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The unbearable hope -- and inevitable pain -- of supporting England at a World Cup
Usually ahead of an England World Cup campaign, expectations both great and grim emerge at once. Will Russia 2018 be the year they finally deliver?

Football while fasting: life in the Ramadan Midnight League | Nick Miller | Football | The Guardian
I have always wondered what it would be like to be an athlete who follows a faith that has a fast as part of its observance. Other than “kinda hard”, I mean.

Patrick Vieira: NYCFC coach leaves for OGC Nice | SI.com
Vieira spent two and a half years in New York and now heads back to France.

Chris Coleman: Hebei China Fortune name Welshman as new manager - BBC Sport
Chris Coleman takes over from Manuel Pellegrini as the new manager of Chinese Super League Hebei China Fortune.

World Cup warm-up match: Kylian Mbappe earns France draw against USA - BBC Sport
Kylian Mbappe scores for France as they are held by the USA in their final World Cup warm-up match.

World Cup 2018: Do Russia fancy their chances on home turf? - BBC Sport
Russian media outlets are buzzing with excitement about the first World Cup in their country - but not about the national team.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Chelsea’s biggest mistake? - Football365
Football365 - Loftus-Cheek was ready for Chelsea, but they misjudged him and spent instead. Now what?

Abramovich rejects offer for Chelsea from Britain's richest man - Football365
Jim Ratcliffe, the founder, chairman and majority owner of chemicals firm Ineos, had offered £2billion to take the club off Roman Abramovich's hands.

Politics out of United Bid's control ahead of 2026 World Cup vote
"Geopolitics is outside our terrain," U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said. "And there's always risk."

FIFA delays talks on possible 48-team World Cup in Qatar | SI.com
Talks on exploring a 48-team World Cup in 2022 have been taken off the agenda at FIFA's annual congress Wednesday.

Premier League winter break to come into force in 2019-20 season | Football | The Guardian
A winter break will come into force in the Premier League for a first time in the 2019-20 season in a move the Football Association believes will help England to succeed at future World Cups and European Championships

Is Comcast making it hard to watch European soccer to help NBC? - Philly.com
The beIN Sports network says yes.