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FIFA World Cup 2018: Brand 'Lionel Messi' unblemished by poor showing in Russia

FIFA World Cup 2018: Brand 'Lionel Messi' unblemished by poor showing in Russia

“Messi’s brand won’t be badly affected by that performance as his track record is otherwise consistently excellent,” said Allyson Stewart-Allen, chief executive of International Marketing Partners in London, after Messi’s second poor showing, in a 3-0 loss to Croatia, left Argentina facing an early exit.

Jun 23, 2018, 09:58 AM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Egypt to file complaint against referee after Russia defeat

FIFA World Cup 2018: Egypt to file complaint against referee after Russia defeat

"We want an investigation into the performance of the whole refereeing team," Egyptian Football Association president Hany Abo Rida told Reuters on Friday.

Jun 22, 2018, 15:53 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico holds training in preparation for South Korea clash

FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico holds training in preparation for South Korea clash

Mexico's national squad is to train again Wednesday before traveling to the town of Rostov the following day.

Jun 20, 2018, 16:06 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Peru's Wilder Cartagena, Luis Advincula believe win possible against France

FIFA World Cup 2018: Peru's Wilder Cartagena, Luis Advincula believe win possible against France

Peru defender Advincula said he shared Cartagena's view that a win is possible against France's strong squad.

Jun 20, 2018, 14:13 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Tunisia's goalkeeper Mouez Hassen leaves World Cup after shoulder injury

FIFA World Cup 2018: Tunisia's goalkeeper Mouez Hassen leaves World Cup after shoulder injury

Hassen was injured when he collided in the game with England's midfielder Jesse Lingard and was replaced within minutes by his team-mate Farouk Ben Mustapha, who normally plays as Saudi Arabia's Al Shabab goalkeeper

Jun 20, 2018, 11:59 AM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal coach Fernando Santos foresees difficult match against Morocco

FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal coach Fernando Santos foresees difficult match against Morocco

Santos said he hoped that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a hat trick against Spain, will show the same form against Morocco.

Jun 20, 2018, 11:18 AM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico focus on next match after stunning Germany

FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico focus on next match after stunning Germany

"We have to continue the same strength. It`s a good feeling to win your first World Cup match. We are on the right path, and we have to continue to work that will help us reach our goals.

Jun 18, 2018, 14:47 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Germans awake to doom and gloom after Mexico loss

FIFA World Cup 2018: Germans awake to doom and gloom after Mexico loss

The German coach is in the crosshairs after sticking with a lacklustre Mesut Ozil instead of speedy in-form winger Marco Reus, and setting his team up in such a way that allowed the Mexicans to launch countless counter-attacks.

Jun 18, 2018, 13:37 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: No need to panic says Joachim Loew after shock Mexico defeat

FIFA World Cup 2018: No need to panic says Joachim Loew after shock Mexico defeat

Joachim Loew says we will not just break apart now and become headless and do something completely different. There is no need to break out in a panic just because we have lost a match.

Jun 18, 2018, 10:32 AM IST
Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, injures at least 7

Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, injures at least 7

A taxi drove into a crowd of people near Moscow's Red Square, injuring seven people including Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup.

Jun 17, 2018, 06:37 AM IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Title adds no pressure against Mexico, says Germany's Joachim Loew

FIFA World Cup 2018: Title adds no pressure against Mexico, says Germany's Joachim Loew

Joachim Loew says that setbacks during their preparation for Russia, such as a loss to Austria and a scrappy win against Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up games, never shifted the team`s focus.

Jun 16, 2018, 17:57 PM IST
Russia inaugurates FIFA World Cup with ceremony boycotted by Western leaders

Russia inaugurates FIFA World Cup with ceremony boycotted by Western leaders

Key Western leaders boycotted the ceremony to avoid legitimizing the Putin state.

Jun 15, 2018, 11:58 AM IST
Ball girls selected for World Cup opener

Ball girls selected for World Cup opener

The opening match of the World Cup is going to be very interesting for the audience, As 14 Russian girls will act as ballgirls.

Jun 12, 2018, 19:04 PM IST
Moscow leads quest to show Russia in new light

Moscow leads quest to show Russia in new light

 From the tree-lined grand boulevards to its ornate underground train stations, to the monolithic-looking suburbs, Moscow is illuminating and Moscovites are at the forefront of a quest to show Russia "in a new light", unfiltered by news stories.

Jun 12, 2018, 12:48 PM IST
Brazilian legend Ronaldo to feature in World Cup opening ceremony

Brazilian legend Ronaldo to feature in World Cup opening ceremony

 Brazilian football great Ronaldo and British pop star Robbie Williams will participate in Thursday`s World Cup opening ceremony before the first match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Jun 11, 2018, 20:59 PM IST
How the World Cup favourites are shaping up

How the World Cup favourites are shaping up

 The phoney war is over and most of the big guns have arrived in Russia ahead of the start of the World Cup on Thursday. AFP Sport takes a look at how the favourites are shaping up.

Jun 11, 2018, 17:45 PM IST
Robbie Williams to perform at World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams to perform at World Cup opening ceremony

 British pop star Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, the world football governing body FIFA and the singer's representatives said.

Jun 11, 2018, 17:18 PM IST
Peru team arrives in Russia to play 1st World Cup in 36 years

Peru team arrives in Russia to play 1st World Cup in 36 years

The Peruvian national soccer team has arrived in Russia to compete in its first World Cup in 36 years, its last appearance was in Spain in 1982.

Jun 11, 2018, 09:32 AM IST
FIFA unveils VAR operations room ahead of World Cup

FIFA unveils VAR operations room ahead of World Cup

 FIFA has presented the World Cup`s video assistant referee (VAR) operations room, which will make its debut at the tournament`s 21st edition in Russia.

Jun 10, 2018, 15:44 PM IST
9,000 fans attend Russia's open training session

9,000 fans attend Russia's open training session

Some 9,000 fans attended an open training session of the Russian football team at the CSKA stadium on Saturday, five days ahead of the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on June 14.

Jun 09, 2018, 20:21 PM IST

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