2018 World Cup

2018-06-13 09:21 GMT+8

The match between Denmark and Australia in Group C at the Cosmos Arena in Russia’s Samara on Thursday ended with a score of 1-1. 

2018-06-21 22:18 GMT+8

Group B, with its mix of Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco, was never going to be considered a Group of Death – this year’s World Cup, in fact, seems entirely absent of the concept. But after the unbelievably good Portugal vs. Spain game on the first full day of games, the group has taken on the characteristics of a metagame in which Portugal and Spain, once playing each other and coming away without a clear victory, were expected to play each other again via the familiars of Iran and Morocco.

2018-06-21 10:37 GMT+8

All of 32 teams have played their opener at Russia World Cup after last night, while a number of World Cup records are at risk, thanks to a dizzying array of penalties, own goals, and direct free kicks sailing into the net.

2018-06-20 17:14 GMT+8

In Tuesday's excerpt of Diego Maradona's new show, By the Hand of the Ten, the Argentina legend, Maradona talked about his most profound memory about his father as well as his father’s cooking skills. 

2018-06-19 16:37 GMT+8

Brazil and Switzerland came to a 1-1 draw in their first Group E game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday.

2018-06-18 11:59 GMT+8

In Diego Maradona's show By the Hand of the Ten, the Argentina football legend is weighing in on the World Cup match between Colombia and Japan, which kicks off on Tuesday. The 1986 World Cup winner, like most football fans, is also looking forward to the return of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah when they take on competition host, Russia.

2018-06-19 17:32 GMT+8

A strong earthquake rocked Osaka early on Monday, adding to the Japanese players’ stress ahead of their World Cup game against Colombia. 

2018-06-19 14:57 GMT+8

A plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup national football team suffered an apparent engine fire before its safe landing at Rostov-on-Don airport on June 18.

2018-06-19 11:54 GMT+8

Since the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Moscow last Thursday, crowds of Chinese soccer fans have been flying into neighboring Russia for the quadrennial tournament. But as they landed in the host city, some unlucky fans would soon discover that their tickets were counterfeit.

2018-06-18 15:29 GMT+8

Serbia made an easy win against Costa Rica 1-0 in their first game in Group E at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia on Sunday, setting a good start before running into stronger Switzerland and Brazil. 

2018-06-17 22:04 GMT+8

Croatia started their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign off on the right foot, beating Nigeria 2-0 to claim an opening victory in their first Group D match at Kaliningrad Stadium.

2018-06-17 11:07 GMT+8

France won a tough game against Australia 2-1 in their first 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C clash at the Central Stadium in Kazan on Saturday. 

2018-06-16 20:07 GMT+8

Belgium starts their World Cup campaign against Panama on Monday. CGTN Sports Scene’s host Mike Fox talked to midfielder Axel Witsel ahead of the tournament about being the only member from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian on the star-studded team, and also about their match against England on June 29. 

2018-06-18 17:15 GMT+8

The FIFA World Cup kicked off in Moscow on Thursday, with hundreds of millions of fans around the world tuning in to the opening match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

2018-06-16 18:13 GMT+8

Portugal earned a 3-3 draw with Spain in the first round. On June 20, they will meet Morocco and struggle for a dominant position in Group B.

2018-06-15 17:57 GMT+8

Although the Chinese national team is absent from this year's World Cup, Beijing football fans still gathered in bars around the city on Thursday, keeping a keen eye on the curtain-raising match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

2018-06-15 12:51 GMT+8

When the 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia on Thursday, one of the senior FIFA officials in attendance will be an international legal expert and scholar from Renmin University of China in Beijing.

2018-06-13 15:42 GMT+8

Amongst the most spectacular World Cup goals of all time was the stunning volley by Uruguay’s Dario Rodriguez against Denmark in 2002. “Unfortunately that game didn’t turn out how we wanted,” Rodriguez told CGTN recently. Uruguay lost that match 2-1, “but that goal is still talked about and has even won prizes,” Rodriguez said. 

2018-06-13 08:02 GMT+8

I think as the host, our first priority is to do our best to put on a great show, to make it a fantastic festival for soccer fans from around the world. That is going to be our top goal,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin during an exclusive interview with Shen Haixiong, president of the China Media Group, at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on May 31. 

2018-06-06 07:43 GMT+8

Inner Mongolian milk, TVs from Qingdao and mobile phone brand Vivo will all be on show to a global audience of billions of people later this month at the World Cup, after securing lucrative sponsorship deals with FIFA.

2018-06-04 14:46 GMT+8

Out of 207 national football teams that FIFA ranks regularly, Russia holds the 66th position – ahead of the World Cup there is little optimism for glory.

2018-06-03 18:04 GMT+8

Former Portuguese football legend Luis Figo was the fulcrum of his country's Golden generation in world football and is often regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. 

2018-05-27 14:48 GMT+8

Hernan Jorge Crespo is a former Argentine footballer, who has scored over 300 goals in a professional career spanning almost two decades. Making 64 appearances for the Albiceleste, Crespo has netted 35 goals. 

