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Soccer - Last week 20th November 2022 - 3rd December 2022

Solid Morocco hold 2018 runners-up Croatia at World Cup
# Stalemate
# Stalemate

Solid Morocco hold 2018 runners-up Croatia at World Cup

Nov 23rd 2022, 12:16 PM 3,147 Views 0 Comments

Morocco produced a spirited display against Croatia, who were led by Luka Modric.

‘I cannot be in a better place’ – Guardiola commits to Man City until 2025
# Pep In Step
# Pep In Step

‘I cannot be in a better place’ – Guardiola commits to Man City until 2025

Nov 23rd 2022, 10:15 AM 2,486 Views 3 Comments

The 51-year-old’s previous deal at the Etihad Stadium had been due to expire at the end of the season.

Fifa open disciplinary case against Ecuador fans over alleged homophobic chanting
# 2022 World Cup
# 2022 World Cup

Fifa open disciplinary case against Ecuador fans over alleged homophobic chanting

Nov 23rd 2022, 9:37 AM 27,823 Views 27 Comments

The disciplinary case follows days after Fifa outlawed the wearing of a rainbow-coloured One Love armband by players.

The story of how Belgium went from no-hopers to world number one
# Fall And Rise
# Fall And Rise

The story of how Belgium went from no-hopers to world number one

Updated Nov 23rd 2022, 8:25 AM 17,302 Views 11 Comments

A look at the history of Belgian football as they prepare for their first World Cup match today.

Injured France defender Lucas Hernandez out of World Cup
# Injury Crisis
# Injury Crisis

Injured France defender Lucas Hernandez out of World Cup

Nov 23rd 2022, 7:57 AM 6,304 Views 2 Comments

Captain Hugo Lloris says country’s injury list is ‘starting to become a big deal’.

Ronaldo only has himself to blame for ignominious Man United departure
# Talking Point
# Talking Point

Ronaldo only has himself to blame for ignominious Man United departure

Nov 23rd 2022, 12:01 AM 8,130 Views 13 Comments

The Red Devils confirmed the star’s departure on Tuesday evening.

Spain star hoping to face brother at World Cup
# Family Matters
# Family Matters

Spain star hoping to face brother at World Cup

Nov 22nd 2022, 11:55 PM 14,032 Views 0 Comments

Nico Williams wants to take his sibling rivalry from local parks to the biggest stage of all.

'Right now I'm not sure I'm part of something that I like' - Danish coach
# Doubt
# Doubt

'Right now I'm not sure I'm part of something that I like' - Danish coach

Nov 22nd 2022, 11:43 PM 10,081 Views 1 Comment

Kasper Hjulmand insisted that the row over the “OneLove” captain’s armband was not an excuse for his team failing to beat Tunisia.

Saudi Arabia declares national holiday after shock win
# Owed To Joy
# Owed To Joy

Saudi Arabia declares national holiday after shock win

Nov 22nd 2022, 11:34 PM 5,860 Views 3 Comments

The move comes in the middle of final exams in the Gulf nation, indicating that they will have to be rescheduled.

Doubts emerge surrounding Harry Kane's World Cup fitness
# Doubts
# Doubts

Doubts emerge surrounding Harry Kane's World Cup fitness

Nov 22nd 2022, 11:25 PM 7,420 Views 4 Comments

The England captain stayed down holding his foot after a foul by Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji.

No signs of the holders' curse as France come from behind to beat Australia
# Kylian In The Name Of
# Kylian In The Name Of

No signs of the holders' curse as France come from behind to beat Australia

Nov 22nd 2022, 9:13 PM 18,855 Views 5 Comments

Kylian Mbappe starred as the defending champions opened with a 4-1 win.

Glazers preparing to put Manchester United up for sale – reports
# Next Move
# Next Move

Glazers preparing to put Manchester United up for sale – reports

Nov 22nd 2022, 8:29 PM 11,900 Views 17 Comments

The owners have been unpopular with supporters ever since they took over at the club with a £790 million leveraged buy-out in 2005.

Ireland international Áine O'Gorman leaves Peamount
# Wave Goodbye
# Wave Goodbye

Ireland international Áine O'Gorman leaves Peamount

Nov 22nd 2022, 6:54 PM 5,836 Views 0 Comments

It brings to an end the Wicklow native’s fourth spell at the club.

