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Argentina prisoners call hunger strike to get TV fixed in time for World Cup

2 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarker

ESPN FC's fantasy guru Mark Donaldson runs you through the ESPN FC Match Predictor. Do you have what it takes to win the grand prize?
The group with Messi, the thunder clap and a couple Skeletor lookalikes. The Exploding Heads break down Group D with the help of an Olympic medalist.
From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno has lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia.
From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti has lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia.
From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Julien Laurens has...
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Markets turn down the volumes when the World Cup starts

Markets turn down the volumes when the World Cup starts

2 monthes ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

The World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday and investors should be warned that financial markets tend to act like any emotional soccer fan during the matches - they go quiet and nervy and don't like losing. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa - the last to have similarly timed matches to those in Russia - stock market trading volumes dropped an average of 55 percent when the country's teams were playing, according to a study. "People are distracted so it is bound to happen again, that would be my take," said Michael Ehrmann, the European Central Bank's head of monetary policy...
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Salah races to be fit for Egypt's World Cup opener v Uruguay

2 monthes ago   |   By Seattle Pi

YEKATERINBURG, Russia - The emphasis on the team returning to the World Cup after 28 years has given way to attention on an individual player ahead of Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is expected to recover from a shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final in time to play at least some part of Egypt's World Cup campaign.
But will he be fit to play Friday's opening game on the day he turns 26? Millions of Egyptians are anxious to know, and the intense interest isn't restricted to Egypt.
The presence of the country's national hero is a...
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Mexico's Juan Carlos Osorio backed by players ahead of World Cup - Jesus Corona

2 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarker

Things get heated on ESPN FC as Craig Burley goes back and forth with Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez about Mexico's World Cup prospects.
The FC crew break down ESPN's World Cup power rankings, which are led by Brazil, Germany and Spain while omitting Mexico from the top 10.
Seb and Herc are joined by Mexico legend Jared Borgetti to delve into Juan Carlos Osorio's decision to bring Hugo Ayala to Russia over Oswaldo Alanis.
MOSCOW - Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona said that the players are fully behind manager Juan Carlos Osorio even if he isn't popular among fans.
Osorio has had a...
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Salah races to be fit for Egypt's World Cup opener v Uruguay

Salah races to be fit for Egypt's World Cup opener v Uruguay

2 monthes ago   |   By Fox Sports

YEKATERINBURG, Russia The emphasis on the team returning to the World Cup after 28 years has given way to attention on an individual player ahead of Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay.
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Countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup

2 monthes ago   |   By FIFA

We look back at the journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. So many landmarks have been passed and tomorrow the first match will be played - Russia v Saudio Arabia. Which games are you most looking forward to?
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Germany squad vote Spain, France bigger World Cup threat than Russia

2 monthes ago   |   By ESPN FC

The FC crew break down ESPN's World Cup power rankings, which are led by Brazil, Germany and Spain while omitting Mexico from the top 10.
Raf Honigstein explains why a photo of Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is causing problems for Germany.
Germany midfielder Mario Gotze discusses the impact of his winning goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.
Germany players view Spain and France as their biggest rivals on their way to defending the World Cup in Russia, a poll conducted by Sport Bild has shown.
As the Nationalmannschaft set out to become the...
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VAR officials to wear full referee kit at World Cup

2 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarker

FIFA have announced that all video assistant referees at the 2018 World Cup will wear official match kit during games, despite not actually being inside the stadium.
The VAR will be overseen remotely from a control room in Moscow throughout the tournament and, in a bid to control sweat levels, FIFA is insisting they forgo civilian suits and ties in favour of football shirts and shorts.
"The video match officials will be in front of the television sweating with the stress, it's not possible...
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The Latest: Lebanon PM to attend first match of World Cup

2 monthes ago   |   By Seattle Pi

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has traveled to Moscow to attend the first match of the 2018 World Cup pitting host country Russia against the national team of his longtime backer Saudi Arabia.
Hariri is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, Hariri's office said.
Lebanese media is reporting that Hariri is also expected to meet with Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Russia. The Lebanese politician is expected to discuss with bin Salman his efforts to form a new government back home, which are at an impasse amid...
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B/R Expert Predictions for the World Cup

2 monthes ago   |   By Bleacher Report

One day. Just one more day and it all begins. Thursday will see host Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and just hours removed from that highly anticipated moment at 4 p...
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Spain to beat Portugal? Antoine Greizmann and Marcus Rashford to score?

2 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarker

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes face off as they give some of their own predictions ahead of the World Cup.
Here we go then! There is nothing quite like the buzz of a World Cup summer. 32 teams. Wall-to-wall coverage. Four weeks of footballing utopia. Here we take a look at the best bets from the opening round of matches.
The Banker
One of the standout games from the first week is Spain's clash with Portugal. La Roja had their colours lowered in spectacular fashion four years ago when, as defending champions, they were thumped 5-1 by Netherlands. More heartache followed at Euro...
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Brazil backed to win 2018 World Cup by ESPN FC Match Predictor players

2 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarker

ESPN FC's fantasy guru Mark Donaldson runs you through the ESPN FC Match Predictor. Do you have what it takes to win the grand prize?
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes face off as they give some of their own predictions ahead of the World Cup.
From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno has lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia.
From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti has lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia.
From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Julien Laurens has lifting the World Cup trophy in...
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Argentina stunned, France's shame in best World Cup openers

2 monthes ago   |   By Yardbarker

The World Cup always delivers some surprises, so the FC crew key in on the teams with potential to shock the world, for better or worse.
The FC crew break down ESPN's World Cup power rankings, which are led by Brazil, Germany and Spain while omitting Mexico from the top 10.
This article has been edited and originally appeared on ESPN FC on May 30, 2014.
Every World Cup has one. Some are more memorable than others, some mark the arrival or departure of a nation on the footballing scene, and some simply serve as the official start of a month-long party.
Here are the 10 best World Cup opening...
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