Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index World Cup Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement World Cup 2018 Supported by ByRory Smith July 13, 2018 MOSCOW — Some time around France’s virtuoso victory against Argentina and Belgium’s breathtaking comeback against Japan, the planet seemed to come to a decision. Russia 2018, it was universally decided, had not just been a good World Cup, and not just a great World Cup. It had, in fact, been the best World Cup. That assessment may not last, of course: once we have all had a chance to reflect, it may not quite live up to the standards of the 1982 tournament, most people’s market leader whenever this conversation arises. Regardless of its exact place in the hierarchy, the effusive discussion itself will be of considerable relief to FIFA, which hitched its fortunes to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, for better or for worse. When … [Read more...] about Was Russia 2018 the Greatest of All World Cups?
Sports FIFA 2018 World Cup The U.S. might not be represented at the 2018 World Cup, but there are plenty of MLS connections among the 32 teams competing in the tournament. Having reached the round of 16 in the last two World Cups, the USMNT failed to qualify for the final stage of the World Cup for the first time since the competition was held in Mexico in 1986. Despite the absence of the national team, however, there are 19 MLS players in Russia, which means the league falls just short of making the top 10 best-represented leagues at the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, CONCACAF teams boast the largest MLS contingents. Costa Rica has six MLS players in its squad, while Panama and Mexico have five and three respectively. Here Newsweek runs through the familiar faces to U.S. soccer fans. Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: 50 of the Biggest Stadiums in the World 51 In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World 32 World's Most Valuable Sports Teams … [Read more...] about Russia 2018: Every MLS Player at the World Cup
By Nugesse Ghebrendrias and Jorge Rodriguez Countdown to Russia 2018: Team and Player breakdown The 2018 World Cup is less than 100 days away and with it comes a multitude of storylines. Will Lionel Messi finally win his first World Cup, what about Cristiano Ronaldo? More importantly, will the powerful team of Germans conquer the world again? My colleague Jorge Rodriguez and I put together a comprehensive breakdown of the June spectacle being held in Russia. From the top 100 players, to the team rankings and predictions, to some of the players/teams that won’t be in attendance – like the U.S for instance – we’ll give fans the proper knowledge heading into the tournament. If you aren’t a soccer fan – I hate saying soccer but the confusion warrants it – just know over three billion people watched the tournament in 2014 and over one million watched the final match. Give it a try, you never know what team you will fall for. (Keep in mind that … [Read more...] about Countdown to Russia 2018: team and player breakdown
LET the countdown begin. The World Cup is now 100 days away – so the next 99 days (and less) could be career defining for so many players attempting to fight their ways into squads the world over. The four-year wait since Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after 120 minutes in the Maracana is entering its final stages. Russia – the host nation – will get the tournament underway against Saudi Arabia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 14. And given 100 is a nice round number, we look at some of the weird and wonderful stats ahead of the tournament in just over three months’ time. 1: This year is the first time Russia have ever hosted the World Cup, after they beat England, as well as joint bids from Portugal and Spain and Belgium and the Netherlands in controversial circumstances. 20: Brazil have made the most World Cup appearances, having never missed a tournament. 871: The first World Cup qualifier took place in Timor-Leste (better known as East Timor) as they … [Read more...] about Amazing World Cup stats as countdown to Russia 2018 begins
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has shown off his football skills in a promotional video by FIFA to mark 100 days until the World Cup. The short film, recorded by the football governing body, features a number of high-profile faces doing keepy-uppies on a countdown to 100. Putin appears at the end of the video with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The pair are seen dressed in smart suits knocking the ball back and forth in a luxurious room. The 100th touch on the ball is a sharp header by Putin. The video commences with the words “Some people cannot wait for the greatest show on Earth”, in a reference to the World Cup being hosted by Russia. The 100-touch countdown is kicked off by Wayne Rooney, before moving on to Brazilian striker Ronaldo. They are followed by a number of international stars including Spain's Carlos Puyol and Nigeria and Bolton's Jay Jay Okocha. Argentina legend Diego Maradona appears at number 20, balancing the ball on his foot while holding on to a … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin shows off his football skills in game of keepy-uppy with Fifa president ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup