FIFA Chief Downplays Rights Concerns Ahead Of World Cup In Russia

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For the first time ever, the FIFA World Cup has approved the use of VAR (video assistant referees) - meaning that referees can make use of video replays, watched by officials not directly involved in the game, to make judgement calls.

Is a World Cup win on the horizon for superstars like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

The Socceroos will finalise their preparations with a friendly against Hungary in Budapest on Sunday morning (AEST), before they open their World Cup tilt against France in Kazan on June 16.

Team Melli have been drawn in a hard group alongside a Sergio Ramos-led Spain, current European champions Portugal and Maghreb nation Morocco.

So yeah, the World Cup is a big deal.

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Durant went to the University of Texas, and you could call the school "butt", since in 2017, it came in at 9th in the BIG 12. I'll wake up Friday morning, I'll be locked in on the game plan and what needs to be done to help our team win.

Most recently, the black players in the French squad were racially abused during the friendly game between Russian Federation and France in St Petersburg, one of the host cities for the tournament.

In the run-up to the tournament in Russian Federation this summer, Fifa said it had "received numerous complaints from individuals, consumer protection bodies and other market players over the opaque and deceptive business conduct of Viagogo AG".

Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, which are slightly less data-driven, have Germany ranked first, with Brazil, Belgium and Portugal ranked second, third and fourth, respectively.

They will face Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Egypt in Group A at the World Cup.

Denmark will be their next opponent in the group stage on June 21 in Samara, before they meet Peru in Sochi on June 27 (AEST).

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For the World Cup, Messi's men have been drawn with Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in Group D , starting against Iceland on 21 June. Israel regards Jerusalem as its "eternal and undivided" capital.

Belgium, Portugal and Argentina complete the top five while the only change in the top 10 sees Poland up two places to eighth in a straight swap with Spain.

England doesn't play for another few days after the tournament starts but there are plenty of games to get stuck into after the World Cup starts.

'The World Cup has a unique capacity to alter the preconceived ideas that some people have about a place, about a country.

Members of the Iranian national soccer team arrive at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on June 5.

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