Lukaku confident he is over post-World Cup slump (Supersport)

Lukaku confident he is over post-World Cup slump (Supersport) Romelu Lukaku believes he has finally emerged from his post-World Cup slump, with the Manchester United striker revealing he had to shed muscle to adapt to the demands of the Premier…

Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers (Guardian)

Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years’ time. “I made a mistake…

Super Eagles will win FIFA World Cup one day, says Pinnick (Guardian)

The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has expressed the hope that Nigeria’s Super Eagles will one day win the FIFA World Cup. Pinnick expressed the hope on Friday in Uyo after playing in the maiden novelty match…

Ballack ‘surprised’ Loew kept Germany job after woeful World Cup (Punch)

Michael Ballack believes Germany coach Joachim Loew should have lost his job in the wake of their woeful World Cup performance in Russia. Ballack, 42, who captained ‘die Mannschaft’ between 2004-2010, is the first senior figure in German football to…

Russian goalkeeper Akinfeev retires from international football (Guardian)

CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, Russia’s World Cup team captain, announced Monday he was retiring from international football after playing 111 times for his country. Akinfeev, 32, said after 15 years with the national side he had decided to give…

Star Lager beer excites customers with cash, prizes worth N400m

Star Lager beer launched one of its biggest promo tagged Star United We Shine Millionaires Promo; one of the biggest ever giveaway by Nigerian Breweries aimed at rewarding its loyal customers with cash and prizes worth over 400 million Naira.…

Falconets to face Haiti after 1-0 loss to Germany in World Cup group opener

Nigeria women’s under-20 football team, the Falconets, lost to German counterparts in their opening Group D game at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The Falconets were unlucky as they fell to the three-time champions by a lone…

Russia’s ‘Pussy Riot’ World Cup pitch invaders freed from jail: lawyer (Reuters)

Four members of Russia’s anti-Kremlin ‘Pussy Riot’ punk band who staged a pitch invasion during the soccer World Cup final have been released from police custody after being detained for 16 days, their lawyer said on Wednesday. The group served…

World Cup: Toke Makinwa wins $20,000 for predicting France’s victory

Media personality, Toke Makinwa, is $20,000 (N7.2m) richer after she placed a bet that France would win the 2018 World Cup and they did. Toke took to her Twitter handle to share the good news. She wrote “Thank you, France. …

France beats Croatia 4-1 to lift world cup

The final match came to a dramatic finish with France beating Croatia 4-2 to lift the world cup. France opened the tally with an own goal from Croatia’s Mandzukic. Then goals came from Griezman, Pogba and Mbappe. Croatia goal scorers…

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