Rugby should look at 1987 World Cup and take another leap into unknown

New Zealand and Australia had pushed for a World Cup from the end of the 1970s but there was a sniffy lack of enthusiasm in the four home unions, none of which had set up a national club league. Apart from France, whose long delayed membership of the Board prompted it to set up a […]

World Cup draw coverage live on Sky Sports from 3pm on Friday

SSN are in Moscow to bring you a special World Cup draw programme with build-up and reaction, including interviews with Gareth Southgate, and will also be with the England Supporters Club and Graeme Le Saux at Wembley as they watch the draw.

Some 20,000 Mexicans to Visit Rostov-on-Don During FIFA World Cup – Official

“For example, the Mexican ambassador has informed us that the majority of Mexicans who will visit us, there will be about 20,000 people, will have no English language skills. We should inform them not only about transport-related issues, but also legal and medical ones,” Vasily Zyryanov said in a report.

Recovering Pele set to return to Brazil on Monday

Brazilian news website G1 reported that Pele had intended to come out of hospital on Saturday to return to Brazil but had been delayed by further tests and would stay under observation until he was 100 percent.

Lionel Messi ban over, can play against Ecuador: AFA president

Messi had been expected to serve the ban by missing Argentina’s qualifier against Ecuador that is scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires on October 8. However, Claudio Tapia said he had consulted with the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) President Alejandro Dominguez, who “confirmed the statute of limitations had expired and that he (Messi) […]

Lionel Messi’s Argentina ban over; can play against Ecuador, says AFA president

 Lionel Messi can play in Argentina`s opening World Cup qualifier next month because the statute of limitations has run out on the ban he was given during last year`s Copa America, the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday.

As Poland shines, Ukraine sinks. Yet both their trajectories can be changed

The disinvitation (or “postponement”) raises the interesting question where Yanukovych will be today. Earlier this week, asked about his planned Brussels trip, he reportedly said “I will fly in that direction in any case on Thursday … I am not going begging to anyone. If I need to, I will fly farther.” Farther? This delphic […]

Everton sign Colombian Rodriguez from Real Madrid

“I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well. I’m looking forward to achieving great things here — and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is,” the official website of Everton quoted Rodriguez as saying.

Neymar claims he was racially abused by opponent as mass brawl mars PSG-Marseille match

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