World Cup Debrief: One Week to Go!


World Cup Debrief: One Week to Go!

With just seven days to go, how are the 32 teams shaping up ahead of the big kick off?

Here’s a round-up of some of the news you might have missed…


Germany’s Bangladeshi superfan…
As the World Cup holders, and with a squad that can survive without Leroy Sané, German fans have every reason to be positive heading in to this year’s World Cup. But there’s one fan of Joachim Low’s side who is taking that support to the next level.

A Bangladeshi farmer has knitted a 3.4 MILE LONG flag for his adopted country. 69-year-old Amjad Hossain credits a Germany medicine with easing his gallstone issues – and has been working on the flag since 2006 as a love letter to the country.


Cahill aims to join the history makers…
At 38 years old, Tim Cahill’s selection for the World Cup hasn’t been welcomed in all quarters back home in Australia, but the Socceroos legend remains a popular figure in the dressing room and has featured in recent friendlies.

Tim Cahill


The former Everton man also has another motivation for firing on all cylinders in Russia. If he scores, he’ll become only the fourth man after Pelé, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler to score at four separate World Cups.


Mexicans in high spirits ahead of Russia…
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and one World Cup team going off the rails just days before the start of the tournament.

In 2018, it looks as if Mexico have filled that role, with at least eight members of the Mexican side attending a wild late-night party after being given the night off.

The big question is will a spot of unscripted team bonding spur the side on or disrupt their final preparations?


Lampard relives the goal that never was…
New Derby County manager Frank Lampard has been reliving a moment where all England fans were left thinking what might have been…

The former England ace revealed this week that his ‘ghost goal’ against Germany in the Round of 16 – which would have brought the score back to 2-2 – even left his opponents scratching their heads after being overlooked by the referee.

Frank Lampard 2010

Lampard told FourFourTwo magazine that German keeper Manuel Neuer joked with him about the incident when the two met by chance on a recent holiday. Neuer’s quick thinking in the moments after the shot ensured the referee had no time to change his mind as the Germans went on to record a comfortable 4-1 victory. Could VAR be England’s friend in 2018?


World Cup ball falls back to earth…
And finally, we’ve all seen the ball flying into Row Z, but the official World Cup ball for 2018 has gone one stage further.

The ball that will be used to kick off the World Cup next Thursday has been returned to Earth after a whistlestop tour around space. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov dropped the ball back to the Mission Control Center outside Moscow ahead of next Thursday’s opener, Russia v Saudi Arabia.


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