It's been well over 50 years since a team defended the World Cup title, and that is the history that Germany needs to change if they are to go on and hoist the Jules Rimet Trophy for the second straight time. Germany begins their Fifa World Cup 2018 outing with a challenging match against Mexico, who have the firepower, experience and know-how to triumph over any team. Coming into this World Cup, Germany has looked iffy, failing to really impress in any of the friendlies, with injuries, a picture controversy and questionable team decisions not making life easy for the defending champions. Joachim Low made the surprising decision to leave Leroy Sane out of the 23-man squad, preferring Julian Brandt instead. Considering how well Sane played throughout in Manchester City's record-breaking season, it was quite a surprise, but maybe Low took more than just form and talent into consideration. What Low will hope is that he doesn't rue that decision, but his worries for the opening game … [Read more...] about Germany vs Mexico live streaming: Expected starting XI for FIFA World Cup Group F match
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DAMASCUS: With days to go before the World Cup, bustling markets in Syria's capital are blanketed in the flags of competing countries — but host and government ally Russia is taking centre stage. The flags of usual favourites Argentina, Germany, and Brazil are still displayed prominently, but years of steadfast Russian support to Syria's war-weary government has earned it newfound football fandom. Its tri-colour hangs from ropes strung across the packed streets of the Al-Qaymariyah market in Damascus's Old City, and pokes out of a bouquet of flags planted outside one shopfront. "Before the troubles in Syria, no one would support the Russian team. It was a regular team, not a particularly strong one," says Ahmad al-Mudramani, an avid football fan who runs an electronics store in Al-Qaymariyah. "But after they intervened in Syria, they found supporters here," he says. Mudramani manages a Facebook forum on football, where 70,000 users discuss sports news ahead of the 2018 FIFA … [Read more...] about After military wins, Syrians root for ally Russia in World Cup
(L-R) Brazil's Fagner, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho and the rest of the national team descend form the plan upon landing at Sochi airport, in Russia on June 11, 2018, ahead of the FIFA World Cup. — AFPAustria's Alessandro Schoepf (L) vies for a ball with Brazil's forward Neymar during their friendly in Vienna, on June 10, 2018. — AFP SOCHI, Russia: Neymar and his Brazil teammates landed on Russian soil in the early hours of Monday morning, fresh from beating Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up outing ahead of the World Cup. As the clock ticks down to Thursday's tournament opener in Moscow between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the five-time World Cup winners arrived in Sochi, the Black Sea resort city where they will be based, just before 3am local time (8am Malaysia). The Brazilians made the journey with their confidence boosted after Neymar marked his first start in more than three months by scoring in the victory over the Austrians in Vienna. Gabriel Jesus and Philippe … [Read more...] about Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia as clock ticks down to World Cup start
caption Mohamed Salah. source Getty Images The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicks off in three months’ time and will likely be one of the most-watched sports competition on the planet. France, Brazil, and Argentina are among the favourites to win the tournament with players like Antoine Griezmann, Neymar, and Lionel Messi expected to excel. But those nations are far from reliant on just one player and it takes a team effort for a single country to lift the World Cup trophy when the competition finishes on July 15. For that reason, we’ve collected a list of one player you really need to know from every nation in the tournament. Argentina — Nicolás Otamendi. source Getty Images Position: Defender. International appearances: 51 (3 goals). We’re well aware one of the best players on the planet, Lionel Messi, plays for Argentina. As does Paulo Dybala, Sergio Agüero, and Gonzalo Higuaín. Argentina has an embarrassment of riches up … [Read more...] about The one player you need to know from every country competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup
By Neil Davidson The Canadian Press Mon., March 19, 2018 The group hoping to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America has defended its decision for a 60-10-10 split in games. The plan calls for the U.S. to stage 60 games, including all games from the quarter-finals. Canada and Mexico will each stage 10 matches. Carlos Cordeiro, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, called it “the most optimal mix of cities and matches.” And he said the bid is not anticipating that the world governing body of soccer will make any changes to its proposal, assuming it wins. “The split of matches that we have proposed to FIFA frankly reflect the resources of the three countries,” Cordeiro told a media conference call Monday. “We in the United States are blessed with some very substantial resources in terms of stadium infrastructure, cities and so on. And that reflects the 60 matches we have on the table. “But at the end of the day there is a reason … [Read more...] about Group behind unified North America bid for 2026 World Cup defends plan to stage most games in U.S.