Controversy, Joy and Politics: 5 Takeaways From the World Cup Final

Six goals, pitch invaders, controversial decisions and excitable world leaders: the final of one of the most open and exciting World Cup tournaments in years didn’t disappoint.

France beat Croatia 4-2 to take their second trophy 20 years after they won their first, when the team’s current manager, Didier Deschamps, captained the side.

It wasn’t just the soccer that caught the eye, though. Here are some of the highlights from the final of what some (including the U.S. President) are calling the best World Cup ever.

Politics finally had an impact

With the allegations of corruption over FIFA’s decision to give Russia hosting duties, the violence of some Russia fans at the Euro 2016 tournament in France and, not least, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive behavior toward the West, the World Cup was expected to be far more marked by political controversy than it ultimately was.

Indeed, it took till the final for any action of note—a pitch invasion early in the second half, responsibility for which was claimed by Pussy Riot, the anti-Putin activist group. Four people dressed as police ran onto the pitch—one woman high-fived French striker Kylian Mbappé, while two men were tackled off the pitch by security with assistance from annoyed Croatia defender Dejan Lovren.

The protest group put out a video and a tweet saying the World Cup showed “how well Russian policemen can behave. But what will happen when it ends?” They also shared their five demands on social media, including a call for political prisoners to be freed and for “political competition” to be allowed in Russia.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that the group had been charged with “violating spectators’ rights” and “illegally wearing police symbols,” citing Russia’s Interfax news agency. The group posted on Facebook that they were worried about further criminal charges and said they had been unable to see their lawyer.

France celebrated hard—including the President

For 90 minutes, at least, any geopolitical concerns appeared to be on pause for the world leaders watching from the VIP box—Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović wore her country’s football jersey, while Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron wore their more usual suits. The formal wear didn’t stop Macron from leaping about in joy as France took the lead and ultimately the match. The photo of him on his feet, arms in the air as the rest of the box sits straight-faced, went viral—and he was later spotted on player Benjamin Mendy’s Instagram Story with Paul Pogba, doing the “dab” dance move, often used in soccer celebrations.

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Macron’s was not the only celebration that made headlines—the entire French team crashed the Deschamps press conference, spraying the manager and the press with champagne and water, and climbing onto the tables. Deschamps praised his “crazy” team: “They are young and they are happy.”

Putin looked after number one

The Russian President may have given the media no reaction of note in response to the pitch invasion, but he managed to make headlines at the medal-giving ceremony. After a dry game, the heavens opened as the players queued for their medals, and only one of the assembled leaders and dignitaries had an umbrella: Vladimir Putin.

As Macron and Grabar-Kitarović enthusiastically hugged players from both teams, getting soaked in the process, Putin stood under a giant black umbrella being held by an assistant. Eventually more umbrellas appeared to cover the rest of the leaders, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The players, however, remained in the rain.

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Video refereeing made a World Cup final first

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made its World Cup debut this tournament, and proved decisive throughout. The final was no different, with a penalty awarded to France in the 38th minute coming after a controversial VAR moment: after first dismissing France’s claims of a handball, referee Néstor Pitana reviewed the video footage and decided that Croatian player Ivan Perišić had deliberately handled the ball, and awarded a penalty.

Deflated thereafter, Croatia trailed for the rest of the match. But France’s following goals—one by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, and the other by 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé—showed Les Bleus were determined winners.

New World Cup records made

As well as being a first for VAR, the final was also Croatia’s first—the country of four million had previously sent a team as far as third place in 1998 (the year France last won), but this time made it to the final two. The reinvigorated young French side ultimately won out—with Mbappé becoming only the second-ever teenager to score in a World Cup final, joining Pelé, who scored in 1958 against the host, Sweden.

The Brazilian superstar welcomed Mbappé to the club, and the French player was named young player of the tournament. Now the rest of the world is eagerly watching his next move. The super-speedy youngster is being linked with top clubs around Europe, including Real Madrid, but insisted that he’ll stay at Paris Saint Germain when asked by reporters after the match.

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African Team Defeats Croatia to Win the FIFA World Cup 2018

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France defeated Croatia to win the FIFA World Cup 2018. That’s what it says on paper, but one look at the members of the French team and it’s clear as day that it was Africa who really won. 

Listen, these are facts, the majority of the French national team is of African descent.

 

Thus per Twitter logic, Africa got that W.

 

And don’t think France doesn’t have racial problems it needs to cut the f*ck out.

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Peep Twitter’s reaction to the French African team’s World Cup win below and on the following pages. Salute!

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With Flags, Song and Pride, France Celebrates a Unifying World Cup Victory

(PARIS) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.

“It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.

“We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”

Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged.

Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.

Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.

A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.

Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.

As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.

The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.

The celebrations were spread across the nation.

For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.

Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.

“We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.

Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.

Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.

“All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.”

But, he added, it must be built on.

“What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?”

That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.

Revelers celebrated the moment.

“We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.

The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.

Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.”

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France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup…
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France Just Won the World Cup. Here’s How Much Their Players Get

France just played its way to its first World Cup victory in 20 years, defeating Croatia’s team 4-2 on Sunday to take home the soccer tournament’s iconic trophy, lifelong bragging rights and a whole lot of prize money.

But just how much cash will players on France’s team actually earn from winning the championship? It’s not up to FIFA, or even coach Didier Deschamps. The French Football Federation will decide how to distribute the first-place award.

For winning Sunday’s final, FIFA will give France $ 38 million from its prize fund. (Don’t feel too bad for Croatia — its team gets to lick its wounds with a cool $ 28 million). The money comes out of a $ 400 million pot, according to the Associated Press, which is up 12% from the last World Cup in 2014. In total, FIFA has earmarked $ 791 million to give to various 2018 World Cup teams for their preparations, players and performances.

As MONEY reported last month, the prizes are technically awarded to the various teams’ national soccer federations. Those organizations can then decide how they want to distribute the winnings, which means that players in some countries end up profiting a lot more than others.

The president of the French Federation, Noël Le Graët, has said his athletes will get 30% of the cash they earn. Each player was guaranteed a bonus of €280,000, or about $ 330,000, for making it to the final, according to BFMTV. So they’re at least taking home that much.

At least one player plans to donate his cut to charity. Kylian Mbappé, a forward, announced last month that he intends to give his $ 22,000-per-game fee — along with his bonus — to Preiers de Cordees, a sports charity for people with disabilities.

“When playing a World Cup, it’s a pleasure, because it’s a dream come true,” his teammate Samuel Umtiti told L’Equipe in French. “So yes, there is money at stake. But I do not care. I do not play for that.”

In fact, perhaps the most valuable perk that comes with winning the World Cup is the trophy, which weighs more than 13 pounds and is made of 18-carat gold. Designed by an Italian artist in 1974, it’s worth up to $ 20 million, according to USA Today.

But don’t get too excited: The winning team isn’t allowed to take the actual item home due to a series of misfortunes the original Jules Rimet Trophy encountered in the 20th century. Instead, they get to keep a gold-plated replica.

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32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final

For many football fans, an England-France World Cup final would have been a dream. After all, those two countries clashed the Hundred Years’ War. A ten-decade-long spat, plus a smattering of other conflicts across the ages, tends to sizzle up a soccer rivalry.

Croatia, however, had other ideas. And that’s just fine. The Blazers rallied to beat England in the semifinal, 2-1, with Mario Mandzukic scoring the deciding goal in extra time. After Mandzukic’s strike, the Croatian players trampled photographer Yuri Cortez while celebrating. Cortez, to his everlasting credit, kept snapping his camera at the bottom of the dogpile. (He got some wonderful shots.) After the Croatian players realized they almost crushed a working photographer, a few patted him on the shoulder, or made sure he was okay. One kissed him.

So Croatia’s got some underdog charm. With a population of 4.1 million — about the same as Oregon — Croatia is the second-least populated country to ever reach the World Cup final. Only Uruguay, which won the titles in 1930 and 1950, has fewer people. Croatia entered the tournament a 33-1 longshot to win the whole thing. It’s still a relatively young nation, having declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and fought through the Balkans conflicts in the 1990s, during which thousands of Croatians were killed.

“Like many countries which had to win independence the hard way, we are proud,” says Pjer Šimunović, Croatia’s ambassador to the United States.

That pride’s now causing earthquakes. Seismic instruments in Zagreb picked up tremors after Mandzukic scored his goal, and after the ref blew the final whistle to end the game. A World Cup win could break the Richter scale. “Everybody in the world will certainly now know more about that small country which was able to go that far,” says Šimunović. “This is immeasurably important.”

But France, the betting favorite at -220 (risk $ 220 to win $ 100), would love to crush Croatia’s dreams. The World Cup final airs on Sunday, at 11 a.m. eastern time, on Fox. Here’s your handy guide to the big game.

Rainbow 2.0

France won its only World Cup 20 years ago, when it hosted the most popular sporting event on the globe. That multicultural squad, known as the “Rainbow Team,” was composed of players with roots in North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific islands, Armenia and the Basque country. Many people in France expected the victory to win widespread support for immigrant communities. They also expected France to win more World Cups.

Neither, to this point, has happened. Two decades later, far-right populism has caught fire across Europe; in France and elsewhere, a number of politicians have taken anti-immigrant stances. On the pitch, France failed to advance to the knockout stage at the 2002 World Cup; four years later, Les Blues reached the final against Italy, but Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt of Italy’s Marco Materazzi in that game overshadowed the accomplishment. Italy took the penalty shootout.

France’s 2010 World Cup effort was disastrous. French striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home for cursing at his coach: the players boycotted a day of training, a top official resigned in disgust, and France failed to win a game. Les Blues reached the quarterfinals in Brazil four years later, and as host county of the 2016 Euros, made it to the final before losing to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

So France will try to take care of unfinished business. Like the ’98 Rainbow Team, the 2018 incarnation of Les Blues is incredibly diverse: 17 of the 23 players on the roster are sons of first-generation immigrants. Win or lose, dreams of a more unified France will flourish once again.

Croatia 101

Croatians have made their mark on American culture. The late Drazen Petrovic and Toni Kukoc exported their basketball talents to the NBA back in the 1990s; now, Dario Saric (Philadephia 76ers) and Bojan Bogdanovic (Indiana Pacers) are solid pros. Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic produced two bronze statues depicting mounted Native American warriors; installed in 1928, they flank the Congress Plaza entrance to Chicago’s Grant Park. Goran Ivanisevic won Wimbledon, in 2001. Before he lost his belt to Daniel Cormier last weekend, Stipe Miocic — an American who’s the son of Croatian immigrants — was the UFC heavyweight champ. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, some 400,000 Croatian-Americans live in the U.S. Game of Thrones is filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Star Wars: The Last Jedi also shot scenes in the city.

Still, before this World Cup, Croatia wasn’t exactly top of mind for most Americans. “Most people know of it here,” says Indiana University visiting lecturer Teuta Ismaili, who teaches Croatian at the school. “But they think the war is still going on.”

So what should you know about Croatia? First, the country’s home to some of the world’s most scenic beaches and islands, along the Adriatic coast. Travel and tourism accounts for about a quarter of Croatia’s GDP, which is well above the 10.3% average for the European Union. If you want to drink like a Croatian at your World Cup viewing party, serve Rakija, a 40% alcohol-by-volume spirit. And be sure to make some Burek, layers of dough filled with cheese.

The World Cup’s psychic lift has arrived at an opportune time. Since Croatia joined the European Union in 2013, net migration from the country has averaged around 17,000 people. Youth unemployment remains high, at 33%. Croatia came out of a six-year recession in 2015, but economic growth remains slow.

“This is the best thing the could happen right now to Croatia,” says Ismaili. “Family and friends back home say the atmosphere is positive. People were mad at the politicians, mad about the economy. But they’re finally having that feeling of ‘wow, we are important again. We really mean something.’ We really need that right now.”

Mbappé Mania

French forward Kylian Mbappé, 19, is the breakout star of this World Cup. Against Argentina in the Round of 16, Mbappé — the son of a Cameroonian father and Algerian mother — became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score two goals in a single World Cup match. Versus Belgium in the semis, Mbappé delivered a magical pass off his back heel to Olivier Giroud; Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked the shot, but that didn’t stop the internet from losing its mind.

Both Neymar, the Brazilian star, and Mbappé joined French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) last summer for ungodly sums of money. PSG paid Barcelona a $ 263 million transfer fee for Neymar, and agreed to pay him $ 53 million a year, for five years. PSG got Mbappé from Monaco for about $ 200 million. For years, Neymar has positioned himself as the world’s undisputed best player, should Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ever decline or step aside. But during this World Cup, Neymar’s histrionics stood out more than his play. Given Mbappe’s speed, skill, and maturity, he may be a rightful heir.

“If I were a big soccer club with all the money in the world, and I could sign one player,” says former Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, an ESPN analyst, “it would be Mbappé.”

