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#World Cup

# world-cup-2 - Sunday 7 July, 2019

Rapinoe wins World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot

The 34-year-old may have played her last game in the competition.

# world-cup-2 - Friday 28 June, 2019

Rapinoe knocks out hosts and fires USA into World Cup semi-finals

They will now meet England in the competition’s last four.

# world-cup-2 - Wednesday 26 September, 2018

German coach Loew blocked from meeting Ozil at Arsenal training - report

Ozil retired from international duty in July, citing ‘disrespect and racism’ within the German Football Association.

# world-cup-2 - Wednesday 27 June, 2018

'I'm fine' - Argentina legend Maradona allays health fears after requiring medical assistance

The 1986 World Cup winner was in attendance as the Albiceleste edged out Nigeria in dramatic fashion on Tuesday to book their place in the last 16

# world-cup-2 - Thursday 14 June, 2018

'Some players, it will really affect them when they see their name in the papers'

Ray Parlour believes certain England players will be feeling the pressure at the World Cup in Russia.

# world-cup-2 - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

'Of course I'm interested' - Sven throws hat into the ring for Australia job ahead of World Cup

The experienced Swedish coach is open to guiding the green-and-gold in Russia.

# world-cup-2 - Monday 13 November, 2017

Sweden's ecstatic players gatecrash their TV pundits' analysis Winning This post contains videos

Sweden's ecstatic players gatecrash their TV pundits' analysis

Victor Lindelof says the side’s unshakeable “belief” in their own ability was the key factor.

# world-cup-2 - Sunday 8 October, 2017

Absolutely brilliant bedlam as Costa Rica qualify for World Cup after last-gasp leveller Scenes This post contains videos

Absolutely brilliant bedlam as Costa Rica qualify for World Cup after last-gasp leveller

As always, the local TV coverage is well worth a watch.

Uefa qualifying is down to the wire but things in South America are just as captivating

With one round of games remaining, six teams are still in contention for four spots.

# world-cup-2 - Wednesday 6 September, 2017

Lionel Messi may not be at next year's World Cup, as Argentina's qualification hopes suffer blow Setback This post contains videos

Lionel Messi may not be at next year's World Cup, as Argentina's qualification hopes suffer blow

Chile, meanwhile, are also facing an uphill fight to qualify.

# world-cup-2 - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Incredible! War-torn Syria qualify for World Cup play-offs after last-gasp equaliser What A Story This post contains videos

Incredible! War-torn Syria qualify for World Cup play-offs after last-gasp equaliser

Omar Al Soma is forever guaranteed national hero status.

# world-cup-2 - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Video refereeing will be used at next year's World Cup for the first time

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has confirmed the news today.

# world-cup-2 - Friday 3 March, 2017

World Cup-winning star leaves Stuttgart after city centre fight

The club have parted company with Kevin Grosskreutz after an altercation that left him needing hospital treatment.

# world-cup-2 - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

How will it impact Ireland and more talking points from the 48-team World Cup decision

The new format will see an increase from 64 to 80 games.

# world-cup-2 - Friday 12 February, 2016

Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man gets 12-year football ban

The 54-year-old Frenchman had previously denied any wrongdoing.

# world-cup-2 - Thursday 3 December, 2015

Is the World Cup about to get a major makeover?

A proposal to increase the tournament to 40 teams will be discussed later today.

# world-cup-2 - Tuesday 27 October, 2015

A Liverpool cult hero has just landed himself an international management job

Rigobert Song will take charge of African country Chad.

# world-cup-2 - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

One of the greatest ever footballers looks set to be banned by Fifa amid internal chaos

Franz Beckenbauer is at the centre of controversy this time.

# world-cup-2 - Saturday 4 July, 2015

One of the greatest World Cup goals ever is 17 years old today

The moment of genius secured a last-gasp 2-1 victory and sent the Dutch team into the semi-finals.

# world-cup-2 - Thursday 28 May, 2015

Now's probably a good time to remind you of this epic takedown of Fifa

John Oliver touched on nearly every contemporary criticism of the organisation.

# world-cup-2 - Tuesday 17 March, 2015

'World's worst team' one step closer to World Cup qualification

Bhutan’s journey continued on Tuesday as they moved past Sri Lanka 3-1 on aggregate.

# world-cup-2 - Friday 13 March, 2015

Rivals weep as Joachim Loew signs new German contract

And the 55 year-old is gunning for another World Cup too.

# world-cup-2 - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

2014 was a big year for sport, and here were the most watched events on Irish television

BOD’s farewell reigned supreme in the ratings.

# world-cup-2 - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

How well do you remember the 2014 World Cup?

Are you a genuine expert or is your knowledge about as reliable as USA Soccer Guy’s.

# world-cup-2 - Sunday 21 December, 2014

'He was 'f**king dreading it' - My 2014 sporting moment

Don’t ever change, Eamon.

# world-cup-2 - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

'He got screwed by the French press' - Manu Petit on Henry's infamous moment

The former player also suggests it might be better if France was “overrun by the Germans”.

# world-cup-2 - Monday 6 October, 2014

13 years ago today, David Beckham delivered for England with this cracking free kick

13 years ago today, David Beckham delivered for England with this cracking free kick

Becks has probably never struck a ball sweeter than this, and that is saying something.

# world-cup-2 - Sunday 28 September, 2014

Can you help this Irish team to compete against Cafu and co at the World Cup in Brazil?

The Ireland 7s team are hoping to compete on world stage at the end of the year.

# world-cup-2 - Friday 26 September, 2014

FIFA president Blatter to stand for fifth term, says luxury watches are a 'non-problem'

The 78-year-old has been FIFA’s leader since 1998, but has faced growing criticism from European football chiefs.

# world-cup-2 - Friday 1 August, 2014

Pique: Van Gaal said I wasn't 'tough enough' to be a centre back

The Barcelona player also claimed he is not one of the best defenders in the world on current form.

'The end of an era': Where did it all go wrong for Spain at the World Cup?

Gaizka Mendieta and Guillem Balague give their thoughts on the Spanish team’s failure one month on.

# world-cup-2 - Thursday 31 July, 2014

Twitter reacts as Richard Dunne retires from international football

The site was full of praise for the Irish defender, and particularly his famous Moscow display.

Richard Dunne announces his retirement from Ireland duty

The player earned 80 caps for his country, scoring eight goals in the process.

# world-cup-2 - Monday 28 July, 2014

Guillem Balague on why Lionel Messi had a disappointing World Cup final

The Spanish football expert also played down criticism of FIFA’s decision to give the Golden Ball to the Barca star.

# world-cup-2 - Sunday 27 July, 2014

2018 World Cup should not be held in Russia - UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg

In the aftermath of the the airplane crash in Ukraine, the politician claims the host nation should be changed.

# world-cup-2 - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Neymar's brain activity while playing less than 10% the level of amateur footballers

The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

# world-cup-2 - Sunday 20 July, 2014

Michael Darragh Macauley sends celebratory tweet to Rihanna after Dubs down Meath

The Dublin footballer urged the singer to “call” him.

James Rodriguez will join Real Madrid for €80 million, according to Spanish media

It is believed the Colombian star is already on his way to Spain to finalise the deal.

'Dreams of Andrea Pirlo and the day my World Cup sticker-collecting hopes ended'

639 spaces to fill, 30 days to complete the album and one person to undertake the task. They said it was impossible. They were right.

6 lessons learned from the 2014 World Cup

Lionel Messi doesn’t need to prove his greatness, football must address its concussion problem and more.

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