World Cup 2018: best team of the tournament so far

Defence Anyone who has done player-ratings knows that the full-backs are often the most difficult players to rate. You can get to 85 minutes and suddenly wonder what they have done. This has been reflected in our readers ratings with the centre-backs outscoring the full-backs by some margin. We have therefore opted for a three-man […]

Russia Launches Free Online Language Course for FIFA World Cup 2018 Volunteers

All participants came to Russia with their own stories. Among applicants were a Spaniard, who has always been interested in the Russian culture and has a beautiful Russian wife; a Frenchman who studied Russian at school; and a Peruvian who fell in love with Russian after he saw cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on TV.

Ten things we learned from the final round of World Cup group games

A modern low for African football Five teams, five first-round exits. It is the first time Africa has not been represented in the last 16 since 1982 and an equally unbecoming statistic is that this year three of those sides were out of the running before matchday three. Only Egypt failed to put up any […]

Quiz: red cards at the World Cup

Carlos Sánchez saw red for Colombia in their opening World Cup match against Japan – the first sending off in the 2018 World Cup. It’s the longest we’ve waited for a sending off in a tournament since the World Cups back in the 1980s. But how much can you remember about red cards at the […]

Evra challenged over clapping fellow ITV pundit Aluko’s World Cup analysis

Aluko, who recently signed for Juventus after leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, has also been a trailblazer. She made history in 2014 as the first female pundit on Match of the Day and believes she has opened the door for other women to move from the pitch into broadcasting.

US, Canada and Mexico beat Morocco in vote to host 2026 World Cup

The relief on the face of the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, was obvious as he congratulated the winning bid team. Fifa clearly preferred the more lucrative and safer United bid. It was the first World Cup vote since 2010 when the Football Association suffered humiliation after Russia won the right to host the 2018 World […]

Denmark join France in last 16 after first goalless draw of World Cup

Nabil Fekir, who came on for Griezmann with 22 minutes remaining, looked more dangerous than anyone else in a France shirt and at least tried to inject some life into proceedings with a couple of efforts on goal. Yet just about everyone else seemed happy to call it a day, safe in the knowledge that both teams […]

Norway defeat Australia in penalty shootout to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Caroline Graham Hansen’s fierce shot was tipped over the bar by Australia keeper Lydia Williams in the 99th minute as both teams attacked relentlessly and Kennedy was shown a straight red card for bringing down Lisa-Marie Utland as she rushed towards goal.

The road to World Cup 2023: how teams can secure qualification, from rank No. 1 to 32

It means there is a chance a Full Member could be relegated into CWC League Two by finishing last in the ODI Super League. If Netherlands finish in 12th place or higher for the ODI Super League, they will be guaranteed to stay in the Super League for the 2027 cycle and could possibly be […]