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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 trophy to reach Pakistan on Thursday

1397/7/9 | 01:46
he trophy of ICC World Cup 2019, which is on world tour will reach Lahore on Thursday and will remain in Pakistan for eight days. In first phase, the trophy will be taken to Qaddafi Stadium Lahore where unveiling ceremony will be held. Later, ICC Trophy will be taken to Islamabad and Karachi. ...

Putin presents Trump World Cup football made in Pakistan

1397/4/27 | 01:46
Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his American counterpart Trump with a World Cup football, manufactured by Pakistan, a day after attending the final of the much-praised tournament in Moscow. Throwing it to his wife, Trump said he was happy to pass the ball on to his 12-year-old son Barron. The official match ball of the FIFA World Cup 2018, Adidas Telstar 18, was produced in Sialkot. The gesture by the Russian president was made to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with the American leader on Monday. Trump had congratulated ...

Two contentious decisions see Croatia crumble when it mattered most

1397/4/26 | 01:46
  At the end of it all, after a month of football madness, after 64 matches and 169 goals in Russia, the talking point remained — should the 164th and 166th goals of the World Cup stand? Were the decisions that led to those goals correct?   Video Assistant Referee (VAR) became the focus of debate. Why did referee Nestor Pitana not use it for the free-kick that led to the opening goal for France? How could he decide, after watching the replays several times of the pitch-side monitor, that Ivan Perisic had deliberately handled the ...

France snatch World Cup glory from Croatia to win second title

1397/4/24 | 01:46
  France become new world champions after an epic final that has featured a series of firsts including an own goal and a penalty awarded after a video review.   They will lift their first World Cup trophy since 1998.France coach Didier Deschamps was thrown into the air in a celebration by his players after becoming just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. Deschamps was captain of the France squad that won the World Cup on home soil in 1998. Earlier, Paul Pogba gave France a 3-1 lead over Croatia in ...

Belgium claim 3rd spot at World Cup 2018, beat England 2-0

1397/4/23 | 01:46
  Belgium earned its highest World Cup finish on Saturday by beating England 2-0 in the third-place match. Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored a goal each for the Belgians, who lost to France in the semifinals on Tuesday. Both teams were playing for the seventh time in 26 days, but Belgium entered the match with an extra day of rest. Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd. Toby Alderweireld denied ...

World Cup final odds, lines: France the favorite to win it all over Croatia on Sunday

1397/4/22 | 01:46
The big match is set. On Sunday in the 2018 World Cup final, it will be France vs. Croatia for the biggest prize in the game.   It's the talented France team that has put all of the talent together and improved in the group stage against a Croatia team whose veterans have stepped up big to pull off a surprising run to the final. When all is said and done, we will see France win their second title or possibly Croatia win its first ever in what's been a World Cup full of surprises. But who is the betting favorite? According to Westgate ...

Croatia heads to its first World Cup final after beating England 2-1

1397/4/21 | 01:46
  Croatia has cruised to the finals after beating England 2-1 on Wednesday as Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal sent them into their first World Cup final and sparked celebrations across the Balkan nation. England had looked on course for their first final since 1966 as they led through Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute free kick and totally dominated the opening half. But Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, leveled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more dangerous side. It stayed level at 90 minutes, meaning ...

France reach World Cup final as Belgium's golden generation falls short again

1397/4/20 | 01:46
Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament. Again. With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in fantastic form creating chances for themselves and Romelu Lukaku up front, Vincent Kompany fit again at the heart of the defence and Thibaut Courtois standing tall in goal, these Red Devils racked up more goals than any other team in the World Cup. Through five matches, it looked as if they could finally deliver on their promise. But with their King Philippe watching from the stands, there was to be no coronation. After reaching ...

France v Belgium: World Cup semi-final, European battle of world stars

1397/4/19 | 01:46
  uesday's World Cup semi-final pits 1998 winners France against the 'golden generation' from neighbours Belgium. Both teams were among the pre-tournament favourites, but only one can reach Sunday's final in Moscow. Victory would set up a showpiece against Croatia or England - who meet on Wednesday - but who will progress? BBC Sport takes a look at a fascinating battle both on and off the pitch. In players such as Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, these sides boast some of ...

Croatia beats Russia on penalties to reach World Cup semis

1397/4/17 | 01:46
Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in a shoot-out after a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semi-final against England. Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia's dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi. Croatia, for whom Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida had earlier found the net, advance to their first World Cup semi-final ...

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1, will play France in World Cup semifinal

1397/4/16 | 01:46
Belgium has beaten Brazil 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the World Cup for just the second time. The Belgians led 2-0 at halftime and withstood late pressure from the five-time champions after Renato Augusto cut the margin with a header in the 76th minute. A Fernandinho own goal and a perfectly executed finish from Kevin De Bruyne gave Belgium a 2-0 lead over Brazil at halftime in the World Cup quarterfinal match at Kazan. Belgium took the lead in the 13thminute after a Belgium corner from Nacer Chadli was met at the near post by Vincent Kompany ...

