2018 FIFA World Cup

First PL player to score in final since 1998 - the stats

Deschamps is the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager, after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. France became the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970. Croatia are the first team to...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:11am

France overpower Croatia to win 2018 World Cup

France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:08am

The crucial World Cup lesson on picking up after ourselves

As you read this, the most popular sporting event, the FIFA World Cup will be coming to an end today with the final between France and Croatia. Of all spectator sports, football continues to be at the top of the table and the World Cup that comes around once in four years has always been a huge...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:51pm

World Cup 2018 exposed Africa’s talent drain

The 2018 World Cup comes to an end tonight with two European countries, Croatia and France facing off in the final in Russia.It’s interesting but perhaps unsurprising that most of Africa seems to be backing the French team to snatch victory; but the Croatians can’t be taken for...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:44pm

The making of Luka Modric: From refugee to World’s star footballer

Talisman Luka Modric endured a brutal childhood as a refugee after his beloved grandfather was shot dead when he was just 6 years old. The captain of France’s World Cup final opponents had his world turned upside down when his beloved granddad was gunned down by Serbian thugs and was forced...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:03pm

Sport as an alternative means to attaining global peace

One of the biggest global challenges has been attaining peace and security in all continents and nations across the world, and a number of efforts have been made in order to attain this goal through various interventions such as conventions, sanctions, military actions among others. Despite the...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:39am

Should blacks keep making European nations global football powerhouses?

The ongoing World Cup matches have been quite scintillating as seen from the early departure of Germany, Spain and Argentina to the competitive fighting spirit of Iceland, Columbia and Senegal. I have missed but one match and do everything in my power to not miss a minute of each of the games. I...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:35am

Croatia to play France in FIFA World Cup final after beating England 2-1

A football match to decide whether of the two teams - Croatia or England, will make it to the finals is being held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. England has managed to score its first goal just five minutes after the beginning of the match. However, Perisic managed to tie the game 1-1....

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:09am

Future bright for Belgium despite failure to win trophy – Martinez

Belgium’s future is bright despite a 1-0 World Cup semi-final defeat by France and the issue of an aging squad, says manager Roberto Martinez. The Red Devils’ ‘golden generation’ face the losers of England’s game with Croatia in Saturday’s third-fourth play-off...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:07pm

Russia 2018: Belgium fight back from two down to beat Japan

Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarterfinals as substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch a 3-2 comeback win on Monday and set up a clash with five-time champions Brazil. The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 6:20pm

Russia 2018: Belgium’s Martinez relishing Brazil clash

Brazil are the favourites in what Belgium coach Roberto Martinez described as a “dream match” for his players when the two countries meet in a World Cup quarterfinal in Kazan on Friday. “These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches. Against Brazil, it will not be...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 9:48pm

Russia 2018: England end World Cup shootout jinx to reach quarters

England’s new generation ended the World Cup penalty jinx by knocking out Colombia on spot-kicks to reach the quarter-finals. Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford’s brilliant save from Carlos Bacca’s attempt, with England’s first ever World Cup shootout...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 1:33am

Neymar inspires Brazil to quarter-finals

The Brazilian national team, which has won its World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico, will play against either Belgium in the quarterfinals. Neymar scored the first goal of the Brazil-Mexico match in the 50th minute. Brazil's midfielder Roberto Firmino scored the second goal in the 88th...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:32pm

Russia makes history by crushing Spain 4-3 during penalty shootout

Russia is through to the World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain during a penalty shootout at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Russia soaked up long periods of pressure and defended resolutely before sealing the victory, and sending its home capacity crowd into rapture. Russia has won its round of...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 2:45pm

Belgium head coach Martinez expects 'tough' match against Japan

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez said on Sunday that his team expected to have a "tough" match against Japan in the World Cup round of 16 as their opponents have “incredible" energy and could create problems for Belgium. "We faced Japan not long ago in a friendly...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:43am

‘Uruguay focused and ready for Portugal’

Uruguay have put their three group wins behind them and are fully focused on Portugal and Ronaldo, striker Luis Suarez said ahead of their last-16 World Cup clash in Sochi on Saturday night. Having swept aside hosts Russia to top their group, Barcelona’s Suarez and his Uruguay teammates are...

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 12:49am

Four Lessons from Egypt’s World Cup Experience

Egypt’s national soccer team rode to Russia for their first World Cup finals in 28 years on a wave of lofty expectations and potent fan enthusiasm. They are now returning home having lost all of their games – no small disappointment for a country that takes both soccer and national...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 9:25pm

FIFA World Cup has been such an epic ride, says Iceland

Iceland national football team on Wednesday thanked Russia for a "warm welcome" at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "This FIFA World Cup has been such an epic ride. We left everything, absolutely everything, on the pitch tonight and will go out with our heads held up high. Thank you to the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:44am

Germany thank Russia for hospitality after crashing out of World Cup

The German national football team has thanked Russia for their hospitality after crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The defending champions crashed out of the tournament after losing 2-0 to South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday. This is the first time since 1938 that Germany has failed to...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:36am

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