World Cup

OLIVER HOLT: His ego can’t take it but the truth is Portugal are better without Cristiano Ronaldo

Earlier this month, I watched Bob Dylan in concert at the New Theater in Oxford. Dylan is a hero of mine and it was still mesmerizing to see him and listen to him but he is 81 now and it was obvious, whenever he stepped out from the shadows on the stage, that he was …

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Origin eligibility overhaul, ARLC, Peter V’landys, Jason Taumalolo, New South Wales, Queensland, World Cup, England, New Zealand, news

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys has confirmed the Origin eligibility rules will be subject to a review following widespread calls for a full overhaul. Commissioner Wayne Pearce is set to review the selection laws of the State vs State showcase following a major push for tier-one players to be able to take part in the clash …

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World Cup 2022: England and Wales hooligans fight each other in terrifying Tenerife brawl

Mayhem ensued in Tenerife last night as England and Wales fans clashed in a violent brawl after thousands traveled to the Spanish resort island to watch the World Cup. Dozens of hooligans aggressively punched, kicked and threw chairs at each other in a violent fight on the Veronicas Strip on the Playa de las Americas. …

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AHEAD OF THE GAME: Mason Mount rejects £200,000 a week contract with Chelsea

Mason Mount rejected a new contract at Chelsea worth more than £200,000 a week before flying out to the World Cup, in a calculated gamble that could pay off spectacularly if he enjoys a successful tournament. Chelsea agreed to put negotiations on hold for the duration of the tournament, but there is unlikely to be …

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England captain Harry Kane wears £520k rainbow Rolex in Qatar at World Cup

England captain Harry Kane was pictured wearing a £520,000 rainbow Rolex as he arrived at FIFA’s stadium in Doha on Monday ahead of England’s World Cup win over Iran. It comes as FIFA finds itself embroiled in a controversy over host nation Qatar’s human rights record, specifically its ban of homosexuality. Teams were told not …

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Portugal 3-2 Ghana: PLAYER RATINGS as Cristiano Ronaldo sets World Cup record in five-goal thriller

Portugal emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller with Ghana in their opening World Cup match on Thursday. Following a drab first half which ended in a stalemate, the two sides slugged it out in sensational fashion after the interval, with five goals coming in the space of 24 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo got the first of …

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Irate Iran boss Carlos Queiroz confronts journalist after questions on protests back in his homeland

‘Why don’t you ask Southgate?’: Irate Iran boss Carlos Queiroz confronts journalist after she had quizzed striker Mehdi Taremi on the protests back in his homeland… with the former Manchester United assistant referencing UK’s role in Afghanistan Carlos Queiroz has confronted a BBC journalist who asked about protests in Iran The country has experienced demonstrations …

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With low expectations and an apathetic public back home, this World Cup is a free hit for Germany

For the first time in 16 years, Germany head into a tournament without Joachim Low and without expectation on their shoulders. After a dismal performance at Euro 2020, this World Cup is a free hit for new boss Hansi Flick – and not just because many fans back home won’t be watching. The build-up to …

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Jude Bellingham will spark a £130m bidding war next summer – and Bukayo Saka is also set to cash in

England’s World Cup heroes Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka are set for bumper paydays after their heroics in the Three Lions’ 6-2 thrashing of Iran. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham, 19, will be the subject of a mega-money bidding war with his club set to demand at least £130million for him when the likes of Manchester …

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Mark Bosnich, Harry Kewell, John Aloisi rip into Socceroos boss Graham Arnold

Australia were comprehensively swept aside by France on Wednesday morning as the reigning World Cup champions ran away with a 4-1 win. The horror outing left fans and legends of Australian football applying the blowtorch to Socceroos boss Graham Arnold with calls for him to be sacked immediately. Things looked promising in the opening 10 …

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