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The BBC will stream the World Cup in 4K and VR, but not to all

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The BBC is finally embracing live 4K. After a run of very limited tests back in 2014 and the recent FA Cup Final, the revered broadcasting institution plans on proving its mettle by showing the FIFA World Cup live to audiences in Ultra HD and virtual reality. It’ll be the first time the Beeb has shown a live tournament in this way, and it’s a heck of a tournament to start with.

There’s a catch, though. The broadcast will technically count as a trial, and while all 29 of BBC One’s World Cup matches will be shown live via BBC iPlayer, there will only be a limited number of spaces available for each game. It’s not clear exactly how many spots are open — at least tens of thousands–– but you’ll only be able to watch on a first come, first served basis. This should pave the way for optimized Ultra HD broadcasts in the future, though.

The broadcaster is also using the World Cup to test out its virtual reality offering. It’s developed an app (the catchily-titled “BBC Sport VR – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018” app) that will let anyone with a smartphone or compatible VR headset watch live coverage of all 33 matches from their very own luxury private box in a Russian stadium. You’ll be able to watch daily highlights packages on one of your box’s virtual big screens at the same time as the live action, or switch your view so you’re sat right behind one of the goals on the pitch. No restrictions on numbers here, and the app will should be arriving soon on Apple, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Go and PlayStation VR.

This is a pretty significant undertaking for the BBC, which has traditionally lost out to more “dedicated” sports broadcasters, such as Sky and BT Sport, which have had 4K under their belts for a while. The World Cup is arguably the biggest sporting event on the planet, so the Beeb’s decision to show the beautiful game in this way puts the organisation among the big boys. Plus, it brings an enhanced viewing experience to those who don’t have existing 4K subscriptions or the cash to fork out for pay-per view. Hopefully these trials will set the scene for a future Ultra HD World Cup where the BBC can get everyone involved.

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia schedule: TV, streaming for fixtures, kickoff times, channels in English and Spanish

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The 2018 World Cup is right around the corner, and you won’t want to miss the action. You can watch the matches on TV or stream them online on your computer mobile device, and CBS Sports will be providing coverage all tournament long. But what if you want to specifically watch the games in English or Spanish?

In the United States, Fox has the rights for the tournament in English, while Telemundo has the Spanish broadcasting rights. Fox will air some games on its national network channel and on FS1, while Spanish games will be jump between Telemundo and NBC Universo. But which channel is specifically airing the games you want to see? Additionally, the Fox Sports Go app will stream the games, as will the Telemundo Deportes app.  

Also, you can stream many of the games and possibly all of the games (depending on your local Fox channel) through fuboTV (try for free). 

Note: First channel listed is in English and second is in Spanish.

