After upset win over Germany in World Cup, Japanese players leave dressing room

Japan’s 2-1 comeback victory over powerhouse Germany at the Qatar World Cup Wednesday shocked the soccer world, but its win was not the only thing which grabbed some attention. Following the victory, the Japanese soccer team took the time to clean its dressing room, FIFA reported. A picture shared by FIFA showed the locker room … Read more

‘The players are not brave’: How the Iran World Cup anthem protest highlights a fractured country

Upwards on the horizon rises the Eastern Sun, The light in the eyes of the believers in truth, Bahman is the zenith of our faith. Your message, O Imam, of independence, freedom, is imprinted on our souls. O Martyrs! Your clamours echo in the ears of time. Enduring, continuing, and eternal. The Islamic Republic of … Read more

Photos: England get reality check in 0-0 draw with US

England experiences a sobering reality check as they were outplayed for long periods by a youthful United States side in a tense 0-0 draw in their second World Cup Group B game on Friday. A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday sent fans’ hopes soaring, but Gareth Southgate’s side was fortunate not to suffer a … Read more

Qatari Police Confront Female Fan Wearing ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ T-Shirt at Iran Match

An Iranian soccer fan has told Storyful his sister was forced to change out of a t-shirt reading “Woman, Life, Freedom” before she was allowed to watch the Wales vs Iran match in Doha, Qatar, on Friday, November 25. Kevin Amirehsani said he and his sister, Kiana Amirehsani, were attempting to enter the Wales vs … Read more

Fans cry, jeer Iranian anthem as players sing in World Cup clash against Wales

Iran players have sung the national anthem ahead of their crucial FIFA World Cup clash against Wales, as some fans were pictured in tears and others jeered and whistled in the stands. Key points: Iran players sang the national anthem against Wales, after remaining silent in the match against England Pre-game, supporters clashed outside the Ahmad Bin … Read more

National anthem drowned out by boos

The action continues in Qatar after two World Cup contenders put their stamp on proceedings during day 5. Some tantalising contests are on the agenda, with England to take the field as hopes once again begin to grow among fans. In Group A, Netherlands will take on Ecuador with the winner assured of moving out … Read more

Neymar’s ankle, Ronaldo’s record and the return of bore-draws: Talking points from first round World Cup matches

Everyone at the World Cup has now played once. We’ve been given a taste of what Qatar 2022 will be like. While it’s always a bit premature to make sweeping judgements after just one round of games, let’s go ahead and do that now. Here are five talking points from the first phase. Early favourites have emerged … Read more