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World Cup kicks off in Russia

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The World Cup kicked off in Russia Thursday as the host nation took on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open.

Russia is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football’s showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.

Minutes before the game started in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Putin said: “I congratulate all of you at the...
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WORLD CUP Portugal’s hopes aided by extra rest for Ronaldo

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Dhaka, Jun 11 (AP) -Portugal has received assistance from Real Madrid in its quest for a first World Cup title, even though it plays Spain in the opening game.
By allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to sit out less meaningful matches, Madrid's management of the 33-year-old forward in the twilight of his...
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WORLD CUP Unbeaten in qualifying, Iran faces tougher test

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Dhaka, Jun 11 (AP) -After an almost flawless qualifying campaign, Iran will find it far tougher at the World Cup.
Iran's route to the round of 16 from Group B could be blocked by defending European champion Portugal and 2010 World Cup winner Spain.
But the Iberian teams have good reason to be...
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