UK sticks to World Cup boycott amid new nerve agent storm

1397/4/15 | 01:46
Britain´s diplomatic boycott of the World Cup in Russia over a nerve agent attack in southwest England is back in the spotlight after a new case of exposure to the same poison in the same area. Even as the team advances in the competition and ahead of the quarter-final showdown against Sweden on Saturday, the VIP stands have lacked the usual smattering of royals and ministers. Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this year announced the boycott after blaming Russia for the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his ...

Messi vs Ronaldo: The showdown is near

1397/4/9 | 01:46
  IT’S A longstanding, never-ending debate: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, above all, who do you rate? At tournaments like the World Cup, the height of that discussion only exacerbates; each performance, each game and each goal by either of the two lead to instant comparisons and a lot for others to deliberate. Fortunately, though, the football showpiece in Russia is now offering a chance to end that enduring debate about which of the two is the best player of their generation. Ronaldo’s Portugal and Messi’s Argentina are just ...

Iran best team in Asia: Spain coach Fernando Santos

1397/4/4 | 01:46
Portugal coach Fernando Santos has dismissed the suggestion that his team relied too much on Cristiano Ronaldo and said they worked hard to function as a unit as they prepared to face Iran in their decisive World Cup Group B match on Monday. Santos also played down the notion that the European champions would coast to a win against the Middle Eastern side. Portugal and Spain, who take on already-ousted Morocco, are on four points and need a draw from their respective matches to guarantee progress. But a tenacious and ambitious Iran, masterminded ...

Croatia crushes Argentina 3-0 to reach knockout stage

1397/4/1 | 01:46
Classy Croatia handed Argentina a 3-0 drubbing to claim a place in the World Cup knockout stage thanks to goals by Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday. Rebic seized on a gaffe by keeper Willy Caballero to open the way to victory for the Balkan side before a superb strike from outside the area by captain Modric 10 minutes from time with Rakitic putting the icing on the cake in added time. Twice champions Argentina face a struggle to reach the last 16 even with Lionel Messi in their ranks after taking ...

Saudi World Cup team´s plane suffers mystery engine fire

1397/3/29 | 01:46
The plane carrying Saudi Arabia´s World Cup team suffered a fire in one of its engines as the players flew to Rostov-on-Don for their next match, the Saudi football federation said Monday. The aircraft landed safely after what one of the Saudi players called a "simple malfunction". "It was a small fire in one of the engines, the right engine, but the plane landed safely," association president Ahmad Al Harbi told Saudi sports TV channel KSA. One of the Saudi players, Hatan Bahbir, said in a video on the federation´s Twitter account: "We ...

World Cup 2018: Mexico upset defending champs Germany 1-0

1397/3/28 | 01:46
Mexico on Sunday caused arguably the biggest upset of World Cup 2018 so far when they beat Germany 1-0 in an absorbing contest thanks to a superbly-taken first-half goal from Hirving Lozano at the Luzhnki Stadium in Russia. Less than a year ago, Germany and Mexico met in Russia. That night at the Fischt Stadium in Sochi, the Germans ran out 4-1 winners to reach the final of the Confederations Cup — a tournament they later won. Germany coach Joachim Loew had taken a ‘B’ side to the tournament, which was considered a dress rehearsal for ...

Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

1397/3/25 | 01:46
Spain and Portugal clash on Friday in an early highlight of the World Cup in Russia as the Spanish camp insist they are united despite this week’s extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui. Egyptian fans, meanwhile, will hold their breath to see if prolific Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah really has recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final as the Pharaohs take on Uruguay. But after host nation Russia’s rousing 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener, the highlight of the day will be Spain’s ...

Saudi Arabia ruined Morocco's World Cup bid, Moroccans say

1397/3/24 | 01:46
Moroccans believe it was Saudi Arabia that ruined the North African country’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Local press in Morocco said on Wednesday that it was Saudi Arabia that “led an all-out campaign” in favor of an opposite bid to host the 2026 World Cup by the United States, Canada and Mexico. The joint North American bid won 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco, at a FIFA Congress in Moscow earlier in the day to gain the rights for hosting the prestigious football tournament in 2026. Moroccan officials said Saudi Arabia, a ...

Is a drone attack possible on Football World Cup?

1397/3/1 | 01:46
Russia will reportedly deploy jamming devices used in Syria and the war in Ukraine to defend World Cup stadiums against a drone attack. The threat of terror has been a prime concern for organisers of the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece. Russia has been hit by a string of suicide bombings since winning the right to host the world's most watched event in 2010. Some have been blamed on militants from the north Caucasus with ties to the Islamic State group in Syria. Russia's military bases in the war-ravaged Middle East nation have also ...

Qatar to lose right to host World Cup: Saudi minister

1396/12/7 | 01:46
    Saudi Arabia’s sports minister has suggested that Qatar could be stripped of its right to host 2022 World Cup. Tweeting on Saturday, Turki Al Sheikh proposed that either the United Kingdom or the United States host the event. “I would extremely enjoy watching the World Cup if hosted in England or the USA,” he said. “If found guilty of any ethical violations, the Qatari government must accept the consequences of their actions,” he added, referring to an announcement by FIFA, which is expected to come in September, ...

