At the first ever World Cup final, between Uruguay and Argentina in 1930, a disagreement arose over which team would supply the match football. Eventually FIFA was forced to intervene with a teacherly solution. Argentina could use their preferred ball for the first half, while Uruguay could use their own, larger and heavier ball for the second. At half-time the Argentines were 2-1 up, but when the final whistle blew they were 4-2 down. Argentina weren’t pleased. The upset prompted FIFA to update its rules, and since then almost every World Cup has used just one type of ball throughout all of its games. But unlike most sports, in which the design of the official ball is uniform and strictly regulated, the World Cup match ball is tweaked and updated at least every four years, forcing players to adapt to small differences in how it handles. New designs are not always an improvement on what’s come before. The notorious match ball of the 2010 World Cup, called the Jabulani, was … [Read more...] about This year’s World Cup match ball, the Telstar 18, pays homage to the first football designed for television screens
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COLOMBIA talisman James Rodriguez lasted just half hour in the Cafeteros' crucial Group H showdown with Senegal. The Bayern Munich loanee has already sat out his country's 2-1 loss to Japan and may be set for another period on the sidelines. What happened to James Rodriguez against Senegal? James Rodriguez was replaced by Luis Muriel against Senegal and BBC 5Live commentator Pat Nevin said:“It looked like a little knock early on to me, but ever since then, Rodriguez has looked as if he doesn't want to get close to players. “Very disappointing for Colombia because he is a very good footballer and he will be a miss for them.” hel of a catch Who is James Rodriguez's 'girlfriend' Helga Lovekaty? RON HIS WAY OUT? Ronaldo refuses to rule out international retirement after Portugal exit Pele 2.0 Pele hails Kylian Mbappe as French star matches Brazilian icon's double from 1958 hash of god? Clip of Maradona has fans joking he was dealing drugs during Argentina game … [Read more...] about What is the latest James Rodriguez injury update and will Colombia star be fit for World Cup match against England?
News / UK by Press Association 16/06/2018, 3:28 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter England fans have begun to descend on Volgograd ahead of the Three Lions’ first World Cup match. The travelling support received a warm welcome from locals, some of whom wore England or Premier League replica shirts themselves. At the Fifa fan fest on the banks of the river Volga, in the city more than 500 miles from Moscow, pockets of support queued up at the bar before watching Argentina play Iceland on the huge screen under the hot sun. Among them was Chris Clarke, from Springhill Terrace in Rugeley, Staffordshire, who flew in via Moscow. The 48-year-old said: “I was a bit worried about what it was going got be like, but soon realised it’s an amazing place. “It’s so clean, so friendly and everyone is really polite. “Everyone’s coming up to me asking me where I’m from. I’ve seen … [Read more...] about England fans arrive in Volgograd ahead of first World Cup match
Fifa are facing the embarrassing prospect of a string of World Cup matches being played out in front of thousands of empty seats. As the world governing body launched an investigation into thousands of no-shows at today's game between Egypt and Uruguay, Telegraph Sport can reveal that eight of the tournament’s remaining 12 opening group fixtures have not sold out, including England’s match against Tunisia on Monday. A further seven group games also have tickets remaining. Fifa are looking into why there were so many empty seats for the Egypt-Uruguay match at the Ekaterinburg Arena, a sight which sparked criticism on social media. Gaps in the crowd were also picked up upon during Morocco’s game against Iran in St Petersburg. A spokesman said: “We can confirm that 32,278 tickets have been allocated for the match between Egypt and Uruguay in Ekaterinburg. “The Fifa World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061. The fact that the current attendance … [Read more...] about Fifa face embarrassing prospect of thousands of empty seats at World Cup matches
ARGENTINA may have revealed their team to face Iceland in their opening World Cup match. The two-time winners today trained at their base in Bronnitsy — 25 miles from Moscow — with a menacing front three of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria Boss Jorge Sampaoli had Manchester City ace Aguero up top at practice, with Messi and Di Maria playing just behind him. Independiente midfielder Maximiliano Meza was deployed at the apex of a three-man midfield, which Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia anchored. Sampaoli switched Milan's Biglia with Giovani Lo Celso during the session, suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain starlet, 22, is in the mix to start on Saturday at Moscow's Spartak Stadium. Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi and Manchester United's Marcos Rojo were centre-back partners, flanked by Benfica right-back Eduardo Silva and Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. MOST READ WORLD CUP STORIESLive footy Senegal vs South Korea live score: Latest … [Read more...] about Have Argentina revealed their team for first World Cup match against Iceland?