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  • Why is Croatia, with a population of only 4 million, so good at Soccer?

    07/14/2018 6:37:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 108 replies
    I-news UK ^ | Jul 2018
    How is it that four million Croats could build a team good enough to make it to the World Cup final, beating Argentina (43 million), England (53 million) and hosts Russia (144 million) along the way? The country famously didn’t even exist the last time England made it to a World Cup semi-final in 1990. The country declared independence in 1991, but was embroiled in the war in the Balkans as Yugoslavia split for several years. Most Croats were living in what is now Croatia, but a large minority existed in what are now Serbia and Bosnia especially. What ensued...
  • Russian World Cup Hailed as “Best Ever”.....

    07/13/2018 8:08:50 PM PDT · by caww · 47 replies
    EurasiaFuture ^ | 7/13/2018 | Adam Garrie
    The President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Gianni Infantino has praised the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia as the most successful in history. “Since [a] couple of years I was saying that this would be the best World Cup ever; today I can say it with even more conviction because I lived it and you lived it. It is the best World Cup ever. Thank you Russia!”....... FIFA’s head also stated,......“The legacy of this World Cup will put Russia on the top of the countries in terms of football around the world”. The presence of teams...
  • Japan are hailed as 'an example for all teams' after leaving dressing room spotlessly clean [tr]

    07/03/2018 10:33:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 3, 2018 | Jack Bezants
    After the agonising nature of their last-16 defeat by Belgium, Japan's World Cup squad and their thousands of fans would have been forgiven for leaving the Rostov Arena as swiftly as possible. A number of Japan players were in tears after being knocked out of the tournament when a late, late goal from Nacer Chadli sealed a 3-2 comeback victory for Belgium. But, as revealed by FIFA general coordinator Priscilla Janssens on Twitter, Japan's squad went to extra lengths to thank their hosts in Russia as they bowed out.
  • Russia's World Cup Team Bucks Multiethnicity Seen On Swiss, Other Teams

    07/03/2018 3:12:03 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 34 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | June 30, 2018 | Pete Baumgartner
    While there is a splash of ethnic diversity on virtually every team playing in soccer's 2018 Russia World Cup, many cite the Swiss national team for setting the standard for being multicultural. Known affectionally by its fans in Switzerland as "the Nati," 14 of the 23 members of the Swiss team were either born outside of Switzerland or are "secondos" -- a word used by the Swiss to denote the offspring of immigrants. Switzerland is not the only team that came to the World Cup in Russia with a sizable portion of players from the country's migrant or ethnic minority...
  • Mexico Falls Again in World Cup Round of 16 With 2-0 Loss to Brazil

    07/02/2018 12:07:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    ktla ^ | 07/02/2018
    The result, Mexico’s fifth defeat to Brazil at a World Cup, means that for the seventh successive tournament El Tri has been knocked out in the last 16
  • Germany vs. South Korea: World Cup 2018 Live

    06/27/2018 9:01:52 AM PDT · by Jolla · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/27/18 | Kevin Draper
    • South Korea takes a 2-0 lead over Germany on two stoppage time goals in the second half. • Refresh here for live World Cup updates and analysis from Russia. Germany and South Korea both have hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds, and both of their chances of doing so go up markedly if they win by multiple goals.
  • Mexico Wins Again at World Cup, Beats South Korea 2-1

    06/23/2018 8:33:20 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    CBS SF AREA ^ | 23 JUNE 2018 | CBS SF AREA
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — The criticism of Mexico’s national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament, beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday to move ever closer to a spot in the round of 16. “We didn’t listen to the criticism,” said Javier Hernandez, one of the scorers against South Korea. “It was just noise.”
  • 2026 World Cup coming to U.S., Mexico, Canada as joint bid wins vote

    06/13/2018 4:58:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    ESPN ^ | June 13, 2018 | Sam Borden
    The United States might not be participating in the World Cup, but it pulled off a historic victory in Russia all the same: The globe's biggest sporting event is returning to the U.S. In a long-anticipated vote on Wednesday, the joint bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada defeated Morocco, its only challenger, as 200 national soccer federations cast their ballots to cap FIFA's annual Congress.
  • How will Russia's many problems affect the 2018 World Cup?

