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What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's onto Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Sunday, June 24, 2018. Where is it? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing the rights to this World Cup. You can watch this one on BBC. Latest team news England Dele Alli is hoping the quad complaint picked up in England's World Cup win against Tunisia is not too serious. The 22-year-old played 80 minutes of Monday's 2-1 Group G clash in Volgograd, despite Fabian Delph being stripped and seemingly ready to come on in the first half. Alli will have the quad issue assessed upon England's return to the team base in Repino, with the midfielder hoping it will not rule him out Sunday's match against Panama. "Hopefully I am OK," Alli said after the game. "It's my quad." England vs Tunisia Player ratings England manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for good news after keeping tabs Alli's issue against Tunisia. "We had to keep monitoring Dele," the Three Lions boss said. "He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem. "He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top. "But we have good options on the bench and we felt to put the freshness of Marcus (Rashford) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) would both bring fresh energy but also a different sort threat to the one that we'd posed." Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernan Dario Gomez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. World Cup 2018 venues What do we know about the Panama team? In a country better known for its baseball players and boxing champions, football will muscle into their territory when Panama make a first trip to the World Cup. The Central Americans aren't complete unknowns. Twice runners-up at the Concacaf Gold Cup, they qualified for the tournament in Russia by finishing ahead of the United States. That's despite the huge disparity between the countries: Panama has only 4 million people, while the US has about 320 million. Tougher challenges loom for Panama in June when Belgium and England are among the team's opponents in Group G. Roman Torres could be key to preventing Panama from leaking goals. The dreadlocked defender became a national hero after scoring the goal that clinched Panama's World Cup place, leading to a national holiday being declared. Here's a closer look at the Panama team: Coach Gomez is known for working his magic. After guiding his homeland of Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, he led Ecuador to the tournament for the first time in 2002. World Cup 2018 stadiums Goalkeepers Jaime Penedo, who started in goal in the last three qualifiers, helped the team finish second at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2005 and in 2013, where he was named the best goalkeeper. But he has not been a regular starter recently at Dinamo Bucharest in Romania. Defenders The 32-year-old Torres of the Seattle Sounders club is trying to get back into full shape after a knee injury. He is set be joined in central defense by Fidel Escobar and Adolfo Machado. They will likely be flanked by Michael Murillo on the right and Eric Davis on the left. World Cup predictor Midfielders Gabriel Gomez and Anibal Godoy are expected to assume the defensive midfield roles. Alberto Quintero is likely to play on the left and Edgar Joel Barcenas could play on the right or in the center behind the striker to create more scoring chances. Forwards Expect a sole striker for the Belgium and England games. Gomez will have to decide on 37-year-old Blas Perez or 29-year-old Gabriel Torres, who has had a successful season with Chilean club Huachipato. Luis Tejada, known as the "Matador" for his lethal finishing, is 36 and is another aging option. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are they saying? Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez hopes his team is a "dignified rival": "I hope people enjoy it instead of criticising and destroying the dream that we've achieved. "We have played Wales, who are more or less the same style (as England). We also played against Iran, who are like Tunisia. We have knowledge of what we'll come up against.” Latest Group G table World Cup 2018 Group G What are the odds? England to win 1/5 Draw 4/1 Panama to win 12/1 What's our prediction? To avoid embarrassing defeats at the World Cup, Panama have experimented with five defenders and they limited the damage in a friendly against Denmark in March to a 1-0 loss. England have often struggled to break defensive teams down, but once the first goal goes in, expect the floodgates to open. Predicted score: England 4 Panama 0.
England vs Panama, World Cup 2018: When is England's next game, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on?
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's onto Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Sunday, June 24, 2018. Where is it? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing the rights to this World Cup. You can watch this one on BBC. Latest team news England Dele Alli is hoping the quad complaint picked up in England's World Cup win against Tunisia is not too serious. The 22-year-old played 80 minutes of Monday's 2-1 Group G clash in Volgograd, despite Fabian Delph being stripped and seemingly ready to come on in the first half. Alli will have the quad issue assessed upon England's return to the team base in Repino, with the midfielder hoping it will not rule him out Sunday's match against Panama. "Hopefully I am OK," Alli said after the game. "It's my quad." England vs Tunisia Player ratings England manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for good news after keeping tabs Alli's issue against Tunisia. "We had to keep monitoring Dele," the Three Lions boss said. "He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem. "He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top. "But we have good options on the bench and we felt to put the freshness of Marcus (Rashford) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) would both bring fresh energy but also a different sort threat to the one that we'd posed." Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernan Dario Gomez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. World Cup 2018 venues What do we know about the Panama team? In a country better known for its baseball players and boxing champions, football will muscle into their territory when Panama make a first trip to the World Cup. The Central Americans aren't complete unknowns. Twice runners-up at the Concacaf Gold Cup, they qualified for the tournament in Russia by finishing ahead of the United States. That's despite the huge disparity between the countries: Panama has only 4 million people, while the US has about 320 million. Tougher challenges loom for Panama in June when Belgium and England are among the team's opponents in Group G. Roman Torres could be key to preventing Panama from leaking goals. The dreadlocked defender became a national hero after scoring the goal that clinched Panama's World Cup place, leading to a national holiday being declared. Here's a closer look at the Panama team: Coach Gomez is known for working his magic. After guiding his homeland of Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, he led Ecuador to the tournament for the first time in 2002. World Cup 2018 stadiums Goalkeepers Jaime Penedo, who started in goal in the last three qualifiers, helped the team finish second at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2005 and in 2013, where he was named the best goalkeeper. But he has not been a regular starter recently at Dinamo Bucharest in Romania. Defenders The 32-year-old Torres of the Seattle Sounders club is trying to get back into full shape after a knee injury. He is set be joined in central defense by Fidel Escobar and Adolfo Machado. They will likely be flanked by Michael Murillo on the right and Eric Davis on the left. World Cup predictor Midfielders Gabriel Gomez and Anibal Godoy are expected to assume the defensive midfield roles. Alberto Quintero is likely to play on the left and Edgar Joel Barcenas could play on the right or in the center behind the striker to create more scoring chances. Forwards Expect a sole striker for the Belgium and England games. Gomez will have to decide on 37-year-old Blas Perez or 29-year-old Gabriel Torres, who has had a successful season with Chilean club Huachipato. Luis Tejada, known as the "Matador" for his lethal finishing, is 36 and is another aging option. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are they saying? Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez hopes his team is a "dignified rival": "I hope people enjoy it instead of criticising and destroying the dream that we've achieved. "We have played Wales, who are more or less the same style (as England). We also played against Iran, who are like Tunisia. We have knowledge of what we'll come up against.” Latest Group G table World Cup 2018 Group G What are the odds? England to win 1/5 Draw 4/1 Panama to win 12/1 What's our prediction? To avoid embarrassing defeats at the World Cup, Panama have experimented with five defenders and they limited the damage in a friendly against Denmark in March to a 1-0 loss. England have often struggled to break defensive teams down, but once the first goal goes in, expect the floodgates to open. Predicted score: England 4 Panama 0.
