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Germany is Germany’ Mourinho tips four-time World Cup winners to reach semi-finals in Russia

"There is nothing that needs to be built to bring the World Cup to Boston, and that is really important". Slide on through to learn a thing or two about the most popular sporting event in the world. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested the split of games could change. See a list of all the proposed host cities at the bottom of this story.

The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate. We are grateful that our facilities and excellent infrastructure allowed us to be a part of that bid.

The first World Cup on Russian soil will be played in 12 stadiums located across 11 cities. Luzhniki Stadium, which seats 80,000 fans, will host the final on July 15. Citing a number of high-profile sponsors dropping FIFA, London newspaper The Independent reported that FIFA's 2018 World Cup sponsorship revenues were down US$240 million. "It's a great sports town, but it also uniquely reflects the world itself".

Carlos Codeiro, US Soccer President said; "Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour".

Apple: iPhones will now be even harder for law enforcement to crack
On Wednesday, Apple told PCMag the change to the Lightning port wasn't meant to thwart the Federal Bureau of Investigation . Initially, a beta version for iOS 11.3 disabled the access to a week after an iPhone had been locked.

Enigmatic trailer lands for Death Stranding
As usual, Kojima-san was very tight-lipped about the details of what we saw during the " Death Stranding " presentation. Sony also revealed a longer gameplay trailer (close to 12 minutes) for another much-awaited game, " The Last of Us 2 ".

Nigeria World Cup Squad Photos
Nigeria landed in Russian Federation on Monday night ahead of their 2018 Fifa World Cup opener against Croatia on Saturday.

AT&T Stadium also hosted the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with several other high-profile worldwide matches.

The last time the USA hosted the World Cup was in 1994, with Brazil winning the tournament at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Every four years, hundreds of players from across the globe descend on a country hoping to take home World Cup gold (but not solid-gold, more on that later).

Both will also be hoping for victory at the Luzhniki to end a barren run at the global finals: Russian Federation have not won at the World Cup since 2002, while Saudi Arabia's last global finals' victory came at US 1994.

Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria compete in Group D. Argentina is favored to progress to the knockout stage, leaving Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland to battle for the final spot. The expanded format was agreed upon in a unanimous vote in January of previous year. The $10 admission fee for the World Cup and Orlando City watch parties includes a ticket to the Orlando Pride match.

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