FIFA World Cup 2018: As Russia welcomes world!

The football mismatch of the opening game Thursday, with a Saudi team so bad it made Russia look better than it is, surely mattered less to Russia President Vladimir Putin than the broader message.

June 5, 2018

2:03 am IST Posted by Sawan Kumar

Iran could give FIFA World Cup 2018 ‘this time for Asia’ moment: Bhaichung Bhutia

Monday, June 18, 2018- According to the recent reports, being eight years ago, ‘this time for Africa’ and but for the hand of Luis Suarez, there may well have been a first African team in the World Cup semi-finals. 2010 was also the last time an Asian team survived the group.

For really being, if someone wants to make money then should plan for Iran. Truly, Iran not only requires a luck but they were also organized and reaping the benefits of being under the same coach for their second successive World Cup, Carlos Queiroz.

Though it would be hard enough to cope them with Spain’s slick, passing game, everyone is also curious to look how Iran would deal with Portugal. Queiroz acknowledged everything about Portugal that their reliance on one man could make deconstruction easier. Reports faced that the players want to stay only because Queiroz has helped them to grow much better.  It also included that Queiroz, is to Iran what Bob Houghton was for us; someone whose influence extends beyond the pitch.


Barring Iran, with all his teams from all over Asia have reached to Russia with their coaches. South Korea’s Son Heung-min is an exception rather than the rule but like Lionel Messi, he often struggles to replicate his club form for country. Heung-min’s teammate, Harry Kane would begin his campaign on Monday and his England team is different from the one whose line would be led by Alan Shearer or have a fox-in-box like Gary Lineker. Wes Brown, sharing a television studio, replied that, “for a change, the English media has turned down the volume and I think near-zero expectations can only be a good thing”.

2:36 pm IST Posted by Sawan Kumar

FIFA Opening Ceremony 2018: Robbie Williams sings at the World Cup

Hosts in Russia made the FIFA Opening ceremony a grandeur defeating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the second highest win ever recorded in an opening series. The game was celebrated too early as the Arabian player gave along with Denis Cheryshev gave an astounding performance in the premature hours.

The famous pop star Robbie Williams performed on the beats of ‘Let me Entertain you’ in the opening ceremony. It was perhaps assured that Williams would kick-start the FIFA world cup 2018. His performance created a disquiet among the football fans. The opening was quite rugged for the British mass, however, it was anticipated that it had the same impression on the rest of the world.

Admitting it was a super bowl halftime show hosted on a partial budget, it displayed women in some Fifa approved national apparel. Instead of making the show a full time dragged out epic it was made a mixture of partial songs.

Waiving off the game the “official anthem” of the game was quivering. Coca-Cola has backed the tournament and has its own anthem- Colors, by Jason Derulo and Maluma. Telemundo which holds the Spanish language broadcast rights.

While moving towards the verdict there are some unofficial songs from the Rasputin Rebooted by the Stars House Band that features Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefsand. The song to too vile to be chanted across the streets. You can also consider giving an ear to the Chin Up by hipsters du jour Rhythm Method.

However, the FIFA seems to have given way to the old melodies too! Old music too gets the hail around the corner invited by advertising campaigns. 2018 the movie directed by Guy Ritchie called Made Defiant has commissioned a four-minute mini-movie. This illustrated the ‘Origin Stories’ of the World Cup stars which are anticipated to be heard at the AC/DC on Coca-Cola ads and Major Lazer on Pepsi ads.

5:12 am IST Posted by Sawan Kumar

JIO, Airtel to Live Stream FIFA World Cup 2018 Matches Free for Users

On Thursday, June 14, 2018-Airtel Co. and Reliance Jio Co. have announced that their respective live TV apps – Jio TV and Airtel TV – will live stream the FIFA World Cup 2018 for free for their subscribers in India. The FIFA World Cup 2018, is the biggest football tournament of the year, being held in Russia. If you a fan of a football match, you would love to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches scheduled to taking place between June 14 and July 15, and they will be live streamed on the Jio TV and Airtel TV app for free. Moreover, the upcoming India-Afghanistan test match held from June 14 to June 18 will also be available without any cost for Jio TV subscribers.