Modric Magic

On the Croatian side, Luca Modric — a midfielder for Real Madrid — is the player to watch. “He’s cool and calm on the ball, and one of the best passers in the world,” says Hislop. “You can’t pressure him into making a mistake.” He can also shoot from distance, with unexpected power. Modric, 32, does not cut an imposing figure. You can picture playing against him in your Thursday night men’s league. “If you breathe on him too strong, you can imagine flying out of the stadium,” says Hislop. “But he’s the complete package, deceptively packaged.”

Odd side note: Modric is facing perjury charges in Croatia, in connection with testimony he gave in a financial fraud case against a former soccer executive. If found guilty, Modric could face up to five years in prison. So any victory celebration might not last too long.

And The Winner Is …

“I like France to win it,” says Hislop. “France has looked very balanced throughout the tournament.” Les Blues won their first two games in the group stage, before playing Denmark to a 0-0 draw. France hasn’t needed any extra time in its three knockout round victories; Croatia, meanwhile, needed extra time and penalty shots to get by Denmark and Russia, and scored in the 109th minute against England. In all, Croatia has played 90 minutes of extra time, the equivalent of a full additional game, while France will also enjoy an extra day of rest between the semifinal and final. Croatia’s fatigue factor, plus France’s raw talent — the defensive pairing of Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane give Les Blues an advantage — make France the safer pick.

Croatia, however, hasn’t tired out yet. England was the more rested team going into the semifinal, but Croatia looked more energetic in extra time. So don’t doubt Croatia’s readiness to outclass France, and parade the World Cup trophy around Zagreb, of all places.

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How This World Cup Photographer Captured the ‘Pure Excitement’ After Croatia’s Victory

Photographer Yuri Cortez has been shooting for Agence France-Presse for 27 years. The job has brought him around the world, covering everything from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to natural disasters in Haiti and Mexico.

But last Wednesday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup match between England and Croatia offered Cortez a whole new experience: He found himself at the bottom of a pile of Croatian soccer players as they celebrated star striker Mario Mandžukić’s extra time goal against England — the game winner, it would turn out, punching Croatia’s ticket into Sunday’s final against France. It was Cortez’s fourth World Cup, but his first time at the bottom of a goal celebration.

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Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the semi-final game on July 11, 2018.
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Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian defender Josip Pivaric celebrates with his teammates.

Following his goal, Mandžukić ran to the corner to celebrate with his teammates directly in front of Cortez. “When the second goal happened, I was taking pictures with a 400mm lens,” says Cortez. “When I saw Mandžukić running towards me, I quickly switched cameras. Suddenly more players were coming closer and closer.” As Croatian players ran over to celebrate the goal, Cortez was pushed over and found himself beneath the celebration pile.

“At that moment I was taking pictures of their faces the whole time. Capturing their joy,” he says. “The scenes that I saw that that moment was pure excitement.”

Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian forward Mario Mandzukic offers to help AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after falling on him during the celebration.

As the players got up, Mandžukić extended Cortez a hand and asked, “Are these your glasses?” He then placed the glasses on Cortez’s head and shook his hand. Croatian defender Domagoj Vida then gave Cortez a kiss on the forehead before the team returned to the field, leaving him stunned with a glowing smile. “It’s a historic moment for them and a great moment for me,” he says. “Really incredible”

Mladen Antonov—AFP/Getty ImagesMario Mandzukic shakes hands with photographer Yuri Cortez after helping him up.

Cortez says his phone has not stopped ringing from people and publications who are interested in the photographs. But his focus is now on the final game — where he says he’ll be rooting for Croatia.

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England Lost in the World Cup and the ‘They’re Going Home’ Memes Are Here

Following England’s devastating loss to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final, Twitter was rife with jokes poking fun at the “It’s coming home” rallying cry of the English fan base.

With a little over 10 minutes to go in extra time of Wednesday’s match, Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic fired a shot into the back of the net to give his team a 2-1 lead over England. The English squad was unable to come up with an equalizer in the remaining time, officially ending their chances of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966.

But as if the loss itself wasn’t crushing enough, it was then that the “They’re going home” memes began to appear. Those rooting against England were all too quick to turn their fans’ cheer of “It’s coming home”—which has risen in popularity throughout the 2018 World Cup—into a taunt.

See some of the “They’re going home” memes below.

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Tori Roloff: Zach and I Aren’t Leaving ‘Little People, Big World’

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Tori Roloff and Zach Roloff with baby Jackson.

Staying put! Tori Roloff assured fans that she and husband Zach Roloff will continue filming Little People, Big World amid news of Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s departures.

“We’re not going anywhere!” Tori announced on her Instagram Story Tuesday, July 10. The 27-year-old then engaged in a chat with fans, answering their questions about the TLC reality series.

“Will Z & T be staying with LPBW?” one Instagram user asked.

“YAS! And J too,” Tori replied, referring to the pair’s son Jackson, whom they welcomed in May 2017.

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Another fan asked why the couple — who wed in September 2014 — chose to stay on Little People, Big World. Tori responded: “Because we feel like we’re not done telling our story.”

The reality star reiterated this sentiment when she wrote that her favorite part about filming is “getting to share our story with our fans.”

Jeremy, Zach’s twin brother, and wife Audrey announced on Tuesday they are leaving Little People, Big World. “After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. A year ago, I made the decision that this season would be our last,” the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram. “It has been an amazing run, and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you. You are what made doing this so fun. We will still be supporting the family as they carry the #LPBW torch onward. This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically — the show much go on!”

He added: “That being said, we’re not disappearing. We have a lot of exciting stuff in the works and are eager to continue the world that the Lord has called us to!”

“We wish Jeremy, Audrey, and Ember the best, and are excited to continue to keep up with other members of the Roloff family when Little People, Big World returns next year,” TLC told Us Weekly in a statement.

Meanwhile, Tori told her more than 700,000 followers that sharing their lives with the world can be weird, but the family does not hold back. “Our philosophy is if we aren’t willing to share something with others we probably shouldn’t be doing it,” she wrote. “Plus something we’re going through can ultimately help others (even though that still baffles me today).”

The TLC star also opened up about what it was like to join the series in 2011: “I was honestly scared. I didn’t want to be the girl who broke Zach’s heart. Once I knew how serious we were I was more open to it because it was a part of his life.”

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World Cup Fans Continue to Do the Most With England’s ‘It’s Coming Home’ Chant

With England just one game away from reaching their first World Cup final since 1966, English fans’ cries of “It’s coming home” are only growing stronger.

The chant has its origins in The Lightning Seeds’ 1996 single “Three Lions,” a track that was released to commemorate England hosting the 1996 European Football Championship. But while the song originally poked fun at England’s numerous soccer disappointments, its chorus is now a rallying cry for all those hoping to see the English squad come out on top on Sunday.

As the phrase has risen in popularity throughout the World Cup, fans from around the globe have begun hopping on the “It’s coming home” bandwagon. Even Justin Timberlake tried the cheer out during his Monday concert at London’s O2 Arena.

And because it’s 2018, the chant has also been turned into a meme, with Twitter users superimposing “Three Lions” over famous movie and TV scenes.

See some of the best creations below.

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England Training for the World Cup Semi-Final With a Rubber Chicken Is Every Fan’s Dream

With just one day to go until England battles Croatia for a spot in the 2018 World Cup final, the English team is trying out an interesting new training method.

Ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final match between France and Belgium, the English squad—including Golden boot frontrunner Harry Kane—was spotted tossing around a rubber chicken in preparation for their big Wednesday game.

Fans, of course, were delighted to see the players getting along so well.

“Actually love the atmosphere of this England team. Throwing around a rubber chicken as a training drill,” one England enthusiast wrote. “Even if it isn’t coming home, which it is, they’ve been an absolute delight to follow this campaign.”

“Love how chilled the England squad is, playing with rubber chickens in training day before their biggest game in 28 years hahahaha class,” added another.

See some of the fowl footage below.

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The ‘Neymar Challenge’ Is Spreading Laughter Across the World

When we think of the World Cup, we think of athletes at the top of their game eliminating the competition for shot at that golden Greek goddess of victory trophy.

But even though world famous soccer great Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior may have lost his chance at leading Brazil to 2018 World Cup glory, he managed to win big in a different way: He became the most imitated player of the tournament, getting people across the world rolling the way he does.

The Brazilian forward’s team was knocked out of the World Cup on Friday after losing 2-1 to Belgium, but star player Neymar is still popping up in everyone’s social media feeds. He’s known for his formidable offense and fancy footwork, but recently he secured his place on the world stage with the hammy way he falls to the ground and rolls around. It’s the stuff of great drama, so his falls on the field inevitably became a meme. Swiss broadcaster RTS even attempted to tally his total time on the match, at 14 minutes.

After making it to the quarterfinals, Brazil is out of the tournament. But people just can’t quit Neymar. The Neymar challenge sees people emulating the player, and the stunts are reverberating across the world.

In fact, whole teams have made videos of themselves imitating his on-field antics with their best “Neymar.” The idea is simple. People shout Neymar and do their best imitation. A Swiss youth club coach, Club Tijuana and countless others have joined in on the craze of imitating the forward’s moves. Belgium fans turned tumbles into a drinking game.

KFC’s South Africa also made a minute-long ad mocking Neymar’s roll.

Even dogs are getting in on the fun.

He’s not the first athlete to showcase passion on the field, and he’s certainly given the tournament a major dose of levity. Neymar has yet to address the challenge himself.

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Japan’s Players Redefine Sportsmanship By Cleaning Up Locker Room After Losing at the World Cup

Japan suffered a devastating loss against Belgium in the knock-out round of the World Cup, after leading the game 2-0 with just 25 minutes remaining in the second half. The shocking 3-2 loss meant Japan was out of the soccer competition and headed home. Before they left, though, the heartbroken team showed an impressive display of good sportsmanship and even better manners.

On the field, the team respectfully bowed to their opponents. They then filed into the locker room to change. But before they departed, they left the room completely spotless and even left a thank you note in Russian for their hosts, The Independent reports.

It wasn’t just the team, either. As they left the stadium, the devastated football fans took the time to clean up all trash in the Rostov-on-Don soccer arena, leaving virtually no trace of their time there. This isn’t the first time fans clad in their booster gear stayed to clean up after themselves—they packed away all their trash after the team beat Colombia earlier in the tournament. Sports Illustrated notes that the Senegalese fans cleaned up their sections during the tournament, too.

Perhaps American fans can learn a little something from this competition, even if the U.S. Men’s Team didn’t qualify.

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Men Will Be Men in Russia: The Misogyny of the 2018 World Cup

Just as the World Cup mania kicked off with Mexico’s epic match against Germany, FIFA disrupted macho precedent when they fined Mexico $ 10,000 for their fan’s use of the “discriminatory and insulting” chant of “puto.” (In English, the word translates to “faggot.”)

Many have rightfully celebrated the fine as a win against bias and bigotry. But as the games head into their final rounds, it would be too naive to say that World Cup soccer is ready to shed it’s machista roots. There’s still one group fans attending the event can target with impunity: the women reporting on and attending the event.

Colombian journalist Julieth González Theran learned this lesson when a man sexually assaulted her as she was reporting live from Saransk, Russia on June 14. She maintained her professional composure and continued doing her job. The man, who had touched her breast and kissed her cheek as she tried to report the news, suffered no formal repercussion, despite the fact that he was easily identifiable and on film. “¡Respeto! We don’t deserve this treatment,” González Theran wrote on Instagram. “We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of fútbol, but we need to identify the limits of affection and harassment.”

González Theran wasn’t the only journalist to endure an online assault. Brazilian reporter Julia Guimarães was on camera in Russia, attempting to report ahead of the Japan vs. Senegal game, when she was suddenly approached by a man who tried to kiss her on the cheek. She dodged the kiss, confronted the man immediately, and stopped him in his place. Assertively, she gave him a stern warning: “Don’t do this. Never do this again, okay? Don’t do this. I do not allow you to do that, never, okay? This is not polite, this is not right. Never do this.”

Average women attending the games were also not immune to attacks. An Argentinian man in his late 40s named  Néstor Penovi asked an adolescent Russian woman to repeat “Quiero chupar pija”—or “I want to suck dick”—on camera. The video got more than 100,000 views on YouTube in a few days. In that case, even the Russian Embassy intervened, asking the man in a formal letter to apologize.

Sports and sexism are nothing new. For more than 25 years, sociologists like Dr. Michael Messner have exposed thee rape culture that associates men with power and women with pleasure. But men who love soccer have taken it to a new level, engaging in a wide variety of openly aggressive behaviors with impunity for decades.

In her 2008 article, “Female Fandom: Identity, Sexism, and Men’s Professional Football,” Dr. Katharine Jones examined how sexist and homophobic language became endemic to to the game, as is illustrated by the controversial “Puto” chant that landed Mexico in trouble. But some might argue that sexual violence against women in World Cup in Russia is not a result of gender inequality but an active factor in creating it.

