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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 2-19, 2018

The first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has concluded with Telemundo just slightly edging out FOX Sports in viewership. Telemundo averaged 1.968 million viewers through the first 16 matches of the tournament while FOX averaged 1.963 million viewers across the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports 1. So far, TV viewership from the U.S. has dropped about 44% compared with the last tournament in 2014, according to data from Nielsen. Telemundo is in more than 53 million homes in the United States. FOX Sports, who have been broadcasting games on the over-the-air FOX network and FS1, are in ... Read more

World Cup averaging 3.7 million viewers on US TV

After the first 18 games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the soccer tournament is averaging 3.7 million viewers on US television across Spanish-language Telemundo and English-language FOX Sports combined. That 3.7 million number doesn’t include the increasing number of people watching the World Cup on streaming (Telemundo Deportes en Vivo had 4.3 million livestreams for the Argentina-Croatia alone). Nor does the average include people who are watching the game out of the home (FOX had an out-of-home viewing number of more than 500,000 people for Russia-Saudi Arabia alone). So far this tournament, Telemundo continues to generate more viewers for ... Read more

Telemundo beating FOX in World Cup TV ratings battle

Despite being available in far fewer homes in the United States, Telemundo is generating more viewers across television than FOX Sports after the first five days of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. Telemundo is in more than 53 million homes in the United States. FOX Sports, who have been broadcasting games on the over-the-air FOX network and FS1, are in 116 million homes (FOX) and 84 million homes (FS1) respectively. On Spanish-language television, Telemundo is averaging 2.19 million viewers per game while FOX Sports is averaging 2.13 million, according to viewing data researched by World Soccer Talk sources including ... Read more

2018 World Cup details at your fingertips

One of the best things about the 2018 FIFA World Cup is that there are more options than ever to watch the most popular sports tournament in the world. FOX is broadcasting more games than ever before on over-the-air television. ESPN’s SportsCenter will have a nightly World Cup edition. Univision will broadcast commercial-free halftime shows, and Telemundo is promising that their broadcast will be the most authentic World Cup experience ever. On top of all of that, we have more legal streaming options than ever before to watch the World Cup at home, from work or on the go. Here ... Read more

Morocco coach bemoans ‘total injustice’ ahead of Spain clash

Kaliningrad (Russia) (AFP) – Morocco coach Herve Renard Sunday said his team had been victim to a “total injustice” in becoming the first nation knocked out of the World Cup before their final Group B clash with Spain. Morocco were eliminated after losing 1-0 to Portugal in Moscow after a 95th-minute own goal saw them lose to Iran by the same scoreline in their opener.  “When you look at the facts in the Portugal game, it’s totally unfair.  “For the goal we conceded, there was an obvious foul by (defender) Pepe at the front post. Why did (the referee) not ... Read more

Southgate finds weak points in England rout

Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) (AFP) – England coach Gareth Southgate was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after England’s 6-1 World Cup group-stage rout of Panama, declaring “I didn’t particularly like the performance”. With a grin Southgate explained to the BBC: “I’m being hyper-critical, but I didn’t like the start, I didn’t like the goal at the end. The bits in the middle were pretty good though!” Southgate was speaking after a hat-trick from Harry Kane, a double from John Stones and another from Jesse Lingard saw off Panama and qualified England into the knockout stages. As it stands England ... Read more

England fans drink in rare World Cup joy after Panama win

London (AFP) – Soaking up the sunshine with a pint in hand, England fan Ife Runtwe reflected on his team’s five-star first half against Panama, calling it the “best England experience I’ve had in my life.” The 25-year-old IT worker was one of around 50 happy, but slightly bemused fans who had spilled out of the Lord Raglan pub in the City of London following an uncharacteristically dominant display in Russia, leading 5-0 at half-time and ending up 6-1 winners.  He paid tribute to manger Gareth Southgate, saying he had “done wonders, especially with the set-pieces”, and to the sense ... Read more

Salah set to start against Saudi Arabia as Egypt target World Cup win

Volgograd (Russia) (AFP) – Mohamed Salah looks likely to start against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on Monday as Egypt go in search of a first-ever World Cup win in a battle to avoid finishing bottom of Group A. But Egypt’s 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary may have to wait for an appearance off the bench to set a record as the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup. Egypt coach Hector Cuper said he would not tinker greatly with the starting XI that were dumped out of the tournament 3-1 by hosts Russia on Tuesday. “The manager needs ... Read more

England hat-trick hero Kane basks in World Cup rout

Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) (AFP) – Hat-trick hero Harry Kane says “it’s all coming together” for England at the World Cup after Gareth Southgate’s side sailed into the last 16 with a 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday. Kane’s treble and two goals from John Stones, with Jesse Lingard also on the scoresheet, meant England joined Belgium on six points at the top of Group G ahead of the match between the two teams on Thursday. “Fantastic,” Kane beamed in an interview with the BBC after leaping to the top of the World Cup Golden Boot scoring chart with five goals ... Read more

England thrash Panama to move into World Cup last 16 with Belgium

Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) (AFP) – England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games. A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane — which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals — two from John Stones, his first ever in an England shirt, and a beauty from Jesse Lingard completed the crushing victory. The result also confirmed Belgium’s qualification for the knockout stage and means Panama exit the tournament alongside Tunisia. The records tumbled for England on an ... Read more

England thrash Panama to move into last 16 with Belgium

Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) (AFP) – England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games. A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane — which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals — two from John Stones, his first ever in an England shirt, and a beauty from Jesse Lingard completed the crushing victory. The result also confirmed Belgium’s qualification for the knockout stage and means Panama exit the tournament alongside Tunisia. The records tumbled for England on an ... Read more

Mascherano shoots down Sampaoli rift rumours

Bronnitsy (Russia) (AFP) – Veteran Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano insists relations between the players and coach Jorge Sampaoli are not strained after reports of unrest within the team camp. Sampaoli was roundly criticised for his game plan following a 3-0 loss to Croatia in Argentina’s second group game at the World Cup, sparking rumours the 58-year-old would be sacked during the tournament. “The relationship with the coach is completely normal,” Mascherano said ahead of the must-win match against Nigeria in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.  “Obviously, when we feel uncomfortable about something we speak with him because if we didn’t we ... Read more