BRAZIL are hoping for success at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The South American side are in Group E with Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland and are looking to lift the trophy for the first time since 2002. Why is the Brazilian national anthem shortened? The melody for the national anthem was composed by Francisco Manuel da Silva and was presented to the public in 1831. The date it was presented was April 13, 1831 and it is now knownn as "Day of the Brazilian National Anthem" in the country. It had been given at least two unofficial lyrics before the official ones were written by Joaquim Osório Duque-Estrada in 1909. It is often shortened to just the first verse for sporting events due to the length. Latest in World CupWORLD CUP TRAGEDY ‘Naked teen falls to death from balcony and crushes three Argentina fans’ 'SEXIST' Evra facing calls to be AXED after his reaction to Aluko's World Cup analysis MAKING A STAND Pub landlord spends £5k building … [Read more...] about Why is the Brazil national anthem shortened during the World Cup, what are the lyrics and what is it called?
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Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines after a virtuoso performance in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening World Cup game on Friday. The Real Madrid forward broke the deadlock in just the fourth minute of the group clash, when he converted a penalty after being upended in the box. Ronaldo had his leg taken out from under him by Nacho, and rifled his spot-kick past David De Gea before Diego Costa equalised for Spain. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner restored Portugal's lead with a speculative long-range effort, which Manchester United shot-stopper De Gea fumbled into the back of the net. Spain netted twice through Costa and then Nacho in a brilliant three minute spell after the break to go ahead for the first time, before Ronaldo had the final say with a stunning free-kick. After the match fans talked up Ronaldo's brilliance, but many continued to discuss something they saw the Portuguese do ahead of the fixture. When the two teams lined up on the pitch for the national … [Read more...] about Why Cristiano Ronaldo stood sideways during Portugal’s national anthem
CROATIA are heading back to the World Cup - and hoping to match their 1998 run to the last-four. That performance 20 years ago is the high-point in their footballing history, but the current crop of players have the potential to produce a similar shock in Russia. What is the Croatian national anthem called? THE Croats will be belting out their anthem in their group games against Iceland, Argentina and Nigeria. Officially called 'Lijepa naša domovino', it translates to 'Our beautiful homeland' - but is often just referred to as just 'Lijepa naša'. Original lyrics were penned as long ago as 1835, with the tune and words adapted over the years. It wasn't until 1972 that the anthem was formally made official, whilst more lyrical changes were made between 1974 and 1990. What are the lyrics? AT most sporting occasions - including the World Cup - only the first two verses are sung. Here is the full English translation: Our beautiful homeland, Dear, you are our only glory, … [Read more...] about What is the name of the Croatian national anthem, and what do its lyrics translate to?
GARETH SOUTHGATE takes charge of England in his first major tournament as a manager with the Three Lions looking to make their mark inRussia. Qualification was a breeze - but despite going through unbeaten there is still the impending sense of doom that usually accompanies a World Cup involving England. Could this finally be the year that all of those years of hurt ends? England have been drawn in Group G... In a nutshell: One-time winners who will definitely not, repeat NOT, win the World Cup this year. It’s the hope that kills you so why bother getting excited? Flag: The cross of St. George who, for the record was a Turkish Arab who joined the Roman army over 1700 years ago. Altogether now… ‘he’s one of our own, he’s one of our own…’ Population: 53 million. Nickname: The Three Lions is a nickname that conjures up bravery, pride and heart, qualities that have been largely absent from all of England’s recent showings in the World Cup … [Read more...] about England World Cup 2018 team guide: Odds, record, manager, national anthem and star man
MOROCCO are making their first World Cup appearance in 20 years when they travel to Russia 2018. After a successful qualifying campaign, the North Africans have been drawn in a tough group with Iran, Spain and Portugal. Here's all you need to know about the Group B side. In a nutshell: Back in the World Cup Finals after an absence of 20 years, Morocco were the first African side not just make it through to the second round but also to win a group when they did it in Mexico in 1986.Flag: Got to love the no-nonsense Moroccan flag. It’s all red with a green pentagram in the middle, representing the five pillars of Islam. Would make a good t-shirt too. latest world cup newsSQUAD GOALS What are ALL of the World Cup squads with the final player lists revealed? hammer blow West Ham star Manuel Lanzini out of World Cup after rupturing cruciate ligament no marc Rashford has NOT done enough to start for England at World Cup, says Big Sam GO RON MY SON Cristiano Jr has dad beaming as he … [Read more...] about Morocco World Cup profile: Guide to squad list, latest news, path to final, manager, national anthem, latest odds and star man