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Defence isn't sexy, but it's what will win the World Cup

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Michael Cox Footballing history is recalled through individual moments rather than all-round team performances, and those moments tend to feature attacking brilliance. From Johan Cruyff's turn to Pele's dummy, from Diego Maradona's slalom to Marco van Basten's volley, it's the genius of attackers that lingers longest. Our memories of great players, and great teams, flow from those snapshots. But winning international tournaments has become, more than ever, about something else entirely: not conceding. It's not the sexiest thing about football, but when it comes to major international...
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Ibrahima Sonko backs Senegal for Last 16

9 days ago   |   By ESPN

Former Senegal international Ibrahima Sonko believes his countrymen will reach the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup, but feels anything beyond that could be a stretch.
The Lions of Teranga open their account against Poland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday, with Colombia and Japan the other teams in a competitive Group H.
"I see this Senegal team reaching the Last 16 because they are a good team that has been together for some time now," Sonko tells KweséESPN from Kampala,...
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World Cup 2018: Definitive guide to MLS players in Russia

World Cup 2018: Definitive guide to MLS players in Russia

9 days ago   |   By Sporting News

SN's Mike DeCourcy breaks down every MLS player set to play in Russia.
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Russia's star men eager to begin

Russia's star men eager to begin

9 days ago   |   By FIFA

Two of Russia's leading players, Fyodor Smolov and Aleksandr Samedov, look ahead to the 2018 World Cup on home soil.
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Another chapter in Morocco's history of World Cup bidding failure

9 days ago   |   By ESPN FC

Despite having Spain and Portugal in their group, Ed Dove highlights some of the key reasons Morocco could surprise a few people at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Morocco wrote another chapter in their lengthy history of failed World Cup bids on Wednesday, when the North Africans were defeated by the United bid following voting at the FIFA congress in Moscow.
Morocco were defeated by 134 votes to 65 as the wait continues to host a maiden World Cup - and Africa's second.
It was always bound to be an uphill battle for the North African nation in the face of the tripartite bid from the United...
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WORLD CUP: Germany faces reality check before title defense

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Defending World Cup champion Germany coasted through qualifying with a perfect 10-0 mark and a European record 43 goals. Germany drew friendlies against England, France and Spain, and Joachim Loew's team lost 1-0 to Brazil to end a 22-game unbeaten run, and then came a defeat to Austria. Now trying to become the first time since Brazil in 1962 to defend their World Cup title looks tricky for the Germans.
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Sammy Kuffour doubtful of Africans breaking the semi-final barrier

9 days ago   |   By ESPN FC

Former Ghana star Samuel Osei-Kuffour fears Africa will struggle to break the semi-final barrier at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The West African pair of Nigeria and Senegal, added to the North African trio of Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, will represent the continent in Russia, all aiming to better the quarter-final mark achieved by Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).
"The quarter-finals will be a good level to reach because frankly I don't think there is enough in the teams heading...
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World Cup TV: Opiate for the masses on a month-long drip

9 days ago   |   By The Irish Times

Telly coverage promises to be anything but lacklustre over a month of football fever
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World Cup Betting Tips: Japan could be outclassed in Group H

World Cup Betting Tips: Japan could be outclassed in Group H

9 days ago   |   By Goal

Having changed their manager since securing a spot at Russia 2018, our tipster believes a tough tournament is in prospect for the Asian side
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Column: Salah suckered in inauspicious World Cup start

Column: Salah suckered in inauspicious World Cup start

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

MOSCOW - Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho, boxer Floyd Mayweather and now, at the World Cup in Russia, Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah. The common denominator: By cozying up with Ramzan Kadyrov, they have all played their part in making the Chechen leader accused of terrible human rights abuses seem like a normal sports-loving guy. Which, of course, is the point. It's far better, if you are Kadyrov, to be seen as a friend to the rich and famous than as a brutal tyrant. That is how he is described by his many critics outside of Russia and the Russian republic he rules with support from the...
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Spain will rebound in 2018 World Cup behind David de Gea and a better attack

9 days ago   |   By Washingtonpost

Spain flopped in the last World Cup, but it enters this one on an unbeaten streak of nearly two years.
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World Cup 2018 scores

9 days ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

From the middle of June to the middle of July, 32 of the world's best footballing nations will be competing with each other in a bid to lift the ultimate sporting prize: the World Cup trophy. Here, you will be able to find live scores on each of the games. Telegraph Sport will be bringing you live coverage of every match throughout the tournament, while our team of expert football reporters will be analysing every key moment throughout the tournament.
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World Cup 2018: Does England have the most critical media in world football?

9 days ago   |   By BBC

Is the English media "unique" in reporting negative stories about its own players before the World Cup?
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MLB suspends Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna for 75 games

MLB suspends Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna for 75 games

Major League Baseball has suspended Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna through Aug. 4. Read more ...

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

KALININGRAD, Russia Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup, and both celebrated by making a nationalist... Read more ...

‘This is Nigeria' - Super Eagles' victory over Iceland sends Twitter into frenzy

‘This is Nigeria' - Super Eagles' victory over Iceland sends Twitter into frenzy

A second-half brace from Ahmed Musa rejuvenated the Super Eagles' hopes of qualifying to the second round of the World Cup Read more ...

Nigeria 2 Iceland 0: Musa brace boosts Super Eagles & Argentina

Nigeria 2 Iceland 0: Musa brace boosts Super Eagles & Argentina

Argentina can still qualify for the last 16 by beating Nigeria after the Super Eagles earned a 2-0 win over Iceland in Group D. Read more ...

Rookie Bieber tames Tigers in 10-0 win by Indians

Rookie Bieber tames Tigers in 10-0 win by Indians

CLEVELAND Rookie Shane Bieber struck out nine in a career-high seven innings, Yonder Alonso hit a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 10-0 on Friday... Read more ...

NBA Draft team-by-team grades: Celtics, Suns shine; Hornets, Jazz miss mark

NBA Draft team-by-team grades: Celtics, Suns shine; Hornets, Jazz miss mark

There was not quite as much movement as expected on NBA Draft night, but for some teams, it was a night to remember. For some, it's already forgettable. Read more ...

Capitals trade Orpik, Grubauer to Avalanche

Capitals trade Orpik, Grubauer to Avalanche

The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals have traded veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for the 47th pick in... Read more ...

NHL Draft 2018: Rangers trade up to No. 22, take defenseman K'Andre Miller

NHL Draft 2018: Rangers trade up to No. 22, take defenseman K'Andre Miller

The New York Rangers took Vitali Kravtsov out of Russia with the No. 9 pick, then they traded up to take K'Andre Miller at No. 22. Read more ...

Grayson Allen: I was hoping the Jazz would pick me

Grayson Allen: I was hoping the Jazz would pick me

Yahoo Sports' ‘NBA Draft Live' crew caught up with the former Duke guard following his selection by the Utah Jazz. Read more ...

LIVE: Serbia vs Switzerland

LIVE: Serbia vs Switzerland

Both sides picked up encouraging results in their opening World Cup matches and are now eyeing the knockout stages - follow the action LIVE! Read more ...