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An ode to Lionel Messi who completes football

When Lionel Messi hangs his boots, our world will feel empty and pale and withered, but we will mourn that day, now we celebrate the greatest player the game has ever seen. On Sunday, tears flowed at Lusail stadium when

In Pictures: Lionel Messi’s Argentina wins FIFA World Cup 2022

Sunday’s World Cup final turned from a one-sided affair into a nerve-racking vintage showdown and it was somehow fitting that footballing diva Argentina prevailed over France amid the drama. Tears flowed at Lusail stadium when Gonzalo Montiel buried the winning

‘We love this team’: Argentina street party erupts after World Cup win

BUENOS AIRES: Hundreds of thousands of Argentines poured into the sunlit streets of Buenos Aires on Sunday, ecstatic after a nail-biting victory on penalties in the World Cup final over France made the South Americans world champions for the first

‘All-time classic’: Former players blown away by thrilling World Cup final

Former players came together in acclaiming the World Cup final in Qatar as one of the best ever after Argentina beat France on penalties following a pulsating 3-3 draw. Lionel Messi scored twice and Kylian Mbappe grabbed a hat-trick in

Deepika Padukone off to Qatar to unveil FIFA World Cup Trophy

MUMBAI: Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has jetted off from Mumbai to unveil the FIFA World Cup Trophy in Qatar. Ranveer Singh saw Deepika off, who looked classy in her drawstring hooded windbreaker that features a lightweight sporty construction, while dropping

Croatia edges past Morocco to secure third-place finish

DOHA: Mislav Orsic’s brilliant goal helped Croatia beat Morocco 2-1 to secure third place in the FIFA World Cup on Saturday. Zlatko Dalic’s side were runners-up to France four years ago and confirmed their status as one of the elite

10 memorable impressions from the Qatar World Cup 2022

The Qatar World Cup has delivered a rich feast of soccer for the past month, with shocks, great goals, incredible celebrations and record-breaking feats served up by the assembled cast. Here are 10 of the highlights as chosen by the

France’s probable starting line-up for World Cup final

DOHA: Didier Deschamps is likely to keep his usual starting XI for France’s World Cup final against Argentina, although he could make one key change in central defense as the defending champions look to contain the threat posed by Lionel

Argentina’s probable lineup for World Cup final

Argentina looks set to keep Julian Alvarez in attack for Sunday’s World Cup final against France after he scored twice in a devastating combination with Lionel Messi in the semi-final. Following is Argentina’s probable starting 11: Emiliano Martinez The 30-year-old

Argentina v France: kickoff time, venue, stats and odds

DOHA: Argentina to face France in the World Cup final on Sunday. When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 1800 local (1500 GMT/1000ET) Where: Lusail Stadium, Doha Capacity: 88,966 Odds (after 90 minutes) Argentina win: 9/5 France win: 17/10 Draw: 2/1 Key stats:

Croatia v Morocco: kickoff time, venue, stats and odds

Croatia will play Morocco in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday. When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 1800 local (1500 GMT/1000 ET) Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan Capacity: 45,857 Odds (after 90 minutes) Croatia win: 11/8 Morocco win: 2/1 Draw:

FIFA to re-think 2026 format as they face spoiling winning recipe

Having just delivered the most exciting group stage ever seen at a World Cup, with a tried and tested format that keeps hundreds of millions of fans enthralled, FIFA now faces the prospect of ripping it all up. Instead, they

All the soccer rules you need know this FIFA 2022

FIFA, world’s football governing body, also acts as the legislator in all kinds of football activities. Through its Congress, the FIFA Council or the Secretary General, passes various types of legal documents that have an impact on the day-to-day activities

France v Morocco: Keys to World Cup semi-final

DOHA: World Cup holders France will face Africa’s first-ever semi-finalists Morocco in Wednesday’s last-four clash in Qatar. Rock-solid Morocco Morocco has conceded just one goal in the entire tournament – an own goal in their 2-1 win over Canada in

France v Morocco: kickoff time, venue, stats and odds

France to play Morocco in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday. When: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2200 local (1900 GMT/1400ET) Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Capacity: 68,895 Odds (after 90 minutes) France win: 1/2 Morocco win: 6/1 Draw:

