In 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky directed Solaris, a science fiction masterpiece in which Kris Kelvin travels from Earth to a Soviet space station orbiting the titular planet to find that it is communicating with the people aboard the station by bringing their dreams to life, for better and for worse. The 11 host stadiums were never as impenetrable or hostile as an alien world, nor was the football ever as poetic as the work of Tarkovsky, but this was a tournament that ran on the power of the Id.

2018-07-16 10:36 GMT+8

After 64 matches in just over 30 days, the 2018 FIFA World Cup has come to an end. Today we are going to look at some of the players that made headlines at this tournament. Some of these are big names that could be attending their last World Cup because of their age, while on the other side, young stars are rising and finding the spotlight. Let's take a look at the already established names.

2018-07-17 15:12 GMT+8

With France and Belgium, Croatia and England set for the semis, a UEFA country crowned world champion for the fourth straight time. European sides had taken six of the quarter-finals in Russia. The big continent still dominates on the world football stage.

2018-07-16 17:18 GMT+8

With none of the non-Europeans team making it to the final four, the 2018 FIFA World Cup has turned out to be a graveyard for the non-European champions and stalwarts.

2018-07-16 17:23 GMT+8

The Asian teams performed better in the World Cup 2018 as compared to the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Five Asian teams qualified for the finals, and Japan stood out as it made it to the round of 16. 

2018-07-16 15:06 GMT+8

The month-long grand tournament has drawn to an end, with France beating Croatia 4-2, taking the trophy home for a second time in 20 years. Please join CGTN’s last episode of the series to find out the highlights of the finale. Looking forward to seeing you in four years’ time. 

2018-07-16 20:59 GMT+8

As the World Cup has entered its final stage, Croatia managed to beat all their rivals during group and knockout stages to face France in the final for the first time as a major dark horse at this tournament. Who do you think will lift the trophy? Join CGTN's Mike Fox to have a look. 

2018-07-15 10:06 GMT+8

The historic introduction of Video Assistant Referee has led to a record number of penalties during this year's World Cup. As a result, more eyes are on the increased significance of goalkeepers. In this episode of World Cup Trends, CGTN's Mike Fox takes a look of some of the most exciting goalkeepers on the pitch.

2018-07-07 20:49 GMT+8

If you don't have the chance to go to Russia and watch the games in person, take a look at this episode of World Cup Trends to see the unique experience of CGTN's Mike Fox, who immersed himself in the passionate world of football during his short trip to the host country.

2018-07-04 17:40 GMT+8

Back from his short trip to the World Cup, CGTN's Mike Fox shares a couple of things he has learned from his time in Russia in the latest World Cup Trends episode. 

2018-06-30 12:47 GMT+8

Who is the oldest veteran participating in the ongoing World Cup in Russia? And who is the youngest scorer so far? CGTN's Charlotte Bates tackles age on the football pitch. 

2018-06-26 16:42 GMT+8

In the latest episode of World Cup Trends, CGTN's Mike Fox explains how to get a Fan ID, an innovative visa scheme Russia has adopted to attract more visitors to the tournament.

2018-06-24 19:08 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

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

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

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

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

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

The World Cup will soon come to a close. As a longstanding soccer tournament, it has seen the rise and fall of many soccer stars and national teams. 

2018-07-11 22:22 GMT+8

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two most renowned football players of the past decade. 

2018-07-11 21:17 GMT+8

Sanlitun, one of the most vibrant nightlife areas in Beijing, became even more lively on Thursday, as hundreds of people gathered in front of the Adidas store, trying to get a glimpse of David Beckham.

2018-06-22 19:18 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

England football icon David Beckham was in Beijing on Wednesday to help kick off China's University football league. The opening ceremony of the China University Football Association (CUFA) was held inside the Beijing Institute of Technology but it was the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star who took center stage. 

2018-06-21 14:50 GMT+8

In the last edition of The Different Perspective, Sports Scene anchor Mike Fox sat down with Zhu Jingyi, a calligraphy artist, and more importantly, an enthusiastic football fan. 