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's onto Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Sunday, June 24, 2018. Where is it? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing the rights to this World Cup. You can watch this one on BBC. Latest team news England Dele Alli is hoping the quad complaint picked up in England's World Cup win against Tunisia is not too serious. The 22-year-old played 80 minutes of Monday's 2-1 Group G clash in Volgograd, despite Fabian Delph being stripped and seemingly ready to come on in the first half. Alli will have the quad issue assessed upon England's return to the team base in Repino, with the midfielder hoping it will not rule him out Sunday's match against Panama. "Hopefully I am OK," Alli said after the game. "It's my quad." England vs Tunisia Player ratings England manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for good news after keeping tabs Alli's issue against Tunisia. "We had to keep monitoring Dele," the Three Lions boss said. "He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem. "He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top. "But we have good options on the bench and we felt to put the freshness of Marcus (Rashford) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) would both bring fresh energy but also a different sort threat to the one that we'd posed." Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernan Dario Gomez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. World Cup 2018 venues What do we know about the Panama team? In a country better known for its baseball players and boxing champions, football will muscle into their territory when Panama make a first trip to the World Cup. The Central Americans aren't complete unknowns. Twice runners-up at the Concacaf Gold Cup, they qualified for the tournament in Russia by finishing ahead of the United States. That's despite the huge disparity between the countries: Panama has only 4 million people, while the US has about 320 million. Tougher challenges loom for Panama in June when Belgium and England are among the team's opponents in Group G. Roman Torres could be key to preventing Panama from leaking goals. The dreadlocked defender became a national hero after scoring the goal that clinched Panama's World Cup place, leading to a national holiday being declared. Here's a closer look at the Panama team: Coach Gomez is known for working his magic. After guiding his homeland of Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, he led Ecuador to the tournament for the first time in 2002. World Cup 2018 stadiums Goalkeepers Jaime Penedo, who started in goal in the last three qualifiers, helped the team finish second at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2005 and in 2013, where he was named the best goalkeeper. But he has not been a regular starter recently at Dinamo Bucharest in Romania. Defenders The 32-year-old Torres of the Seattle Sounders club is trying to get back into full shape after a knee injury. He is set be joined in central defense by Fidel Escobar and Adolfo Machado. They will likely be flanked by Michael Murillo on the right and Eric Davis on the left. World Cup predictor Midfielders Gabriel Gomez and Anibal Godoy are expected to assume the defensive midfield roles. Alberto Quintero is likely to play on the left and Edgar Joel Barcenas could play on the right or in the center behind the striker to create more scoring chances. Forwards Expect a sole striker for the Belgium and England games. Gomez will have to decide on 37-year-old Blas Perez or 29-year-old Gabriel Torres, who has had a successful season with Chilean club Huachipato. Luis Tejada, known as the "Matador" for his lethal finishing, is 36 and is another aging option. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are they saying? Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez hopes his team is a "dignified rival": "I hope people enjoy it instead of criticising and destroying the dream that we've achieved. "We have played Wales, who are more or less the same style (as England). We also played against Iran, who are like Tunisia. We have knowledge of what we'll come up against.” Latest Group G table World Cup 2018 Group G What are the odds? England to win 1/5 Draw 4/1 Panama to win 12/1 What's our prediction? To avoid embarrassing defeats at the World Cup, Panama have experimented with five defenders and they limited the damage in a friendly against Denmark in March to a 1-0 loss. England have often struggled to break defensive teams down, but once the first goal goes in, expect the floodgates to open. Predicted score: England 4 Panama 0.
England vs Panama, World Cup 2018: When is England's next game, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on?
