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The Best of the Rest

We cover the gist of what sports journalism brings to the table when it comes down to reporting on the popular soccer sport.

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Unmasking Myths

There are World Cup soccer myths that we clarify and prove wrong.

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Soccer World Cup

Covering all you need to know to keep updated on the latest news of the biggest soccer event.

The Best Soccer Teams and Star Players

Taking a closer look at sports journalism, there’s more to it than just writing sports-related content to report on various news platforms today. Sports reporting focuses on discussions, events, and competitions.

Sports news can be found on social media, digital print, newspapers, radio stations, and magazines. For example, the BBC Radio 5 Live station or the Sporting Life magazine here in the UK.

We’ve listed the most valuable soccer teams and star players playing at the World Cup:

Manchester United and Star Players

Over a timeline of perfecting team play performance, Manchester United has worked hard for its value today. It’s been estimated that the phenomenal team is worth about 4.12 billion dollars.

Star Player: David De Gea

This star player, from Spain, was born on the 7th of November in 1990. He joined Manchester United in 2011. David is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers. He has also been awarded the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award on more than two occasions.

Real Madrid and Star Players

A Spanish team with talented players is always going to hustle hard to get to the top. Real Madrid is currently estimated to be worth 4.09 billion dollars.

Star Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano was born on the 5th of February in 1985. Winning numerous awards for his outstanding gameplay since 2003, Ronaldo is worth every buck. He plays a forward position and is numbered seven in the team.

In the 2018 World Cup, the Madrid Player Luka Modrić was also notably responsible for the favorable outcome of the Croatian National team according to thaicasino88.com.

Barcelona and Star Players

These guys are doing everything they can to top Manchester United. Their estimated worth is set at 4.06 billion dollars.

Star Player: Lionel Andrés Messi

Messi was born on the 24th of June in 1987. His number in the Barcelona team is ten and his position is a forward. 2012 was a record-breaking year for Messi as he became the best goalscorer in the soccer history of Barcelona at the age of 24.

Who will win the 2018 World Cup Final? Only time will tell!

World Cup 2018: England Goes Home Without a Trophy

It’s a sad day for England fans when Three Lions suffered a 2-0 defeat against Belgium on Saturday in the third-place play-off. England’s World Cup 2018 may have ended, but English national team has learned some lessons in their Belgium defeat.

England Has Gained Back the Respect of their Fans

There was a truth in the critic’s belief that England had an easier half of the draw. Even their manager Gareth Southgate had believed it. Hence it was concerning when they lost to Belgium who has been an underdog.

World Cup 2018 has more shares of positives than negatives though. One of the biggest positive moments of this year’s tournament is that England may have won their fans back. They may not be the greatest individual players England have had, but the connection that they have established with their fans were more than any England squad has for a long time.

Why is it that fans love this particular bunch?

Many believe that the primary reason is because this group of players is far more likeable due to their grounded and down to earth behavior. Many are not products of elite school whose main purpose of playing soccer is to live an outlandish and extravagant life. They are not shallow heads; instead they are really proud of what they are doing for their country. They feel that it’s a huge honor playing for their beloved motherland.

Unlike the past squads, the current group of players does not appear to have ginormous egos. These players have worked hard to reach their current position, and they are grateful for the opportunity. While others started in lower leagues, some enjoyed multiple loan spells from their Premier League clubs.

It’s really nice seeing England players so relaxed on and off the pitch. And a huge credit goes to Boss Gareth Southgate for creating such atmosphere in the camp.

Click here to get to know Gareth Southgate more.

New Regulars Have Emerged for England

Before the World Cup, there was a massive question mark as to which players will occupy the positions. Players that emerged as England regulars are the likes of Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford and Kieran Trippier.

Instead of picking the regulars, Southgate took a gamble and gave inexperienced players their chance. He must have faith in the trio since all three players have made an impressive performance in the recent seasons. Barring injury problems, all three are likely to be regulars in the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Southgate is not done making England a stronger team yet. The goal to build an English team capable of competing with world football’s superpowers has just started. The Three Lions are still learning and developing and they are using their defeats against Croatia and Belgium to evaluate the team and create better strategies.

According to media reports, Southgate has a plan to bring some of the youngsters from the successful under-18 and under-20 teams into the international fold in the new season. The likes of Jadon Sancho, Ryan Sessegnon, Phil Foden and Ademola Lookman are more likely to be in the Three Lions squad in the near future. The team is eyeing for these youngsters who have impeccable potential and brighter future.

Things We Learned in the England vs. Belgium Match

Midfield Troubles

Gareth Southgate swapped out all three of his central midfield players. This was probably his way of trying something new as he looks to future. This strategy may not have worked though, even though they have already shifted their personnel, England still struggled against Belgium. As Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard flitted between lines, we are reminded that England lacks such midfield talent to compete.

