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Tag: World Cup

  • Saturday, July 14th 2018 - 07:35 UTC

    FIFA picks Argentine Pitana for World Cup decider

    Nestor Pitana is no newcomer to World Cup action, having also officiated four games at Brazil 2014.

    FIFA has picked Argentina's Nestor Pitana to referee Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

  • Thursday, July 5th 2018 - 08:10 UTC

    FIFA strongly rebukes Maradona's comments on the England/Colombia match

    FIFA says Maradona's “insinuations” were “entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded.”

    FIFA says it “strongly rebukes” comments made by its ambassador Diego Maradona criticising American referee Mark Geiger's handling of England's win against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday. It's the third controversy involving the Argentina great at the World Cup, which he has mostly attended as a VIP guest of FIFA.

  • Wednesday, July 4th 2018 - 08:58 UTC

    Lula ceases commenting the World Cup to avoid breaking election rules

    “In order to comply with the electoral legislation, his comments will stop being broadcast on Jose Trajano's program on TVT,” said Lula's Workers Party

    Jailed former Brazil president Lula da Silva has decided to cease commenting on the World Cup for Brazilian television to avoid breaking election rules. The 72-year-old leftist politician was the front-runner for October's presidential elections until his incarceration in April after being convicted of accepting a bribe from Brazilian construction company OAS.

  • Saturday, June 30th 2018 - 16:53 UTC

    Messi out of the World Cup: France beat Argentina 4-3

    For Argentina this is the farewell of a golden generation that led to three finals. SERGEI GRITS/AP

    Mbappé is the man of the day. The player of the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) was the great figure of the game in which France surpassed by 4-3 to Argentina and advanced to the quarters of the 2018 Russia’s World Cup. With two goals from Mbappé, one from Pavard and a penalty from Griezzman, the “Bleus” beat the Argentine selection. Di María, Mercado and Agüero where the authors of the Argentine goals.

  • Saturday, June 30th 2018 - 15:39 UTC

    Maradona: “I'm more alive than ever”; offers a reward on the origin of fake news about his death

    Two Spanish-language audio clips claimed Maradona had suffered a heart attack and died, shortly after news emerged of his eccentric and bizarre behavior

    Argentina's former football star Diego Maradona has issued a bounty worth 300,000 pesos (US$10,800 / £8,300) to find the journalist responsible for reporting fake news regarding his death, according to Infobae.

  • Saturday, June 30th 2018 - 15:22 UTC

    Over 700.000 foreign football fans have visited Russia for the World Cup

    FIFA said 2.2 million fans had attended matches so far and of 1.6 million Fan IDs issued, 874,000 were sent to Russian citizens, China 61,000 and US citizens 50,000

    Over 700.00 foreign football fans have visited Russia for the World Cup, according to Russian and FIFA officials. World Cup 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin and FIFA’s chief competitions and events officer Colin Smith, at an event in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, reported on operational aspects of the World Cup so far.

  • Saturday, June 30th 2018 - 15:12 UTC

    FIFA confirms success of the Video Assistant Referee system

    A total of 335 incidents have been checked in the 48 group stage games completed over the last 15 days, reported Pierluigi Collina

    FIFA says stats from 48 games point to success of the Video Assistant Referee system debuting at the World Cup. At a briefing in Moscow on Friday, FIFA Referees' Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina underscored the importance of VAR in guiding refereeing decisions at the Russia World Cup; it’s the first time the technology has been used at the quadrennial tournament.

  • Wednesday, June 20th 2018 - 08:16 UTC

    “Beware of little David”, Lula da Silva tells Brazil' team ahead of the match with Costa Rica

    “The first week of the World Cup proves Germany is not unbeatable and, among the top players, only Cristiano Ronaldo proved his value,” he wrote.

    Ex president Lula da Silva is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption in Curitiba, but as all Brazilians loves football, the national sport, and has been contracted as a commentator for the World's Cup in Russia.

  • Wednesday, June 13th 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    Russian economy expecting US$ 1.6bn boost from the World Cup

    Minister Oreshkin expressed confidence Western sanctions won’t affect the event. “There’s politics, there’s the economy, and then there’s the life of regular people”

    The Russian economy is expecting to get a significant financial boost from an increased tourist flow during the FIFA World Cup, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development said. “According to our estimates, foreigners will spend over 100 billion rubles (US$1.6 billion) during the World Cup in Russia,” Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin told Sovetsky Sport newspaper.

  • Wednesday, June 13th 2018 - 08:11 UTC

    Trump lobbies strongly to have North America host the 2026 World Cup

    In one tweet about the bid Trump said ”it would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid”

    In the spirit of Russia and the 2018 World Cup, US President Donald Trump reportedly penned three letters to FIFA to assuage travel concerns related to the 2026 World Cup bid. The letters, first reported by the New York Times, are meant to clear up concerns about entry to the U.S. for players and officials.

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