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World Cup Team Of The Tournament

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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

The Beautiful Game – O Jogo Bonito

This article was first published on Cult Altered. Words by Mansi Kapoor.  It’s that time of the year, where we can forget about AI, Robots, Drones, and Walls! We witness the trials and tribulations of being human every day and across the world. The Beautiful Game indeed! The eerie silence when the two teams line

Belgium 3:2 Japan, An Anatomy of a World Cup Classic.

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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

Cautious Brazil Overcome Mexican Challenge

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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

Belgium a Bit Spicy for Mild-Mannered England

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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

Rojo Sets Up Date With France

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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.

The Scout’s Guide to The World Cup: Round 2 Review

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FootballMR takes a look at how our players from our Scout Guide performed in round of the group stage matches Group A 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

Colombia Punish Sorry Poland as Rodriguez Shines

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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 Scout’s Guide to The World Cup: Round 1 Review

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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. Group A 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

Mbappé Finds the Net As Les Bleus Get Across The Line

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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

Costa Goal Gives La Roja All Three Points

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. Fernando Hierro’s

The Best Goals Scored in the 2018 World Cup so far

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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

Japan Seal Sweet Revenge As Colombia Falter

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

Sweden Open Their Campaign With 1-0 Win Over Korea

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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

Second Half Modrić Penalty Helps Croatia overcome Nigeria

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

Pouslen wins it for Denmark As Peru Rue Missed Chances.

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(AFP) 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

World Cup 2018: Build up to the first game – Live!

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

The Scout’s Guide to The World Cup: Group G

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By FootballMR Belgium Player – Leander Dendoncker    Position: Defensive Midfielder    Age: 23 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

The Scout’s Guide To The World Cup: Group E

By FootballMR Brazil Player – Fagner    Position: Right Back    Age: 29 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

The Scout’s Guide to the World Cup: Group D

By FootballMR Argentina Player – Maximiliano Meza    Position: Central Midfield Age: 26    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.

World Cup Matches that Shook the World in the 21st Century

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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

World Cup 2018: Players to watch

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. Emil

World Cup Left At Home XI.

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

World Cup Group H Analysis

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

The Scout’s Guide to the World Cup: Group B

We continue our Scout's guide as FootballMR takes a look at Group B Spain Player – Álvaro Odriozola    Position: Right-Back   Age: 22   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

The Scout’s Guide to the World Cup: Group A

This article first appeared on Football MR 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

World Cup Group A analysis

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,

World Cup Preview- Croatia

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

Will Lionel Messi fulfil his destiny in Russia?

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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

World Cup Group G Analysis – A Group of Two Halves

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

Brazil take on Croatia in World Cup Warm Up

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,

Sink or swim: Can the Spanish Armada Triumph in Russia?

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

Germany World Cup Preview – The Pursuit of Greatness

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.

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