Most Saudi fans optimistic about World Cup draw: Poll

The match between Saudi Arabia and Russia will be on June 14, 2018. (Photo source: Twitter @footytoonz)
Updated 08 December 2017
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Most Saudi fans optimistic about World Cup draw: Poll

JEDDAH: The draw for FIFA’s 2018 World Cup took place on Friday, with the opening game on June 14 between host Russia and Saudi Arabia. In the same group A, Egypt will play against Uruguay.
According to a poll posted on Twitter by “Action Ya Dawri,” a famous Saudi football TV show, 55 percent of Saudi fans are optimistic about the draw results, 25 percent are concerned and 20 percent are disappointed.
A viral video displays a sense of solidarity between Saudis and Egyptians for being in the same group. At the end of the video, someone tells his friend: “We have no one by our side but each other.”
Mohammed from Egypt tweeted: “Saudis are happy to have us in the same group, and we are happy to have them, while Russia and Uruguay are happy to have us both!!!”
Gamal Arif, a Saudi football analyst, said: “Russia isn’t like Spain. It won’t be hard to defeat them. We’re supposed to win over Egypt and draw with Uruguay.”
Sports commentator Sami Al-Qurashi tweeted: “There are no easy teams in the World Cup, we should look at the opening match with Russia positively, Saudi Arabia is the first Arab team to play in the opening of the World Cup ever.”
The president of the Saudi Football Federation (SFF) said in a press release: “The opening matches usually take the spotlight, therefore the Saudi team will be at the forefront of the most prominent event in the World Cup, which is positive from different angles. Also, facing the Egyptian team in this group is an opportunity to let one of us pass to the second round. And I do not exaggerate when I say that the two of us, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, may succeed in passing to the second round together.”
The SFF has chosen Juan Antonio, the Chilean coach who resigned after failing to lead the South American champions to the 2018 World Cup, to lead the Saudi national team.


England wins World Cup match, fan mounts car, falls off – well why wouldn’t he?

Updated 19 June 2018
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England wins World Cup match, fan mounts car, falls off – well why wouldn’t he?

  • If you're a football fan and your team wins, you're going to celebrate
  • But we suggest that you don't do this - you might get hurt, and/or arrested

CAIRO: Goal celebrations are always a sight to behold, both on, and off the pitch – special cheers, chants and dances – every team has something they can claim as their own – but of course someone, somewhere will always go that bit too far.

When England met Tunisia on Monday evening, jubilant fans took to the streets of the British seaside city of Plymouth to celebrate after Harry Kane sealed the 2-1 win in stoppage time.

Nothing wrong with that – obviously. And as UK newspaper The Metro noted, the celebrations were  “like we had just won the World Cup.” 

But among the football fans seen taking over Union Street in Plymouth was one overexcited man who decided to ride on top of a moving car as part of his celebration. 

The man can be seen in footage climbing on top of a car, which then speeds up before braking suddenly, sending the large man tumbling onto the road.

But fear not – the footage then goes onto show him getting up and rejoining the crowds, like nothing had happened.

Maybe next time it will be easier if he just cheers. 

Now watch the video, just promise not to try this yourself