Mesut Özil quits Germany over ‘racism’ and sparks anger over dual-heritage identity – video

Mesut Özil’s departure from Germany’s national team amid accusations of racism is drawing mixed reactions with both expressions of concern over its implications for society and criticism of the player. The Arsenal player announced on Sunday he was retiring from international football after Germany’s shock first-round World Cup exit. He attacked the country’s football federation (DFB), its president, fans and media for what he saw as double standards in treating people with Turkish roots. Özil, who won 92 caps for Germany, defended his controversial decision to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in May. In a statement of its own on Monday, the DFB paid tribute to the midfielder’s contribution but also rejected any suggestions of racism. The governing body stressed its integration work was “of central importance at all levels”. Özil has received plenty of support on social media, but Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness accused Özil Continue reading "Mesut Özil quits Germany over ‘racism’ and sparks anger over dual-heritage identity – video"

Mesut Özil walks away from Germany team citing ‘racism and disrespect’

• Özil attacks DFB president Reinhard Grindel in statement
• ‘I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose’ Mesut Özil has blamed unfair discrimination over his meeting with the Turskish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in May for his decision to retire from international football with immediate effect. Özil was a member of the Germany squad that went out of the World Cup finals in Russia at the group stage and faced heavy criticism for his both performances and his meeting with Erdoğan, who has been accused of human rights abuses and has been outspoken about German politics as well. Continue reading...

Premier League teams face World Cup hangover after abridged pre-season | Paul Wilson

Seven top-tier sides had 10 or more players on international duty in Russia and only Bournemouth and Fulham are training for the new season with complete squads at their disposalWhether it is possible to have too much football is a question frequently asked during World Cup summers, and one which seems likely to raise its head again when the domestic league programme resumes next month. Related: The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadline Continue reading...

Mandela,Obama and the power of the game

“Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down […]

Russia’s World Cup was great – now get behind the women at France 2019 | Marta

Hot on the heels of the successful men’s tournament comes the showpiece event for the women’s game – ample opportunity to demonstrate how much it has grownThe men’s World Cup has come to an end and for me the tournament was a success. Questions had been asked about what kind of a tournament Russia would deliver and although I was not able to travel there, it seems to have been very well organised and almost all the comments about it have been positive. Related: Everton and Barcelona take pioneering lead towards equality | Louise Taylor Continue reading...

World Cup 2018 team of the tournament

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The 2018 World Cup is in the books, which means it’s time to pick our World Cup Team of the Tournament. I’ll provide 2 players at each position (first team and second team), along with a brief explanation of my selections. Feel free to disagree in the comments below!

Goalkeeper:

1st Team: Jordan Pickford, England 2nd Team: Thibaut Courtois, Belgium A difficult selection– Courtois won the Golden Glove Award, but for me, Pickford was better. He made the key save vs. Colombia, and he made several key saves against Sweden and Croatia. Courtois was terrific for Belgium, but when it comes to stand out moments, I give Pickford the edge. Honorable mentions to France’s Hugo Lloris, who would have made my second team if not for his dreadful error in the Final, along with Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel, Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, and South Korea’s Cho-Hyun Woo.

Right Back:

1st Team: Kieran
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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performances I could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. Raphaël Varane stood out for me at the back. A hardworking and humble hero who was full of heart, he kept world class strikers quiet throughout the tournament. The perfect footballer to look up to. We’re such a young, talented team so must be heavy favourites for the World Cup again in four years. Rachel Grillot Continue reading...

Watchdog reviews complaints about World Cup betting ads

ASA to assess if ‘bet now’ offers during matches broke rules on problem gambling The UK’s advertising watchdog is examining complaints about World Cup ads by Bet365, William Hill and Coral that potentially broke new rules designed to crack down on problem gambling. The Advertising Standards Authority received 115 complaints from viewers about TV gambling ads during the four weeks of the 2018 World Cup. This is four times the number of complaints the watchdog received in the month before the World Cup.
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Ten players whose transfer values surged at the World Cup

Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Ivan Perisic and Eden Hazard will command much higher fees now than a month ago By Martin Laurence for WhoScored Well that was fun, wasn’t it? The 2018 World Cup delivered entertainment until the very last. As ever, a number of players did their reputations no harm. With attentions now inevitably switching to the transfer window, here are 10 players who have seen their value increase significantly thanks to their impressive performances in Russia this summer. Continue reading...

