Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index World Cup Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement World Cup 2018 Supported by ByRory Smith July 13, 2018 MOSCOW — Some time around France’s virtuoso victory against Argentina and Belgium’s breathtaking comeback against Japan, the planet seemed to come to a decision. Russia 2018, it was universally decided, had not just been a good World Cup, and not just a great World Cup. It had, in fact, been the best World Cup. That assessment may not last, of course: once we have all had a chance to reflect, it may not quite live up to the standards of the 1982 tournament, most people’s market leader whenever this conversation arises. Regardless of its exact place in the hierarchy, the effusive discussion itself will be of considerable relief to FIFA, which hitched its fortunes to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, for better or for worse. When … [Read more...] about Was Russia 2018 the Greatest of All World Cups?
Sports FIFA 2018 World Cup The U.S. might not be represented at the 2018 World Cup, but there are plenty of MLS connections among the 32 teams competing in the tournament. Having reached the round of 16 in the last two World Cups, the USMNT failed to qualify for the final stage of the World Cup for the first time since the competition was held in Mexico in 1986. Despite the absence of the national team, however, there are 19 MLS players in Russia, which means the league falls just short of making the top 10 best-represented leagues at the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, CONCACAF teams boast the largest MLS contingents. Costa Rica has six MLS players in its squad, while Panama and Mexico have five and three respectively. Here Newsweek runs through the familiar faces to U.S. soccer fans. Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: 50 of the Biggest Stadiums in the World 51 In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World 32 World's Most Valuable Sports Teams … [Read more...] about Russia 2018: Every MLS Player at the World Cup
click to enlarge Soccer fan and writer Stephen Rea. The U.S. is not among the 32 nations participating in the the FIFA World Cup, which begins June 14 when host nation Russia faces Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is missing the tournament for first time since 1990. Its elimination on Oct. 10, 2017 was a shocking disappointment for many U.S. fans. But it was a big letdown for Stephen Rea, a local writer and native of Northern Ireland. He had almost finished a book that was supposed to be an American soccer fan’s companion guide to the cup when a loss to Trinidad & Tobago, then ranked 99th in the world, eliminated the U.S.A. from the tournament. “I was in Northern Ireland when it happened,” Rea says. “It took a catalog of events to converge (for the U.S. finally to be eliminated). As the night went on, I could sense it was happening. I was following it on my phone at 2-3 in morning.” Rea overhauled the project, and his World Cup Fever (Skyhorse … [Read more...] about Stephen Rea releases World Cup book and covers Russia 2018 competition
Sports FIFA 2018 World Cup The wait is finally over. The moment soccer fans across the world have been waiting for over the last four years is here. The 2018 World Cup begins tomorrow, when Russia host Saudi Arabia in the opening game. The tournament's first big game sees Portugal play Spain on June 15, while Lionel Messi makes his 2018 World Cup debut a day later and Brazil and defending champions Germany begin their campaigns on June 17. All 64 games will be broadcasted across Fox Sports and Telemundo platforms, in English and Spanish. To ensure you don’t miss any of the action, Newsweek has compiled a day-by-day World Cup guide. All times are EDT. Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: 50 of the Biggest Stadiums in the World 51 In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World 32 World's Most Valuable Sports Teams The FIFA World Cup Trophy is seen during a welcoming ceremony upon its arrival in Moscow, on June 3. The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on … [Read more...] about Russia 2018: World Cup Schedule in Full
By Nugesse Ghebrendrias and Jorge Rodriguez Countdown to Russia 2018: Team and Player breakdown The 2018 World Cup is less than 100 days away and with it comes a multitude of storylines. Will Lionel Messi finally win his first World Cup, what about Cristiano Ronaldo? More importantly, will the powerful team of Germans conquer the world again? My colleague Jorge Rodriguez and I put together a comprehensive breakdown of the June spectacle being held in Russia. From the top 100 players, to the team rankings and predictions, to some of the players/teams that won’t be in attendance – like the U.S for instance – we’ll give fans the proper knowledge heading into the tournament. If you aren’t a soccer fan – I hate saying soccer but the confusion warrants it – just know over three billion people watched the tournament in 2014 and over one million watched the final match. Give it a try, you never know what team you will fall for. (Keep in mind that … [Read more...] about Countdown to Russia 2018: team and player breakdown