Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich helps brings ill Israeli kids to the World Cup (JN)

Despite Israel’s absence from the World Cup, many Israelis are intensely following this year’s tournament in Russia. Some of these fans, thanks to Russian Jewish billionaire Roman Abramovich, have been given the opportunity to attend the Cup. Abramovich, an investor and…

Senegal claims first win by an African team at the 2018 World Cup (BBC)

Senegal deservedly defeated Poland in a game of few chances to claim the first win by an African team at the World Cup – although there was a hint of controversy about their second goal. M’Baye Niang sprinted back on…

Domestic violence cases set to spike around England’s World Cup matches (Metro)

England’s first World Cup match kicks off tonight, and for many of us it will be an excuse to have a beer or two. For some people though, it could be a flash point for abuse with alcohol-related violence fueled…

World Cup: Sweden start with a win (FootballItalia)

Italy’s conqueror’s Sweden started the World Cup with a win, beating South Korea 1-0 in a drab game in Nizhny Novgorod. The Scandinavians knocked the Azzurri out in the play-offs, and a penalty by former Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist was…

Mexico stuns Germany in World Cup opener (WSJ)

There has been a growing fear in world soccer that the game was turning into a series of permanent mismatches between the haves and the have-lesses. The haves would dominate possession, grind down opponents and eventually score. The have-lesses would…

Russia’s World Cup headache: Keeping it safe, keeping it fun (FoxNews)

When a taxi driver suddenly rammed into pedestrians near Red Square, despite intense security measures around Russian cities for the World Cup, fans and other visitors asked themselves: Are we safe? Moscow authorities insist Saturday’s taxi crash was an accident,…

Russia, Saudi Arabia kick off FIFA World Cup action (Nation)

The World Cup kicked off in Russia on Thursday as years of preparations dogged by diplomatic scandals gave way to a month-long feast of action on the field. Russia got the ball rolling against Saudi Arabia at the completely refurbished…

Women beware: the World Cup is here – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The real deal is here. Nothing compares to the FIFA World Cup. Even expired players beg to play! Forget all the noise about European club football. I was at the celebrated Suya Spot on Akerele Street, Surulere, Lagos, the other…

World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers (Channelnewsasia)

Flagmakers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation’s colours – the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil. Hossain owns one…

Na God go punish that Fela – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

When Fela Anikulapo-Kuti died on August 2, 1997, one holier-than-thou friend became outraged that I was mentioned in The Guardian’s front page report of the passing as one of the notable apostles of the Afrobeat legend. I shut the poor…

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