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Belarus unveil giant, sword-swinging robot mascot named Vayar

Belarus have unveiled the new mascot they are hoping will help inspire their national football team to future glory.

That said, the Belarusian Football Federation (BFF) are obviously hoping to do so by petrifying everybody who lays eyes upon 'Vayar" -- their mighty new eight-foot tall, sword-swinging robot talisman.

As well as looking like Optimus Prime's cousin, Vayar also wields an enormous blade that is decorated with the national ornament of Belarus (the red and white geometric pattern visible...

 By Reuters

Diego Maradona takes charge of Belarus club Dynamo Brest

Sebi Salazar joins Get Up! to try to make sense of Diego Maradona's criticism of American referee Mark Geiger and his decisions in England's win over Colombia.

Argentina great Diego Maradona took over as chairman of Belarus club Dynamo Brest on Monday after signing a three-year contract and said he hoped the country's strongman President Alexander Lukashenko would become a fan.

Maradona has caused a sensation in Belarus by agreeing to take charge of a club that was rescued from bankruptcy two years ago. He plans to move to Brest after parting company with Al-Fujairah FC, where he was coach of the United Arab Emirates club.

He touched down in Belarus after...

Antoine Griezmann leads France to win and place at 2018 World Cup

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Antoine Griezmann scored one and made another as France secured World Cup qualification with a narrow 2-1 victory over Belarus in Paris.

Les Bleus went into the game needing victory to guarantee their place in Russia next summer and they quickly took control as Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann slotted in the 27th-minute opener before teeing up strike partner Olivier Giroud for the second soon after.

Anton Saroka halved the deficit just before the break but Belarus were unable to spoil the party...


Suzuki Cup champs Thailand beat Belarus on pens, retain King's Cup

Theerathon Bunmathan of Thailand
Theerathon Bunmathan was named man of the match as Thailand retained the King's Cup.

Southeast Asian champions Thailand retained the King's Cup after defeating Belarus in Sunday's final in Bangkok.

The Thais, who won their second consecutive AFF Suzuki Cup last December, prevailed 5-4 on penalties after the game finished 0-0.

The triumph came after Milovan Rajevac's side had defeated North Korea 3-0 in Friday's semifinal.

The Serbian took over from Kiatisuk Senamuang in May and has secured some impressive results, despite the absence of several key players.

They held United Arab...