Month: July 2018

Football didn’t come home but hope remains it will…and soon.

Yesterday the sun shone and in the evening and England played for a place in the World Cup Final. This morning we awoke taking in a bitter loss to a grey sky and the news Donald Trump was flying in- how quickly a mood can turn sour. But as the dust settles we need to

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World Cup 2018: Day 24

Day 23 Summary: Football not ready to go home So England are out, England’s run to the semi-finals has been the best story of this World Cup but it ended last night in Moscow when Mario Mandzukic’s extra time goal sent Croatia to their first World Cup Final. The game at the Luzniki Stadium started

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World Cup 2018: Day 23

Day 22: France edge past Belgium France booked their place at the Luzniki Stadium for Sunday’s World Cup Final with a narrow win over a flat Belgium side in St Petersburg. Belgium were brilliant in their quarter-final win over Brazil on Friday night and started on the front foot pushing France back but couldn’t create

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England vs Croatia: World Cup Semi-Final Preview

England keep marching on and the games keep getting bigger. The last time England walked out for a semi-final at a major tournament their current manager was in the team, the last time they played in a World Cup semi-final most of the current squad weren’t born. England 2-0 Sweden: Southgate’s history boys storm past

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A History of England vs Croatia: 4 wins and a brolly

England take on Croatia in the World Cup Semi Final tonight in the biggest game in which they’ve ever faced each other. England have only faced Croatia on 7 occasions since Croatia became a recognised member of FIFA back in 1992. Here’s a look back at those previous encounters. England 0-0 Croatia (Friendly 24th April

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The four stages of an international football cycle

Whereas club sides are constantly evolving through the transfer market international teams usually run in a cycle, typically a cycle lasts 6-8 years and there are 4 phases before teams perish and fall in the way we saw Argentina collapse this year if they don’t keep rotating between these phases. Strangely the this years 4

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England 2-0 Sweden: Southgate’s history boys storm past Sweden

They’ve done it! England have made it to the last 4 of a World Cup for the first time in 28 years and football might just be coming home. Four weeks ago few saw England getting this far in Russia, few fans decorated their cars and homes in St Georges flags as cautious optimism became

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World Cup Power Rankings (5)

Here we go: the World Cup power rankings revised after the quarter finals. For comments on the 24 teams already eliminated see previous power rankings. World Cup Power rankings (4) World Cup Power Rankings (3) World Cup Power Rankings (2) World Cup Power Rankings France (+1) They’ve grown as the tournament progressed but in truth were

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