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Russia dazzles as FIFA World Cup 2018 begins today

They are eager to show their breathtakingly beautiful city to the world, befittingly enough, through the ‘Beautiful Game’s’ quadrennial showpiece. For some, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, starting Thursday, is President Vladimir Putin’s equivalent of China’s 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. And the hosts are waiting for their guests as they ... Read More »

FIFA World Cup 2018: A look at all the venues

Spread over 1,800 miles from the exclave of Kaliningrad on the coast of the Baltic Sea to Ekaterinburg, at the base of the Ural mountains, 12 stadiums across Russia will host the 64 matches that comprise the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The largest venue is also one of the newest ... Read More »

Russia 2018: How the World Cup favourites are shaping up

– Brazil – In 2014, Brazil were being widely tipped for success on home soil but their campaign unravelled in spectacular fashion with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to eventual winners Germany. Now the five-time champions look the real deal again. Coach Tite has transformed their fortunes and they are confident ... Read More »

India has potential to play in FIFA World Cup soon: Rathore

Rathore cited the beautiful game’s rising popularity. “Football’s popularity is rising in India. The number of people who turned up to watch FIFA U-17 World Cup was same as IPL matches. India hasn’t played in FIFA World Cup but we have potential. If potential is linked to opportunities, India will ... Read More »

Vladimir Putin welcomes teams and supporters to World Cup

“To all football fans and the greatest football teams on the planet, welcome!” Putin said on Russian television six days before the four-yearly tournament gets underway. “It is with immense joy and a great honour that we receive representatives of the great football family. We want this event to be ... Read More »

Global economy is healthy but growth will slow: World Bank

The anti-poverty agency predicts global growth will decelerate slightly from a solid 3.1 per cent this year to 3 per cent next year and 2.9 per cent in 2020. The world economy is generally healthy but must contend with rising interest rates in wealthier countries and weaker demand for commodities ... Read More »

Russia 2018: Germany prepares for World Cup defence

Currently, Germany is ranked number one in the FIFA World football rankings. Coach Joachim Low has been associated with the German national team since 2006 and has been the longest serving national team coach in Europe. Germany have set their sights firmly on a title defence with Low saying they ... Read More »

Get, set, cycle! It’s World Bicycle Day tomorrow

A bicycle serves as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, healthcare and sport. The UN says the synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the ... Read More »

Get, set, cycle! It’s World Bicycle Day today

A bicycle serves as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, healthcare and sport. The UN says the synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the ... Read More »

West Indies too strong for World XI in charity match

Lewis struck 58 off 26 balls, including five sixes and as many fours in a West Indies’ total of 199 for four with Marlon Samuels contributing 43 and Denesh Ramdin 44 not out. Badree then took two wickets in his first two overs for the reigning World Twenty20 champions before ... Read More »

World No Tobacco Day is being observed today

Global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, of which around 9 lakh are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Tobacco is a preventable cause of severe illnesses. Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the ... Read More »

Soccer fever grips Peru for World Cup sendoff against Scotland

Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport yet the national team has failed to qualify in nearly four decades against regional heavyweights such as Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Their preparations for the FIFA tournament so far have been plagued by drama with their captain Paolo Guerrero to be barred from the ... Read More »