France favorite but Morocco eyes another knockout punch

DOHA: After putting Belgium, Portugal and Spain to the sword in Qatar, Morocco is looking to bring another soccer superpower to their knees when they face France in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday in a match heavy with political

Argentina v Croatia: kickoff time, venue, stats and odds

Argentina to face Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday. When: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2200 local (1900 GMT/1400ET) Where: Lusail Stadium, Doha Capacity: 88,966 Odds (after 90 minutes) Argentina win: 4/5 Croatia win: 9/2 Draw: 12/5 Key

Portugal coach doesn’t regret leaving Ronaldo out against Morocco

Portugal manager Fernando Santos said that he would not change his decision of leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench even after his team was knocked-out from the World Cup due to a 1-0 defeat against Morocco in their quarter-final clash

Morocco, France fans clash with police in Paris after World Cup win

PARIS: French police fired tear gas on the Champs Elysees in Paris as fans were celebrating victories by France and Morocco in the World Cup, sending them to the tournament’s semi-finals. Thousands of supporters had filled the famous Parisian avenue

‘It hurts a lot’: Van Dijk reflects on Netherlands’ penalty shootout defeat to Argentina

Virgil van Dijk has insisted he won’t watch any more of the Qatar World Cup after the Netherlands suffered a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat by Argentina. “Everything had gone in, until tonight,” Virgil van Dijk said about their penalty practice

Morocco pulls off another upset, knocks Portugal out to reach historic WC semis

DOHA: Morocco on Saturday pulled off another shock upset beating Portugal 1-0 in the quarterfinal to become the first ever African and an Arab nation to reach a FIFA World Cup Semi-final. Portugal forward Joao Felix came close to opening

What happened to Brazil against Croatia in quarterfinal?

Brazil, who arrived in Qatar as the biggest favorite to win the World Cup, left the gulf country with a disappointing showing after Croatia knocked the South Americans out in a stunning quarter-final upset on penalties. They let victory slip

‘Not sure if I will play again with Brazil’: Neymar

Brazil’s Neymar said on Friday he was unsure if he would play again for the national team after their heartbreaking World Cup quarter-final defeat to Croatia on penalties. Against Croatia, Neymar put the South Americans ahead with a brilliant mazy

Here’s why Casemiro and Modric swap jerseys during half-time of WC quarterfinals

Former teammates at Real Madrid Croatia’s Luka Modric and Brazil’s Casemiro were seen exchanging shirts at half-time of the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal clash at Education City stadium on Friday. Modric and Casemiro were part of a Madrid midfield trio,

American sports journalist Grant Wahl dies while covering World Cup

WASHINGTON/DOHA: Well-known US soccer journalist Grant Wahl died suddenly on Friday after collapsing while covering a match at the World Cup in Qatar, his agent said. U.S. Soccer said it was “heartbroken to learn” of Wahl’s death. His wife responded

List of FIFA World Cup winners since 1930

List of FIFA World Cup champions since the tournament began in 1930: URUGUAY 1930 – URUGUAY * Uruguay won the inaugural FIFA World Cup after beating Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo. * The first tournament included 13 teams,

England v France: kickoff time, venue, stats and odds

England plays France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday. When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2200 local (1900 GMT/1400 ET)   Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor Capacity: 68,895   Odds (after 90 minutes) England win: 21/10 France win:

Morocco v Portugal: kickoff time, venue, stats and odds

Morocco to face Portugal in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday. When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 1600 local (1500 GMT/1000 ET)   Where: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha Capacity: 44,400   Odds (after 90 minutes) Morocco win: 9/2 Portugal win:

Portugal denies Ronaldo threatened to leave national team

Portugal’s Football Federation (FPF) has denied media reports that captain Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the national team during the World Cup after coach Fernando Santos dropped him for their last-16 win over Switzerland. Ronaldo, Portugal’s most-capped player and all-time

Luis Enrique sacked as Spain manager, De la Fuente takes over

Luis Enrique was sacked as Spain coach on Thursday after the team’s elimination in the last-16 at the World Cup with the country’s under-21 manager Luis de la Fuente named as his replacement by the Spanish football federation (RFEF). Spain