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French companies anticipate World Cup fever, and workplace slackers

French companies anticipate World Cup fever, and workplace slackers

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday, more than 50 percent of French people surveyed have said they plan to watch Les Bleus play, even if the match is scheduled during work

Everything you need to know to watch FIFA 2018 World Cup

It’s been a long journey, but we are just a few hours away from the Soccer Football World Cup 2018 kicking off in Russia on June 14. One thing you can be guaranteed is that there will be shock defeats
The World Cup could potentially be decided by a computer

The World Cup could potentially be decided by a computer

The 2018 World Cup just kicked off in Russia, with the first game between the hosts and Saudi Arabia in Moscow. This year’s tournament will…
How Russia won the World Cup

How Russia won the World Cup

Princes, prime ministers and presidents were sent to boost bids from competing nations – but Fifa was playing its own game.By Ken BensingerOn 8 June 2010, three days before the kickoff of the World
Russians enjoy dream World Cup opening in spite of Robbie Williams’ middle finger

Russians enjoy dream World Cup opening in spite of Robbie Williams’ middle finger

• British pop star gestures to camera as he sings Rock DJ • But home team stun everyone with 5-0 win over Saudi ArabiaThe first day of the 2018 World Cup went off almost without a hitch for the hosts,
This Soviet-era stadium had to be completely redesigned to host the FIFA World Cup

This Soviet-era stadium had to be completely redesigned to host the FIFA World Cup

Built during the Soviet heyday in 1957, the Yekaterina Arena will be one of the last ready for the World Cup to begin.
Welcome to the World Cup, where national failure unleashes dark forces | Gary Younge

Welcome to the World Cup, where national failure unleashes dark forces | Gary Younge

When a country’s self-esteem is shattered on the pitch, race usually plays a part in the search for scapegoatsLast month, two German-born Premier League footballers of Turkish descent, Mesut Özil and
Taxi drivers ordered to take down England flags during World Cup

Taxi drivers ordered to take down England flags during World Cup

The flags are considered a distraction to other drivers.
Is there a more patriotic street in Britain than this one with 6,000 St George’s crosses?
Brazil: high prices and low wages spur surge in Panini World Cup sticker swaps

Brazil: high prices and low wages spur surge in Panini World Cup sticker swaps

Organized meetings known as pontos de troca have helped cash-strapped collectors band together and get round price increaseOn a sunny afternoon outside Sao Paulo’s modern art museum, more than 100
The World Cup Is a Productivity Killer. Managers Should Embrace the Tourney to Meet Their—Ahem—Goals

The World Cup Is a Productivity Killer. Managers Should Embrace the Tourney to Meet Their—Ahem—Goals

Watching soccer can affect a fan's happiness an hour before kickoff and up to three hours after the game.

‘Ball Boyz’ Share Their Favorite World Cup 2018 Soccer Kits

World Cup 2018 is upon us, and the Ball Boyz are here to cover all things fashion related. In the first of many World Cup specials, hosts Kyle Hodge and Ian Servantes share their favorite soccer kits
Ten spots to watch the World Cup in and around Paris

Ten spots to watch the World Cup in and around Paris

The city of Paris has put the nix on fan zones for security purposes, but there are still plenty of places to watch the World Cup. Here’s a helpful guide to get you started.
France 2-1 Australia: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

France 2-1 Australia: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

France beat Australia in opening Group C matchPogba nets late winner after both sides score penaltiesVAR used for the first time in a World Cup 1.38pm BST Up next for Australia is an encounter with
World Cup 2018: Argentina v Iceland – live!

World Cup 2018: Argentina v Iceland – live!

Latest updates from the 2pm BST Group D kick-offFrance 2-1 Australia: Pogba rescues stuttering sideFeel free to drop your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 2.49pm BST Half-time reading Related:
Diversity fan zone blocked from opening in St Petersburg

Diversity fan zone blocked from opening in St Petersburg

‘Safe space’ to celebrate minorities in football shuttered in city known for hard line on LGBT activismA “safe space” meant to celebrate diversity in football on the sidelines of the World Cup has
World Cup 2018: Peru 0-1 Denmark – as it happened

World Cup 2018: Peru 0-1 Denmark – as it happened

Yussuf Poulsen scored the winner as Denmark took all three points against luckless, valiant but ultimately profligate PeruRead Stuart James’s match report from Saransk 7.06pm BST 7.04pm BST Related:
A win against England would put Arab spring in Tunisia's step

A win against England would put Arab spring in Tunisia's step

National side to play in the World Cup for first time since jasmine revolutionTaher Lwati sat outside a toyshop on one of the quiet avenues that crisscross central Tunis, soaking up the warm evening
Captive bear forced to play vuvuzela for World Cup fans in Russia

Captive bear forced to play vuvuzela for World Cup fans in Russia

The animal is seen sitting up in the back of a jeep grasping the horn, which became famous in the South African World Cup eight years ago.