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November 23, 2022 at 8:11 AM EST

Germany cover their mouths in team photo in protest at FIFA ban of ‘OneLove’ armband

The Germany team covered their mouths in their team photo ahead of the opening World Cup match against Japan in protest against FIFA’s ban of the ‘OneLove’ armband.

The German FA (DFB) confirmed that the team came up with the idea.

On Monday, England, Germany, the Netherlands and other European nations backed down from wearing the armband, which was intended to promote diversity and inclusion.

Anthony Hay

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EPL Staff Editor

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November 23, 2022 at 7:53 AM EST

Jordan Pickford on Harry Kane

“I think he’s good — a bit sore but he’s out on the grass today, he’s our captain and I think he’s fine”

David Ornstein

David Ornstein·

Football Writer

November 23, 2022 at 7:40 AM EST

Where is Joel Glazer?

The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell went searching for the reclusive owner across the United States last month. Did he find him? Did he heck.

But the search was still instructive…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 7:17 AM EST

Bruno Fernandes on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United departure

“I don’t feel uncomfortable. I don’t have to pick a side. It was a privilege to play in the national team with Ronaldo and at the club it was a dream come true and I have always said that. Cristiano has always been an inspiration for me. It was a dream but we know nothing lasts forever. And now Cristiano took a decision for his life and his career and we have to respect every decision.”

Read more here

Anthony Hay

Anthony Hay·

EPL Staff Editor

November 23, 2022 at 7:00 AM EST

Tune into the Totally Football Show

Need something to listen to while you eat up the clock ahead of Germany vs Japan? Why not try the Totally Football Show? Host James Richardson looks back on a quite extraordinary day in Qatar and chats to our own Josh Kloke ahead of Canada’s big day. Give it a listen here.

Iain Macintosh

Iain Macintosh

November 23, 2022 at 6:48 AM EST

Wales add rainbow flags to corners at training

They were one of the seven countries blocked from wearing the #OneLove armband on Monday. The USMNT have also changed the colour of their crest around the training facility.

Maybe FIFA will decide these constitute a political symbol too…

(Photo: NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 6:32 AM EST

Lewandowski to stay on penalties for Poland

Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz says that captain Robert Lewandowski will remain on penalties for Poland despite his miss in yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Mexico.

Based on expected saves, the power and placement of his penalty would still have seen it scored 74 per cent of the time.

“No coach tells a player how to score a penalty. Two days ago in training and he did it differently. He made a certain decision during the match but it’s not the end of the world. Lewy knows how to shoot penalties. As far as I’m concerned, in case of a possible penalty against Saudi Arabia, there will be no change. Unless that’s Robert’s decision.”

(Photo: Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 6:23 AM EST

Mazraoui off injured for Morocco

Oof. That didn’t look good. The Bayern Munich full-back is one of Morocco’s outstanding players, but needed stretchering off on the hour mark.

He received treatment a few minutes ago but went down again. The injury seemed to have arisen from his diving header after landing awkwardly. He was clutching his right shoulder. Not a good sight. Attait-Allah comes on to replace Mazraoui at left-back in Morocco’s first change.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 6:14 AM EST

Can World Cup teams replace injured players?

After a few days of action in Qatar, we have already seen one serious injury, a couple of concussions and a scare for England’s captain.

Lucas Hernandez’s World Cup, and probably his season, was brought to an extremely premature end just 13 minutes into France’s win against Australia. It was confirmed that, in the process of the Socceroos opening the scoring, the Bayern Munich defender sustained serious damage to his knee.

But can they be replaced? Ed Mackey explains.

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Can World Cup teams replace injured players?

November 23, 2022 at 6:00 AM EST

Half-time in Morocco vs Croatia

0-0, but an entertaining game so far, with Morocco possibly looking the better side.

Follow updates here.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 5:48 AM EST

Today’s The Athletic Football Podcast

Arguably the most famous footballer in the world is unattached playing at a World Cup, Manchester United fans may finally wave goodbye to their unwanted owners and England’s captain and talisman is facing a nervy wait on an ankle injury. All in all, Tuesday was chaos.

Catch all the reaction and analysis to those three huge stories with David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Matt Slater, Adam Leventhal and Laura Williamson – all of whom are out in Qatar – on this morning’s Athletic Football Podcast. Free on Apple, Spotify and all usual podcast providers.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 5:35 AM EST

Keylor Navas’ unlikely adventures with Costa Rica: ‘World Cup changed my life’

Costa Rica are the most successful team in central American football, and they start another World Cup campaign later today.

The Athletic’s Dermot Corrigan spoke to captain Keylor Navas.

“The national team has always helped me, even though I was not always playing (at my club),” he says. “I have always been able to perform at a high level for them. Nobody has ever gifted me anything. I have had to show, in every game with the national team, that I deserved to be the starter.”

Jacob Whitehead

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Keylor Navas on his unlikely adventures with Costa Rica: ‘World Cup changed my life’

November 23, 2022 at 5:15 AM EST

Luis Enrique a fan of extra added-time

Spain manager Luis Enrique has a Twitch! How young! How liberated!

He’ll be providing updates from here throughout the tournament, and has made some interesting comments on all the added-time we’ve seen so far – over 10 minutes on multiple occasions.

“I really love all the added time, above all because teams like us who have lots of possession, we always complain that not enough time is really played.

“So I think it’s marvellous to play so much added time in both halves, the most effective time possible (the better). Any team can play as they want, but the more quality minutes played the better. So I am very in favour of this measure, it is the right thing to do.”

(Photo: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Dermot Corrigan

Dermot Corrigan·

La Liga Correspondent

November 23, 2022 at 5:02 AM EST

Underway in the first game!

You can follow updates from Croatia vs Morocco here.

I’m predicting a surprise Morocco win…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 4:42 AM EST

Can Morocco be the best performing African side?

How far can this team go? Some individuals are world-class – Hakimi, Mazraoui, Ziyech.

According to The Athletic’s Jacob Tanswell, so is Sofiane Boufal.

With Senegal losing their opening game, and Tunisia only drawing against Denmark, this is a real chance for Morocco.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 4:29 AM EST

So, about what happened last night

Manchester United, up for sale.

Why are fans so happy about this? The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell explains.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 4:09 AM EST

One hour away from Croatia vs Morocco kick-off…

They reached the last World Cup final. It would be quite the story if they go one step further.

Luka Modric, one of the greatest midfielders in history, is embarking on his last ride.

What a fun team this is. Follow live updates here.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

November 23, 2022 at 3:43 AM EST

What’s happening today?

There will be four matches at the World Cup today and we will be covering all of the matches at The Athletic.

  1. Game one – Morocco vs Croatia (10am GMT).
  2. Game two – Germany vs Japan (1pm GMT).
  3. Game three – Spain vs Costa Rica (4pm GMT).
  4. Game four – Belgium vs Canada (7pm GMT).
Omar Garrick

Omar Garrick·

Staff Editor, News

November 23, 2022 at 2:52 AM EST

ICYMI: Harry Kane injury scare with England captain set for ankle scan

Is it worrying news for England fans?

Harry Kane will have a scan on his ankle ahead of England’s next World Cup game against the U.S.

The 29-year-old England captain appeared to be in pain after Morteza Pouraliganji brought him down with a lunging tackle three minutes into the second half on Monday.

Kane managed to stay on the pitch until the 75th minute when he was replaced by fellow striker Callum Wilson.

Read more below from David Ornstein.

Omar Garrick

Omar Garrick·

Staff Editor, News

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