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‘Portugal much more than just Ronaldo’

SOCHI: Portugal coach Fernando Santos once again stressed the importance of his other 22 players around main man Cristiano Ronaldo as they prepare to face Uruguay in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday. When the inevitable question about…

Russia thump Saudi Arabia in FIFA World Cup opener

MOSCOW: Russia kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially opened the tournament. Putin told the 80,000-strong crowd at…

Russia chooses wolf as 2018 FIFA World Cup mascot

MOSCOW: Russia has chosen a goggled wolf as mascot for the 2018 World Cup. The wolf, unveiled to the public early Saturday after a month of online voting, prevailed over a cat and a tiger dressed in a space suit after receiving more than…

FIFA chief backs ‘more open’ 48-team World Cup

ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Thursday that he backs expanding the World Cup to 48 teams, giving "more of a chance to more teams". Infantino believes "a fundamental point" for an expanded finals would be to have it…