Monday, July 16, 2018

World Cup highs and lows: From Mbappe to Lopetegui and everything in between

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World Cup highs and lows: From Mbappe to Lopetegui and everything in between
After 64 games, the 2018 World Cup in Russia has come to an end.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

France’s bizarre superstitious pre-match routine could be key to them winning the World Cup

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France’s bizarre superstitious pre-match routine could be key to them winning the World Cup

Some people don’t walk under ladders, some think it’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.

And footballers are probably more superstitious than most.

Kolo Toure famously always had to be the last player to enter the pitch, Johan Cruyff used to slap his keeper in the stomach before the game and then spit his chewing gum onto the opposition’s half and Gary Neville always had to wear the same aftershave for a game.

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But France are taking that pre-match superstition to a new level with their lucky charm at this year’s World Cup.

And it’s all thanks to wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.

In another of those creepy similarities to the 1998 World Cup winning side, of which Laurent Blanc used to kiss Fabian Barthez’s bald before the game to ward off the bad juju, the 2018 generation have their own lucky Buddha.

Adil Rami and his glorious moustacheReuters

Their lucky charm comes from the most unlikely of sources – Adil Rami’s gloriously defined throwback moustache.

Pamela Anderson’s boyfriend has a Captain Hook-style pointed lip beard and ever since Mbappe stroked it before Les Bleus’ impressive win over Argentina in the last-16 it has become a compulsory part of the pre-match routine.

Have some of that palGetty - Contributor

According to French journalist Julien Laurens Dider Deschamps boys have now begun to stroke Rami’s thick facial hair in a bizarre new ritual.

But after putting aside Uruguay in the quarters and then dealing with possibly the best team in the tournament in Belgium in the semi-finals you cannot question whether it’s working or not.

Surely it will be the time a player has been the secret to a team’s World Cup success without actually playing a minute during the tournament?

“Maybe if I stroke it I might get into the team for the final”AP:Associated Press

Rami might not be playing for France, but he’s not doing badly these days.

Could bag himself a World Cup winners’ medal and when it’s all finished he will go back to his life with girlfriend Anderson.

Ah to be a footballer, eh?

With Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann both playing brilliant after getting some magic dust from Rami’s beard, you can bet goalless Olivier Grioud will want a turn next.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

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Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0
Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

Belgium and England both leave the World Cup happy to have reached the semifinals. Belgium may be a little happier, though.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

World Cup 2018: England semi-final success reminds Gareth Southgate of Germany's own bright beginnings

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World Cup 2018: England semi-final success reminds Gareth Southgate of Germany's own bright beginnings
World Cup 2018: England semi-final success reminds Gareth Southgate of Germany's own bright beginnings
Southgate pointed to the example of Germany's 2006 campaign, which marked the start of a new era of international dominance for the country

Thursday, July 12, 2018

England vs Belgium: Gareth Southgate set to ring changes for World Cup 2018 third-place play-off

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England vs Belgium: Gareth Southgate set to ring changes for World Cup 2018 third-place play-off
England vs Belgium: Gareth Southgate set to ring changes for World Cup 2018 third-place play-off
It is highly unlikely Kieran Trippier will play and there are doubts over Harry Kane

Brussels metro blares French World Cup anthem after defeat

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Brussels metro blares French World Cup anthem after defeat
Brussels metro blares French World Cup anthem after defeat

Sleep-deprived Belgians were not having a bad dream Wednesday morning: Brussels metros resounded with a French football anthem after Les Bleus qualified for the final of the World Cup. The STIB transport network in Brussels had lost a bet against its Paris counterpart, the RATP, agreeing to play a 2002 song by French rock hero […]

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Salgado: Real make those who wear the shirt great

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Salgado: Real make those who wear the shirt great
Salgado: Real make those who wear the shirt great