December 2, 2022

Ghana v Uruguay: World Cup 2022 – live

World Cup updates from the 3pm GMT / 10am ET kick-offFollow South Korea v Portugal – live | The latest standingsLatest standings | And share your match thoughts via emailGhana A win against Uruguay will put Ghana through. A draw will be enough unless South Korea beat Portugal, in which case Ghana must hope South Korea pull off only a one goal victory, otherwise the Asian side will pip them on goal difference.Uruguay must win, and hope that South Korea do not win against Portugal. If both Uruguay and South Korea win, then their relative goal differences will decide who qualifies. Uruguay start with a goal difference one worse than South Korea, so would have to beat Ghana by more than South Korea beat Portugal. Continue reading...
December 2, 2022

South Korea v Portugal: World Cup 2022 – live

World Cup updates from the 3pm GMT / 10am ET kick-offFollow Ghana v Uruguay – live | Check the latest standingsGet in touch! You can mail Barry or tweet himPaulo Bento: South Korea’s manager will send his team out to beat the country of his birth today but will be absent from the dug-out after being shown a red card for dissent following the defeat at the hands of Ghana. “They make most of the choices, they suggest them to me,” he said of the coaching staff who will be on the touchline. “It’s not going to be a problem. This time they will be on their own but it won’t change much.” Bento also said he will happily sing both nations’ national anthems from his seat in the stands. Continue reading...
November 30, 2022

Teacher shortages worry countries across Europe

Germany, France, Portugal, Sweden and Italy are facing shortages of teachers.
November 22, 2022

The Breakdown | Georgia and Portugal prove tectonic plates of global rugby are shifting

Historic results prompt renewed questions about the structure of rugby’s top table before new nations league discussionsForget England’s dramatic draw with the All Blacks or Ireland and France cementing their status at the top of World Rugby rankings over the weekend.Instead raise a glass of Portuguese or Georgian wine in celebration of two historic results which are prompting renewed questions about the future structures of the international game in Europe and beyond. Continue reading...
November 21, 2022

‘I talk when I want to’: Cristiano Ronaldo on his Manchester United interview

Forward speaks at Portugal training after explosive commentsRonaldo says he is ‘bullet proof’ and denies Fernandes frictionCristiano Ronaldo has claimed he is “bullet proof” and that the timing of the interview that may lead to his sacking by Manchester United is not a distraction from Portugal’s World Cup campaign.Ronaldo was speaking at his nation’s World Cup training base for the first time since the allegations he made against United that have caused the club to explore potential legal action against the forward. Continue reading...
November 21, 2022

Australia’s Awer Mabil: ‘Football has been my life’s guide’ | Sid Lowe

The player whose penalty ultimately took the Socceroos to the World Cup on his incredible journey from Kenya to QatarAwer Mabil’s extraordinary story begins in the Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya, but he doesn’t want it to end there. He doesn’t want your pity, either. Born to parents fleeing the Sudanese civil war, raised in a small hut, he went half way round the world then half way back again to become a professional footballer in Denmark, Portugal, Tukey and Spain. He is, he points out, one of only four Australians to score in the Champions League and now he’s going to the World Cup. In fact, it was his penalty, at sudden death in the playoff, that ultimately took the country there.He has become a hero and, he hopes, an inspiration, embarked upon a hell of a journey against the odds. After all, he says: “When you come to Europe from Australia you’re nobody, you don’t have the respect, so you have to really work, fight.” But he knows that is not the part people usually focus on; instead his origins in Kakuma eclipse all else. And that, he admits, “starts to piss me off a lot”. Continue reading...
November 18, 2022

Manchester United to sue Cristiano Ronaldo and ban him over interview

Club allege breach of contract over comments in interviewRonaldo told not to return to training base after World CupManchester United have appointed lawyers to sue Cristiano Ronaldo for alleged breach of contract after claims made by the forward in a recent interview, with the club seeking a swift resolution to the issue.It means Ronaldo will almost certainly never play for United again and it is understood the 37-year-old has been instructed not to return to the club’s Carrington training base after his participation with Portugal in the World Cup in Qatar. Continue reading...
November 17, 2022

World Cup 2022 team guides part 30: Portugal

With world-class players but doubts over ageing greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, Portugal are a Jekyll and Hyde teamThis article is part of the Guardian’s World Cup 2022 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who qualified. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 20 November. Continue reading...
November 13, 2022

‘I felt betrayed’: Ronaldo aims broadside at Ten Hag and Manchester United

Forward says coach and others want him out of club‘I felt betrayed and I felt like some people don’t want me here’Cristiano Ronaldo claims he has been “betrayed” by Manchester United and believes they are trying to force him out of the club.The Portugal forward said that head coach Erik ten Hag and others want him out of Old Trafford in an excerpt of a 90-minute interview released on the Piers Morgan Uncensored Twitter feed. Continue reading...
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