Soccer

Why soccer players dive, as told by the master of the ‘dark arts’

DOHA, Qatar — Alejandro Moreno has been labeled a “cheater” and a stain on soccer. He, like hundreds of other players who tend to fling themselves to the ground, has been branded a “diver” and a “flopper,” and had expletives hurled his way. He could preach for hours about why the criticism ranges from double …

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Flick flies solo to defy Fifa as Germany prepare for crucial Spain clash | Germany

Hansi Flick sat alone at the top table of press conference room 1, a visible demonstration of an isolated Germany manager under pressure. The reason for his solo appearance may result in a fine from Fifa, but will be worth every Swiss franc should it help the four-time world champions pull away from a humiliating …

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England are being booed again but this was different to the night Rooney snapped

The previous time England were booed off after a World Cup group game, it was 2010 and we had just witnessed a performance so bad that a bird perched itself on the roof of the opposition just during the first half, convinced it had just found the safest spot in Cape Town. On that occasion, …

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‘Scary our lives are so controversial’: How tug of war over ‘OneLove’ armbands descended into a World Cup sideshow

CNN — FIFA President Gianni Infantino pleaded with countries to let football take center stage ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, but it hasn’t quite worked out like that. Soccer’s global governing body has found itself at loggerheads with seven European nations over the threat of sanctions for any player wearing a “OneLove” armband …

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