Who has won the World Cup and European Cup in the same year? | The Knowledge

Plus: players who have lost European Cup and World Cup finals in the same year; knocking out continents; and huge friendly attendances. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU “Raphaël Varane has just completed the big-time double of winning the European Cup and World Cup in the same year. Which other players have achieved this?” asks Jim George. Well, having done some digging around, we came up with a list and Varane making an illustrious XI. Mind you, Luka Modric would also have completed a team of big-time double winners had Croatia won. Here is the XI: Continue reading...

World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and Croatia. Overall on television, the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the FOX and Telemundo networks averaged 4.6 million viewers per game. Compared to the previous tournaments, the 2014 World Cup averaged approximately 8.1 million viewers combined on the ESPN and Univision networks. For the 2018 Continue reading "World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined"

Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> After broadcasting 64 World Cup games live across Telemundo, Universo and NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes delivered an average of 2.026 million viewers per game and achieved several other noteworthy milestones. In total, Telemundo Deportes’ complete presentation of all 2018 World Cup matches reached 36.6 million TV viewers, exceeding the Spanish-language reach for the 2010 tournament by +13% (32.3 million), and coming within 1.3 million of the 2014 World Cup (37.9 million) – despite fewest Latin American countries since 2016. The Final match, a 4-2 win by France over Croatia, posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 5.45 million across Telemundo, TelemundoDeportes.com, and the Telemundo En Vivo and NBC Sports apps, and a TV-only viewership average 5.32 million viewers. Hispanics make up 18% of the U.S. population, and yet Telemundo Deportes makes up 41% of the average World Cup viewership (average split for Continue reading "Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers"

Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly

Didier Deschamps crafted a team and a spirit, much like Aimé Jacquet in 1998, that catapulted France to glory Mes amis, it was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful. I found myself in the changing room with the players after the game and the air was thick with laughter and song and then a certain dizziness, too, as the result began to sink in. I embraced my old friend Didier Deschamps, still soaked to the skin from the rain-drenched trophy ceremony. He was in a state of euphoria – he had done it! By leading Les Bleus to a second triumph, 20 years after being our captain when we won the World Cup in France, Didier became only the third man to have won the competition as both player and manager. He’s in Continue reading "Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly"

Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly

Didier Deschamps crafted a team and a spirit, much like Aimé Jacquet in 1998, that catapulted France to glory Mes amis, it was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful. I found myself in the changing room with the players after the game and the air was thick with laughter and song and then a certain dizziness, too, as the result began to sink in. I embraced my old friend Didier Deschamps, still soaked to the skin from the rain-drenched trophy ceremony. He was in a state of euphoria – he had done it! By leading Les Bleus to a second triumph, 20 years after being our captain when we won the World Cup in France, Didier became only the third man to have won the competition as both player and manager. He’s in Continue reading "Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly"

Tim Cahill retires as the greatest of all the Socceroos | Jonathan Howcroft

While not the most talented Australian, Cahill was the definition of a big game player When Tim Cahill announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday he did so as the greatest ever representative of Australia’s men’s national team. His 107 caps is a record for an outfield player, and his 50 goals almost double the tally of the next most prolific Socceroo. “Every single cap has been an honour,” he said on Tuesday. “I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to represent my country.” Continue reading...

All that is gold does not glitter

Harry Kane got the Golden boot.. Luca Modric would have preferred the World Cup,but he got the Golden Ball for his sustained brilliance throughout the tournament. And Courtios got the Golden Glove for having the safest pair of hands in World Cup 2018. And Mbappe,the first teenager to score a goal at a World Cup […]

Brazil World Cup player’s mother freed after being kidnapped

Rosângela Freda, mother of Brazil’s Taison, taken by armed gang who lured her from home The mother of the Brazilian footballer Taison, a member of the World Cup squad who plays for the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, was kidnapped on Monday by an armed gang but released within hours after police located their hideout. Security camera footage showed Rosângela Freda being lured to the security gates in front of her home in Pelotas, southern Brazil, by a man delivering flowers and bundled into a car. Continue reading...

World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 games before that and after every game we asked our readers to rate every player’s performance.
Here we publish all of them, one by one, and by team in alphabetical order. The players are listed in order of their average rating (in bold and followed by the scores of each of their games in Russia). Continue reading...