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.

World Cup bids begin move to conclusion

World Cup bids begin move to conclusion

Opening up the vote for FIFA’s 2026 World Cup to every country’s federation has brought a new type of campaigning but geo-political realities and promises of profits remain a strong influence on the process.

China still have World Cup play

China still have World Cup play

President Xi Jinping’s dream of China hosting and ultimately winning the World Cup may be as far away as ever but that does not mean the country will have no involvement when soccer’s elite meets in Russia later this year.

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