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

Brazil knocked out of the World Cup after defeat to Belgium

Brazil crashed out of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to Belgium in an enthralling quarterfinal in Kazan. A Fernandinho own goal and Kevin De Bruyne's wonderstrike saw Belgium take a commanding and deserved half-time lead. But the five time champions battled back in the second period as it sought to salvage

Brazil beat Mexico to reach World Cup quarterfinals

Five-time world champions Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 on Monday to book a place in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia. Goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino made sure Brazil reached the World Cup quarter-finals for a seventh straight time. Mexico have not reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup since

Hosts Russia beat Spain to reach FIFA World Cup qurter-finals in 48 years

Hosts Russia advanced to the Fifa World Cup 2018 quarterfinals after beating Spain 4-3 on penalties in their Round of 16 game in Moscow on Sunday. Russia will meet Croatia who won 3-2 on penalties against Denmark in the quarterfinals. This is the first time in 48 years Russia has reached the

Uruguay beat Portugal while France hammer Argentina in Fifa World Cup

Uruguay have beaten European champions Portuga 2-1 in their World Cup round-of-16 match to book a place in the quarter-finals. Edinson Cavani scored both goals for Uruguay while Pepe netted Portugal's only goal of the match. It was the first time Uruguay have conceded a goal in the ongoing Fifa World Cup

Kenya: German flag flies at half-mast after World Cup exit

In the aftermath of Germany's elimination from the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the German embassy in Kenya has tweeted a picture of the country's flag flying at half-mast as a symbol of mourning. On Wednesday, Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea and went out in the first round of the

Germany humiliated and knocked out of 2018 FIFA World Cup

Germany have failed to qualify to the second round of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for the first time in 80 years. The reigning champions picked up just three points in their first two matches, losing one goal to nil against Mexico and winning by two goals to one against

Argentina dump Nigeria out of World Cup in dramatic fashion

Nigeria have been eliminated from the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia after losing 2-1 to Argentina. The Super Eagles only needed a draw to go through to the last 16 of the tournament but a late goal in St Petersburg ended their hopes of reaching there. Marcos Rojo scored late in

Egypt’s goalkeeper apologises to nation after World Cup exit

Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has apologised to his nation after its early exit from the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia. El Hadary saved a penalty during Egypt's last Group A match against Saudi Arabia although his side lost 2-1. "I apologise to the Egyptian people on my behalf, and for

Meet the five teams hoping to change Africa’s World Cup story

Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off from June 14 in Russia. Africa has five representatives in this elite competition: Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, and Tunisia. The continent’s teams secured their spots after a long build-up involving a preliminary knock out phase followed by a four

A Somali team just hosted the World Cup for unrecognised nations

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia draws ever nearer, football teams from unrecognised nations had their own international tournament in the British capital, London. A football team representing the Somali community in the UK was the nominal host of this year's ConIFA Football World Cup in London. Barawa Football Association

Argentina abandons friendly match with Israel after pressure

A friendly match between Argentina and Israel which was due to be played on Saturday in Jerusalem has been cancelled following pressure over the plight of Palestinian civilians, reports say. The match was meant to act as a warm-up game for Argentina ahead of the Fifa World Cup in Russia. Argentina and