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SPECIAL: RUSSIA 2018

France win their second FIFA World Cup title

France have won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after defeating Croatia 4-2 in a thoroughly entertaining Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday in what was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament. Despite Croatia having the majority of possession in the opening stages, France took the lead in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Antoine Griezmann’s lofted free kick …

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An African team will win the World Cup, predicts Senegal coach

 Aliou Cisse has said he’s optimistic of Africa’s chances at winning the ultimate prize in football despite the dismal performance of the continent at this year’s tournament in Russia. Aliou Cisse, who is the only Black coach at the ongoing World Cup, led Senegal to an unsuccessful outing in Russia. “I’m certain that one day an African team, an African …

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Russia 2018: ‘This is one of the best World Cups I have been to’ – Tunisia coach

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul, speaking after his side lost 2-1 to England at Volgograd Arena thanks to two Harry Kane goals, has said that Russia 2018 is one of the best tournaments he has attended. Referencing previous World Cups in 2002 and 2006, Maaloul said that the facilities and infrastructure of the 2018 edition made it “one of the best” he had …

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Super Eagles united and ready for Iceland, says Mikel Obi

Super Eagles’ captain, Mikel John Obi has said that the team is fully committed and are united than ever to give their all for their country when they file out against debutants Iceland in their second Group D match on Saturday. The Eagles’ skipper, who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively at the team’s base in Essentuki, assured Nigerians of their readiness, whilst …

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Interview: German trainer Pfannenstiel talks about Africa’s chances at the World Cup 2018

Africa has not had a good start so far at Russia 2018, with Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt losing their opening games. But the global football festival is just starting off and a lot of surprises are still possible. Our contributing writer Maximilian Lütgens, speaks in an exclusive interview with German trainer Lutz Pfannenstiel, who has worked in Africa as both …

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Africa goes for glory as World Cup kicks off

With the opening match of hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia on 14 June at 17:00 hrs (Central European Summer Time) in Moscow, begins the 21st FIFA World Cup. Among the 32 participating national teams are also 5 African teams. On the second day of the tournament, Egypt (against Uruguay) and Morocco (against Iran) have to win two important points for …

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World Cup: Russia is safe for Blacks, come and see for yourself – Nigerian envoy

The Nigerian ambassador to Russia believes the country is a safe place for Black people, amid Western media’s drive to portray it as a place with rampant racism ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup. “Racism is a very serious issue, it breaks your morale, it breaks your concentration,” Ambassador Steve Davies Ugbah said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday. “When there …

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Leaving Sané out of Germany’s World Cup team makes no sense, says Ballack

Michael Ballack believes there is more going on behind the scenes between Joachim Low and Leroy Aziz Sané than has been said following the Manchester City star’s shock omission from Germany’s World Cup squad. Sané is the son of former German rhythmic gymnast and the 1984 Summer Olympics bronze medalist Regina Weber and former footballer and Senegalese international Souleymane Sané. …

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