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World XI – Jakob Gisik

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (France) Lloris edges out Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois as the starting goalkeeper. The French captain wasn’t required as often as his Belgian counterpart but was superb when called upon. He kept a tournament high four clean sheets and made a series of diving saves, most notably against Uruguay and Belgium, to […]

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World XI – Vincent Smith-Koppie

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) Thibaut Courtois finished the World Cup with a tournament-high 27 saves including some special efforts in the quarter-final to knock out Brazil. Courtois is also a great distributor of the ball, even starting the move which saw Belgium beat Japan in the last minute of stoppage time during the round-of-16. Defenders […]

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World XI – Ben James

Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) The main reason behind Denmark’s group stage survival, Kasper more than lived up to his legendary father Peter’s name with a stunning 91.3 per cent save rate. He almost dragged them further, saving a Luka Modrić penalty in extra-time in the round-of-16 before saving a further two spot kicks in […]

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World XI – Michael Djordjieski

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (England) The 24-year-old Everton shot stopper was immense for England throughout the tournament. Pickford arguably produced the save of the competition in the dying embers of the Three Lions’ match against Colombia in the round of 16. Defenders Yerry Mina (Colombia) Mina was superb for an underwhelming Colombian team albeit without […]

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World XI – Josh Knox

Goalkeeper – Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico) Ochoa only featured in the four matches but made a whopping 25 saves in the process and kept an all-important clean sheet against the Germans. With a deeper run in the tournament, it would have been no surprise to see Ochoa pick up the Golden Glove. Left Back – Kieran […]

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World XI – Dominic Unwin

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave veteran Joe Hart out of England’s squad paid off after Pickford stood up to claim the No.1 shirt. Despite having only made his England debut in November last year the Everton custodian has had a fine tournament. A steady pair of hands and pulled off a […]

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Defence in tatters – World Cup success difficult to repeat

By Etta McEwan When Germany’s defence of its World Cup title ended prematurely in the group stage of Russia 2018, it was one of the major upsets of recent World Cups. But while the Germans performance belied their world number one ranking, the inability of a nation to successfully defend the title should not be […]

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The penalty shootout – who will crack first

By Charlie Johns When Russian striker Fyodor Smolov stepped up to take the first spot kick in the quarter-final shootout against Croatia, it was the fourth time in this World Cup that a match would be decided by sudden-death. Before the semi-finals had even arrived in Russia 2018, four penalty shootouts in a tournament equalled […]

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Comeback victories a rarity at this World Cup

By Emma McColl In a World Cup full of upsets and surprises, following the form guide has not always been the most accurate way to predict winners. But one way that has emerged as a highly probable indicator of the result has been the half-time score. Up to and including the quarter-finals, 48 of the […]

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England dared to dream but it’s not coming home this time

By Tim Warren There have been some iconic World Cup moments in the past which have resonated through time. Germany 2006 had Zidane’s headbutt in the final, South Africa 2010 heard the constant buzz of vuvuzelas and Brazil 2014 saw the hosts infamously bundled out by Germany in a 7-1 thrashing. But what’s memorable about […]

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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, […]

World XI – Jakob Gisik

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (France) Lloris edges out Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois as the starting goalkeeper. The French captain wasn’t […]

World XI – Vincent Smith-Koppie

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) Thibaut Courtois finished the World Cup with a tournament-high 27 saves including some special efforts in […]

World XI – Ben James

Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) The main reason behind Denmark’s group stage survival, Kasper more than lived up to his […]

World XI – Michael Djordjieski

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (England) The 24-year-old Everton shot stopper was immense for England throughout the tournament. Pickford arguably produced […]

World XI – Josh Knox

Goalkeeper – Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico) Ochoa only featured in the four matches but made a whopping 25 saves in the […]

World XI – Dominic Unwin

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave veteran Joe Hart out of England’s squad paid off after Pickford […]