute free-kick, as the European champions rescued a point late on in a pulsating 3-3 draw in their opening Group B match last weekend. The 33-year-old doubled his number of career World Cup goals in Sochi, and Portugal can edge closer to a spot in the knockout phase with a win over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday.
06/18/2018 08:34 PM 2018 World Cup players and their celebrity doppelgangers Separated at birth? Maybe not, but these soccer stars definitely have some celebrity look-alikes that make for one fun slideshow.
06/19/2018 05:00 AM Revs’ home likely one venue for 2026 World Cup After having the old Foxboro Stadium host matches in the 1994 World Cup, could New Englanders experience the world’s most prestigious soccer event in their backyard again in eight years? Revolution president Brian Bilello sure thinks so. Gillette Stadium has been no stranger to international soccer. As recently as 2016, the Revs’ home pitch hosted three games of the Copa America Centenario. A major prerequisite needed for final approval as a venue in that tournament was the installation of real grass to replace Gillette’s artificial field turf. That’s to be expected for the World Cup, as well, as the vast majority of soccer players disdain fake grass, primarily as an injury concern. Sixty of
06/18/2018 09:30 PM Walter Bahr, last player from 1950 U.S. soccer team, dies at 91 When Walter Bahr walked off the field in Brazil after the famous United States victory over England at the 1950 World Cup, he didn’t expect to become a soccer celebrity. Known for many years as the father of NFL placekickers Matt and Chris, Bahr regained prominence in his own right when the Americans returned to soccer’s showcase in 1990 after a 40-year-absence. The last living player from that 1950 team, Bahr died Monday in Pennsylvania at age 91, according to granddaughter Lindsey D. Bahr, a film writer for the Associated Press. His death was caused by complications that resulted from a broken hip. “I say the older I get, the more famous I become,” Bahr told the AP in 2010. “I wasn’t famous
06/18/2018 02:17 PM Mexico Fans Cause Man-Made Earthquake After World Cup Goal Against Germany Mexico players celebrate their win over Germany on Sunday during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) Following what would be the game-winning goal in a matchup between Mexico and World Cup reigning champions Germany, Mexicans celebrated so enthusiastically that they caused a man-made earthquake. About 35 minutes into the game on Sunday, Mexico's striker Hirving Lozano scored the goal, setting off "massive jumps" around the country. Millions of Mexicans gathered around the city to watch the game and following Lozano's goal, at least two sensors detected seismographic readings, the Institute for Geological and Atmospherical Investigations reported. The event would not
06/19/2018 02:25 PM Japan tops Colombia 2-1 in latest World Cup surprise Yuya Osako had a surprise in store for those who thought the absence of Shinji Okazaki left Japan little hope of competing with Colombia at the World Cup. Oasko's gritty determination to set up one goal and his 73rd-minute header from Keisuke Honda's corner kick lifted Japan to a surprising 2-1 victory over the Colombians on Tuesday. Osako won a bouncing ball to begin an early sequence that led to a penalty, put Colombia a man down and gave Japan a 1-0 lead when Shinji Kagawa converted from the spot. Colombia had to play all but the opening minutes with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez received a red card for blocking Kagawa's shot on goal with his extended right arm. Columbia equalized late in the
06/19/2018 06:16 PM Saudi team don't know cause of aeroplane fire, Pizzi reveals Embattled Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi revealed the team has received no official explanation for the fire that affected their flight to Rostov-on-Don, where they will seek to bounce back from a humiliating 5-0 defeat suffered against Russia in the opening match of the World Cup.
06/19/2018 03:53 PM Soccer-Sweden ready for German reaction, says ice-cool keeper Olsen Sweden's Robin Olsen kept his cool and a clean sheet in their opening 1-0 win over South Korea, and the goalkeeper is already looking forward to taking on world champions Germany in their next Group F game. The Germans fell to a shock 1-0 defeat by Mexico and anything less than a win over the Swedes would put the four-time champions in serious danger of not making it out of the group stage for the first time since 1938. "It was a surprising result (against Mexico), it didn't really work for them in that game, but let's not forget - we're talking about Germany here, the world champions, you can't count them out," the 28-year-old Olsen told reporters.
