FIFA World Cup

2010 World Cup opening ceremony

The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. (wiki)

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Gareth Bale-inspired Wales lead Moldova a merry dance

Wales' Gareth Bale scores their third goal

By the end of the evening it felt more like an exhibition match as the Wales supporters worked their way through their full repertoire of songs, Chris Coleman responded to their requests for a wave and Gareth Bale and his team-mates strolled to the most comfortable of victories to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the best possible start.

Gareth Bale will break Ian Rush’s Wales record, predicts Chris Coleman

Wales' Gareth Bale in action

Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale will break Ian Rush’s record and become Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer in the current World Cup qualifying campaign after the Real Madrid forward struck twice against Moldova to take his tally for his country to 24. Bale’s double helped Wales to a comfortable 4-0 victory, lifted him above Ivor Allchurch and Trevor Ford into outright second place and, most significantly, within four goals of Rush.

Sam Allardyce bats away questions over Wayne Rooney’s role in England victory

England's Wayne Rooney

Stoppage time began with Sam Allardyce, alone on the edge of his technical area, burying his head in his hands as another of his side’s desperate attacks ran aground. It ended with a spin, grin and two-fisted pump of the air aimed at those members of his coaching staff still on the bench. His assistant, Sammy Lee, had already bounced gleefully beyond him on to the edge of the turf. If nothing else, the new manager has brought England a dash of good fortune.

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