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's onto Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Sunday, June 24, 2018. Where is it? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing the rights to this World Cup. You can watch this one on BBC. Latest team news England Dele Alli is hoping the quad complaint picked up in England's World Cup win against Tunisia is not too serious. The 22-year-old played 80 minutes of Monday's 2-1 Group G clash in Volgograd, despite Fabian Delph being stripped and seemingly ready to come on in the first half. Alli will have the quad issue assessed upon England's return to the team base in Repino, with the midfielder hoping it will not rule him out Sunday's match against Panama. "Hopefully I am OK," Alli said after the game. "It's my quad." England vs Tunisia Player ratings England manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for good news after keeping tabs Alli's issue against Tunisia. "We had to keep monitoring Dele," the Three Lions boss said. "He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem. "He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top. "But we have good options on the bench and we felt to put the freshness of Marcus (Rashford) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) would both bring fresh energy but also a different sort threat to the one that we'd posed." Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernan Dario Gomez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. World Cup 2018 venues What do we know about the Panama team? In a country better known for its baseball players and boxing champions, football will muscle into their territory when Panama make a first trip to the World Cup. The Central Americans aren't complete unknowns. Twice runners-up at the Concacaf Gold Cup, they qualified for the tournament in Russia by finishing ahead of the United States. That's despite the huge disparity between the countries: Panama has only 4 million people, while the US has about 320 million. Tougher challenges loom for Panama in June when Belgium and England are among the team's opponents in Group G. Roman Torres could be key to preventing Panama from leaking goals. The dreadlocked defender became a national hero after scoring the goal that clinched Panama's World Cup place, leading to a national holiday being declared. Here's a closer look at the Panama team: Coach Gomez is known for working his magic. After guiding his homeland of Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, he led Ecuador to the tournament for the first time in 2002. World Cup 2018 stadiums Goalkeepers Jaime Penedo, who started in goal in the last three qualifiers, helped the team finish second at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2005 and in 2013, where he was named the best goalkeeper. But he has not been a regular starter recently at Dinamo Bucharest in Romania. Defenders The 32-year-old Torres of the Seattle Sounders club is trying to get back into full shape after a knee injury. He is set be joined in central defense by Fidel Escobar and Adolfo Machado. They will likely be flanked by Michael Murillo on the right and Eric Davis on the left. World Cup predictor Midfielders Gabriel Gomez and Anibal Godoy are expected to assume the defensive midfield roles. Alberto Quintero is likely to play on the left and Edgar Joel Barcenas could play on the right or in the center behind the striker to create more scoring chances. Forwards Expect a sole striker for the Belgium and England games. Gomez will have to decide on 37-year-old Blas Perez or 29-year-old Gabriel Torres, who has had a successful season with Chilean club Huachipato. Luis Tejada, known as the "Matador" for his lethal finishing, is 36 and is another aging option. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are they saying? Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez hopes his team is a "dignified rival": "I hope people enjoy it instead of criticising and destroying the dream that we've achieved. "We have played Wales, who are more or less the same style (as England). We also played against Iran, who are like Tunisia. We have knowledge of what we'll come up against.” Latest Group G table World Cup 2018 Group G What are the odds? England to win 1/5 Draw 4/1 Panama to win 12/1 What's our prediction? To avoid embarrassing defeats at the World Cup, Panama have experimented with five defenders and they limited the damage in a friendly against Denmark in March to a 1-0 loss. England have often struggled to break defensive teams down, but once the first goal goes in, expect the floodgates to open. Predicted score: England 4 Panama 0.
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate's men will hope to have got their campaign off to a winning start in their opening match against Tunisia, ahead of this game against Panama, as they attempt to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. A loss to Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship was perhaps the ultimate embarrassment. Or maybe that came when England endured their shortest World Cup campaign two years earlier - only in contention for eight days. Before that, there were penalty shoot-out losses in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012. And before that, who could forget Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal that denied England in the World Cup semi-finals in 1986? It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. When is it? Sunday, June 24, 2018. Where is it? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST. What TV channel is it on? The BBC. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know Latest team news England Gareth Southgate has named a bold World Cup squad focused on promise rather than experience. Uncapped Trent Alexander-Arnold is celebrating a maiden England call-up but Adam Lallana, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere miss out. After months of speculation, scrutiny and conjecture, the 23 men charged with bringing the country success in Russia were revealed on Wednesday, May 16, along with the five-strong stand-by list for the tournament. England's joint second-most capped goalkeeper Hart was excluded from both lists as were Arsenal midfielder Wilshere and Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand - but Lallana provided the biggest shock. While the Liverpool attacking midfielder has not started a Premier League match since New Year's Day, he is a favourite of Southgate. However, his lack of fitness means he has to settle with a stand-by place alongside Jake Livermore, Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. England squad | World Cup 2018 Gary Cahill received a surprise reprieve having been excluded from March's squad - the only member of the group to have reached a half-century of caps. But the most striking inclusion is uncapped teenager Alexander-Arnold. An impressive performer in Liverpool's run to the Champions League final, the 19-year-old briefly trained with Southgate's side in March and has now been named in the senior squad for the first time. The other uncapped squad member is Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, having been selected ahead of 75-cap Hart to take the third spot behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was rewarded for his fine form and versatile Fabian Delph came in after winning the title at Manchester City, despite last playing for his country in November 2015. Ashley Young, rejuvenated at Manchester United, joined Danny Rose as left-back options instead of Bertrand, who will feel hard done by considering he played a key role for Southgate. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernan Dario Gomez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. World Cup 2018 venues What do we know about the Panama team? In a country better known for its baseball players and boxing champions, football will muscle into their territory when Panama make a first trip to the World Cup. The Central Americans aren't complete unknowns. Twice runners-up at the Concacaf Gold Cup, they qualified for the tournament in Russia by finishing ahead of the United States. That's despite the huge disparity between the countries: Panama has only 4 million people, while the US has about 320 million. Tougher challenges loom for Panama in June when Belgium and England are among the team's opponents in Group G. Roman Torres could be key to preventing Panama from leaking goals. The dreadlocked defender became a national hero after scoring the goal that clinched Panama's World Cup place, leading to a national holiday being declared. Here's a closer look at the Panama team: Coach Gomez is known for working his magic. After guiding his homeland of Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, he led Ecuador to the tournament for the first time in 2002. World Cup 2018 stadiums Goalkeepers Jaime Penedo, who started in goal in the last three qualifiers, helped the team finish second at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2005 and in 2013, where he was named the best goalkeeper. But he has not been a regular starter recently at Dinamo Bucharest in Romania. Defenders The 32-year-old Torres of the Seattle Sounders club is trying to get back into full shape after a knee injury. He is set be joined in central defense by Fidel Escobar and Adolfo Machado. They will likely be flanked by Michael Murillo on the right and Eric Davis on the left. World Cup predictor Midfielders Gabriel Gomez and Anibal Godoy are expected to assume the defensive midfield roles. Alberto Quintero is likely to play on the left and Edgar Joel Barcenas could play on the right or in the center behind the striker to create more scoring chances. Forwards Expect a sole striker for the Belgium and England games. Gomez will have to decide on 37-year-old Blas Perez or 29-year-old Gabriel Torres, who has had a successful season with Chilean club Huachipato. Luis Tejada, known as the "Matador" for his lethal finishing, is 36 and is another aging option. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are they saying? Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez hopes his team is a "dignified rival": "I hope people enjoy it instead of criticising and destroying the dream that we've achieved. "We have played Wales, who are more or less the same style (as England). We also played against Iran, who are like Tunisia. We have knowledge of what we'll come up against.” Latest Group G table World Cup 2018 Group G What are the odds? England to win 1/5 Draw 4/1 Panama to win 12/1 What's our prediction? To avoid embarrassing defeats at the World Cup, Panama have experimented with five defenders and they limited the damage in a friendly against Denmark in March to a 1-0 loss. England have often struggled to break defensive teams down, but once the first goal goes in, expect the floodgates to open. Predicted score: England 4 Panama 0.
