SSC Napoli ‘make contact’ for Arsenal goalkeeper

According to Sky Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio, SSC Napoli have supposedly ‘made contact’ with Arsenal over the availability of discarded Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, however it seems as though the Serie A outfit have initially failed to strike a deal with the north-Londoners, but that will not deter them from reportedly returning with an improved […]

World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performances I could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. Raphaël Varane stood out for me at the back. A hardworking and humble hero who was full of heart, he kept world class strikers quiet throughout the tournament. The perfect footballer to look up to. We’re such a young, talented team so must be heavy favourites for the World Cup again in four years. Rachel Grillot Continue reading...

World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 games before that and after every game we asked our readers to rate every player’s performance.
Here we publish all of them, one by one, and by team in alphabetical order. The players are listed in order of their average rating (in bold and followed by the scores of each of their games in Russia). Continue reading...

Meanwhile, in Mexico…

Once again, soccer results make strange bedfellows. Gochujang tacos all around! The South Korean World Cup team beats Germany and wins a new #1 fan...Mexico! pic.twitter.com/Jkc4K2JJlJ — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 29, 2018
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Telemundo suspends TV hosts for ‘slant-eye’ gestures after South Korea win

  • Co-hosts ‘indefinitely suspended’ for racist gestures on live TV
  • South Korea had guaranteed Mexico a place in World Cup last 16
A pair of US-based television hosts were indefinitely suspended on Thursday after using racist ‘slant-eye’ gestures during a live broadcast in the aftermath of South Korea’s World Cup victory over Germany on Wednesday that ensured Mexico’s passage into the knockout stages. James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme, co-presenters of Telemundo’s morning show Un Nuevo Día, could be seen using their fingers to narrow their eyes amid the on-set celebration of the Asian country’s improbable 2-0 win over the reigning world champions. Continue reading...

South Korea and Mexico fans celebrate after Germany’s World Cup exit – video

Mexico fans have been treating South Korean supporters like royalty after their team helped knock out Germany from the World Cup. The defending champions crashed out after losing to South Korea 2-0, their earliest World Cup exit in 80 years,  and Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 to top Group F. When Sweden's third goal went in Mexican fans were in despair, but their tears turned to cheers as South Korea continued to hold the Germans, then scored two goals in a dramatic injury time period. Fans celebrated outside the Yekaterinburg Arena in Russia and at South Korea's embassy in Mexico City Continue reading...

Ecstatic Mexico fans mob South Korean embassy after Germany upset

  • Fans gather at embassy in Mexico City after South Korea win
  • Supporters chant: ‘Korean, brother, now you’re Mexican!’
Hundreds of Mexican soccer fans descended on the South Korean embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday to celebrate the Asian country’s improbable World Cup win over Germany, which ensured Mexico’s place in the knockout stages despite El Tri’s defeat to Sweden. As Mexico fell behind 3-0 during the second half of Wednesday’s group-stage finale, it became clear they would need South Korea to defeat the reigning champions in order to finish in the top two and advance. The scoreless draw that would have spelled their doom endured for more than 90 minutes until their prayers were answered when Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min broke through with goals in stoppage time, sealing the shock 2-0 result that eliminated Germany, the four-time champions who had gone eight decades since last failing to Continue reading "Ecstatic Mexico fans mob South Korean embassy after Germany upset"

Mexico collapse into familiar World Cup anxiety against Sweden

After a dizzying win over Germany in the opener, some had El Tri going far in the World Cup. But familiar problems have resurfaced Before you play a fifth game, you have to get to a fourth game. Ideally, then, you don’t want to implode in your third game … For six successive World Cups, Mexico have been eliminated in the last 16, and now, thanks to South Korea, they will get a chance at reaching the quarter-finals, something that has become a holy grail in Mexican football. They did their best to get in their own way however, and by the time they collapsed to the turf against Sweden they were truly grateful that their own calamitous meltdown had been matched by an even more bizarre one from the reigning world champions, Germany. Continue reading...

Mexico collapse into familiar World Cup anxiety against Sweden

After a dizzying win over Germany in the opener, some had El Tri going far in the World Cup. But familiar problems have resurfaced Before you play a fifth game, you have to get to a fourth game. Ideally, then, you don’t want to implode in your third game … For six successive World Cups, Mexico have been eliminated in the last 16, and now, thanks to South Korea, they will get a chance at reaching the quarter-finals, something that has become a holy grail in Mexican football. They did their best to get in their own way however, and by the time they collapsed to the turf against Sweden they were truly grateful that their own calamitous meltdown had been matched by an even more bizarre one from the reigning world champions, Germany. Continue reading...

‘Speechless’: the internet reacts to Germany’s exit from the World Cup

The reigning champions lost to South Korea and finished bottom of their group. The rest of the world was not exactly forgiving The World Cup winners’ curse has struck again. The last three champions – Italy, Spain and Germany – have all been knocked out at the group stage while defending their trophy. It’s becoming something of a trend, but that makes it no less surprising – especially when Germany are involved. Some people think you can never write off the Germans ... you can now. Continue reading...

Sweden cruise to victory over Mexico as both qualify for World Cup last 16

Devastated on the pitch, trailing 3-0 after a performance riddled with anxiety and inhibition, with the minutes ticking down on Mexico’s World Cup Javier Hernández did the only thing that really mattered in the circumstances. He pelted over to the touchline and asked his bench the burning question. What the hell is the score of Germany v South Korea? It was 0-0, there was still hope. This was one of these extraordinary events where emotions were stretched to the fraying edges of reason. In stoppage time in Ekaterinburg the mood transformed, a charge cascading around the crowd. A goal for South Korea! But then the celebrations shrank as news of an offside flag spread. Elation part two came moments later as a referee in front of a television monitor nearly 1,000 kilometers away in Kazan made his decision. Germany’s elimination turned this match into a party in two parts – Continue reading "Sweden cruise to victory over Mexico as both qualify for World Cup last 16"

Mexico dream on despite Toni Kroos giving them a harder day at work

Sweden and Mexico are relatively unfazed by the German midfielder’s late winner in SochiThe theatrical swish of Toni Kroos’s boot in the 95th minute had an extraordinary ripple effect. Beyond the overwhelming relief that cascaded through Germany, the effects were felt in Sweden and Mexico. Until the stoppage-time second that Kroos struck, Mexico had qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup. Sweden were not far behind. And suddenly the dynamics across Group F jolted. The Mexico team were on the bus at the time, heading for Rostov airport, feeling serene and satisfied by the way they had collected maximum points from their opening two matches. But now they prepare for their final game here knowing that if they stumble against Sweden, the chances are they will be eliminated. It is quite the change of mindset, but a draw would suffice. Continue reading...

Mexico hold off South Korea to pile pressure on Germany

Mexico have followed up their victory against Germany by beating South Korea 2-1 in Rostov, a result that piles further pressure on the world champions. If Germany lose to Sweden in the evening’s Group F game at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi then Joachim Löw’s side will be out. South Korea’s slim hopes of qualification hang on Germany beating Sweden and then losing to the Koreans themselves. Continue reading...