In the ultra-heated conquistador culture on the ground in Russia, women who are part of the world of soccer —whether they be journalists, spectators, tourists or simply citizens of a hosting country—become second-, or lower, class citizens. Women are reminded constantly that they do not belong. Whether they are tourists or from the local culture, they’re part of the territory dominated and controlled by men, just another fun fringe benefit of the male bonding extravaganza. Echoing the rituals of the fraternities that Dr. Peggy Sanday documented in her thought provoking book Fraternity Gang Rape, originally published in 1990, soccer fans have relied on misogyny to establish this bonding and intimacy with other men in these international tournaments.

“Estábamos en broma, en chiste, con amigos”—meaning “we were playing, joking among friends”—was the response that Néstor Penovi gave to a reporter when he was asked about the reasons he asked the Russian adolescent girl to repeat a vulgar, obscene expression in a language completely foreign to her. In anticipation to the 2018 World Cup, the Argentine Football Association published a manual that included “advice on how to woo Russian women” and later apologized.

Clearly, sexism in the world of sports is both, well-rooted and institutionalized. “How can it be that most men don’t commit these acts—and would never even consider it—and yet sexual assault remains such a pervasive issue?” asked actor-activist Justin Baldoni and leading men and masculinities studies sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel asked this past April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The issue is that in the culture of rape, men still act with impunity, even though they may later express regret.

The Russian man who sexually assaulted González Theran directly apologized to her in a videotaped conversation. Penoví similarly came across as remorseful about his behavior at an interview at the airport after arriving in Argentina. Women on the ground, however, won’t rely on regret and apologies to create a safer culture on the ground at the World Cup or other major soccer events.

Far from victims, González Theran and Guimarães experiences are inspiring others who will continue working hard to promote a life free of violence for them in the world of sports; they are part of a larger feminist community. More than 50 women reporters, their brave colleagues, launched the provoking “let her work” (#DeixaElaTrabalhar) campaign in Brazil earlier this year—and reportedly, it is increasing awareness.

For women around the world who hope to attend their favorite sport free of violence, any indication of real social change will still have to be lived, and fought for, in and outside of the stadium.

Gloria González-López is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Austin and a Public Voices Fellow with the Op Ed Project.

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2018 World Cup: Russia vs. Croatia, How to Watch, Live Stream

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Russia and Croatia will face off in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. ET.

As the World Cup reaches its apex, and the France vs. Uruguay and Brazil vs. Belgium games close out Friday, only a few countries remain in the running. After a month-long celebration of athleticism, patriotism, and all sorts of boundary-breaking, it’s down to the wire.

Russia, the host country for the 2018 World Cup, is riding a wave of success hardly anyone saw coming. After a penalty-shootout victory over much higher-ranked Spain, a victory against Croatia will give them a spot in the semi-finals.

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Female Sports Reporters Are Blowing the Whistle on Sexist Behavior at the World Cup

From late goals to major upsets, the World Cup in Russia this year has had more than its usual share of excitement. While more women have had high-profile sports commentary roles this year than ever before, a series of sexist incidents have provoked outcry.

During the tournament, several women working for international media outlets have been harassed and assaulted while doing their jobs. Male fans have coached women to chant sexually graphic phrases in languages they don’t understand. Even away from the crowds outside the stadium, women working from the relative calm of a studio have received online abuse just for daring to work in the male-dominated world of soccer.

The soccer world is no stranger to sexism. As is typical of many sports, the men’s version is thought of first—British pundit Gary Lineker was called out on Twitter for crediting Lionel Messi with a world soccer first, despite American soccer player Mia Hamm and China’s Sun Wen achieving the same in 2003. In Britain, thought of as the home of the sport, the women’s game was banned for 50 years until 1971, and was only officially brought under the British soccer governing body in 1993. It’s only in recent years that women have taken roles in FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, with the first board members being elected in 2013, and the first ever secretary general in 2016. Progress has been slow across the board, with top European leagues only getting their first ever female referee last September (in Germany); there are no female refereeing staff at this World Cup. Sports journalists in several countries marked milestones in Moscow, becoming the first to commentate live men’s matches on television. (In the U.S. Fox Sports and Telemundo both had the country’s first ever live commentary from women, while in the U.K., where women have commentated live soccer on the radio, the BBC’s Vicki Sparks made history as the first woman to commentate a live televised men’s match.)

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Maddie Meyer—Getty ImagesVicki Sparks commentates for BBC during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

What’s different about this year’s World Cup is the rise of call out culture. As Anna Kessel, sports journalist and chair of British campaign group Women in Football says, “For the first time, we’re having a global awakening about what women in the sport face.” In the wake of the #MeToo movement across other industries, more women in soccer are talking about their experiences—and the world is listening.

For those working in front of the camera, the grabs, gropes and kisses have taken place in full view of the world. On June 15, Colombian-born journalist Julieth Gonzalez Theran was delivering her lines for Deutsche Welle to camera when a soccer fan grabbed her chest and forcibly kissed her. Three days later, Malin Wahlberg was presenting, talking to a crowd of Swedish fans for the country’s Aftonbladet newspaper, when a rowdy fan draped an arm around her shoulder, another another vigorously ruffled her hair and a third grabbed her round the neck and went in for a kiss she tried to dodge. Mexican journalist Mariana Zacarias has told Paris Match about being groped, kissed and grabbed in the first two weeks of the tournament. On June 24, Julia Guimaraes, presenting for Brazil’s TV Globo and sporTV, dodged a man who tried to kiss her on the cheek, berating him afterward with a wave of her mic.

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It’s not just women on the job who have had to deal with sexist crowds. Fare Network, part of a global network of organizations tackling discrimination in soccer, has reported several instances of fans persuading women from different countries to chant crude and sexual phrases in a language they don’t understand. “There’s the very visible issue of TV reporters who are being assaulted on the streets while they’re working, and there’s another aggressive, sexualized misogyny that’s new. I’ve never seen that before,” says Fare’s executive director Piara Powar, describing the videos.

In one video Fare highlights, two Paraguayan journalists taught a woman an obscene phrase, telling her it meant “I like Paraguay,” and in another Colombian fans taught Japanese women to say obscene phrases. Paraguay—which is not playing at the World Cup—condemned the journalists through its Russian embassy, and Colombia’s government said the behavior was “degrading to women and insults our country” on Twitter. “All these things are highlighting old, sexist attitudes, and that most of the people who travel are men,” says Powar. “It’s something the culture of [soccer] hasn’t tried to address.”

Several female pundits have also been trolled online—and action is being taken. German pundit Claudia Neumann, the first woman to commentate men’s matches on German public television, has been subject to online abuse, with her employer ZDF now pursuing criminal charges against two users who expressed “extremely derogatory comments,” according the German newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung. ZDF director Thomas Bellut said he hoped it would have a deterrent effect, and expressed surprise that “apparently some viewers still have a problem with a woman commentating.”

Elsewhere, others have been displeased that the playing field is becoming more equal. Jason Cundy, who played for British top-level soccer club Chelsea, came under fire last week for his assertion on breakfast TV that female commentators were a “tough listen,” saying “a high-pitched tone isn’t what I want to hear.”

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Pable Porciunicula Brune—AFP/Getty ImagesA woman (C) reacts she watches the World Cup match between Uruguay and Russia at a square in the Russian-founded town of San Javier in Rio Negro Department, Uruguay, on June 25, 2018.

Powar of Fare Network says that the media—and soccer as a whole—has its own role to play in helping change sexist attitudes, by making the presence of women a regular feature across the board, rather than a one off at big tournaments. Female pundits Eni Aluko and Alex Scott, who work for the U.K.’s two major networks, have drawn praise for their insightful commentary—as well as what some have called patronizing applause from a fellow male pundit. “They clearly understood they had to prove themselves, they had to work harder than the men,” says Powar. “They’ve done their homework.”

The commercial argument for change is strong: Women’s soccer is among the fastest growing sports in the world—and in the U.S., women’s soccer has for years been more popular than men’s. Kessel points to two campaigns this World Cup that were disbanded after an outcry over sexism—Burger King’s offer to give prizes to any woman impregnated by a player, and Getty’s gallery of “hottest fans” featuring only young women. “It’s been standard for galleries and TV feeds to feature this narrow idea of women at the football. This is first time there’s been such a big platform for change,” Kessel says. Women are a significant audience at World Cups: FIFA’s own viewing figures show women were around 40% of the audience for the 2014 tournament. And where there are viewers, there are advertising dollars.

But for women on the ground right now, sharing their experiences and immediately condemning sexism has been essential to effecting change more quickly. As Julieth Gonzalez-Theran said in a post on her Instagram after she was groped, the women reporting are doing their jobs and they deserve respect: “Respect! We don’t deserve this. We are equally valuable and professional. I share the joy of soccer but we must identify the line between affection and harassment.”

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‘Psychic’ Octopus That Correctly Predicted Japan’s World Cup Results Is Killed and Sold for Food

A “psychic” octopus that correctly predicted the results of all three of Japan’s soccer World Cup group stage games has been killed and sent to market, just as the knockout stages of the tournament get underway, according to Japanese media.

Rabiot, a giant Pacific octopus caught in Obira, Hokkaido, correctly “predicted” that Japan would win against Colombia, draw with Senegal and a loss to Poland – and it became a national sensation in the process.

Its method involved being placed into a pool with three baskets of food representing Japan winning, Japan’s opponent winning and a draw. Whichever it swam toward first became its prediction.

Local media reported that Kimio Abe, the fisherman who had caught Rabiot, had decided that his business was more important than keeping the “psychic” octopus alive for the knockout stages.

“I hope that the second Rabiot will also give all the outcomes correctly and that Japan will go all the way,” he said, according to Sora News 24.

Japan will face title-contenders Belgium on Monday – and although this World Cup has been one of surprises, perhaps getting slaughtered was Rabiot’s way of predicting the outcome of the match.

It’s not the first time an unlikely animal has made headlines by predicting the outcome of World Cup games.

In 2010, Paul the octopus became an international star after correctly predicting the results of all Germany’s games in the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final – in which it backed Spain to win. Similar to Rabiot, its method involved eating food daubed with the colors of opposing teams.

This year, a Russian cat named Achilles is being touted as the latest psychic animal, after correctly predicting that the hosts would beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt – though he incorrectly backed Nigeria in their spat with Argentina, which beat them 2-1.

And unfortunately for Harry, an “oracle otter” in Sochi, Spain crashed out of the tournament on Sunday, contradicting Harry’s prediction that Spain would beat Russia to proceed to the semi-finals.

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How to Grill Like Barbecue World Champion Tuffy Stone

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Grilling is a competitive sport. Seriously. Whether it’s neighbor verse neighbor or a family rivalry, the competition can be fierce.

And while people, of course, barbecue year-round, the prime time is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and one of the highlights of the season is July 4.

And for those who truly love the smell of charcoal in the morning, there is a circuit of professional barbecue contests and competitions. Pitmaster Tuffy Stone has won dozens and dozens of titles and recently released Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue, which includes his tips and advice as well as plenty of his signature recipes.

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What You Need to Know About World Cup Player Jimmy Durmaz

On Saturday, Sweden’s national soccer team took on Germany during their 2018 World Cup Group F match up. Unfortunately for Sweden, the tight game came down to a winning free kick for Germany precipitated by a mistake made by Swedish player Jimmy Durmaz late in the game. This is soccer: it’s a beautiful game, yet mistakes happen all the time. But Durmaz has since become the target of racially-charged invective on his Instagram, suffering online abuse that questions his nationality.

In a statement video released Sunday, Durmaz addressed the backlash, backed by the support of his teammates.

“I am a footballer at the highest level; being criticized is something we live with,” Durmaz says according to ESPN’s translation from the Swedish. “But being called ‘f—ing immigrant’ and ‘suicide bomber,’ and having death threats made against me and my children is completely unacceptable,” he went on. “I am Swedish, and with pride I wear our shirt and our flag. I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy. It warms us all. We stand united. We are Sweden.” His team also rallied behind him, as did the Swedish Football Association, which reported the abuse to police on Durmaz’s behalf, according to the Guardian.

In the caption for the post, he added in English, “I’m humbled and overwhelmed from all the lovely messages I’ve received from all of you. It really warms my heart after what happened last night. Keep posting love so it will overcome all the hate out there.”

Where is Jimmy Durmaz From?

Durmaz is Swedish. His Assyrian parents made their way north to Sweden from Turkey, according to the Associated Press.

Where does Durmaz play?

Currently, Durmaz plays for the French football club Toulouse as a midfielder; he was signed in 2016. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he has been rotated in as a substitute for the Swedish national squad. He’s been playing professional soccer since his teens, starting out with Swedish clubs before playing for Turkish, Greek and now his French team. This is his first World Cup.
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When will Durmaz play next?

Despite their loss, Sweden is still in the mix for the 2018 World Cup. They’re facing off against Mexico Wednesday in their final Group F match. While Durmaz is not on the starting lineup, he may play as a substitute. Both teams are hoping for a win to secure their advancement chances, although draws could also work in their favor.

