Saudi crown prince to attend FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

Joann Johnston
June 10, 2018

Host nation Russian Federation will kick off next week's World Cup as the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams in the tournament.

Rio de Janeiro, June 7 (IANS) Brazil's Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE) announced special operational measures to ensure that the country will not have problems with its energy supply during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins on June 14, official sources said.

But Turkey, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, drew level just before the hour-mark when Malli picked out the bottom-left corner from 25 yards.

That doesn't mean he won't be a weapon for Australia in Russian Federation, with van Marwijk very aware of his qualities.

BERT van Marwijk has hinted at a bit-part role for Socceroos great Tim Cahill at the World Cup.

"Maybe I will let him play for a period (against Hungary)".

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Asked about Chicherina's statement, FIFA says "the game should be neutral in matters of politics and its associated events shall not be used by associations, players, fans or any other individuals as a platform to share political statements".

As such, van Marwijk has sought to clarify Cahill's role in the squad, admitting a lack of game time has become an issue.

"The problem was already in the last half-year".

Speaking with journalists in Russia, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said, "Being in Russia is a dream come true for Iranian football".

"We've discussed that and he's ready for that".

Chicherina was scheduled to perform on June 15 at a Federation Internationale de Football Association "fan zone" in the World Cup host city of Rostov-on-Don, close to the Ukrainian border, but said "I've been officially banned".

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