The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia had 3,031,768 fans in attendance to witness the epitome of the beautiful game, and the glory, heartbreak, despair, heroism, hope and belief that went with it. Over 3.03 billion people tuned in from all over the world to watch the action unfold between
As the World Cup draws to its conclusion, we take a look at a team of the competition. Russia 2018 will be remembered as a World Cup for the ages, with all its twists and turns and an endless supply of drama. Linking up in an orthodox 4-3-3, here are
Football moved another step closer to home as England breezed past Sweden with a 2-0 win in Samara. Through to their first World Cup semi-final since Italy 1990, the Three Lions are daring to dream. Having already outshone the 'golden generation' of a decade ago, this young bunch of upstarts
When this fixture was announced, it set pulses racing. A clash between two brilliant footballing countries. One with their finest generation, another a perennial favourite on this stage. A lot of the talk leading up to the game was about Roberto Martinez's inability to manage this group of players for
A heavily deflected goal sent Sweden into the quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 as they kept Switzerland out of business in St. Petersburg.
Living up to tradition so far as every match has had an exciting period of stoppage time, this match was no different. The dying seconds of
71 days prior to the first kick of the ball at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital, managerial mayhem had circumscribed Japanese football as Vahid Halilhodzic was given marching orders on the back of uninspiring friendly displays against Mali and Ukraine respectively with JFA technical director Akira Nishino appointed
It has been a World Cup full of surprises. Countries like Argentina, Spain, Germany and Portugal are already out and we aren't even through to the quarter-finals! If anything, seeing a heavily supported team going against an impressive lesser team is not how the script of this World Cup was
Russia 2018 is shaping up to be one of the all-time best World Cups When a World Cup comes around, it not only grips a nation but the entire world. Whether you like football or not, once the gun goes and the opening game is underway you can't help but
Ivan Rakitic stepped up, 12 yards away from writing the final lines of this incredible drama. The Croatian fans looked weary, almost expecting another twist in a penalty shootout with more twists and turns than a racing track. Calmly slotting it away, Rakitic redeemed Luka Modric, his country’s finest player.
Spain joined Argentina and Portugal on a growing list of casualties in the Round of 16 as their bid to regain their title of World Champions came to a sorry end. Russia held their own, first for 120 minutes and then from the penalty spot to do the unthinkable. They
Kylian Mbappé is fondly called Donatello by his French counterparts, not after the artist, but after a popular cartoon character. However, tonight in Kazan, the boy resembled a wild, fast and ferocious connoisseur of the arts, as he orchestrated the downfall of a team that hoped to rise above the
Match Report by Ishan Bhasin
England will face Colombia in the last 16 while Belgium will be facing Japan as they top Group G courtesy a ripper of a strike by Adnan Januzaj. This game was made interesting because of the possible fixtures it could create. The winner would go on to
Despite the sense of recreation that was exuded by the French camp following their two consecutive victories over Australia and Peru that sealed their spot in the round of 16 and Didier Deschamps equaling his predecessor Raymond Domenech’s exceptional record 79-match reign at the helm, the former Juventus coach would
Never before have the stakes been higher in a World Cup group stage match day, with three teams eyeing a second spot that would take them to the knockout rounds in the world’s biggest carnival. The night was destined to end in tears, with two dreams shattered, and one dream
Rojo: "My goal? Messi told everyone that it was either life or death. It would've gone badly. We could've conceded but Leo was stubborn. He told me to run forward. Even Masche. He told everyone to attack no matter what. He truly read the game & risks. He's a leader.
After etching their stamp on history as the first African team to progress to the Round of 16 in the 1986 Mexico World Cup, Youssef En-Nesyri’s towering header past a stationery David De Gea to make it 2-1 was destined to be a highlight reel for the test of time
It was a dramatic finish to Group B, as Iran punched above their weight to almost sucker punch Portugal out of the World Cup late on. However, the Portuguese held on and did just enough to make it to the next round. Earlier Ricardo Quaresma had given Portugal the lead
FootballMR takes a look at how our players from our Scout Guide performed in round of the group stage matches
Russia 3-1 Egypt
Russia – Mario Fernandes
Like the first game, Mario Fernandes brought a great attacking threat down the right again with Semedov. He got the assist for Russia’s second as
Match Report by Anas Ali
Colombia sealed their first victory of this year’s FIFA World Cup with a comprehensive performance against Poland. In what turned out to be one of the most one-sided contests, Los Cafeteros dominated the entire game to come out as convincing 3:0 winners.
