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Germany benefiting off 1998 SWC disappointment

2018-03-22 12:26

After a disappointing 1998 SWC and Euro 2000, Germany's €80 million per year in youth development has since been paying off dividends.

No need to fight racism in football, says Russia coach

2018-03-08 09:23

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has brushed aside fears that racism and hooliganism in domestic football are serious enough to mar the World Cup...

FIFA hold Spain talks amid World Cup ban fears

2018-02-06 08:35

FIFA and the Spanish government agreed the "need to clarify as quickly as possible" the situation regarding the country's football federation to...

Russia on alert for IS jihadists ahead of 2018 SWC

2017-12-12 13:05

Russia's security service said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the 2018 Soccer World Cup.

Easy, fair and tough fixtures in store for soccer's showpiece

2017-12-03 06:07

It did not take long for the bookmakers to install defending champions Germany and five-time champions Brazil as favourites to win the Soccer World...

Tasty affair as Spain, Portugal clash in Group B

2017-12-01 19:50

A guide through each of the teams following the 2018 Soccer World Cup draw held in Russia.

Big guns avoid each other in SWC 2018 draw

2017-12-01 18:02

Russia will open the 2018 Soccer World Cup against Saudi Arabia while holders Germany start their title defence against Mexico.

Russian team struggles to shape up ahead of finals

2017-12-01 15:01

Appointed as Russia's new coach right after their Euro 2016 disaster, Stanislav Cherchesov knew he was facing an uphill task.

England, the eternal mystery

2017-12-01 09:07

Though untroubled in qualifying, England approach Friday's 2018 World Cup draw harbouring the same eternal doubts.

France have the World Cup weapons

2017-12-01 08:52

With a potent attack featuring teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and a midfield stuffed with talent, France should be among the SWC favourites.

Putin takes fight to hooligans ahead of SWC

2017-11-29 16:48

Andrei and his fellow Russian football hooligans flew to France for the Euro 2016 with only one goal in mind: to give England's supporters a good...

Seeing double as identical twins play for Russia

2017-11-07 08:18

Opponents of Russia's national side can be forgiven for confusion as they face two identical players: twin brothers Anton and Alexei Miranchuk.

Iran hold World Cup hosts Russia in Kazan

2017-10-10 22:42

World Cup hosts Russia drew 1-1 with Iran on Tuesday in a friendly that did little to dispel doubts about their ability to challenge the elite next...

SWC ticket sales start Thursday

2017-09-12 20:07

FIFA announced Tuesday that ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup will begin on Thursday, nine months to the day that the tournament kicks off in...

Football plays catch-up with VAR

2017-06-25 06:02

The introduction of technology has been hailed as a step in the right ­direction, but there are still question marks, writes Timothy ­Molobi.