Ten players whose transfer values surged at the World Cup

Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina, Ivan Perisic and Eden Hazard will command much higher fees now than a month ago By Martin Laurence for WhoScored Well that was fun, wasn’t it? The 2018 World Cup delivered entertainment until the very last. As ever, a number of players did their reputations no harm. With attentions now inevitably switching to the transfer window, here are 10 players who have seen their value increase significantly thanks to their impressive performances in Russia this summer. Continue reading...

Who has won the World Cup and European Cup in the same year? | The Knowledge

Plus: players who have lost European Cup and World Cup finals in the same year; knocking out continents; and huge friendly attendances. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU “Raphaël Varane has just completed the big-time double of winning the European Cup and World Cup in the same year. Which other players have achieved this?” asks Jim George. Well, having done some digging around, we came up with a list and Varane making an illustrious XI. Mind you, Luka Modric would also have completed a team of big-time double winners had Croatia won. Here is the XI: Continue reading...

World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and Croatia. Overall on television, the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the FOX and Telemundo networks averaged 4.6 million viewers per game. Compared to the previous tournaments, the 2014 World Cup averaged approximately 8.1 million viewers combined on the ESPN and Univision networks. For the 2018 Continue reading "World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined"

Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> After broadcasting 64 World Cup games live across Telemundo, Universo and NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes delivered an average of 2.026 million viewers per game and achieved several other noteworthy milestones. In total, Telemundo Deportes’ complete presentation of all 2018 World Cup matches reached 36.6 million TV viewers, exceeding the Spanish-language reach for the 2010 tournament by +13% (32.3 million), and coming within 1.3 million of the 2014 World Cup (37.9 million) – despite fewest Latin American countries since 2016. The Final match, a 4-2 win by France over Croatia, posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 5.45 million across Telemundo, TelemundoDeportes.com, and the Telemundo En Vivo and NBC Sports apps, and a TV-only viewership average 5.32 million viewers. Hispanics make up 18% of the U.S. population, and yet Telemundo Deportes makes up 41% of the average World Cup viewership (average split for Continue reading "Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers"

Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly

Didier Deschamps crafted a team and a spirit, much like Aimé Jacquet in 1998, that catapulted France to glory Mes amis, it was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful. I found myself in the changing room with the players after the game and the air was thick with laughter and song and then a certain dizziness, too, as the result began to sink in. I embraced my old friend Didier Deschamps, still soaked to the skin from the rain-drenched trophy ceremony. He was in a state of euphoria – he had done it! By leading Les Bleus to a second triumph, 20 years after being our captain when we won the World Cup in France, Didier became only the third man to have won the competition as both player and manager. He’s in Continue reading "Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly"

Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly

Didier Deschamps crafted a team and a spirit, much like Aimé Jacquet in 1998, that catapulted France to glory Mes amis, it was a long night. World champions, a second star on the jersey and, naturellement, the celebrations were long and loud and joyful. I found myself in the changing room with the players after the game and the air was thick with laughter and song and then a certain dizziness, too, as the result began to sink in. I embraced my old friend Didier Deschamps, still soaked to the skin from the rain-drenched trophy ceremony. He was in a state of euphoria – he had done it! By leading Les Bleus to a second triumph, 20 years after being our captain when we won the World Cup in France, Didier became only the third man to have won the competition as both player and manager. He’s in Continue reading "Harmony, humility and respect: this World Cup was Deschamps’ triumph | Marcel Desailly"

Tim Cahill retires as the greatest of all the Socceroos | Jonathan Howcroft

While not the most talented Australian, Cahill was the definition of a big game player When Tim Cahill announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday he did so as the greatest ever representative of Australia’s men’s national team. His 107 caps is a record for an outfield player, and his 50 goals almost double the tally of the next most prolific Socceroo. “Every single cap has been an honour,” he said on Tuesday. “I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to represent my country.” Continue reading...

Brazil World Cup player’s mother freed after being kidnapped

Rosângela Freda, mother of Brazil’s Taison, taken by armed gang who lured her from home The mother of the Brazilian footballer Taison, a member of the World Cup squad who plays for the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, was kidnapped on Monday by an armed gang but released within hours after police located their hideout. Security camera footage showed Rosângela Freda being lured to the security gates in front of her home in Pelotas, southern Brazil, by a man delivering flowers and bundled into a car. 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...

World Cup 2018 quotes quiz: who said what in Russia?

Who is slab-head? What is the sister of genius? Where is Samara? • The big 2018 World Cup quiz

Who said ...

Stanislav Cherchesov

Juan Carlos Osorio

Gareth Southgate

Carlos Queiroz

Who said ...