England vs Panama, World Cup 2018: When is England's next game, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on?
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate's men will hope to have got their campaign off to a winning start in their opening match against Tunisia, ahead of this game against Panama, as they attempt to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. A loss to Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship was perhaps the ultimate embarrassment. Or maybe that came when England endured their shortest World Cup campaign two years earlier - only in contention for eight days. Before that, there were penalty shoot-out losses in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012. And before that, who could forget Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal that denied England in the World Cup semi-finals in 1986? It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. When is it? Sunday, June 24, 2018. Where is it? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST. What TV channel is it on? The BBC. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know Latest team news England Gareth Southgate has named a bold World Cup squad focused on promise rather than experience. Uncapped Trent Alexander-Arnold is celebrating a maiden England call-up but Adam Lallana, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere miss out. After months of speculation, scrutiny and conjecture, the 23 men charged with bringing the country success in Russia were revealed on Wednesday, May 16, along with the five-strong stand-by list for the tournament. England's joint second-most capped goalkeeper Hart was excluded from both lists as were Arsenal midfielder Wilshere and Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand - but Lallana provided the biggest shock. While the Liverpool attacking midfielder has not started a Premier League match since New Year's Day, he is a favourite of Southgate. However, his lack of fitness means he has to settle with a stand-by place alongside Jake Livermore, Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. England squad | World Cup 2018 Gary Cahill received a surprise reprieve having been excluded from March's squad - the only member of the group to have reached a half-century of caps. But the most striking inclusion is uncapped teenager Alexander-Arnold. An impressive performer in Liverpool's run to the Champions League final, the 19-year-old briefly trained with Southgate's side in March and has now been named in the senior squad for the first time. The other uncapped squad member is Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, having been selected ahead of 75-cap Hart to take the third spot behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was rewarded for his fine form and versatile Fabian Delph came in after winning the title at Manchester City, despite last playing for his country in November 2015. Ashley Young, rejuvenated at Manchester United, joined Danny Rose as left-back options instead of Bertrand, who will feel hard done by considering he played a key role for Southgate. Panama The World Cup finals debutants have no injuries to report and Hernan Dario Gomez has a full-strength squad of relatively unknown but remarkably experienced players - the 24 men picked for the spring friendlies averaged 59 caps each - ready for Russia. World Cup 2018 venues What do we know about the Panama team? In a country better known for its baseball players and boxing champions, football will muscle into their territory when Panama make a first trip to the World Cup. The Central Americans aren't complete unknowns. Twice runners-up at the Concacaf Gold Cup, they qualified for the tournament in Russia by finishing ahead of the United States. That's despite the huge disparity between the countries: Panama has only 4 million people, while the US has about 320 million. Tougher challenges loom for Panama in June when Belgium and England are among the team's opponents in Group G. Roman Torres could be key to preventing Panama from leaking goals. The dreadlocked defender became a national hero after scoring the goal that clinched Panama's World Cup place, leading to a national holiday being declared. Here's a closer look at the Panama team: Coach Gomez is known for working his magic. After guiding his homeland of Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, he led Ecuador to the tournament for the first time in 2002. World Cup 2018 stadiums Goalkeepers Jaime Penedo, who started in goal in the last three qualifiers, helped the team finish second at the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2005 and in 2013, where he was named the best goalkeeper. But he has not been a regular starter recently at Dinamo Bucharest in Romania. Defenders The 32-year-old Torres of the Seattle Sounders club is trying to get back into full shape after a knee injury. He is set be joined in central defense by Fidel Escobar and Adolfo Machado. They will likely be flanked by Michael Murillo on the right and Eric Davis on the left. World Cup predictor Midfielders Gabriel Gomez and Anibal Godoy are expected to assume the defensive midfield roles. Alberto Quintero is likely to play on the left and Edgar Joel Barcenas could play on the right or in the center behind the striker to create more scoring chances. Forwards Expect a sole striker for the Belgium and England games. Gomez will have to decide on 37-year-old Blas Perez or 29-year-old Gabriel Torres, who has had a successful season with Chilean club Huachipato. Luis Tejada, known as the "Matador" for his lethal finishing, is 36 and is another aging option. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are they saying? Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez hopes his team is a "dignified rival": "I hope people enjoy it instead of criticising and destroying the dream that we've achieved. "We have played Wales, who are more or less the same style (as England). We also played against Iran, who are like Tunisia. We have knowledge of what we'll come up against.” Latest Group G table World Cup 2018 Group G What are the odds? England to win 1/5 Draw 4/1 Panama to win 12/1 What's our prediction? To avoid embarrassing defeats at the World Cup, Panama have experimented with five defenders and they limited the damage in a friendly against Denmark in March to a 1-0 loss. England have often struggled to break defensive teams down, but once the first goal goes in, expect the floodgates to open. Predicted score: England 4 Panama 0.
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Comme annoncé en mars, les Italiens joueront une journée de Championnat le 26 décembre la saison prochaine.
