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June 20, 2018 11:46 PM Queiroz 'concerned' as Iran staff member in hospital after Spain defeat

KAZAN ARENA: Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said he was concerned after a member of his staff was taken to hospital during the nail-biting 1-0 World Cup defeat to Spain on Wednesday. A lucky goal by Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa handed Spain their first win of the tournament following a 3-3 draw with Portugal last week. Iran, 1-0 winners over Morocco 4

June 18, 2018 9:15 AM Portugal 'stronger than Morocco', says Andre Silva

KRATOVO, Russia: Portugal striker Andre Silva believes the European champions are well equipped to beat Morocco ahead of their upcoming World Cup group stage clash in Moscow. "I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I'm not saying the game will be easy for us," Silva told reporters at Portugal's team base on Monday 5

June 16, 2018 9:52 AM Mbappe leads France attack against Socceroos

KAZAN ARENA, Russia: France coach Didier Deschamps left Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on the bench for a World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday as teenager Kylian Mbappe leads Les Bleus' front line in Kazan. Mbappe, one of 14 players in France's squad who have yet to feature in a major tournament, has been in great form for Paris Saint-Germain 5

June 15, 2018 12:26 PM Germany's emerging star Kimmich looking to be himself, not Lahm 2.0

Vatutinki, Russia (dpa) - Germany defender Joshua Kimmich often hears comparisons between himself and Philipp Lahm. But the up-and-coming star said Friday he is only playing his first World Cup and cannot yet match the accolades of the long-time Germany and Bayern Munich leader. "He played right back and characterized the Bayern and German national team for years 15

June 12, 2018 10:25 AM 'Fiasco': How Saudi players had a rough time in Spain

MADRID: Nine Saudi players loaned to Spanish clubs to improve their level before the World Cup left without hardly playing in what ended up as a "fiasco". "Adapting is difficult," said David Cobeno, sporting director at Madrid-based second division side Rayo Vallecano, which signed 24-year-old Saudi midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem. "Everything outside 3

June 9, 2018 7:38 AM PANAMA HAVE ALREADY MADE HISTORY: EVERYTHING ELSE IS A BONUS

PANAMA CITY (dpa) – Panama are, along with Iceland, the only teams set to play their first-ever World Cup in Russia 2018. Panama earned their historic berth for the tournament with a dramatic and controversial 2-1 win against Costa Rica in the last round of qualifiers. The country’s population poured out onto the streets and Panamanian President Juan Carlos 5

June 7, 2018 2:12 PM Former Chelsea player Michael Essien released by Indonesian club

BANDUNG, Indonesia: Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has been released from Persib Bandung, the Indonesian club said Thursday, the latest big foreign signing to be axed from the national league in the past two seasons. The Ghanaian, 35, who signed with the Bandung-based club just over a year ago, had his contract terminated on Wednesday because the club had exceeded 8

June 7, 2018 12:16 PM Messi woos Griezmann, hopes Neymar stays in Paris

MADRID: With Antoine Griezmann's reported transfer to Barcelona inching closer, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi described the French striker as a "great player", Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday. "He is clearly a great player," Messi said when asked about the Atletico Madrid striker, although he said he was "not 100% sure" if the French 8

June 4, 2018 2:42 AM URGENT Brazil's Neymar to return from injury against Croatia

LONDON, June 2, 2018 (AFP) - Neymar will make his first appearance for over three months on Sunday as Brazil boss Tite confirmed the Paris Saint-Germain striker will play in the second half of his country's friendly against Croatia. Neymar suffered a fractured foot while playing for PSG against Marseille in Ligue 1 on February 25. The 26-year-old had surgery 4

June 3, 2018 4:13 AM Brazil's Neymar to return from injury against Croatia

LONDON: Neymar will make his first appearance for over three months on Sunday as Brazil boss Tite confirmed the Paris Saint-Germain striker will play in the second half of his country's friendly against Croatia. Neymar suffered a fractured foot while playing for PSG against Marseille in Ligue 1 on Feb 25. The 26-year-old had surgery in Brazil amid fears 9