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‘I am German when we win, but immigrant when we lose’ – Mesut Ozil breaks silence over racism

BERLIN: Once hailed as a prize-winning example of integration in Germany, Mesut Ozil has quit international duty amid bitter accusations of racism, levelled at German Football Association (DFB) chief Reinhard Grindel. "In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," Ozil wrote in a lengthy farewell statement on Sunday. At just 29, Ozil walks away from Germany duty in the wake of the fiasco caused by his meeting, on the eve of the World Cup, with Turkey President…

From Paris to Moscow, France fans go wild after thrilling World Cup win

PARIS/MOSCOW: Millions of French fans were overwhelmed with joy on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win soccer’s World Cup in a pulsating final in Moscow, sparking ecstatic scenes of celebration from Paris to Marseille, from Lyon to Lille. In the capital, where 90,000 people watched the match on vast TV screens next to the Eiffel tower, there were choruses of the Marseillaise, honking horns and hundreds of thousands of red, white and blue tricolor flags fluttering on the breeze. The boom of fireworks and…

Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the emir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament. The ceremony marked a handover from the world’s largest country by landmass to one of the smallest. Qatar has a population of 2.3 million people and an area slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut. Qatar’s size, as well as its broiling temperatures and its lack of ready stadium infra-structure, have prompted some to question the…

VIDEO: Intruders run on to pitch during World Cup final

MOSCOW: The World Cup final between Russia and Croatia in Moscow was briefly interrupted when three intruders ran onto the pitch before they were hauled off by stewards. The Pussy Riot punk band, whose members were jailed for staging a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a church, said on social media that they were responsible for the pitch invasion. Olga Kurachyova, a member of Pussy Riot, told Reuters by telephone she was one of the people who had invaded the pitch. She said she was being…

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

MOSCOW: France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years. The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final. ALLEZ! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/XZVFIxJMSU — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018 Only one stat…

Belgium beat England to secure third place finish

ST PETERSBURG: Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate’s side home with a second straight loss. France will face Croatia in Sunday’s final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier and an 82nd minute Eden Hazard strike earned Belgium the victory and the third-place, which improves on their previous best performance of a fourth-place finish in 1986. England were on top for…

There is more to Croatia than just Modric magic

MOSCOW: Croatia’s run to the World Cup final is largely down to Luka Modric’s tireless work in midfield but their ability to switch tactics efficiently should be a warning for opponents France on Sunday. When the two sides meet at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium all eyes will be on Modric and how the French will attempt to put shackles on the creative midfielder, who at 32 is eyeing the biggest prize of the sport. While Modric may be a worthy contender for Footballer of the Year, his team’s quick switch in tactics during…

France not expecting tired Croatia in World Cup final

MOSCOW: France have been surprised by the physical fortitude of Croatia and are not expecting a tired opponent in Sunday’s World Cup final, midfielder Blaise Matuidi said on Friday. Croatia have been forced into extra time in each of their three knockout matches, edging Denmark and hosts Russia on post-match penalties before scoring late in added play to come from behind and beat England in Wednesday’s semi-final in Moscow. France by contrast have won all of their matches since the round of 16 inside 90 minutes,…

Soccer World Cup de-toxifies Russia’s global brand

MOSCOW: When the last fan files out of Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday after the soccer World Cup final, Vladimir Putin can bask in the knowledge that his objective for the tournament has been met: Russia has, for now at least, been re-branded. After years when the dominant themes reaching global audiences about Russia have been associated with violence and diplomatic conflict, the tournament was a five-week stream of positive images being beamed to billions of televisions and smartphone screens. That does not…

Fifa stops broadcasters from zooming in on attractive female football fans

MOSCOW: Fifa has shown a yellow warning card to World Cup broadcasters, saying it wants fewer images of attractive women in World Cup stadiums screened. Diversity chief Federico Addiechi said the world football body will talk with national broadcasters, and to its own TV production team. Sexism has apparently been a bigger problem than racism at the World Cup, diversity experts Fare Network director Piara Powar said. ​He told press conference on diversity issues his team had "documented more than 30 cases" of mainly…