2018-07-17 18:35 GMT+8

In the latest edition of CGTN Sports Scene’s World Cup special show “The Different Perspective,” Chinese national basketball team coach Du Feng cites one or two crossover elements between the hardwood and the soccer pitch. 

2018-07-13 17:10 GMT+8

The latest episode of The Different Perspective on Sports Scene's Summer of Soccer features Belgium ambassador Vinck Marc. He speaks about his country's chances in Russia ahead of their last eight games with Brazil, and how Chinese fans have been talking to the Red Devils.

2018-07-06 15:02 GMT+8

Today we continue with the sixth edition of our special World Cup series The Different Perspective. Greg Laffradi sat down with short track speed skater Wu Daijing, China's only gold medalist at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the first Chinese to top the podium in the men's 500 meters at a Winter Games. 

2018-06-27 17:44 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

The World Cup concludes on Sunday, with millions of fans either backing favorites France or cheering on underdogs Croatia. Off the pitch, executives at Nike will be already rubbing their hands with glee, knowing that they have backed the tournament winner ahead of rival Adidas.

2018-07-15 15:38 GMT+8

On Sunday, Moscow's Luzhniki stadium will host the final of the Russia 2018 World Cup. As it started with a sensational result for the hosts that nobody assumed possible, the tournament will conclude with a match that nobody predicted. With all the favorites long gone, it came down to two solid yet unfavored nations who dragged themselves to the final by any means necessary.

2018-07-14 15:07 GMT+8

The final of the 2018 World Cup takes place Sunday in Russia, but in France and Croatia, the police may find themselves dealing with extra domestic abuse cases, depending on which team wins.

2018-07-14 13:55 GMT+8

This World Cup may have witnessed heartbreak for Belgium and its much-touted Golden Generation , but Sunday’s final will see another version of this in Croatia's Golden Generation 2.0 when they get a chance to end their memorable campaign on a winning note on Sunday at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. 

2018-07-13 17:26 GMT+8

English sports has been synonymous with colossal failures recently, with their mind-boggling average of 5.5 million pounds spent per medal during their unprecedentedly successful Rio Olympic 2016 campaign being the significant exception. However, the current England football team’s promising performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has probably bucked the long-term trend.

2018-07-12 17:10 GMT+8

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup entering its final stage, the whole world is eagerly waiting for the much-awaited grand finale between a formidable France and a clinical Croatia. Besides the mouth-watering clash to clinch the most coveted crown in world football, all eyes will be on the best individual performer of the quadrennial tournament or the Golden Ball award winner. 

2018-07-12 14:41 GMT+8

Circa 1984, Argentina’s disastrous performance at the 1982 World Cup and the subsequent failure at the Copa America in 1983 paved the way for their 1978 World Cup-winning Cesar Luis Menotti and a few months later, a qualified physician-turned-coach, Carlos Bilardo took over the reign of the Argentina team in 1983. His first and foremost job was to build an invincible team for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and reclaim the country’s past glory. 

2018-07-09 22:55 GMT+8

They never dreamed of their coming home. Even before their national football team, the lowest ranked in the history of the FIFA World Cup with a distant 70, began their campaign, the Russians were just celebrating the staging of the quadrennial jamboree for the first time on their soil, and had hardly any expectations from their lackluster home team.

2018-07-08 15:38 GMT+8

The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn. The World Cup has reached its final leg as the four Russian roulette survivors are setting their sights on the coveted silverware designed by a certain Silvio Gazzaniga. With none of the Latin Americans making it to the last four – for the first time since 2006 – the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been reduced to an all-European affair. Quite interestingly, each of the semifinals has a team that never won the cup before locking horns with a past champion.

2018-07-08 15:48 GMT+8

There are 200-odd countries which are above a cricket-crazy and hockey-loving Pakistan in the FIFA rankings, but the 201-ranked country has been making its presence felt in this year's World Cup in Russia. Believe it or not, the South Asian country has been involved in each game of the World Cup so far even though the game of football is an almost non-existent entity on its own soil.

