Wednesday, August 12, 2020
The Video Assistant Referee system, known as VAR, is soccer's first use of video technology to reach more accurate decisions.
LONDON (ViaNews) - As we reach the end of the first pool of matches it is a good time to reflect on the World Cup. Draws for Argentina, Brazil, and Spain, defeat for Germany and shock wins for Senegal and Japan create the impression that this is a competition where the underdog rules. Surprise outcomes are not quite...
FIFA headquarter in Switzerland. Photo by: MCaviglia.
LONDON (ViaNews) – A new book claims to shoot World Cup bribes back into the penalty area; a streaky, bobbling pass that emerges straight from disgraced former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter. ‘Whatever it takes – The inside story of the FIFA way’ is written by Bonita Mersiades, a whistle-blower who was a senior executive of the Australian FA’s unsuccessful bid...
Aanchal Thakur. India's first International Medal in Ski competition. Photo by the official Aanchal Thakur's Instagram account.
NEW DELHI, India (Vianews) – Twenty-one years old, Aanchal Thakur who hails from a small hill town Manali, in the Himalayan State of India, has become the first Indian to win a medal in an International Skiing competition held in Turkey. She clinched the third position and won a bronze medal at Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup. The Skiing event...
FIFA World Cup 2010-06-15. Brazil-North Korea. Photo by: Marcello Casal Jr (ABr)
London, UK (ViaNews) - And now we know. The thirty-two teams in the 2018 World Cup have learned their fate following the draw for the group stages. The FIFA brown envelope fest is getting close to reaching the apex of its four-yearly cycle. As for the hosts, Russia, the lowest ranked team in the competition, well it looks...
Fisht Olympic stadium
Nairobi, Kenya (ViaNews) - African football has been on the ascendancy in the last couple of years with Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the heart of driving that change. In 2018, Africa will set on another course of discovery when its five representatives head to Russia for the FIFA World Cup. Prior to the most prestigious competition in...
UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifiers. England VS Estonia. Photo by: John the scone.
London, UK (VIAnews) - An injury time winner against the team ranked fifty-fifth in the world. A 1-0 victory over the team ranked 120th. England’s upcoming jaunt to Russia for the World Cup finals should not take up too much of the players’ summer holidays. To give an idea of the magnitude of the disappointment over the...
India's FIFA under 17 soccer tournament.
New Delhi, India (VIAnews) - The official slogan for the first-ever FIFA event to be held in India is ‘Football Takes Over’. Set to take place from October 6th-28th, the Under-17 World Cup will occur in six cities throughout the country. With 24 teams fighting for the trophy, what is about to unfold will certainly be one of the...
Dele Alli playing fir England.
England’s apparently smooth progression to the finals of next year’s World Cup has hit an unexpected hurdle following a gesture made by midfielder Dele Alli. The Spurs star raised a single, middle finger in the direction of French referee Clement Turpin during his country’s 2-1 victory at home to Slovenia. The incident occurred during the second half of the match, which...
Billy Joel singing the National Anthem before-game 3 in the 2015 World Series
In 2017, it's nearly impossible to find a sporting event of any size that doesn't begin with the singing of the National Anthem. From the smallest high school basketball game to professional baseball's World Series, the officials won't start the game until the assembled crowd has warbled its way through the anthem. But it wasn't always that way. Before World War...
Rio Ferdinand Instagram account on 30/05/2016.
The entire Giuseppe Meazza Stadium was holding their breath as Cristiano Ronaldo was about to score the penalty that would make Real Madrid win the Champions League final. Rio Ferdinand Reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo goal that got Real Madrid winning another Champions League final. In a post-game interview, Cristiano Ronaldo said he asked his coach Zinédine...

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