Capital Sports

  • Capital Sports: Spain face World Cup date with destiny against Iran
    Spain celebrate a goal in their opening World Cup match against Portugal © AFP / Nelson Almeida KAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 19 – Spanish playmaker Isco says Wednesday’s match against Iran will determine their World Cup destiny as they seek to register their first win in Russia following a...
  • Capital Sports: Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup
    Moscow’s World Cup fan zone, built on the doorstep of the city’s iconic main university, has become a “flirt zone,” joked the free Russian paper Metro © AFP/File / Maxim ZMEYEV MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 19 – During an afternoon at a Moscow park, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is counting not...
  • Capital Sports: Three things we learned today at the World Cup
    Captain Kane to the rescue: Harry Kane scored twice in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia © AFP / Mark RALSTON SAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – England and Belgium got their World Cup campaigns off to winning starts as the Video Assistant Referee system proved its worth to help Sweden...
  • Capital Sports: Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side W. Cup screenings
    A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp © AFP / Delil SOULEIMAN AIN ISSA, Syrian Arab Republic, Jun 19 – At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some of the world’s best footballers play on the side of a...
  • Capital Sports: All eyes on Salah as World Cup hosts take on Egypt
    Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (C) missed his team’s defeat to Uruguay as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury sustained during last month’s Champions League Final © AFP / KARIM JAAFAR SAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 19 – World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely...
  • Capital Sports: Ronaldo seeks encore against ‘battle-hardened’ Morocco
    Cristiano Ronaldo doubled his number of World Cup goals with a hat-trick against Spain © AFP / Francisco LEONG MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 19 – Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a...
  • Capital Sports: Martinez delighted with Belgian start
    Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring against Panama © AFP / Adrian DENNIS SOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Belgium coach Roberto Martinez hailed his side’s attitude after they overcame a difficult first half to beat Panama 3-0 in their opening World Cup game on Monday. A superb Dries Mertens...
  • Capital Sports: Kane brace hands England dream W. Cup start
    England players celebrate one of Harry Kane’s two goals against Tunisia in a World Cup Group G game on June 18, 2018. PHOTO/FIFA VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Jun 18- Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner, as England began their World Cup Group G...
  • Capital Sports: Blatter to defy FIFA ban to attend World Cup, meet Putin
    Sepp Blatter due to defy ban and attend two World Cup matches and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin © AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jun 18 – Disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches and also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin...
  • Capital Sports: Salah declared fit for Egypt clash against Russia
    Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov says he knows how to stop Mohamed Salah © AFP / Giuseppe CACACE SAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Mohamed Salah has been declared fit ahead of Egypt’s crunch game against Russia on Tuesday and coach Hector Cuper is optimistic his star striker will...
  • Capital Sports: ‘Charismatic’ Iceland ‘keeper joins France’s Dijon
    Young Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has joined French top flight club Dijon and will go up against Paris Saint Germain, Marseille and Monaco next season © AFP/File / Frederic J. Brown LYON, France, Jun 18 – Young Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has joined French top flight club...
  • Capital Sports: Lukaku on a brace as Belgium beat Panama
    Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his first, and Belgium’s second, of the match in Sochi. Photograph: Patrick Smith – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images SOCHI, Russia, Jun 18-A sensational volley by Dries Mertens and a Romelu Lukaku double fired classy Belgium to a 3-0 win against World Cup debutants...
  • Capital Sports: From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup
    Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson makes a call for fans to turn up for their next game against Nigeria © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRAND MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup: Iceland’s call to fans Iceland coach Heimir...
  • Capital Sports: Japan’s interrupted night before World Cup opener
    Not enough shut eye: Japan’s footballers had a disturbed night © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE SARANSK, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Japan suffered an interrupted night ahead of their World Cup opener against Colombia, interrupted by news of a deadly earthquake at home and an early morning fire alarm....
  • Capital Sports: Semenya to fight testosterone rule
    South African athlete Caster Semenya alleges the current rules are discriminatory and violate the IAAF’s Constitution and the Olympic Charter © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAEL JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jun 18 – South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya will go to court to challenge controversial...
  • Capital Sports: Who’s saying what at the World Cup
    Tite’s Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland © AFP / JOE KLAMAR MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – AFP Sport looks at the best quotes from the fifth day of the World Cup on Monday: “I put it down to stress, first-match nerves, that’s true for me too.” — Brazil coach Tite after the...
  • Capital Sports: Loew defiant as Germany face World Cup crisis
    Germany coach Joachim Loew (right) must lift his team after they lost their first match at the World Cup © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZ VATUTINKI, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Joachim Loew is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year reign as Germany coach after the holders slipped to a shock defeat...
  • Capital Sports: Africa needs more local coaches: Cisse
    Senegal coach Aliou Cisse talks to the press in Moscow © AFP / Alexander NEMENOV MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said more African coaches are needed to take football on the continent to the next level and develop teams capable of challenging for the World Cup....
  • Capital Sports: Twitter lights up for rival ‘#WordCup’
    Twitter said there were were 672 million tweets sent related to the 2014 #WorldCup © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCE YAKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – While millions of people are tuning in to watch the World Cup and commenting about it online, thousands more on Twitter are talking about what...
  • Capital Sports: Russia ‘know how to stop’ Egypt’s Salah
    Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov says he knows how to stop Mohamed Salah © AFP / Giuseppe CACACE MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to reign in Egypt’s striker Mohamed Salah on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg. The 26...

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