Senegal look to emulate 2002 heroes

Senegal look to emulate 2002 heroes

Despite guiding Senegal to their first World Cup for 16 years and only their second ever, Aliou Cissé was panned throughout the qualification campaign.

Stylish Nigerians look to break new ground

Stylish Nigerians look to break new ground

Nigeria are the only African team returning to the World Cup finals after playing in Brazil four years ago and must get past a familiar foe if they want to reach the second round again.

Dour Brazil consigned to the past

Dour Brazil consigned to the past

If anything summed up Brazil’s new approach under coach Tite, it was his celebration of the fact that they committed only eight fouls in Sunday’s 3-0 friendly win over Austria.

VAR and World Cups past

VAR and World Cups past

The history of the World Cup is littered with refereeing errors and questionable decisions. How different things might have been if Video Assistant Referees (VAR) -- which will be used at the finals in Russia -- had existed all along...

Mbodji recovers just in time for finals

Mbodji recovers just in time for finals

Injury news is a feature of the lead-up to every FIFA World Cup. In the countdown to Russia 2018, Brazil's Dani Alves, France's Laurent Koscielny and England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been the topic of conversation, with all three missing out on the competition after suffering untimely setbacks.

El-Hadary about to make history

El-Hadary about to make history

In the history of the World Cup, no player has appeared in the same team as his own son-in-law. And it won’t happen again this year, though it very nearly did.

Chinese brands to star in Russia

Chinese brands to star in Russia

Football fans heading to the World Cup this summer are going to get an education in Chinese TVs, mobile phones, electric scooters and Mongolian dairy products.

Boussoufa remembers Russian loneliness

Boussoufa remembers Russian loneliness

“I have spent four years in Russia. Four lonely years,” admitted Mbark Boussoufa in the documentary Football Millionaire from the East, which aired in the Netherlands in 2015.

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