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  • Lionel Messi’s Bangladeshi fans

    Messi posts video on Bangladeshi fans

    Argentine star Lionel Messi’s official Facebook page posted a video, that includes Bangladeshi fans who support and express their love for Messi as well as Argentina for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

  • Colombia vs Japan

    Japan stun 10-man Colombia

    In a stirring match that saw the first red card of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Japan ride on goals from Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako to beat Colombia 2-1 in their Group H game at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

  • Neymar in Brazil vs Switchzerland Match

    Neymar tells referees to ‘do their job’

    Neymar, who had a rough night yesterday as Brazil only managed a draw in their Group E fixture against Switzerland has told the referees to do their job properly.

  • South Korea players swapped shirts to confuse ‘Swedish spies’

    South Korea’s manager Shin Tae-yong made his players wear different shirts in pre-World Cup friendlies to confuse 'Swedish spies'.

  • Argentina's Lionel Messi

    Croatia’s secret weapon to stop Messi

    Croatia are obviously going to have a scheme to thwart Argentina captain Lionel Messi from having as little influence in the outcome of the match as possible. However, the schemes to work, their needs to be ideas.

  • Technology to the fore as France edge Australia

    France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.

  • Cracker of a start

    You can’t ask for a better start to a World Cup as far as the first couple of days of Russia 2018 is concerned.

  • Fifa Football Raking in Asia

    FIFA ranking: Bangladesh 20th in Asia

    Bangladesh has been ranked 20th among the football playing nations of Asia by the global football body, as the FIFA World Cup starts in Russia.

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Football Fixtures

    2018 FIFA World Cup FIxtures

    FIFA World Cup FIxtures

  • 2026 WC in US, Mexico & Canada

    The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time.

  • FIFA World Cup Football 2018

    Let the frenzy take hold

    Over the next month, Russia will serve up a football stroganoff spiced with enthralling matches, a dash of the world's finest players and the biggest prize in the sporting world -- the FIFA World Cup.

  • World Cup Football fever grips Bangladeshi Celebrities

    WORLD CUP FEVER grips celebrities

    The flags are out, jerseys ready and excitement is at its peak as the world anxiously awaits the FIFA World Cup to kick off in Russia today. It is the tournament where we have the amazing confluence of football's best players coming together in one spot.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Lots to see in low-key start

    The stage is all set in Russia. Time for all eyes to turn to Moscow as the greatest show on Earth is about to get underway at the Luzhniki Stadium today.

  • Russia World Cup 2018 starts today

    Worlds converge in Moscow

    It has been like rainbow after rain in Moscow for the last couple of days as fans from across the world have thronged the Russian capital and other cities in their thousands ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off at the Luzhniki Stadium today.

  • Russia national team

    Russia ready to roar

    Nobody would have hand-picked the tournament's two worst teams to launch the 2018 World Cup, but when Russia and Saudi Arabia meet on Thursday form will be irrelevant as the world's biggest sporting festival explodes into life in Moscow.

  • 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.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    O is ready to roll

    The most global countdown ticks towards a zero. And, within a few hours, an O-shaped object is set to be kicked around by some fleet-footed magicians on the manicured greens of

  • Lionel Messi the star attraction

    Messi the star attraction

    Around 400 eager fans turned out at Argentina's World Cup base camp to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi and his teammates at an open training session.

  • Mesut Ozil-Ilkay Gundogan

    Champions Germany land in Russia

    Germany landed in Moscow on Tuesday to attempt to successfully defend their World Cup title and hoping to leave the political controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan behind them.

  • Brazil team land in Russia

    Brazil arrived in Russia on Monday hungry to make amends for their World Cup humiliation in 2014 with Neymar apparently fighting fit.

  • Brazil team review 2018

    Brazil can take Russia World Cup by storm

    Jogo Bonito, The Beautiful game. It is a phrase that will always be associated with Brazil. The five-time World champions have had some great sides in the past and while their style faltered in recent World Cups, Tite has revived Brazil for the Russia World Cup.

  • High Court order on Fifa World Cup 2018

    No bar on hoisting foreign flags during World Cup

    The High Court clears the way for hoisting national flags of foreign nations across the country during the upcoming FIFA World Cup tournament.

  • Neymar not competing with 'icons'

    Brazilian superstar Neymar says he has no desire to be Brazil's all-time leading scorer despite being third in the Selecao's charts.

  • Messi, Neymar goals worth 10,000 meals

    Each goal scored by Argentina captain Lionel Messi or Brazilian superstar Neymar at the upcoming World Cup will lead to 10,000 meals being donated to school children in the Caribbean and Latin America.

  • World Cup fever expected to rock 5 lakh TV sales

    Television sellers are expecting about 500,000 more unit sales on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Eid-ul Fitr, amounting to almost half of the country's total annual consumption this year. Top TV brands said roughly seven to eight hundred thousand television units are sold in the market annually, with a 30 percent growth this year because of the upcoming football mega show.

  • Neymar

    Childhood memories of WC-bound stars

    At Russia 2018, they will be the ones creating the memories. But before they were players, the likes of Neymar, Harry Kane, Son Heungmin and Javier Hernandez were passionate football fans.

  • Argentina superstar Lionel Messi

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Denmark coach Age Hareide gave a withering assessment of his World Cup first-round rivals France on Thursday claiming they have no real leader and have little chance in Russia.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FIFA World Cup 2018

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Will Smith is making a return to music, recording the official 2018 World Cup anthem with Colombia-based reggaeton star Nicky Jam, and Kosovar pop singer Era Istrefi.