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Striker Harry Kane represents hope for the next generation of the English National Team.

Why England and other UK countries all have their own soccer teams

The four nations of Great Britain each field their own soccer teams, such as the English National Team, rather than put together a U.K. National Team, for reasons stemming from the origins of international soccer itself, plus some good old national pride.
Neymar Jr of Brazil goes down injured during the 2018 World Cup Russia match between Brazil and Switzerland.

Brazil’s talisman striker was fouled more times than any World Cup player in 20 years in their first match

Despite the valiant effort from the Swiss to cling on to a 1-1 draw, the match was marred somewhat by a high volume of fouls. Most of the hard tackles were directed at Brazil's talisman striker, Neymar Jr.
Russia is the largest country in the world, and with 12 stadiums in 11 cities hosting the 2018 World Cup, getting between games is quite an endeavor — but some teams will have to travel much farther than others.

Here’s how far every team in the World Cup will have to travel — and one team is at a significant disadvantage

Russia is the largest country in the world, and with 12 stadiums in 11 cities hosting the 2018 World Cup, getting between games is quite an endeavor — but some teams will have to travel much farther than others.
MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is expected to host the 2026 World Cup final.

Here are the cities that will be hosting the 2026 World Cup

The 2026 World Cup is scheduled to take place in 16 cities, with most of the matches taking place in the US. Each American city is expected to host at least five matches.
Vladimir Putin with Pele (centre) and Diego Maradona (right).

These photos show how the World Cup is being used to whitewash everything terrible about Russia

FIFA World Cup: One of the best soccer players on the planet, Mohamed Salah, has been used like a PR pawn as Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov looks to overturn his negative image worldwide. Salah is not the first athlete to have photographs taken with the warlord, and he won't be the last.
A Nigeria fan.

Nigeria soccer fans are banned from taking their lucky chickens into World Cup matches

Russian authorities have had to tell Nigeria soccer fans to not bring chickens into World Cup matches. Supporters of the "Super Eagles" wanted to bring the live birds into the Kaliningrad Stadium for Nigeria's opening World Cup game against Croatia on Saturday, as they are seen as good luck charms.

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly fined $21.8 million for tax evasion just hours before he plays in the World Cup

Real Madrid CF and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been ordered to pay over $20 million because of tax evasion, just hours before he is due to take part in his country's first 2018 FIFA World Cup match in Russia.

Here are all 3 times Luis Suarez has bitten opponents

Luis Suarez has a history of biting, even at the World Cup.
Diego Maradona.

Diego Maradona launched a harsh attack on the US-Mexico-Canada 2026 World Cup that’s full of national stereotypes

Diego Maradona, a former World Cup winner, had a bizarre criticism of the hosts of the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The Argentinian's rant was filled with lazy stereotyping of the countries.
Robbie Williams gave the middle finger to a camera during the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Robbie Williams gave the world the middle finger during World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams performed a few songs to kick off the tournament. During a pause in one song, and while standing near the sideline, the Englishman looked into one of the cameras and gave the world the middle finger.