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Promoter Frank Warren, Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson and Paddy Barnes during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Promoter Frank Warren, Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson and Paddy Barnes during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Promoter Frank Warren, Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson pose during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Promoter Frank Warren, Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson pose during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes after the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes after the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes after the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes after the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Carl Frampton during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference
Boxing - Carl Frampton & Tyson Fury Press Conference - Windsor Park, Belfast, Britain - June 18, 2018 Tyson Fury during the press conference REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Errol Spence (R) improved to 24-0 with an easy first round knockout of Carlos Ocampo to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight title
Errol Spence (R) improved to 24-0 with an easy first round knockout of Carlos Ocampo to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight title
Errol Spence (R) improved to 24-0 with an easy first round knockout of Carlos Ocampo to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight title
Errol Spence (R) improved to 24-0 with an easy first round knockout of Carlos Ocampo to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight title (AFP Photo/TOM PENNINGTON)
Errol Spence (R) improved to 24-0 with an easy first round knockout of Carlos Ocampo to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight title
Errol Spence (R) improved to 24-0 with an easy first round knockout of Carlos Ocampo to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight title (AFP Photo/TOM PENNINGTON)
SJ12. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ12. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ12. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (i) celebra luego de vencer al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (i) celebra luego de vencer al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (i) celebra luego de vencer al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ13. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El arbitro se dirige al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) durante su combate con el puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (fuera de cuadro) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ13. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El arbitro se dirige al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) durante su combate con el puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (fuera de cuadro) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ13. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El arbitro se dirige al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) durante su combate con el puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (fuera de cuadro) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ12. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (c) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ12. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (c) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ12. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (c) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ11. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ11. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ11. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ10. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ10. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ10. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ09. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ09. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ09. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ08. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ08. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ08. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ07. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ07. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ07. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ06. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ06. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ06. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (d) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (i) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ05. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ05. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ05. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ04. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ04. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ04. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ03. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ03. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ03. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ02. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ02. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ02. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ01. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ01. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
SJ01. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 16/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel Acosta (i) se enfrenta al nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) hoy, sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en San Juan (Puerto Rico). Acosta venció hoy por KO técnico en el duodécimo asalto a Buitrago en su primera defensa del título mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). EFE/Thais Llorca
Carlos Ocampo is attended to after being knocked out by Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Carlos Ocampo is attended to after being knocked out by Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is congratulated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Spence's victory over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Errol Spence Jr. is congratulated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Spence's victory over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Camp went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Camp went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Carlos Ocampo goes down after hits to the body from Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Carlos Ocampo goes down after hits to the body from Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Camp went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Camp went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. hits Carlos Ocampo with a left during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Errol Spence Jr. hits Carlos Ocampo with a left during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. stands the ropes after Carlos Ocampo was counted out as the first round of the IBF welterweight tile boxing match was ending Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Errol Spence Jr. stands the ropes after Carlos Ocampo was counted out as the first round of the IBF welterweight tile boxing match was ending Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. stands the ropes after Carlos Ocampo was counted out as the first round of the IBF welterweight tile boxing match was ending Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Errol Spence Jr. stands the ropes after Carlos Ocampo was counted out as the first round of the IBF welterweight tile boxing match was ending Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. leaves the arena after a first round knockout win over Carlos Ocampo in an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Errol Spence Jr. leaves the arena after a first round knockout win over Carlos Ocampo in an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is declared the winner by knockout over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo
Errol Spence Jr. is declared the winner by knockout over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Camp went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Camp went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Camp went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Carlos Ocampo is attended to after being knocked out by Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Carlos Ocampo is attended to after being knocked out by Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Carlos Ocampo is attended to after being knocked out by Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. stands the ropes after Carlos Ocampo was counted out as the first round of the IBF welterweight tile boxing match was ending Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. stands the ropes after Carlos Ocampo was counted out as the first round of the IBF welterweight tile boxing match was ending Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. stands the ropes after Carlos Ocampo was counted out as the first round of the IBF welterweight tile boxing match was ending Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is congratulated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Spence's victory over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is congratulated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Spence's victory over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is congratulated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Spence's victory over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. leaves the arena after a first round knockout win over Carlos Ocampo in an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. leaves the arena after a first round knockout win over Carlos Ocampo in an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. leaves the arena after a first round knockout win over Carlos Ocampo in an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. hits Carlos Ocampo with a left during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. hits Carlos Ocampo with a left during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. hits Carlos Ocampo with a left during the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is declared the winner by knockout over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is declared the winner by knockout over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Errol Spence Jr. is declared the winner by knockout over Carlos Ocampo in the first round of an IBF welterweight title boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Carlos Ocampo goes down after hits to the body from Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Carlos Ocampo goes down after hits to the body from Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Carlos Ocampo goes down after hits to the body from Errol Spence Jr. during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
It is not a lack of interest in India or infrastructure that can account for our performance in football. It is something else that holds us back in all real team sports, though it does not seem to stop us in individual ones like shooting, weightlifting, wrestling, tennis, badminton and boxing.
FIFA World Cup 2018: India's lack of football culture more to do with our failings at team sport than infrastructural issues
It is not a lack of interest in India or infrastructure that can account for our performance in football. It is something else that holds us back in all real team sports, though it does not seem to stop us in individual ones like shooting, weightlifting, wrestling, tennis, badminton and boxing.
