Dictate The Game’s 2018 World Cup Team of the Tournament

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Well, its all over for another 4 years, and congratulations to France on winning a well fought contest against a plucky Croatia side, coming away with a 4-2 win and ending their 20 year wait for another World Cup success.

Many players impressed during the course of this summer, and there is no doubt a lot of them will use this platform to secure big moves for themselves or bigger contracts where they are.

But who are the 11 players who have stood out during the tournament? We have put together our Team of the Tournament.

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Croatia v England: Match Preview

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Here we are, at the World Cup semi-final. Very few people predicted that happening. Many expected the same melodramatic soap opera of England going out early on, and it all being due to Sterling and Lingard being too cocky, or the lack of coaches. While England have only beaten inferior sides on paper, their run of games is an indirect result of how many larger international sides have struggled recently. Italy and Holland, among others, failed to qualify for the tournament; Argentina almost achieved that feat. If anything went differently, even a flinch of the players’ bodies, Spain and Portugal could’ve been knocked out by Iran in the group stage. Germany were knocked out to Sweden and Mexico then.

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Who does each Premier League team need to sign for the 2018/19 season? Part 2

So where to begin. In just a week the footballing world has changed, Russia stunned Spain, with Spain seen as 6/1 favourites to win the whole tournament, England finally broke the curse of penalties and maybe started to allow the nation to have just a little bit of hope… And with England doing so well, back to who each Premier League team should sign (As always, controversy will be ahead). If you missed the first part you can find it, here

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World Cup 2018: Rough Guide to Belgium National Team

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Belgium find themselves facing Japan tonight in the round-of-16 having finished top of England’s Group G with a maximum of 9 points, 9 goals scored and only two conceded. For years Belgium have had talent within their ranks but have always failed to gel on the grandest stage (much like England of days gone by). But their golden generation appear to finally be clicking under Roberto Martinez and with many nations faltering, Belgium look to have excelled and their fans have every right to dream about lifting the trophy in Moscow.

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Who does each Premier League team need to sign for the 2018/19 season? Part 1

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Whilst we are currently going into complete meltdown with a heatwave and the fact football’s coming home, what better way to celebrate than a detailed analysis of each Premier League team and who they need for the coming season? (Beware controversial signings ahead..)

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One To Watch – Thomas Meunier (Belgium)

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Overview of player

Thomas Meunier is a 26 year old right back that plays for Paris Saint Germain in France’s Ligue 1 division. Meunier was brought in to PSG from Belgium side Club Brugge on the 3rd of July 2016 for a fee reported to be 7 million euros. Prior to his move, Thomas had admitted doubts on whether he would lack playing time at PSG. This proved evident during his first season. His first competitive appearance for PSG came on the 6th of August, where he came on to replace David Luiz in the 76th minute of the 2016 French Super Cup. He then unfortunately played a role as an unused substitute for the next few matches until his league debut for the club in a 3-1 loss to Monaco. Since his debut, Meunier found himself competing with Serge Aurier for a starting position, but often found himself on the substitutes bench. Even after Serge Aurier’s departure to Tottenham in August 2017, he still competed for the right-back position with the newly recruited Dani Alves.

Even though Meunier has not yet solidified a starting role at right-back for Paris Saint Germain, he has proven that he has what it takes during his substitute appearances. In 46 games for the club, he has managed to find the back of the net 5 times and has assisted some of the best forwards in football in their scoring endeavours as well. His performances were impressive enough to earn him a call up to Roberto Martinez’ Belgium side for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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One to watch: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Iran)

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Overview of Player:

This 24-year old AZ man is the star player, however you look at it. Boasting an insane 8.20 average rating on Whoscored, being Iran’s most valuable player by far according to Transfermarkt, and being linked to numerous Premier League clubs, Iran will rely on him heavily. At his tender age, Jahanbakhsh already has 38 caps; that’s three more caps than 28-year old Kyle Walker, who feels like he’s been around forever.

With most nations, we would avoid picking the star player, by virtue of it being too obvious and click-bait. However, despite Jahanbakhsh’s exploits, including finishing as the Eredivisie top-scorer last season, he isn’t especially well-known. Unless his name alone prevents him from reaching that feat, the World Cup is a great opportunity for him to bank a move to a bigger club and have his talents recognised globally.

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