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#Russia 2018

# russia-2018 - Friday 15 June, 2018

Watch: Ronaldo completes 51st career hat-trick with stunning free-kick
# Genius
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# Genius

Watch: Ronaldo completes 51st career hat-trick with stunning free-kick

Jun 15th 2018, 9:20 PM 11,502 Views 20 Comments

Pure genius.

Ronaldo's moment of magic earns Portugal a draw in World Cup thriller with Spain
# What A Game
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# What A Game

Ronaldo's moment of magic earns Portugal a draw in World Cup thriller with Spain

Jun 15th 2018, 9:04 PM 35,548 Views 71 Comments

Football at its brilliant best.

Rare De Gea blunder gifts Ronaldo his second in thrilling Group B clash
# Impact
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# Impact

Rare De Gea blunder gifts Ronaldo his second in thrilling Group B clash

Updated Jun 15th 2018, 7:35 PM 8,127 Views 14 Comments

The Man United ‘keeper won’t want to see this again.

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As it happened: Portugal v Spain, World Cup

'We didn't want to risk further injury': Egypt boss explains Salah absence
# No Mo No Party
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# No Mo No Party

'We didn't want to risk further injury': Egypt boss explains Salah absence

Jun 15th 2018, 5:06 PM 4,543 Views 10 Comments

Hector Cuper said he wants to make sure the Liverpool forward is available for the games against Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Uruguay break Egyptian hearts as 89th minute Gimenez header snatches dramatic late win
# Late Late Show
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# Late Late Show

Uruguay break Egyptian hearts as 89th minute Gimenez header snatches dramatic late win

Jun 15th 2018, 3:03 PM 6,961 Views 9 Comments

With Mohamed Salah sat on the bench, Egypt suffered a heartbreaking late defeat in their first World Cup game since 1990.

Benched: Mohamed Salah named among substitutes for Egypt's opening World Cup game
# Pharaohs
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# Pharaohs

Benched: Mohamed Salah named among substitutes for Egypt's opening World Cup game

Jun 15th 2018, 11:35 AM 7,295 Views 18 Comments

The 26-year-old has been trying to regain full fitness after being forced off with a shoulder injury during the Champions League final.

# russia-2018 - Thursday 14 June, 2018

A perfect start for hosts Russia as they earn emphatic victory in World Cup opener
# Report
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# Report

A perfect start for hosts Russia as they earn emphatic victory in World Cup opener

Jun 14th 2018, 5:59 PM 10,648 Views 16 Comments

The home side were far too good for Saudi Arabia today.

Salah declared fit to start Egypt's World Cup opener on Friday
# Mo Worries
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# Mo Worries

Salah declared fit to start Egypt's World Cup opener on Friday

Jun 14th 2018, 1:39 PM 4,152 Views 21 Comments

The Liverpool forward has overcome the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.

Top scorer? Surprise package? Biggest flop? Our writers' World Cup predictions
# Crystal Ball Gazing
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# Crystal Ball Gazing

Top scorer? Surprise package? Biggest flop? Our writers' World Cup predictions

Jun 14th 2018, 7:00 AM 8,666 Views 6 Comments

The42′s journalists look ahead to Russia 2018.

'Some players, it will really affect them when they see their name in the papers'
# Expectation
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# Expectation

'Some players, it will really affect them when they see their name in the papers'

Jun 14th 2018, 6:30 AM 3,715 Views 0 Comments

Ray Parlour believes certain England players will be feeling the pressure at the World Cup in Russia.

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 13 June, 2018

Loew pleads with Germany fans not to boo Ozil and Gundogan at World Cup
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

Loew pleads with Germany fans not to boo Ozil and Gundogan at World Cup

Jun 13th 2018, 8:03 PM 5,588 Views 0 Comments

The pair have found themselves at the centre of a political row in the build-up to Germany’s campaign opener.

All hands on deck to help Messi perform at his best, say Argentina team-mates
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

All hands on deck to help Messi perform at his best, say Argentina team-mates

Jun 13th 2018, 4:52 PM 6,808 Views 1 Comment

Argentina get their World Cup campaign underway against Iceland on Saturday.

Ramos insists Spain are 'together' as former Real defender Hierro takes over
# Turmoil
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# Turmoil

Ramos insists Spain are 'together' as former Real defender Hierro takes over

Jun 13th 2018, 3:31 PM 6,784 Views 3 Comments

The sacking of Julen Lopetegui has not impacted the unity of the squad, the Spanish captain says.