Radamel Falcao scored his first goal
The curse of Champions. It's something that would've crossed Joachim Löw's mind as he readied the most important half-time team talk of his managerial career. Whatever he said must have worked though, as his side produced a breathless, last-gasp winner to down a resolute Sweden 2-1 and keep their heads
Belgium played Tunisia in the Group match in the Spartak Stadium in mild conditions with rains expected as the match wore on. The Red Devils were playing in yellow in their standard 3-4-3 formation. Tunisia, playing in red, were lining up with 4 at the back and three attackers up
A majority of the pre-match chat was dominated by Xherdan Shaqiri’s custom-Nike Mercurial boots that had a stitched Kosovo flag on the right heel, adding fuel to a highly tense political dispute between Serbia and their Southeastern European counterparts as the central narrative aside from the contest on Friday. Naturally,
The winners of this game will be celebrating in a hotel room, far away from Volgograd. For now, Leo Messi and Argentina are alive. And it is all down to one Ahmed Musa and his Nigerian compatriots. Nigeria announced themselves in Russia with two moments of magic. Messi will also
FootballMR reviews the performances of all the players on our Scout Watchlist. Who started, who didn't, who shined and who failed. Read on to find out.
Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia
Russia – Mario Fernandes
Started at Right-Back in a Russian back four. Got forward and combined with Semedov to create chances which
Well, not too many people saw this coming. The World Cup is on the brink of having claimed its first big fish. Argentina! Who'd have expected them to lose in this manner to Croatia? Croatia showed they were the better team over the two halves and were able to capitalise
In what seems to be something of a recurring theme this World Cup, the underdog gave a really good account of themselves against one of the favourites. Peru were the latest side to join the 'nearly' men as they came within reach of toppling France but instead bowed out of
A scrappy Diego Costa strike in the 54th minute saw Spain edge past a dogged Iranian side as eventual 1-0 winners in their Group B tie in Kazan that puts them in a pole position alongside Portugal to progress to the knockout stages with four points from two matches.
It was a historic day at the Luzhniki stadium as Cristiano Ronaldo headed home a 4th minute Moutinho cross to become the all-time leading European International goalscorer overtaking Ferenc Puskás of Hungary. However, that goal was one of the rare moments in the match where the Portuguese actually threatened the
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is off to a breathtaking start. We have witnessed Volleys, half-volleys, free-kicks, screamers, penalties own goals, VAR and some scintillating displays by teams. Fans from all around the world have been treated to a spectacle thus far and we hope that the entertainment continues. Here
A million dreams died an agonizing death as Russia comfortably beat Egypt 3-1 last night, effectively ending the latter’s World Cup campaign and their talismanic striker’s debut competition, who could not inspire Egypt to the comeback we were all secretly hoping for.
Set under the chilly night skies of the country’s
There are some games where almost all the chances you create find the back of the net, and in some of the games, none of the chances you create do. It was the latter for Poland, as they came close to scoring on several occasions, but lacked the killer edge,
Japan shocked Colombia with a 2-1 victory in an exciting match to kick off Group H.
Pre-match expectations were high as the two teams locked horns in a rematch of the group stage match from 2014, where Colombia won 4-1. Both teams were significantly different from 2014, with both countries fielding
It just had to be Harry Kane for England.
The last time England played at the World Cup, Daniel Sturridge was the talk of the town. The Liverpool man had the best scoring season of his career heading into Brazil, as he was expected to be the next big superstar to
When it was announced that the VAR system would be used at the World Cup, there were several raised eyebrows. The system has come under little scrutiny and has had opinions of approval and dissent. A lot of questions questioning the credibility of the system was to be cleared up
Belgium cruised past World Cup newcomers Panama with an easy 3-0 win at Sochi to kick things off in group G.
Belgium lined up in a 3-4-2-1 formation with Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Boyata making up the backline. Meunier and Carrasco played as Wing-Backs, pushing far up the pitch to provide that
World Cup favourites, Brazil kicked off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland, in a game that ended 1-1 with goals coming from Coutinho and Zuber in each half.
Brazil lined up as expected with Jesus leading the line ahead of Firmino and Coutinho slotting into midfield in a 4-3-3 system with
Maybe, just maybe it was written in the stars. One could sense it when the Mexican team belted out their national anthem with a thunderous echo from the stadium in accompaniment. And as the 35-minute minute mark struck, Hirving Lozano skipped inside Mats Hummels to finish with aplomb and spark
It seemed destined that Brazil would clinch their 6th World Cup when the tournament returned to its spiritual home in 2014. Fate had other ideas. The football-crazy nation watched on helplessly as Germany tore them apart in a 7-1 defeat, subsequently named Mineirazo, in a throwback to the humiliation of 1950. The
Group D favourites Croatia kicked off their World Cup 2018 campaign in delightful fashion as they registered a compelling 2:0 victory against Nigeria. A first-half own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo gave Hrvatska a lead but Luka Modrić's second-half penalty made sure that the European giants secure all three points against
Yussuf Poulsen ruined Peru's first appearance at a World Cup finals for 36 years on Saturday with the winning goal for Denmark to seal a 1-0 victory in Saransk.
