CHELSEA will demand £70million from Barcelona for Brazil World Cup star Willian after rejecting the Spanish champions' opening £50m offer. The winger, 29, has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge but this year labelled Barca and Real Madrid as clubs he 'dreams' of playing for. Last week Tuesday a £50m bid was rejected, and it is thought the Premier League side mulled the offer for a few days before saying no. Sky Sports say the two clubs remain in discussions, but Chelsea are now unwilling to sell for any less than their £70m valuation. Willian netted against the Catalan club in the Champions League last 16 in February, and at the time told reporters: "Barca and Madrid are the two biggest clubs in the world, the clubs with more visibility, it's everyone's dream (to play for them). "Of course, there are other big ones like Bayern or PSG, but these two are different." TV times When is Sweden vs Switzerland and what TV channel is the World Cup game on? … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Chelsea want £70m from Barcelona for Brazil midfielder Willian as first bid rejected
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A SHOCK set of results and a clever bit of tactical positioning from Gareth Southgate and now England are strong favourites on their side of the draw to make the World Cup Final! It couldn’t be easier, could it? While everyone may be getting carried away that Football Is Coming Home. It still has to do a bit of last minute packing today and the Three Lions’ tie against Colombia looks very tricky indeed. Southgate’s team are the strong 11/10 favourites at Betway to negotiate their last-16 tie against Colombia within normal time. It’s just 1/2 that England go through by any means – including extra-time or a penalty shootout. Colombia are outsiders at 3/1 in normal time and 8/5 to go through. A draw is offered at 11/5. Harry Kane is set to be restored to the England starting line-up and leads the way in the Golden Boot race, he is just 6/5 to find the net at any time in this match and add to his tally. VIVA COLOMBIA Where is Colombia, what language do they … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 Betting Tips: Harry Kane is favourite to make the difference for England vs Colombia… but don’t forget Jesse Lingard
Mexican fans plunged into anguish Wednesday by their team's drubbing by Sweden were left cheering for South Korea -- exploding into celebration when the Asian side defeated Germany, putting Mexico into the World Cup knockout stage. Brimming with optimism after their team upset Germany in their World Cup opener and then beat South Korea, the fans back home in Mexico watched in horror as Sweden scored goal after goal in their final Group F match. With the clock ticking down at Yekaterinburg Arena and the scoreboard at 3-0, it appeared Mexico were about to be sent unceremoniously home from Russia. That is, unless winless South Korea somehow managed to avoid defeat by Germany and erase the possibility of a three-way tie for the group, which Mexico would have lost on goal difference. Suddenly, all eyes turned to the South Korea-Germany match being played simultaneously in Kazan. "Korea! Korea!" chanted fans in a Mexico City bar, leaping into the air and embracing when the Asian side scored … [Read more...] about ‘Viva Korea!’ shout Mexicans as team squeak into World Cup knockouts
Goals can now be celebrated twice because of VAR A lucky escape for Cristiano Ronaldo, a dubious penalty for Saudi Arabia and a correct decision in favour of Spain highlighted all spectrums of the video assistant referee (VAR) system at the World Cup on Monday. Even though the Spanish goal for a 2-2 draw with Morocco was correctly ruled not offside, the technology has come under serious fire over recent days - after an initially successful and smooth start on its World Cup debut. Ronaldo was lucky not to have been sent off for a flying elbow late in Portugal's 1-1 draw with Iran in Saransk that was punished after review by VAR. He got a yellow card in an incident where many pundits felt either a red or no sanction would have been the only appropriate measures. "An elbow means red," Iran coach Carlos Queiroz fumed. "That's what the rules say. They've spent tens of thousands of dollars [on the technology]. Five people are sitting there together and they don't see the elbow. Ah, leave … [Read more...] about VAR controversies increase after successful World Cup start
Joel Marklund/Global Look Press Moscow streets have been invaded by Vikings, while St. Petersburg is being stormed by ancient pharaohs - but they are all dressed to impress. The fans who’ve ventured to Russia for the World Cup are especially creative this year - just look at all their bizarre, wonderful, vibrant outfits. It seems these guys will go to great lengths to support their team - even if they have to knit something together themselves. 1. From the pyramids to St. Petersburg: Egyptian fans gearing up to support “The Pharaohs” against Russia, June 19. Sadly they lost 1-3. Evgenya Novozhenina/Sputnik 2. Fans from Senegal are representing! They even cleaned up the stadium after the game against Poland in Moscow, June 19. 3. It looks like this supporter from Columbia made a Russian friend in Saransk, June 19. 4. The Japanese are also giving their all to will their team on, and it’s working - they beat Colombia 2-1. … [Read more...] about World Cup fashion: Which of these crazy threads are your fave?