FIFA World Cup 2018 Offbeat | The Daily Star
  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Iran in U-turn on women in stadiums during World Cup

    Tehran's largest football stadium is to admit thousands of women together with men for the first time since the the Islamic revolution of 1979 as World Cup fever grips Iran for its Wednesday evening group game against Spain.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup

    During an afternoon at a Moscow park, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is counting not the number of goals his team has scored in the World Cup but the number of phone numbers he has collected from Russian girls as foreigners in Russia try to find love.

  • Mexico doesn't deserve WC 2026: Maradona

    Former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona says he does not like the decision that Mexico, Canada and the United States will host the 2026 World Cup, decrying the lack of passion in the countries.

  • Russia's psychic cat predicts the winner of the opening match

    Achilles, a deaf white cat who is the official animal soothsayer for the tournament, choose a bowl of food bearing the host's flag rather than that of Saudi Arabia, who Russia will face today's evening.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Lost in translation

    Russia is all set to host the biggest show on Earth, the football world Cup that returns every four years to captivate the world sport fraternity.

  • TV-less Argentine prisoners go on hunger strike

    Inmates in an Argentine prison begin a hunger strike to press authorities to repair the cable TV system so they can watch the World Cup.

  • Childhood memories make Neymar emotional

    Neymar broke down in tears when he walks into a recreation of his tiny childhood bedroom on a TV program

  • Stunning Salah & Messi mosaics

    Russian artists create stunning stone mosaics of two World cup stars, Argentina's Leo Messi and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah.

  • `Russia is really a football country'

    French footballing great Marcel Desailly has no doubt about Russia’s hospitality and being “a football country” as it prepares to host the FIFA World Cup 2018 on the official FIFA Fan Fest zone in Moscow.

  • Button football

    Buttons fly in Brazilian tabletop football game

    The game is played all over Brazil, as well as in a handful of other countries, but regional variations are common, meaning it can be surprisingly tricky to master.

  • Ronaldo tucks into 'bread & salt' ceremonial welcome

    Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldowas treats to a traditional Russian welcome of bread and salt when he arrives with his teammates at Moscow.

  • Giant mural tribute to 'legend' Messi at Argentina base camp

    With his arms cross and a face bursting with pride, Argentina superstar Lionel Messi towers above all those on the main street of Bronnitsy, a town of 20,000 residents some 50 kilometres from Moscow.

  • VIDEO for Official 2018 FIFA World Cup Song Released

    The official video clip to the World Cup 2018 song - ‘Live It Up’ -release featuring superstar Will Smith, DJ Nicky Jam and singer Era Istrefi with clips of some of the world’s top football stars.

  • German Fan Driving Tractor to World Cup in Russia

    A 70-year-old German fan is hoping he can reach Russia to enjoy the World Cup on a 30kph tractor within 10 days.

  • Messi, Beckham and others star in Adidas’ World Cup ad

    Adidas releases an ad featuring stars like Lionel Messi, David Beckham along with other sporting figures and musicians for its “Create the Answer” ad campaign.

  • Messi’s hometown turns blue & white

    Lionel Messi’s hometown Rosario paints in the Argentine national colours ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will start next week in Russia.

  • Messi the GOAT?

    Lionel Messi has risen to become football’s reigning GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).

  • fifa logo

    FIFA files criminal complaint against Viagogo

    FIFA files a criminal complaint against the secondary ticketing firm Viagogo's sale of 2018 World Cup tickets, opening a new battle between sports organisations and websites seeking a share of their profits.

  • Two England fans to cycle 2400 Miles to Russia for World Cup

    How far would you go to watch the World Cup? Would you fly, travel by train, or even drive? Or, would you cycle 2,400 miles across 8 countries? England fans Jamie Marriott and Mitch Jones are doing exactly that.

  • Lionel Messi and Neymar

    Each Messi, Neymar goal to feed 10,000 children

    From Thursday onwards, each goal scored by Argentine genius Lionel Messi and Brazilian sensation Neymar in competitive matches including the upcoming FIFA World Cup, will feed 10,000 school children in Latin America and the Carribean.

  • Russian cosmonauts show off football skills in zero gravity

    Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev showcase their footballing skills in zero-gravity at the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018,set to begin on June 14.

  • Vuvuzela returns in Russia

    Moscow is getting a giant vuvuzela ahead of the World Cup

  • World Cup brings culinary boom to Russia

    Russia prepares to feed football fans during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia next month. National dishes have been amped up, menus translated into foreign languages, and food cart festivals set up in all cities where matches have been scheduled.

  • Russians to take no part in World Cup drug testing

    Russians will not be involved in drug testing procedures at the World Cup as FIFA looks to reassure teams that samples cannot be tampered with.

  • The Luzhniki stadium in Moscow will host the opening match and the final of the 2018 World Cup

    Russia prepares for World Cup drone attack

    Russia will reportedly deploy jamming devices used in Syria and the war in Ukraine to defend World Cup stadiums against a drone attack. The threat of terror has been a prime concern for organisers of the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow

    Watchdog urges Russia world cup opening boycott over Syria

    World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin's VIP box at next month's World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

  • Visa Returns Zlatan Ibrahimović to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

    Visa (NYSE:V), the Official Payment Services Partner of FIFA, today announced that professional footballer and face of Visa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ global marketing campaign, Zlatan Ibrahimović, will return to the tournament with Visa and join football fans in Russia this summer.

  • Dating manual for Russia-bound Argentines

    A World Cup manual with a chapter titled "What to do to have an opportunity with a Russian woman" and distributed at the headquarters of The Argentina Football Association (AFA) is under investigation

  • No crisis for Panini stickers as World Cup fever builds

    Between eight and ten million packets a day, each with five cards, perhaps including the coveted ones of Lionel Messi, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo -- as World Cup fever builds the Panini sticker factory in Italy is working flat out.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 (Promo)

    FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 (Promo) The video include Football Skills, Tricks , Highlights , Dribbling & Goals , from Cristiano Ronaldo , Neymar Jr , Lionel Messi , Paul Pogba , James Rodríguez , Luis Suarez and more…