France put on a thrilling show to win the World Cup final. But their victory (which I predicted) in the final against Croatia was not the only triumph.Here are some other winners from the tournament.The World Cup itselfThe ultimate rejoinder to anyone who tells you international football no longer matters, or that the sport itself is boring.The highest-scoring final since England's 4-2 victory in 1966 was the icing on a sumptuous cake of entertainment and unpredictability.Unlikely heroics from Iran, South Korea and Russia; early exits for Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Portugal; and wonderful football at various times from Mexico, Belgium and the runners-up Croatia.Kylian Mbappe An appropriate World Cup Final hero.A 19-year-old product of the wrong side of the Parisian tracks, with searing pace, an explosive shot and the world at his feet.Keeping those feet on the ground may be his only problem now. Already the subject of a £166m transfer from Monaco to Paris St Germain, … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Five other winners from the tournament in Russia
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Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia, FIFA announced on Thursday. Pitana, a former actor who has already refereed four games including the tournament opener between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia and France's quarter-final win over Uruguay, will take charge of Sunday's showpiece at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. He will have two more Argentines, Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti as assistant referees. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will be the fourth official backed up by another Dutchman, Erwin Zeinstra. In addition to handling a French victory, Pitana was also in charge when Croatia beat Denmark in the last 16 on penalties. The 43-year-old's other game in Russia was Sweden's 3-0 group-stage victory over Mexico. In Brazil in 2014, Pitana refereed four matches. The last was France's 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals. For the third-place playoff between Belgium and England in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, … [Read more...] about Argentina’s Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final
THE 2018 World Cup is the first ever to feature the Video Assistant Referee. All eyes will be on the officials this summer as the controversial system is set to be used at the world's premier competition. VAR has been trialled around the world for the past two seasons with varying degrees of success - and was present at last year's Confederations Cup in Russia. But despite teething problems Fifa have given in the green light for use this summer, hoping that it will help eradicate any refereeing mistakes that could potentially cost a side the trophy. Why are the World Cup VAR referees wearing full kit? THE OFFICIALS operating the technology are housed elsewhere and aren't in the stadium itself. Which is why there was plenty of surprise and amusement when it was revealed that they would all be decked out in full kit. Pierluigi Collina, the famous whistler and one of the main advocates of the technology, has bizarrely given the reason - and it's because the refs are worried about sweat. … [Read more...] about Why are the World Cup VAR referees wearing FULL kit, and where is the room they are based in during the tournament?
Home / Sport by Press Association 07/02/2018, 9:30 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The England football team’s new kit has been revealed – and it’s fair to say people are generally pretty pleased. The 2018 offering is a white home strip with blue shorts, red with white shorts for away fixtures and a training kit. The kit will be worn by the men’s team at this year’s World Cup in Russia and much of the reaction to it has been positive. Some even thought the kits might inspire something truly remarkable in Russia. However, some were keeping their feet firmly on the ground. The love shown for England’s new training top was mirrored by many – with some even suggesting they would prefer it to the actual home shirt. Finally, one thing some picked up on was the intriguing depiction of Harry Kane in the new kit – which appeared to have been made using Photoshop. Is that Real … [Read more...] about All the reaction as England’s World Cup kit is revealed
The World Cup is set to use video replays this summer - with FIFA confirming a sponsor is being sought for the technology. Football's governing body met to assess recent trials ahead of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) being officially approved for use in the tournament in Russia in June and July.FIFA chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc'h said: "Definitely VAR will happen. It's great to have technology in football because this is also a fairness thing."The system was used for the first time at the 2014 World Cup when goal-line technology was deployed.But now replays can be used when there is a "clear and obvious error" involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.VAR could provide FIFA with a commercial opportunity.Speaking on board the World Cup trophy tour plane during a stop at London Stansted Airport, Mr Floc'h said: "We are talking to various technological companies who are very interested with what we are doing on the technology side of things."Kelechi … [Read more...] about Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup in Russia