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Golden consolation for magical Modric

Golden consolation for magical Modric

Croatia owed their place in the Final in large part to their supremely gifted No10. His two goals and one assist almost pale in comparison to his tireless work in the midfield, where he used his incisive vision to great effect in guiding his team, setting the tempo, and exploiting gaps in opposition defences. He […]

France revel in winning second world title

France revel in winning second world title

Fresh off their triumph in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Final, the France players lingered on the pitch for several long minutes, revelling in a happy ending that will be remembered for eternity. A generation of supremely gifted players had overcome the challenge posed by an excellent Croatia side, showing their mettle to run […]

Pickford: We can create our own history

Pickford: We can create our own history

England goalkeeper played an instrumental role in propelling the Three Lions to their first ever World Cup penalty shootout victory. Then Saturday saw him emerge as hero once more, as he pulled off off save after incredible save to keep Sweden at bay in his side’s quarter-final victory. At the other end, England scored twice to […]

Sweden’s dream of winning World cup ends here 2-0

Sweden’s dream of winning World cup ends here 2-0

A dream can’t last forever; at some point you have to wake up. That moment came for Sweden tonight. Robin Olsen and Victor Lindelof had impressive performances but it wasn’t enough. Mikael Lustig’s absence was notable in the Swedish defence that, for the first time at this World Cup, had troubles in the air. When […]

Sweden are a good second half team

Sweden are a good second half team

Ahead of every match in this tournament Sweden coach Janne Andersson has said that his players and the entire team need to reach their “personal best” to have a chance to win. Today, however, it seems like the nerves have got the better of them and there have been many simple mistakes coming from the […]

Oscar Tabarez, We can be very proud, keep their heads high

Oscar Tabarez, We can be very proud, keep their heads high

In the opening moments, Uruguay have created some tough moments for France’s defensive line. They’ve looked to use the speed of Lucas Torreira and Luis Suarez in an effort to counter-attack and surprise the French back-line. “For a country like Uruguay, you feel [bad about the defeat], with our history, of course you do. But […]

France into semi-final

France into semi-final

A moment to forget for the hugely experienced goalkeeper, who is featuring in his 102nd game for Uruguay today. France proved what they had to prove, that they are as strong in defence as they are up front. Didier Deschamps’ team was really impressive at the back and clinically efficient in attack. Uruguay were – […]

Modric dreaming of a Croatian fairy tale

Modric dreaming of a Croatian fairy tale

New life has been breathed into Croatia after their penalty shoot-out win over Denmark. One player more than most, their talisman, who finally exorcised the ghosts of UEFA EURO 2008 in Vienna ten years ago. Luka Modric is a world-renowned footballing magician, capable of staggering on-lookers with his technical talent. But his magic touch wavered […]

Southgate’s England banish penalty demons

Southgate’s England banish penalty demons

Gareth Southgate’s players have debunked one of the longest-standing myths: England cannot win a FIFA World Cup™ shootout. Bruised and exhausted, yet elated, they celebrated emotionally with fans on the Spartak Stadium pitch. They had just booked their place in the quarter-finals from the penalty spot, which had haunted so many Englishmen before them. It […]

Emil Forsberg, It just brings tears to my eyes

Emil Forsberg, It just brings tears to my eyes

“It just means so much to me that we managed to win again in such an extraordinary way. We didn’t give Switzerland many chances at all.” To see what we’re achieving together, it just brings tears to my eyes and makes me so proud. If we get everything right, we know we can be really […]