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How to Watch the 2018 World Cup Games Today Online for Free, Including France vs. Argentina

The field of 32 teams in the World Cup 2018 in Russia has been cut in half, and the World Cup round of 16 games start on Saturday, June 30.

Germany, the reigning World Cup champion and a favorite to repeat and grab the title again, has been eliminated after a lackluster performance. But soccer powerhouses Brazil and France are very much alive, as are Argentina and Portugal, thanks to their mega-superstar players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In fact, the 2018 World Cup games today feature both of those soccer stars in two exciting matchups: France vs. Argentina and Uruguay vs. Portugal.

When is the France vs. Argentina game scheduled to start? If you want to know when France and Argentina play, and how to watch the World Cup 2018 for free on TV, or how to live stream France vs. Argentina and other games for free, you can check out our comprehensive how to watch the World Cup guide, or just scroll down for the key details.

What Channel Is the World Cup 2018 France vs. Argentina Game On?

Both World Cup games today — Argentina vs. France and Portugal vs. Uruguay — are being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo.

Here’s the schedule for round of 16 World Cup 2018 games today, and in the days ahead:

World Cup Games Saturday, June 30

• France vs. Argentina, 10 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Uruguay vs. Portugal, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

World Cup Games Sunday, July 1

• Spain vs. Russia, 10 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Croatia vs. Denmark, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

World Cup Games Monday, July 2

• Brazil vs. Mexico, 10 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Belgium vs. Japan, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

World Cup Games Tuesday, July 3

• Sweden vs. Switzerland, 10 a.m. ET, on FS1 and Telemundo
• Colombia vs. England, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

If you have satellite or cable TV, simply find your local Fox station to watch World Cup games in English, or Telemundo if you want to watch the Spanish broadcast.

Even if you don’t have a pay TV package, you can still watch the World Cup games today for free. All you need is a digital antenna, which can cost under $ 30 and provides free, over-the-air broadcasts of networks like ABC and Fox. You can also watch Spanish broadcasts of the 2018 World Cup on Telemundo for free in most of the country with a digital antenna.

How to Live Stream Argentina vs. France Online for Free in the World Cup 2018

As we detailed in our previous story on how to watch the World Cup 2018 for free, it is indeed possible to live stream World Cup games without necessary paying a monthly bill—for cable or a streaming service.

Here’s the gist:

Every World Cup game can be streamed in English with the Fox Sports Go app. There is no charge for downloading and watching via the app, but you must log in with an appropriate pay TV provider account to get access.

To get the Spanish broadcasts, you can stream World Cup games in any browser at TelemundoDeportes.com, or with the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or NBC Sports apps. Up until June 25, you could stream World Cup games live for free on Telemundo in a browser, without any log-in. Now, however, you must log in online with a pay TV account to live stream the World Cup that way.

Most live-streaming TV services will also let you watch the World Cup online. Services including Hulu Live, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages available with some or all of the channels broadcasting 2018 World Cup matches.

Each of these services has a free trial period, allowing you to watch at no charge for roughly one week. Just remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay the monthly fee, which will cost $ 20 and up.

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Joe Jackson Brought as Much Talent to The Music World as He Did Havoc to His Family

He sired one of the most successful musical groups ever as well as the most famous entertainer of all time. The fame Joe Jackson obsessively pursued for his offspring eventually led to enormous wealth for the Jackson clan. Yet, in many ways, the Jacksons were plagued not only by seemingly emotional demons but financial ones as well.

At one point, the Jackson 5 had a fortune that was reported to be “only second to the Beatles.” By 2008, one of the Jackson brothers had a job stocking groceries, another repaired cars, and a third lived with Katherine and Joe who were in danger then of losing their mansion, ABC News reported at the time.

And of course, the fortune, as well as the debt Michael Jackson amassed, are legendary. At the time of his death in 2009, Michael’s net worth was estimated at $ 500 million. During the singer’s wrongful death trial, it was revealed he was $ 400 million–$ 500 million in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy.

Tito Jackson, better known as T.J., expressed financial hardship after his uncle Michael’s death. He was appointed as guardian (along with the Jackson matriarch Katherine) of Michael’s three children and said he could not afford the cost of their care and requested additional funds from the late singer’s estate.

And who can forget the reports of how ugly the battle for the estate’s money became between the family members? Although Jackson was in the red when he died, he earned the lurid distinction of becoming one of the world’s richest dead celebrities. Royalties from record sales and from the Beatles’ song catalog, which the singer purchased in 1985, earned the estate hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Daily Mail reported in 2012 that Michael’s brothers and sisters, angered over being left out of his will, turned their fury toward Katherine and the estate’s executors. The situation got so crazy and heated that there were rumors that Katherine, who had disappeared from public view for a time, had been drugged and kidnapped over the money. The police were called when Randy, Janet, and Jermaine caused a ruckus at one of the family’s compounds.

How could such a successful, rich family descend into such financial chaos? Many accounts state that Michael Jackson accumulated massive debt from out-of-control spending. Mental health experts assert that compulsive overspending is often a way to compensate for negative feelings—a form of self-medicating. “Most often, compulsive buyers experience a great deal of negative emotion, and the actual shopping isn’t the root of their problem,” wrote Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D. for Psychology Today.  

A drug addict, an accused child molester, at worst—a grown man extremely inappropriate with children, at least; not to mention the countless disfiguring surgical procedures signifying an individual in the deepest well of self-loathing—to call Michael troubled is an understatement.

Perhaps all of the sadness, tragedy, and financial woes of the Jacksons can be traced back to the patriarch. Joe Jackson’s abuse of his family was notorious. From WRTC 103; “Michael was so afraid of his father that he would become physically ill whenever he came near Michael. Michael was known to throw up or faint when his father came near him. He also refused to comfort his children. They weren’t allowed to hug him and they had to call him “Joseph,” not dad or daddy like normal children.” LaToya Jackson accused her father of molesting both her and her sister Rebbie.

There are endless interviews with Joe Jackson where he expresses no regret for his behavior and says he did it to make his children tough.

There are so many lessons to ponder after Joe Jackson’s death: what the cost of astronomical fame can be; the consequences of overspending, no matter how much money one makes; and the lifelong financial and emotional damage an abusive parent can inflict on their children. 

Joe Jackson had, some may say, the most significant hand in forming and then introducing incredible talent to the musical world. Yet, by all accounts, he was a tempest as a husband and father whose reported bouts of rage and domestic violence wreaked emotional—and perhaps financial—havoc in his children’s lives.

 

 

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32 Teams Entered, 16 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Knockout Stage

Germany is gone. For the fourth time in the last five World Cups, the event’s defending champion was bounced from the tournament after the group stage, as South Korea’s stunning 2-0 victory on Wednesday sent the 2014 winners home.

The result inspired a few incredible scenes — for example, South Korea’s victory enabled Mexico to advance to the round of 16 knockout stage. So people in Mexico City did what any sane soccer fans would do: they went berserk outside the South Korean embassy while urging the consul general, Han Byoung-jin, to down tequila shots (he complied). In Brazil — which still hasn’t quite gotten over Germany’s 7-1 humiliation of the home team during the 2014 World Cup semifinals — several maniacs staged a mock funeral for Germany, parading down a street with caskets draped in the German flag.

Sometimes, sports fans are the best.

Senegal is gone, too. But how can one not feel sympathy, given the way they were eliminated? The Lions of Teranga lost their final game to Colombia, 1-0, meaning that both Senegal and Japan finished with four points in the Group stage. Only one of the teams could advance — Colombia topped the group — putting FIFA’s byzantine tiebreaker rules into play. First up: goal differential. But both Senegal and Japan scored and gave up four goals in the group stage. Next: most goals stored. That metric left them tied, too. The most logical first tie-breaker — head-to-head results between the two teams — is lower on FIFA’s list, for some reason, not that it mattered here: Japan and Senegal played to a 2-2 draw on June 24. So for the first time in World Cup history, the “fair play” tiebreaker came into play. Japan advanced because the referees issues six yellow cards to Senegal, but only four to Japan.

Sure, this World Cup has taught us an important lesson: Behave on the field, or it can cost you. Still, FIFA needs to create better tie-breakers. (Here are some worthy ideas, like results against a group’s top team, or flying both teams to a pre-game penalty shootout before the knockout stage.) Leave the cards to poker.

The group stage offered its share of excitement to be sure. But now the World Cup moves to the knockout round. Sixteen teams remain, and it’s win or go home. No more ties mean penalty shootouts — flawed but exciting — are sure to determine some winners.

Here’s TIME’s handy guide for 2018 FIFA World Cup knockout round.

You can still binge watch

American audiences will undoubtedly miss the daily group stage triple headers, which aired at convenient though perhaps productivity-stifling hours (so what?). This past week was even better: four games a day. The knockout stage is bittersweet in this regard. The stakes are higher, but there are fewer games from this point out.

Still, the round of 16 will give viewers plenty of sports-watching distraction. Enjoy the four straight days of doubleheaders in the schedule below, all times ET.

Saturday, June 30
France vs. Argentina, 10 a.m. on Fox
Uruguay vs. Portugal, 2 p.m. on Fox

Sunday, July 1
Spain vs. Russia, 10 a.m. on Fox
Croatia vs. Denmark, 2 p.m. on Fox

Monday, July 2
Brazil vs. Mexico, 10 a.m. on FS1
Belgium vs. Japan, 2 p.m. on Fox

Tuesday, July 3
Sweden vs. Switzerland 10 a.m. on FS1
Colombia vs. England, 2 p.m. on Fox

The knockout stage brackets aren’t loaded with geopolitical sizzle (thanks to American soccer incompetence, Russia and the U.S. won’t be facing each other on the field, for instance). Still, there’s plenty of intrigue on the board. Brazil and Argentina are blood rivals, and they could meet in the semifinals. How about a Denmark-Sweden semi, in a battle for Scandinavian supremacy? An England-France final would settle some scores. A Spain-Portugal rematch is worth cheering for, too — the teams played to a 3-3 tie in the group stage, with Cristiano Ronaldo putting up a hat trick for Portugal. That match was one of the finest in World Cup history. Just picture them meeting up for the championship (and fine, go ahead and picture Ronaldo ripping off his shirt after winning his first World Cup, too).

English Renaissance

In 1966, England defeated West Germany, 4-2, in the final to win the country’s first, and still only, World Cup. England hasn’t been to the semis since 1990. This underachievement — relatively speaking — doesn’t sit too well in London and Liverpool. But England has looked impressive in Russia. The Three Lions won their first two games, trouncing Panama 6-1 in the process. Even Thursday’s loss to Belgium was fortuitous: by finishing second in its group behind Belgium, England avoided Brazil, five-time World Cup champ and home to superstar Neymar Jr., in its quadrant.

An extended World Cup run for England, however, could trigger a national emergency. A carbon dioxide shortage has forced some beer rationing in the U.K.; pubs without pints for a World Cup final are like humans without hearts.

Video Star

This World Cup has introduced VAR — Video-Assisted Referees — into the global vernacular, which has been a positive development. Because for all the handwringing about delays as officials review the replays, and the intrusion of technology into what will always be a sweat-and-tears athletic endeavor, the bottom line is this: so far, VAR has helped get several important calls correct. Which is always worth it. Here’s a safe bet: a knockout stage game will come down to a controversial decision. And video review will offer a just result.

And Speaking of Betting…

Who, you may ask, is going to win this World Cup? Brazil is the favorite, according to Oddschecker.com, at 15/4, followed by Spain at 19/4 and Belgium at 15/2. A Brazil-Belgium quarterfinal would be a potential championship-level match in an earlier round: with Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany returning from an injury, don’t be shocked to see Belgium survive its challenging draw — and hoisting the country’s first-ever World Cup trophy on July 15 in Moscow.

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Most children-friendly destinations in the world

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The sun is out, and we can’t help but think about getting away on vacation. Is there any better way to enjoy the summer? Traveling the globe with a family may seem tough, but it won’t be any longer with these most children-friendly destinations in the world. It’s time to get exploring!

Amsterdam

You may have heard of the grown-up stories from this Dutch city, but did you know that this is one of the top children-friendly destinations too? Yup, you heard us right. The city offers up a ton of outdoor activities from the incredible zoo to bike tours all through the streets. After all, Amsterdam was designed for cyclists. To top it off, there is the incredible Anne Frank House to add some history to your visit, as well as the canal system that offers a completely unique way to get around.

Florida

Of course, how could we leave the Sunshine State off the list could we? Disney is one of the biggest attractions in Florida, but there are also several other options that make this vacation great for children. The Florida Keys are a great place for snorkeling if you have little ones that love to get in the water, while the Shark Tooth Beach gives a chance to get closer to these magnificent creatures than you ever thought. As if that wasn’t enough, the various ‘gator parks provide an opportunity to see these prehistoric animals up close.

Turkey

This country is known for its incredible sunshine and crystal clear waters on offer. However, what about the fact it has practically been designed around children? The water parks are the perfect place to start on your search to have fun. There are also so many attractions on offer, such as aquariums and indoor reptile centers for the days you want to get out the sun. If you really want a way to cool down, Turkey also has an indoor snow park! What could be better?