Egypt likely to be removed from the 2018 World Cup

1396/8/6 | 01:46
  The head of the World Federation of Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, stated that he could reconsider the presence of the Egyptian national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia due to the statement by the foreign minister of this country.   Infantino said the speech of the Egyptian Foreign Minister was a clear disrespect to FIFA and its members, and a clear intervention by a political officer in football. The head of the international football federation said that the FIFA should hold a meeting and examine the interventions ...

Syria holds Iran to 2-2 draw in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match

1396/6/15 | 01:46
The Iranian men's national team has been held to a draw against Syria but succeeded to remain top of its group in the third round of the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualification tournament. On Tuesday evening, Team Melli started its Group A match at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in a fine manner, and attacking 31-year-old professional footballer Ashkan Dejagah made an early attempt to run at the Syrian goal; however, the temptation to play the ball in haste forced him to give ball away. In ...

Soccer-War-torn Syria on verge of World Cup fairytale

1396/6/12 | 01:46
Against all odds, Syria’s footballers have overcome more than six years of civil war and internal political rifts to raise hopes of qualifying for their first ever World Cup. Forced to play their home games away due to security concerns, Ayman Hakeem’s Syria have embarrassed a succession of better-resourced opponents to sit third in Group A of Asian qualifying, behind leaders Iran and South Korea. An unlikely win away to Iran on Tuesday coupled with defeat for South Korea by Uzbekistan in the final round would give Syria second spot ...

FIFA refuses to punish Saudi players over London attacks snub

1396/3/20 | 01:46
FIFA has refused to punish the Saudi Arabia men’s national football team after they snubbed a minute’s silence in memory of the London terrorist attack victims before a World Cup qualifier against Australia. Eight people – including two Australian nationals – were killed and more than 50 injured when a group of three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then began stabbing revelers in London’s busy Borough Market area on June 3, before being shot dead by police marksmen. On Thursday, Australia met Saudi Arabia ...

Seeking help for World Cup:  Would Pakistan sent its army on rent?

1395/12/22 | 01:46
  Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on an official visit to Qatar met country's Prime Minister, Sheikh Abdullah binNasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Prime Minister of Qatar acknowledged Pakistan's contributions towards development and growth of Qatar. He also hailed Pakistan Army's contributions towards regional peace. Further strengthening of bilateral ties will serve Pakistan’sinterests but the idea of providing troops to secure the FIFA 2022 is problematic at best. Before Pakistan considers Qatar’s ...

An early ouster: Pakistan team’s poor performance unveil internal rifts

1395/1/7 | 01:46
 Pakistan was defeated by Australia in the all-important World Cup encounter by 21 runs and sent Pakistan packing home. Pakistan had to win this game in order to keep theri hopes in this tournament alive but was defeated by the Kangaroos and will now be going home as their campaign is already over. Australia has just one game to go in this tournament now; against India. It is a must-win game for Australia while India might get through even if they lose by a close margin. As for Pakistan, their campaign is over; while their captain Shahid Afridi ...

Worker Laws: Would it bring betterment in worker’s conditions?

1394/7/12 | 01:46
Things are looking up for the millions of expats workings in the United Arab Emirates following the announcement of serious labor reforms. Coming into effect Jan. 1, the reforms intend to improve transparency of job terms and employment contracts, specify how contracts can legally be terminated and make it easier for workers to change employers.Nicholas McGeehan, a UAE researcher at Human Rights Watch, said the reforms are “a huge improvement and something we would fully support and applaud,” according to Arabian Business. However, McGeehan ...

Mixing politics with sports:  Indo-Pak cricket series in doldrums

1394/7/2 | 01:46
  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan fears chances of a series against India in December are slim as the Indian board is still waiting to get clearance from its government. The PCB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India signed an MoU last year to play six series between 2015-2023 with Pakistan hosting India for Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s in the UAE in December.The issue has been raised thrice with BCCI officials during various meetings of ICC since he took over the charge of PCB chairman in last September, according ...

Pakistan's test series win: A healthy sign for falling cricket passion

1394/4/18 | 01:46
 The Test series win against Sri Lanka comes at an important time for the national outfit. Prior to this, the last that the team remembers of truly good times must be before the World Cup.The win was due, ultimately, to the combination of new talent and the veteran. This not just symbolised continuity but also reconfirmed the merits of perseverance. After the game, Younis Khan praised the effort of Shan Masood, his partner, in the all-important 242-run alliance in the chase for the 377-run target.This was the highest total ever chased by Pakistan, ...

Zaheer Abbas named as new ICC president

1394/4/4 | 01:46
SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-ICC has named Pakistan’s ex-captain Zaheer Abbas as its next President for a year. Zaheer began his one-year term and thanked the ICC Board and the Full Council for confirming his nomination. He said: “I feel truly honoured and humbled to be appointed as the President of the governing body of our great game. Zaheer, 67, played 78 Tests and 62 ODIs from 1969 to 1985 in which he scored 5,062 and 2,572 runs, respectively. He also played in the 1975, 1979 and 1983 ICC Cricket World Cups and captained Pakistan ...