Senior executives and company directors in the region also said they plan to disrupt their workday to see the games, with 32 percent admitting they would watch the World Cup matches during working hours. Among the 8,000 employees from across the region surveyed, 28 percent plan to leave work early for matches, 26 percent will secretly stream the games in the office and 12 percent will take a day off. … [Read more...] about Arab Countries Will Essentially Shut Down For Two Months Because of the World Cup and Ramadan
Achilles is not the first animal psychic to take on the experts. English-born Paul the Octopus, who lived in a German zoo, predicted the results of games involving the German national team since the Euro 2008 tournament. His accurate picks gained worldwide attention during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Of the 14 games asked to judge across the two tournaments, Paul only called the wrong winner twice. He predicted the victor in eight World Cup 2010 games, picking right every time. … [Read more...] about ‘Psychic Cat’ Has a Feline Russia Will Win World Cup Opener
Syria's Omaya Sports Club was founded in 1972 but has since withdrawn from the country's professional soccer league due to the ongoing conflict between the government and insurgents that erupted in the wake of a 2011 uprising backed by the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states. With Russian and Iranian support, Syria's armed forces have largely put down the rebellion in a campaign to restore the entire country under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the northwestern province of Idlib is the last to be held by a mix of jihadi and rebel groups. … [Read more...] about A World Cup Away: Wounded Syrians Use Soccer to Heal as War Rages Around Them
The international image boost for the Russian government, only four years since losing its seat at the G8 and accruing more Western sanctions than almost any country besides North Korea and Iran, are immeasurable. At Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, the sight of a smiling Putin shaking hands of top-class athletes Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Ivan Rakitic and others is far cry from the pariah villain many outside Russia will have had of him. World leaders from many competing nations including Spain’s King Felipe and France’s President Emmanuel Macron have also happily rubbed shoulders with him or his Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the VIP box, despite their countries’ stern tone toward Moscow. … [Read more...] about The World Cup Is Over, but Has Vladimir Putin Come Out the Big Winner?
"You have to take note of their performance over the last six months. They drew with New Zealand in Wellington, gave Australia a proper smack and beat a very good Argentina side. … [Read more...] about Pressure Was ‘Horrendous’ Says World Cup Winner Mark Andrews