2018-07-07 14:04 GMT+8

After three weeks of pulsating action and 56 exciting matches, the 32-team World Cup has narrowed down to eight teams who have made it to the quarterfinals. The stage is set and the battle lines are drawn as CGTN take a look at the match-line up for the last 8 stage.

2018-07-05 16:14 GMT+8

Russia hasn't been a happy hunting ground for teams from Asia and Africa.

2018-07-03 13:24 GMT+8

E‍ditor's note: Fernando Lugris has been Uruguay’s ambassador in China since 2015. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

2018-07-03 14:25 GMT+8

About one in six players at this year's World Cup in Russia had some migration background, having been born abroad or having at least one parent of foreign descent, according to a rough tally by CGTN. 

2018-07-02 17:30 GMT+8

While voices demanding stricter migration policies and tighter borders have grown increasingly loud in Europe, much of the continent – and the world – has also been cheering on teams at the World Cup whose stars include players with a migration background.

2018-07-02 17:29 GMT+8

An unfancied Russia – the lowest ranked host country in World Cup history – have already been quite a revelation in the tournament's ongoing edition and have just made a stunning entry to the quarterfinals, winning an edge-of-the-seat tiebreaker against powerhouse Spain on Sunday night. 

2018-07-02 13:16 GMT+8

“We always support the national team,” says Lucas, his face painted in blue and white – the colors of the Argentine flag. “But today we were a disaster.”

2018-07-01 22:11 GMT+8

They have inspired many of dream of playing on the football field since they burst into the international football arena. They have won innumerable laurels, accolades and the adulation of millions of their respective football fans across the globe. 

2018-07-01 18:11 GMT+8

Veni, vidi, vici! This immortal phrase from one of Julius Caeser’s conquests can best describe the scintillating show by Kylian Mbappé in France’s 4-3 victory over Argentina in Kazan on Saturday night. 

2018-07-01 17:03 GMT+8

The 2018 Russia World Cup is in full swing…. But once the final kick has been taken, what will the legacy of the tournament be for the people? Russian authorities hope it will have a long-term impact, boosting trade and tourism… but some economists are less convinced.

2018-06-30 23:24 GMT+8

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup already running for two weeks and reaching the knockout stage, it is time for us to review the reliability of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms written by different groups of data researchers, predicting match results. Is science and technology doing better than Achilles the cat or Paul the octopus? Let’s find out.

2018-06-30 16:22 GMT+8

Winning and losing, in sport or in trade – financial investments are affected by both; they go quiet and nervy and don’t like losing.

2018-06-29 18:13 GMT+8

As the first round of the 2018 World Cup come to an end, 48 games and 122 goals, lots of VAR drama marked the tournament. Before the knockout stage, CGTN takes a look at some of the highlights of the group stage in alphabetical order. 

2018-06-30 12:22 GMT+8

The endless debate between Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Messi rumbles on as both players try to etch their name into World Cup history. A rivalry that has haunted the strikers – arguably the best duo to come out of the 21st century – throughout their respective club careers and continues to follow them in Russia. But as we progress into the second round of fixtures, there’s no denying one is coming out on top.

2018-06-25 09:49 GMT+8

While the World Cup is unfolding miles away; Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps are abuzz with activity.

2018-06-23 20:30 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

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

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

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

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday. Despite the fact that China’s team is not part of the game, football fans here will no doubt be watching. So what are they hoping for, and what will fans need to enjoy the games? CGTN hit the streets to find out.

2018-06-13 12:44 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

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

Italia ’90. That night in Turin. Andreas Brehme’s goal against play and Lineker’s equalizer. Gazza’s tears, Lineker having a word with him, Gazza’s miss. Penalties: “Psycho” Stuart Pearce missed, Chris Waddle missed. Germany won. And yet, in the minds of England fans all over the country, they lost. It was England that won it, and that was the final; Germany went and actually won it in Rome, beating Argentina 1-0, but that didn’t matter. England had won it.

2018-07-12 13:27 GMT+8

Although England and Croatia are still in it and both of those countries have a World Cup legacy that makes either of them appearing in the final a tantalizing prospect - Croatia even more now thanks to this match - France vs. Belgium in the semifinal in Saint Petersburg felt like the correct, self-contained ending to the 2018 World Cup.

