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Football 'miracle' offers shared goal for war-torn Yemen

Aden - A "miracle" winning streak has propelled Yemen's senior and youth football teams to the Asian Cup, catching the war-torn nation's attention and offering a common goal to a divided country.

Street side: Indonesia slum kids eye youth 'World Cup'

Jakarta - Somad rarely ventures beyond his impoverished Jakarta neighbourhood, but the 14-year-old is now gearing for a trip to Russia next month as a player in the 2018 Street Child World Cup.

UK Typhoon jets to provide security for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Doha - UK Typhoon fighter jets bought last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, Britain's ambassador in Doha said Tuesday.

British and Russian clubs clash amid diplomatic chill

London - Football fans out in London Thursday night for a crunch meeting between British and Russian teams had little interest in the political tumult overshadowing the tie even as relations between the two countries plumb historic lows.

Main Moscow airport misses World Cup runway deadline: report

Moscow - Moscow's busiest airport will not receive a crucial new runway in time for the World Cup, a report said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Vladimir Putin's prestige event.

Police probe Man City bus attack before Liverpool match

Liverpool - British police have launched an investigation to identify those responsible for an attack on Manchester City's team bus before their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool at Anfield.

Russia's World Cup team told to avoid 'exotic tea'

Moscow - Russia's World Cup team was told to stay away from "exotic teas" and foreign medicine to avoid testing positive for doping during this year's final.

Child footballers 'offered boots and underwear for sex work'

Buenos Aires - Trainee footballers at Argentinian giants Independiente were coaxed into underage prostitution with offers of football boots or even just underwear, a Buenos Aires public prosecutor has said.

Iran captain 'honoured' to return after ban for playing Israelis

Tehran - Iran's football captain Masoud Shojaei said Tuesday his ban for playing an Israeli club was the "worst incident that could have happened" and he was glad to return as "a soldier" for the national side.

Iran MP slams appearance of footballer who played Israeli club

Tehran - A conservative lawmaker in Iran slammed the sports federation on Sunday for allowing star footballer Masoud Shojaei to return to the international squad despite appearing against an Israeli team last year.

Shedding weight, scoring goals in Mexico's obese football league

Monterrey - Dripping with sweat, the burly footballers sprint across the pitch seeking to score in Mexico's Heavyweight Football league, where points are awarded not just for goals but for shedding weight.

Russian ambassador says England fans will be safe at World Cup

London - Russia's ambassador to Britain insisted Thursday that England football fans will be safe at the 2018 World Cup, despite a raging diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow.

In Greece's Thessaloniki, club owner who invaded pitch is king

Thessalon - A Greek-Russian businessman of humble origins, PAOK FC owner Ivan Savvidis has put Greek football once again under the spotlight after storming onto the pitch with a holstered gun at his belt.

Pato in public bid to woo 'most beautiful' Chinese actress

Shanghai - Brazilian football star Alexandre Pato celebrated Tianjin Quanjian's victory in the AFC Champions League with a very public attempt at wooing the Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat.

Russia shrugs off World Cup no-show by British ministers, royals

Moscow - Moscow on Tuesday shrugged off London's decision not to send British ministers and royals to Russia's World Cup over a nerve agent attack on a former double agent.

Five diplomatic rows looming over Russia's World Cup

Paris - The escalating war of words over the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is just one of a slew of diplomatic rows clouding Russia's preparations as hosts of the World Cup this summer.

Five diplomatic rows looming over Russia's World Cup

Paris - The World Cup is a prime opportunity for the host country to burnish its international image -- but Russia's tensions with the West mean that will prove tricky this year.

Neymar's golden foot to go under the knife

Belo Horizonte - Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was to undergo surgery for a broken right foot Saturday, putting the planet's most expensive footballer out of action until the eve of the World Cup.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric charged with false testimony — prosecutors

Zagreb - Real Madrid's Luka Modric was charged Friday with giving false testimony at the corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb's powerful former chief Zdravko Mamic, prosecutors said.

Neymar goes under the knife, misses Real clash

Paris - Brazilian superstar Neymar will undergo surgery on his fractured foot in Brazil at the end of this week, ruling the world's most expensive footballer out of Paris Saint-Germain's do-or-die Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Iraq, Saudi face off in bout of football diplomacy

Baghdad - Iraq is hosting a football international against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the first time in almost four decades, in a friendly encounter with high diplomatic and political stakes.

African migrants keep football dreams alive in Morocco camp

Casablanca - The rubbish had been cleared away and spectators emerged from makeshift tents: it was time for kick-off in the daily football game at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Morocco's Casablanca.

Germany nabs Russian hooligan over Euro 2016 attack on England fan

Berlin - A Russian football hooligan wanted for savagely attacking an England fan during Euro 2016 in France has been arrested, German police said Thursday.

'Evil' UK paedophile football coach jailed for 30 years

Liverpool - Former British football trainer Barry Bennell was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday for abusing 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991, with the judge branding him "sheer evil".

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - A Chinese investment fund has taken control of Spanish media giant Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, as Chinese investors widen their global media and sports interests.

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital has taken control of Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, the Spanish media group said Friday.The fund bought a 53.

Football: Justice at last for Bennell's victims

London - Shaking with emotion, the victims of Barry Bennell told of their decades of trauma inflicted by the paedophile football coach who destroyed their lives.

Qatar, UAE matches become political footballs in Gulf crisis

Doha - An Abu Dhabi football ground may seem an unlikely venue for a rare let-up in a protracted diplomatic crisis, but a match between Qatari and Emirati clubs marks a first since Doha's neighbours imposed a crippling blockade.

Koeman takes on tough job as latest Dutch national coach

Zeist - Dutch former star player Ronald Koeman was Tuesday anointed coach of the national team, given the Herculean task of restoring the country's pride after a series of humiliating defeats.

Manchester United mark 60 years since Munich crash

Manchester - Manchester United on Tuesday marked 60 years since the Munich air crash ripped the heart out of the "Busby Babes" team with a service at Old Trafford attended by survivors Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg.
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