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