2018-07-11 13:22 GMT+8

Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid on a four-year contract for 100 million euros (117.34 million US dollars) signaling the end of nine years at the Spanish giants filled with trophies and goals.

2018-07-11 09:08 GMT+8

Nobody really expected this. It sounds trite but it was clear when the players were lining up that the prospect of England vs. Sweden in a World Cup quarterfinal was out of the realm of possibility for fans of both sides as the arena in Samara was partially empty and, judging by the colors of the crowd, there were more locals than die-hards. It wasn't a case of location, as Samara is significantly easier to get to than Kaliningrad which was full of red and white shirts for the England group stage finale with Belgium.

2018-07-08 09:50 GMT+8

Russia's World Cup dream ended agonizingly close to the semi-finals as they went down 3-4 on penalties to Croatia on Saturday after another gallant performance in front of their fanatical fans, which again belied their lowly ranking.

2018-07-08 10:56 GMT+8

Brazil forward Neymar brought his son, David Lucca da Silva Santos, along to training at the team's World Cup base in Sochi on Wednesday as the South Americans are gearing up for their quarter-final clash with Belgium.

2018-07-05 10:43 GMT+8

Kazan artists worked through the night on Friday painting a mural of Argentina’s Lionel Messi to match one of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo on a building opposite, saving the blushes of the World Cup host city.

2018-07-01 09:25 GMT+8

The rise of the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League has taken some of the luster off the World Cup, but international football is still an exciting prospect because it’s the last vestige of a game that isn’t ruled by the unassailable might of money. Discounting the rare exception of players who hold dual citizenship, you have to love the ones you’re with, and this often leads to teams coming into the tournament with significant imbalances.

2018-06-28 08:25 GMT+8

Brazil eased into the World Cup knockout stages after defeating Serbia 2-0, with superstar Neymar dazzling in a win which sets up a last 16 clash against Mexico.

2018-06-28 13:54 GMT+8

When Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote and composed their iconic song Don't Cry for Me Argentina for the legendary Broadway production Evita – based on the charismatic former Argentine First Lady and a political stalwart Eva Peron – in 1976 little did they know that the powerful lyrics of the song would have stayed forever with the one of greatest footballers from the Latin American nation. The song, for long, has been synonymous with Lionel Messi’s failure to win a single senior-level silverware for his country.

2018-06-27 13:09 GMT+8

In Colombia, Jose Richard Gallego lost the ability to see and hear at the age of nine, but his passion for football did not diminish. Fortunately, his friend Cesar Daza was able to tell him what was happening during the World Cup game, using unique hand gestures created by Daza himself. 

2018-06-27 22:25 GMT+8

Achilles the cat appeared to have chosen the Nigerian team over Argentina to win in their upcoming World Cup match.

2018-06-26 23:06 GMT+8

In his biography, Roy Keane shared a now-infamous story of a Sir Alex Ferguson team talk. With the Manchester United locker room stressed after a tough stretch of games, they next faced Tottenham Hotspur. 

2018-06-25 09:10 GMT+8

“I love to make nails beautiful,” says manicurist Natalia, as she applies the finishing touches to a World Cup soccer ball design on her friend’s nail in her home in Samara.

2018-06-24 12:55 GMT+8

Lionel Messi’s quest for an elusive World Cup crown seems all but over after Argentina were humbled 3-0 by Croatia in an almost make-or-break match in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday. The catastrophic defeat has put the two-time former champions on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit.

2018-06-22 11:31 GMT+8

Diego Costa's lone goal in the second half gave Spain a 1-0 victory over Iran in their World Cup Group B match in Kazan on June 20. After a lackluster and goalless first-half, Diego Costa broke the deadlock for Spain in the 54th minute after his shot bounced past Ali Beiranvand into the bottom-left corner after meeting a pass from Andres Iniesta.

2018-06-21 14:10 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

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

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

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 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

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

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has come to an end, the special series featuring former Argentina footballer and coach Diego Maradona has also signed off. 