Airtel TV would provide live broadcasts of the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches to users in addition to Hindi and English with various other languages. Also, users will have access to match schedules and other updates related to the game. They can also watch exclusive behind the scenes match snippets, along with match previews/ reviews on the app. To enjoy all these updates and features, Airtel TV users should upgrade their application to the latest version of the Android or iOS app.

The company has announced that the Jio TV, now has around 100 million users, and in the coming a few days more such offers for Jio users will be announced. On the other hand, Airtel given report that its live TV app has 50 million downloads on Android, and extended the free service till December this year.

Similarly, the Jio TV app will also offer the premium sports content for free to Jio users, as the telecom operator is now stepping up its game in the competitive telecom market where rivals like Vodafone, Airtel, and Idea have also been introducing new offers for their users.


12:31 am IST Posted by Sawan Kumar

Russia 2018 World Cup schedule- countdown to opening ceremony and the first game

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is on the doorstep. In just about a while the inordinate soccer players on the planet will land in Russia. For the first time, the tournament is to be played on the Russian lands since it was organized in Germany in the year 2006. FIFA is the most awaited games around the globe and thus requires no introduction.

Lionel Messi bags the exclusive trophy that lacks in the catalog of his career achievements. However, for Argentina, it has been a 32 years deficit. The Albiceleste held the World Cup trophy as Messi was missing at that time.

While Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be at the closure empowering Portugal, the winner of 2016 Euro. Neymar, who is injured with a foot injury is a major concern. Will he be ready for the World Cup title?

Amidst a wide range of questions, the host gets away a party on June 14 against Saudi Arabia on July 15. Telemundo and Fox TV hold to rights to telecast the game on Fox Sports, Fox 1 in English and on Telemundo and NBC Universo in Spanish. One can use the fuboTV to steam the World Cup games. The user can sign up for a free trial of the video streaming portal.

When: June 14 through July 15

English-speaking TV: Fox and Fox Sports 1

Spanish-speaking TV: Telemundo and NBC Universo

Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

9:00 pm IST Posted by Sawan Kumar

FIFA World Cup 2018: Let the games plunge!

The FIFA World Cup 2018 is all set to hit the world while the fans have turned frantic turning the Red Square in Moscow into a congress of nations with their vibrant banners and singing.

A few yards away from the Okhotni Ryad metro station in Moscow, fans from Iran queued up on late Tuesday. While the Red Square buzzed up through the merry yell “Iran! Iran! Iran!”

The number of Iranian fans had multiplied by midnight thus making their chants audible through the city. Soon a few Russians too joined the herd.

Iranian and Russian flags were placed side by side marking jollity between the supporters of the two teams was an axiomatic evident to the people who stood beside. “Russia, spasiba! (Russia, thank you!)” was the anthem sung by the Russian supporters while expressing their gratitude towards the World Cup.

In 2014 after Germany swept over Brazil, in the World Cup is back, and this time is all set to debut on the Russian lands. While pubs in the area have been showered with a massive fortune, as their table is flooded by the never-ending queue of customers.

Tough on Iran

When compared to South Korea, Iran, Australia and Saudi Arabia Japan has a better draw. However, the teams have been renovating their skills to make the best in the tournament. Howbeit, it is the most difficult draw among the Asian quintet.

“We very much expect – all fans and lovers of football in Russia – the team to play with dignity, for them to show modern, interesting football, and to fight until the end,” –said the president Vladimir Putin of the national team.

An emperor called Salah

Ronaldo and Messi are the most loved names in the world of football. When it comes to the FIFA the Salah is an emerging star player. He had an inventive season with Egypt his stock has risen.

6:41 pm IST Posted by Sawan Kumar

2018 FIFA World Cup: Full squads list for all 32 teams

Fifa released the complete Gazette of players who would correspond to their respective countries at the Fifa World Cup 2018 that is to be held in Russia in the June opening.

The list packs the names of 736 players who are all set to take part in the 21st election of the finals including all the 32 participant teams who would face each other in the fierce battle across 11 cities.

The list gives the nod to 732 players would be go-ahead to the 21st edition of the finals and also the squad number they will be wrapped in the duel.

The game would take off with hosts Russia on the other side of Saudi Arabia in Luzhniki Stadium of Moscow on June 14.

