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World Cup 2018: what is a Fan ID and do I need one to watch games in Russia? | Football | The Guardian
For this summer’s tournament Fifa has introduced Fan IDs, which will also function as travel visas.

Opinion: World Cup 2018 and the ugly side of the beautiful game
We can support the World Cup -- and the players -- without supporting the world's ugliest regimes such as the 2018 hosts, Russia.

Russia Proves a Challenging Destination for Some World Cup Fans - The New York Times
Several factors are appearing to dampen interest in visiting Russia for the 2018 World Cup, at least for soccer fans in the United States and England.

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hits out as 50+1 rule retained
Under DFL rules, clubs in Germany are not allowed into the upper two tiers if commercial investors have more than a 49 percent stake.

Italy given late VAR penalty after Jamie Vardy scores for quick-witted England | Football | The Guardian
Jamie Vardy gave England a first-half lead from a smart Lingard assist only for Italy to earn a 1-1 draw through an 88th-minute VAR decision.

Spain’s winning identity intact as they hit Argentina for six in friendly win | Football | The Guardian
Spain’s winning identity remains intact and they hit Argentina for six, including an Isco hat-trick, in a comfortable friendly win.

Hungary 0-1 Scotland - BBC Sport
Matt Phillips' first international goal is enough to give Scotland their first win of Alex McLeish's second spell in charge.

United States vs. Paraguay - Football Match Report - March 27, 2018 - ESPN
The US only scored from the spot, but it was enough to get past Paraguay.

Why Gareth Southgate might just be England’s best manager since Terry Venables | FourFourTwo
"Best England manager since Terry Venables" is pretty much the dictionary definition of damning with faint praise.