Updated 2:13 am PDT, Monday, July 16, 2018 Photo: Stephanie Strasburg, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Marko Luketich Kochis, center, raises the flag Croatia as he celebrates that his team is in the World Cup soccer final against France as people gather to watch the televised game Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Croatian National Hall Javor in Pittsburgh. (Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) less Marko Luketich Kochis, center, raises the flag Croatia as he celebrates that his team is in the World Cup soccer final against France as people gather to watch the televised game Sunday, July 15, 2018, at ... more Photo: Stephanie Strasburg, AP Croatia gears up to give heroes' welcome to World Cup team 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Fans are pouring in from throughout the … [Read more...] about Croatia gears up to give heroes’ welcome to World Cup team
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LORD Alan Sugar sparked outrage when he tweeted a photo of the Senegal World Cup football team and compared them to Marbella beach touts. Lord Sugar quickly deleted the post after being slammed on social media, and later apologised — here's all you need to know. What was Alan Sugar's 'racist' tweet? Lord Alan Sugar, 71, posted a photo of the Senegal football team following their shock 2-1 victory over Poland in the first round of the 2018 Russia World Cup. He wrote: "I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi tasking resourceful chaps". Lord Sugar even mocked up the photo with sunglasses and handbags. He was heavily criticised for the tweet which many deemed racist. Has Alan Sugar apologised? Lord Sugar initially refused to apologise but agreed to take down the tweet. He wrote: "Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. "Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. "Frankly I cant … [Read more...] about What was Alan Sugar’s ‘racist’ tweet about the Senegal World Cup team, has he apologised and will he be sacked by the BBC?
By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian comic’s song which mocks the country’s World Cup team and questions the financial sense of hosting the event has gone viral on the eve of the tournament, angering some fans and politicians. Written and performed by Semyon Slepakov, “Ole Ole Ole” imagines Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of Chechnya, as the Russian football team’s new but unsuccessful manager. It has been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i63jWjoAWHE. Performed with just his own acoustic guitar accompaniment, Slepakov’s song has touched a nerve in Russia whose government hopes hosting the World Cup will give it a boost on the world stage even though its team is ranked by FIFA as the weakest in the tournament. Tapping into the views of many Russians who regard their players as underperforming and overpaid, it predicts Russia will lose their first match 2-0. Russia, who have not won … [Read more...] about Song mocking Russian World Cup team goes viral, upsetting some
First World Cup team Iran arrive in Russia. — Photo urdupoint.com Viet Nam News Football MOSCOW — Iran became the first team on Tuesday to arrive in Russia for the World Cup, a month-long celebration of football that kicks off in Moscow’s historic Luzhniki Stadium on June 14. Playing in their fifth finals and ranked 36 by FIFA, Iran begin their campaign against Group B rivals Morocco on June 15 in Nizhny Novgorod. They then travel to Kazan for a June 20 clash against former World Cup winners Spain, before concluding their group stage matches against Portugal on June 25. The three-time Asian Cup winner easily qualified for their second successive World Cup, going unbeaten in 10 matches in their Asian group. Iran lost 2:1 to Turkey in their last friendly on May 28, and have one last World Cup warmup against Lithuania on June 8. Coached by Portugal’s Carlos Queiroz, who has also managed his national side, Iran are long-shots to make their first … [Read more...] about Iran first World Cup team to arrive in Russia
Matt Bonesteel, The Washington Post Published 12:29 pm, Monday, June 4, 2018 Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Tom Peterson Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Neymar (11) and Marcelo (6) lead the Brazil World Cup roster. Neymar (11) and Marcelo (6) lead the Brazil World Cup roster. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Tom Peterson World Cup teams unveil their final 23-man squads 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The 32 teams set to play in this year's World Cup unveiled their official 23-man rosters on Monday. If any of these players suffer a training injury that will keep them out of the World Cup, teams have until 24 hours before their first match to name a replacement. Once tournament play begins for each team, no replacements are allowed. ARGENTINA Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Willy Caballero, Sergio … [Read more...] about World Cup teams unveil their final 23-man squads