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Football 21 Jun 2019 | 1:53 AM

Is the people's game open to everyone in Egypt?

CAIRO (Reuters) - Mina Bindari wanted to play top-level football like the famous players he watched on TV, but he says discrimination has blocked his path and that of other Christians in Egypt which is overwhelmingly Muslim.

Football 10 Jun 2019 | 6:25 PM

World Cup qualifier in Sri Lanka cancelled after Macau refuse to travel

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's World Cup qualifying clash with Macau, which was due to be played on Tuesday, has been cancelled after the team from the former Portuguese colony refused to travel to Colombo, the Asian Football Confederation confirmed on Monday.

Football 08 Jun 2019 | 3:50 AM

Blue, white and red Paris celebrates women's World Cup kick off

PARIS (Reuters) - It was all bleu, blanc and rouge in western Paris as a packed Parc des Princes celebrated the women's World Cup kick off in enthusiastic fashion with hosts France playing South Korea in the opening game on Friday.

Other Sport 18 Aug 2018 | 11:27 PM

Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A spectacular pyrotechnic show, including a simulated volcanic eruption, lit up the Jakarta skyline on Saturday night as Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the continent's elite athletes in the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games.

Football 15 Jul 2018 | 1:30 AM

A Full Member of FIFA, Kosovo Finds Its Flag Barred From World Cup Stadiums

MOSCOW — After years of trying and failing, Kosovo’s soccer association finally got what it wanted two years ago when FIFA granted it full membership, welcoming it into a club of more than 200 national federations.

Football 14 Jun 2018 | 11:47 PM

Hooligan, terror risk pushed up Russia World Cup insurance premiums

LONDON (Reuters) - The risk of terror attacks and damage from hooligans has pushed up premiums for businesses and players buying insurance for the soccer World Cup in Russia compared to the previous event in Brazil, brokers and insurers say.

Football 14 Jun 2018 | 8:40 PM

Defiant Putin welcomes World Cup as Russia win

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia welcomed the world to the soccer World Cup on Thursday as fans streamed in, the hosts savoured a 5-0 victory on the pitch and President Vladimir Putin's government derided Western efforts to isolate him.

Football 13 Jun 2018 | 11:48 PM

Factbox - The fighters linking World Cup security and Kremlin's foreign wars

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian paramilitary units providing security for the soccer World Cup included among their members Cossack fighters who took part in clandestine campaigns in Ukraine and Syria.