2018-07-17 18:23 GMT+8

In the final episode of the World Cup special program By the Hand of the Ten , featuring former Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona, a few minutes were dedicated to the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

2018-07-16 16:57 GMT+8

Former Argentine Diego Armando Mardona said on Saturday that Croatia have a great chance of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. “I think, as a former player, I would keep Croatia a little ahead in this final,” the 1986 World Cup-winner said on his daily show “By the Hand of the Ten.” 

2018-07-15 17:06 GMT+8

In yet another episode of “By the Hand of the Ten,” Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona spoke about his incredible journey in international football. 

2018-07-14 16:49 GMT+8

In a fresh installment of By The Hand Of The Ten with Diego Maradona, the former Argentina captain and coach analyzes France's potential to win the title match in Russia. 

2018-07-13 15:39 GMT+8

In the latest installment of “By the Hand of the Ten” with Diego Armando Maradona, the former Argentina captain and coach is joined by ex-France striker David Trezeguet, who lifted both the World Cup and Euro Championship trophies with Les Bleus in 1998 and 2000 respectively.

2018-07-13 17:04 GMT+8

We continue with our World Cup 2018 coverage of Diego Maradona and the highlights from his World Cup program, “By the Hand of the Ten”. The Argentina legend dissects this evening's semifinal. The 1986 World Cup winner breaks down the strong points of both sides, and shares his observations on some key players from each team.

2018-07-11 16:54 GMT+8

In the new episode of “By the Hand of the Ten,” Diego Maradona is absent to the show, which will see another famous Argentine, Horacio Elizondo, the first referee in World Cup history to be in charge of both the opening and final game from 2006. 

2018-07-10 18:39 GMT+8

We continue with our 2018 World Cup coverage of Diego Maradona and a best of selection from his World Cup program “By the Hand of the Ten”. 

2018-07-09 16:31 GMT+8

CGTN Sports Scene continues to cover Diego Maradona and his World Cup program, By the Hand of the Ten. The Argentine legend in the latest episode of his daily program talked about second generation players, including Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, and shared his opinion on the current crop of England players, who he thinks are better than people give them credit for. 

2018-07-08 17:11 GMT+8

Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona lamented the defeat of Uruguay in the quarterfinal of the ongoing World Cup in Russia 2018. The former captain of Argentina said the Uruguayans were outclassed by France because of the absence of their main attacker, Edinson Cavani due to injury and the side “missed Cavani a lot.”

2018-07-07 17:58 GMT+8

The first day of the World Cup’s quarter-finals sees South America’s remaining two teams – Uruguay and Brazil – take on strong opponents in France and Belgium. With the unpredictability seen in the tournament so far, anything can happen as teams get closer to the championship game. Argentine legend Diego Maradona offers his analysis in the latest episode of “By the Hand of the Ten.”

2018-07-06 17:58 GMT+8

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has grabbed worldwide attention thanks to his animated presence in the stadiums during his country’s World Cup matches, as well as his no-holds-barred opinions on the program, “By the Hand of the Ten.”

2018-07-05 16:13 GMT+8

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona shared stories about his humble beginnings in a new episode of his World Cup program “By the Hand of the Ten.”

2018-07-04 17:05 GMT+8

Former Argentine captain Diego Armando Maradona praised Russia's strategy for their stunning victory over Spain in Sunday's second round game.

2018-07-02 15:28 GMT+8

Diego Maradona has recorded yet another episode of his World Cup special program By the Hand of the Ten, and talked about Argentina's pitiful loss to France in the last 16 immediately after the game was over in Kazan. The former squad captain expressed his sorrow and also looked ahead to the future of Argentine football generation. 

2018-07-01 16:04 GMT+8

Argentina's football legend Diego Armando Maradona was once again back in the studio, discussing and dissecting several important topics pertaining to the ongoing World Cup.

2018-06-30 17:12 GMT+8

On Friday's television program By the Hand of the Ten by teleSUR, 57-year-old Diego Maradona sits with Brazil's legendary striker Ronaldo who gave his opinions on the tournament in Russia so far. 

