News / UK and world by Press Association June 10, 2018, 7:43 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter England will try to end 52 years of hurt as they battle it out in Russia to lift the World Cup 2018 trophy. Here are some key numbers: – 64 – matches in the tournament, starting with Russia v Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14 and ending with the final in the same arena on July 15 – 32 – teams, starting in eight groups of four. England are in group G – 7 – the number of games the Three Lions would play in a month if they reached the final – 52 – years since England won the World Cup in 1966 – 12 – the Three Lions’ current Fifa world ranking – 11 – cities will be hosting games across the country, from St Petersburg in the north to Sochi in the south, to Kaliningrad in the west and Ekaterinburg in the east – 3 – cities … [Read more...] about World Cup football tournament in numbers
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World FIFA World Cup Russia Cats Psychics As the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia, soccer experts all over the globe are poring through obscure statistics, lengthy team sheets, detailed weather reports and unconfirmed training camp rumours to predict who will win glory in Moscow on July 15. But one ex-purr-t who has been pawing through his own data decided that Russia will, at the very least, come out on top in the tournament opener against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Reuters has reported. Achilles, a supposedly psychic cat from St. Petersburg, is backing Stanislav Cherchesov’s men to begin the tournament with a win. In front of reporters, Achilles was presented with two bowls of cat food, one next to a Saudi flag and the other next to a Russian flag. The cat—who is deaf as well as psychic—performed his patriotic duty and went for the Russian food, though there seemed to be some prodded encouragement from his minders. Achilles the cat, one of the State … [Read more...] about ‘Psychic Cat’ Has a Feline Russia Will Win World Cup Opener
World Russia 2018 World Cup Vladimir Putin Soccer Russian Politics Russian President Vladimir Putin is proud and happy, by his own admission. For a month, he has watched as his country hosted the biggest party in the world, as hundreds of thousands of people from over 32 nations paid a boisterous visit to Moscow, St. Petersburg and nine other cities. As Putin hands over the role of host to Qatar, the Kremlin is left to reap the rewards of a job well done, but also to deal with the risks of Russians who will not want to see the party end. The gains for Putin and Russia are already visible. Images of South American fans dancing at the walls of the Kremlin, footage of Japanese and Senegalese fans endearingly tidying their stands, and fans from across Western Europe following their teams across Russia without major risks from infamous ultras or harassment have become have been the focus of much social media coverage during the tournament. Russia’s tourism board expects to cash in … [Read more...] about The World Cup Is Over, but Has Vladimir Putin Come Out the Big Winner?
World 2018 World Cup Coming on the heels of Ramadan, the World Cup is predicted to bring another month of reduced productivity for businesses throughout the Middle East and North Africa. A survey released this week by Middle Eastern online recruitment site GulfTalent revealed that 92 percent of employees plan to watch at least part of the tournament. With a lot of the games happening during business hours, many hope to watch matches at the office or even ditch work. 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. Saudi Arabia Sports Minister Turki Al Sheikh during training on June 13, 2018. Senior executives and company directors … [Read more...] about Arab Countries Will Essentially Shut Down For Two Months Because of the World Cup and Ramadan
World France 2018 World Cup World Cup Two men died in France as the country erupted in ecstatic celebration after beating Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup championship on Sunday. One death occurred in the eastern city of Annecy, when a man jumped into a shallow canal and broke his neck, according to British newspaper Metro. The second death took place when a man in his 30s crashed his car into a tree in the country’s northern Oise region, the New York Daily News reported. France fans celebrate on the Champs-Elysees avenue after France win the Soccer World Cup final on July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau “Despite numerous efforts, the victim died. Today, we call on pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to be very careful,” the Oise Fire Department wrote on Twitter. “The party must not end in tears.” Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 … [Read more...] about Two Die in France During World Cup Celebrations