06/19/2018 03:12 PM World Cup visitors delight in soccer-themed nesting dolls Nesting dolls, or matryoshkas, are proving a real hit with soccer fans in Moscow.
06/20/2018 07:39 AM What Senegal and Japan fans did after their World Cup wins was just incredible Japan and Senegal fans showed true class after their wins. Senegal and Japan fans showed real class after opening their World Cup campaigns with victories. Senegal’s triumph came with a tinge of controversy as M’Baye Niang netted by latching onto a poor back-pass having just been waved back onto the field after treatment.
06/19/2018 01:55 PM Colombia opens World Cup with damaging loss to Japan after early red card Colombia’s 2018 World Cup got off to just about the worst possible start on Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to Japan. Midfielder Carlos Sanchez was shown the second-quickest red card in World Cup history for what referee Damir Skomina ruled a deliberate handball on a goalbound shot in the penalty area. Was a red card the correct call?
06/20/2018 01:36 AM LIVE Transfer Talk: Spurs' Zaha chase shut down by Palace ESPN The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. Palace offer Zaha huge deal amid Spurs interest Crystal Palace will offer attacker Wilfried Zaha a lucrative new deal to fend off interest from Tottenham, the Mirror reports. Spurs have long been keen on Zaha, but Palace will shell out more than £120,000 a week to persuade him to stay in South London, which is "believed to be more than their London rivals would be willing to pay him." Ivory Coast international Zaha starred as Palace avoided relegation from the Premier League. And although he signed a £100,000-a-week deal last year, the Eagles are
06/18/2018 04:20 PM Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup MOSCOW — Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday. A second straight defeat would ensure elimination for the North African side which has not let an opposing player score in this World Cup campaign since 2015. An own goal by Morocco forward Aziz Bouhaddouz in stoppage-time was decisive in a 1-0 loss to Iran last Friday in a game it mostly dominated. “Because they lost the first game, Morocco will give everything. They have no other choice,” Portugal forward Andre Silva said. Portugal’s opening 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic means Morocco must take at least one point before the Spanish play Iran in Wednesday’s late game in Kazan. That
06/19/2018 06:58 PM Soccer-South Korean full back Park ruled out of rest of tournament SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) - South Korea full back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The
06/18/2018 04:00 PM Liverpool to demand £15m for Daniel Sturridge as Sevilla revive interest Liverpool want £15 million for Daniel Sturridge as Sevilla revive their interest in the out-of-favour striker. Turkish side Fenerbahce are also keen on the 28-year-old. Sturridge spent the second half of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, but it did not prove a successful spell for the 28-year-old. Injury limited him to just six appearances as West Brom failed to retain their Premier League status.
06/20/2018 04:54 AM Perak drop points, PKNS add to Kelantan's misery Perak missed out on the chance to close the gap to league leaders Johor Darul Ta'zim after a dismal 1-1 draw away to Selangor at KLFA Stadium on Tuesday night. Mehmet Durakovic who was without the suspended duo of Gilmar Filho and Leandro dos Santos for the match, needed the help of The Red Giants to open the scoring. Alfonso de la Cruz turning in Nor Hakim Hassan's cross in the 42nd minute of the match to give Perak the lead at half time.
06/20/2018 05:00 AM Premier League Fixture Preview: Early Thoughts While the World Cup has only just turned from round 1 to round 2 of the group stage, many of us already have an eye on next season’s Premier League with the announcement of the 2018-19 fixtures. Let’s take a look at a few very early thoughts when considering the opening 6 game-weeks. Champions’ early advantage Manchester City didn’t need to much help with the fixture list last season did they? I’m pretty sure those in the peloton were hoping to see a tough start for the title defense. Well, they haven’t got one. Arsenal (a), Huddersfield (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Fulham (h) and Cardiff (a) A set of games that must have brought a smile to Pep’s face. There has been plenty of talk already
06/20/2018 10:57 AM Big brands battle it out off the pitch at World Cup By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - Soccer fans craving a Kit Kat, Snickers or Bounty snack at Russia's World Cup soccer stadiums need to do a bit of lateral thinking to get their chocolate fix. For FIFA rules protecting the sponsors and partners of global soccer's governing body means that the branding of non-sponsors is strictly policed inside all official venues.
