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France, Spain dominate football World XI shortlist

France, Spain dominate football World XI shortlist

World champions France had eight players, one less than former holders Spain, on the shortlist for a World XI of 2018 award.

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Optimism restored, England face first test against Spain
England

Optimism restored, England face first test against Spain

Spain's visit to Wembley this weekend will be an early test of the feelgood factor England regenerated in Russia.

  • by Martyn Herman
France, Germany draw as new Nations League gets underway
France

France, Germany draw as new Nations League gets underway

France and Germany, winners of the past two World Cups, opened the new Nations League with a 0-0 draw.

Loew admits to mistakes in Germany's historic World Cup debacle
Germany

Loew admits to mistakes in Germany's historic World Cup debacle

He has stuck with most of his mis-firing World Cup squad, but German coach Joachim Loew has conceded he made mistakes in Russia.

FIFA ousts top lawyer, last link to the Blatter era

FIFA ousts top lawyer, last link to the Blatter era

Swiss lawyer Marco Villiger, the last senior official remaining from the heavily tainted FIFA Sepp Blatter era, has been removed from governing body.

Ozil quitting Germany over racism claims "nonsense": Kroos
Germany

Ozil quitting Germany over racism claims "nonsense": Kroos

German midfielder Toni Kroos has little sympathy for former national teammate Mesut Ozil, criticising his recent racism claims.

  • by Karolos Grohmann
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US finalises next China tariff list
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US finalises next China tariff list

The United States will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods, the US Trade Representative's office said as it published a final tariff list targeting 279 imported product lines.

Matildas denied win by late USA equaliser
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Matildas denied win by late USA equaliser

The Australians managed a goal against the run of play, but a 90th-minute goal kept the world No.1 from a loss in front of a home crowd.

Qatar alleged to have used ex-CIA to sabotage Australia's World Cup bid
Qatar

Qatar alleged to have used ex-CIA to sabotage Australia's World Cup bid

FIFA has been urged to conduct an independent investigation into claims the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team attempted to sabotage rival bids from Australia and the US.

Sport Thought: It's now fair, to be Frank
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France

Sport Thought: It's now fair, to be Frank

As all avid round ball followers can attest, there’s often a slim margin between agony and ecstasy.

  • by Scott Spits
Trevor Noah jokes Africa won the World Cup, making French ambassador unhappy
France

Trevor Noah jokes Africa won the World Cup, making French ambassador unhappy

Noah was recognising the multi-ethnic background of France's team, which topped a list of World Cup teams with the most diversity.

  • by Bethonie Butler