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Right backs, left backs are Brazil's weak spots at World Cup

When Brazil coach Tite uttered the name of veteran Dani Alves in his call for the World Cup squad, reactions around the country spanned from anger to disappointment.

The Brazil coach, who has faced little criticism in his six years on the job, described his pick in a paused, not-so-confident tone.

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Macron says World Cup in Qatar 'should not be politicized'

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that "sports should not be politicized," days after it was announced — to criticism — that he would attend the World Cup in Qatar if France reaches the semifinals.

Speaking in Bangkok, Macron said issues about Qatar's human rights record and the environment were "questions you have to ask yourself when you award the event."

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Lewandowski issued three-match ban after 'disrespect' towards ref

Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski has been given three-match ban in La Liga for showing "disrespect" towards a referee, which he will serve when Spanish domestic football resumes after the World Cup.

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Ronaldo risks United legacy after explosive tirade

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have burnt his bridges with Manchester United after launching a stinging tirade against the club and faces an uncertain future as he prepares for the World Cup.

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World Cup hosts Qatar on the offensive over rights storm

Facing a storm of European criticism ahead of the start of the World Cup, Qatar on Tuesday stepped up its diplomatic and media riposte which has included threatening "legal" action to defend its name.

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Ronaldo 'always happy' when playing for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo is "always happy" when playing for Portugal and his problems at Manchester United will not damage the country's prospects at the World Cup, international teammate Joao Mario said on Tuesday.

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Qatar's role in diplomacy ahead of 2022 World Cup

For decades, Doha has flung open its doors to Taliban warlords, Islamist dissidents, African rebel commanders and exiles of every stripe.

Now, the tiny emirate is receiving extra scrutiny as it welcomes over a million soccer fans from around the world for the 2022 World Cup.

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World Cup countdown enters final week with Qatar under microscope

The week-long countdown to the World Cup in Qatar began on Monday as the world's leading footballers focused their attention on one of the most controversial tournaments in history.

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In World Cup tempest, an oasis of calm for fans with autism

The calm and quiet is a stark contrast to the roar of a World Cup football stadium. But it is quite deliberate.

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Fritz beats Nadal at ATP Finals; Ruud downs Auger-Aliassime

Rafael Nadal's bid to win one of the few titles missing from his glittering career started poorly as he was beaten in straight sets by eighth-seeded Taylor Fritz in their opening match at the ATP Finals on Sunday.

After a close-fought opening set, Fritz dominated the second as the American secured a 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over the top-seeded Nadal.

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