2018-05-13 17:45 GMT+8

How do Millennials transform the ongoing World Cup? CGTN’s Charlotte Bates shows you how the younger generation is finding new ways to interact with football, as TV is not the preferred medium, and people shift to social media, digital streaming and YouTube for highlights.

2018-06-19 18:51 GMT+8

Mexican football fans jumped with joy so hard on Sunday they set off earthquake sensors after their national team scored a 1-0 victory over current World Cup holder Germany.

2018-06-18 21:46 GMT+8

Of all the games drawn from the first round of this year’s World Cup, Portugal vs. Spain was definitely the money match because the Iberian Derby is one of the unique games in all of football. 

2018-06-16 07:48 GMT+8

In 1979, Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky directed “Stalker.” In the movie, three men travel across a wasteland known only as The Zone in which the standard rules of reality don’t apply. While Tarkovsky’s Zone is a post-industrial vision of poisoned rivers and abandoned factories, in real life, The Zone is located in the heart of modern day Moscow and goes by the name of Luzhniki Stadium. Within its boundaries, everything is turned on its head: Robbie Williams is relevant in 2018, Anheuser-Busch spend millions of dollars not advertising Budweiser, a 38-year-old man qualifies for the starting XI of a national football team, Saudi Arabia fields a team that doesn’t seem to know what the touchline is and all the highlights come after 90 minutes of play.

2018-06-15 07:27 GMT+8

Soccer fans from all over the world are flooding into Russia as World Cup fever gets into full swing. 

2018-06-15 18:39 GMT+8

The latest episode of “The Different Perspective” on Sports Scene’s “Summer of Soccer” featured Spanish forward Veronica Boquete, who is in her first season with Beijing BG Phoenix of the Chinese Women’s Super League. 

2018-06-20 18:13 GMT+8

The Different Perspective is CGTN Sports Scene’s special program that looks at England's chances at the World Cup in Russia.

2018-06-18 17:57 GMT+8

The episode two of The Different Perspective is Sports Scene’s special program which looks at the Russia World Cup. Mike Fox sat down with Mcswain Bertrand, who is a German football journalist, and EI China Cultural Communicator Dong Jun to discuss and analyze the German national team.

2018-06-17 17:08 GMT+8

Sports Scene’s special program “The Different Perspective” aims to invite celebrates from different industries to talk about the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Host Mike Fox has sat with Club Football Chairman Rowan Simons and two Russian students who studied in China on Wednesday for the first episode, talking about the upcoming match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

2018-06-14 16:24 GMT+8

In Group H, Poland has a good chance of advancing to the next round of the 2018 World Cup. They would fancy themselves to beat Japan and Senegal and do what they have to do to get a point against a very strong Colombian side.

2018-06-13 19:22 GMT+8

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on Thursday, we look at Group G, which is headed up by Belgium and England. The Red Devils and Three Lions are favorites to progress at the expense of debutants Panama, and Tunisia who are appearing for the first time since 2006, but despite all their talent, the two European nations have been known to choke on the World Cup stage.

2018-06-15 11:31 GMT+8

Defending Champions Germany are the hot favorites from Group F and will face tough challenges from three of the underdogs, Mexico, South Korea and Sweden, as two of the top teams from the group will qualify for the knock-out stage.

2018-06-11 19:00 GMT+8

As the countdown has begun for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we are taking a look at one of the most dramatic groups in the tournament. Group E may not be the Group of Death but it features the most popular and well-decorated team in world football: Brazil.

2018-06-10 22:19 GMT+8

Group D features Argentina who will face tough competition in the form of Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. 

2018-06-09 21:12 GMT+8

Group C features France, who has gone through the disappointment of losing the Euro Cup on their home court two years ago, and a team making their first appearance in 35 years, Peru.

2018-06-08 20:35 GMT+8

We begin our special World Cup series, Destination Russia, with a closer look at group B on Sports Scene. The group includes Morocco, who are appearing in the finals for the sixth time, and the highest ranked Asian side, Iran.

2018-06-07 18:38 GMT+8

The World Cup's Group A consists of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, and Egypt. The host nation hopes to impress in front of their home crowd, while Uruguay and Egypt boast two of the best strikers in the world: Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez.

2018-06-14 14:23 GMT+8

Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Group B of Russia 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, which saw Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo become Europe’s all-time top scorer in the World Cup. 

2018-06-20 22:06 GMT+8

Trophies, footballs and memorabilia from legends including Pelé, Diego Maradona and Lev Yashin are on display at an exhibition in Moscow.

2018-06-20 17:54 GMT+8

More from By the Hand of the Ten on Wednesday, Diego Maradona, the 1986 World Cup winner, like most football fans, is talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on fire in Russia after a breathtaking hat-trick against Spain in their opening game.

