The 21st century has been a witness to breathtaking football over the years. Spain’s golden generation, undoubtedly the most dominant force in world football at the time, etched their name in football folklore after their victory over Italy in the final of the UEFA Euro 2012. With successive triumphs in the
By Karan Tejwani | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on November 7, 2019. 19 May 2012. Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich, playing at their prestigious home, the Allianz Arena, were aiming to beat Chelsea and win the Champions League for the first time since 2001. After a one-sided affair that
27th July 1966: Eusebio of Portugal (left) and Nobby Stiles of England in a duel for the ball during their World Cup semi-final match at Wembley, which England won 2-1. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images) Living in the Messi-Ronaldo era, we have gifted our eyes to a decade of stunning performances.
A first exclusive by Elchino21201 The Ernst-Happel stadium saw Spanish players creating chance after chance with their short passes and attacking football. Russia were barely given a shot at the goal. This was followed by an impressive second half where Spain scored three goals and confirmed their spot in a major
Incredible lessons from a football field in Russia and a flooded cave in Thailand. The French team lifted the world cup and 12 boys were miraculously found and rescued against all odds. Did coaching matter? This article is brought to you by Mansi Kapoor of Cult Altered. “Everything you go through has
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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.
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
By FootballMR Group C Australia Player – Daniel Arzani Position: Winger/Attacking Midfield Age: 19 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
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 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
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
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
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
As the biggest event in Football world is approaching, FIFA Technology Chief, Johannes Holzmueller, still remains highly skeptical of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system's ability to give perfect decisions. He admitted of ''sweating..because we were unsure if everything works perfectly.'' It will be used for the very first time in
Feature Image Source @Argentina 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
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.
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
The plethora of options in the South American continent gives them access to five spots of qualification. Automatically, the first four qualify. Consequently, the team sitting fifth plays a qualification playoff. The World Cup is round the corner, and the qualification spots are fairly booked. The winners of the group
Iker Casillas in all his glory , Image Credits — Madness TV “But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.” -Daniel 7:18 All the people who follow the stupendous game called football, do appreciate the fact that the upcoming FIFA 18