Loftus-Cheek seems to be the future

When England were feeling the heat against Croatia, Southgate brought on a substitute in the person of his most gifted midfield talent, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. During their match against Belgium, Loftus-Cheek played tidily without really impressing himself on the game. The 22-year-old seems to have full potential and England needs him if they are to put up a fight against opponents of this caliber.

Kane’s Shortcomings

It’s almost certain that Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot, but that does not mean that we should not scrutinize his performance in this tournament. Though he had a good start against Tunisia and Panama, he faded through the knockout stages. He did not score since his penalty against Colombia; he did not even muster a shot on target against Belgium or Sweden.

Many feared leaving him out against Belgium in the group stage for the belief that the team would lose momentum. What’s quiet obvious is that he has played too many minutes without giving much contribution on their games against Sweden, Croatia and here against Belgium.

England’s football revolution may have been a myth

World cup has dominated the social media. One tweet that caught the attention of soccer fanatics is that England playing out from the back is a myth.” This tweet is not pointless, especially when you watched how England tried to pass their way through treacle against Belgium.

The team showed how confident they are as evident to the flowing move at the end of the first half by Dier, Delph, Sterling, Kane and Loftus-Cheek. England undoubtedly tries to play from the back under Southgate, but the final steps through midfield and into the final third remain a work in progress.

Looking to Euro 2020

England boss Southgate has shared his mission to make England qualifying for Euro 2020.  England is at odds of 8/1 to win the European Championships.

England still has a long way to go to catch up to teams like Germany, France, Belgium and Spain. They are way ahead of the Three Lions when it comes to tactical nous from their coaches and quality of players.

However, Southgate and his whole pack will be all the better for their time in Russia this summer. They may go home without the trophy, but their defeat in the 2018 World Cup has pointed them on how to move to the right direction. The future for the England national team certainly looks brighter.

Read more exciting World Cup news here.

What You Need to Know About the Teams Competing in The World Cup 2018

It’s the time again that soccer fans all over the world is gathered. The World Cup may only happen every 4 years, but every minute of the wait is all worth it. The world is in great anticipation as 32 nations head to Russia to compete for the biggest prize.

Do you already have a team to root for?

This tournament would not be as exciting if you don’t have a team to applaud for. You would get excited as your team enters the field and get the victory over their enemy. Their victory is yours and their defeat is yours also.

Below are a group of teams that will give you the idea on their odds to win, players to watch, and the best and worst case scenario for every team competing. Get ready and take down notes to see which of these are the greatest threats to your favorite team.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Russia

World rank: No. 66

Odds to win group: 2/1

Odds to win World Cup: 50/1

Key players: Anton Miranchuk, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov

Best case scenario: Russia upsets Uruguay to win the group and be surprisingly included in the quarterfinals. The Miranchuk twins make an impressive performance in the group stage, making their story one of the feel-good stories of the tournament.

Worst case scenario: Saudi Arabia upsets  Russia in the opening game of the tournament, leaving the team wanting to get away from the group.

Saudi Arabia

World rank: No. 67

Odds to win group: 40/1

Odds to win World Cup: 1000/1

Key players: Fahad al-Muwallad, Mohammad al-Sahlawi

Best case scenario: Saudi Arabia may shock the world when they win over the hosts in the first game of the tournament, which secures their biggest victory in over 20 years.

Worst case scenario: The team matches its disappointing last finish in 2002 as they fail to score a goal through its three group stage games,  leaving fans with nothing to hold onto until the next World Cup.

Egypt

World rank: No. 45

Odds to win group: 6/1

Odds to win World Cup: 200/1

Key players: Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed Salah

Best case scenario: Mohamed Salah continues to give us an impeccable performance, leading his team to not only its first ever World Cup victory but also a spot in the elimination stage of the tournament.  He upsets Spain with two goals in the first knockout game and this paves way to him becoming more of an international sensation.

Worst case scenario: Salah suffered an injury during the Champions League final. The severity is worse than initially suspected and this could be a factor where he gives below his usual level performance.  The team’s losses to Russia and Uruguay leaves them with only its first win to play for in the final game of the group stage against Saudi Arabia.

Uruguay

World rank: No. 14

Odds to win group: 2/3

Odds to win World Cup: 30/1

Key players: Diego Godin, Luis Suarez

Best case scenario: Uruguay snags a cushy spot in the elimination bracket as they run through  Russia and the rest of its group . It reaches the semifinal as they pulls an upset or two.

Worst case scenario: Uruguay fails to escape the surprisingly winnable group after falling to Russia’s home field advantage and a Ballon d’Or worthy performance from Mohamed Salah for Egypt.

