FIFA World Cup 2018 : Team of the Tournament

Formation : 4-2-3-1 Goalkeeper  Thibaut Courtois, Belgium The Golden Glove winner and Chelsea goalkeeper (as of now !!) performed superbly throughout the tournament. He was never out of the action and gave a sublime goalkeeping performances in Belgium’s quarter-final win over Brazil, in which he produced one of the saves of the tournament to prevent Neymar equalising towards the end. Substitutes : Jordan Pickford, Kasper Schmeichel … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018 : Team of the Tournament

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Memorable Matches

Portugal 3 – 3 Spain Pre-match drama, an early penalty, two world class bangers, a howler, a late goal and of course, top-class football… This match had it all. Everyone pretty much expected a cagey, conservative affair given their first match. But how brilliantly they surprised us !! With all the background stuff that seemed to have eclipsed the build up to this eagerly awaited … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018 – Memorable Matches

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