Lewandowski's miserable World Cup run continues as penalty miss proves costly
# Woe
# Woe

Lewandowski's miserable World Cup run continues as penalty miss proves costly

Nov 22nd 2022, 6:14 PM 8,997 Views 4 Comments

Guillermo Ochoa was the hero as Mexico held Poland.

Manchester United announce Cristiano Ronaldo exit
# Farewell
# Farewell

Manchester United announce Cristiano Ronaldo exit

Nov 22nd 2022, 5:38 PM 58,324 Views 73 Comments

Ronaldo has left the club with six months left to run on his contract following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

England star Mead facing long-term absence with ruptured ACL
# Beth Mead
# Beth Mead

England star Mead facing long-term absence with ruptured ACL

Nov 22nd 2022, 4:51 PM 3,419 Views 3 Comments

The England forward was injured during Arsenal’s WSL defeat to Manchester United.

Germany examining legal action against Fifa armband stance
# One Love
# One Love

Germany examining legal action against Fifa armband stance

Nov 22nd 2022, 3:46 PM 8,780 Views 10 Comments

Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen says he feels ‘controlled’ and ‘afraid to even say something about this’.

Spirited Tunisia hold Denmark to scoreless draw
# Stalemate
# Stalemate

Spirited Tunisia hold Denmark to scoreless draw

Nov 22nd 2022, 3:22 PM 2,726 Views 0 Comments

Danish talisman Christian Eriksen was shackled by a well-organised defence.

Fifa cite commercial reasons and force Belgium to remove the word 'Love' from jersey
# Kit Clash
# Kit Clash

Fifa cite commercial reasons and force Belgium to remove the word 'Love' from jersey

Updated Nov 22nd 2022, 3:03 PM 35,129 Views 38 Comments

Belgium have been forced into a last-minute alteration ahead of their opening game with Canada.

Pep Guardiola on verge of signing new Manchester City deal – reports
# Pep Talk
# Pep Talk

Pep Guardiola on verge of signing new Manchester City deal – reports

Nov 22nd 2022, 2:00 PM 2,540 Views 3 Comments

The 51-year-old’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium is due to expire at the end of the season.

Saudi Arabia expose another collective Argentina failure in upset for the ages
# A Messi End
# A Messi End

Saudi Arabia expose another collective Argentina failure in upset for the ages

Nov 22nd 2022, 1:04 PM 30,616 Views 30 Comments

Saudi Arabia shocked the world in beating Argentina 2-1 in Qatar today.

Why is there so much stoppage time being played at the World Cup?
# Time Gentlemen Please
# Time Gentlemen Please

Why is there so much stoppage time being played at the World Cup?

Nov 22nd 2022, 12:55 PM 10,735 Views 5 Comments

Referees asked to be ‘very accurate’ in adding an appropriate amount of time at the end of each half.

Keane: 'To dismiss human rights flippantly for a football tournament, it's not right'
# Scathing
# Scathing

Keane: 'To dismiss human rights flippantly for a football tournament, it's not right'

Updated Nov 22nd 2022, 10:33 AM 47,107 Views 51 Comments

The former Republic of Ireland captain stressed on ITV that the World Cup should not be taking place in Qatar.

Cooney on Soccer: Armband shambles and selfie-hunting journalists
# On The Ground
# On The Ground

Cooney on Soccer: Armband shambles and selfie-hunting journalists

Nov 22nd 2022, 10:02 AM 4,864 Views 0 Comments

The first of our newsletters from Qatar.

Van Dijk: I would have loved to play with One Love band, but not at the expense of a card
# Quandary
# Quandary

Van Dijk: I would have loved to play with One Love band, but not at the expense of a card

Nov 22nd 2022, 8:33 AM 8,173 Views 31 Comments

‘There are people who say we don’t have a backbone, but that’s not how it works,’ said the Netherlands captain.

Gay Australian footballer Cavallo 'lost respect' for Fifa
# Qatar World Cup
# Qatar World Cup

Gay Australian footballer Cavallo 'lost respect' for Fifa

Nov 21st 2022, 10:48 PM 10,569 Views 1 Comment

‘All the work my fellow allies and the LGBTQ+ community are doing to make football inclusive, you have shown that football isn’t a place for everyone.’

