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Football 13 Jun 2018 | 4:03 AM

Japan end woeful run, Lewandowski shines for Poland

(Reuters) - Japan claimed their first victory of the year on Tuesday, coming from behind to beat Paraguay 4-2 and boost sagging morale a week before their opening World Cup Group H match against Colombia.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 2:27 AM

Brazil power grid braces for demand swings during World Cup games

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian government has prepared the country's power grid to deal with the wild swings in demand for electricity as most people in the football-mad country tune out everything except their televisions to watch the national team play in the Fifa 2018 World Cup.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 2:22 AM

Tri-nation North American bid set for 2026 World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The World Cup will be heading to North America for the fourth time if the hosting rights to the 2026 are, as expected, handed to the joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada at Wednesday's FIFA congress in Moscow.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 2:07 AM

Visit Russia for World Cup, but be careful, says anti-racism watchdog

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Football fans worried about racism or homophobia should travel to Russia for the World Cup, but take precautions because the host country is a "difficult environment", the head of the European anti-racism watchdog FARE said on Tuesday.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 2:02 AM

Zidane's Champions League volley remembered in art

PARIS (Reuters) - It was a stunning goal, worthy of winning any title, and now Zinedine Zidane's majestic volley for Real Madrid in their 2002 Champions League final win has been immortalised in crystal, 100 times over.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 12:55 AM

VAR at World Cup will not be perfect, warns FIFA refereeing chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Video Assistant Referees (VARs) will be making their debut at the World Cup in Russia this month but the technology will not be perfect, FIFA's director of refereeing, Massimo Busacca, warned on Tuesday.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 12:49 AM

Huddersfield sign Egypt winger Sobhi from Stoke

(Reuters) - Huddersfield Town have snapped up Stoke City's Egypt international winger Ramadan Sobhi, who will sign a three-year deal after the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 12:49 AM

Wolves sign Mexico forward Jimenez on loan

(Reuters) - Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed World-Cup bound Mexico forward Raul Jimenez on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Benfica, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 12:44 AM

FIFA official Boban defends racism fines

(Reuters) - FIFA's lenient punishment for racist incidents is justified as entire countries cannot be punished for the actions of a "few idiots", the governing body's deputy secretary general Zvonimir Boban said ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 12:38 AM

Factbox - Russia versus Saudi Arabia

(Reuters) - Russia play Saudi Arabia in a Group A match in Moscow on Thursday.