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
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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
Sep 13, 9:39 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Barney SPENDER 09/13/19 AT 9:20 PM As a member of the South Africa team that won the 1995 World Cup and was later immortalised in the Clint Eastwood film "Invictus", Mark Andrews is already assured of a place in rugby history."We were just out of isolation, Mandela was the new president, it was an opportunity to show the world who we were," Andrews told AFP.South Africa had been released from sporting exile, prompted by years of apartheid government, in 1992 and Andrews, with his trademark headband, was a new breed of Springbok second row forward when he was fast-tracked into the team in 1994.Not the cumbersome lump who had occupied that position in years gone by but an athletic ball-carrier whose handling owed much to his early career as a water-polo player.As he looks back 24 years, though, to those heady days when Nelson Mandela was forging his 'rainbow nation', … [Read more...] about Pressure Was ‘Horrendous’ Says World Cup Winner Mark Andrews
World 2018 World Cup Russians have decided to grow mustaches in a desperate bid to help their lowest-ranked national soccer team perform well in the World Cup starting in a week. Ivan Urgant, a popular late-night host, put forward the idea on his Tuesday-evening show. He suggested fans grow facial hair to support the national team’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov, who sports an iconic mustache. Stanislav Cherchesov head coach of Russia looks on prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Group A match between Russia and Portugal at Spartak Stadium on June 21, 2017 in Moscow, Russia Ian Walton/Getty Images “Everything is against him now: expectations, the weather, the laws of physics, the anatomy of certain footballers and just plain-old logic,” Urgant said, according to The Moscow Times. The host called on fans to grow “mustaches of hope” and share the images on social media. Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful … [Read more...] about Russians Hope Growing Mustaches Will Help World Cup Chances
Mar 20, 6:50 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 03/15/18 AT 6:00 AM The World Happiness Report 2018 ranked the United States of America 18th in its list — four spots lower from last year.The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a United Nations' initiative, publishes the World Happiness Report, and this is the second consecutive year the U.S. has been unable to maintain its spot, let alone climb up ranks, in the list that counts down from the happiest to the saddest country in the world.So how did the analysts decide the U.S. was unhappier than it was a year ago? By taking into account factors like GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, corruption levels, trust and generosity. Another vital factor that went into determining the happiness ranking of each country was how well immigrants settled into their … [Read more...] about World Happiness Report 2018: Why Is US, Ranked 18th, Sadder Than Before?