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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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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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England must overcome avoid travel woes at World Cup in Russia

England’s hopes of success at this summer’s World Cup could be derailed by a huge amount of travelling during the opening stage of the tournament. A group containing Belgium, Tunisia and Panama should hold no fears for the Three Lions, but the 6,542km they will cover during the first round could prove to be their undoing. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, just five of the 13 teams that travelled further than the average distance in the group stage…
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4 teams who could cause a shock at this summer’s World Cup

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is just around the corner and the 32 nations taking part are busy putting the finishing touches to their preparations. The likes of Brazil and Germany are favourites to lift the trophy, but major tournaments invariably have a habit of throwing up a surprise or two along the way and this one is likely to be no different. Read on as we take a look at four teams who could cause a shock at…
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How much depth does the 2018 England World Cup squad have?

The 23-man squad that Gareth Southgate selected for the World Cup was surrounded more by silence than celebrations. Many of the fans were underwhelmed with the selection and while the squad choice has not had an impact on the World Cup betting 2018, where England remain seventh favourites to win, with odds of 16/1, it has still put major doubts in the fans’ minds. (more…)
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