The normalisation of gambling in football | Letter

The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport, writes the bishop of St Albans, Alan SmithIt is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and sports (Report, 6 September). The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport. Viewers were presented with more than 60 live-odds betting adverts during the contest. These encouraged people to bet, including the 430,000 problem gamblers in the country. It’s not just grumpy parents who have had enough of these adverts. This year young people who watched live football complained of seeing too many, with the average 14- to 18-year-old watching 3.8 gambling adverts every day. No wonder many people are worried that this is creating a timebomb as young people are being conditioned to think betting Continue reading "The normalisation of gambling in football | Letter"

From Ibrox abuse to sacking Lopetegui: meet the head of Spain’s FA

Luis Rubiales, a former Hamilton Academical centre-back, does not hold back in his assessment of football’s image and La Liga’s plans to take a game to the US The way Luis Rubiales remembers it, the last song dedicated to him in a football stadium ran: “Baldy bastard, what’s the score?” It was August 2009; the man who will be sitting at Wembley on Saturday night, president of the Spanish Football Federation, was playing at centre-back for Hamilton Academical; and the score, Ibrox knew, was 4-1. It was the third game of the season but at the end of it, Rubiales appeared in the press room – “wood panelled, smelling of football from another era” – and announced he was retiring. It had nothing to do with the result, and he had enjoyed the afternoon. He already knew he was going, his father watching him for the last time from Continue reading "From Ibrox abuse to sacking Lopetegui: meet the head of Spain’s FA"

Scotland qualify for Women’s World Cup for first time as England win 6-0

• Jane Ross hits winner in Scotland’s crucial 2-1 win in Albania
• Phil Neville’s England ring changes but still thrash Kazakhstan On a day when Scotland’s women reached a first World Cup finals and Welsh hearts were broken, England showed off some impressive strength in depth. As Wales saw all hope of qualifying for France 2019 extinguished and Jane Ross scored a potentially life-changing winner for Scotland in Albania, the most experimental side of Phil Neville’s short international managerial tenure concluded the Lionesses’ World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding 6-0 Group One win away to Kazakhstan. Continue reading...

Uefa president backs joint home nations bid for 2030 World Cup

• ‘It’s about time it returned to England’ – Aleksander Ceferin
• Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina bid will be hard to beatA joint home nations bid for the 2030 World Cup has been given full backing by Uefa’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, who said it was “about time” the tournament returned to England for the first time since 1966. The Football Association is understood to have promised its Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland counterparts that it will consult with them before making any bid. The FA chairman, Greg Clarke, has been touring some of the voting nations and a year-long feasibility study has begun with no decision to be made until after that. But such a full and public endorsement of a possible bid by Ceferin, the most powerful man in international football in Europe, will be a huge boost. Continue reading...

Mohamed Salah blames Egypt’s FA for World Cup disruptions

Liverpool star says celebrities among many disturbances at team’s Chechen training base The Liverpool and Egypt footballer Mohamed Salah has accused the Egyptian Football Association of hampering the country’s World Cup preparations in Russia earlier this summer by flying in celebrities to the team’s hotel. In two videos that escalated a months-long row with the EFA, Salah defended a letter sent by his lawyer Ramy Abass that listed seven demands, including increased personal security and regulation of his public appearances and photo opportunities during international competitions. Continue reading...

FA keen to extend Gareth Southgate’s England contract until 2022

• Improved deal a reward for World Cup performance
• There’s unfinished business, says the FA’s Martin Glenn The Football Association is confident of persuading Gareth Southgate to extend his contract as England manager beyond 2020 after he unexpectedly led the team to a World Cup semi-final in Russia. Related: FA to conduct feasibility study ahead of potential 2030 World Cup bid Continue reading...

FA to conduct feasibility study ahead of potential 2030 World Cup bid

• Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could be co-hosts
• FA rules out stepping in to host 2022 instead of Qatar An England or home nations bid for the 2030 World Cup is edging ever closer with confirmation from the Football Association that they are undertaking detailed research into the feasibility of hosting the tournament. England is already a joint host of Euro 2020 with seven games being held at Wembley. But this would be the first time the country has tried to win a World Cup bid since their failed campaign for 2022, which was controversially awarded to Qatar. Continue reading...

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...

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"