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How to bet on the upcoming FIFA World Cup

In the coming weeks, literally billions of dollars will be bet on the World Cup in Qatar, in virtually every country where it is legal (and in many where, strictly speaking, it is against the law). According to FIFA, US $155 billion was bet on the last World Cup in Russia, a figure that is likely to be exceeded this ...

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Chilwell now World Cup doubt

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Chelsea full-back Ben Chilwell is the latest major injury doubt ahead of the World Cup. The 25 year old went down towards the end of Chelsea’s tie with Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions’ League on Wednesday, and then had to hobble off the pitch in tears with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Later manager Graham Potter said that, ...

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Potential controversies we could expect from the World Cup 2022

The mecca of world football, the World Cup, is a magical celebration of the game. It takes place every four years, and it has been hosted in countries all over the globe. The team with the most wins is the formidable Brazilian team; they have lifted the Jules Rimet trophy five times. This year, they’re the favorites with most bookmakers, ...

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Last chance saloon beckons for World Cup hopefuls

With the World Cup in Qatar now looming on the horizon, time is running out for those hoping to be on the plane with their national squads for the tournament. Already most international team managers will have already decided on the core of their squads, and it is just one or two fringe players that still have yet to be ...

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They went to a match and never came back (Part Fifteen)

Continuing the series that looks at those thankfully rare times in football history when fans went to a football match but never made it home afterwards. (For Part One click here; Part Two here; Part Three here; Part Four here; Part Five here; Part Six here; Part Seven here;  Part Eight here; Part Nine here; Part Ten here, Part Eleven ...

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Portugal or Italy: Who would advance to 2022 World Cup

When Portugal and Italy were drawn in the same section pf the European play-offs, it confirmed the fears of fans of both countries, and also some neutrals. At least one of them will not appear in the World Cup finals this year. The European play-offs, which feature the ten teams that finished second in their qualifying groups, plus Austria and ...

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The Dirtiest Matches of All Time (Part Eight)

Continuing the series looking at some of the dirtiest matches of all time. (For Part One please click here; Part Two here; Part Three here; Part Four here; Part Five here; Part Six here; and Part Seven here). The Battle of Nuremberg Although the Dutch have the reputation for playing beautiful football, they are not afraid to show the other ...

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The Dirtiest Matches of All Time (Part Two)

Continuing the series which looks at some of the most dirty and violent games of g\football ever seen. (For Part One please click here) The Battle of Santiago 1962 Chile were the hosts for the 1962 World Cup, and they were drawn in the same group as Italy. Before the meeting of the two sides on 2nd June, tensions between ...

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Penalties – the ultimate tournament shoot-out (Part Two)

Continuing a look back at major international tournaments where the fianl was decided by a penalty shoot-out. For the first part, please click here. 2004 Copa América Brazil Argentina This weekend’s final of the Copa América between Brazil and Argentina is just the latest episode in the longest and fiercest rivalries in South American football. In 2004, when the tournament ...

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Penalties – the ultimate tournament shoot-out (Part One)

This Sunday, the finals of two international football; tournaments will take place. England will play Italy in the finals of the Euros at Wembley Stadium in London, whilst 6,000 miles away, Brazil will play Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. They both promise to be close matches, and fine margins may decide the outcome on the day. ...

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