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There Are Just 8 Countries With A Legit Shot To Win The World Cup

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Brazil is once again the pre-tournament favorite to win the World Cup, but the gap between them and the field is not as wide as it was in 2014.

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I Won't Change Spain's Winning Ways, Says New Coach Hierro

Pic: ReutersSOCHI, RUSSIA: Fernando Hierro stressed the importance of calm and continuity for Spain on the eve of their World Cup opener with Portugal after he was thrust into the spotlight as their new head coach following the shock departure of Julen Lopetegui.

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Real Madrid Chief Perez Attacks Spain's Decision To Sack Lopetegui

Pic: ReutersMADRID: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Thursday defended the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as coach of the 13-times European champions on the eve of the World Cup which led to the manager being sacked by the Spanish national team.

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Maradona Says Mexico Does Not Deserve To Host World Cup

Pic: ReutersFormer Argentine footballer Diego Maradona said he did not like the decision that Mexico, Canada and the United States will host the 2026 World Cup, decrying the lack of passion in the countries.

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Russia Crush Sorry Saudi Arabia 5-0 In World Cup Opener

Pic: ReutersMOSCOW: Russia launched the World Cup party in spectacular style when they thrashed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament’s opening match on Thursday to give the host nation the lift they desperately needed after a nine-month winless run.

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Toyota Deny Fernando Alonso Favouritism

Toyota have denied they are heading into the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend with a plan to ensure Fernando Alonso wins if possible.

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World Cup 2018: Football Showpiece Set To Begin In Russia

The 2018 Fifa World Cup gets under way on Thursday, when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

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Anthony Martial: Manchester United Forward Wants To Leave, Says Agent

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial wants to leave the club this summer, according to his agent, who said the "time has come" to move on.

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Premier League Fixtures 2018-19: Man City Visit Arsenal On Opening Weekend

Champions Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on the weekend of 11-12 August for their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

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Gundogan, Ozil Urged To Provide Answers On The Pitch Amid Erdogan Photo Row

DFB president Reinhard Grindel has urged Mesut Ozil to give answers on the pitch amid the ongoing row about a photo the Arsenal playmaker and his Germany teammate Ilkay Gundogan had taken with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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