Film distributors are using various tactics to counteract the forthcoming football extravaganza.For anyone not already aware, the FIFA World Cup is kind of a big deal. Every four years the tournament attracts an average global audience of around three billion. With close to half the world’s population glued to their television sets, it stands to reason that cinema attendances should dip during the 30-day footballing extravaganza. This year alone, both Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp are being released in the UK a month later than the US in a bid to avoid any overlap with the World Cup. In response fans of the latter have started a petition to move the film’s release date forward, claiming that the delay is unnecessary. Which begs the question: just how much of an impact does the World Cup have on the film industry? Generally speaking the tournament doesn’t pull in … [Read more...] about Will the FIFA World Cup affect your cinema plans this summer?
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Rob Harris, Ap Global Soccer Writer Updated 12:09 pm, Friday, May 4, 2018 In the 36 years since Peru last played at the World Cup so much has changed in football. "There is no hiding anymore," Peru assistant coach Nolberto Solano said in an interview with The Associated Press. "There are no more secrets." That works both ways. It will be harder for the Peruvians to spring a surprise on opponents who can glean tactical nuances from combing through footage. But it is easier than ever before to keep tabs on their group-stage rivals in Russia. Especially when Peru can turn to Solano to call in favors from Newcastle, the English Premier League club where he spent most of his playing career. A recent trip back to northeast England allowed Solano to tap into the coaching wisdom of manager Rafa Benitez and his insight on players from Peru's Group C opponents: Australia, Denmark and France. "It's good to hear from a manager who can give you tips and advice," Solano said. "He is … [Read more...] about Peru taps into Solano’s contacts ready for World Cup return
Updated 7:52 am, Friday, April 27, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold support from nations who don't back the joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup. While FIFA has no authority to act against the North American bid over Trump's words, the world soccer body's rules of bidding note that governments can have an "undue influence" on the contest. Morocco also has bid to host soccer's showcase. The FIFA Congress meets on June 13 in Moscow to select the 2026 host, and a majority of the 207 voting FIFA members is needed. They also may pick neither bid, which would lead to the host process being reopened. Trump tweeted on Thursday: "The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the … [Read more...] about Trump threatens countries who don’t back US World Cup bid
Ronald Blum, Ap Sports Writer Updated 1:57 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Photo: Joe Pugliese, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This image provided by FOX Sports shows the broadcast team of play-by-play announcers, match analysts, studio hosts and commentators for FOX Sports coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia. Front row from left are; Sergey Gordeev, Cobi Jones, Kate Abdo, Stu Holden, John Strong, Alexi Lalas, Aly Wagner, Rob Stone, Mariano Trujillo and Jenny Taft. Second row from left are: Tony Meola, Fernando Fiore (center, standing behind Lalas), JP Dellacamera, Glenn Davis and Derek Rae. Third row from left: Maria Komandnaya, Ian Joy, Mark Followill, Rachel Bonnetta, Warren Barton and Rodolfo Landeros (upper right, seated). Top from left are Joe Machnik and Jorge Perez-Navarro. (Joe Pugliese/FOX Sports via AP) less This image provided by FOX Sports shows the … [Read more...] about Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox despite no US
Ronald Blum, Ap Sports Writer Updated 8:23 am, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — Fox's World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the tournament. And many of the game broadcasters will be based in the U.S. The network told The Associated Press it will announce Wednesday that eight of its 12 match commentators will be American, headed by the lead team of John Strong and Stu Holden. Aly Wagner will be the first female game analyst for a men's World Cup on U.S. television. Fox's coverage will be a marked contrast to British voices that dominated ESPN's telecasts of the past two tournaments. JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola will be Fox's only other crew based in Russia and will call the host nation's opener against Saudi Arabia on June 14. Strong and Holden start with the Spain-Portugal game the following day and will work the final on July 15. The other four crews will broadcast from Fox's studios in Los Angeles, … [Read more...] about APNewsBreak: Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox