football (soccer)

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Saudi Arabia vs Argentina: Lionel Messi’s team in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history

Lusail, Qatar CNN  —  Saudi Arabia produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history Tuesday, beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 in an astonishing Group C match. Many had expected the South American team, ranked third in the world, unbeaten for three years and among the favorites to win the tournament, to sweep aside […]

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Iran players remain silent during national anthem at World Cup lin apparent protest at Iranian regime

Doha, Qatar CNN  —  Before a ball was even kicked in Iran’s World Cup opener against England on Monday, Iran’s players made a powerful statement. In what seemed to be a show of solidarity with those protesting back home, the players stood silent as the Iranian national anthem played out around the Khalifa International Stadium […]

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Qatar makes World Cup debut in a controversial tournament of firsts

Doha, Qatar CNN  —  There have been 21 editions of the men’s World Cup since its inauguration in 1930 but Qatar 2022 is set to be a tournament like no other. Since it was announced as the host city almost 12 years ago, it was always destined to be a World Cup of firsts. From […]

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Every World Cup 2022 squad announced: Sadio Mané selected for Senegal after injury scare

CNN  —  ‘Tis the season for wall charts and fans gathering around to pick their starting teams for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. And with countries announcing their squads for international football’s premier competition, the debate has ramped up to the maximum. Here’s a full list of the squads for the World Cup, which runs […]

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Every World Cup 2022 squad announced: USMNT, Germany, Belgium and more

CNN  —  ‘Tis the season for wall charts and fans gathering around to pick their starting teams for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. And with countries announcing their squads for international football’s premier competition, the debate has ramped up to the maximum. On Wednesday, the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) announced their 26-player squad which […]

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Sepp Blatter: Qatar World Cup ‘is a mistake,’ says former FIFA President

Reuters  —  Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA when Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights in 2010, told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger “Qatar is a mistake,” adding that “the choice was bad.” The Qatar decision has been marred by controversy, including allegations of corruption and human rights violations, since it was […]

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Major League Soccer Cup: Gareth Bale scores dramatic goal as Los Angeles Football Club triumphs in thrilling penalty shootout

CNN  —  Gareth Bale’s dramatic, late goal helped Los Angeles Football Club win the Major League Soccer Cup for the first time in a thrilling, frantic final against Philadelphia Union at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Jack Elliott looked to have won the game for Philadelphia when he scored in stoppage time of […]

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Pablo Mari: Soccer star has surgery to reconstruct muscles in his back after being stabbed during attack in Italy

CNN  —  Arsenal defender Pablo Mari, who is currently on loan at Italian club AC Monza, says he was “lucky” after being injured during a stabbing attack in Italy on Thursday. One person died and four people were injured in the attack which took place on the outskirts of Milan, according to Italian national police. […]

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ENTERTAINMENT

L.S. Lowry’s ‘Going to the Match’ faces uncertain future ahead of $9 million auction

CNN  —  It’s been described as “quite simply the finest football painting ever” and is estimated to fetch up to $9 million at auction later this month, but the sale of L.S. Lowry’s “Going to the Match” could see the much-loved artwork disappear from public display. The 1953 painting, which depicts crowds of Lowry’s trademark, […]

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