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World Cup kicks off in Russia, Putin opens tournament

World Cup kicks off in Russia, Putin opens tournament

Russia is spending more than $13bn on hosting football's showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.

Moroccans bitter over World Cup 2026 flop

Moroccans bitter over World Cup 2026 flop

The joint ticket of the United States, Canada and Mexico won 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco, at a FIFA Congress in Moscow.

Russian World Cup bear finally ready to roar

Russian World Cup bear finally ready to roar

Hosts Russia, and Saudi Arabia are the two lowest-ranked teams at the tournament by some distance and they are both in dire form.

World Cup big guns limber up in Russia as atmosphere builds

World Cup big guns limber up in Russia as atmosphere builds

The World Cup big guns limbered up on Monday ahead of the tournament opener in Russia while brash underdogs Australia warned Euro 2016 finalists France to brace for an early shock.

FIFA to discuss 48-team World Cup with Qatar first: Infantino

FIFA to discuss 48-team World Cup with Qatar first: Infantino

Gianni Infantino, who said it was premature to discuss the issue at the FIFA congress in Moscow on Wednesday, did not give a clear timeline on when a decision would be made.

Qatar's al-Marri chosen as World Cup assistant referee

Qatar's al-Marri chosen as World Cup assistant referee

Qatar’s Taleb al-Marri has vowed to uphold Qatar’s esteem on the global stage when he takes the field as an assistant referee during this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russia.

FIFA trashes Saudi fake news, says Qatar to host World Cup

FIFA trashes Saudi fake news, says Qatar to host World Cup

Media outlets seized on remarks by Turki al-Sheikh that football’s world governing body was reconsidering whether to let Qatar host the tournament in 2022.

Qatar 2022 a tournament for all Gulf countries: Infantino

Qatar 2022 a tournament for all Gulf countries: Infantino

Gianni Infantino said that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar four years later, and there is no disagreement in this matter at all.

Stadium designed by Zaha Hadid to be ready by year-end

Stadium designed by Zaha Hadid to be ready by year-end

The 40,000 capacity, $575mn Al Wakrah Stadium is expected to be one of two further 2022 venues completed this year.

Kohli earns record $2.7mn salary for 2018 IPL campaign

Kohli earns record $2.7mn salary for 2018 IPL campaign

Virat Kohli will stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South Africa's AB de Villiers, who will earn $1.7mn in the cash-rich event started by the Indian cricket board in 2008.

Cameron Davis wins Australian Open golf

Cameron Davis wins Australian Open golf

Australia's Cameron Davis shot a brilliant final round of seven-under-par 64 to win the 102nd Australian Open after a wild finish to the tournament Sunday.

Qatar to use foreign police officers during 2022: official

Qatar to use foreign police officers during 2022: official

Major Ali Mohammed al-Ali, deputy executive director for security with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the body overseeing the tournament, also predicted that Qatar would deliver "the safest World Cup in the world".