Soccer

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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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

2 monthes 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?

2 monthes ago   |   By BBC

Is the English media "unique" in reporting negative stories about its own players before the World Cup?
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Ronaldo's Juventus debut facing delay as Serie A mourns Genoa bridge collapse

Ronaldo's Juventus debut facing delay as Serie A mourns Genoa bridge collapse

With two matches already postponed over the opening weekend of the season, it has been claimed the Bianconeri's clash with Chievo will also be delayed Read more ...

Ronald Acuna Jr. injury update: Braves OF day-to-day with elbow injury

Ronald Acuna Jr. injury update: Braves OF day-to-day with elbow injury

Acuna took a fastball to the elbow from Marlins starter Jose Urena on Wednesday, which led to both benches being cleared. Read more ...

World Cup winners France top new FIFA Ranking as Germany & Argentina flop

World Cup winners France top new FIFA Ranking as Germany & Argentina flop

The world champions lead the way under a new formula, with Joachim Low's men dropping out of the top 10 along with Lionel Messi & Co. Read more ...

Watch: Wayne Rooney Scores Two Goals for D.C. United in Win Against Portland

Watch: Wayne Rooney Scores Two Goals for D.C. United in Win Against Portland

Wayne Rooney continued his strong performance as captain of D.C. United with two goals in a win against Portland on Wednesday. The first was an easy goal that came in the 43rd... Read more ...

Emery needs four transfer windows to transform Arsenal - Wright

Emery needs four transfer windows to transform Arsenal - Wright

He may be just one game into his Gunners tenure, but the Spaniard already has his critics and a club legend says he should be cut some slack Read more ...

This looks like the end for a baseball great

This looks like the end for a baseball great

Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said Wednesday that this season will likely be his last. “I'm pretty sure this is going to be it,” Martinez told reporters after a 6-5... Read more ...

NL Rookie of the Year Power Rankings: Acuna, Soto lead the pack

NL Rookie of the Year Power Rankings: Acuna, Soto lead the pack

With less than seven weeks remaining in the regular season, theScore's MLB editors break down the leading candidates for National League Rookie of the Year. 5. Walker Buehler... Read more ...

Disappointed Pochettino vows to repay Spurs fans' patience with wins

Disappointed Pochettino vows to repay Spurs fans' patience with wins

Mauricio Pochettino believes winning is the only way to keep Spurs fans happy while waiting to move into the club's new stadium. Pochettino's men were already due to face... Read more ...

Davis Cup set for radical overhaul with new format

Davis Cup set for radical overhaul with new format

The International Tennis Federation's proposals for a new Davis Cup format were passed by a vote in Orlando on Thursday. Read more ...

Kasey Kahne to stop racing full-time in NASCAR Cup Series

Kasey Kahne to stop racing full-time in NASCAR Cup Series

Kahne, 38, is in his first year driving the No. 95 Chevrolet for Leavine Family Racing and currently is 28th in the Cup Series standings. Read more ...