    06/11/2018 3:51:17 PM PDT · by BBell · 36 replies
    https://sports.yahoo.com ^ | 6/11/18 | Henry Bushnell
    There are countless reasons to feel uneasy about the fact that in less than 72 hours, a World Cup will kick off in Russia. There is the inevitable racism. The expected, state-encouraged homophobia. The oft-discussed hooliganism that threatens to mar the greatest sport’s greatest spectacle. There are broader reasons, too, why Russia’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup is problematic. But it only seems right to begin an article on the topic with the nagging question: How did we get here? How did Russia, a nation so utterly undeserving of global sport’s biggest showpiece, manage to land it? The answer...
  • World Cup 2018 Fixtures: Dates And Full Match Schedule

    The Russia World Cup 2018 is now under two weeks away - with the excitement building, you can start planning your summer months of football viewing. Last December's draw put England in Group G with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama and all three of the games have been scheduled at times which will please office workers country-wide. The full World Cup fixture schedule is below, with timings, venues and TV channels included. All times BST. Local times are BST +2 apart from games played in Kaliningrad (+1), Samara (+3) and Ekaterinburg (+4). Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
  • Byron York: Trump dossier probes now include possible State Department involvement

    01/16/2018 5:23:56 AM PST · by grayboots · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/16/2018 | Byron York
    Congressional investigations into the Trump dossier have so far been focused on the FBI and Justice Department. They still are, but now investigators are also looking into a possible Obama State Department role in the collection and dissemination of sensational and still-unverified allegations against candidate Donald Trump gathered by a former British spy working for the Hillary Clinton campaign. In addition to having contacts in the Obama Justice Department and FBI, that former spy, Christopher Steele, was also well-connected with the Obama State Department. A book published in November by a correspondent at the Guardian, "Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money,...
  • North America’s bid to host 2026 World Cup jeopardized by falling U.S. popularity

    12/19/2017 8:04:25 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12-18-2017 | Steven Goff
    The North American bid to stage the 2026 World Cup seems like a sure thing. From stadiums and infrastructure to commercial opportunities and organizational experience, the joint effort by the United States, Mexico and Canada appears to meet all the necessary requirements (and then some) to host soccer’s premier competition. The proposal would mesh more than a half-billion people from three countries that have put on 12 FIFA tournaments (men and women, senior and youth). With European and Asian countries ineligible to bid and South America waiting for 2030, the only challenger is Morocco, a country of similar size and...
  • Spy who wrote infamous dossier on Trump's links to Russia breaks cover (trunc)

    11/15/2017 10:40:32 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov 16, 2017 | Charlie Moore
    The former MI6 spy behind the dirty dossier that accused Donald Trump of asking prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed because Barack Obama once slept there has insisted his report is '70-90% accurate'. Christopher Steele told friends that his dossier will be vindicated by the ongoing special investigation into Trump's links with Russia, according to a new book. 'I've been dealing with this country for thirty years. Why would I invent this stuff?,' Steele is quoted as saying in Guardian journalist Luke Harding's book titled Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win. Friends said Steele admitted that intelligence is rarely...
  • Should soccer exist in the United States?