Wales

This country is perfect for anyone wanting to explore the British countryside. Why? The rolling hills and greenery are the perfect playground for all kids big and small. If outdoor adventures are your thing, then look no further. There are miles of hiking trails all throughout the valleys in addition to cycling adventures and climbing opportunities. Plus, the country is filled with boardwalks meaning that stroller will no longer be an issue. If you’re lucky, you might even get to enjoy one of the classic Great British summers!

The Canary Islands

Here you have a choice of many islands as you lap up the Spanish sun. There are seven main islands to choose from, with Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura being the most popular. You will certainly be set to create memories that last a lifetime here thanks to the black sand beaches. The islands also offer hotels with plenty of kids clubs meaning the little ones can be kept amused all day if you fancy some adult time. If that wasn’t enough, these islands also have adrenaline-filled sports from surfing to abseiling and everything in between.

Seeing the world is something many of us dream of doing, and now we can see it all thanks to these most children-friendly destinations in the world. The best memories can be made on vacation, and now it’s time to start creating even more with our loved ones in tow!

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'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Stomps to Top of Box Office Charts

After enjoying considerable success overseas, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomped into theaters in the U.S. and earned an estimated $ 150 million over the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. Combined with overseas earnings, the film has made more than $ 711 million worldwide, which means it's the third largest release worldwide this year, trailing only Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.

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World Cup Merchandise Sales a Battleground for Nike and Adidas

BRANDS’ GIVE AND GO: While national soccer teams are battling for advancement in this year’s World Cup, Adidas and Nike are dueling for fans’ spending dollars.
Adidas AG is one of seven partners for the 2018 tournament, as evidenced by the Adidas logo that can be found on every game ball and other equipment. The company also sponsors Mexico, Russia, Colombia, Argentina, Germany and other countries. Nike Inc. has its own arsenal of teams — Brazil, Portugal, Nigeria, England and France among them. As of Monday, Nike had a higher sell–out rate, having depleted 28 percent of its World Cup merchandise within the first seven days, according to Thomson Reuters research. Adidas, meanwhile, had sold 6 percent of its FIFA-geared goods during that same time.
Analyzed in conjunction with StyleSage Co., the “Adidas vs. Nike — Who Will Score More World Cup Goals” report makes the distinction that little World Cup merchandise has been discounted. Nike has a higher average price point for its shirts and jerseys at $ 75.09 compared to Adidas $ 56.32. Markdowns aren’t necessarily needed given the World Cup’s popularity and to-the-end-of-the-earth kind of fans.
In terms of most valuable sports events brands, the FIFA World Cup ranks fourth with $ 229

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was a half-billion dollar moneymaker before its U.S. release on Friday. It has an outside chance of hitting the $ 1 billion milestone by the end of next weekend.

Not bad for a movie series about a Disney-style theme park built around resurrected-from-extinction dinosaurs.

The latest Jurassic adventure adds an estimated $ 150 million in U.S. ticket sales to its overall total this weekend, bringing Fallen Kingdom‘s cumulative global box office up to $ 711.5 million. The movie opened outside the U.S. as far back as June 6, so we’re technically now in its third weekend since release. Read more…

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World Cup Daily Podcast: Colombia Eliminates Poland With Incredible Attacking Display

Colombia ran rampant on Sunday, scoring three goals and eliminating Poland from the World Cup with a throwback performance and ‘Pibe’ Valderrama and René Higuita in attendance. 

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World Cup Fans Are Losing It Over Pepe’s Ridiculous Flop in the Portugal-Morocco Game

As Morocco desperately searched for a stoppage time equalizer to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-minute header during their Wednesday match against Portugal, one player’s actions earned him some ire from World Cup fans.

With time running out, Portugal defender Pepe staged a particularly egregious flop following a tap on the back from Morocco’s Medhi Benatia. The dive quickly sent soccer Twitter into a frenzy as footage of the stunt began making the online rounds.

“Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia,” the World Cup Goals account jokingly captioned the video.

“Aaaaand the Oscar for best actor goes to Pepe!!” added another user.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the international tournament.

See some more reactions to Pepe’s dive below.

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This female World Cup reporter was assaulted live on air

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This week, we learned that certain World Cup results mean an increase in incidents of domestic violence in the UK, and now, a female journalist reporting from the World Cup in Russia has been assaulted by a fan during a live broadcast. Judith Gonzalez Theran, a Colombian correspondent, was delivering a piece to camera when a fan forcibly kissed and groped her.

The incident, which occurred last week, came to light when Gonzalez Theran’s employer, DW, drew attention to the attack by posting a clip on social media. The network emphasised, ‘Sexual harassment is not okay. It needs to stop. In football, and elsewhere.’

After the interruption, Gonzalez Theran continued her report, but has addressed the incident online since then, saying, ‘We do not deserve this treatment… we are equally valuable and professional.’

The incident somehow manages to take an even darker turn when Gonzalez Theran appeared to suggest that this assault was premeditated, as her and her crew had been setting up in the location for two hours previously. She revealed, ‘When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation… but afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.’ She added, ‘There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully. This one went too far.’

Unfortunately, sexual harassment of female sports reporters is nothing new, and clearly not limited to just football.

Earlier this year, a group of 52 Brazilian sports correspondents banded together and launched a campaign with the slogan #DeixaElaTrabalhar (Let Her Work) to combat harassment from both fans and players when they are working.

On top of this, last year, 21-year-old tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned by the organisers of the French Open for ‘reprehensible behaviour’ after repeatedly trying to kiss a female reporter during an interview, in spite of her clear discomfort.

Time is up.

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How to Watch the 2018 World Cup Games Today Online for Free, Including Mexico vs. South Korea

After upsetting reigning World Cup champion Germany in a thrilling 1-0 opening round victory, Mexico looks to continue its success in the 2018 World Cup today when it faces South Korea.

When is the South Korea vs. Mexico World Cup game? Mexico and South Korea are scheduled to play starting at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 23. Here are all the other details you need to tune in.

What Channel Is the World Cup 2018 South Korea vs. Mexico Game On?

Mexico vs. South Korea is being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo. In fact, all three World Cup games today (including matches featuring Belgium and Germany) will be aired on Fox and Telemundo.

If you have a standard satellite or cable TV package, your bundle probably includes these channels. Simply find your local Fox station or Telemundo to watch the South Korea vs. Mexico game.

If you don’t have a pay TV package, you should still be able to watch Mexico and South Korea in the 2018 World Cup with a digital antenna. You can buy a basic digital antenna for around $ 30. When you hook up a digital antenna to a TV in most of the country, you can watch over-the-air broadcast networks like Fox, ABC, and, yes, Telemundo totally for free.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule for Saturday and Sunday

What 2018 World Cup games today are being played? Here’s the TV schedule:

• Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• South Korea vs. Mexico, 11 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Germany vs. Sweden, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

What’s the 2018 World Cup schedule for Sunday, June 24?

• England vs. Panama, 8 a.m. ET, on FS1 and Telemundo
• Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

Even if you don’t have cable, you should still be able to watch all 2018 World Cup games for free—either on TV (check out Telemundo) or by live streaming the game.

How to Live Stream the World Cup South Korea vs. Mexico Game for Free

In our previous how to watch the World Cup guide, we covered the basics for how to live stream World Cup 2018 games for free, including some strategies for how to watch Fox, FS1, and Telemundo online. Here are the details:

Every World Cup game can be streamed in English with the Fox Sports Go app. There is no charge for downloading and watching via the app, but you must log in with an appropriate pay TV provider account to get access.

To get the Spanish broadcasts, you can stream World Cup games in any browser at TelemundoDeportes.com, or with the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or NBC Sports apps. Telemundo says that anyone can watch the World Cup online for free without a pay TV subscription until June 25. After that, you may be prompted to log in online with a pay TV account.

Most live-streaming TV services will also let you watch the World Cup online. Services including Hulu Live, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages available with some or all of the channels broadcasting 2018 World Cup matches.

Each of these services has a free trial period, allowing you to watch at no charge for roughly one week. Just remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay the monthly fee, which will cost $ 20 and up.

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Iceland’s Big Loss to Nigeria Just Pushed the World Cup Drama to 11

On Friday morning, nearly 200 fans of Iceland’s World Cup soccer team — some natives of Reykjavik and other parts of the sparsely populated North Atlantic nation, others firmly seated on the Viking bandwagon — gathered in a cramped space in a midtown Manhattan pub. Dressed in their blue Iceland shirts, they were ready to cheer their country’s soccer miracle onto the next round. With a win over Nigeria, Iceland would almost assuredly advance to the knockout stage.

The fans sipped on their cold Einstök ale, while chanting “ĺs-land! ĺs-land!” (Pronounced “Eees-land!). The sounds of the Viking clap bounced around the bar.

But then Iceland met Ahmed Musa.

The Nigerian forward, who plays for Leicester City in the English Premier League, scored a pair of exquisite second-half goals against Iceland in Russia, giving Nigeria a 2-0 win over the World Cup underdog darlings and reviving the African nation’s chances of reaching the knockout stage for the second consecutive tournament. Nigeria’s victory also gave underachieving Argentina, home of the legendary Lionel Messi, a puncher’s chance of saving its own World Cup campaign.

Iceland had its chances in the first half, dominating play but failing to convert its free kicks and long passes into a goal. Nigeria didn’t even take a shot on goal in the first half. In the 49th minute, however, with the score tied at 0-0, Musa took a cross, touched it onto the grass and fired it into the net off a short-hop. Then in the 75th minute, Musa outran an Iceland defender down the side of the field, moved with the ball into the middle, then dribbled around Iceland keeper Hannes Thor Halldórsson — making Halldórsson look comically slow in the process — before knocking in his second goal.

A penalty shot in the 83rd minute offered Iceland a speck of hope. But Iceland’s most technically gifted player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, sailed his shot comfortably over the crossbar, knocking the air out of Iceland’s chances and out of the New York fan pub, where Iceland supporters buried their heads in their hands.

Nigeria’s win gives Group D of the World Cup, already one of the tournament’s most intriguing combinations, extra drama going into the last game of the opening round. Croatia, with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria last week and a 3-0 stunner over Argentina on Thursday, has already clinched a spot in the knockout stage. Nigeria, with three points thanks to the win over Iceland, faces Argentina, which has a point due to its draw with Iceland last week, on Tuesday. If Nigeria beats Argentina, the Super Eagles advance — and knock Argentina, finalists at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, out of the tournament. If Argentina wins and Croatia beats or draws with Iceland on Tuesday, Messi still has a chance to win his first World Cup, despite Argentina’s dysfunction in the first two games of the group stage.

Iceland’s still alive, but needs a win and either Argentina to draw with Nigeria, or for Argentina to beat Nigeria, but by not too many goals. Goal differential is the first group stage tiebreaker, and at this point Iceland has given up two more goals than it has scored, while Argentina is facing a three-goal deficit.

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As Iceland has discovered in its World Cup debut, this tournament’s an emotional ride. Your country’s fate, for good or ill, can change in an instant. Still, after the disappointment of the Nigeria game, the Iceland pub in New York was far from somber. “We’ve still got a shot,” said Hlyur Gudjonsson, Icelandic Trade Commissioner to North America and the Consul General for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Sure beats the alternative.

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The Alternative World Cup You Might Have Missed This Summer

The FIFA World Cup is in full swing this week. But if you prefer your soccer with a side of politics, the real tournament of the summer was the “alternative” World Cup that wrapped up on June 9, pitting teams from the world’s “nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.”

While World Cup teams play for pride, these teams play for recognition. Started back in 2013, the soccer tournament is organized by the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), a “politically-neutral, volunteer-run charity.” CONIFA oversees 47 teams, 16 of which made the cut for this year’s tournament in the U.K.

The participants came from all points of the globe, from the Abkhazians of northwest Georgia to the Matabelelanders of eastern Zimbabwe. Four teams showed themselves to be a cut above the rest: Szekely Land, Padania, Northern Cyprus and tournament champion Karpatalya. Here’s a brief overview of each.

4th Place: Szekely Land

Nestled in Central Romania, Szekely Land is home to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Hungarians. Originally part of Hungary, it was redrawn as part of Romania (twice, actually) in the treaties following both World Wars. The territory’s name comes from the Hungarian dialect they speak known as Szekel.

For decades, Szekely Land inhabitants were treated as second-class citizens by Romania’s communist dictatorship—they were barred from speaking Hungarian in public life, elections of Hungarian officials were invalidated, and cross-border communication was severely limited. Since the early 1990s and the fall of the USSR, the push for autonomy has been spearheaded by the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, who seek territorial and cultural autonomy within Romania. Most protests have been peaceful, though a clash in 1990 left five dead.

Unfortunately for them, the Romanian government does not believe their grievances warrant independence. Still, the dream remains alive.

