Sweden Have Improved Despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Retirement, Not Because of It

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After finishing last in their group at UEFA Euro 2016, Sweden shocked everyone by reaching the quarter-finals at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Some people say this success is correlated with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s retirement, claiming that his departure enabled Sweden to play as one unit. This analysis is quite problematic. Blaming Ibrahimovic for Sweden’s struggles […] READ MORE


N’Golo Kante: A Worthy Ballon d’Or Winner?

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N’Golo Kante: A Worthy Ballon d’Or Winner? Over the last decade, there has invariably been a running theme in the Ballon d’Or. Apart from in 2010, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have quite rightly occupied the two top spots. Is it time they moved aside and gave someone else a look in? Luka Modric claiming […] READ MORE


2018 FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has come to an end after a very entertaining final, where France emerged victorious. The tournament highlighted the talent across the teams and many youngsters were able to make their mark on the international stage, whilst other restated their class. Here is the 2018 FIFA World Cup Team of the […] READ MORE


Belgium v England – It’s Not Coming Home But The Future Is Bright

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England’s World Cup campaign finished with a 2-0 defeat to Belgium in the Third Place Playoff. Thomas Meunier opened the scoring in the fourth minute, converting Nacer Chadli’s cross, before Eden Hazard finished Kevin De Bruyne’s pass late on, following a series of good chances for England. But ultimately Belgium were in control from an early […] READ MORE



France vs Croatia World Cup Final Preview and Predictions

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Only a pair of games remain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, after this we’ll have to wait another four years for World Cup action. 1998 Champions and 2006 finalists France take on Croatia, a side playing in their first ever World Cup final after a third place finish in 1998. The stars […] READ MORE


Why This is Just the Beginning For This Young England Team

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After a summer of fan parks, beer showers and scenes of celebration never seen before, it all came to an end last night when England fell at the semi-final hurdle of the 2018 World Cup. It had all been going so well for Gareth Southgate’s side; they led early on through Kieran Tripper’s stunning free-kick […] READ MORE



World Cup Semi-Final: France v Belgium

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Before England v Croatia kicks off on Wednesday, fans are treated to another potentially classic World Cup matchup; France v Belgium. The two sides were among the early favourites among fans for the cup and both are yet to have lost a game so far in the competition. France professionally saw off Uruguay in the last […] READ MORE


World Cup Semi-Final Combined XI

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The Russian World Cup will be looked back on as one for the underdog. Be it Russia knocking out Spain, Mexico and South Korea beating Germany or Iran holding Portugal, 2018 was the year of the shock. Despite this, four of the strongest teams have navigated the potential embarrassments and reached the semi-final stage. Last […] READ MORE