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  • Will Melania Trump let Barron keep Vladimir Putin’s soccer ball? Can she?

    07/17/2018 11:10:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Martha Ross
    Under normal circumstances, the gift would delight any 12-year-old soccer fan: A ball used in the recent World Cup final. But these were not normal circumstances. And the ball in question was presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin to President Donald Trump during a bizarre moment in what has been widely condemned as an embarrassing and diplomatically disastrous moment for Trump’s White House and for the United States. Following a high-stakes summit in Helsinki Monday, Putin brought out a special red-and-white ball at his joint press conference with Trump. Putin handed the ball to his American counterpart, seemingly as a...
  • Pussy Riot claim responsibility for World Cup final pitch invasion

    07/16/2018 10:47:36 AM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies ^ | 7/15/18 | Jon Fisher
    The World Cup final was interrupted on Sunday by four pitch invaders dressed in suits, in a concerted action claimed by Pussy Riot. The intruders entered the field at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, causing a brief stoppage in the game between France and Croatia in the 52nd minute. The quartet were allowed to high-five members of the French team before being accosted and unceremoniously dragged off the playing surface. Russian protest group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility in a tweet which read: "Right now, there are four members of the band in the World Cup final." The punk rock...
  • France World Cup violence ERUPTS: 2 dead as riots break out in Paris - MILLION on streets

    07/16/2018 8:40:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 07/16/2018 | Laura Mowat
    FRENCH riot police were called in to combat violence in France as riots erupted on streets and left two fans dead hours after their football team won the World Cup in Russia. Celebrations turned to chaos in France with riots and looting as millions of French fans had been celebrating their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final. More than 500 people were arrested during the evening after the win and around 100,000 police officers were out on the streets as well as 44,000 firefighters. In the southeast city of Annecy, police reported a 50-year-old man died...
  • France: Night of Violence, Riots and Looting After World Cup Win

    07/16/2018 6:09:07 AM PDT · by davikkm · 43 replies
    breitbart ^ | VIRGINIA HALE
    French celebrations over the national football team’s World Cup victory on Sunday quickly turned to violence, with street clashes, vandalism, attacks on police, and scenes of looting in cities across the country. As many as a million people had been enjoying the “good-natured atmosphere” at an event on the Champs-Élysées in Paris following France’s 4-2 win against Croatia, which ministers had hoped would bring a “great moment” of “national unity”. But by 11 pm the jubilant mood had turned to chaos, with what local media describes as “bands of thugs” launching projectiles including bottles at police, who responded by firing...
  • Trump: Congratulations to France on winning the World Cup, (and) Putin for a great World Cup

    07/15/2018 11:37:21 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 31 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 15, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament -- one of the best ever!
  • “Glory to Ukraine” – Croatian football players’ video and FIFA’s reaction

    07/15/2018 7:02:21 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 17 replies
    InformNapalm ^ | 07/15/2017 | Artem Velichko
    The private video filmed after the Croatia Russia match, FIFA’s reaction to it aimed to please the Russian Federation and the chain of ensuing events provoked a powerful international social and media response which exposed Russian propaganda narratives, uncovered a few painful truths as well as raised uncomfortable questions challenging some conventional western myths about Ukraine, Russia, FIFA, Facebook and western politics. Let us quickly look back at the facts. On July 7, 2018, Croatian team defeated Russians on penalties at the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter finals. After the match, Croatia’s defender Domagoj Vida and assistant coach Ognjen Vukojević,...
  • Why is Croatia, with a population of only 4 million, so good at Soccer?

    07/14/2018 6:37:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 111 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...
  • What we can all learn from the trapped Thailand soccer kids

    07/13/2018 9:43:39 PM PDT · by TBP · 82 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 12, 2018 | Heather Robinson
    Of course, the practical skills of engineers, technology experts, divers and military top the list of what enabled this rescue effort. But there’s another story here — one of quiet emotional fortitude, solidarity and spiritual strength. Surely if the boys or their coach had panicked or turned on one another in the darkness, they couldn’t have survived. The boys’ coach, 25-year-old Ekapol Chanthawong, had worked with them — even choosing the name “Wild Boars” (“Moo Ba” in Thai) — to build their self-esteem. Mostly poor children who, in a soccer-obsessed country, had been rejected by their school teams, the boys...
  • Russian World Cup Hailed as “Best Ever”.....