Spain sack their manager 48 hours before World Cup opener
# Crisis
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# Crisis

Spain sack their manager 48 hours before World Cup opener

Updated Jun 13th 2018, 12:50 PM 73,897 Views 61 Comments

Fernando Hierro will take charge for the duration of the World Cup.

Ou est le piscine? Spanish reporter uses Google Translate to circumvent press conference ban
# Crafty
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# Crafty

Ou est le piscine? Spanish reporter uses Google Translate to circumvent press conference ban

Jun 13th 2018, 10:32 AM 10,499 Views 4 Comments

The French media officer had hoped to avoid transfer talk by only taking questions in French.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Kane: 'We may not be the golden generation but we are united'
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

Kane: 'We may not be the golden generation but we are united'

Jun 12th 2018, 12:39 PM 5,032 Views 9 Comments

England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia next Monday.

# russia-2018 - Monday 11 June, 2018

'Pogba performs best when he's angry': ex-World Cup winner wants passion from France star
# GET PUMPED
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# GET PUMPED

'Pogba performs best when he's angry': ex-World Cup winner wants passion from France star

Jun 11th 2018, 9:37 PM 4,989 Views 10 Comments

Emmanuel Petit is looking for the Man United midfielder to do whatever it takes to play up to his true potential in Russia.

'He has the swagger of a Brazilian' - Roberto Carlos backs Alli to impress at World Cup
# Samba
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# Samba

'He has the swagger of a Brazilian' - Roberto Carlos backs Alli to impress at World Cup

Jun 11th 2018, 6:45 AM 5,143 Views 3 Comments

The former Selecao left-back believes the Three Lions can challenge for the trophy and has backed the midfielder to shine at the finals in Russia

# russia-2018 - Sunday 10 June, 2018

Ex-Arsenal skipper Adams believes Spurs contingent could cost England
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

Ex-Arsenal skipper Adams believes Spurs contingent could cost England

Jun 10th 2018, 6:40 PM 15,503 Views 12 Comments

“I’m really worried about these Tottenham players, I don’t think they know how to win.”

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

England defender won't allow his family to travel to World Cup over racism fears
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

England defender won't allow his family to travel to World Cup over racism fears

Jun 6th 2018, 1:57 PM 8,209 Views 7 Comments

Danny Rose: ‘It’s really sad. It’s just how it is. Somehow Russia got the World Cup and we have to get on with it.’

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

'I have to accept this decision' - Germany's Sane responds to shock World Cup omission
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

'I have to accept this decision' - Germany's Sane responds to shock World Cup omission

Jun 5th 2018, 1:23 PM 7,541 Views 2 Comments

The Man City forward was not included in the World champions’ 23-man squad on Monday.

Fifa files criminal complaint against Viagogo over World Cup ticket sales
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

Fifa files criminal complaint against Viagogo over World Cup ticket sales

Jun 5th 2018, 11:48 AM 3,401 Views 1 Comment

World football’s governing body says it is attempting ‘to protect the fans and prevent unauthorised ticket resales’ at this month’s tournament in Russia.

# russia-2018 - Monday 4 June, 2018

Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt's final World Cup squad despite injury
# The Egyptian King
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# The Egyptian King

Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt's final World Cup squad despite injury

Jun 4th 2018, 12:23 PM 5,084 Views 13 Comments

The forward suffered a worrying injury in the Champions League final but has been included in Egypt’s 23-man squad.

Leroy Sane left out of Germany's World Cup squad while goalkeeper Neuer makes the cut
# Surprise
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# Surprise

Leroy Sane left out of Germany's World Cup squad while goalkeeper Neuer makes the cut

Jun 4th 2018, 11:03 AM 15,703 Views 15 Comments

The PFA Young Player of the Year will not be going to the World Cup in Russia.

# russia-2018 - Sunday 3 June, 2018

Peru captain grabs two goals just days after World Cup ban for drug use is overturned
# Brace
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# Brace

Peru captain grabs two goals just days after World Cup ban for drug use is overturned

Jun 3rd 2018, 9:49 PM 7,607 Views 4 Comments

Paolo Guerrero was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension.

Neymar and Firmino shine as Brazil sink Croatia at Anfield ahead of World Cup
# Samba
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# Samba

Neymar and Firmino shine as Brazil sink Croatia at Anfield ahead of World Cup

Jun 3rd 2018, 6:29 PM 12,081 Views 5 Comments

Brazil defeated Croatia thanks to goals from PSG star Neymar and Roberto Firmino.

