Lingard Lights up Russia as England Qualify for the Round of 16

Lingard Lights up Russia as England Qualify for the Round of 16

On Sunday, England put six - yes, six goals - past Panama to seal qualification to the next round in a manner they have arguably never done before at the grandest of stages. It was a blend of contrasts throughout.  For it was reticent, yet an impressively flamboyant display at times. It was in some ways, imperfect and error-strewn yet incredibly clinical and ruthless when it really mattered. It was a matured performance; coming from a bunch of mostly wild …
Five Manchester United Players to Watch at the World Cup – Part Two

Five Manchester United Players to Watch at the World Cup – Part Two

Following up on Part One of my Five Manchester United Players to Watch at the World Cup, I have listed down the top three to complete list of Manchester United players - who have all begun the tournament on a highly positive note. 3. Jesse Lingard - England (Group G) England started their highly anticipated World Cup campaign with a typically English result - 2-1 with the winning goal scored in the dying embers after utterly dominating the opposition from start …
Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

This bracket was always going to give a chance to many sides to get deep into the competition. Wales and Portugal have benefited from avoiding the likes of Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Although that isn't to take away from the achievements of both nations, who will firmly believe that they have a chance of lifting the European Championships next weekend. They will both take great confidence from the triumphs of Greece and Denmark in this competition. Neither side is …
Belgium v Republic of Ireland Preview | Team News and Key Men

Belgium v Republic of Ireland Preview | Team News and Key Men

Belgium will face the Republic of Ireland in what could be a pivotal encounter in Group E that may decide the fate of Marc Wilmots' side after their opening round loss to Italy. It was not the scoreline or the result that may have troubled the Red Devils but it was the manner in which they collectively failed against an organised and well drilled Azzurri outfit masterminded by Antonio Conte. Although, the next two games, including the one on Saturday …
Group E - Belgium v Italy | Key Men, Team News and Prediction

Group E - Belgium v Italy | Key Men, Team News and Prediction

Belgium will face Italy in what is undeniably the game of their group on Monday, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon in front of a packed 59,000 seater crowd. Belgium, being the hipsters' favourites, will go into this game with the weight of expectations of the whole nation on them as the so called 'golden generation' with an enviable roster of talent pretty much in all the positions. Although, there are questions as to whether this group of skilled individuals …
The Premier League key to Belgium’s Euro 2016

The Premier League key to Belgium’s Euro 2016

In the space of just a few years, Belgium seemed to come from nowhere to one of the best teams in Europe, with the emergence of a fantastically talented group of players. The depth of quality they now possess rivals Spain and Germany; something of a revolution from a small nation with a very weak domestic league. Most of the squad play their club football abroad and almost half in the Premier League, so here’s a look at the influence …
Shots fired from the misfiring Benteke

Shots fired from the misfiring Benteke

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has struggled to live up to his mammoth £32.5m price tag since his summer move to Anfield. The Belgium international has just 8 goals in his 35 appearances for The Reds and has not looked a comfortable fit with Liverpool’s more technically creative players. His almost statuesque approach and lack of intelligent movement or pressing has particularly made him stand out for all the wrong reasons since Jürgen Klopp took charge. His poor form and confidence …
Argentina v Belgium Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter-Finals

Argentina v Belgium Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter-Finals

After an exhausting period of extra-time for both sides in their recent matches, Argentina and Belgium will be hoping to get the better of the other in their upcoming quarter-final match in Brasilia on Saturday evening. The Argentinians only just managed to beat Switzerland in the round of 16 after a brilliant run from Lionel Messi led to an assist for Angel di Maria’s winning goal. Alejandro Sabella’s side haven’t found it easy in the World Cup so far and …
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