England’s Win Over Tunisia Watched by 18.3 Million on BBC

The world cup win enjoyed by England over Tunisia was so far watched by the highest number of viewers in 2018, as it was confirmed that the television audience on BBC One reached 18.3 million. On Monday the game in Volgograd enjoyed a 69.2% audience share which beat the Royal Wedding during its peak. BBC Sports and the BBC iPlayer website had a record number of requests to stream the game, which reached over three million. This high volume of streaming requests made it the highest-ever live audience on any online BBC program. With two goals from caption Harry Kane, it was England who won the game 2-1.

England vs Panama in World Cup 2018 This Sunday

This Sunday it is England vs Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium and kicks off time is 1 pm BST. The match can be watched on ITV and BBC sharing the rights to the world cup, while fans can also follow the action with Telegraph Sport. In the latest team news, judging by a note spotted at the training session, it seems that Southgate is strongly considering dropping Raheem Sterling in the match against Panama.

After a day of recovery, the team returned for a full training session on Thursday morning. Steve Holland, the assistant manager, carried a note on the first training day that disclosed that the team was arranging to play against Panama in a 3-5-2 formation, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. What was most surprising is the fact that the note had Marcus Rashford in attacking rather than Sterling.

Will Panama’s Gomez Work His Magic on Sunday?

Gomez is known for guiding the Colombia team to the world cup in 1998, Ecuador to the 2002 tournament and there is little doubt that he will be working his magic on Sunday. Panama has reported no injuries, in a country known for boxing champions and baseball players, the world is waiting to see what could happen in its first trip to the world cup.

Gomez says his only hope is that the team will be a dignified rival, his wish is for fans to enjoy the game instead of criticising it or destroying the dream achieved by Panama. He is confident that the team knows what they are up against on Sunday.

Pre-match Predictions for England vs Panama

When the fans were asked to make a prediction for the upcoming game on Sunday the score prediction, in general, came to Panama 0 England 4. Could it be that Panama has a magic trick up their sleeve? Panama limited the damage in its friendly match against Demark to 1-0 in March and have experimented with at least five defenders.
Gomez says they know what they are up against and England have struggled before to break down a good defensive team. But once they get that first goal in you can expect the floodgates to open.

Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane Leads France to Victory

Champs-Elysees was the place where one million people headed, late afternoon on the 12th of July. The world-famous venue in Paris became crowded with cheering fans, tricoloured flags and above all the sound of car horns could be stood out. The Arc de Triomphe decorated by a Zinedine Zidane image as the throngs partied. Zidane’s status sealed as the cultural icon as the crowd roared in anticipation.

Only hours earlier France became world champions with a 3-0 win over Brazil. It was 20 years after France claimed its first World Cup triumph and on Tuesday night the victorious 1998 squad reunited. Only a one-goal score was to be enjoyed by Zidane, who scored twice in the final at Stade de France. The hosts targeted Vincent Candela and Thierry Hendry as Gaizka Mendieta, and Fernando Morientes netted for the visitors. While Didier Deschamps, was in the absence (excused) most of the French squad attended. Ibrahim Ba and Sabri Lamouchi took the places of David Trezeguet and the former Juventus striker who already in Russia for the start of the summer tournament.

Aime Jacquet, the France boss got the event started with same eleven players that got them victory twenty years ago in Marseille with a 3-0 victory over South Africa. The back five consisting of Marcel Desailly, Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc, and Fabien Barthez reunited once more. Bolt hot-footed from the U Arena Stadium after he played at Old Trafford just outside of Paris on Sunday night. Within 8 minutes Morientes found the back of the net, although France equalised by the 22nd minute as Henry curled home after he exchanged passes with Zidane. Candelas was the man the that held the victory of the French in his hands to only seven minutes later.

Zinedine Zidane Stunn Football World by Quitting Real Madrid Management

For fans across the globe the departure of Zidane from Real Madrid is a real shock, he was not only a successful player for the team but managed the B club since 2016. Apart from his remarkable achievements during the Champions League he also led Rael Madrid to the 2017 La Liga title.

