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Best XI of players left out of the World Cup

There’s only so much room in World Cup squads, and that means that inevitably some major players get left out. It’s never a fun thing to see a favorite player go through, but at the same time you can assemble an awfully talented team from the so-called “leftovers” of the 32 teams in the World Cup. Would you be able to put together a team that can get out of the group stage? Maybe, maybe not, but for this year’s World Cup, you can put together a pretty dang talented starting lineup……………….Read More

World Cup 2018 Group E preview: Brazil plus a sleeper? Or just Brazil?

Every World Cup group has its own structure; its own unique feel. But a simple numerical alignment, separating the four teams into anywhere between one and four tiers, goes a long way toward framing the discussion. And especially in Group E…………….Read More

Five things we learned from the March friendlies

This period in a FIFA World Cup™ year is always filled with nervous anticipation as the 32 qualified teams begin to make their final preparations. Coaches make surprise call-ups, tinker with their tactics and cast their eye over their squads – some for the final time – before deciding who will fill the 23 seats on the plane…………Read More

3 winners and 4 losers from the 2018 World Cup draw

The 2018 World Cup draw has been made, and it appears that the new draw format has paid dividends. Teams were seeded according to FIFA rankings instead of arranged geographically, and the result is that there’s no terrible group and no obvious group of death.

But that doesn’t mean that some teams didn’t get better draws than others. The FIFA rankings are based on a deeply flawed system, after all. Plus, Russia is a Pot 3-quality team that got an automatic top seed…………..Read More