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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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?

7 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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