Category Archives: World Cup

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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World Cup presents opportunity for Ballon d’Or 2018

The World Cup is the biggest stage of all and the perfect opportunity for the top players on the planet to show what they can do. There is no other football tournament like it and fans from around the globe are watching on as the two biggest stars of the game go head-to-head for their countries. (more…)
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Who will win the 2018 football World Cup?

It’s the 21st edition of the Football World Cup and everything started with Russia vs Saudi Arabia match. The question on everyone’s lips is who is going to lift the trophy at the end of these three weeks of intense football that made the entire planet stop in its tracks. With a total number of 32 teams at the start of the competition, it can be difficult to establish a clear favorite. You definitely have more chances gambling in an…
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Which teams will Italy fans be supporting at Russia 2018?

The words “world” and “cup” are ones that most Italian football supporters have been staunchly avoiding since the disastrous play off defeat to Sweden last November. But time is a healer, and six months later, the tears have been dried, the recriminations made and it would be ridiculous to suppose that a nation that so loves its football will not be turning its eyes to Russia in the weeks to come. (more…)
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Four-some: The eleven men heading to their fourth World Cup in 2018

The World Cup offers the planet’s best footballing talent the ultimate stage to showcase their talents. It’s a stage that some of the best of all time – Best, Di Stefano and Weah, for example – never managed to grace, so every player on the plane will want to cherish every last minute of their experience in Russia. However, there are some players for whom a World Cup is nothing new. There are 11 men heading to the tournament in…
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