FIFA World Cup 2018 – Golden Boys

Awarded for the first time in 2006, FIFA’s best young player award is usually a hotly contested prize to honour the best player aged 23 or under. This time, however, there was surely no contest… Kylian Mbappé does not celebrate his 20th birthday until December but the France forward has been an undoubted star of the 2018 World Cup and follow in the footsteps of … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018 – Golden Boys

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Group Stage XI

Read highlights of Round 1 and Round 2 here.. Best XI Goalkeeper Iran’s Alireza Beiranvand gets the nod in goal after the group stage. Coming from a difficult upbringing while working in a carwash and as a pizza delivery driver before becoming a professional footballer and saving a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty against Portugal… He has been brilliant in Russia.  It was only one of the highlights as he … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018 : Group Stage XI

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Round 1

A world cup of bangers, controversy, upsets, late goals, individual brilliance, no goalless draw.. It’s still early days, but we can easily say that everyone’s thoroughly sports-entertained !! A look at some of the highlights of Week 1… The Hosts are there to Play Even Russia’s own media and fans were fearing that they’d become only the second host nation ever to exit at the … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018 : Round 1

The Viking Miracle : Iceland’s Journey to Russia 2018

In many ways, Iceland have no right to feed at the top table of world football. A nation of just 325,000 people marooned on a volcanic island in the North Atlantic had barely left a mark on the sport. A nation miles away from the bright lights of the European Football, Champions League. Until a few years ago… One European Championship quarter-final appearance and a … Continue reading The Viking Miracle : Iceland’s Journey to Russia 2018

FIFA World Cup Shocking Moments : Part III

Read Part I  and Part II here… The German Masterclass, 2014 The 7-1 is like a ghost. It’s present. People still talk about it, but the more you talk about it, the less likely it is that the ‘ghost’ disappears. If football is its religion, then Brazil just found out that night that its god isn’t real… This was more than just an upset, different to mere … Continue reading FIFA World Cup Shocking Moments : Part III

The Underrated One : Michael Carrick

From the unprecedented levels of success under Sir Alex to the era of uncertainty under David Moyes, Louis vaan Gaal and then the subsequent rebuilding under Mourinho… Michael Carrick has seen the ebb and flow of England’s premier club like few others, and his retirement pushes Manchester United further away from the halcyon days under Ferguson. England boasted many world-class midfielders in the 2000s, sparking … Continue reading The Underrated One : Michael Carrick