Category Archives: World Cup

The World Cup’s greatest moments

The World Cup is the most popular football tournament in the world. Every four years, FIFA allows different nations of the world to host the event, offering massive revenue generation, economic growth and enormous recognition to the host nation. This is the period when football clubs allow players to represent their home country. Altogether, there's a chance to set new records, break current ones and, of course, have the ultimate opportunity to take home the most prestigious tournament cup in…
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The US could replace Qatar to host 2022 World Cup, Sepp Blatter says

Ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter Ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter is tipping the US to host the 2022 World Cup should Qatar be stripped of the honors due to Corruption allegations. Speaking to German publication Sport Bild, Blatter shortlisted the US alongside Germany and Japan as other potential hosts. As things stand, Qatar is on course to host the World Cup in December 2022, the first time the event won’t take place between June and July. But unfortunately for the gulf nation,…
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The three teams who could steal France’s World Cup crown

The next FIFA World Cup is less than two years away and, though much of the attention has been on Qatar’s preparations for staging the tournament, including the rapid construction of stadiums and more controversial issues like working conditions, there is also the small matter of the action on the pitch. Defending champions are France, who overcame an energetic Croatian effort in the 2018 Final thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and an own goal from…
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Russia 2018: over 3.5 billion viewers and €11 billion invested on the World Cup

No wonder Pelé referred to it as “The Beautiful Game.” A total of 3.572 billion watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup - that’s more than half of the global population, according to figures published by FIFA. Out of this total, 3.262 billion watched the competition at home, while 309.7 million enjoyed the World Cup through streaming, or in public places, such as bars and restaurants. It is estimated that the amount of money spent on placing bets at the top…
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The 5 World Cup games with the most goals

The FIFA World Cup is without question the pinnacle of the game, a tournament steeped in history where legends are made and superstars are born. For the victors go the spoils as they are etched into the record books, while at the same time there are some records that will want to be forgotten. Particularly records that come in the shape of very heavy defeats and with that in mind here are the five World Cup games with the most…
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Remembering an unpredictable World Cup

The World Cup in Russia was one of the most unpredictable major international tournaments in recent times. The latter rounds of most major tournaments read like a who’s who of footballing nations. However, this time round, the latter stages featured countries such as Sweden, Russia, Croatia and even England! The form book was thrown out of the window with the 2014 champions being knocked out in the group stages by South Korea, and in this article we take a look…
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Performing above expectations at the 2018 World Cup

Along with every World Cup competition, there are always a few surprises that occur. Seemingly every time there are some teams that fail to live up to expectations while others exceed them. The 2018 World Cup was no exception with the top two favourites, Brazil and Germany, being eliminated early from the competition. Germany within the opening rounds and Brazil in the quarter final. On the other hand, there were many teams that did well in the competition, improving significantly…
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VAR: the new referee in World Cup group matches

With the end of the group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is possible to make an initial summary of the utilisation of the video assistant referee (VAR) in Russia. Although the new technology allows the correction of some errors, it also brought some new controversies. In this article, the most important uses of the VAR during the first two weeks of the competition are highlighted and we suggest how the competition would have progressed without VAR. (more…)
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