The five best goals of World Cup 2018

Over the course of the summer, we have been treated to arguably the best World Cup in history. There’s been highs, lows, drama and tears, but above all else, there has been goals. More dead ball goals than any tournament since 1966, and only one goalless draw — which caused everybody to exercise doubts over…

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Is this World Cup a poisoned chalice for Japan?

Against all odds (and my own pessimistic predictions), Japan are in the Round of 16 where they will face Belgium. One would think that the national mood would be jubilant as a nation of 120 million people unite to support the Samurai Blue. Yet, that is not the case. While many fans have found reason…

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World Cup ICYMI: GW3 – Senegal vs. Colombia, Japan vs. Poland, England vs. Belgium, Panama vs. Tunisia

Two weeks from the day that Russia and Saudi Arabia kicked-off in Moscow, the group stage has officially come to a close. A memorable fifteen days of action was capped off with four matches across Groups G & H. In Short: Senegal failed to secure the lone point they needed to progress from Group H…

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World Cup ICYMI: GW2 – England vs. Panama, Japan vs. Senegal, Poland vs. Colombia

Group G may have been pretty much decided — barring the final fixture’s leader-making abilities — but it’s still very much all on the line in Group H. In short England’s 6-1 demolition against a pretty fragile Panama was enough to write their name in the record books, achieving the country’s biggest win in the…

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World Cup ICYMI: GW1 – Colombia vs. Japan, Poland vs. Senegal; GW2 – Russia vs. Egypt

As we reach the end of the first game week – and take our first steps into the second – we can take a moment to reflect on what has been a decent tournament so far. We’ve had a little bit of everything: superb strikes, penalties, own goals, amazing free kicks, pitch-side fights, goalkeeping mistakes,…

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Vieri, victory, and vecchi tempi – Italy vs. Ecuador 2002

Sadly for me, there will be no jet filled with Italian superstars departing from Fiumicino to Moscow in 2018. I haven’t decided yet if no involvement is more painful than exiting the real thing in some dramatic fashion. After all, sadness and anger are two intensely different emotions that manifest themselves in unique ways. I…

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This is Japan

The road to Russia Japan travelled the road to their sixth straight World Cup under head coach Vahid Halilhodžić, who arrived in February 2015 to replace Javier Aguirre following the team’s Asian Cup exit. His side scored 27 goals and conceded none in a first group consisting of Syria, Singapore, Afghanistan, and Cambodia before navigating…

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Rule breaker: Andrés Iniesta’s move to Japan

Perhaps the most audacious signing of the summer market is that of Japan’s Vissel Kobe, who are splashing out a cool $30 million/year for the services of now-former Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta. But at what cost? While A-League fans will be bemoaning the fact that Fox Sports’ AU$3m war chest wasn’t enough to bring the…

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