Juan Antonio Pizzi

Julen Lopetegui

Joachim Löw

Fernando Hierro

Who said ...

Martin Keown

Mark Lawrenson

Phil Neville

Ally McCoist

Who said ...

Vladimir Putin

Stanislav Cherchesov

Denis Cheryshev

Danny Murphy

Who said ...

Harry Kane

Harry Maguire

Jordan Pickford

Gareth Southgate

Who said ...

Kyle Walker

Dejan Lovren

Harry Maguire

Toby Alderweireld

Who said...

Tite

Roberto Martínez

Juan Carlos Osorio

Roy Keane

Who said...

Jorge Sampaoli

Diego Maradona

Aliou Cissé

Juan Carlos Osorio

Who said...

René Higuita

Diego Maradona

Carlos Valderrama

Roy Keane

Who said...

Luka Modric

Kylian Mbappé

Ivan Perisic

Harry Kane

1 and above.

Oh dear

2 and above.

Not so good

3 and above.

Not so good

4 and above.

Pretty decent

5 and above.

Pretty decent

6 and above.

Nice work

7 and above.

Nice work

8 and above.

Lovely stuff

9 and above.

Lovely stuff

0 and above.

Oh dear

10 and above.

Perfection

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Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup

Didier Deschamps adopted the same winning formula in 2018 as he did in 1998: talent, teamwork and togetherness By Adam White for Get French Football News As Patrice Evra stormed from the training pitch and his teammates hid behind the curtains of their team bus, winning the World Cup seemed a very long way away. Any semblance of togetherness had evaporated – not for the first time. France have long been blessed with talent but rarely harmony, as shown by the debacle in South Africa in 2010. Didier Deschamps recognised this when he came into the job in 2012 and, throughout his six years in charge, he has placed the importance of squad harmony above nearly everything else. Anyone who threatens that unity is cast out immediately. France have won the World Cup because of their talent but also because Deschamps’ devotion to spirit has allowed their talent to flourish. Continue reading "Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup"

‘It’s not coming home’: England’s anthem returns to haunt them

Is what started as an ironic nostalgic chant being seen as hubris by rival nations? When the French midfielder Paul Pogba danced with the World Cup trophy on Sunday night, he laughed as he delivered a message for fans watching on his Instagram video livestream: “It’s coming home.” Meanwhile, his teammate Olivier Giroud, asked by UK journalists how he felt about winning the trophy, responded similarly: “It’s a great feeling. I mean, ‘It’s coming home’! I had to say that.” Has the unofficial anthem of England’s perennially underachieving football team accidentally backfired? Continue reading...

Croatia’s success underlines parity at World Cup 2018

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Entering the tournament, a common question posed revolved around dark horses. “Who is a dark horse in this tournament?” A difficult question. What defines a dark horse? A team that isn’t expected to win it all, but has the capability? That would qualify Belgium, or Colombia, or Uruguay as a dark horse. How about a team that could make a deep run – say to the quarters, or maybe the semis, before bowing out with honor? Regardless of how you define it, it is worth arguing that 3/4 of the semifinalists were dark horses, and 6/8 quarterfinalists were dark horses. That’s parity.

Out with the old, in with the new

Coming into the tournament, I expected that only five teams could realistically lift the trophy this summer: Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, and Argentina. I was wrong. Germany bowed out in the group stage. Argentina and Spain were bounced ignominiously Continue reading "Croatia’s success underlines parity at World Cup 2018"

Pussy Riot protesters sentenced to jail for World Cup final pitch invasion

Four protesters who interrupted the final between France and Croatia sentenced to 15 days The four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail. The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot punk collective, ran onto the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium dressed as police officers during the second half of Sunday’s match between France and Croatia.  Continue reading...

World Cup 2018: the Guardian team of the tournament

Throughout the World Cup, our readers have been able to vote on every single performance and their verdicts have led to this team The World Cup in Russia has come to an end and we can look back at a tournament with only one 0-0 draw among the 64 games. Our readers have been diligently casting their voted at the end of the games and we have used those votes to compile our team of the tournament. Players must have played in at least four games to be selected. Continue reading...

France team celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade

Open-top bus travels down Champs-Élysées as hundreds of thousands cheer squad on France’s young, World Cup-winning football team have staged a victorious home-coming parade in an open-top bus down the Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands of supporters wrapped in flags cheered them on. The 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow on Sunday has cemented France’s reemergence as a football superpower and brought the country together. The squad were driven down the packed avenue in Paris, smiling and waving and holding up the cup as the French air force staged a flypast amid plumes of red, white and blue. Continue reading...