2018-06-29 17:09 GMT+8

After a brief illness following the Argentina vs. Nigeria match, Argentine football legend Diego Maradona was back on his special World Cup show, “By the Hand of the Ten,” on Wednesday. 

2018-06-28 16:48 GMT+8

For Wednesday's By the Hand of the Ten program, we haven’t got Maradona sitting inside the studio and talking about the World Cup, but we have an exclusive video through TeleSUR, which presents a story behind the football legend's experience of watching Argentina's games as a spectator, and of course, a sensation the icon has caused among the passionate crowd. 

2018-06-27 17:40 GMT+8

On Tuesday’s television program “By the Hand of the Ten” by teleSUR, former Argentina captain Diego Maradona talks about Uruguay’s big victory over Russia after they beat the host 3-0 on Monday. 

2018-06-26 16:14 GMT+8

Former Argentine captain Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday devoted his daily television programme “By the Hand of Number Ten” on teleSUR to the Argentine player Lionel Messi, who turned 31, and the England team’s emphatic win over Panama.

2018-06-25 14:58 GMT+8

In his latest television interview with the channel TeleSUR, former Argentine captain Diego Maradona has spoken at length on his team's chances after their disastrous campaign so far in the ongoing 2018 World Cup. Following the catastrophic 3-0 defeat at the hands of Croatia, Messi's team is facing a must-win situation in their last group league game against Nigeria. Anything but a win means the two-time former World Cup champions will have to take the earliest flight back home at the end of the first round.

2018-06-24 14:39 GMT+8

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has lashed out at his country’s football association's chief as well as coach Jorge Sampaoli, after the national team lost to Croatia in their second group stage game.

2018-06-23 16:03 GMT+8

CGTN's Sports Scene presents an excerpt from Diego Maradona's special World Cup program called By the Hand of the Ten. In the latest episode, the Argentinian legend spoke his heart out on the catastrophic defeat of his country as they were outclassed 3-0 by a clinical Croatia. 

2018-06-22 16:36 GMT+8

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona shot another episode for his increasingly popular special show on the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup, “By the Hand of the Ten” on the Venezuelan TV channel Telesur.

2018-06-21 17:22 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

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

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

In today's episode of By The Hand of The Ten show, Argentina legend Diego Maradona takes a closer look at his country's squad as they get set to kick off their Group D campaign against Iceland later today. Maradona focuses on Lionel Messi and the huge expectations on the 30-year-old in Russia.

2018-06-16 17:36 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

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

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

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

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

2018-06-09 21:12 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

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 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

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

The greatest football event came to an end when France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup for the second time. 

2018-07-17 22:07 GMT+8

The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols.

2018-07-17 11:02 GMT+8

France’s soccer coach will have a subway train station named after him to celebrate his World Cup win and poet Victor Hugo will have to share his memorial slot on Paris’s transport map with the team’s goalkeeper and captain.

2018-07-17 11:46 GMT+8

England may have finished fourth and lost three matches at the World Cup – tied for the most alongside Egypt – but that hardly dampened the spirit of the celebrations for the side’s first journey to the World Cup semifinals since 1990.

2018-07-17 10:37 GMT+8

Hundreds of thousands of Croats in red and white checkered soccer shirts and scarves poured onto the streets of the capital Zagreb on Monday to welcome home the national team and celebrate their run to the World Cup final in Russia.

2018-07-17 10:02 GMT+8

July 15 is the day when soccer history was rewritten. It was the day when after 68 years one “small” country played in the World Cup finale against one of the football giants. It was Croatia, a small Balkan country that took the role of David, facing Goliath, at the Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. At the end it was 4:2 for Goliath, but Croatia fans here in Zagreb have lost no love for their team, because it’s appearance in a World Cup final was nothing short of miracle in itself.

2018-07-16 19:03 GMT+8

The 2018 FIFA World Cup ended on July 15 as France took their second trophy of the tournament with a 4-2 win against Croatia, a country that just entered the World Cup final for the first time in history. Six-four matches were played in the past 32 days among 32 countries at 12 stadiums in 11 cities in Russia.

