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World Cup 2018: Our Writers’ Predictions

With the World Cup finally upon us, kicking off this afternoon with hosts Russia playing Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, it’s time for us here at La Liga News UK to bring you our writers’ predictions for the tournament. We have predicted our winner’s of the showpiece event, given who we think will be the tournament’s dark horse and biggest underachievers as well as which players we see winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards come the end of the competition. So let’s get to it,…

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World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Argentina

Profile Nickname: La Albiceleste (The White And Sky-Blue) Group: D Best World Cup: Champions, 1978, 1986 Last World Cup: Runners-Up, 2014 Odds To Win: 9/1 (Bet365) How Did They Reach The World Cup? Argentina’s qualification to reach the World Cup in Russia was in no means a stroll in the park as many expected it to be. It got off to a disastrous start as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Ecuador, before being held to draws by Panama and Brazil. Things seemed to be getting better for La Albiceleste…

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World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Germany

Profile Nickname: Die Mannschaft Group: F Best World Cup: Champions 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 Last World Cup: Champions, 2014 Odds To Win: 9/2 (Bet365) How Did They Reach The World Cup? The team ranked number one in the FIFA Rankings were placed in Group C, along with Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino. Germany set new standards during their qualification phase, as they played 10, won 10, scored 43 goals and conceded only four. Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Sandro Wagner were among the top scorers…

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Atletico Madrid’s success is far greater than Leicester City’s: An explanation

Leicester’s league win was a freak. A one-off that is unlikely to be repeated for a very long time. This article is in no way taking away from the impressive nature of taking a group of rejects, to the top of the English game. This is an effort, of placing Atletico Madrid’s success into perspective and to highlight how impressive their time has been under Diego Simeone. Atletico Madrid – for the sake of comparison – were very much like Tottenham Hotspur. Very often were they found to be around the European…

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World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Brazil

Profile Nickname: Canarinha (Little Canary- reference to the yellow shirt) Group: E Best World Cup: Champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 Last World Cup: Fourth 2014 Odds To Win: 4/1 (Bet365) How Did They Reach The World Cup? Brazil suffered their only defeat on Matchday 1 as they were beaten 2-0 by Chile. Since then, they have dominated, winning 12 and drawing five to finish top of the CONEMBOL qualifying standings with 41 points, 10 more than second. Comfortable victories over Peru and Venezuela were mixed with draws to Argentina,…

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World Cup 2018: Group B Team Profile – Morocco

Profile Nickname: Lions of the Atlas Group: B Best World Cup: Round of 16, 1986 Last World Cup: Group Stage, 1998 Odds to win: 500/1 (Bet365) How did they reach the World Cup? Moroccan national team will be playing in their fifth World Cup when they make the near 5000-mile trip to Russia for the 21st instalment of football’s greatest trophy. As the 22nd highest ranked African side in the FIFA World Rankings, Morocco earned a bye through to the second round of the CAF qualifying stage, where they narrowly defeated Equatorial Guinea…

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World Cup 2018: Group B Team Profile – Iran

Profile Nickname: Team Melli, Persian Stars Group: B Best World Cup: Group Stage, 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 Last World Cup: Group Stage, 2014 Odds to win: 500/1 (Bet365) How did they reach the World Cup? Iran have earned a second consecutive World Cup place for the first time in their history, following a strong, unbeaten qualifying campaign. Despite head coach Carlos Queiroz resigning and then returning to his post in the space of a month in 2015, the Persian Stars were undeterred by the confusion. As one of the higher…

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World Cup 2018: Group B Team Profile – Portugal

Profile Nickname: A Seleção das Quinas (Selection of the Quinas) Group: B Best World Cup: Third, 1966 Last World Cup: Group stage, 18th Odds to win: 25/1 (Bet365) How did they reach the World Cup? Portugal were drawn into Group B, coincidentally, during the UEFA qualification stage for the World Cup. With the likes of Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra in the same pool, it looked like a piece of cake for the European champions. Yet, their main rival for the sole automatic qualification was Switzerland, and it was…

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Sevilla remember Scottish roots in 128th anniversary

To help commemorate the club’s 128th anniversary, Sevilla have included a framed copy of a Scottish newspaper where the club’s foundation and first match are described in detail in their permanent exhibition at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. The club was founded in 1890 by a group of British men who were celebrating Burns Night in the Andalusian city. Among them were Edward F. Johnston from Elgin and Hugo MacColl, from Glasgow. Johnston was elected as the first President of the club, while MacColl became the first captain, along with…

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