Russia 2018: Five Things From Day Seven

  Atlas Lions Cower in Defeat: Just like North African neighbours, Egypt, Morocco have been eliminated from the competition after losing 0-1 to Portugal in the first game of day 7. Though they started strongly, a momentary lapse in concentration in the fourth minute was their undoing. A combination of wild finishing—most notably from skipper Mehdi Benatia and a...

RUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP: Five Things From Day 6

Samurai put 10-man Colombia to the sword: In the group H opener between Japan and Colombia, underdogs Japan caused a major upset defeating the South Americans 2-1. Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez now holds the infamous record of being the first player to be sent off in this edition of the World Cup and the second fastest sending off in...

RUSSIA 2018: Five Things From Day 5

*Two strokes of Kane: England gaffer Gareth Southgate raised eyebrows when he elevated Tottenham striker Harry Kane to skipper of the side over Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson, Ashley Young and co. making him the youngest player ever to captain England in a World Cup. In retrospect, the decision appears to be paying off. He has handled the office well...

#352WCCountdown: The Very First Time We Did It

In the 20 World Cups that have taken place since 1930, only 8 teams have managed to pick up winning medals, from 77 countries that have played at the World Cup finals, only these eight can say they have been World Champions. But, there was a time before even they could proclaim themselves as such, a time before these...

#352WCCountdown: Our Predicted The World Cup All-Star XI

We’re only hours away from the start of the World Cup and excitement is brimming over! Head coaches have settled on their teams, final plans for tactics and squad management are in place, we are ready to go. Debates over who should have been included or left out have inevitably been sparked naturally. Traditionally, FIFA has its own list of...

#352WCCountdown: A Prophetic Nostradamus Impression

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Every Homo Sapiens Compos Mentis (shoutout Patrick Obiaghabon), and this excludes people who spend half of their day on Twitter, is familiar with the seminal prophetic work of Nostradamus. The man correctly prophesied world events centuries before they happened. He foretold of an “unfathomably idiotic human orange or orange human will ascend to great power and less wealth than he...

#352WCCountdown: The Best Second Placed Teams Ever

The panic sets in, “referee, how much time?”, the answer is never soothing as times flies by like Sonic the Hedgehog on steroids. It all ends with a sinking feeling as the man in charge blows for the expiration of the match. It’s too late, and as much as you’ve given over the past month, it is not enough....

#352PredictAndWin: World Cup Special – Tournament Preview

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#352WCCountdown: Graham Poll and The Three Yellow Cards – A History Of Refereeing Errors At The World Cup

In the late stages of an outright battle for second place in Group F at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, referee Graham Poll brandished a yellow card to Croatian player, Josip Simunic. Players stood around expecting the inevitable, as this was Simunic’s second yellow card of the game. The first having been issued some 30 or so minutes...

The Back 4: A Long Overdue Ode To Defenders

I remember playing football in university, challenging in various competitions, winning some & losing some. I remember one tournament in particular; we had gone all the way to the finals and were 1-0 up with a few minutes to go. A rare attack from our opponents saw our one of our defenders, the right back, isolated 1 v 1...