World Cup 2022: “Germany is leaving world football as a fallen giant”

World Cup 2022: “Germany is leaving world football as a fallen giant”

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and in the end the Germans always win.” It seems an age since former England striker Gary Lineker uttered that memorable sentence – but it reflects a reality that feels even more distant after the last World Cup in Qatar. Germany, once regarded as a foregone certainty to go deep into major …

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World Cup 2022: Cristiano Ronaldo a ‘total genius’ for beating Portugal on penalties – Fifa

World Cup 2022: Cristiano Ronaldo a 'total genius' for beating Portugal on penalties - Fifa

Cristiano Ronaldo has been called a “total genius” by Fifa for the way he won a penalty for Portugal in their World Cup win over Ghana. The 37-year-old made the move to become the first man to score in five different Fifa World Cups. Portugal won 3-2 but the award of the free-kick outraged Ghana boss Otto Addo, who said it was ‘not a penalty’. …

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World Cup fans choose party city Dubai over buttoned-up Qatar

World Cup fans choose party city Dubai over buttoned-up Qatar

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In brief World Cup 2022: will the 20-year cycle work for Brazil?

In brief World Cup 2022: will the 20-year cycle work for Brazil?

The main event Pelé, Rivelino, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto, Brazil’s legendary 1970 squad, are still regarded as the best World Cup squad in history and despite being favorites again this time around, the 2022 iteration is unlikely to reach those glorious heights. will reach. But Brazil is certainly in for a big tournament, as it hasn’t lifted the trophy since 2002, when Ronaldo (the real …

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WC 2022: Why is so much break time being added?

WC 2022: Why is so much break time being added?

We’re only a few games into this World Cup and already we’re seeing a theme develop: The five games so far have had around 85 minutes added between them, with England’s match against Iran lasting an incredible 117 minutes and 16 seconds. This was partly due to injury – Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand suffered a concussion after a nasty early clash of heads. But it …

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Qatar v Ecuador: World Cup 2022 kicks off with opening ceremony live

Qatar v Ecuador: World Cup 2022 kicks off with opening ceremony live

Key events Show only key events Please enable JavaScript to use this feature Show only key events Please enable JavaScript to use this feature Please enable JavaScript to use this feature I’m not sure any World Cup has produced as many great goals – or legendary commentary – as Mexico 86. This is soul-breathing beauty. “Hi Rob,” writes Beth. “Everyone rightly points out the deaths …

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World Cup 2022 score predictions: Chris Sutton predicts opening round of group matches in Qatar

World Cup 2022 score predictions: Chris Sutton predicts opening round of group matches in Qatar

BBC Sport football expert Chris Sutton predicts the outcome of the 64 matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It kicks off with the opening games for each group, in which France face Australia, as well as England against Iran and Wales against the USA. Sutton also picks his two teams from each group to advance to the playoffs. He’s rooting for France to win …

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