Bend it like Beckenbauer Since 1954, German soccer has mirrored and tracked the state of Germany as a whole. And right now, that is cause for worry, Handelsblatt’s senior international correspondent muses. Published on June 20, 2018 11:37 am On Sunday, a great team lost because it lacks a compass. After Germany’s national soccer squad went down 0:1 against Mexico, the German press was unforgiving. Last week we were the reigning World Champions. This week the whole country doubts that “Die Mannschaft” will even make it out of the opening round and to the sudden-death phase. Self-doubt and despair not only describe the mood among German soccer fans. They also capture the feeling in the country as a whole. Germany seems lost in transition: From a golden but complacent era of economic and political strength to an uncertain future of mass migration, trade wars and global disorder. It was symbolic that a day after the poor start at the World Cup, Germans … [Read more...] about The German World Cup squad shows a country lost in transition
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Boro have had an interest in every World Cup since the war. From Wilf Mannion in 1950 to Martin Braithwaite in Russia this time out and every finals in between, Boro stars - or former and future players - have played on the biggest stage. Striker Braithwaite is the only current Boro player involved in 2018 - but five other former Riverside men are in the mix to give us some reflected glory and a peripheral parochial interest in obscure dead rubber group games. Viktor Fischer is also in the Denmark squad. And La Liga goal machine Cristhian Stuani is there with Uruguay - although Gaston Ramirez didn’t make the cut. Big Ken Omeruo is there with Nigeria. And one-time loanee defensive midfielder Milos Veljkovic is in the Serbia squad. And in a football fairytale, veteran shot-stopper Brad Jones is back in the fold with Australia. Since the Brazil beano in 2014 - when Big Ken and Albert Adomah of Ghana were flying the flag - a lot of players have come and gone at the Riverside, and … [Read more...] about Every Boro player picked in a World Cup squad since the War
Egypt have gambled on Mohamed Salah returning to fitness in the coming weeks by naming him in their 23-man squad for this month’s World Cup in Russia. Coach Hector Cuper on Monday also included Mohamed Elneny, the midfielder who has not played since April after suffering an ankle injury in action for Arsenal. Salah is still recovering from the shoulder ligament injury suffered in last month’s Champions League final when he went off early in the game in Kiev as Liverpool lost to Real Madrid. Medical staff from Egypt and Liverpool have suggested it will be touch and go for the 25-year-old to be ready in time for the seven-time African champions’ opening World Cup Group A game against Uruguay in Ekaterinburg on June 15. Salah posted a picture of himself exercising his shoulder on social media on Sunday with a teasing caption of “good feelings” but no further comment on his progress. Egypt’s squad also includes veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who … [Read more...] about Salah in World Cup squad, but will take a while to recover
The 2018 World Cup is now only weeks away. The 32 countries have until the May 14 deadline to name their provisional squads for Russia with managers all over the globe currently scratching their heads as they bid to whittle down their long list of possibles and probables in time for the final June 4 cut off, just 10 days before the opener in Moscow. However, many teams - England included, - have already pledged to name their lucky few earlier with Gareth Southgate set to pick his 23 before the final pre-tournament friendlies with Nigeria and Costa Rica. Here's everything we know so far as we prepare for this summer's fun and games: Group A Russia Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov Star player: Fyodor Smolov World Cup best: First round 1994, 2002, 2014 (Soviet Union finished fourth in 1966) How they got here: Russia qualified automatically as hosts and will be desperate to improve their poor recent record at major tournaments. They have not won a match since Euro 2012 and, … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest news and updates ahead of Russia
When the hosts Russia kick off against Saudi Arabia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium the politics and the nonsense will evaporate and football fans around the globe will feel the rush of adrenalin that kicks off every World Cup. Not every World Cup has been memorable. Some have been real stinkers while others remain mired in controversy — hosts Argentina's victory in the 1978 World Cup remains tainted because it helped to prop up a military junta which was torturing and killing civilians and the world's greatest player, Johan Cruyff had boycotted it because of their human rights abuses. So here are five of the best, in reverse order. 1958: Sweden (won by Brazil) A young ragamuffin called Edson Arantes do Nascimento burst onto the scene as the World Cup came to Scandinavia. Fortunately, for commentators the world over, the 17-year-old was better known as Pele. He teamed up with Garrincha, … [Read more...] about Goals, Drama, Controversy: What Tournaments Make The Top Five Best World Cups?