    07/13/2018 8:08:50 PM PDT · by caww · 49 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...
  • FIFA Warns Networks to Stop Focusing on Women in World Cup Stands

    07/13/2018 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 160 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | 07/12/2018 | staff
    The head of diversity at FIFA has warned the soccer organization’s broadcasting partners to stop zooming in on “hot women” in the crowd at World Cup matches. Speaking before yesterday’s match between Croatia and England about FIFA’s anti-discrimination program in Russia, diversity boss Federico Addiechi said eliminating those type of shots is part of the “natural evolution” of broadcasts.
  • AP PHOTOS: Croatia’s resolve overcomes England’s youth

    07/11/2018 5:25:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 35 replies
    MOSCOW (AP) England and France. The two youngest teams in the World Cup, destined to meet in the final after a parade of greater soccer nations with veteran stars had gone home. France did its part Tuesday by beating Belgium, a more experienced side loaded with talent, and five minutes into Wednesday’s match against Croatia, England was following the same script. For the second straight game, an English player scored his first international goal in a World Cup knockout match, this time Kieran Trippier sending a sweet free kick into Croatia’s net.
  • France vs Belgium, LIVE score - 2018 World Cup semi-final: Eden Hazard and Hugo Lloris [tr]

    07/10/2018 5:51:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2018 | Dan Ripley
    France and Belgium will battle for a place in the World Cup final against England or Croatia when they meet in St Petersburg on Tuesday night. A host of Premier League stars will be on show in the first semi-final, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris among those expected to start the huge knockout clash. Sportsmail brings you all the build up, the best photos from in and around the ground and live updates when the game kicks off at 7pm.
  • #AnyonebutEngland: Scottish, Welsh and Irish fans throw their weight behind Croatia as [tr]

    07/09/2018 6:15:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 8, 2018 | Alex Green
    England's ongoing World Cup success has inspired fans at home to hope, just maybe, that football's coming home. But some of England's closest neighbours have been less happy with the Three Lions's semi-final streak. After neither Scotland or Wales qualified for the tournament, fans in both nations were left with a seemingly straightforward decision: whether or not to support their English counterparts.
  • Thai soccer players trapped in cave write letters, tell parents not to worry

    07/07/2018 1:46:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies ^ | 7/7/18 | Mae Sai
    The adolescent soccer players trapped for two weeks in a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand don't want their parents to worry. And they also wouldn't mind having some fried chicken ready for when they get home. That's what's on the minds of the 12 boys, ages 11-16, according to handwritten notes they sent out with divers who made an 11-hour, back-and-forth journey to act as postmen. The boys and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped since June 23, when they went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave after a practice game. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape...
  • Maguire, Alli Head England to First World Cup Semifinal Since 1990

    07/07/2018 9:02:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    SI ^ | July 7,2018 | Ave Creditor
    t had been nearly 30 years since England reached the World Cup semifinals, but the Three Lions are on their way to the final four in Russia. England beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara on headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli and timely saves by Jordan Pickford, comfortably securing their place in the semifinals, where it will play either host Russia or Croatia on Wednesday. England, riding the high of winning a penalty kick shootout at the World Cup for the first time after besting Colombia in the round of 16, is in its first semifinal since 1990, while Sweden...
  • This hilarious KFC soccer commercial looks exactly like Neymar's flopping

    07/06/2018 7:10:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 5, 2018 | Zach Pereles
    Much has been made of Neymar’s flopping during this World Cup. Brazil’s superstar has spent plenty of time on the ground writhing in agony — some warranted and some very much not. And his antics look a lot like a KFC South Africa commercial that was released upon the start of this year’s tournament. Neymar has spent 14 minutes on the ground Perhaps the most impressive advanced stat of this World Cup has been provided by Swiss TV station RTS Sport. According to RTS’ math, Neymar has spent 14 minutes’ worth of game time on the ground. Neymar has also...
  • 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.
  • They Hunt!

    07/03/2018 2:35:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Young Hunter with Canadian Goose and 20 gauge 870 A few years ago, a relative of mine was visiting his sister in a Midwestern college town. The sister and her husband have done well. They have two lovely children and are in the upper middle class. The husband is an entrepreneur and a developer. The sister and kids are athletic. My relative is an accomplished woodsman, hunter, and shooter. He is not above a play on words or a practical joke.  He shares an opinion with Thomas Jefferson. Ball games do not impress him. He followed Jefferson's advise on...
  • England Bucks World Cup Trend, Beats Colombia in Penalty Kicks

    07/03/2018 2:02:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    SI ^ | July 3, 2018 | Avi Creditor
    England. Penalty kicks. Big stage. It used to be a foregone conclusion of doom for the Three Lions. But not anymore. England edged Colombia in penalty kicks 4-3 after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes, reaching the quarterfinals in dramatic fashion. Colombia center back Yerry Mina's 93rd-minute penalty kick forced extra time, after Harry Kane's second-half penalty kick had seemingly put England in control, and the two played through a scoreless extra 30 minutes to go to the shootout round, where England has notoriously failed.
  • Football fans mock Brazil star Neymar for his extravagant diving [tr]

    07/03/2018 5:47:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 3, 2018 | Jonathan Spencer
    Neymar may have scored for Brazil in their 2-0 victory over Mexico but it was his theatrics that got everyone talking during the last-16 World Cup clash. But football fans have flocked to social media to direct their anger and embarrassment towards the player for his theatrics, with Gary Lineker leading the charge. The former England international, now pundit, wrote on Twitter: 'Neymar has the lowest pain threshold of any player in World Cups since Opta stats began.' Another social media user, @Scienceofsport, posted a video of the incident, alongside the caption: 'Come on, man. How do you even show...