WORLDCUP

Mixed feelings for Belgium as they are feted by fans

Mixed feelings for Belgium as they are feted by fans

Published 18/07/2018

(This July 15 story corrects to say “Euro 2020” instead of “Euro 2022” in the last paragraph.) By Mark Gleeson MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belgium will [more…]

Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat France in World Cup final

Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat France in World Cup final

Published 15/07/2018

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) - Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, has predicted that Croatia will defeat France in Sunday’s World Cup final. [more…]

Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

Published 10/07/2018

REPINO, Russia (Reuters) - There has been a relentless positivity and forward-looking tenor to England’s approach to this World Cup but before the adventure in [more…]

Factbox: Croatia vs. England semi-final history factbox

Factbox: Croatia vs. England semi-final history factbox

Published 10/07/2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Here is a brief history of previous World Cup semi-final appearances by England and Croatia, ahead of their last four match at [more…]

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

Published 10/07/2018

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - It’s a showdown between “Asterix” and “Tintin”. Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The [more…]

Southgate in no mood to change England’s winning formula

Southgate in no mood to change England’s winning formula

Published 10/07/2018

REPINO, Russia (Reuters) - England manager Gareth Southgate says he is not about to change his team’s approach for Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia, [more…]

Sweden are easy to analyze, difficult to beat: coach Andersson

Sweden are easy to analyze, difficult to beat: coach Andersson

Published 06/07/2018

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden coach Janne Andersson has full confidence in his team’s straightforward but effective tactics as he prepares his side for their [more…]

Putin says World Cup has broken stereotypes about Russia

Putin says World Cup has broken stereotypes about Russia

Published 06/07/2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that his country’s hosting of the soccer World Cup had helped debunk stereotypes about it. [more…]

Sweden’s Granqvist ready to show England what they missed

Sweden’s Granqvist ready to show England what they missed

Published 06/07/2018

SAMARA/SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Andreas Granqvist did not set the world alight during his two seasons with the then Premier League side Wigan Athletic, but [more…]

Sweden not bothered by misfiring forwards, says pundit Djordjic

Sweden not bothered by misfiring forwards, says pundit Djordjic

Published 06/07/2018

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The two Sweden forwards likely to start in Saturday’s quarter-final against England may have only one World Cup goal between them [more…]