Thursday, June 14

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia

11 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and Telemundo

Friday, June 15

Egypt vs. Uruguay

8 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

FS1 and Telemundo

Morocco vs. Iran

11 a.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Portugal vs. Spain

2 p.m. ET

Sochi

Fox and Telemundo

Saturday, June 16

France vs. Australia

6 a.m. ET

Kazan

FS1 and Telemundo

Argentina vs. Iceland

10 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and Telemundo

Peru vs. Denmark

12 p.m. ET

Saransk

FS1 and Telemundo

Croatia vs. Nigeria

3 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

FS1 and Telemundo

Sunday, June 17

Costa Rica vs. Serbia

8 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

Germany vs. Mexico

11 a.m. ET

Moscow

FS1 and Telemundo

Brazil vs. Switzerland

2 p.m. ET

Rostov

FS1 and Telemundo

Monday, June 18

Sweden vs. South Korea

8 a.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

FS1 and Telemundo

Belgium vs. Panama

11 a.m. ET

Sochi

FS1 and Telemundo

Tunisia vs. England

2 p.m. ET

Volgograd

FS1 and Telemundo

Tuesday, June 19

Poland vs. Senegal

8 a.m. ET

Moscow

FS1 and Telemundo

Colombia vs. Japan

11 a.m. ET

Saransk

Fox and Telemundo

Russia vs. Egypt

2 p.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Wednesday, June 20

Portugal vs. Morocco

8 a.m. ET

Moscow

FS1 and Telemundo

Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia

11 a.m. ET

Rostov

Fox and Telemundo

Iran vs. Spain

2 p.m. ET

Kazan

Fox and Telemundo

Thursday, June 21

France vs. Peru

8 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

FS1 and Telemundo

Denmark vs. Australia

11 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

Argentina vs. Croatia

2 p.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

Fox and Telemundo

Friday, June 22

Brazil vs. Costa Rica

8 a.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

FS1 and Telemundo

Nigeria vs. Iceland

11 a.m. ET

Volgograd

Fox and Telemundo

Serbia vs. Switzerland

2 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

Fox and Telemundo

Saturday, June 23

Belgium vs. Tunisia

8 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and Telemundo

Germany vs. Sweden

11 a.m. ET

Sochi

Fox and Telemundo

South Korea vs. Mexico

2 p.m. ET

Rostov

Fox and Telemundo

Sunday, June 24

England vs. Panama

8 a.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

FS1 and Telemundo

Japan vs. Senegal

11 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

Fox and Telemundo

Poland vs. Colombia

2 p.m. ET

Kazan

Fox and Telemundo

Monday, June 25

Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt

10 a.m. ET

Volgograd

FS1 and NBC Universo

Uruguay vs. Russia

10 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

Iran vs. Portugal

2 p.m. ET

Saransk

Fox and Telemundo

Spain vs. Morocco

2 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

FS1 and NBC Universo

Tuesday, June 26

Australia vs. Peru

10 a.m. ET

Sochi

FS1 and Telemundo

Denmark vs. France

10 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and NBC Universo

Iceland vs. Croatia

2 p.m. ET

Rostov

FS1 and NBC Universo

Nigeria vs. Argentina

2 p.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Wednesday, June 27

South Korea vs. Germany

10 a.m. ET

Kazan

FS1 and NBC Universo

Mexico vs. Sweden

10 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

Fox and Telemundo

Switzerland vs. Costa Rica

2 p.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

FS1 and NBC Universo

Serbia vs. Brazil

2 p.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Thursday, June 28

Japan vs. Poland

10 a.m. ET

Volgograd

FS1 and NBC Universo

Senegal vs. Colombia

10 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

England vs. Belgium

2 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

Fox and Telemundo

Panama vs. Tunisia

2 p.m. ET

Saransk

FS1 and NBC Universo

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World Cup 2018: Russia & Fifa blamed for not stopping rise in abusive chants

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Russia’s football union and Fifa have been blamed by equality campaigners for not acting on a rise in abusive chants at Russian games before the World Cup.

Anti-discriminatory body Fare detailed the increase in a report, from data collected over the past year.

Campaign group Kick It Out wants Fifa to act against racist and homophobic abuse in Russian football.

It warned a lack of action “will leave BAME and LGBT supporters, players and staff vulnerable to abuse this summer”.

Russia will host the World Cup, which runs from 14 June to 15 July.

The Fare report said that the total number of discriminatory incidents inside Russian stadiums has gone down for the third year in a row – with far fewer far-right banners being displayed.

But although there are fewer banners, there have been more abusive chants – which Fare said indicated “deeply rooted issues and a lack of educational and preventative efforts by Russian clubs”.

Fare’s concerns include:

  • A total of 19 incidents of abusive chanting taking place during the 2017-18 season compared with two the previous campaign.
  • The Russian Football Union’s disciplinary committee giving two-match bans to players and coaches who reacted to being abused by racist chants.
  • Several cases of racist comments being made by players, club management teams and the media.
  • An attack on a group of students from Iraq by fans in Orel.

Piara Powar, executive director of the Fare network, said: “There are reasons to hope that the World Cup authorities will not allow serious violent incidents to take place by using all the resources of law enforcement agencies and special services.