3rd Place: Padania

Padania comprises Italy’s northernmost regions, centered around the Po River Valley. Since Italy failed to qualify for the traditional World Cup, Padania’s 3rd-place finish is likely to be the country’s strongest showing in an international soccer tournament this summer. Padania is notable for another reason too—the group long-pushing for Padania’s break from Rome and the rest of Italy was a party called the Northern League… which recently rebranded itself as the “League” and stormed to second-place in Italian national elections.

For years, the Northern League had derided its Southern countrymen and decried the industrious north’s money being redistributed to the poorer south; those criticisms were muted as the League rose in national prominence. It’s now in an anti-establishment coalition government with the Euroskeptic Five Star Movement, where its strong anti-migration bent has Brussels on its heels. Still, the ambition to secede lives on for some—the “Great North” party is sprung from the remnants of the Northern League.

But it’s difficult to claim unfair treatment when the region’s political champion is now the one calling the shots in Rome. Plenty of others in this tournament would love to have this type of problem.

Runner-Up: Northern Cyprus

Northern Cyprus claimed second place as the losing tournament finalist. Cyprus has been one of the most dangerous flash points between rivals Turkey and Greece for years now—originally under British rule, Cyprus became an independent country in 1960. Today, 78 percent of the population is Greek-Cypriot, and 18 percent is Turkish-Cypriot. Both Turkey and Greece had originally agreed to respect the island’s independence and territorial integrity, but as tensions flared in the 1960s and early 1970s, the military junta in Athens backed an attempted coup by Greek-Cypriots in 1974, triggering an invasion of North Cyprus by Turkish troops. A population exchange between north and south soon followed, as did nearly a decade of failed negotiations. In 1983, North Cyprus declared its independence; to this day, no one besides Turkey recognizes it as an independent country.

Tensions between north and south have been at a relatively low simmer for some time, but so long as the Cyprus issue remains unresolved, it risks becoming a lightning rod for any Greek or Turkish politician seeking a nationalist bump in the polls.

Champion: Karpatalya

And finally, the team of the tournament. Karpatalya is located in the Carpathian mountains in western Ukraine, bordering Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. It houses nearly 1.2 million people of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds, prominent among them ethnic Hungarians. Amid the mayhem of World War II, the territory—once part of Czechoslovakia—declared independence for 24 hours before being annexed by Hungary. It was subsequently claimed by Ukraine under the banner of the Soviet Union when Europe was being divvied up after the war. When the USSR collapsed in 1991, a referendum saw nearly 8 in 10 Karpathians vote for autonomy… which was promptly dismissed.

What wasn’t dismissed was Karpatalya’s participation in the World Football Cup tournament. Ukraine’s Sports Minister, Igor Zhdanov, took to Facebook to decry the team’s participation: “I call on the Security Service of Ukraine to respond appropriately to such a frank act of sporting separatism. It is necessary to interrogate the players of the team… for the purpose of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and ties with terrorist and separatist groups.” A good reminder that sometimes being ignored isn’t the worst thing in the world.

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How often did you sit in school wishing you were somewhere more exciting? Going to the same building and spending most of your day learning can be a real drag, especially when you’d rather be out doing something a lot more fun. No matter what people do to try and make school more exciting, it still ends up being pretty boring. Well, if you’ve wished for a way to change things up and give your own kids a more stimulating education, then we’ve found the thing for you – world-schooling.

What is world-schooling?

World-schooling is pretty much exactly what it says it is. You travel the globe with your children and educate them about everything there is to see in the world. It’s a bit like home-schooling, only much more exciting (and expensive). It’s about more than taking your kids on vacation for a few weeks and introducing them to a new culture. Most world-school children are out of mainstream education for a year or two, if not forever. You’re essentially responsible for teaching them everything you think they need to know, which can put a lot of pressure on your shoulders. When done well, though, it has plenty of benefits.

Good geography skills

It’s amazing how bad some people’s geography skills are. Even those who have received a full school education can’t point to many different countries on a map. At best, they might be in the know about American geography, but that’s about it. How better to improve your geographical knowledge than to see where everywhere is for yourself?

Pick up the language

It’s more important than ever for children to learn foreign languages. The world is becoming increasingly connected, and being multilingual can be hugely beneficial for the younger generation. If you spend a good amount of time schooling in one part of the world, it’s likely that your child will start to pick up on the language, especially if you help teach them. Learning from experience is much easier than sitting in a classroom having the words drilled into you.

One big history lesson

Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by history. Towns and cities all around the world are filled with museums and galleries that showcase the local history. However, you don’t even need to go to these places to learn everything. Each country has its own unique culture that’s been shaped by history, and immersing your child in that will open their mind to the way that different people live. Traveling is one big history lesson.

Artistic expression

Being surrounded by all these different cultures can also be hugely beneficial for your child’s creativity. When they’re in an art class at school, they might not know how to create anything outside of the norm. However, when children are world-schooled, they see for themselves how people have produced artwork using their own unique styles. If creativity runs in your family, then this is the best way to inspire them to follow their artistic dream.

Learning acceptance

One of the most important lessons that a child can learn from being world-schooled is accepting others. Depending on where they’re raised, a kid might grow up not being surrounded by other ethnicities and religions, which can be harmful to them in later life. Exploring the world will show them first hand how other people dress and what they believe in. Doing this while they’re young will show them there’s nothing wrong with being different, and that they should appreciate everyone for who they are.

World-schooling isn’t for everyone. After all, traveling around the world doesn’t come cheap, and a lot of people can’t afford it. Even if you can manage a year, or just a few months, though, it can do your children a world of good.

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Burger King Apologizes for an Ad Offering Burgers to Russian Women Who Get Pregnant by World Cup Players

(MOSCOW) — Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players.

Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning.

The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King’s social media accounts but was still circulating among Russian social network users. It promised a reward of free burgers to women who get “the best football genes” and “ensure the success of the Russian team for generations to come.”

In a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online.” It said the offer “does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

Ads in Russia often play on sexist stereotypes, notably ads around sporting events like the World Cup. Women’s rights activists have been increasingly speaking out against them.

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Everyone Is Cheering for These Japanese Soccer Fans Who Cleaned Up the World Cup Stadium

Tuesday’s World Cup match between Japan and Colombia may have gotten a little dirty, but the stadium was left spotless.

Even after Japan came out on top 2-1 in a stunning win, several Japanese fans stayed behind to pick up litter left behind at the stadium, BBC reports.

Videos on social media show fans equipped with trash bags sweeping through the rows collecting plastic waste left on the stadium grounds.

Internet users praised the Japanese fans for bringing their manners to the pitch.

Japanese audience members earned similar accolades back in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil, where some were spotted picking up their own trash after the Japanese team lost to the Ivory Coast 2-1.

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10 Star Trek Cameos That Are Out of This World

Star Trek has been around for more than five decades, and in that time, it’s attracted its fair share of big names from the world of movies, music and even actual science.  In fact, a surprising amount of modern Holywood icons actually got their break on Star Trek, appearing in small roles in both ‘Trek movies and episodes while working as jobbing actors.

There are almost too many of these blink-and-you’ll-miss them cameos to choose from. But now, after weeks of arguments we managed to whittle them down to our ten favourite.

Without further ado, here are the coolest cameos in the history of Star Trek.

Dwayne Johnson


Star Trek Dwayne Johnson.

Before he made the move from wrestling ring to cinema screen, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson appeared in a 2000 episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled “Tsunkatse.” The ep’s story revolves around a blood sport playing out in an arena on an alien planet. In a nice case of two fandoms colliding, Dwayne plays a Pendari warrior who ends up defeating Seven of Nine with the help of The Rock’s signature move, Rock Bottom. Funnily enough, he isn’t the only wrestler to appear in Star Trek, with Big Show also showing up in Enterprise episode “Borderlands” as a slave trader.

Mick Fleetwood


Star Trek Mick Fleetwood.

Fun fact –Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood wasn’t new to acting when he cameoed in Star Trek, having previously played a resistance leader in The Running Man. But at least you actually saw his face in that movie. When Mick showed up as an Antedian dignitary in Next Generation episode “Manhunt” in 1989, he was buried under a mountain of fishy prosthetics. Making him pretty much unrecognisable. Still, the role was a juicy one, with Fleetwood’s character revealed as something of a terrorist.

Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy creator guy Seth MacFarlane LOVES Star Trek — and he hasn’t been shy about his favourite fandom. As a teen he made the above fan film with his friends. Hell, he even manages to work Trek references into pretty much all of his shows. And now he’s had a character named after him. Still, nothing can beat actually being IN Star Trek, and in 2005 Seth played engineer Rivers in Enterprise episodes “The Forgotten” and “Affliction.” If that wasn’t enough Seth MacTreklane for you, more recently he created and starred in Star Trek homage The Orville.

Sarah Silverman


Star Trek Sarah Silverman.

Comedian Sarah Silverman played astronomer Rain Robinson in the Voyager two-parter “Future’s End.” In this double-pronged outing, the Star Trek crew meet  Silverman when they travel back to 1996 Los Angeles. According to a Tweet by producer Bryan Fuller, the showrunners liked Silverman so much that they considered bring her onboard as a series regular. Though that idea was apparently nixed when Jeri Ryan went full-time as Seven of Nine in Season 4.

Iggy Pop


Star Trek Iggy Pop.

Rock legend Iggy Pop sometimes seems like an alien. So it’s little surprise that he played one, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Magnificent Ferengi” in 1997. As Vortan clone Yelgrun, Pop endeavoured to negotiate a prisoner exchange, and ends up being captured and handed over to Starfleet. Impressively, the star actually delivered a controlled and understated performance that’s a million miles away from his crazy onstage persona.

Christian Slater


Star Trek Christian Slater.

Christian Slater is a long-time Trek fan, and briefly appeared as ‘Excelsior Communications Officer’ in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Though the actor probably didn’t have to work too hard for the part, as his mother — Mary Jo Slater — was in charge of casting on the movie. Slater has since revealed that the costume he wore was William Shatner’s in Wrath of Khan. Which Christian duly kept once he’d wrapped shooting.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan


Star Trek Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The very talented Jeffrey Dean Morgan achieved global fame playing Negan in The Walking Dead. But long before he was fighting zombies and bashing in human skulls, he played a Xindi Reptilian in Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Carpenter Street.” Apparently though, Morgan didn’t exactly enjoy the experience. Telling Entertainment Weekly “I had to pay my bills. I knew I’d play some guy saying some stuff. Then I got a call saying I needed to go in for a prosthetic fitting. I remember them dripping goop on my face, and I had straws sticking out of my nose. I couldn’t eat lunch. I was claustrophobic. I’d go home in tears. This was the job that made me want to quit acting.” We’re glad he didn’t.

Tom Morello

Guitar legend Tom Morello is also a Star Trek super-fan, and asked producer Rick Berman for a part. Which Berman duly agreed to thanks to his son being a Rage Against the Machine super-fan. Morello is therefore uncredited as a Son’a officer in Star Trek: Insurrection. But his trekking didn’t end there, with Morello playing Crewman Mitchell in Voyager episode “Good Shepherd.” In which he does the opposite of raging against the machine, snapping to attention when Captain Janeway enters his space. Trekking in the name of.

Kirsten Dunst


Star Trek Kirsten Dunst.

Best known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire and the Spider-Man movies, Kirsten Dunst appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993, when she was just 11-year-old. Playing Cairn child Hedril, Dunst’s character visits the USS Enterprise-D on a diplomatic mission with her father. Where her telepathic powers trigger painful suppressed memories in Lwaxana Troi.

Stephen Hawking


Star Trek Stephen Hawking.

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was so famous, he got to play himself in Star Trek. During the Season 6 finale of The Next Generation, Hawking participates in a hilarious game of poker with Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Data. With Hawking winning by bluffing Einstein. It’s a memorable cameo, which Hawking followed up with guest spots on the likes of The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory. Speaking of which…

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Here’s How Much Money World Cup 2018 Players Make

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar… you may know the names of soccer’s biggest stars, but do you know how much they’re getting paid to play in the 2018 World Cup?

As is typical with FIFA, the answer is complicated.

The international football federation is set to award $ 400 million total to the 32 teams competing for glory at the World Cup over the next month in Russia, according to the Associated Press. By the end of the tournament on July 15, one champion will take home a whopping prize of $ 38 million. The second and third-place teams will receive still-impressive checks for $ 28 million and $ 24 million, respectively.

Non-Equal Pay

Those are impressive figures, but the players aren’t necessarily splitting the prize pots evenly. As USA Today reported back in 2014, awards are given to winning teams’ national federations, which are then allowed to decide how to pay athletes at their discretion. That means the payoff for playing in the World Cup varies by country.

The German Football Association, for example, said in December that each of its players will get a bonus of €350,000, or about $ 400,000, if they win this summer’s World Cup. The sums are staggered depending on how far the team makes it in the competition. If they get to the semi-finals, each player will pocket €125,000 ($ 145,000); if they only survive to the quarter finals, each player will get €75,000 ($ 87,000). There is no bonus for only making it past the first round.

