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Fluke Diego Costa goal sees Spain edge past Iran 

By Jacob Gaynor Spain has moved to equal-top of Group B after an unconvincing win 1-0 over Iran at the Kazan Arena courtesy of a second half goal by striker Diego Costa that he knew very little about. The Atletico Madrid forward claimed his third goal of the tournament in the 54th minute when an […]

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Early Ronaldo goal sends Morocco home from Russia

Portugal 1 (Ronaldo 4’) Morocco 0 By Caleb Lawrence An early goal by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to see off Morocco, eliminating them from the competition, with the game ending 1-0 to Portugal at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. It did not take long for Portugal captain Ronaldo to continue his goal scoring form […]

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Iran

By Caleb Lawrence Nickname: Team Melli World Cup appearances: 3 Coach: Carlos Queiroz Captain: Masoud Shojaei Player to watch: Sardar Azmoun. The 23-year-old scores goals for fun for Iran with 23 goals in 31 appearances. Azmoun will be hoping to continue his goal scoring form against world class defenders such as Ramos (Spain) and Pepe […]

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Morocco

By Caleb Lawrence Nickname:  Atlas Lions World Cup appearances: 5 Coach: Herve Renard Captain: Medhu Benatia Player to watch: Medhu Benatia. The veteran defender has made a name for himself with prestigious European club, Juventus. The Moroccan squad will be looking for Benatia’s leadership from the defensive backline to resist the world class attacking options […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick rescues point for Portugal against Spain

Spain 3 (Costa 24’ 55’, Nacho 58’) Portugal 3 (Ronaldo 4’ 44’ 88’) By Jacob Gaynor A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick salvaged Portugal a valuable point in a 3-3 draw against Spain in the two teams’ highly-anticipated clash on Friday. A first-half brace from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the defending European champions would head into the break […]

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Iran breaks Morocco hearts with victory at the death

Iran 1 (Bouhaddouz OG, 90+2min) Morocco 0 By Caleb Lawrence The opening match for Group B saw Iran steal all three points against Morocco in the dying stages after an own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz in St Petersburg. The game was heading for a nil-all draw until the second minute of injury time, when an […]

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Spain sacks coach two days before their first match of Russia 2018

By Laurence Kelson In a shock move, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui two days out from from Spain’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Senior member of Spain’s coaching staff, Fernando Hierro, has been named as interim head coach for the remainder of the tournament. OFFICIAL | Fernando Hierro […]

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Portugal

By Jacob Gaynor Team: Portugal Nickname: A Seleção das Quinas (Selection of the Quinas; The Navigators) World Cup appearances: 6 (Finished third in 1966) World ranking: 4 Coach: Fernando Santos Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Player to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Arguably the greatest player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo will look to claim the one […]

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Spain

By Jacob Gaynor Team: Spain Nickname: La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) World Cup appearances: 15 (Winners in 2010) World ranking: 8 Coach: Julen Lopetegui Captain: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Player to watch: David De Gea The 2018 FIFA World Cup could forever be the moment Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea announced himself as […]

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Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

Penalties – the ‘new’ normal

By Etta McEwan Penalties bring about three things, controversy, criticism, and conversation. And after week one of the 2018 FIFA […]

Brazil leave it until injury time to score 2-0 win over Costa Rica

Brazil 2 (Coutinho 90’ + 1, Neymar 90’ + 7) Costa Rica 0 By Caleb Mitchell A persistent Brazil has […]

Serbia’s hopes hang by a thread after 2-1 loss Switzerland

Serbia 1 (Mitrovic 5’) Switzerland 2 (Xhaka 52’, Shaqiri 90’) By Laurence Kelson Switzerland has come from behind to steal […]

Musa brace keeps Nigeria’s World Cup campaign alive

Nigeria 2 (Musa 49’, 75’) Iceland 0 PHOTO! Musa wheels away as he celebrates his goal. Nigeria 1-0 Iceland #SoarSuperEagles […]

The World Cup Show podcast – Episode 2

Everyone can’t stop talking about VAR. Nor can we, so we’ve called in the video technology expert, Dr Roland Goecke […]

Argentina face elimination after Croatian catastrophe

Argentina 0 Croatia 3 (Rebic 53’, Modric 80′, Rakitic 90+1’) By Jakob Gisik Argentina is on the brink of elimination […]