Given sport’s global popularity and football’s status as the most popular sport, it is perhaps surprising that the beautiful game was not really touched by the ugliness of terrorism until November 13, 2015.
Most football fans will not know who all the singers are in the official Russia 2018 song, how to find Nizhny Novgorod or what formation Iran will use against Morocco, but there is one thing we can be sure of: there will be controVARsy.
As church leaders in Hackney we are hearing from our church members about the crisis in our community which is being shown through the acts of violence now in the public eye, write Hackney Ecumenical Borough Deans Group.
International breaks are rarely welcomed with open arms by fans who miss their Arsenal fix – but for football lovers this week is serving up some tasty ties with 14 players from the club set to be amongst the action. Find out more with Rosie Tudball’s comprehensive round-up.
Aaron Ramsey admitted the Europa League is now Arsenal’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, putting extra emphasis on their last-16 second-leg tie with AC Milan tonight (Thursday).