“However, the football authorities in Russia and Fifa have missed valuable opportunities and time to deliver lasting change in Russia.”

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World Cup TV schedule: How to watch Russia 2018, stream online, watch on TV, English and Spanish

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The 2018 World Cup is right around the corner, and you won’t want to miss the action. You can watch the matches on TV or stream them online on your computer mobile device, and CBS Sports will be providing coverage all tournament long. But what if you want to specifically watch the games in English or Spanish?

In the United States, Fox has the rights for the tournament in English, while Telemundo has the Spanish broadcasting rights. Fox will air some games on its national network channel and on FS1, while Spanish games will be jump between Telemundo and NBC Universo. But which channel is specifically airing the games you want to see? Additionally, the Fox Sports Go app will stream the games, as will the Telemundo Deportes app.  

Also, you can stream many of the games and possibly all of the games (depending on your local Fox channel) through fuboTV (try for free). 

Note: First channel listed is in English and second is in Spanish.

Thursday, June 14

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia

11 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and Telemundo

Friday, June 15

Egypt vs. Uruguay

8 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

FS1 and Telemundo

Morocco vs. Iran

11 a.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Portugal vs. Spain

2 p.m. ET

Sochi

Fox and Telemundo

Saturday, June 16

France vs. Australia

6 a.m. ET

Kazan

FS1 and Telemundo

Argentina vs. Iceland

10 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and Telemundo

Peru vs. Denmark

12 p.m. ET

Saransk

FS1 and Telemundo

Croatia vs. Nigeria

3 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

FS1 and Telemundo

Sunday, June 17

Costa Rica vs. Serbia

8 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

Germany vs. Mexico

11 a.m. ET

Moscow

FS1 and Telemundo

Brazil vs. Switzerland

2 p.m. ET

Rostov

FS1 and Telemundo

Monday, June 18

Sweden vs. South Korea

8 a.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

FS1 and Telemundo

Belgium vs. Panama

11 a.m. ET

Sochi

FS1 and Telemundo

Tunisia vs. England

2 p.m. ET

Volgograd

FS1 and Telemundo

Tuesday, June 19

Poland vs. Senegal

8 a.m. ET

Moscow

FS1 and Telemundo

Colombia vs. Japan

11 a.m. ET

Saransk

Fox and Telemundo

Russia vs. Egypt

2 p.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Wednesday, June 20

Portugal vs. Morocco

8 a.m. ET

Moscow

FS1 and Telemundo

Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia

11 a.m. ET

Rostov

Fox and Telemundo

Iran vs. Spain

2 p.m. ET

Kazan

Fox and Telemundo

Thursday, June 21

France vs. Peru

8 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

FS1 and Telemundo

Denmark vs. Australia

11 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

Argentina vs. Croatia

2 p.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

Fox and Telemundo

Friday, June 22

Brazil vs. Costa Rica

8 a.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

FS1 and Telemundo

Nigeria vs. Iceland

11 a.m. ET

Volgograd

Fox and Telemundo

Serbia vs. Switzerland

2 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

Fox and Telemundo

Saturday, June 23

Belgium vs. Tunisia

8 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and Telemundo

Germany vs. Sweden

11 a.m. ET

Sochi

Fox and Telemundo

South Korea vs. Mexico

2 p.m. ET

Rostov

Fox and Telemundo

Sunday, June 24

England vs. Panama

8 a.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

FS1 and Telemundo

Japan vs. Senegal

11 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

Fox and Telemundo

Poland vs. Colombia

2 p.m. ET

Kazan

Fox and Telemundo

Monday, June 25

Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt

10 a.m. ET

Volgograd

FS1 and NBC Universo

Uruguay vs. Russia

10 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

Iran vs. Portugal

2 p.m. ET

Saransk

Fox and Telemundo

Spain vs. Morocco

2 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

FS1 and NBC Universo

Tuesday, June 26

Australia vs. Peru

10 a.m. ET

Sochi

FS1 and Telemundo

Denmark vs. France

10 a.m. ET

Moscow

Fox and NBC Universo

Iceland vs. Croatia

2 p.m. ET

