Articles on World Cup 2018

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Sexualised images of women persist in sport media, despite the changing demographics of fans. Srdjan Suki/EPA

Why stereotypes of sexy women fans persist at the World Cup

Women now make up a sizeable share of football audiences, but unless decked out in short shorts and cropped jerseys, they are barely visible in the media.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev watch the action during the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia that opened the 2018 World Cup. Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

One likely winner of the World Cup? Putin

The Russian leader seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and enhance his popularity at home.
Spirits were high when the Socceroos qualified for the 2018 World Cup, but the team’s chances in Russia are slim. David Moir/AAP

Why soccer is falling behind footy and rugby in Australia

Interest in the sport is starting to wane as the Socceroos have struggled internationally and the A-League has failed to evolve.
Superstar Diego Maradona holds up the World Cup trophy in 1986. The World Cup tournament may prompt some people to get out and play themselves, leading to possible injuries. (AP Photo/Carlo Fumagalli)

If you catch World Cup fever, here’s how to prevent injuries

It's easy to get caught up in World Cup fever. But if watching the beautiful game inspires you to get out and play, injury prevention is vital.

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