2018-07-16 17:31 GMT+8

A thrilling 32 days of World Cup football wrapped up with France defeating Croatia 4-2 on Sunday to win its first title in 20 years. That came as a survey in China showed that young fans paid more attention to other things than the games themselves – mostly due to their mobile phones. 

2018-07-16 22:58 GMT+8

As France lifted the World Cup trophy on Sunday evening in Moscow, the team’s Chinese sponsor could be forgiven for not cheering too emphatically, with an unusual marketing campaign meaning the victory will cost them 79 million yuan (11.8 million US dollars).

2018-07-16 15:12 GMT+8

Dalian Yifang have terminated the contract of Jose Fonte, just five months after he joined the club.

2018-07-16 14:58 GMT+8

In Sunday's World Cup final, France beat Croatia 4-2. In terms of population, France beats Croatia by a significantly wider margin: 67 million to only four million. And yet it was an equal contest in the final, on the way to which Croatia beat Denmark, Russia and England, countries with populations of 5.7 million, 144 million and 55 million respectively. So how do they compete?

2018-07-16 12:50 GMT+8

Kylian Mbappe and another supremely talented generation of French players may just be getting started after overcoming Croatia to win the final of the World Cup in Russia.

2018-07-16 12:52 GMT+8

Luka Modric looked despondent when he was forced to accept the Golden Ball, the award for being considered as the World Cup's best player.

2018-07-16 11:03 GMT+8

The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup has a big chance to be held in China, FIFA President Infantino has agreed in a meeting with Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, the tournament's top sponsor.

2018-07-16 10:44 GMT+8

Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. 

2018-07-16 03:16 GMT+8

Nasser Al Khater, Deputy CEO of Qatar 2022 LOC, has answered a series of questions about the 2022 FIFA World Cup in his country in an exclusive interview with Tencent Sports in Moscow.

2018-07-15 18:39 GMT+8

When France and Croatia play against each other for the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, multiple political leaders, sports celebrities and entertainment stars will be in the stadium watching the match.

2018-07-15 18:48 GMT+8

All 10 Chinese Super League players have completed their journey at the World Cup in Russia. Five of them left their mark on World Cup history with their stand-out performances. 

2018-07-15 18:42 GMT+8

There's no professional match more worthless than the World Cup's third place play-off. Even the NFL's Pro Bowl, which fills the gap between the Championship game and the Super Bowl, and which absolutely should be replaced with a game of Total Wipeout, is ostensibly an all-star game rewarding the best players from the NFC and AFC. The World Cup's bronze medal game is instead basically a loser's bracket and even though there is something tangible, the moment has passed for everyone involved. No one cares.

2018-07-15 10:04 GMT+8

It’s an almost inconsequential battle between the Golden Generation of Belgium and the Generation Y of the England players. A Samuel Umtiti header may have broken their hearts and shattered the dream of winning their elusive World Cup crown, but the star-studded Belgian team will play for pride.

2018-07-14 13:32 GMT+8

FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed Friday at a press conference that the next Qatar World Cup will be held in winter for the first time, but the tournament format has not been decided yet whether it will be 32 or 48 sides participating.

2018-07-14 11:32 GMT+8

How much is the total award money for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia? Tencent Sports on Saturday  gave the answer of 791 million US dollars. The other 32 teams playing in the tournament will take a share of around 400 million US dollars as a bonus.

2018-07-14 18:39 GMT+8

FIFA President Gianni Infantino says the World Cup has changed the perception of the world towards Russia which he thanked for staging the best tournament ever.

2018-07-13 22:38 GMT+8

Global soccer body FIFA says that it is investigating possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday. 

2018-07-13 16:38 GMT+8

The Croatian president is rooting for her team in the football World Cup final, telling reporters we will win on Sunday after arriving at the second day of the NATO summit in Brussels. Croatia faces its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991, after defeating England 2-1 in the World Cup semifinal on Wednesday.

2018-07-13 10:22 GMT+8