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  • I won't change Spain's winning ways, says new coach Hierro

    I won't change Spain's winning ways, says new coach Hierro

    Fernando Hierro stressed the importance of calm and continuity for Spain on the eve of their World Cup opener with Portugal after he was thrust into the spotlight as their new head coach following the shock departure of Julen Lopetegui. Hierro was...

  • After 5-0 heaven, Russia coach wants feet on ground

    After 5-0 heaven, Russia coach wants feet on ground

    It will not be easy after running out 5-0 winners in the World Cup opener after years of doubts and setbacks, but Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov wants his Russia side to forget Thursday's win over Saudi Arabia. "Today showed we are on the right...

  • Watch: Salah is an inspiration to all Egypt, says ElHussieny

    Watch: Salah is an inspiration to all Egypt, says ElHussieny

    Omar ElHussieny has described Mohammed Salah as a huge inspiration to Egyptian society following his stellar season at Liverpool.  "He had hurdles throughout his career, but he managed to overcome them and now he has reached an important stage in...

  • Watch: Rampant Russia pummel Saudis 5-0 in World Cup opener

    Watch: Rampant Russia pummel Saudis 5-0 in World Cup opener

    Finally let loose after a year-long diet of international friendlies, hosts Russia roared their World Cup intent to the rafters on Thursday with a 5-0 tournament-opening win over Saudi Arabia. Russia - Saudi Arabia Live Score

  • World Cup opening ceremony

    World Cup opening ceremony

    British pop-star Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina lead the celebrations before host nation Russia faces Saudi Arabia in the first game of the competition in the Russian capital, Moscow.  The show was short and sweet, allowing...

  • Watch: Portugal should be favourites, says Moreira

    Watch: Portugal should be favourites, says Moreira

    Joao Moreira has tipped Portugal as one of the favourites to clinch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, given their recent success in the European Championships a couple of years ago. "We claimed Euro 2016 two summers ago and therefore, I see...

  • Who will win the World Cup? Try our online predictor

    Who will win the World Cup? Try our online predictor

    The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday afternoon and football pundits around the world have been constantly providing their predictions on which teams will shine in Russia over the next four weeks. In conjunction with Sofa Score, Times of Malta...

  • De Bruyne advises Hazard to stay calm in face of aggression

    De Bruyne advises Hazard to stay calm in face of aggression

    Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has advised team mate Eden Hazard to remain calm as he expects the Chelsea winger to be targeted aggressively by the opposition at the World Cup. Hazard limped off with a dead leg after a series of heavy tackles...

  • Watch: Security tight ahead of World Cup opener

    Watch: Security tight ahead of World Cup opener

    Security is tight around Moscow as the city prepares to kick off the World Cup, and on Thursday (June 14) army trucks could be seen arriving in the city to join the forces already there. Russia has deployed thousands of police to the 11 host...

  • Bars in Malta ready for World Cup kick off

    Bars in Malta ready for World Cup kick off

    Bars around the island are gearing up for some of the busiest days of summer as football fans prepare to soak up the World Cup that kicks off in Russia today. The curtain rises on the biggest event in world sport at 4.30pm with the opening...

  • Germany's Ozil, Gundogan can expect more jeers over Erdogan photo-coach

    Germany's Ozil, Gundogan can expect more jeers over Erdogan photo-coach

    Germany's Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan should prepare for more whistles and jeers over photographs taken with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, coach Joachim Loew said on Wednesday, as the world champions prepare for their title defence. The two...

  • FACTBOX: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the World Cup

    FACTBOX: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the World Cup

    Factbox on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system which will be used at the World Cup finals for the first time in Russia: WHAT IS IT? The VAR is a match official who monitors video footage of the game for incidents that the on-pitch referee and...

  • Egypt hopeful on Salah as fans remain in suspense

    Egypt hopeful on Salah as fans remain in suspense

    Egypt coach Hector Cuper said Mohamed Salah had a "great chance" of playing against Uruguay but no decision would be taken until Thursday's training session as the Pharoahs flew into Yekaterinburg for the start of their World Cup campaign. "I am...

  • Russia reaching top level ahead of World Cup opener - Cherchesov

    Russia reaching top level ahead of World Cup opener - Cherchesov

    A reinvigorated Russian side are hitting top form ahead of their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, the tournament hosts' manager Stanislav Cherchesov has said. Russia have not won an international match since a friendly win over...

  • Saudis will play without fear in opener, says Pizzi

    Saudis will play without fear in opener, says Pizzi

    Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said Saudi Arabia would play without fear on Thursday when they look to become the first team to inflict defeat on a host nation in the opening match of a World Cup. Warm-up losses to Italy, Germany and Peru have not made...

  • World Cups always provide an outsider, says Frey

    World Cups always provide an outsider, says Frey

    The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup is around the corner and the usual suspects are favourites to clinch the coveted crown. Yet, for Sebastien Frey such tournament always brings about a few surprises and that is what makes it the biggest...

  • Watch: Young stars to watch out for at World Cup 2018

    Watch: Young stars to watch out for at World Cup 2018

    We take a look at a handful of younger stars who have never played in a World Cup before but have the skills to light up the tournament in Russia.Kylian Mbappe (France, 19) As one of the most highly-rated teenagers in the game, Mbappe will hardly...

  • US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

    US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

    The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time. The North...

  • Interview: Norway legend Riise reckons France are poised for World Cup victory

    Interview: Norway legend Riise reckons France are poised for World Cup victory

    Former Liverpool wing back John Arne Riise is tipping France to lift the 2018 World Cup trophy given their abundance of talent in their squad while he believes that Neymar’s injury problems in the run-up to the tournament could hurt Brazil’s...

  • Spain sack manager Lopetegui, two days before their World Cup opener

    Spain sack manager Lopetegui, two days before their World Cup opener

    Updated 14.37pm Fernando Hierro will lead Spain at the World Cup after head coach Julen Lopetegui was dramatically sacked on the eve of the tournament. Spanish preparations were thrown into turmoil as Lopetegui lost his job following Tuesday's...