The 45-year-old Zidane is still considering his next move and attended the French Open watching the Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal in the French Final. While Zidane spends the day in the company of his wife and two sons, Enzo and Luca, others in attendance included Youri Djorkaeff.

Manchester United Sign Best Young Full-Back in Europe

Manager Jose Mourinho announced earlier this week that Manchester United has signed a five-year contract with the best full-back in Europe. This season, Diogo Dalot played against Liverpool in the Champions League. He also played for Portugal previously in it’s under 15 to under 21 level, and in October he made his Porto debut.

Diogo Dalot said he simply could not turn down the opportunity of playing for the biggest club in the world. The Red Devils paid Porto £19 million for Dalot who came through the youth ranks and played in the 0 -0 draw, in March. Now, expectations are that he could offer competition to Antonio Valencia the captain of United.

Dalot Has All Attributes to Become A Great Player

Mourinho says Dalot is the best full-back in his age group in Europe, about to become a great player since he is an extremely talented defender. He feels Dalot has all the attributes a full-back requires including technical quality and tactical intelligence. He also has a Porto academy mentality which means his preparation on a maturity level need by professional players.

Mourinho is determined to do what it takes to get closer to a Premier League battle next term with champions Manchester City, and therefore he needs to strengthen his defence. The transfer hastens the exits of Daley Blind, the Netherlands defender as well as Matteo Darmain since neither had a long-term future under the watch of Mourinho.

United Pays €47 Million for Fred, Brazil’s Midfielder

On Tuesday, United announced another agreed deal worth £47 million for Brazil’s midfielder Fred. The midfielder, 25- years of age, moved to Europe in 2013 and Shakhtar won three league titles with his help.

Willian, Chelsea winger believed that Fred will be hugely successful in England since he played for Shakhtar from 2007 to 2013. That is expected to pay dividends for the team once he joins the squad and begins to help Manchester United win games.

There’s been a bit of controversy in Fred’s career, at the end of 2015, banned for a year due to positive testing to diuretics, which backdated to tests carried out in June. Luckily for Fred, the suspension applied only to games sanctioned by the football federation Conmebol in South America.

Tim Vickey, a South American football expert, feels that Fred could be a mini version of Fernandino, the midfielder for Manchester City. Everyone agrees that Manchester United is getting two of the most exceptional players for their money and fans are excited to see the team in action after these player additions.

Ashley Young Insists England Going to Russia World Cup To Win

Ashley Young, one of the squad members of England’s World Cup team, is insistent that the last thing England will do is restrain the ambition they have towards attempting to win the World Cup slated in Russia this summer.

The squad is twenty-three men strong and is experienced in what it takes to win a match in a tournament. As for Young, he is looking forward to playing his World Cup, as are other members of the team.

Young’s comments come after Kyle Walker said it would be a miracle if England were to win this year’s World Cup, but for Ashley Young, a positive approach to camp is what is needed as the head to St George’s Park to play a friendly game against Nigeria at Wembley.

Commenting at a news conference, Young said,

“To be honest, I don’t think you go into a tournament not trying to win it and that’s exactly what we will be doing.”

After hearing Young’s comments, Manchester’s Walker said,

“At times you need luck, sometimes you create your own luck. But you don’t go into a tournament thinking ‘right, we’re going to get only this far.’ You go into a tournament wanting to win it and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.”

A Young Squad with Few Seasoned Veterans

The 23 man roster for England’s World Cup squad is new to this level of competition and only one, Gary Cahill, has been to a World Cup match. Cahill was on the squad that participated in the World Cup in Brazil. England failed to move beyond the group stage after they lost to Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy.

Young, who is the team captain for Chelsea is set on having a better performance this year and believes much relates to the mental mindset of each player. Young in a recent interview stated,

“My advice would be to go and play their football and relax in the environment as much as you possibly can, to get the best out of yourself, said Cahill. It’s a very intense environment, but it’s something you should embrace.