Thousands of empty seats in opening games at Qatar World Cup
# Doesn't Add Up
# Doesn't Add Up

Thousands of empty seats in opening games at Qatar World Cup

Nov 21st 2022, 10:35 PM 13,868 Views 9 Comments

Around a third of seats appeared unoccupied at the Senegal-Netherlands match.

Gareth Bale's instinct from penalty spot more impressive than on LGBTQ+ rights
# ON THE SPOT
# ON THE SPOT

Gareth Bale's instinct from penalty spot more impressive than on LGBTQ+ rights

Nov 21st 2022, 9:30 PM 43,836 Views 37 Comments

Wales skipper breathes life into country’s World Cup campaign after USA had looked set to get off to winning start.

Bale earns Wales a point in opening draw with United States
# Report
# Report

Bale earns Wales a point in opening draw with United States

Nov 21st 2022, 9:22 PM 3,052 Views 1 Comment

The Dragons captain slammed home his 41st Wales goal from the penalty spot.

'I think it was a big mistake' - Roy Keane criticises decision to scrap One Love armbands
# Stance
# Stance

'I think it was a big mistake' - Roy Keane criticises decision to scrap One Love armbands

Updated Nov 21st 2022, 8:20 PM 15,452 Views 13 Comments

Speaking to ITV ahead of the Wales v USA game, the former Ireland captain insisted players should have “stuck to their guns.”

The Football Family: Should Harry Kane have worn the One Love armband?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Football Family: Should Harry Kane have worn the One Love armband?

Nov 21st 2022, 7:05 PM 1,384 Views 0 Comments

Today’s episode of the Football Family is out now.

As it happened: USA v Wales, World Cup
Live Nov 21st 2022, 6:33 PM

As it happened: USA v Wales, World Cup

Cody Gakpo rises to the occasion to help the Netherlands seize control of Group A
# Dutch Gold
# Dutch Gold

Cody Gakpo rises to the occasion to help the Netherlands seize control of Group A

Nov 21st 2022, 6:33 PM 5,832 Views 0 Comments

Davy Klaassen scored in the dying seconds as Louis van Gaal’s side beat Senegal 2-0.

Manager Queiroz says protesting Iran fans 'should stay at home'
# Reaction
# Reaction

Manager Queiroz says protesting Iran fans 'should stay at home'

Nov 21st 2022, 6:00 PM 14,283 Views 4 Comments

Iran fans jeered during the national anthem ahead of today’s defeat to England, which the manager took as an attack on his players.

As it happened: England v Iran, World Cup
Live Nov 21st 2022, 3:50 PM

As it happened: England v Iran, World Cup

Allowing Iran keeper to play on after head injury an ‘utter disgrace’
# Player Welfare
# Player Welfare

Allowing Iran keeper to play on after head injury an ‘utter disgrace’

Nov 21st 2022, 3:42 PM 7,785 Views 0 Comments

Beiranvand collided with team-mate Majid Hosseini during Iran’s World Cup opener against England.

Praise for Irish duo as Connolly returns from injury and Atkinson bags late winner
# Reaction
# Reaction

Praise for Irish duo as Connolly returns from injury and Atkinson bags late winner

Nov 21st 2022, 3:30 PM 2,728 Views 0 Comments

The pair made their mark in the Women’s Super League yesterday.

England show World Cup credentials in game to be remembered for Iran's brave protest
# Political Football
# Political Football

England show World Cup credentials in game to be remembered for Iran's brave protest

Nov 21st 2022, 3:22 PM 34,717 Views 18 Comments

The Iranian players refused to sing their national anthem in a 6-2 loss to England in Qatar.

Saka and Bellingham sparkle as England crush Iran
# Dominant
# Dominant

Saka and Bellingham sparkle as England crush Iran

Nov 21st 2022, 3:14 PM 5,885 Views 7 Comments

Gareth Southgate’s side have been touted as one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Iran team do not sing national anthem before first World Cup game
# Protest
# Protest

Iran team do not sing national anthem before first World Cup game

Updated Nov 21st 2022, 2:20 PM 37,887 Views 14 Comments

Iranian players did not sing the anthem in support of anti-government protesters in their country.