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World Cup 2018

  • Beckham and Ibrahimovic place wager before clash

    Beckham and Ibrahimovic place wager before clash

    They are two of their respective countries' most recognisable faces and David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have plenty riding on tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final. Sweden great Ibrahimovic is now playing in America for former England captain...

  • Belgium proved World Cup credentials - De Bruyne

    Belgium proved World Cup credentials - De Bruyne

      Kevin De Bruyne felt Belgium proved to the world how good they are with their stunning victory over Brazil on Friday. Belgium shocked the five-time champions 2-1 in their World Cup quarter-final in Kazan to set up a last-four clash with...

  • Watch: France can still get better, warns Deschamps

    Watch: France can still get better, warns Deschamps

    France have dispatched two former World Cup winners in the knockout stage but are still far from a polished product and only getting better, suggested coach Didier Deschamps in an ominous warning to semi-final opponents Belgium. After a sluggish...

  • Watch: This Belgium team is exciting, say fans

    Watch: This Belgium team is exciting, say fans

    Belgium will face France in next Tuesday's semi-final after they dumped out five-time winner Brazil from the World Cup following their 2-1 victory.  An early Fernandinho own goal put Roberto Martinez's side ahead before Kevin De Bruyne doubled the...

  • Watch: France can go all the way, say fans

    Watch: France can go all the way, say fans

    France became the first semi-finalist of the 2018 World Cup after they eliminated Uruguay by two goals to nil in the quarter-final. Raphael Varane opened the score in the first half before Antoine Griezmann doubled their lead in the second 45...

  • Watch: Belgium dump Brazil out of World Cup with 2-1 win

    Watch: Belgium dump Brazil out of World Cup with 2-1 win

    Belgium ended Brazil's dream of a sixth World Cup title when they beat the South Americans 2-1 in a dramatic, enthralling end-to-end quarter-final on Friday to earn a semi-final tie against France. Brazil threw everything at Belgium in the...

  • Watch: Griezmann inspires France past punchless Uruguay

    Watch: Griezmann inspires France past punchless Uruguay

    Raphael Varane's glancing header and a goalkeeping blunder that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the first World Cup quarter-final on Friday and a set up a last-four tie with Brazil or Belgium. Uruguay...

  • Fifa invites boys trapped in Thai cave to World Cup final

    Fifa invites boys trapped in Thai cave to World Cup final

    Fifa has sent a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand offering its "deepest sympathies and support" to the families of 12 young players and their coach trapped in a cave in the country's north. The letter signed by Fifa...

  • Poised Sweden can beat England and win World Cup - Ibrahimovic

    Poised Sweden can beat England and win World Cup - Ibrahimovic

    Sweden can beat England in Saturday's quarter-finals and eventually win the World Cup in Russia if they can handle the pressure, former captain and record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said. Speaking to reporters at LA Galaxy's training...

  • Southgate admits injury concerns

    Southgate admits injury concerns

    Jamie Vardy looks increasingly likely to miss England's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden, with Gareth Southgate needing to closely assess the fitness of up to three of his players on the eve of the game. Colombia took the Three Lions all the...

  • Brazil right-back Danilo to sit out rest of World Cup

    Brazil right-back Danilo to sit out rest of World Cup

    Brazil international Danilo has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with an ankle injury. The Manchester City right-back, who played 90 minutes in his side's opening game against Switzerland, sprained ligaments in his left ankle in...

  • Watch: ‘Russia 2018 one of the best apart from Mexico ’70’ - Fr Hilary

    Watch: ‘Russia 2018 one of the best apart from Mexico ’70’ - Fr Hilary

    With the World Cup now reaching its climax, Fr Hilary Tagliaferro believes that this edition so far has been one of the best, apart from Mexico 1970 which he ranks as the ultimate one. The retired sports journalist, now 83 years, who covered eight...

  • Newton the parrot backs France for victory

    Newton the parrot backs France for victory

    Newton the parrot, the latest prophet of the animal kingdom to give World Cup forecasts, reckons France will beat Uruguay in the first quarter-final of the 2018 World Cup. The dark-green feathered bird, which resides in Paris' Jardin des...

  • Watch: 170,000 Colombians demand replay against England

    Watch: 170,000 Colombians demand replay against England

    Over 170,000 people have signed a petition demanding England’s World Cup last-16 match against Colombia is replayed following the Three Lions’ victory. The petition, which was started two days ago when Gareth Southgate’s men won a penalty...

  • Neymar joins Messi and Ronaldo in Kazan mural club

    Neymar joins Messi and Ronaldo in Kazan mural club

    It has been a busy World Cup for Kazan's mural artists and in the early hours of Thursday morning they were back at work again painting the face of Neymar on a wall behind the Brazil team hotel. The Brazil forward, in Kazan for Friday's...

  • World Cup fans head underground to explore Stalin's bunker

    World Cup fans head underground to explore Stalin's bunker

    As the Russian city of Samara gears up for Saturday's England-Sweden clash, some fans have been taking time out to discover a darker side of the city hidden underground. Hundreds of visiting supporters have been queuing up to visit Josef Stalin's...

  • Updated: Maradona apologises for 'robbery' comments

    Updated: Maradona apologises for 'robbery' comments

    Diego Maradona has apologised to FIFA and its referees for saying that England's last 16 win over Colombia in the World Cup was a robbery and that referee Mark Geiger was not up to the task. Maradona said sorry after being rebuked by soccer's...

  • I am forever in debt to Pickford - Henderson

    I am forever in debt to Pickford - Henderson

    Jordan Henderson admits he will owe fellow Sunderland boy Jordan Pickford for the rest of his life after missing in England's dramatic shootout triumph over Colombia - but is willing to take another World Cup spot-kick if required. Henderson was...

  • Maradona calls English win 'monumental robbery'

    Maradona calls English win 'monumental robbery'

    Argentine great Diego Maradona said England perpetrated a "monumental robbery" in their World Cup victory over Colombia and accused referee Mark Geiger of not being up to such a game. Maradona, notorious in England for his famous 'Hand of God'...

  • Confident Swedes relishing England showdown in Samara

    Confident Swedes relishing England showdown in Samara

    An increasingly confident Sweden are relishing the prospect of a World Cup quarter-final clash against England after displaying the best of their battling qualities in a 1-0 win over Switzerland in Tuesday's Round of 16 tie. English football is...