Group B: Portugal, Iran, Spain, Morocco

Portugal

World rank: No. 4

Odds to win group: 2/1

Odds to win World Cup: 25/1

Key players: Rui Patricio, Cristiano Ronaldo

Best case scenario: Cristiano Ronaldo continues to amaze us with his great performance as he leads the team in winning the biggest prize that’s eluded his career thus far.Rui Patricio gave yet another amazing performance which helped the team get theEuro 2016 title.

Worst case scenario: Ronaldo’s goal-scoring prowess isn’t able to keep pace alone and the team’s defence disappoints, which forces Portugal into an early exit.

Iran

World rank: No. 37

Odds to win group: 40/1

Odds to win World Cup: 500/1

Key players: Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun

Best case scenario: While it sounds almost impossible to escape the group, Iran’s victory against Morocco would be a huge result for the country.

Worst case scenario: Iran matches its winless, one-goal performance from 2014.

Spain

World rank: No. 10

Odds to win group: 4/9

Odds to win World Cup: 6/1

Key players: David Silva, Diego Costa, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta

Best case scenario: Spain outwits Portugal in winning their group,wins a few toss-up matches against other international power houses to win the tournament and gets a favourable path through the elimination stage

Worst case scenario: Cristiano Ronaldo gives a mediocre performance in the group stage, which leaves the team to sweat out a second place finish and forces them on a much tougher route to the championship.

Click here for Spain’s team guide and squad list.

Morocco

World rank: No. 41

Odds to win group: 16/1

Odds to win World Cup: 500/1

Key players: Hakim Ziyech, Ayoub El Kaabi

Best case scenario: Winning against Iran in the opening match will ensure that group stage matches against Spain and Portugal will at least be worth something.

Worst case scenario: Morocco dropping a heartbreaker to Iran and getting run over in subsequent matches. Their only biggest highlight of the tournament is being known as the team that Ronaldo got his hat trick against.

Other countries that are competing are France, Peru, Denmark, Australia, Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria, Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia,  Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea, Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama, Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan.

With each of these countries having their key players and own unique strategy of the game, there’s only one thing that is certain – World Cup 2018 will give us minute by minute soccer fun and excitement.

World Cup 2018 brings soccer fans all over the world in unity and unexplainable roller coaster ride of fun and excitement. Click here to read more news and update about this momentous tournament.

The Unmasking of Soccer World Cup Myths

There are things out there that we deem true because of what we may have heard in the news or what we heatedly debated on with our friends over the game strategy in the last match we watched together.

We can say that a myth is a poisoned belief of something that is either overly exaggerated or misconstrued. Basically, you believe something on the pure basis of believing it with little to no information to back it up. The general society has a preconceived notion of a belief just because they can. It’s the only way society can justify what is assumed as normal with regards to understanding the world in which we all exist.

Below, we pull the mask back on the common myths surrounding the Soccer World Cup:

There’s More to it than Just Excitement

All that spectator cheering coupled with the general noise of a packed stadium can kill the mood. Especially because after the game, you feel temporarily deafened which can contribute to the development of hearing loss.

A Pretty Face Makes You a Better Player

An attractive player is presumed to be highly skilled. Just because the player is good-looking doesn’t mean they’re the best player.

The Color of Soccer Team Uniforms are Just a Thing

Liverpool has a red uniform, yes? A recent study conducted on teams that wore red uniforms concluded that most teams that had a red uniform had a good track record of wins and successes.

The fact is, there’s a lot more to the Soccer World Cup than just general distorted perceptions.

All the Latest on the 2018 Soccer World Cup

Soccer is said to have been traced back from over 2000 years ago in China. However, England stole the show as the country developed the first soccer uniform rules and regulations. 1891 saw the first rule come into place which was the penalty kick. Over time up until 1998, other rules popped up including the introduction of red and yellow cards.

We are currently in the middle of an intense 2018 World Cup tournament. Below, we list a couple of recent match results and the upcoming schedule for the semi, quarter, and ultimate final.

World Cup Fixtures and Results

Group Stage

The World Cup, currently underway in Russia, kicked off well as all countries playing totaled up to 32 matches in ten days. Top performing countries then were England and Russia. Below, are the results from the early games of the Group Stage.

18 June – Tunisia 1 England 2

24 June – England 6 Panama 1

14 June – Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0

19 June – Russia 3 Egypt 1

Quarter and Semi Finals

The quarterfinals are made up of the winning teams from the Round of 16 match day. Depending on the winners, below are the dates of the quarterfinals matches:

6 July at 3pm and 7pm

7 July at 3pm and 7pm

Semifinals are made up of winning teams from the quarterfinals. Below are the dates of the matches:

10, 11 July at 7pm

Ultimate Final

The big day falls on 15 July at 4pm with the last two winning teams hustling for the World Cup title.

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