The lingering after-effects of the Fifa World Cup 2018 on the Premier League could be significant if the likes of Jose Mourinho are to be believed. The World Cup was a source of joy for the English football team. The Three Lions went all the way to the semi-final for only the third time in its history. In doing so they sparked a lot of adulation for its performances. However, the upcoming season of the Premier League begins less than six weeks after the World Cup final with Manchester United and Leicester City will be playing the opening match on August 11. Between the World Cup final and the start of the Premier League, there is the matter of pre-season training. This period is perhaps the most important time for a club's season. Team building drills and tactical planning can be done before the frenetic pace of three to four competitions hits every team from August to May/June. There is also the commercial consideration of touring the USA for glamorous friendlies. Jose Mourinho, the … [Read more...] about After effects of Fifa World Cup 2018 would be visible in Premier League?
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Spain has been one of the many pre-tournament favourites yet to impress in this Fifa World Cup 2018. With Germany, Argentina and Portugal – the 2014 World Cup winners, the 2014 finalists and the European champions respectively – already eliminated, Spain will not want to join that particular list come to the end of the 90 minutes against the hosts Russia on Sunday. This last 16 match will see Spain start as the obvious favourites again, but not as clear a favourite as they would have been had this game been previewed before the start of the tournament. A lot has happened since the start of this World Cup when Spain, before the Julen Lopetegui fiasco, looked primed to go deep and Russia looked certain to crash and burn in the group stages. Russia, however, began the Fifa World Cup 2018 in stupendous fashion, putting Saudi Arabia to the sword, before confirming qualification to the knockout rounds with one match to spare. They might have been brought down to earth by Uruguay … [Read more...] about Spain vs Russia knock out match: Fifa World Cup 2018 round of 16 game details, possible lineups
After 15 days of riveting action, 16 teams are left standing and as many teams are heading home from Fifa World Cup 2018 in Russia. The group stages were filled with a lot of surprises as the big boys of world football didn't have it easy against lower-ranked teams. The curse of the champions continued as 2014 winners Germany were knocked out of the tournament after their shock defeats to Mexico and Asian side, South Korea. Argentina was made to work hard for their qualification and at one point in time, the pressure on Lionel Messi's shoulders was immense, given they faced a must-win situation in their final group game after having been blanked 3-0 by Croatia in their previous encounter. The knockout stages will be played without an African side for the first time since 1982. On the other hand, there was a joy for Asian as Japan was the only side from the continent to make it to the Round of 16 from a fiercely-fought Group H. As we enter the knockout stages of the World Cup, here's a … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2018: Check round of 16 schedule date and time of knockout matches
Brazil will once again look to their best player of the Fifa World Cup 2018 so far – Philippe Coutinho –for inspiration, with some help from Neymar, of course, when they play Serbia in their final Group E match in Moscow on Wednesday. Like so many of the top teams in this World Cup, Brazil has also found it difficult to get properly going in Russia. After a draw with Switzerland, they were on their way to having to settle for just a point once again, before Coutinho notched a timely winner against Costa Rica. Neymar then added the gloss to the scoreline, but the standout player for Brazil in this Fifa World Cup 2018 has undoubtedly been Coutinho. Maybe what that will do is take the pressure a little off Neymar, who, after the final whistle went against Costa Rica, broke down in tears, with the weight of expectations, perhaps, getting to him. However, that goes with the territory when you play for Brazil, particularly in a World Cup, and Neymar and the rest of the side just … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Serbia expected lineups for Group E match, watch live
Former champions Brazil take on Costa Rice in a crucial Group F match of Fifa World Cup 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday, June 22. When is the match and how to watch it live on TV, online The Group F tie will start at 3 pm local time, 8 pm SGT and 1 pm BST. Brazil vs Costa Rica - World Cup 2018 preview Brazil is heading into the tie on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their Group F opener. Philippe Coutinho's wonder strike put them in the lead but Tite's men lacked the decisive edge to get three full points in Rostov-On-Don. Neymar's theatrics in a rusty show will be seen as a huge cause of concern. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar also picked up a knock during training earlier this week, leading to doubts over his availability for the Costa Rica match. However, Tite is confident that Neymar will start today. The former Barcelona star needs to find form soon as Brazil need nothing less than a win to keep their hopes of topping the group alive. With the … [Read more...] about Brazil vs Costa Rica live Group F match: Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 on TV, online