Muslim footballer Özil quits German national team over racism

Ozil met Erdogan in London in May [Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters] Arsenal star Mesut Özil has announced his retirement from international football after receiving "racist" and "disrespectful" treatment following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ozil, 29, has Turkish ancestry. He made the announcement on Sunday in a statement

Venezuelan president says Africa won Fifa World Cup title

The President of Venezuela has called for an end to racism against immigrants in Europe while congratulating the France national football team for its 2018 Fifa World Cup title, noting that several players in the team are of African descent. "The French team won, although it looked like an African team.

Anger in Kenya as MPs watch World Cup at taxpayers’ expense

A group of Kenyan MPs have traveled to Russia to watch the World Cup at the taxpayers' expense, angering many citizens. Kenya has never qualified for the World Cup finals and has not reached any major international tournament since the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. The country's The Star newspaper reported that

Croatia v England: All the facts you need to know ahead of World Cup clash

England look to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 by defeating Croatia on Wednesday at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. On Tuesday, France reached their first World Cup final since 2006 after defeating Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg. Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal of the game with a header

FIFA releases 2018 World Cup statistics

The FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia has had more penalties awarded and scored than in any other world cup ever before, with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) being the influential change.   This is the first time since 1930 that neither Brazil nor Germany is in the semi-finals. Despite Brazil’s exit,

2018 World Cup: Belgium fight back and grab victory from Japan

Belgium came from 0-2 down to seal a 3-2 win with the final kick of the game, sending a heartbroken Japan out of the World Cup in a thrilling last-16 encounter. The game looked to go to extra time with the score level at 2-2 after Belgium had hauled themselves back