Group ARussia - Opponents of Russia's national side might face two identical players: the “terrible” identical twins Aleksei and Anton Miranchuk who have been playing together in the national squad since autumn 2017. The family traces its origins back to the Cossacks, independent horsemen forces who guarded Tsarist Russia's borders and started off from the local club of their hometown, Slavyansk-on-Kuban, close to the Crimea peninsula, before joining Spartak Moscow. Russia started their preparations for their first World Cup on home soil - with a training camp in Austria's Stubai Valley. The location of the training camp is becoming well known in international football circles - France stayed there before their own European Championship two years ago. And if Russia are looking for a lucky omen ahead of the tournament, Spain stayed in the Stubai Valley before Euro 2008, which they won. Egypt - Egypt the dominant force in African football in the last 10 years, they have … [Read more...] about Did you know this about the World Cup’s 32 teams?
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Spain, your asymmetry is showing. Nigeria, you're so bright I need shades! Croatia, Russia's fresh out of Big Boy restaurants. No worries, though, your party duds will be just the ticket once the World Cup gets underway June 14. Those countries are among several of the more festive standouts in jerseys for the global soccer showcase, with loads of sentimental touches in the designs of the 32 teams. With millions in exposure and retail sales at stake, the World Cup kits of 2018 can be categorized, generally speaking, like this: Team Plain, Team Retro and Team Cool Kid on the Pitch. Here's how the 2018 FIFA World Cup works. (Published Monday, June 11, 2018) "We didn't used to care so much," said Roger Bennett, who is half the wacky British duo of the "Men in Blazers" soccer show on NBC Sports. "What's changed is the fusion of the World Cup and the Premier League and the Champions League and television as a global platform, and advertising, which has essentially transformed them from … [Read more...] about Nigeria’s Bright, Trippy Uniforms a Hit Among World Cup Uniforms
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on June 14 in Russia. Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete in the month-long tournament that concludes on July 15. The FIFA World Cup, often just called The World Cup, is considered the biggest sporting competition in the world. Like the Olympics, it is held every four years at a different host nation selected by the FIFA Executive Committee. For 2018, Russia is the host nation. Qatar will be the next host nation in 2022, a highly contested choice. Watch the World Cup - Watch Online stream and on TV Dates: June 14 through July 15 TV (English): Fox and Fox Sports 1 TV (Spanish): Telemundo and NBC Universo Online streaming: FoxSports.com, TelemundoDeportes.com, Fubo, iPhone / Android Apps: CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes en Vivo 2018 World Cup Standings After the opening two days of play, the standings are as follows. Teams are awarded three … [Read more...] about 2018 FIFA World Cup: How to watch every team, every game
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) – Winning promotion to the Premier League with Fulham is a major personal confidence boost for the World Cup, Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic said on Monday as the Balkan nation started their build-up for next month’s tournament in Russia. Fulham reached the top flight with a 1-0 playoff win over Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday and Mitrovic acknowledged his January move to Craven Cottage on loan from Newcastle United had given him a lift. “It was a great way to end the season and it has really done a world of good for my confidence and motivation ahead of the World Cup,” the robust 23-year old hitman told reporters. “I thrived from playing at Fulham under coach and compatriot Slavisa Jokanovic and I am hopeful of carrying my club form into the forthcoming games for Serbia. “I played the best football of my life in the past few months after a frustrating first half of the season at Newcastle and I am … [Read more...] about Fulham promotion is World Cup boost, says Serbia’s Mitrovic
(Reuters) – FIFA will advance $2 million in prize money to each of the five African teams that have qualified for the World Cup to help them prepare for the tournament, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said. Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have qualified for the tournament in Russia, and CAF president Ahmad Ahmad said in a statement that the money would be used “to settle beforehand the question of bonuses due the players.” Disputes over payments at previous tournaments “had led to situations that affected badly the image of African football, with a considerable impact on team performances,” he added. Last year, Nigeria’s football federation (NFF) signed an agreement with its players pledging to avoid the bonus and pay rows that have blighted past World Cup campaigns. The Super Eagles were involved in a protracted dispute ahead of the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and a bonus row also disrupted their World Cup campaign in … [Read more...] about FIFA to advance African teams $2 million World Cup prize cash