Category Archives: World Cup

Does Southgate need to be worried about the last few weeks In football?

Gareth Southgate will have a pretty firm idea of the 23 men he’ll be taking to Russia with him this summer. He has a few more friendlies to iron the finer details out but tactics, game plan and players should be virtually in place. He’s been quite firm on his selection process in the past, claiming he won’t pick players that aren’t playing. Which begs the question, who is he going to pick then? It’s been an interesting month or…
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World Cup appearances – one record which won’t be broken in Russia

Very few players get to play in the World Cup finals on five occasions. Only three have been named in their National Team's squad five times and only two of those played in all five. However, at this year's World Cup in Russia, one player has missed out on setting a unrivalled record in World Cup appearances. Gianluigi Buffon is that player and the only thing broken this summer is his heart after the Azzurri missed out on qualification after…
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The England players who are in danger of missing out on Russia 2018

It’s getting to that stage of the season now where the summer is on everybody’s mind, not least Gareth Southgate. The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge have all moved clubs to give themselves a chance of boarding the plane. It could be argued a couple more should be pushing harder to find form too. With just a few months of the season left, a number of stars are in danger of missing out. We take a…
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World Cup early tips and bets

No country has retained the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, but Germany arguably have the best chance since then of lifting football’s most coveted trophy for a second consecutive time. Joachim Low’s side admittedly failed to add the European crown to their world title in 2016, but their international set-up is so strong that they could afford to give most of their best players last summer off and still capture the dress-rehearsal Confederations Cup. Not only that, but the…
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How does Brazil’s current XI compare to the class of 2002?

Brazil qualified for the 2018 World Cup at a canter as they became the first side to book their place in Russia back in March 2017. Tite's young team are an impressive outfit who have managed to combine aesthetically pleasing forward play with a robust defence. With the news of Ronaldinho's retirement in January 2018, it got us wondering whether this current Brazil squad can rival the 2002 World Cup winning side. Source: BBC Sport via Twitter Brazil have been…
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Could an African team win the 2018 World Cup?

Whilst African presence at the FIFA World Cup has been marked by increasing success over the years, on paper it looks unlikely the 2018 World Cup will see African sides improve on past performances. However, the capacity for African sides, including this tournament’s participants, to defy the odds should never be underestimated. Africa’s participation in the FIFA World Cup began with Egypt’s participation in the 1934 World Cup but no African side took part in any further tournaments until 1970.…
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FIFA 2018 World Cup Draw promises excitement for fans, football and commerce

The FIFA World Cup draw was held today in the State Kremlin Palace inside the Moscow Kremlin with the groups drawn by Gary Lineker with Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya. The former England international and Russian journalist were assisted by Nikita Simonyan, Diego Forlan, Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Miraslov Klose, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro and Carles Puyol. The top seeds in Pot 1 included Russia, the host country, and the highest-ranked teams as of October 2017: Germany, Brazil, Portugal,…
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Italian disaster and Swedish delight over World Cup qualification

Sweden knocking out four-time world champions Italy from the World Cup after a 1-0 aggregate win means Italy miss out on the World Cup for the first time since the Swedes hosted the tournament in 1958 and finished as runners-up. Sweden’s players expressed their joy in unconventional fashion as the final whistle blew and Jan Andersson’s side secured a place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, a win that could also have wider economic repercussions according to historical…
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Magical Messi fires Argentina to the world cup in Russia

Ahead of a tense final round of matches in the South American qualifiers for Russia 2018, with Brazil’s place at the World Cup finals already guaranteed, three of the four guaranteed spots and the fifth-place play-off position were all still up for grabs. The stage was set, and one final round of games would bring either celebration or bitter disappointment at the final whistle. The biggest question mark of all was the perilous position of Argentina, two-time World Cup winners who most…
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Some World Cup outsiders – and some red hot tips!

With the first week of September came an influx of teams that booked their place at next summer’s World Cup. Here, we take a look at four of the latest teams to qualify, some footage of their fans how they might fare in Russia ! Japan (150/1 – qualified 31 August 2017) Japan finished bottom of Group C in 2014 and were sent packing from a ‘Group of Death’ that also contained the Ivory Coast – arguably the best African…
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