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 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

 The University of Oxford, situated in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge are sometimes referred to collectively as Oxbridge.

The two universities have a long history of competition with each other, as they are the two oldest and most famous universities in England.

Oxford is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British Universities. It has recently come top of some league tables which rank universities in Britain.

Oxford is, like Cambridge and others, a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of leading European universities, and the LERU (League of European Research Universities).

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1. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in England.
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2. Oxbridge is the old name of Oxford.
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3. There has always been a competition between Cambridge and Oxford.
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4. The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge are members of the Coimbra Group.
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 WORLD CUP

The FIFA World Cup, occasionally called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not contested because of World War II.

The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month – this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s). The World Cup is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 final.

During the 18 tournaments that have been held seven nations have won the title. Brazil are the only team to have played in every tournament and have won the World Cup a record five times. Italy are the current champions and have won four titles, and Germany are next with three. The other former champions are Uruguay, winners of the inaugural tournament, and Argentina, with two titles each, and England and France, with one title each.

The most recent World Cup was held in Germany in 2006. The next World Cup will be held in South Africa, between 11 June and 11 July 2010, and the 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil.

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1. The tournament takes place every four years.
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2. In 1942 the World Cup was not played.
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3. There are 32 teams playing the World Cup.
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4. Only seven nations have ever won the championship.
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ENGLISH LENGUAGE

English is a West Germanic language originating in England, and the first language for most people in Australia, Canada, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (also commonly known as the Anglosphere). It is used extensively as a second language and as an official language throughout the world, especially in Commonwealth countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa, and in many international organisations.

Modern English is sometimes described as the global lingua franca. English is the dominant international language in communications, science, business, aviation, entertainment, radio and diplomacy. The influence of the British Empire is the primary reason for the initial spread of the language far beyond the British Isles. Following World War II, the growing economic and cultural influence of the United States has significantly accelerated the spread of the language. On an average school day approximately one billion people are learning English in one form or another.

A working knowledge of English is required in certain fields, professions, and occupations. As a result over a billion people speak English at least at a basic level. English is one of six official languages of the United Nations

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1. English is spoken in Canada.
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2. Modern English is sometimes described as the global lingua franca.
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3. It has become the international language in many areas.
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4. Over a billion people speak English at least at a basic level.
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5. English is one of the official languages of the United Nations.
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