"I don't know whether you've heard it – it's just a rumour". This was an England supporter in Moscow recently talking on BBC Radio 5 Live, alongside an unsuspecting fan of a rival World Cup team. "Rumour?" he is asked, with genuine interest. "Yeah, it's coming home. Football, and this World Cup. They're coming home". Cue howls of supportive laughter from his fellow England fans and bafflement from the rival supporter, who promptly wandered off for coffee in a nearby bar."Coming home": for the England faithful the phrase is meant to work on a number of levels. First and foremost, it is a claim to the invention of modern football. The Scots still insist that they're the true architects of the beautiful game, and to this day sports historians and others argue over whether it was in fact started by working classes in northern England or public schools in the south.But fair enough, Brits shaped the modern game. This sceptred isle produced the first written laws, the first national … [Read more...] about England fans sing ‘football’s coming home’ – but where is ‘home’ really?
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World Israel-Palestine In an apparent nod to Palestinian protesters, Argentina’s National Football team has suspended a planned soccer match with Israel, according to Israeli and Argentinian media reports published Tuesday. The match was set to take place on Saturday in Jerusalem. Palestinian fans and leaders of the Palestinian Football Association called on Argentina to cancel the match, arguing that Israeli leaders had transformed the match into a “political tool” while also cracking down on Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border. “The Israeli government has turned a regular sports match into a political tool. As was widely covered in Argentinian media, the match now is being played in order to celebrate the ‘70th anniversary of the State of Israel’,” Palestine soccer chief Jibril Rajoub wrote to Claudio Tapia, the head of the Argentinian Soccer Association, according to Reuters. Lionel Messi of Argentina stretches before an … [Read more...] about Argentina Cancels Soccer Match With Israel in Jerusalem After Pressure from Palestinian Protesters
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?
At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on the dirt field. She wears a loose white jersey from Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of the capital, Buenos Aires. Printed on the back and on her red shorts is a number 4. She uses white boots and shin guards. Her long, copper colored hair tied in a ponytail distinguishes her from the rest of the players. "Cande," as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children's soccer league in the southern part of Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. Former Argentine coaches Marcelo Bielsa, Gerardo Martino and Jorge Sampaoli were also born there. But a regional regulation that prohibits mixed-gender teams in children's categories threatens to take her off the field — a ruling that has … [Read more...] about Girl Soccer Player Challenges Gender Rules in Argentina
Sep 23, 8:39 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Emmeline MOORE 09/23/19 AT 8:04 PM Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award as beaten rival Cristiano Ronaldo stayed away from the star-studded ceremony in Milan's iconic La Scala Opera House on Monday.Barcelona striker Messi's victory was a surprise as he edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player's award last month after helping Liverpool to the Champions League last season.Juventus forward Ronaldo had also been shortlisted for the award, but did not attend the ceremony as he was named in FIFA's World 11 best team along with Messi.Both Messi, 32, and Van Dijk, 28, are now in the running for the coveted Ballon d'Or which will be announced on December 2."I want to thank those who decided to give me this recognition," said Messi."The most important thing for me is the collective awards, but today is also a very special night for me."It is … [Read more...] about Messi Wins FIFA Player Of The Year As Ronaldo Skips Ceremony