He further added that many on the team have years ahead of them in soccer but that you not take that mindset instead play like it is your last day at the races. For Cahill, he just wants to enjoy the tournament to the fullest adding,

“Enjoy means go as far we possibly can. Enjoy means by winning games. That’s the only way you enjoy it.”

At the age of 32, Young’s days ahead, at least for future World Cups is fading fast. This is expected to be his last World Cup appearance and had hoped he would earn a spot on the squad heading to Russia to represent England.

“I just had to get out there and play football and play as well as I could and hopefully the England manager would come and call me up again,” he said. “Now he’s done that and I’m going to a World Cup and the excitement for me is massive.

There are concerns that possible racism incidents may overshadow the World Cup in Russia as there are substantial reports of racism in Russian football. Earlier in May, the FIFA fined the Russian Football Union 30,000 Swiss Francs as a result of racist chants from fans during a match in St Petersburg. For Ashley Young, he simply hopes FIFA will be able to deal with it should anything come up.

Will Antoine Griezmann move on?

This Wednesday night, the famed French forward, Antoine Griezmann was the star player of Atletico Madrid scored an incredible 3-0 win over the strong-willed team, Marseille, during the final in theEuropa League final game. While the Atletico’s overall precise organization of their plays, along with a strong defense aided the team in this highly anticipated victory, it was thanks to the strong performance and Griezmann’s football knowledge that stole the spotlight and ultimately won this game to add to the belt of Diego Simeone. Shockingly, this is Griezmann’s first trophy award with the Atletico team during his four-year career with the Spanish club.

Over the last few years, Griezmann’s been on the brink of reaching a higher level as a player, almost to the point of being in the Cristiano Ronaldo or the Messi rank. Many experts are thinking that after this win, maybe the French player is finally ready to reach this prized level of football since he has become more consistent with his playing.

Will Antoine Griezmann – Up and Coming Player

The up and rising French player has spent a chunk of his career playing the position of a winger and wide forward. Though, since his recent switch to playing central attacking, Griezmann has pushed and started to be recognized as a consistent and more influential player in the league. In total, the twenty-seven year old player has currently scored an impressive 29 goals during all of the competition for the highly regarded team, Atletico. Which is a considerably great record for a player who is a part of a team that focuses on the precise organization rather than rampant attacking flares and methods. While he scored 22 goals, Griezmann has an impressive record, which has been seen in the Champions League and in La Liga, and even before those the player had 29 scores under his belt. So as his history shows, the player is rising too high profile levels and more people, fans and experts alike, are now mentioning Griezmann name even more.

However, the real question on everybody’s mind is if Griezmann man lasts elsewhere. While his latest performances have attracted some attention for other teams, understandably so. Considerations for a transfer to Barcelona have been since been silenced by the player himself. As of late, the player is keeping silent regarding his future. Though, the Catalan giants are interested in the rising superstar forward, despite rumors of interest coming from Manchester United. Many experts are thinking if Griezmann could move up a level of fame if he chooses to play alongside other superior players who have reached club level. Many have thought Griezmann could move up by playing with the start of Barcelona, Lionel Messi.

It’s no understatement that Griezmann would be an incredible addition to the squad of Ernesto Valverde this coming summer. Plus, considering how the Blaugrana are known for replying far too much on Messi, and having another talented name could ease some of the pressure on Messi.

Griezmann Drawing Positive Attention

The attention Griezmann has been receiving is not only due to his impressive goal record from the last few years. It’s a combination of his preciseness while not being on the ball along with his overall awareness regarding teammates and the space that surrounds him is incredible. Griezmann has been known to always find someone space while other forwards would just hesitate, which just shows his overall football intelligence.

Griezmann will once again be considered one of the key players for the success so the French can have another attempt to win another international trophy during the upcoming summer World Cup. The French director, Didier Deschamps currently has an incredible lineup of skilled players that can be used for his disposal. If Griezmann stays on his toes and keeps up his energetic track of playing with his heart, the team will have even more chances to become world-renowned champions again.