World Cup 2018
It has been called “a military parade, but more fun and with a bigger audience”. On Thursday, June 14, the 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russia. One month and 64 matches later, football will have its new champions. Is Russia a good choice of host? Should we mix politics and sport? What would happen if England won?
Not victorious… but happy and glorious
Was this the best World Cup ever? Here are five reasons for why it was, and five for why it was not. England’s semi-final defeat may be sad, but the tournament has offered plenty of fun.
England scrapes into quarter-final on penalties
Are penalty shootouts a good idea? They won the game for England on Tuesday, putting us through to our first World Cup quarter-finals since 2006. Yet some would rather get rid of the system.
Gripping World Cup enters knockout stage
Will football always be the world’s biggest sport? As the World Cup enters the knockout stages, billions of people across the planet are tuning in. No other sport is watched by so many.
England dreams of glory after last-minute win
What would happen if England won the World Cup? Would the country become a better place, or would things just be more fun for a while? Either way, a victory is becoming more likely…
The World Cup’s big match: politics v sport
Should you enjoy this World Cup? The games will be fun, but some worry that Russia is a bad choice of host. The country hopes that the tournament will distract from its many problems.
Football meets politics in Russia’s World Cup
Will the World Cup ease tensions between Russia and the world? Russia’s image has been stained by wars, doping and hooliganism. The tournament, which starts on Thursday, may change things.
£8bn tournament is most expensive of all time
Is hosting the World Cup worth it? The tournament is fun, but very expensive to prepare. Russia has high levels of poverty, but that has not stopped it from splashing out on stadiums.
Hope and heartache: England’s chances
Can England win the World Cup? Every four years, fans get their hopes up; every four years, they are left disappointed. That said, this year’s squad is different in a few important ways…