The breakdown is different in Brazil, where each person will get €800,000, or roughly $ 930,000, if they emerge victorious from the World Cup, according to Reuters.

Spain’s players are in the best position. If their team wins the title, each athlete will get €825,000 — the equivalent of more than $ 950,000.

You can definitely consider the bonuses a score: These payments come on top of the players’ regular-season professional salaries, which in Ronaldo’s case exceeds $ 60 million a year, according to Forbes. Each team also gets $ 1.5 million before the World Cup so they can prepare for the contest.

Pay Problems

But the money can cause drama. In 2014, disagreements over pay posed problems for a handful of African countries. Cameroon’s team initially refused to board their flight to the World Cup four years ago because players believed their £61,000 bonuses were too low. The Nigerian squad boycotted a training session because they were afraid they wouldn’t get paid. Ghana threatened to skip a game unless they got paid ahead of time in cash — a stunt that forced the government to put $ 3 million on a plane to Brazil.

This time around, neither Ghana nor Cameroon are in the World Cup. But FIFA did give Nigeria and four other nations $ 2 million advances so they could get any money disputes out of the way before the competition actually began.

Winning the World Cup isn’t all about money. German Football Association President Reinhard Grindel told reporters last year that though the financial bonuses were admittedly attractive, “the sporting challenge is the main focus and not the economic aspect.”

Then again, try telling that to Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president who was accused of skirting the law after he gave himself a $ 12 million bonus for the 2014 World Cup.

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The U.S., Canada and Mexico Just Won a Joint Bid to Host the 2026 World Cup

(MOSCOW) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.

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How to Watch the 2018 World Cup Germany vs. Mexico Match Today Online for Free

There are three World Cup games today, and while every match in the World Cup 2018 schedule draws passionate fans, one showdown stands out: Germany vs. Mexico.

Not only do both countries have extremely diehard fan bases, but Germany is the reigning World Cup champion, after beating Argentina in the 2014 Finals in Brazil. Some are even saying that the 2018 German team is better than the squad that won the championship four years ago.

When is the Germany vs. Mexico game today? Germany and Mexico are scheduled to play starting at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 17. Here are all the other details you need to tune in.

What Channel Is the World Cup 2018 Germany vs. Mexico Game On?

Mexico vs. Germany is being broadcast in English on FS1, and in Spanish on Telemundo. If you have a standard satellite or cable TV package, your bundle probably includes these channels. Simply find Telemundo or FS1 to watch the Germany vs. Mexico game.

If you don’t have a pay TV package, you should still be able to watch Germany and Mexico in the 2018 World Cup for free today on Telemundo with a digital antenna. You can buy a basic digital antenna for around $ 30. When you hook up a digital antenna to a TV in most of the country, you can watch over-the-air broadcast networks like Fox, ABC, and, yes, Telemundo totally for free.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule for Sunday, June 17

What’s the 2018 World Cup schedule today?

• Costa Rica vs. Serbia, 8 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Germany vs. Mexico, 11 a.m. ET, on FS1 and Telemundo
• Brazil vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m. ET, on FS1 and Telemundo

Even if you don’t have cable, you should still be able to watch Germany and Mexico play for free today—either on TV (check out Telemundo) or by live streaming the game.

How to Live Stream the World Cup Germany vs. Mexico Game for Free

FS1 is a pay TV network, and the traditional way to get that channel on TV is by paying for a monthly cable or satellite TV package. But there are other options. In our previous how to watch the World Cup guide, we covered the basics for how to live stream World Cup 2018 games for free, including some strategies for getting FS1. Here are the details:

Every World Cup game can be streamed in English with the Fox Sports Go app. There is no charge for downloading and watching via the app, but you must log in with an appropriate pay TV provider account to get access.

To get the Spanish broadcasts, you can stream World Cup games in any browser at TelemundoDeportes.com, or with the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or NBC Sports apps. Telemundo says that anyone can watch the World Cup online for free without a pay TV subscription until June 25. After that, you may be prompted to log in online with a pay TV account.

Most live-streaming TV services will also let you watch the World Cup online. Services including Hulu Live, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages available with some or all of the channels broadcasting 2018 World Cup matches.

Each of these services has a free trial period, allowing you to watch at no charge for roughly one week. Just remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay the monthly fee, which will cost $ 20 and up.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Watching the 2018 World Cup

The soccer World Cup kicks off Thursday in the 81,000 seater Luzhniki stadium in central Moscow. Host country Russia, ranked 70th in the world, take on 67th-ranked Saudi Arabia at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET). While unlikely to be a match for the history books, it does mark the start of the first World Cup in eastern Europe. The games will be played across 12 stadiums, spanning a huge distance—with the most eastern in Ekaterinburg, 1,800 miles east of the stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia’s European territory that borders Poland and Lithuania.

With 64 matches over four weeks, there are likely to be surprises—especially with video assistant referee (VAR) technology making its World Cup debut after a widely criticized outing in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Here, a cheat sheet of what else to watch out for in this year’s tournament.

The favorites and the challengers

The only South American team to win a World Cup on European soil was Brazil in 1958. This year, there are five teams from South America in contention. Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia all look likely to make it out of their groups, with Peru the underdog. With Brazil’s Neymar looking in form after returning from injury and scoring in both warm-up friendlies against Croatia and Austria, the Brazilians could live up to their tag as tournament favorites.

France and Germany are both considered strong challengers to the South Americans, especially playing closer to home. But with Germany’s surprise decision to leave star winger Leroy Sané at home and a loss to Austria in a pre-tournament friendly, France could have the edge. A young squad bursting with raw talent, like forwards Nabil Fekir and Kylian Mbappé, has the best chance in years of bringing Les Bleus their second ever World Cup.

Final flings

This tournament is likely soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s last shot at winning a World Cup. The 33-year-old Portuguese captain has won the European Champions League five times with two teams and set scoring records, yet the World Cup trophy remains elusive. Leading fourth-ranked Portugal to victory would cement his place as one of the game’s greatest players of all time.

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Quality Sport Images—Getty ImagesCristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the friendly match of preparation for FIFA 2018 World Cup between Portugal and Algeria at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on June 7, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Egypt wasn’t considered to be a team to watch even when it last played in a World Cup, 28 years ago, but since Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah powered his way to become one of the top three goal scorers in Europe, it is attracting fresh attention. The team is already set to break one tournament record: fielding the oldest player ever to play in a World Cup. Goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary, 45, is set to captain his side. He told ESPN the milestone meant little, since “age is just a number.”

Teams for the neutrals

Although Iceland may have pride of place as tournament underdogs, Nigeria is emerging as another popular choice. According to the Nigeria Football Federation, the Super Eagles’ distinctive white, green and black patterned jersey had 3 million preorders, and London’s Nike store sold out after fans had lined up for hours. The country is hoping for a best-ever performance after finishing ninth in 1994.

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Catherine Ivill—Getty ImagesDetail of the Nigeria badge and shirt during the international friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England.

Off the pitch

Away from the stadiums, soccer officials are hoping the host nation can avoid a resurgence of soccer hooliganism. At the European Championships in 2016, Russia’s fans violently clashed with British fans in the city of Marseilles. Russia says it has created a blacklist of “known troublemakers,” reportedly of almost 2,000 people and plans to deploy hundreds of police on the streets to dispel violence. Still, fans are bracing for trouble. The British Foreign Office has warned citizens traveling to Russia to watch out for “anti-British sentiment or harassment.”

If you only pay attention to soccer every four years, you might be wondering who the U.S. is playing. Alas, the United States men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, prompting much soul-searching and anger at the controversial goal that let Panama proceed instead. There’s a silver lining in the form of a squad of rising stars like Christian Pulisic and John Brooks, who are young enough to be dreaming of a resurgence in 2022. And the Americans are at least in good company: four-time winners Italy also failed to qualify.

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Every 2018 World Cup Team Name Code, Explained

With the FIFA 2018 World Cup underway, fans less familiar with international soccer may take a look at the score and wonder: Wait, who’s playing in this game?

In most cases, World Cup team names take their scoreboard acronyms, also known as FIFA codes, from the first three letters of their name in English. But there are a handful of exceptions. Here’s a complete list of the FIFA codes for all 32 teams competing in the 2018 World Cup, along with explanations when their origin isn’t immediately clear.

  1. ARG: Argentina
  2. AUS: Australia
  3. BEL: Belgium
  4. BRA: Brazil
  5. COL: Colombia
  6. CRC: Costa Rica. Because Costa Rica’s name is two words long, the FIFA code takes the first letter from each word instead of the first three letters. The second “C” is from the “C” in “Rica.”
  7. CRO: Croatia
  8. DEN: Denmark
  9. EGY: Egypt
  10. ENG: England
  11. FRA: France
  12. GER: Germany
  13. ISL: Iceland. In French, “Iceland” is spelled “Islande.” The FIFA Code refers to the French spelling.
  14. IRN: Iran. The International Olympic Committee country code for Iran is “IRI,” which stands for “Islamic Republic of Iran.” The FIFA code removes the “a” from “Iran,” abbreviating the name to IRN, in line with the country codes set out by the International Organization for Standardization.
  15. JPN: Japan.
  16. KOR: South Korea. FIFA refers to South Korea’s soccer team as the “Korea Republic national football team.” The team code is the first three letters of that name. North Korea’s FIFA code is “PRK” for “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” though only South Korea is playing in this year’s World Cup.
  17. MEX: Mexico
  18. MAR: Morocco. The name refers to the French spelling of Morocco, Maroc.
  19. NGA: Nigeria. The country code “NIG” belongs to Niger, so “NGA” is used to distinguish Nigeria.
  20. PAN: Panama
  21. PER: Peru
  22. POL: Poland
  23. POR: Portugal
  24. RUS: Russia
  25. KSA: Saudi Arabia. KSA stands for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  26. SEN: Senegal
  27. SRB: Serbia
  28. ESP: Spain. ESP comes from the French spelling for Spain, Espagne.
  29. SWE: Sweden.
  30. SUI: Switzerland. The FIFA abbreviation refers to the French spelling of Switzerland, Suisse.
  31. TUN: Tunisia
  32. URU: Uruguay

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Why the Most Compelling Drama at the World Cup Might Be Off the Field

The decision by FIFA, the body that governs international soccer, to award the 2026 World Cup to the combination of the United States, Canada and Mexico instead of Morocco — a nation widely considered unqualified to host the tournament — was a huge relief to many people who love the game. They had feared that the vote, which took place in Moscow, would once again prove an international embarrassment to the sport.

By placing the tournament in the U.S., FIFA will actually be entering the turf of its most damaging rival. Just over three years ago, the United States Department of Justice shocked the world by initiating a pre-dawn raid in Zurich, and arresting several international soccer officials. To date, nearly four dozen people have been indicted in the case for exchanging hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes. Many once untouchable administrators have been banned from the sport, including longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter. And countless fans have had to confront the grim knowledge that rampant corruption has seeped into the game they loved. Their stomachs will not be settled this summer.

Following the purge of the corrupt leadership, soccer’s new bosses immediately declared a “new era.” They loudly condemned their predecessors. They made a show of promising to deliver a degree of transparency that seemed radical when compared to the sport’s four-decade financial black box. “You will be proud of FIFA,” the shiny-headed Swiss, Gianni Infantino, pledged soon after being elected the institution’s first new president in nearly 20 years.

But if there’s one takeaway from the sweeping corruption case, it’s that the problems afflicting a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that has operated without anything resembling oversight for decades turn out to run awfully deep. It’s one thing to bust a few crooked officials. It’s quite another to change an entire corrupt culture.

Take the fact that this World Cup is being held in Russia. Defenders of the country’s desire to host note that it has a long soccer history, highlighted by the great Soviet teams of the 1960s and ‘70s. But many questions hang over the 2010 decision to award the tournament to the nation instead of a very eager England — ones that may remain unanswered, as FIFA’s attempt to investigate the choice was stymied when Russia’s bid team claimed that all its computers were destroyed after the vote. FIFA, working on the dubious principle that if there are no records, there is no crime, cleared Russia of any wrongdoing.

As if to thumb his nose at critics, Vladimir Putin last fall made a public show of inviting Blatter to attend the tournament in person — even though FIFA gave Blatter a six-year ban in 2016 from attending any event. Blatter wasted little time in accepting the Russian leader’s offer, and it will be interesting to see where he will be seated at critical matches. Putin is expected to occupy a box with Infantino.

But Infantino’s record isn’t pristine, either. Since taking office in early 2016, Infantino has been the subject of two separate ethics complaints. One involved expense account abuses that included him putting a $ 10,000 mattress for his personal use on FIFA’s credit card; the other, perhaps more worryingly, included allegations that Infantino interfered with attempts to investigate potential corrupt acts. His name popped up in the Panama Papers. He’s repeatedly defended officials under indictment, at one point flying to Brazil for photo ops with the president of that country’s national association — a man so terrified of being arrested that he refuses to leave his own country. More recently, critics have accused Infantino of attempting to disqualify Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup on nitpicky technical grounds and thus aid the U.S.-Canada-Mexico bid. Infantino, for his part, has admitted he preferred the North American bid, but denied putting a finger on the scales.

