To captain your national side at a World Cup is the greatest honour available to a footballer, but one with its challenges. While the world scrutinises your every move you must be diplomatic, in control, and above everything else you have to perform. It's where knighthoods are earned, statues are built, and BBC Sports Personality of the year awards are won and lost. Thirty-two players think they're up for it this time around, and of course, they must be ranked. We've looked at leadership, legacy, and sometimes even their skill with a football. Here they are, in all their armband-wearing glory. 32. No captain (Brazil) After Neymar renounced the captaincy in 2016, manager Tite decided not to appoint a permanent captain, choosing instead to rotate the responsibility around his team. Nice idea Tite, but we're not buying it, and someone has to come last. 31. Whabi Khazri (Tunisia) Played for Sunderland during their Premiership … [Read more...] about Ranking all 32 captains at the 2018 Russia World Cup
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Harrogate Veterans returned from South East Asia as world champions once again, following another successful trip to the Seniors World Cup on behalf of England. Paul Bell’s team have been chosen by the Football Association to represent the nation at the annual tournament for the past 11 years and picked up their fifth title, beating Scotland 4-0 in the 2018 final at Hua Hin Stadium, Thailand.Harrogate’s coaching staff and several of their key players form the core of the group, but their enhancement by several other ex-professionals from around the country has enabled them to compete with other nations who have similar squad profiles.This latest triumph is the side’s third in succession and comes less than a week before Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions team travel to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.The victory also meant that the English had, for the first time, won all of their five fixtures during the week-long competition. Having already secured first place in … [Read more...] about Harrogate Veterans win Seniors World Cup for England once again
The full squad lists of the 32 national teams in the 2018 World Cup Australia have earned their place among the aristocracy of world football and Josh Risdon wants that to remain the case. The Socceroos will take part in their fourth consecutive World Cup when they go to this summer's tournament in Russia. The Western Sydney Wanderers man is looking forward to the challenge that this competition poses, as he told MARCA. France, Denmark and Peru will be your rivals in Group C. What are your thoughts? "It is a complicated group but we have worked hard for this challenge after overcoming a difficult qualification. If we get a good result against France, we'll have more options but we can get out of this group." You start against France, one of the favourites. What are your weapons for stopping them? "It will be difficult. If you look at their squad list, they have incredible players, but we are going there to compete against them." On your flank, you could have anyone of [Nabil] … [Read more...] about Risdon: It’s a major success for Australia to be at four successive World Cups
The wait for the 2018 Fifa World Cup is very nearly over with only a couple of weeks to go until the tournament begins. England were put in Group E during last December's draw in Moscow and will pit their wits against Belgium, Tunisia and Panama for a place in the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they will be in and our prediction on who makes it through here. Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay RUSSIA When the Russians launched their bid to host the World Cup for the first time, they were on a high after reaching the semi-finals at the 2008 European Championship. Times have changed. Russia go into the draw as the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams, having failed to advance past the group stage of any tournament since 2008. Ambitious talk of reaching the quarter-finals or even semi-finals has faded. There are off-field problems too, with reports of disputes between players and the coach. Hooligan rampages at Euro 2016 … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 groups: Our predictions and latest analysis
World Cups are by their very nature colorful events, with football fans traveling from around the world to support their countries with singing, chanting, face-painting and national flags. This year's tournament in Russia will be no exception but over the last 88 years — since the first World Cup in Uruguay — which fans have made a name for themselves for creating a football fiesta? After visiting 5⃣1⃣ cities across 6⃣ continents during its global phase, the record-breaking #WorldCup @TrophyTour is heading back to Russia 🏆🌍🇷🇺https://t.co/yCuJOce60f pic.twitter.com/3XdHDdhKAs — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) 30 April 2018 Brazilians (Every World Cup) All Latin American fans tend to be fairly colorful and this year the Panamanians are expected to make a particular splash as they qualified … [Read more...] about Let’s Get This Party Started: Which Country Has the Best World Cup Fans?