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Not a fan of football? Here’s a calendar of alternate events to follow.

The FIFA World Cup is almost here. While there will be millions who would be glued to their TV sets to catch the action, there are also millions preferring something else other than football to talk about for the next one month. We have compiled here a list of major non-football events taking place over the one month, for those looking for alternatives. JUNE, 2018 14/6 Cricket Second Test: WI v SL, Barbados (18 Jun); One-Day Cup QF Golf US Open, Shinnecock Hills (17 Jun) Karate World Championships, Dundee (17…

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Every confirmed World Cup 2018 squad

GROUP A RUSSIA: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev; Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Yuri Gazinsky, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov. SAUDI ARABIA: Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem, Abdullah Al-Mayuf; Mansoor Al-Harbi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Breik, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Ali Al-Bulaihi; Abdullah Al-Khaibari, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassim, Houssain Al-Mogahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Hattan Bahebri, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yehya…

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FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP: GROUP D OVERVIEW

MESSI DREAM ARGENTINA Coach: Jorge Sampaoli Captain: Lionel Messi Nickname: La Albiceleste Kit: Home – sky blue and white; Away – black. Cup Best Record: Winners 1978, 1986 Squad Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate) Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP). Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham),…

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FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP: GROUP C OVERVIEW

UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AUSTRALIA Coach: Bert van Marwijk Captain: Mile Jedinak Nickname: Socceroos Kit: Home – yellow; Away – dark green Cup Best Record: Second round 2006 Squad Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Mat Ryan (Brighton), Danny Vukovic (Genk) Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Bluewings), Fran Karacic (Lokomotiva), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers) Midfielders: Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Jackson Irvine (Hull), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Robbie Kruse (Bochum), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli), Aaron…

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FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP: GROUP A OVERVIEW

WALK LIKE THE EGYPTIANS EGYPT Coach: Hector Cuper Captain: Essam El Hadary Nickname: The Pharoahs Kit: Home – red, black and white; Away – to be confirmed Cup Best Record: First round 1934, 1990 Squad Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily) Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fath) Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (RC Lens), Omar Gaber (LAFC),…

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FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP: GROUP B OVERVIEW

ASIAN PRIDE IRAN Coach: Carlos Queiroz Captain: Ashkan Dejagah Nickname: Team Melli Kit: Home – white; Away – red. Cup Best Record: First round 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 Squad: Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis ), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo, Portugal) Defenders: Ramin Rezaeian (KV Oostende, Belgium), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Al Saad, Qatar), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal ), Seyed Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny, Russia), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal) Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm, Russia), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens, Greece), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham…

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