# russia-2018 - Saturday 2 June, 2018

Nigeria's new World Cup kit sells out after three million pre-orders ahead of England friendly
# Super Eagles
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# Super Eagles

Nigeria's new World Cup kit sells out after three million pre-orders ahead of England friendly

Jun 2nd 2018, 4:59 PM 19,534 Views 15 Comments

The Super Eagles are in action at Wembley this evening, with their new kit for the World Cup proving popular with supporters.

# russia-2018 - Friday 1 June, 2018

Southgate backs 'focused' Sterling to overcome gun tattoo controversy ahead of World Cup
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

Southgate backs 'focused' Sterling to overcome gun tattoo controversy ahead of World Cup

Jun 1st 2018, 4:03 PM 3,200 Views 10 Comments

England face Nigeria in a warm-up fixture on Saturday.

'I'm very relieved': Arsenal midfielder escapes serious injury at World Cup training camp
# Injury Scare
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# Injury Scare

'I'm very relieved': Arsenal midfielder escapes serious injury at World Cup training camp

Jun 1st 2018, 11:19 AM 7,951 Views 1 Comment

There were fears Granit Xhaka suffered knee ligament damage.

# russia-2018 - Thursday 31 May, 2018

Peru captain wins last-ditch appeal to play at World Cup despite drugs suspension
# Cleared To Play
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# Cleared To Play

Peru captain wins last-ditch appeal to play at World Cup despite drugs suspension

May 31st 2018, 4:12 PM 5,979 Views 5 Comments

Paolo Guerrero had been originally banned until January 2019, but is now free to play in Russia.

Lingard feels 'more comfortable' with England than at Man United
# Claim
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# Claim

Lingard feels 'more comfortable' with England than at Man United

May 31st 2018, 6:00 AM 6,992 Views 1 Comment

The Old Trafford academy graduate enjoyed the most productive season of his club career to date in 2017-18, but he relishes outings for his country.

# russia-2018 - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

Fifa drop Saudi referee from World Cup after attempted match-fixing
# Red Carded
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# Red Carded

Fifa drop Saudi referee from World Cup after attempted match-fixing

May 30th 2018, 7:38 PM 5,106 Views 2 Comments

Fahad al-Mirdasi banned in Saudi Arabia after being reported for soliciting a bribe ahead of the King’s Cup Final.

# russia-2018 - Sunday 27 May, 2018

'I'm a fighter': Salah confident for World Cup despite shoulder injury
# Update
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# Update

'I'm a fighter': Salah confident for World Cup despite shoulder injury

May 27th 2018, 6:19 PM 7,665 Views 20 Comments

The Liverpool forward hopes to be in Russia to ‘make you all proud.’

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Mauro Icardi misses out as Argentina name World Cup squad
# Attacking Talent
From The42
# Attacking Talent

Mauro Icardi misses out as Argentina name World Cup squad

May 22nd 2018, 10:18 AM 7,230 Views 8 Comments

The Inter striker was the joint-top scorer in Serie A this season.

Harry Kane to captain England at next month's World Cup
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

Harry Kane to captain England at next month's World Cup

May 22nd 2018, 9:53 AM 5,620 Views 11 Comments

The Tottenham striker has been handed the role by Gareth Southgate.

# russia-2018 - Monday 21 May, 2018

No place for Morata in Spanish World Cup squad
# Team News
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# Team News

No place for Morata in Spanish World Cup squad

May 21st 2018, 12:28 PM 9,831 Views 18 Comments

Julen Lopetegui named his squad today.

# russia-2018 - Thursday 17 May, 2018

Ronaldo leads Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad
# Leading The Line
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# Leading The Line

Ronaldo leads Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad

May 17th 2018, 9:13 PM 10,834 Views 7 Comments

The European champions have no place for Renato Sanches.

No Martial or Lacazette in star-studded France squad
# Feeling Les Bleus
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# Feeling Les Bleus

No Martial or Lacazette in star-studded France squad

May 17th 2018, 7:52 PM 18,571 Views 24 Comments

The pair have been excluded from Didier Deschamps’ squad.

# russia-2018 - Tuesday 15 May, 2018

'I'm a victim of injustice': Peru captain to miss World Cup after doping sentence is increased
# Russia 2018
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# Russia 2018

'I'm a victim of injustice': Peru captain to miss World Cup after doping sentence is increased

May 15th 2018, 10:33 PM 6,975 Views 11 Comments

Despite previously being ruled eligible by Fifa, Paolo Guerrero will miss this summer’s World Cup.