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 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