World Cup

RUSSIA 2018: Brazil held, Mexico stun champions Germany

  Pre-tournament favourites Brazil failed to win their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1978 as Switzerland earned a valuable 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don. The five-time champions, so often lauded for their flair, failed to sparkle after Philippe Coutinho's superbly...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:06am

Africa may be the underdog at World Cup but it’s more than that

FIFA World Cup 2018 is now well under way. Like always, even for those of us who profess to merely be social football fans, I don’t know many who manage very well to escape the bug when the time comes around every fourth year. One of the main reasons for this is the media which, even in the...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1:07am

Tshabalala backs African side for World Cup semis

Tshabalala backs African side for World Cup semis Former South Africa international Siphiwe Tshabalala, who rose to global fame after scoring a stunning opening goal of the 2010 Fifa World Cup against Mexico, believes that an African side will make the semifinals in 2018. Tshabalala, who still...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:22am

Ronaldo scores sensational hat-trick as Portugal & Spain draw six-goal thriller

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal as he denied Fernando Hierro's Spain victory with a stunning late free-kick in their World Cup Group B opener. Two days after Julen Lopetegui was fired Spain boss for agreeing a post-tournament move to Real Madrid, more pain lie in wait for the...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 11:26pm

RUSSIA 2018: Brazil experiments with a new ‘magic quartet’ at World Cup

Brazil will be experimenting with a new version of the “magic quartet” in Russia. More than a decade after the five-time world champions arrived for the World Cup in Germany with its prolific foursome of Ronaldinho, Kaka, Ronaldo and Adriano, Brazil is set to use a “Fab Four...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 11:18pm

World Cup: African Youngsters tipped to shine in Russia

Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar da Silva Ronaldo, and Neymar da Silva are some of the world’s biggest names currently in Russia for the 2018 World Cup. But, as with every other major tournament, the FIFA World Cup has always provided a platform for young talents to prove themselves...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:55pm

All eyes on African teams as World Cup begins

AFRICA is the second most populated continent and football is king, but producing a team to advance beyond the quarter-finals is a dream yet to pass – let alone to lift the gold trophy. Since Egypt became the first African team to play in the World Cup final in 1934, only three teams have...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Kagame, Putin meet in Russia

President Paul Kagame Wednesday met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in the Russian Capital, Moscow. Russia is host to the 2018 World Cup final scheduled to kick off Thursday this week. The two heads of state met less than two weeks after the Russian Foreign Minister,...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 8:20am

Nigeria thwarts World Cup child trafficking plot at airport

Ten Nigerian children have been rescued from human traffickers planning to fly them to Russia and exploit relaxed visa controls for the World Cup, anti-trafficking officials said on Tuesday. Five suspects, including a policeman and a quarantine officer, were arrested at Lagos’ main airport...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:55am

My Argentina future depends on World Cup – Messi

Argentina captain Lionel Messi said his international future will be determined by his country's performance at the World Cup in Russia. "It will depend on how far we go, how we're going to finish" at the finals, Messi said in an interview with Spanish daily Sport. "We'...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 9:35pm

World Cup: Lewandowski headlines Poland squad

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski headlined the 23-man Poland squad for the World Cup in Russia, but an injury to defender Kamil Glik handed manager Adam Nawalka a last-minute worry. The 30-year-old Glik, a stalwart of the Polish defence, injured a shoulder a little after the Fifa deadline...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am