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 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

FIFA World Cup Shocking Moments : Part II

Read Part I here… Ronaldo out.. Ronaldo in, 1998 Sixteen years on, the events of that Paris evening in 1998 remain shrouded in mystery and intrigue… The murky circumstances that led to Ronaldo first being omitted from the Brazil team sheet and then reinstated, has led to fascinating conspiracy theories related to Nike and FIFA, rumours of self-interest and political manoeuvring, and above all, a story where … Continue reading FIFA World Cup Shocking Moments : Part II