    09/10/2017 3:28:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 10, 2017 | John Crudele
    Dear John: When will the US understand that the universal sport of soccer cannot exist in our country? It is a poor man’s sport where no equipment is needed, only a ball and a field in which to kick it. It cannot survive in the US for three reasons: Boring, boring, boring. The most excitement is among the spectators who burn or stampede the stadiums or kill the goalie or referee — which is where the term “fan” was derived: “Fanatic.”
  • Inside the shadowy world of Chris Whatsit: How the confirmed Cambridge socialist became...(Steele)

    01/13/2017 6:25:02 AM PST · by RummyChick · 17 replies
    daily mail ^ | 1/13 | greenhill
    The strange and fascinating world of the British spy known as ‘Chris Whatsit’ was unravelling yesterday. Christopher Steele was once MI6’s top spy on Russian affairs and lived in the shadows until being unmasked as the alleged author of the ‘dirty dossier’ on Donald Trump. He was dubbed ‘Chris Whatsit’ by his late wife on their first date because she could not remember his name – but he revelled in being a man of mystery. Now the 52-year-old is hoping to return to anonymity after fleeing his £1.5million home in Surrey, telling his neighbour to look after his three cats....
  • Byron York: Next stop for Trump dossier probe: the FBI

    08/29/2017 12:16:47 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/27/2017 | Byron York
    In late July, the Justice Department refused a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee — a bipartisan, joint request from Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein — to make two top FBI officials available for an interview in the committee's investigation of the Trump dossier and other matters related to the Trump-Russia affair. Citing the Mueller special prosecutor investigation, Justice stated "confidentiality" and the "sensitivity of information relating to pending matters" made it impossible for the two officials, Carl Ghattas and James Rybicki, to talk to the Senate committee that oversees the FBI. Grassley and Feinstein are still...
  • Saudi Muslim cleric demands FIFA ban players from making sign of the cross

    05/12/2017 8:36:24 AM PDT · by RArtfulogerDodger · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 11, 2017 | Christine Williams
    "Muhammad Alarefe, a prominent Saudi religious leader, has demanded that FIFA, the international soccer governing body, instruct players to stop making the Christian sign of the cross." For many Christians, their deep, personal and peaceful faith is inextricable from every aspect of their life. Making the sign of the cross — or any other religious gesture — should not pose a problem or threat to anyone, but to the Islamic supremacist leader Muhammad Alarefe and his ilk, any religious expression outside of Islam represents a threat, especially since FIFA is so prestigious. Let’s hope FIFA honors the religious freedoms of...
  • Billionaire rivals, political enemies or murky spooks... so who DID commission....

    01/12/2017 7:15:05 AM PST · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    daily mail ^ | 1/12 | robinson
    The individual who commissioned a former British spy to draw up the 'dirty dossier' on Donald Trump is yet to be identified - but fingers have been pointed at his enemies in both the Republican and Democrat parties. Outlandish allegations contained in the discredited document were said to have been compiled from memos by Christopher Steele - a Russia specialist posted to Moscow in the 1990s. The ex-spy, who served MI6 for two decades in the Russian capital, was already respected in US intelligence circles as the man who supplied the FBI with information on corruption at FIFA, international football's...
  • Disgraced ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele hired by FBI for Further Research

    03/07/2017 12:51:28 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/07/17 | Judi McLeod
    Too politically biased to succeed at the job of national security, the FBI has much in common with Christopher Steele in trying to pass off as truth bogus information The FBI is not just part of a USA intelligence apparatus that systematically spies on its own American citizenry, it intends to pay—with taxpayer dollars—for filth completely made up against a president they apparently did not want elected. The Bureau has been caught planning to pay ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who salaciously claimed in a dirty dossier that Donald Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed the Obamas slept on...
  • Malaysia refuses to host FIFA because of Israeli presence

    08/19/2016 7:30:17 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/8/16 | Hillel Fendel
    Malaysia has decided it would rather not host the 67th FIFA Congress next year, as it means hosting an Israeli delegation as part of it. Malaysia was scheduled to host the Congress in its capital city of Kuala Lumpur on May 11-12, 2017. It refused to issue visas to Israeli delegates, and therefore had to relinquish the hosting rights. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said his country could not provide visas to Israeli officials because of the lack of diplomatic ties with Israel and because "local sensitivities" might be riled up. "Some of the conditions of hosting the event...