FIFA World Cup 2018™: How Iceland Overachieved

The word “historic” gets thrown around in football like confetti. But there can be little doubt that Iceland’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia was exactly that. The Icelandic national team’s 2-0 victory versus Kosovo in the Laugardalsvöllur [LAY-GER-DAL-SVOL-IER] in Reykjavik last October saw them reach their first World Cup finals. But,…

FIFA World Cup 2018™ Best Moments

Russia 2018: it’s been an extraordinary World Cup. Drama, upsets, controversy, and some sublime football. Here are our favourite moments of perhaps the most exciting World Cup ever. Panama’s first ever World Cup goal (vs England) Felipe Baloy. Thirty-seven years old, 13 clubs. Winning his 98th cap and with three goals to his name in…

FIFA World Cup 2018™ Final Preview: France vs Croatia

France will take on Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday. It is France’s third final in history, after they took the crown on home soil in 1998 and finished second in 2006, losing to Italy on penalties. Croatia were semi-finalists in 1998, finishing third after beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the third place…

Top 5 FIFA World Cup Stadiums: Russia 2018 | The B1M

FIFA World Cup’s, like the Olympic Games, encourage a great deal of development in their host countries with numerous stadiums and support infrastructure being built ahead of the events. Russia’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in the summer of 2018 is no different. As with the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is investing heavily…

FIFA World Cup 2018™: Peru’s Historic Qualification

South American qualification for the World Cup finals looks deceptively easy. There is one group, 10 teams and almost half the teams qualify (exactly half if the team that finishes 5th wins its inter continental play off). Only one team from South America’s confederation, CONEMBOL, has failed to qualify for the World Cup: Venezuela. Aside…

FIFA World Cup 2018™ Team of the Tournament

This team has been selected according to several rules. Firstly, there can only be one player per nation. Secondly, the team has been selected as one that could actually play together, and within the formation selected. This stops the team being overloaded with strikers and attacking midfielders: they may catch the eye, but many could…

The FIFA business model – VPRO documentary – 2009

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FIFA World Cup 2018™: Panama’s Unlikely Qualification

Was there a more thrilling, expressive and sheer joyous moment during 2018 World Cup qualification than this? That moment – when Panama centre back Roman Torres scored the match winning goal in the 87th minute against Costa Rica at the Estadio Rommel Fernández to secure his country’s first ever World Cup qualification — brings a…