Rostov

FS1 and NBC Universo

Nigeria vs. Argentina

2 p.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Wednesday, June 27

South Korea vs. Germany

10 a.m. ET

Kazan

FS1 and NBC Universo

Mexico vs. Sweden

10 a.m. ET

Yekaterinburg

Fox and Telemundo

Switzerland vs. Costa Rica

2 p.m. ET

Nizhny Novgorod

FS1 and NBC Universo

Serbia vs. Brazil

2 p.m. ET

Saint Petersburg

Fox and Telemundo

Thursday, June 28

Japan vs. Poland

10 a.m. ET

Volgograd

FS1 and NBC Universo

Senegal vs. Colombia

10 a.m. ET

Samara

Fox and Telemundo

England vs. Belgium

2 p.m. ET

Kaliningrad

Fox and Telemundo

Panama vs. Tunisia

2 p.m. ET

Saransk

FS1 and NBC Universo

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LGBT World Cup fans going to Russia warned against public displays of affection

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LGBT fans who are going to Russia to support England in the World Cup have been warned against displaying affection in public places.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Russia, but there are no laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup begins in Russia on 14 June.

‘Negative attention’

The Foreign Office advice to LGBT travellers reads: “Public displays of affection may attract negative attention. The republics of the North Caucasus are particularly intolerant to LGBT+ issues. Since April 2016, reports continue to be received of state persecution of the LGBT+ community in Chechnya.”

In Chechnya, a Russian republic, it has been reported that more than one hundred gay men have been detained on suspicion of homosexuality.

“In 2018 Russia was ranked 45th out of 49 European countries for LGBT+ rights by ILGA-Europe,” according to the advice. “There are no laws that exist to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.”

Moscow Pride banned

In 2012, Moscow Pride was banned for 100 years. The following year, the country passed a law banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” among under-18s. This has led to reports of harassment, threats and acts of violence towards the LGBT community. No foreign nationals have been charged or convicted under the law.

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) said the crackdown in Chechnya has extended to other areas of the North Caucasus and advised LGBT fans to avoid this area. No World Cup matches will take place in this region.

The FSF added: “It is important to understand nonetheless that Russia is a big country and attitudes will vary from city to city, and in many cases it is no more dangerous than parts of the UK.”

Rainbow flags

Last month, FSF chief executive Kevin Miles told MPs the Russian FA and Fifa had reassured them that displaying a rainbow flag would not be a “problem” in football grounds but Russian LGBT networks said that advice should be “taken with a pinch of salt”.

Fifa has suggested fans experiencing homophobia should report it to a representative of the governing body if their claims to police or stewards fall on deaf ears.

The Fifa disciplinary code has been updated to cover homophobia, meaning referees have the power to halt or abandon games if discriminatory behaviour persists.

Additional reporting by PA

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Sex traffickers are planning to exploit Russia's lax World Cup visa rules to pimp Nigerian women

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The FIFA World Cup is known for being a month-long soccer fest with fans pouring into the host country from all over the world. But Nigerian sex traffickers could take advantage of Russia’s relaxed visa rules during the tournament, advocates say.

In fact, the ruse has already been trialled: Alternativa, a Russian anti-slavery group, claims that up to 30 women were trafficked into Russia during last summer’s Confederation Cupa smaller tournament among continental champions played a year before the World Cup in the host nation. Alternativa says it expects the country “to face the same problem” during the World Cup, Reuters reports.

Russia implemented its visa-free regime for the Confederations Cup and will also have it in place during the World Cup which lasts from June 14 till July 15. Foreigners will be able to enter Russia during that period while holding only a FIFA-backed fan pass and valid match tickets. Alternativa’s claims have been corroborated by Nigeria’s national anti-trafficking agency which says it is aware of plans by traffickers.