Poulsen made amends for conceding a first-half penalty that was awarded after the referee consulted the VAR system, but which Peru midfielder
12 yards. Arguably the best footballer to ever grace the game. Only one outcome right?
Messi and penalties. It’s weird how he struggles with them when he makes everything else in the game look so easy. When the Polish referee, Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot after a clumsy tackle from
When you gaze into the electric blue eyes of Antoine Griezmann, you realise they that they don't produce the same steely effect as a certain number 7 from Portugal, or even the magical aura of a diminutive Argentinian. His are a playful carefree kind, which know to play the beautiful
Cometh the hour cometh the man! Fans at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi were treated to an early 'Game of the Tournament' contender as Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another hattrick to steal a late 3-3 draw for Portugal vs Spain. It was an absolute treat of a match, especially for
For one, a bullet dodged. For another, one taken straight to the heart. Luis Suarez had spent the bulk of the game rueing missed chances and throwing his hands in the air in frustration. As Jose Gimenez rose highest, like a salmon with a minute left to plant a header past
The wait is finally over. The day has arrived! Billions will be watching from all around the globe, as the biggest carnival in the world kicks off! 736 players, 32 teams, 1 winner.
We'll guide you through all the details before the big game at 8:30 PM. Stay with us as we build up
Player – Leander Dendoncker
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Caps: 5 Goals: 0
Leander was selected in the Belgium squad ahead of much more experienced players such as Steven Defour and Radja Nainggolan. He is the only player in the Belgian squad still playing in his home country where he
Player – Marvin Plattenhardt
Caps: 6 Goals: 0
The Hertha Berlin defender is making his first appearance at a World Cup for Germany after having been part of their Confederations Cup-winning squad. Marvin has played for FC Nurnberg and Hertha in the Bundesliga where he has
Player – Fagner
Position: Right Back
Caps: 4 Goals: 0
Fagner Conserva Lemos was a late call up to the Brazil squad after an injury to Dani Alves. Fagner has played in Brazil, the Netherlands and Germany for clubs like PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg before returning to his first
Player – Maximiliano Meza
Position: Central Midfield
Caps: 2 Goals: 0
Maximiliano Meza plays in his country of birth for Independiente in the Argentine Primera Division, having previously played for Gimnasia. In 2017, Meza won the Copa Sudamericana, scoring in the first leg of the finals vs Flamengo.
The wait is almost over. Sports fans across the world are preparing themselves for the grandest sporting event in the world. The “beautiful game” takes center stage as countries from around the world attempt to become world beaters. In one month’s time, a country will become World Champions, and they
The following players have been out of the limelight by playing for slightly lesser known teams as compared to Europe's elite and may become ready for a big money move after a successful World Cup campaign. We've profiled the top five players who we think could have a career-defining World Cup.
Player – Daniel Arzani
Position: Winger/Attacking Midfield
Caps: 2 Goals: 1
Iranian born Australian, Daniel Arzani is the youngest player at World Cup 2018 and is coming off the back of an excellent season with Melbourne City in the Australian A-League. Arzani was named A-League Young Footballer
It was supposed to be France’s time, as the rampant host nation were overwhelming favourites to lift the 2016 Euros in their backyard. The team was steadily building its confidence and were gathering momentum before their high octane clash against the reigning world champions, Germany in the semi-finals. It was the final before the
After four long years, football fans are blessed with the most exhilarating and euphoric tournament – The World Cup. Everything seems to be set with fixtures, team squads, and football fans all over the globe just counting down the days now for the tournament to kick off. This year, nearly
The heavyweights might have stolen the thunder from other teams, but nevertheless, these teams have their prospects and right to rejoice, outperform and break stereotypes. The teams in Group H are somewhat reliant on their superheroes. Each of these heroes have woven their own story and nothing less can be
We continue our Scout's guide as FootballMR takes a look at Group B
Player – Álvaro Odriozola
Caps: 3 Goals: 1
Odriozola was selected for the Spain squad ahead of players such as Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto yet only making his debut in 2017 towards
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Here, Football MR takes a look at some of the lesser-known players, from the less attractive leagues, who’ve had careers off the beaten track of European club football or those who might play their first or only World Cup. Players who the world haven't
Group A features some of football’s most intriguing storylines. A country increasingly isolated on a political front welcoming the world in its arms in the form of Russia features in it. They have a lot of incentive to do well, as do Uruguay. They play their football in a free-spirited,
By Anirudh Madhavan
Group E is a well-balanced mix of teams, comprising of France, Denmark, Peru and Australia. It features diverse styles of football, from the off the cuff brilliance of France to the solid tactical Australian approach. While France will aim to win the tournament, the likes of Peru and
