Ronaldo fell, Ramos scores 3 for Portugal at World Cup

Ronaldo fell, Ramos scores 3 for Portugal at World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — A chant of “RONALDO! RONALDO!” roared through the largest stadium in the World Cup, followed by loud cheers as the fans realized their idol would not be making it onto the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo was in fact in the Portuguese dugout, looking gloomy and still wearing a substitute’s vest. And the … Read more

How England avoided yellow cards at the World Cup

How England avoided yellow cards at the World Cup

Yellow cards are more important than most people think in tournament football. England’s last 16 opponents, Senegal, were knocked out of the group stages of the previous World Cup four years ago because they had a worse disciplinary record over the three games than Japan. Yellow cards were also close to deciding Qatar’s Group C … Read more

Raheem Sterling leaves England World Cup squad after home break-in

Raheem Sterling leaves England World Cup squad after home break-in

Raheem Sterling is leaving England’s World Cup team in Qatar to return to England after armed intruders broke into his home on Saturday. It is believed his family was at home during the incident in Surrey. Sterling was understandably shaken by the news and decided to leave the tournament in Qatar so he could be … Read more

Germany’s World Cup failure: ‘It’s not just bad luck, it’s inability’

Germany’s World Cup failure: ‘It’s not just bad luck, it’s inability’

You can slice and dice this nightmare a thousand ways, smother it in a story, throw in a few blobs of socio-political allegory, and hunt for a few details that really spoil the flavor — it was the remote base camp on the north side of Qatar losing it, or the unworn bracelet or the … Read more

Cho Gue-sung, the South Korean striker who went viral at the World Cup – because he was handsome

Cho Gue-sung, the South Korean striker who went viral at the World Cup – because he was handsome

The news from the camp in South Korea is that Cho Gue-sung had to turn off his phone. It all became a bit too much to be catapulted into a world of daily marriage proposals. “He needed a rest,” said Seo Jung-hwan, one of many South Korean journalists who can’t understand what happened to number … Read more

Female Iran fans fear that state ‘spotters’ are spying on them during World Cup matches

Female Iran fans fear that state ‘spotters’ are spying on them during World Cup matches

The woman became hysterical and stood outside the Khalifa International Stadium sobbing. She is Iranian and although she no longer lives in the country, she thought she had recognized someone who does: a man she believes was an Iranian government official whom she saw filming her and other women before and during the 6-2 England … Read more

Watching England v USMNT with footballers and a subs coach: Where’s Foden? ‘Stop crosses!’

Watching England v USMNT with footballers and a subs coach: Where’s Foden? ‘Stop crosses!’

Surely Luke Shaw had to slide that cross into the six-yard box. Why is Phil Foden still on the bench? Look how much winning a tackle means to Tyler Adams. How can you cross a ball in a pair of Dr Martens? Why does Harry Kane have nobody to pass to on England’s right? Did … Read more

Larry Tanenbaum involved in Manchester United bid: report

Larry Tanenbaum involved in Manchester United bid: report

Larry Tanenbaum wants to enter the Manchester United lottery. According to a report from the Financial Times, the MLSE chairman has joined a growing list of very wealthy people who want to own a piece of the English Premier League giant, the latest European football club on the market for a new owner. The 77-year-old … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo starts World Cup campaign with Portugal after Manchester United’s departure

Cristiano Ronaldo starts World Cup campaign with Portugal after Manchester United’s departure

CNN — Two days after his turbulent departure from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo begins his World Cup campaign with Portugal and tries to put the events of the past week and a half behind him. Portugal will play against Ghana at Stadium 974 on Thursday, kicking off what will likely be 37-year-old Ronaldo’s last World … Read more

Germany covers mouth in team photo to protest FIFA’s ban on ‘OneLove’ armband

Germany covers mouth in team photo to protest FIFA’s ban on ‘OneLove’ armband

The German team covered their mouths in their team photo ahead of their opening World Cup match against Japan in protest of FIFA’s ban on the ‘OneLove’ armband. The German Football Association (DFB) confirmed that the team came up with the idea. Nancy Faeser, Germany’s interior minister, also wore the ‘OneLove’ bracelet in the stands, … Read more