Nigeria’s long-running sex trafficking problems have become even more rampant in recent years as traffickers have typically lured women on dangerous trips across the Mediterranean to Italy often with the promise of a better life of legitimate work and education. The empty dreams are hardly ever fulfilled though: four of five Nigerian women that arrive in Italy are forced into prostitution, the International Organization for Migration says.

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Quiz: how well do you know the Russian World Cup cities?

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As Russia gets ready for the World Cup, how well do you know the 11 host cities?

  • More on life inside Russian cities hosting the World Cup can be found by following the Guardian Cities Other Russia series
Where was Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist and author of Crime and Punishment born?
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Where was Russian president Vladimir Putin born?
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Which World Cup host city is known as the ‘Russian Riviera’ because of its beach resorts and subtropical climate?
In which city was Tsar Nicholas II and his family executed following the Russian Revolution of 1917?
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Which city did French actor Gerard Depardieu choose as his home address after leaving France to avoid higher taxes in 2013?
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Which city had its own leaning tower?
The philosopher Immanuel Kant lived and died in which city?
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Where was the rocket built which took the first person (Yuri Gagarin) into space?
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Where did the largest and bloodiest battle take place in the second world war?
Which city was once named after Soviet writer Maxim Gorky?
Which city lies immediately between Asia and northern Europe, and is known as the ‘gateway to the North Caucasus’?

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World Cup 2018: Belgium accidentally reveal 23-man squad for Russia during mattress television report

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Belgium‘s final World Cup 2018 squad appears to have been inadvertently revealed during a television report over team preparations.

Public broadcaster VRT showed footage of mattresses being loaded up by a Belgian bedding company before their departure for Russia with labels indicating the player for which they were designated.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has named a provisional squad of 28, which will be whittled down to 23 on Monday after a friendly international against Portugal on Saturday.

However, based on the mattresses, the cut has already been made, given there were only 23 on show.

The indication is that goalkeeper Matz Sels, defenders Christian Kabasele and Jordan Lukaku, midfielder Leander Dendoncker and winger Adnan Januzaj will not be flying to Russia.

Their absence would not be a great surprise, although it would confirm the inclusion of some of the more fringe players in the squad, such as defender Dedryck Boyata or forward Christian Benteke.

Belgium will also play friendlies against Egypt and Costa Rica before opening their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18. Their group also includes England and Tunisia.

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13 days to go: Fontaine's record haul

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is drawing ever nearer – with just 13 days to go! Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.

13 Records are made to be broken and almost all of them fall sooner or later. One goalscoring landmark, set by France’s Just Fontaine, has been standing for 60 years now and looks increasingly unlikely to ever be beaten. The striker set it in helping himself to 13 goals at the 1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden™, more than anyone has ever scored at a single world finals. The Stade de Reims forward struck four against West Germany, a hat-trick against Paraguay, braces in the matches with Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland, and a goal apiece against Brazil and Scotland.

“In 1958, I’d only started playing again on 15 February after a knee operation on 7 December,” he told FIFA.com in a 2014 interview, adding with a smile: “I did what I needed to come back and so, by the time June came around, I was walking on water. Like Jesus.” Ironically, the man they call Justo achieved his remarkable scoring feat in a borrowed pair of boots, with his pair falling apart in France’s last training session before travelling to Sweden. “We just had two pairs of boots at the time and no sponsors. I had nothing.” Team-mate Stephane Bruey, who had the same shoe size as Fontaine, came to the rescue, however, lending him one of his pairs. “Some of my goals were inspired by two spirits coming together inside the same shoe,” he once joked.

Beaten in the semi-finals by Brazil, Les Bleus had to settle for third place. “I quickly forgot about my personal performance,” said Fontaine. “I prefer to remember our third place than my first. At the time nobody really cared about who finished top scorer.” Whatever the case may be, the football world still remembers his wondrous achievement today.

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