Iran threatened families of the World Cup soccer team, according to a security source

CNN — The families of Iran’s World Cup soccer team have been threatened with jail and torture if the players fail to “behave” ahead of Tuesday’s game against the US, a source involved in the security of the games said. Following the refusal of Iranian players to sing the country’s national anthem in their opening … Read more

Germany looks set to recover from a shock defeat and rekindle World Cup hopes against dangerous Spain

CNN — If Germany wants to avoid the embarrassment of successively exiting the World Cup group stages, they will need to score a positive result against a Spanish side that looked like the most dangerous team in the tournament after the first round. Finishing last in the group at Russia 2018, a tournament Germany entered … Read more

Iran beat Wales 10-man to keep World Cup qualification hopes alive

CNN — Two late goals gave Iran a sensational 2-0 win against Wales to maintain its hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the World Cup. Rouzbeh Cheshmi struck from range to brilliantly give Iran the lead in the 98th minute, while Ramin Rezaeian sealed victory in the 101st minute to secure Iran’s first … Read more

England vs USA: USMNT take on England in potentially decisive World Cup encounter

CNN — After a frustrating 1-1 draw against Wales, this World Cup is not getting any easier for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). A promising first-half performance and a well-taken goal from Timothy Weah were canceled out by Gareth Bale’s late penalty on Monday as the youthful USMNT team were denied victory at … Read more

Germany vs. Japan: German players cover their mouths in protest against FIFA crackdown on freedom of expression in ‘OneLove’ bracelet series

CNN — It was a moment so brief that the thousands of fans at Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday could easily have missed it. But a moment, the time it took the photographers to get a shot for Germany’s World Cup team, was all it took for the four-time winners to send a message to … Read more

Groups E and F kick off with Belgium, Germany and Spain in action

CNN — Some of football’s biggest names – most notably Croatia’s Luka Modrić and Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne – begin their World Cup campaigns on Wednesday, as the decades-long wait is all but over for Canadian fans as their team takes its first bow in the tournament. 36 years. We’ve already seen some of the … Read more

We now know what Budweiser will do with the beer it cannot sell at the World Cup

New York CNN affairs — Qatar’s last-minute decision to ban alcohol from World Cup stadiums has left Budweiser with a lot of beer. The company has an innovative solution to relieve it. Budweiser ships the unsold Buds to the country that wins the tournament, the The company reports this in a tweet. The company confirmed … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo defends timing of controversial interview, says Portugal team ‘will not shake’

CNN — Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has defended the timing of his interview with Piers Morgan. “In my life, the best timing is always my timing,” Ronaldo said at the press conference. “I don’t have to think about what other people think. I speak when I want. The players have known me very well for … Read more

England’s Harry Kane and several other European captains told not to wear a ‘OneLove’ bracelet during the World Cup

CNN — The captains of several European teams will not wear “OneLove” armbands at the World Cup in Qatar due to the risk of receiving yellow cards. England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Wales would participate in the “OneLove” campaign to promote inclusion and combat discrimination. But those countries’ associations said in a … Read more

Gianni Infantino launches explosive diatribe against Western critics on the eve of the World Cup

Doha, Qatar CNN — On the eve of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino launched into a tirade against Western critics of the controversial tournament in an explosive hour-long monologue. Infantino, the boss of world football’s governing body, looked glum as he addressed hundreds of journalists in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. … Read more