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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.
Football Federation Australia has scored some own goals this year. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Season wrap: Goals – and own goals – in Australian football

What should have been a great year for Australian soccer has been let down by underwhelming fan interest and a distracting dispute between Football Federation Australia and A-League clubs.
The shirt numbers of Brisbane Roar player Ivan Franjic are seen to dislodge during the Preliminary Stage 2 AFC Champions League match between the Brisbane Roar and Ceres Negros FC at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre in Brisbane, Tuesday, January 23, 2018. AAP Image/ Dave Hunt

Teflon tycoons and sticky-taped kits as club unravels – but you won’t read about it in Jakarta

The Brisbane Roar’s woes are the least of the Bakrie Group’s concerns, writes Nasya Bahfen.

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