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Putin gives World Cup fans visa-free Russia entry all year

MOSCOW -UNS : President Vladimir Putin has said that foreign visitors holding “fan ID” cards for the World Cup could have visa-free entry to Russia for the rest of 2018, news agencies reported. “Foreign supporters who currently have fan IDs will be able to benefit …

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Wins after 52 years: Russia pulled off biggest shock of 2018 World Cup

Hosts Russia pulled off the biggest shock of the 2018 World Cup so far as they beat 2010 winners Spain in the first penalty shootout of the tournament to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 48 years. After extra-time ended with the score …

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Big match: France beat Argentina 4-3 to reach World Cup quarter-finals

KAZAN (AFP) – France beat Lionel Messi s Argentina 4-3 in a thrilling last 16 World Cup match on Saturday as teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a superb performance in Kazan.Teenage star Kylian Mbappe struck twice and earned another goal as France finally …

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World Cup 2018: Group qualifying scenarios for every team

RUSSIA: With the second round of World Cup group games completed on Sunday, qualification for the knockout rounds is now clearer. The top two teams in each group go into the last 16. In the case of teams finishing level on points, FIFA has put …

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Sporting Lisbon in shock as three more World Cup stars quit

LISBON, (AFP) – Three Portugal stars currently in Russia getting ready for the World Cup have told their club Sporting Portugal they will break their contracts, the club said on Monday. The move is part of a continuing meltdown after the players were attacked and …

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Israel scores painful own goal in run-up to the World Cup

By James M. Dorsey Argentina’s cancellation of a friendly against Israel because of Israeli attempts to exploit the match politically is likely to reverberate far beyond the world of soccer and spotlights the risks of Israeli efforts to persuade the international community to recognize Jerusalem …

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Pak youth teams to feature in U12, U18 baseball championships

LAHORE -UNS- Baseball Federation of Asia has announced the names of participating teams of BFA U12 Baseball Championship and BFA U18 Baseball Championship. Syed Fakhar Ali Shah, President Pakistan Federation Baseball, said that Pakistan U12 Baseball Team will participate in 10th BFA U12 Asian Baseball …

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Middle Eastern rivalry spills onto Asian soccer pitches

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s bitter rivalry with Iran has spilled onto Asian soccer pitches with the newly created South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF) reflecting the kingdom’s bid for regional hegemony, including domination of soccer. Saudi Arabia’s most recent victory on the pitch …

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Theft probe hits Russian football ahead of World Cup

Russia s World Cup preparations have been hit by an embezzlement probe involving the tournament s anti-discrimination chief Alexei Smertin. Moscow s RBK business news site reported on Sunday that the interior ministry was looking into a complaint filed by Premier League club Dynamo Moscow …

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Portugal awaits as Leisure Leagues IntraCity Championships kick off

ISLAMABAD -UNS- The Trunkwala Family’s initiative to revive football in Pakistan is set to enter another unprecedented stage as Leisure Leagues gears up for its first ever IntraCity Championship matches in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. This weekend, teams from Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi will be …

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