-FOTODELDIA- MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
-FOTODELDIA- MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
-FOTODELDIA- MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2018, file photo, Errol Spence Jr. poses for photographs after an IBF welterweight championship boxing match against Lamont Peterson, in New York. The 2012 U.S. Olympian will defend his IBF crown back home in Texas on Saturday night, June 16, against Mexicos Carlos Ocampo in a mandatory defense between undefeated fighters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Spence to defend title at home in Texas vs Mexico's Ocampo
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2018, file photo, Errol Spence Jr. poses for photographs after an IBF welterweight championship boxing match against Lamont Peterson, in New York. The 2012 U.S. Olympian will defend his IBF crown back home in Texas on Saturday night, June 16, against Mexicos Carlos Ocampo in a mandatory defense between undefeated fighters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta (i) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (d) posan al final de la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel "Tito" Acosta se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel "Tito" Acosta se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Angel "Tito" Acosta se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago se cubre con la bandera de su país durante la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta firma un autógrafo a su llegada a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta firma un autógrafo a su llegada a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta firma un autógrafo a su llegada a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago llega a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago llega a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago llega a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago llega a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago llega a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago llega a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta saluda a su llegada a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta saluda a su llegada a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
MIA14. SAN JUAN (PUERTO RICO), 15/06/2018.- El puertorriqueño Ángel "Tito" Acosta saluda a su llegada a la sesión de pesaje hoy, viernes 15 de junio de 2018, en el Paseo de la Princesa en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El puertorriqueño Ángel Acosta (17-1, 17KOs), quien defenderá mañana en San Juan por primera vez su campeonato mundial mini mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el nicaragüense Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17KOs) completaron hoy la sesión de pesaje previa al combate de este sábado y dieron 108 libras (48,9 kilos) y 107,2 libras (48,6 kilos), respectivamente. EFE/Thais Llorca
Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
IMAGEN DE ARCHIVO: Gennady Golovkin y Canelo Álvarez (pantalones azules) disputan el campeonato mundial de boxeo de peso medio en el T-Mobile Arena, 16 de septiembre de 2017; Las Vegas, NV, EE. UU. La pelea terminó en un empate. Crédito obligatorio: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
IMAGEN DE ARCHIVO: Gennady Golovkin y Canelo Álvarez (pantalones azules) disputan el campeonato mundial de boxeo de peso medio en el T-Mobile Arena, 16 de septiembre de 2017; Las Vegas, NV, EEUU
IMAGEN DE ARCHIVO: Gennady Golovkin y Canelo Álvarez (pantalones azules) disputan el campeonato mundial de boxeo de peso medio en el T-Mobile Arena, 16 de septiembre de 2017; Las Vegas, NV, EE. UU. La pelea terminó en un empate. Crédito obligatorio: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 20 official World Cup player portraits we have some questions about
For the next four weeks, 736 players and 32 coaches (31, briefly, while Spain sorted out their superbly last-minute mess) will be carrying their nations' World Cup hopes and dreams around Russia. Fifa, in their comprehensive wisdom, have decided to make each and every one of them endure an intimate photo session ahead of the big kick-off in Moscow on Thursday. Naturally, with only a few props to help them - the official match ball, mainly - it turns out there are only so many poses a footballer can do in this situation. The camera captured lots of pointing, a few clenched fists, the odd thumb directed towards the name on the back of their shirt (quite helpful in some more obscure cases) and plenty of attitude. From this mammoth photoshoot, though, which players and managers left the most memorable impression? Gary Cahill (England) Gary Cahill Credit: FIFA What he intended: England's defensive rock, willing to head away a double-decker bus if he absolutely had to What he achieved: Sub-David Blaine "street football magician", finishing a creditable third in Britain's Got Talent 2019 Simon Kjaer (Denmark) Simon Kjaer Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear, but appears to be some sort of half-hearted gesture of strength and defiance What he achieved: The look of a man who has been linked with a move to various perennially seventh-place-chasing Premier League clubs for much of the last decade Yann Sommer & Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland) Swiss Shop Boys What they intended: "We're goalkeepers! We're different!" What they achieved: "We're the Pet Shop Boys" Danilo (Brazil) Danilo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Some sort of pose popular with the kids these days What he achieved: "I have left the gas on in my Manchester penthouse and the maid's on holiday for a month" Raul Jimenez (Mexico) Raul Jimenez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Terrifying, but patriotic, deployment of a lucha libre mask What he achieved: Christmas-themed Spiderman Mats Hummels (Germany) Mats Hummels Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, social-media savvy paradigm of New German Football What he achieved: Gameplan-wielding Love Island anti-hero Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) Marcelo Brozovic Credit: FIFA What he intended: Pondering the fortunes of Croatia's latest crop of players, and whether they can truly live up to the Suker, Prosinecki and the Class of '98 What he achieved: A tattoo of a confused satsuma. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) Aron Gunnarsson Credit: FIFA What he intended: Ferocious Icelandic passion What he achieved: Literally being unable to fight his way out of a paper bag Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: FIFA What he intended: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to What he achieved: Wild-eyed perfectionist who (often quite rightly) assumes he is better than everyone around him and insists on doing everything himself if he has to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi (Iran) Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard and Mehdi Taremi Credit: FIFA What they intended: Togetherness, to the very end - even if that's just the group stages. What they achieved: "Victorious_players.jpg" generic stock image Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Christian Eriksen Credit: FIFA What he intended: Genuine indifference to all this nonsense, because he just wants to get on with his football What he achieved: Made the huge mistake of answering his front door on a weekday afternoon, when the only people ringing the doorbell are salesmen from companies who want you to sign up for ready-to-cook meal kits. Eric Dier & Dele Alli (England) Eric Dier & Dele Alli Credit: FIFA What they intended: Club-and-country partners-in-crime levity What they achieved: Encapsulating the most personable, level-headed, quietly self-confident, paranoia-free, unburdened England squad in living memory Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama) Hernan Dario Gomez Credit: FIFA What he intended: Just really happy to be at Panama's first ever World Cup, really What he achieved: Former three-weight world boxing champion, now ESPN Deportes commentator