Panama’s 23-man final squad : Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Roman Torres; Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Ismael Diaz, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres

Tunisia’s 23-man final squad : Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Hassen, Aymen Mathlouthi, Rami Bedoui, Yohan Benalouane, Syam Ben Youssef, Dylan Bronn, Oussama Haddadi, Ali Maaloul, Yassine Meriah, Hamdi Nagguez, Anice Badri, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Gaylene Chaalali, Ahmed Khalil, Saifeddine Khaoui, Ferjani Sassi, Ellyes Skhiri, Naim Sliti, Bassem Srarfi, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Saber Khalifa, Wahbi Khazri.

Belgium’s 23-man final squad : Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel; Michy Batshuayi, Yannick Carrasco, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens.

England’s 23-man final squad : Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck

6:25 pm IST Posted by TNBC Staff Reporter

Brazil Team Doctor Assures Neymar Will Recover Before FIFA 2018

During February, Neymar was sidelined following his foot injury and likely to get back in action before the World Cup this summer. The team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, promised this news on Friday and assured that Neymar is recovering the best way possible.

As told to GloboEsporte, Lasmar stated that the Brazilian star is working very hard on recovering and expecting to arrive well-prepared for participating in the football World Cup training.

Currently recuperating in a coastal mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Neymar told last week that he is unable to return back before 17th May, as the date will reveal his final medical progress. He had undergone a surgery on 3rd March in Belo Horizonte and this medical examination will provide the latest reports on his foot injury.

However, it is still not clear whether he will play for Paris Saint-Germain against Caen on 19th May. But he is determined to recover back for playing in the World Cup to be held in Russia from June 14th to July 15th.

The players from Brazil football team will attend a training campaign in Teresopolis from 21st to 27th May, but Lasmar is acknowledging Neymar’s absence from the pitch in order to concentrate on his tailored fitness program.

The Brazil team doctor also said that Neymar’s physical fitness has recently decreased and hence it needs improvement first. He added that there is individual evaluation process for players who are recovering from injuries, as it will help in designing the best possible strategies for them.

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, 26-year-old forward player and most expensive in football history, injured his right foot and broke a bone. The Brazillian player received the injury on 26th February, when his team was playing a match against Marseille and was in lead by 3-0 in the game.

4:18 pm IST Posted by TNBC Staff Reporter

‘DON’T FLY FLAGS’ Alert To England Fans – FIFA 2018 Warning

This year, more than ten thousand Fans of the Three Lions are estimated to travel to Russia for FIFA 2018, despite the mounting threats over their lives.

Serious risks like diplomatic poisoning revelations from Russian spy and terrorist attacks are in line to trouble these fans. Even cops are also warning British fans, not to sing songs or display the Cross of St. George in the football tournament.

As per sources, any kind of provocative act can trigger into a violent reaction during the match.

South Yorkshire Deputy Chief constable, Mark Roberts, who is also the security in charge in the tournament for England fans said, there is a strong patriotic and nationalistic movement running through the society. It is going on quite firmly behind the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Regarding flying flags in public, Mark stated in an interview with the Sun that it might increase the attention towards British fans and they may get into trouble.

In case, the Brits face any trouble during FIFA 2018 tournament, they may face troubles while asking for diplomatic help from Britain’s embassy in the country.

Following the attack by nerve agent on Sergei Skirpa along with his daughter, Yulia, Britain had reduced count of Russian staff. And this has led to reducing British staff from the embassy.

Among the twenty-three diplomat staffs, who were forced to leave behind their jobs in Moscow, several were Britain’s football officials.

Overall, 28,000 tickets have been purchased by England fans for FIFA World Cup matches and this happened before the tension got worse between the West and Putin.

Also, there is an active threat circulated by Russian Hooligans, who promised to hunt down British fans and may even kill them in the streets.

Mostly, the football hooligan comprises FC Spartak Moscow, FC Zenit Saint, and CSKA Moscow, who are coming together to attack rival countries in street wars and violence, during the football World Cup.

During Euro 2016, things got extremely bloody between sets of fans, when Russia and England clashed and many were piled up on floors after the attacks.

However, President Donald Trump and the Russian president are about to meet at the White House, later this month. This may bring out some resolution to ease out the tense situation ahead of the World Cup matches.