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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 Group A: Opening day starts with Russia hosting Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018 begins with Group A taking the forefront as Russia host Saudi Arabia and Egypt face Uruguay. The opening match of the competition is hardly one that whets the appetite but nevertheless, we will all be tuning in to see the hosts face off against one of the more interesting sides, Saudi Arabia. The Luzhniki stadium hosts the opener, and will be a key game in determining how far either of these sides can go in the tournament, much will be the pressure on the hosts to give…

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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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Rehabilitated and happy Luis Suarez to shine at World Cup this summer

Luis Suarez is a name that will forever be linked with the World Cup for all the wrong reasons, but is Russia 2018 his time to turn those negative thoughts into good ones. The Uruguayan marksmen is just that. Deadly at club level, Suarez has been in superb form for most of his career, scoring less than 20 goals in just five of his 14 seasons as a professional, coupled with a remarkable 50 goals in 97 caps for his country. The South American side are favourites to win Group…

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Malaga starlet En-Nesyri earns surprise World Cup call-up

It may not have been the domestic campaign he was hoping for, but young Malaga forward Youssef En-Nesyri is now headed for the World Cup after being called up for Morocco as a late replacement for defender Badr Banoun. Despite being Morocco’s captain for the African Nations Championship, Banoun lost his place in the final 23-man squad for Russia as coach Herve Renard opted to accommodate an extra attacker. The Fez-born striker, who became Malaga’s first-choice forward at the turn of the year, scored a total of four goals in…

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Isco just third ever player from Malaga to go to a World Cup

His inclusion on the plane to Russia may not have raised many eyebrows, but by being part of Julen Lopetegui’s confirmed 23 on Monday, Benalmádena-born Isco became only the third player from the province of Malaga to go to a World Cup. The midfielder, who helped Real Madrid to Champions League victory with a 3-1 win over Liverpool on 26 May, joins an elite club which until now only had two members. The first was legendary forward Juanito. Born in Fuengirola in 1954, he went on to represent Spain at…

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World Cup 2018: LaLiga players heading to Russia

With the World Cup soon approaching, countries around the world have finalised their squads, following the 4th June deadline. While some nations chose to select their final sides early, there were still a few who left it late to announce their 23 players earning a seat on the plane to Russia. Spain manager Julen Lopetegui chose a largely LaLiga-based squad, but here we take a look at all the players playing their football in the Iberian country. Group A Russia: Villarreal’s Denis Cheryshev has been included in the host nation’s…

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World Cup 2018: Are Spain favourites to win it? Diego Costa for top scorer?

Spain head to Russia as one of the most dangerous and decorated sides in football at the moment, particularly with players that have won it all in their midst. Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez will be fresh from their Champions League win in May, while the former is one of four players in this year’s squad that started the World Cup final in 2010. Yet, they will only be third-favourites, with odds of 6/1 to win the tournament and lift it for a second time. Neymar…

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World Cup 2018: How did Spain qualify?

Spain will kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia in just over two weeks and head into the tournament as one of the favourites to reclaim the title they won in 2010. Yet, they had to qualify for the greatest competition in football, and as many would have expected, they sailed through their group. So how did La Roja reach the World Cup? Spain drawn in Group G The draw for the qualifiers in the UEFA section was made way back in July 2015, pitting them in Group G…

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