Julen Lopetegui (Spain) Julen Lopetegui Credit: FIFA What he intended: Relaxed, and ready to take Spain's almost ludicrously gifted squad to World Cup glory What he achieved: Approximately 24 hours away from being sacked before the tournament actually starts Anibal Godoy (Panama) Anibal Godoy Credit: FIFA What he intended: Unclear What he achieved: Forgot to put his handbrake on, and it's a gentle incline. He could make it to the car in time, but... Hector Cuper (Egypt) Hector Cuper Credit: FIFA What he intended: Been-there-got-the-T-shirt manager from the 1990s What he achieved: "I've issued a statement and I won't be commenting any further" Adil Rami (France) Adil Rami Credit: FIFA What he intended: Cheeky reminder of his formidable stature What he achieved: "Victorian-era strongman" character from a car insurance advert Ruben Dias (Portugal) Ruben Dias Credit: FIFA What he intended: Young, up-and-coming defender looking to soak up the World Cup experience for the future What he achieved: Six-month loan spell at Wolves, guaranteed John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) John Obi Mikel Credit: FIFA What he intended: Playful table-football session ahead of an important tournament for Nigeria What he achieved: Who cares, just look at the glorious kit Lionel Messi (Argentina) Lionel Messi Credit: FIFA What he intended: Trademark Messi look of 30% confusion, 50% irritation and 20% imperiousness What he achieved: Netflix comedy series World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Arsenal are at home to Man City on the opening day The first Manchester derby (Etihad) is on November 10 The first north London derby (Emirates) is December 1 The first Merseyside derby (Anfield) is also December 1 New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been handed a challenging introduction to English football as he faces champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. Pep Guardiola’s trip to The Emirates is the stand-out fixture when the domestic season restarts on the weekend of August 11/12, City's Spanish coach seeking to become the first back-to-back title winner since Sir Alex Ferguson ten years ago. After the tough opener, the early schedule does not get any easier for Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s 22-year reign last month. Arsenal then travel to London rivals Chelsea for their first away game a week later. It is a daunting task for the ex-Paris Saint Germain boss as he seeks to usher in a new era in North London. There is a similarly tough assignment for neighbours Tottenham Hotspur who will play three of their first four games away from home due to the late completion of their £850 million new stadium. They have been granted permission by the Premier League to play their first home game at Wembley, when newly-promoted Fulham – who secured promotion via the play-offs in the stadium - will be visitors. One of the most enticing encounters of the first few weeks sees Spurs host Liverpool for the first game in their new arena on the weekend of September 15/16. Broadcasters Sky and BT are already in discussions about their first round of television games – all yet to be announced - and it is likely all these marquee matches will be shown live. Tottenham's new stadium in pictures All the games published on Thursday are subject to change. Manchester United’s fixtures begin at home to Leicester City, with their first test against a top-four rival coming against Spurs at Old Trafford on August 25. Jurgen Klopp’s season begins at home to West Ham, who will be hoping former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini can sprinkle some early season stardust at his new club. Liverpool must then travel to Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal in their first six away trips, and also host Manchester City in early October – that is sure to be a grudge match given the rising tension between the clubs after their last heated Anfield encounter in the Champions League last spring. Klopp could be concerned the schedule will not help his bid to replicate this season’s run to the European Cup final - each of Liverpool’s six Champions League group games will be preceded by an away Premier League fixture. That includes the especially difficult visits to Tottenham, Stamford Bridge and The Emirates. The draw for the Champions League takes place in Monaco on August 30. Klopp's Liverpool face a tough task to replicate their run to the Champions League final with away trips following their European fixtures Credit: Getty Images Newcomers Wolves and Fulham return to the Premier League with home games against Everton and Crystal Palace, respectively. Neil Warnock - back in the big time with Cardiff - begins his campaign at Bournemouth. Marco Silva’s first home game as Everton manager will be against Southampton. Silva's return to Watford - the club he left in contentious circumstances last season - is not until February. The most difficult start of all is surely Newcastle’s. Their first eight games include meetings with Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. Among the other eye-catching games, the first Manchester derby is November 10, the North London derby and Merseyside derbies are December 1, and Liverpool host Manchester United on December 15. What are the games to watch in round one? Obviously the stand-out fixture is Arsenal vs Man City, which sees two of the so-called 'Big Six' going head to head. The other four games involving big-six teams are Huddersfield vs Chelsea, Liverpool vs West Ham, Man Utd vs Leicester City and Newcastle vs Tottenham. There is also a London derby - Fulham vs Crystal Palace. When are the three 'big' derbies? Manchester derby 10/11/2018 Manchester City v Manchester United 16/03/2019 Manchester United v Manchester City North London derby 01/12/2018 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur 02/03/2019 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Merseyside derby 01/12/2018 Liverpool v Everton 02/03/2019 Everton v Liverpool What are the Boxing Day fixtures? Brighton vs Arsenal Burnley vs Everton Crystal Palace vs Cardiff City Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Leicester City vs Manchester City Liverpool vs Newcastle United Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town Southampton vs West Ham Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth Watford vs Chelsea What are the New Year's Day fixtures? Arsenal vs Fulham Bournemouth vs Watford Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea vs Southampton Everton vs Leicester City Huddersfield Town vs Burnley Manchester City vs Liverpool Newcastle United vs Manchester United West Ham vs Brighton Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace 9:46AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's a slow starter? The longest winless run on opening day for a Premier League team has also been passed on from last season. Stoke extended their unwanted sequence to eight years with defeat to Everton but their subsequent relegation leaves Newcastle as the top-flight's slow starters. The Magpies have not won in their last five opening games, including in their promotion season from the Championship two years ago when they began with a defeat to Fulham. The sequence also includes back-to-back defeats to Manchester City, both featuring goals for Aguero, and only one draw - against Southampton, whose four-year winless run on opening day is the second-longest among current Premier League clubs. Saints boss Mark Hughes, having presided over much of Stoke's run, has only one point from the last five opening fixtures while Brighton boss Chris Hughton is only a point better off. As for players, the most famous scoreless run belongs to Tottenham striker and England World Cup captain Harry Kane - still without a career goal for club or country in the month of August, never mind in his five appearances on opening day. 9:45AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's quick off the mark? Chelsea were long-established as the Premier League's opening-day specialists but last season suffered their first losing start this century, as