Aug 27, 2018

A cricket book, autographed by Pele

A meeting with Pele, but no soccer book to sign. But the great man’s signature on ‘An Indian Cricket Omnibus’ is still something to cherish.

Briefing

Last Word

A cricket book, autographed by Pele

A meeting with Pele, but no soccer book to sign. But the great man’s signature on ‘An Indian Cricket Omnibus’ is still something to cherish.

Features

Tale of 11 cities

Russia, with an area of 17.1 million sq.km, is the largest country to host the quadrennial FIFA World Cup. The host cities are spread across the western part of the country, crossing four time zones.

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Is practice enough to make a player great?

While there are adherents to the 10,000-hours rule, to be a true elite player you need the right genetics, too.

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Russia’s fascinating football history

Two sturdy Lancastrians, the Charnock brothers, who owned cotton mills in Orekhovo-Zuyevo, in 1887, launched the first ever Russian soccer team.

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Engrossing encounters

The World Cup has seen some the greatest matches ever played in football history. Here are a few.

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A scanner on VAR

Ever since trials began in 2016, the video assistant referee system has been used in various leagues around the world and in a FIFA tournament for the first time at last year’s Confederations Cup. All along, there has been much controversy and criticism.

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Super stars, super memory

Nine players who will represent their countries in Russia relive their first memories of the World Cup.

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Russia 2018: Impossible to play Nostradamus games!

Russia is all set to host the World Cup for the first time.