Football world cup 2018: What you need to know about Friday’s draw

( CNN) Before a Football world cup, there has to be a Football world cup describe. Yes, after approximately three years of qualifying, involving 871 games around the globe, the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar — not to mention millions of football fans around the world — will be holding their breath […]

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Dalkurd FF: The football club that’s also a ‘country’ for the Kurdish diaspora

( CNN) Something unusual is happening in rural Sweden. In a plot that even Swedish novelist Henning Mankell might have thought too far fetched, a small football club based in the district of Dalarna — a three-hour drive northwest of Stockholm — has become a “national team” for millions of Kurdish people around the world. […]

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Football, fire and ice: the inside story of Iceland’s remarkable rise | Barney Ronay

Iceland travel Euro 2016 as the smallest nation ever to reach a major tournament not bad going for a lump of volcanic stone halfway to the Arctic with a population the size of Lewisham. This is the tale of their stunning journey In 2009 a group of young Icelandic football coaches travelled to England to […]

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From sand, to grass, to Europe? Senegal’s football dream house

Dakar( CNN) For 13 -year-old Amar, it’s Real Madrid. For 17 -year-old Junior, it’s Marseille. Like so many boys, their dreaming is to travel from Africa to Europe and follow in the footsteps of footballing legends like Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira. But unlike most, and thanks to expert develop, the sons at Senegal’s Diambars […]

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Champions League final 2016: Real Madrid favourites, tells Carlo Ancelotti

( CNN) He’s the man who eventually delivered “La Decima” to Real Madrid — a pursuing that arguably had bordered on the obsessive for the Spanish club. Follow @cnnsport So who better placed to survey this season’s European Champions League final than Carlo Ancelotti? JUST WATCHED Champions League final vs. The Super Bowl

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