No country deserves World Cup more than France

France did not necessarily play the best football today. They still scored four goals past a very good Croatia side. That’s cause for worry for every single nation who will be facing Les Bleus in the next few years. A French team full of young stars prevailed over blooded Croatian veterans without being at their best. That’s another cause for celebration for France! Watch out, Euro 2020! Continue reading No country deserves World Cup more than France

Croatian Warriors Surpass Class of 98

After a marathon knockout stage, where all of their games went to extra time, Croatia have finally bested their World Cup achievements of 1998. The Vatreni reached the semi finals in France 20 years ago and were beaten by eventual winners France. They finished third. Ever since, the next generation of players have had that feat in the back of their mind, always pressurizing them to do better. Mission Accomplished! Continue reading Croatian Warriors Surpass Class of 98

Hosts Russia entertain till the very end

Russia provided drama and entertainment till very, very late today. The country has been the perfect host so far and their team has been winning hearts on the pitch. For the second game in a row, the Sbornaya fought against a much stronger European opponent to take the game all the way to a penalty shootout. Sadly, this time, it was not meant to be as Croatia won the shootout 4-3. Continue reading Hosts Russia entertain till the very end

Star players do make a difference

We often put emphasis on how you need a solid team of players to win tournaments. Sure, this makes sense. You cannot win a major trophy with a mediocre team. However, you probably also cannot win one without one or more star players. Ronaldo and Pepe at Euro 2016, Neuer and Kroos in 2014, Iniesta and Ramos from 2008-2012. All these are top players who took a well rounded team to the next level.  Continue reading Star players do make a difference