The 21st FIFA World Cup kicked off yesterday afternoon in Moscow in typical pre-world cup style: colourful, loud and featuring a pop star whose songs were famous over a decade ago. Prior to the tournament, question marks were raised over the standard of this Russian team and whether the likes of Salah and Suarez would be too much for the hosts to handle. This may still be the case but it has certainly given everyone in Group A and the rest of the competition a lot to think about.
It was a 5⃣ star opening night for the hosts…
— FIFA World Cup ???? (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018
Julen Lopetegui’s name has appeared twice in our news headlines this week. Firstly, to announce his shock appointment as Real Madrid’s new manager and secondly, his sacking as Spain’s manager, just two days before their first World Cup game. It is understood neither the players nor the President of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales knew of Lopetegui’s plans to leave his position and that although the decision was difficult, it was a necessary one to make.
BREAKING: Spain sack Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the FIFA World Cup…
— GiveMeSport (@GiveMeSport) June 13, 2018
In a week where we have been football crazy, the announcement of the 2026 World Cup was highly anticipated. A joint bid from the USA, Canada and Mexico won 134 of the 200 votes cast beating off a bid from Morocco that had been gathering momentum. It is the first time that the competition will be shared between three nations and is expected to make a $14 billion in revenue according to the US Soccer President, Carlos Cordeiro.
1. Fifa has awarded the 2026 Fifa World Cup to the North American trio of the US, Canada and Mexico. The United Bid claimed victory with 134 votes to Morocco's 65 https://t.co/47CoTno2zI #WorldCup #United2026 pic.twitter.com/UpUpxcieEp
— SportsPro (@SportsPro) June 13, 2018
The WTA have announced a pre-Wimbledon event for female tennis stars on the South Bank. The day will be a celebration of various female players and will include an interactive photo exhibition where guests can follow the timeline of their favourite players. As well as a celebration of the players it is also a chance to highlight the efforts of the WTA in its promotion of women in tennis and more importantly in sport.
— WTA (@WTA) June 14, 2018