Unlike Saudi Arabia, Russia is considered a democracy. Several experts, however, cast doubt on whether the democratic process is fair. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin became the longest-serving leader since the death of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. He is also believed to control most aspects of policymaking in the country, as some political scientists call the Russian political system “competitive authoritarianism,” instead of a democracy. … [Read more...] about Russia Vs. Saudi Arabia: How the World Cup Opponents Compare in Population, GDP, Military and More
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England have won four straight games in the Women's World Cup, beating Scotland, Argentina, Japan, and Cameroon. The lionesses reached the semi-finals of their last two major tournaments but despite the scorelines, they still don't quite look the full picture and some dominating displays have been marred by poor touches. … [Read more...] about Women’s World Cup: What can we expect in the quarter-finals?
"I think that the huge media splash of the lawsuit is behind us and we're obviously focused on the World Cup," Rapinoe said. "But also it's like this is our life, and there are a lot of things that we have to grapple and deal with: Family, friends, partners, media, pressures, games, World Cup, travel. So it's just kind of just one more thing. This team always has a lot of media attention, and we've always had a lot of things on our plate so it's not like it's anything new, or all of a sudden we're getting all the more attention. It's sort of the same for us." … [Read more...] about Equity Will Be the Theme of This Women’s World Cup
Jill Ellis is leading the U.S. team into her second World Cup as coach. She selected a roster that emphasized experience, but the lineup will look vastly different from four years ago. Stalwarts Abby Wambach and Lauren Holiday have retired, and Carli Lloyd — who scored a hat trick in the title game in Canada — has moved into a "super sub" role off the bench . … [Read more...] about US Faces Greater Challenges This Time Around at World Cup
"That's the root of the U.S. women's national team, from back to the teams from 20 years ago," she said. "And that's always been the U.S. mentality and that's something that every veteran player has instilled in all the new players as we've come in. It's now our job to carry that through." … [Read more...] about England Looks to Overcome ‘Ruthless’ US in World Cup Semis