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Power woes hit Nigeria's football fans

Lagos - Football-loving Nigerians had more than one reason to groan about the country's opening World Cup game: not only did they lose 2-0, many weren't even able to see the whole match.

Ronaldo looms for Morocco as Russia basks in glory

Moscow - Cristiano Ronaldo trained his sights on Morocco on Wednesday after his stunning hat-trick in Portugal's World Cup opener, while 2010 winners Spain play Iran with the host nation buzzing from Russia's unexpected success.

World Cup brings no lasting cheer for Russian beer

Moscow - Football fans from around the world are flocking to Russia's bars, beer gardens and craft beer pubs to quench their thirst as the World Cup heats up.

Fact-check: Did Mexicans celebrating World Cup win cause an earthquake? Unfounded

Mexico - After Mexico scored a goal to defeat defending champions Germany in their opening World Cup match on Sunday, a tweet suggesting that celebrating fans had triggered an "artificial earthquake" in Mexico City went viral.

Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup

Moscow - 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."Four!

Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side World Cup screenings

Ak - At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some of the world's best footballers play on the side of a tent.

England expects as dark horses Belgium launch World Cup campaign

Volgograd - England open their World Cup campaign on Monday seeking to banish memories of dismal performances in recent tournaments as Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark-horse challengers.

England seek World Cup exorcism as Belgium expects

Volgograd - England open their World Cup campaign on Monday with manager Gareth Southgate seeking to banish memories of dismal recent finals performances while Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark horse challengers.

Mexico quakes with joy over World Cup upset win

Mexico - Thousands of jubilant Mexico supporters partied in the streets of the capital Sunday after their team's shock 1-0 victory over World Cup holders Germany -- singing, dancing, blaring car horns and cheering El Tri.

World Cup holders Germany crash to Mexico defeat

Moscow - Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano's clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory on Sunday.

World Cup stars more protected than ever but the magic of the fans endures

Sanktpeterburg - Almost 10,000 miles separate Yekaterinburg and their school in Montevideo but for a group of Uruguayan children, Jose Gimenez's 89th-minute winner felt within touching distance.

Zone for minority fans at Russia World Cup forced to move

Sanktpeterburg - A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.

Neymar to make World Cup bow as Germany launch campaign

Rostov-on-don - Neymar makes his World Cup bow on Sunday as five-time winners Brazil kick off their quest for redemption while defending champions Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles.

Sex, drugs and... don't forget the football, Mexico

Mexico - Between the orgy accusations and the drug-trafficking charges facing their veteran star, Mexico have had their share of distractions heading into their World Cup opener against Germany on Sunday.

Taxi driver injures at least seven near the Kremlin

Moscow - At least seven people were injured Saturday when a Moscow taxi apparently lost control of his car a few hundred meters away from the Kremlin on the third day of the Russia World Cup.

Taxi driver injures at least seven near the Kremlin

Moscow - At least seven people were injured Saturday when a Moscow taxi apparently lost control of his car a few hundred meters away from the Kremlin on the third day of the Russia World Cup.

Messi to put heat on Iceland as France target Australia

Moscow - Lionel Messi's bid for World Cup redemption begins on Saturday when he leads Argentina against tiny Iceland, as fancied France make their bow in Russia targeting a repeat of their 1998 glory.

Ronaldo agrees 18.8mln tax settlement: legal source

Madrid - Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to pay the Spanish taxman 18.8 million euro ($20 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, a legal source said Friday.

Saudis to hold players 'accountable' for World Cup drubbing

Apo - Saudi Arabia's sports authorities threatened Friday to hold members of the national football team "accountable" after their crushing defeat against hosts Russia in the opening match of the World Cup.

Shell-shocked Spain face Portugal in World Cup blockbuster

Sochi - Spain face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Friday in a mouthwatering clash following the extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui as Mohamed Salah was left out of the starting line-up for Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay.

British gay rights activist arrested in Russia before World Cup

Moscow - British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested on Thursday in Russia for holding a one-man protest against the country's record on LGBT rights, hours before the kick-off of the World Cup.

Kremlin says Russian women will make own dating choices during World Cup

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday rejected suggestions from a senior lawmaker that Russian women should not have sex with visiting World Cup fans, saying they would make up their own minds.

World Cup kicks off in Russia

Moscow - The World Cup kicks off in Russia Thursday as the host nation take on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declares the tournament open.

German reporter who exposed Russia doping 'won't be at World Cup'

Berlin - German journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose investigative reporting exposed Russia's alleged state-sponsored doping, will not travel to the football World Cup tournament out of security concerns, national broadcaster ARD said.

Split on geopolitics, North America unites with winning World Cup bid

Washington - Having antagonized Canada and Mexico in trade and immigration squabbles, US President Donald Trump is suddenly under pressure to cooperate with his neighbors on an issue the rest of the world obsesses over: the beautiful game.

US, Mexico and Canada win race to host 2026 World Cup

Moscow - The United States, Mexico and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup after easily beating underdogs Morocco in a vote of FIFA member nations in Moscow on Wednesday.

FIFA to choose North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup

Moscow - FIFA members vote Wednesday on whether to award the 2026 World Cup to frontrunners North America or to underdogs Morocco, which has African support to bring football's showpiece event back to the continent.

North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup — FIFA votes

Moscow - FIFA members will decide on Wednesday whether the 2026 World Cup should be played in North America or in Morocco, taking football's global showpiece to Africa for just the second time.

Matabeleland football odyssey wins hearts ahead of Russia 2018

London - The Matabeleland soccer team's dramatic, crowd-funded journey from a dirt field to becoming stars of the sport's alternative World Football Cup is a mighty contrast with the upcoming billion-dollar bonanza of Russia 2018.

Trophy hunting: World Cup replicas selling fast in Vietnam

Hanoi - In a dusty workshop on the outskirts of Hanoi, workers busily mould, set and spray hundreds of replica World Cup trophies as orders flood in ahead of next week's tournament.
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