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La Roja’s decline

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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

Bastian Schweinsteiger – A career drenched in glory

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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

Philipp Lahm – The Magic Dwarf who became a football giant

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How does one define leadership? One technical definition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is 'A person who leads'. Elsewhere it says that a leader is one who commands and influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal. I could go on but you get the gist. However,

Sutras from The Clairefontaine and a Thai Cave

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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

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

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

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

Lukaku Nets Brace as Belgium Put 3 Past Panama

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

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 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 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

Scout’s Guide To The World Cup: Group C

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

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

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 D Analysis: Argentina & Croatia favourites

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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

Neymar helps Brazil overcome a resilient Croatia

All eyes were on Neymar when he came on for Fernandinho at halftime. He duly delivered as he came up with an individual piece of brilliance to give Brazil the lead on the 69th-minute mark. Firmino's cool lob at the end secured a 2-0 victory for the Selecao. Check out Neymar's wonderful

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

FIFA technology chief still skeptical about VAR

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

Are Argentina Headed Toward A World Cup Let down?

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

5 World Cup Group Stage Matches to Look Forward To

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

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.

World Cup Preview: Can the Three Lions Roar Again?

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

Brazil : CONMEBOL Review

The Brazilians aka Seleção Brasileira de Futebol) are known to be the most successful national team on this planet. After a horror exit from the last edition of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 which saw the favourites and host nation Brazil get knocked out in the semifinal against a

World Cup – CONMEBOL Qualification Live Coverage.

What a night of South American Football. Argentina witness a miracle courtesy of “Magical Messi”. Uruguay decimates Bolivia. Brazil dent the hopes of Chile at Sao Paulo, Jesus scoring a brace. Peru are through to their First ever World Cup. First Iceland and now Peru to play their first ever

Spain’s Shot At Renaissance

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

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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

The Saint

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

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