Croatia have lived to tell the tale of the most exemplifying scenarios of World Cup qualifications. Despite being pitted against a group of non-strenuous teams of Europe, Croatia should have found it easier to qualify and march into the World Cup. But Iceland were still writing history across various books
Words by Siddharth Nair
Midway through the second half, Lucas Biglia played a cute through ball to Lionel Messi, as the best player in the world charged towards Manuel Neuer's goal in the 2014 World Cup final. The whole stadium took a huge intake of breath, as everyone expected Messi to beat
Group E of the 2018 World Cup comprises of Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica. On paper, this is one of the more trickier groups to predict. While Brazil are obvious favourites to go through as leaders and might even go all the way in the tournament, it is quite
There are two sides to the coin that is Group G. You have England and Belgium, who know all about the occasion, and are striving to match the considerable potential of their talent. Then there’s the novices, Tunisia and Panama. 2018 will be a new chapter in both countries' footballing
Group B consists of an exciting cocktail of power, pluck, passion, and experience. While Spain is an outright favourite to win the World Cup, the group consists of the ever-formidable Portugal, a well rounded Moroccan squad, and a spunky Iranian side. All the games in this group shall be a
Group D comprises of Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria this World Cup. In prospect, this could be a very exciting group as it comprises of teams with a different spirit. On paper, Argentina and Croatia are the favourites to progress. But everyone knows how shocking it was when Iceland knocked England
A first exclusive by Anirudh Madhavan
Germany, a country famed for coldly efficient and effective people, fast cars and faster footballers. Die Mannschaft approach the World Cup as they usually do, a strong favorite. A country whose youth systems develop players of pace, powerful physique, soft touch, and skill, remains in
Brazil are the favourites to triumph in Russia and bookies are backing them to record a win in their penultimate friendly match before the World Cup against Croatia
The two sides met for the opening game of the previous World Cup in Sao Paulo and played out an extremely entertaining match,
The Glory years 2008-2012
As Fernando Torres dinked an advancing Jens Lehmann to end a much awaited 44-year long trophy drought in an eventual 1-0 victory against Germany in the Euro 2008 final; the 14.6 million Spanish viewers across the globe welcomed the birth of a dynasty. Inarguably, Spanish supremacy had
There is an antagonistic and bizarre element hidden in the evergreen facts about history, as it teaches us a thing or two. It goes on to define the overwhelming situation which is present across the canvas and once it creates a blot, the whole canvas has to be refurbished around
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Argentina came one bounce away from winning the 2014 World Cup over eventual champions Germany. Without a big miss from Gonzalo Higuain or an amazing goal from Germany's Mario Gotze, they could be entering Russia 2018 as defending champions. But, as it stands, Argentina may be closer
The domestic campaigns around Europe are set to come to a close later this month, which means it’s officially time to start getting excited about the upcoming World Cup. The world’s biggest football tournament will go down in Russia starting in mid-June, and each of the 32 teams involved is
What’s that saying again? “In this world, nothing is certain, except death, taxes, and Germany doing well at international tournaments”. Well not quite, but it’s something like that.
One of the often mentioned hallmarks of German culture is its efficiency, and nowhere is that more evident than in the national team.
When the World Cup kicks off next summer most eyes of football fans will be focused on a certain team in yellow .If football were a brand one could say Brazil are the brand ambassadors. They’ve easily been the greatest and most popular team in the sport having won the
Pressure. Disappointment. Agony. Three words that sum up England’s recent World Cup history and performances. No other nation feels the pressure more than England, with fans, pundits and the media craving for success. England has had some legends play in the last three World Cups but each time the team
It seemed to take an eternity for Eder’s shot to streak across the turf and into the back of the net. Portugal had been through the misery of losing to an underdog at home, as they did against Greece in 2004, and all of France that saw the ball trickle
A Second exclusive by EADF writer Kabir Ali.
The long road to recovery.
Of the things that are the hardest to achieve in football, few come close to having to get back on your perch once someone comes along and knocks you off. And for Spain, it doesn’t make it any easier
A Second exclusive by EADF Guest writer Kartik Lal.
As an avid football fan, the summer of 2017 was exhilarating and pretty intense, We saw transfer records getting broken left right and centre. Teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and United, Everton, Liverpool have broken their transfer records in the Premier
The first two game weeks have flown by and a lot of big money signings would appear to be stagnating in most managers’ teams.
Kevin de Bruyne was deployed at the base of the diamond for City, almost appearing to be a practical joke played by Guardiola. Harry Kane kept up
Harry Kane shot a blank, Romelu Lukaku justified the near 50% ownership and the Albion defense did what the Albion defense always does, keep clean sheets.
So what are the big takeaways from Gameweek 1?
Well for starters, a personal punt of getting Alex Iwobi has failed with the young winger not