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

Umtiti, Varane send France to WC final

We might have seen only one goal today but France and Belgium entertained with their quality players and tactical battle. This was a world class display from two well-matched teams. Samuel Umtiti was the only name on the scoresheet as Les Bleus reached a third World Cup in the last 6 World Cups, the most any team has achieved in that period of time.  Continue reading Umtiti, Varane send France to WC final

Luis Enrique’s Spain appointment is a win-win situation

We already know Enrique said no to better paying jobs to work with the national team. He is now eyeing international glory to cement his place in history. It’s a win-win situation since Spain has now acquired a prolific manager to make it right after the debacle in Russia and Enrique now has at his disposal a very talented crop of players, who are more than capable of international glory.  Continue reading Luis Enrique’s Spain appointment is a win-win situation

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

England embrace the only style of play they know

England are through to the semi finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990. That’s 28 years of wait for a football crazy nation. The so-called “golden generation” has come and gone but it’s this young side helmed by Gareth Southgate that has done it. The English are well-know for their “boring” style of play: long balls, crosses, defensive tactics, set pieces. … Continue reading England embrace the only style of play they know