2018-06-20 18:06 GMT+8

As the second round of the group stage began, there was no greater individual expectation than that placed on the shoulders of Egypt's Mo Salah. After a sensational season at Liverpool, Salah was expected to be the driving force behind his national team at the World Cup; even after Sergio Ramos took him out of the UEFA Champions League final with a masterful, quote-unquote accidental Fujiwara armbar, he couldn't escape the narrative.

2018-06-20 08:56 GMT+8

Japan beat Colombia, who was reduced to 10 men, in Group H of Russia 2018 World Cup on Tuesday, becoming the first ever Asian team to defeat a South American opponent in the World Cup.  

2018-06-19 22:54 GMT+8

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona has reviewed Saturday's match at the World Cup between his country and Iceland that ended with a 1-1 draw. In his new show, By The Hand of The Ten, Maradona talked about the style of play of Argentina, and the missed penalty by Captain Lionel Messi.

2018-06-17 16:43 GMT+8

Remember Euro '96? Those grey shirts. Baddiel and Skinner. The 4-1 thrashing of Holland. The penalty win against Spain – England's first penalty win since time immemorial. Remember Cool Britannia and Oasis at Knebworth? Remember the game against Germany? 

2018-06-19 09:08 GMT+8

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist scored from the penalty spot, ensuring a 1-0 win against South Korea in the 2018 World Cup Group F opener on Monday. 

2018-06-18 22:54 GMT+8

Up until EA Sports jinxed the National Football League (NFL) with the Madden Curse, the realest and most deadly of all sports curses came from winning the World Cup. 

2018-06-18 08:03 GMT+8

History was made in World Cup 2018 as during the France vs Australia match on June 16th, VAR technology was successfully used for the first time in the tournament.

2018-06-17 13:39 GMT+8

Every World Cup features a team of no-hopers who through sheer force of will become underdogs for a few weeks, attracting the attention of hardcore fans and normies alike: South Africa 2010 had New Zealand, the only team to end the tournament undefeated, even if they didn’t actually get out of the group stage and 2014 had Costa Rica who topped a group that also included Italy, England and Uruguay. Quite often, these teams are flukes who either produce a one-and-done miracle performance and only qualify again decades later or immediately return to the bottom of the barrel from whence they came.

2018-06-17 08:11 GMT+8

Iceland managed to get away with a 1-1 draw against Argentina, one of the favorites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in the first game of Group D at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow on Saturday. 

2018-06-16 23:01 GMT+8

Live chickens, the symbol of good luck for Nigerians for football matches, will be missing, when the fans of the African Super Eagles cheer on their team's debut against Croatia on Saturday.

2018-06-16 14:16 GMT+8

Iceland has a population of just 340,000 people, yet the country still managed to reach the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 and is now set to play in its first World Cup when it opens against 2014 runner-up Argentina, led by star forward Lionel Messi on June 16.

2018-06-16 14:29 GMT+8

Iran faced Morocco in their opening match of Group B on Friday. Morocco's Bouhaddouz own goal in 95th minute gives Iran 1-0 win in Group B.

2018-06-16 11:24 GMT+8

International star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been handed a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined 18.8 million euros (21.7 million US dollars), after reaching a deal with Spanish authorities over a tax evasion case, according to reports in Spain.

2018-06-16 12:00 GMT+8

When I started preparing this story about two football powerhouses that happen to be neighbors, Spain and Portugal, I thought it would just be about them having to face each other in their very first World Cup Group stage match this year on June 15. 

2018-06-15 23:53 GMT+8

Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez cannoned in an 89th minute header to deal Egypt a 1-0 defeat in their World Cup opener on Friday, just as the North Africans appeared to have escaped with a point despite missing key striker Mohamed Salah.

2018-06-15 23:53 GMT+8

During the World Cup, Diego Maradona is the star of a television show in his native Argentina, titled By the Hand of Ten. In the show, he gives his take on the events in Russia. The 34-episode show began with the 1986 World Cup winner’s view on the recent turbulence with the Spanish team. 

2018-06-15 20:19 GMT+8

It’s that once every four years moment again. Football is the word of the day, or rather, the word of the month. To the chagrin of hundreds of millions of Chinese football fans, the pain, however, is almost as acute as the excitement: the Chinese national football team is absent in Moscow, as it has been for almost the entire history of the World Cup. We did qualify for the 2002 final though. I have to mention that.

2018-06-15 20:33 GMT+8

Editor's note: Yan Qiang is the founder of Score Sports. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. 

2018-06-15 20:34 GMT+8

British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday by making an obscene gesture to a camera.

2018-06-15 09:40 GMT+8

A top US intelligence official warned football fans traveling to Russia for the World Cup that their phones and computers could be hacked by Moscow's cyber spies.

2018-06-15 07:41 GMT+8

The World Cup has long been plagued by criticism regarding cheating, unfair officiation, pitch violence and other irregularities.

2018-06-15 15:35 GMT+8

Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored twice as Russia opened their World Cup campaign by romping to a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

2018-06-15 08:11 GMT+8