The problems are hardly limited to FIFA headquarters in Zurich or, for that matter, Moscow.

Just last week, the Ghanaian government began the dissolution of the nation’s organizing body for the sport after a documentary aired on BBC showed its officials, including its president, repeatedly pocketing cash bribes as large as $ 65,000. In May, South America’s top soccer official, Paraguayan Alejandro Dominguez, shocked the U.S. and Mexico by offering a coveted guest spot in the 2019 Copa América tournament to Qatar’s woeful national team. The decision raised questions about the official’s increasingly cozy relationship with the petroleum-rich nation, which still labors under allegations that it somehow bought the vote awarding it the 2022 World Cup.

Soccer officials — long accustomed to being treated as if they were members of some sort of international aristocracy — like to cast the ongoing U.S. criminal investigation as a macabre conspiracy. They say the Americans have some grudge against the sport — or at FIFA not choosing it to host in 2022 instead of Qatar.

But there was no conspiracy. According to my conversations with people knowledgeable about the inner workings of the case, the prosecutors and special agents who have spent nearly eight years building America’s FIFA investigation never intended to bring down world soccer. They sought to simply cut out the cancerous rot afflicting the sport, believing that doings could actually give FIFA the opportunity to improve in the long term. To that end, the criminal purge wasn’t conceived of as the endpoint, but a small first step.

While FIFA has implemented a number of reforms, its changes so far have been derided as half measures in combatting a deep-seated culture of corruption. Its decision to award the 2026 World Cup to the U.S., Canada and Mexico may have averted another public relations disaster. But three years after the Zurich arrests, there’s still plenty to suggest it’s largely the same old FIFA. And while it may not offer the joy of a beautiful run by Lionel Messi, the ongoing scandal adds another dose of drama to the spectacle, and a measure of shame.

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Hollywood has a habit of making locations look and feel super cool. Sadly a lot of the time these amazing places are actually just film sets or the product of some very clever computer-generated images. There are some locations though, that simply cannot be faked and are too amazing to change in any way, take a look our pick for the ones that rock the most.

Dubrovnik – Croatia

Many of the scenes in HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones were filmed on location in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The shots for the city of King’s Landing were filmed here, and most of the central characters have at some stage made the journey to the fictional city to bend the knee at the feet of the ruling King or Queen. It was the scene of the horrific fight between The Mountain, Gregor Clegane and The Viper, Oberyn Martell. Many characters have been betrayed in the city and Dubrovnik is the stunning location that allowed it all to happen.

Skopelos – Greece

One of the best things about the 2008 musical movie Mamma Mia! was the location the film was shot in. The blue seas and white sands of the Greek island of Skopelos were a feature for many. The intricate streets the characters found themselves in were like something from a magazine in the ‘60s – so vibrant and unique. Many people will not forget witnessing some of the cast singing their head off as we’d never seen them before. Many started booking flights to Greece as they wanted to have their very own Mamma Mia! moments.

Matamata – New Zealand

New Zealand was the location for the wonderful set of fantasy epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Its rolling hills and mountains are something that can easily take your breath away because of their beauty. Besides the natural wonders, there is another location that many tourists in New Zealand have to go to no matter what. Matamata is a town in the Kaimai Mountains, and there are hobbit homes left behind from filming. People can kick off their shoes and take tours of the quaint Shire and feel as though they are Hobbits too, just like Frodo and the gang.

Angkor Thom – Cambodia

Angelina Jolie played the titular character in the 2001 fantasy adventure Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. No film called Tomb Raider would be complete without some tombs to explore, and this film didn’t disappoint. The filmmakers chose to shoot some of the movie at the Hindu temple of Angkor Thom in Cambodia, which is still standing from the 12th century. The temple features large faces carved from the stones and is as full of history as it looks.

Ait Ben Haddou – Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou is one of the locations used in the historical action movie Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius. The ancient location is used as the city where Maximus gets sold into the slave trade, and it looks as though it has been plucked from history and placed in the modern day. This location is available to visit, and it will make you feel like you are stepping into the movie yourself.

There are hundreds of amazing locations across the world and thanks to modern technology we can witness them in some of our favorite movies and TV shows. The best thing about these real-life filming locations is that if you really want to, you can go and visit them.

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Russia’s ‘Psychic’ Cat Achilles Predicts the World Cup 2018 Opening Match Winner

A cat said to have psychic powers has predicted the winner of the first game in the 2018 World Cup, set to kick off on June 14.

Achilles, a deaf Russian cat that lives at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, was given two plates of cat food to determine the opening match’s winner. One plate was marked with a Russian flag, while the other had a Saudi flag.

After a moment of hesitation, Achilles chose the Russian plate, the Associated Press reports. Following the choice, the cat was dressed in a Russian uniform for a photoshoot.

Hermitage veterinarian Anna Kondratyeva said Achilles “loves his motherland and couldn’t vote otherwise.”

Achilles became known for having psychic abilities after correctly guessing the winners of multiple matches during the Confederations Cup last year in Russia.

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These Are the 17 U.S. Cities That Could Host the 2026 World Cup

The U.S., Mexico and Canada won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, bringing the soccer tournament to North America for the first time since 1994.

The combined bid overwhelmingly won a vote against Morocco, its only challenger at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. North America gained 134 votes, while Morocco got 65.

Sixteen cities spanning the continent will host the 80 games of the 2016 World Cup tournament. Of those games, 60 will be played in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. The last game of the tournament will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. There are now 23 cities, including three in Canada and three in Mexico, that are up for selection to host the 2026 World Cup.

See which cities could host the 2026 World Cup matches below.

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Boston

New York/New Jersey

Philadelphia

Baltimore

Washington, DC

Cincinnati

Nashville

Atlanta

Orlando

Miami

Kansas City

Dallas

Houston

Denver

Los Angeles

San Francisco Bay Area

Seattle

Canada

Edmonton

Montréal

Toronto

Mexico

Monterrey

Guadalajara

Mexico City

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Best food festivals in the world

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Food is great, it tastes amazing, and it releases positive hormones throughout our bodies that makes us feel good. It is any wonder that we keep going back for more? Even after our stomachs are telling us they are full up! The best thing about food is that each country has its own special cuisine and often there are very different taste sensations available throughout all of the regions in the world. Many festivals celebrate food, and we’re bringing you some of the best.

Pizzafest – Napoli, Italy

Talking about food without bringing up pizza is hard. The gooey cheesy meal is many people’s favorite thing to cram into their mouths, and Napoli in Italy is where they were created. Pizzafest is held yearly in September and celebrates all things pizza for about two weeks of the year. Head to Napoli to experience the original recipe for yourself and make sure your clothes have elasticated waistbands as you can expect to eat a lot of pizza during that time.

Le Salon du Chocolat – Brussels, Belgium

Belgium is considered by many to be the home of chocolate, so it makes sense that they would have one of the best chocolate festivals in the world. They hold the festival, Le Salon du Chocolat, every year in March and there are more than 130 participants making chocolate for all of the festival goers. Some of the biggest names in Belgian chocolate making will be at the festival exhibiting all of their amazing skills and offering samples to taste. There are even people wandering around wearing dresses made from chocolate.

Bacon Festival – California, USA

Bacon has to go down as one of the greatest discoveries ever made by mankind. It is the smell that is guaranteed to get you up in the morning as it will be driving your taste buds so crazy you won’t want to be asleep anymore. In Sacramento, California, bacon lovers will convene to share their love of bacon in all shapes and sizes. There will be straight up bacon, bacon flavored ice cream, bacon milkshakes, and bacon donuts. Any kind of bacon you can think of, and many that you can’t, will be available at this meaty festival.

La Tomatina – Valencia, Spain

One of the most fun food festivals in the world is found in Valencia, Spain. While there isn’t too much tasting involved thousands of people flock to the streets of Buñol, Valencia, to throw tomatoes at a huge wagon and each other. It has been held since 1945, and there are very few rules to participation. You cannot throw hard objects, and you must squash your tomatoes before throwing, that’s basically it. The event is staged purely for entertainment reasons but is for sure the most fun you can have a food festival.

Tokyo Ramen Show – Tokyo, Japan

Ramen is arguably the most popular food Japan has to offer, and many college students would claim the low-cost, but high-flavor noodles are a necessity. Fans of the fast cooking food will be able to enjoy all of the varieties of flavors that Japan has to offer, and after the first six days, the vendors are all swapped for new ones, offering even more noodly goodness.

Food is for everyone, and thankfully there are hundreds of food festivals across the world. No matter what your preference is you are likely to be able to find a festival that celebrates your favorite food as much as you do. We think those are the best food festivals available to food lovers across the globe.

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What sets these surf schools apart is a commitment to excellence when it comes to tuition, which will help you to catch a wave from Portugal to Hawaii, South Africa to Norway

Surf camps provide a taste of the surfing lifestyle and include accommodation and transport, as well as social activities where you can meet other surfers. One company offering this is Lapoint, which has camps in six countries, including the Portuguese fishing town of Ericeira, 50km north-west of Lisbon – where there is a vibrant surf scene. Head coach João Durão began teaching at 19 and believes the quality of the instruction is as important as having fun, so there are theory lessons, fitness training and one instructor for every six students.
Seven-night break from €499, includes five lessons, accommodation, breakfast and yoga, two- and three-week packages available, lapointcamps.com. Flights extra, as with all the schools mentioned here

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The best cities in the world for music fans

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Music fans come in all shapes and sizes, just the same as music genres come in a variety of tones and beats. Many cities in the world house great venues that allow local artists to become global superstars, and then come back to their hometown and sell out the big arenas. Some of the best cities for music can be found all over the world, here are some that welcome music to help their vibrant hearts continue to beat.

Manchester, UK

Manchester is home to one of the largest rock bands to ever come out of the UK, Oasis. In truth lots of bands have come from this city including, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, even Take That. The city is famous for music and has many great venues and stadiums that the biggest acts in the world regularly play at. It has hosted famous acts such as The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Kendrick Lamar. It doesn’t just host global superstars though, there are many smaller venues around for up-and-coming bands to learn their craft in. If you like music you will be able to find a decent venue that will be playing a genre that you love, make sure you check it out.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is full of clubs, and anyone who loves dance music should at some point in their lives try to get to this Spanish party island. Some super clubs host thousands of people at a time just wanting to hear the world’s best DJs battle it out. It has also moved recently to accommodate fans of other genres too, and Ibiza Rocks now makes the island a vacation destination for music lovers who aren’t purely into dance music. Ibiza’s attraction is to pair sunny weather with some of the world’s best music, seems like a great combination to us.

New Orleans, USA

Speaking of a party, heading to New Orleans will guarantee you have a great time. The city is synonymous with jazz music, and there are plenty of venues ready and willing to blast out some fine tunes from their trumpets. It is considered to be the birthplace of jazz by many and must be visited to understand the atmosphere the city is able to generate. The jazz coming from New Orlean evolved and became the early form of Rhythm and Blues which was full of energy and vibrancy, and in recent years it has developed a hip-hop culture and a heavy metal base. There is something for most music lovers in this city.

Vienna

Lovers of classical music will no doubt be aware of Vienna. Classical music composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms spent many years working and living in the city, honing their craft. Now there are outdoor performances to be enjoyed around Vienna as well as the wonderful theaters with some of the best acoustics in the world. Theatres such as the Theater an der Wien, Volksoper, or the Staatsoper. Vienna is also considered to be home of the waltz dance if you fancy moving your body to some of the best classical music in the world.

Many great cities across the world are famous for their musical backgrounds. This rich history with music leads to many fans flocking to them to get closer to the music they love. Those were our picks for the best cities in the world music fans should make a trip to whenever they get the chance.

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On ‘Kids See Ghosts,’ Kanye West and Kid Cudi Bare Their Scars to the World

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It was announced in April that a string of Kanye West-affiliated projects would be hitting the public this summer, and so far, fans have gotten the triumph of Pusha T’s DAYTONA alongside the relative banality of West’s own Ye.

Nas and Teyena Taylor projects are forthcoming, but fans have hotly anticipated the joint project from Kids See Ghosts, aka West and Kid Cudi. After some delay, an album listening party was livestreamed just prior to the album’s June 8 release date (Kanye’s 41st birthday), and the disappointing and infuriating West shenanigans that overshadowed these releases’ announcements seem to have suddenly taken a backseat to the actual music.

That doesn’t make Kanye any less insufferable, and its made for a confounding shift in tone surrounding the ongoing West conversation. But teamed with Cudi, West and his longtime collaborator get to lean on each other, and the result is a more full-bodied success than either has had in a long time. West’s new album Ye didn’t paint a very sympathetic picture of his current state of mind. But with Kids See Ghosts, Kanye opts for the cathartic as opposed to the curmudgeonly—and there’s no doubt that his fans have Kid Cudi to thank for that

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