06/19/2018 01:25 AM Neymar a no-show at Brazil training Concerns have been raised regarding Neymar's fitness after the Brazilian star was absent from Monday's training session.
06/19/2018 05:00 AM I went to the massive World Cup party in Moscow, where up to 25,000 fans celebrate the games Every four years, the world comes together for a festival of football (soccer for Americans) that promises to make us forget all about the world's troubles as best we can for a few weeks and unite in our collective humanity. That spirit of global togetherness has certainly been on display in pubs and city squares around the world during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But nowhere is it more evident than at events FIFA is putting on in this year's World Cup host country of Russia. For those who don't have a ticket to the games, Russia's 11 Fan Fest sites, spread across the country, promise to be a place where fans can join together and share in each game's triumphs. With massive screens, entertainment,
06/18/2018 02:37 PM Mexico's 'mental coach' helped inspire victory over Germany With his bleach-white beard, piercing blue eyes and sturdy frame, Mexico's "mental coach" Imanol Ibarrondo wouldn't look out of place auditioning for the part in Lord of the Rings. The borderline mystical aura almost encourages the speculation about what Ibarrondo actually does with El Tri. After all, employing someone to coach the mental side of the game is still relatively new to professional soccer. In Mexico, Ibarrondo's presence has seemed to cause both intrigue and confusion in equal measure -- though he shares some insights on Twitter -- but the win against Germany last Sunday has certainly put his work under the spotlight. Ibarrondo floats around the camp, watching training with a keen
06/19/2018 09:52 AM World Cup big guns fail to fire as lesser lights shine By Toby Davis SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Traditionally the stage on which the biggest teams parade their talents, this year's World Cup has seen the Goliaths of international football stumble when faced with industrious opponents of a lesser stature. Brazil, Germany and Argentina have lifted 11 World Cups between them, but all failed to win their opening games in Russia, prompting questions about whether this was a temporary blip or indicative of a major shift in the balance of power. Germany's 1-0 defeat by Mexico was not unprecedented, but was still statistically remarkable.
06/18/2018 04:39 PM Transfer Rumor Roundup: Arsenal close in on Leno; Man City near Jorginho signing, and more Arsenal looks like it will have a new man between the pipes for next season. According to a report from German publication SportBild, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno will be introduced as an Arsenal player on Tuesday, after a reported $23-29 million transfer fee. The 26-year-old was on Germany’s 35-man pre-World Cup squad, but was one of the last cuts as Joachim Low went with Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp in Russia. Leno became the full-time starter for Leverkusen as a 20-year-old, and has held the position of the No. 1 for the last six seasons, earning plenty of Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League experience along the way. It’s unclear what will happen to current
06/18/2018 08:34 PM Kane grabs late winner for England, Belgium beat Panama Harry Kane grabbed a dramatic late winner for England on Monday, powering home a header in the dying minutes of their World Cup opener after Belgium had earlier swept past Panama. Gareth Southgate's team won 2-1 after it looked as if they had squandered their chance to take all three points when they faded in the second half following a bright opening but the Tottenham striker, who also scored England's opener, was not to be denied. Menaced by flying insects under the floodlights in Volgograd, England raced out of the blocks and took an early lead in the Group G match through Kane.
06/20/2018 02:19 AM Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini. Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million. Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18. Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1. Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight. From WHUFC.com: “I am very happy to sign for such
06/19/2018 12:37 AM Telemundo Shatters World Cup & Spanish-Language TV Records With Mexico Win The Mexican national team had a very good Sunday with their shocker 1-0 victory over defending champion Germany in the 2018 World Cup, but Telemundo also a truly most excellent day. Snagging a surging 6.56 million viewers for the 8 AM PT-starting Group F match, the NBCUniversal-owned network saw its best Sunday daytime audience ever with the game, which marked the most watched group stage match ever on Spanish-language TV. With the game erupting from that goal from Hirving Lozano at the 35-minute mark, the overall sets of eyeballs are also the most for any Mexico World Cup group stage match in any language on any network since the stats began being collected in 1994. Telemundo’s viewership of the Father’s Day match topped the same game in English on Fox Sports 1 by 46%.
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