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Salah meeting with Chechen leader raises red flags Salah meeting with Chechen leader raises red flags

Ramzan Kadyrov has been the dominant figure in Chechnya since the 2004 assassination of his father, President Akhmad Kadyrov


Lukaku on target again as Belgium demolishes Costa Rica 4-1 Lukaku on target again as Belgium demolishes Costa Rica 4-1

Belgium also plays Tunisia and England in Group G. England beat Costa Rica 2-0 in another warmup last week


Focus on Neymar as Brazil arrive in Russia Focus on Neymar as Brazil arrive in Russia

Neymar marks his first start in more than three months by scoring in the easy victory in Vienna


Perez replaces Lanzini in Argentina World Cup squad Perez replaces Lanzini in Argentina World Cup squad

Lanzini dropped out of Argentina's World Cup squad on Friday after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee


How the FIFA World Cup favourites are shaping up How the FIFA World Cup favourites are shaping up

The phoney war is over and most of the big guns have arrived in Russia ahead of the start of the World Cup on Thursday


Argentina future depends on World Cup: Messi Argentina future depends on World Cup: Messi

Messi, who will turn 31 during the World Cup, believes Spain, Brazil, Germany, France and Belgium are the leading contenders for the title


Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia as clock ticks down to WC start Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia as clock ticks down to WC start

The Brazilians made the journey with their confidence boosted after Neymar marked his first start in more than three months by scoring in the victory


Neymar scores stunner for Brazil as Ronaldo trains in Russia Neymar scores stunner for Brazil

Neymar's goal was his 55th in a Brazil shirt, allowing him to draw level with Romario on his country's list of all-time leading scorers


Denmark beat Mexico 2-0 in World Cup warm-up match Denmark beat Mexico 2-0 in warm-up match

In another friendly match Spain beat Tunisia by 1-0


Egypt fans pin hopes on injured Salah for World Cup glory Egypt fans pin hopes on injured Salah for World Cup glory

Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season following his move from Roma, is the linchpin of Egyptian hopes in Russia


Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal arrive in Russia for World Cup Ronaldo's Portugal arrive in Russia for World Cup

Ronaldo and his compatriots received a traditional Russian welcome during a bread and salt ceremony upon arrival at their team base camp in Kratovo


Aspas scores late goal, Spain narrowly beat Tunisia Aspas scores late goal, Spain narrowly beat Tunisia

Spain remained undefeated through 20 matches under coach Julen Lopetegui


Neymar due to start Brazil's final World Cup warm-up Neymar due to start Brazil's final World Cup warm-up

Neyamr proves his fitness with an explosive return after injury


Messi no Argentina legend like Maradona yet: Rivaldo Messi no Argentina legend like Maradona yet: Rivaldo

Brazil legend Rivaldo thinks that Lionel Messi will be missing something from his legacy


Colombia blow as defender Fabra limps out of World Cup Colombia blow as defender Fabra limps out of World Cup

Pekerman is due to announce the 27-year-old's replacement "in the next few hours"


Vladimir Putin welcomes teams and supporters to World Cup Vladimir Putin welcomes teams and supporters to World Cup

More than a million fans from around the world are set to arrive in Russia for the eagerly awaited World Cup, in which 32 nations are taking part


Paul Pogba can and can't do everything, says Didier Deschamps Pogba can and can't do everything, says Deschamps

Speaking to France Football, Pogba had said he feels unfairly judged after he was jeered by French fans during the 3-1 victory over Italy a week ago


Sourav Ganguly hopeful of Messi magic Sourav Ganguly hopeful of Messi magic

Messi, 30, is yet to win a major trophy for his country after missing out in the final of the 2014 edition in Brazil


Germany beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in World Cup warmup Germany beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in World Cup warmup

The friendly international will serve as the Germans last preparation match before their first World Cup match against Mexico on June 17


World Cup history: 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998, 1994 World Cup history: 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998, 1994

With the 2018 World Cup kicking off on June 14, AFP Sport takes a look at past finals, here from 2014 to 1994


From Banks to Pele and Ronaldo: A World Cup all-time XI From Banks to Pele and Ronaldo: A World Cup all-time XI

From the goalkeeping heroics of Gordon Banks to Diego Maradona and Pele, AFP Sport selects a team of 11 of the greatest player in World Cup history


Ronaldo's return inspires Portugal past Algeria Ronaldo's return inspires Portugal past Algeria

Portugal strolled to a 3-0 win over Algeria in a World Cup warm-up match in Lisbon on Thursday


Neymar to play vs. Austria; Fred injured in Brazil training Neymar to play vs. Austria; Fred injured in Brazil training

Brazil coach Tite put Neymar in his main formation during training in London and removed midfielder Fernandinho from the starting lineup


England completes World Cup prep by beating Costa Rica 2-0 England beat Costa Rica in final warm-up

The victory has come four years after England drew 0-0 with Costa Rica as it slumped out of the World Cup in the group stage


Poland and Uruguay climb ahead of Russia 2018 Poland and Uruguay climb ahead of Russia 2018

The Ranking makes less pleasant reading for Spain (10th, down 2), who swapped places with the Poles, Tunisia (21, down 7) and the Turks


Anger in Israel after Argentina cancels soccer match Anger in Israel after Argentina cancels soccer match

"We left it behind us. Good health and common sense come first and we think the right thing was not to go," Higuain says


Israeli minister slams Argentina team over football cancellation Israeli minister slams Argentina team over football cancellation

The Israeli embassy in Argentina earlier announced the "suspension" of Saturday's sold-out game


Russia extends winless run against Turkey ahead of World Cup Russia extends winless run against Turkey ahead of World Cup

Russia will go into its home World Cup without a win in seven games after drawing 1-1 with an under-strength Turkey team on Tuesday


Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly after Gaza violence Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly after Gaza violence

Lionel Messi and his team-mates were due to face Israel on Saturday in their final warm-up match before heading to Russia for the World Cup


Iran first World Cup team to arrive in Russia Iran first World Cup team to arrive in Russia

Playing in their fifth finals and ranked 36 by FIFA, Iran begin their campaign against Group B rivals Morocco on June 15 in Nizhny Novgorod


I don't consider myself the best: Messi I don't consider myself the best: Messi

Messi insists that every player is same when he comes to play on the field


FIFA files criminal complaint against secondary ticket firm Viagogo FIFA files criminal complaint against Viagogo

FIFA claims Viagogo wanted to "protect fans" from participating in unauthorised ticket sales during the upcoming World Cup

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