Burnley kicked off a troubled season for Antonio Conte's defending champions, who had won 15 of their previous 18. That leaves Watford with the longest unbeaten run among the 20 current top-flight clubs. The Hornets have won five and drawn six of their last 11, though eight of those were outside the top flight. Since their promotion in 2015, they have started with a draw in all three seasons - against Everton, Southampton and then dramatically against Liverpool last year thanks to Miguel Britos' stoppage-time equaliser. Manchester City are next in line with nine years unbeaten, but their run is perhaps more impressive for being compiled entirely in the Premier League and with eight wins - most recently a 2-0 success against Brighton last season - to only one draw. City striker Sergio Aguero is a hot starter in his own right - last season's goal against Brighton was his sixth in a Premier League week one fixture. Wayne Rooney's goal for Everton against Stoke the same day saw him match the record of eight, held by fellow former England internationals Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. The same is true of Aguero's manager Pep Guardiola, whose City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams have won on the opening day in every season of his career except for 2008-09, when Barca were beaten at Numancia. Across Manchester, Jose Mourinho remains unbeaten on opening day. 9:19AM Talking points (part 5) Newcomers get a fair start - but run-in is tough on Bluebirds The early-season calendar appears kind on the three promoted teams, Cardiff, Wolves and Fulham. Although all have one of the top six in their opening four games, other teams have more daunting starts. New boys Huddersfield had a tough run-in last season, however - and it is the same story for Cardiff in 2018-19. Their last seven games include fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. 9:19AM Talking points (part 4) European relief Domestic fixtures following European action have often proved to be a contentious subject for frustrated Premier League managers trying to balance the demands of different competitions. This season, Liverpool are the main beneficiaries, with an Anfield Premier League contest scheduled to follow all six of their European matches. Although none of England's other European qualifiers have done so well, none appears to have been dealt an especially bad hand. 9:17AM Talking points (part 3) Home help for Tottenham Tottenham have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed. Starting at Newcastle - for the second successive season - may not be a bad thing. The question is, will Fulham be the first visitors to Spurs' new home on the site of White Hart Lane on the weekend of August 18? Or might Liverpool, due to visit in mid-September after Spurs helpfully have two away matches, be the glamorous opponents who mark the opening of the new ground? 9:17AM Talking points (part 2) Oh no, Unai Arsenal start the post-Arsene Wenger era with two tricky matches. Although Unai Emery's first competitive match is at home, champions Manchester City are not the ideal opponents. A trip to Chelsea follows on the second weekend of the season. 9:16AM Talking points (part 1) Manchester City can really make hay Pep Guardiola's team do not appear to need much help, having dominated the Premier League as they did last season. However, facing the league's newest six teams in their first eight games will have their title rivals wincing. Although they start at Arsenal and have a trip to Liverpool in October, in between Guardiola's men face Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton. 9:11AM New boys spared The promoted sides were all spared a daunting sequence of games to start the season - although all face one of the 'big six' in their opening four matches. Championship-winning Wolves have a home opener against Everton, before trips to Leicester and West Ham sandwich the visit of Manchester City to Molineux. Cardiff start at Bournemouth and have Newcastle at home and Huddersfield away, before the visit of Arsenal. Fulham, who booked their place in the top flight with victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final, begin at home to Crystal Palace, before the trip to Spurs is followed by Burnley at home and Brighton away. The other first day fixtures see Southampton host Burnley and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road. 9:09AM Tottenham start away Tottenham, who have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed, have been given an away opener - starting their second successive campaign at Newcastle. Spurs are due to move back to their rebuilt home on the site of White Hart Lane for the new season, with Fulham their first scheduled visitors on the weekend of August 18/19. 9:07AM Challenging start for Jurgen Klopp Liverpool's start appears more challenging. After hosting West Ham, Klopp's men face Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in a run which also includes Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester and Southampton. 9:07AM Man Utd on easy street United begin at home to Leicester. The 2017/18 runners-up have Tottenham at home in their third game, with Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle their other early-season opponents. 9:04AM Man City open defence... against Arsenal Premier League champions Manchester City will start their title defence at Arsenal. The 2018-19 fixtures handed Pep Guardiola's record-breaking team an Emirates Stadium opener on the weekend of August 11/12 - a match which will also mark the Premier League bow of the Gunners' new Spanish boss Unai Emery. City, who amassed 100 points and 106 goals en route to finishing 19 points clear of Manchester United in 2017/18, do not face another top six side until the trip to Liverpool in October. Games against newly-promoted trio Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are part of a sequence which also includes Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton - the three teams who came up the previous season. 8:28AM The Premier League starts here Good morning, it's Premier League fixtures day! I know what you're thinking... "Already?!" Yep, the fixtures get unveiled this morning, at 9am to be exact. It seems a bit bonkers that they should come out on the same day as the World Cup starts - if the PL wanted maximum exposure, today is not the day to do it. But hey, it's football and we love it. Who will Manchester City start their title defence against? Who will Unai Emery face in his first Premier League game as Arsenal manager? When are all the big derbies? What does Boxing Day look like? All these questions and more will be answered right here.
Premier League 2018/19 fixtures announced: Unai Emery faces daunting start as Arsenal manager
Arsenal are at home to Man City on the opening day The first Manchester derby (Etihad) is on November 10 The first north London derby (Emirates) is December 1 The first Merseyside derby (Anfield) is also December 1 New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been handed a challenging introduction to English football as he faces champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. Pep Guardiola’s trip to The Emirates is the stand-out fixture when the domestic season restarts on the weekend of August 11/12, City's Spanish coach seeking to become the first back-to-back title winner since Sir Alex Ferguson ten years ago. After the tough opener, the early schedule does not get any easier for Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s 22-year reign last month. Arsenal then travel to London rivals Chelsea for their first away game a week later. It is a daunting task for the ex-Paris Saint Germain boss as he seeks to usher in a new era in North London. There is a similarly tough assignment for neighbours Tottenham Hotspur who will play three of their first four games away from home due to the late completion of their £850 million new stadium. They have been granted permission by the Premier League to play their first home game at Wembley, when newly-promoted Fulham – who secured promotion via the play-offs in the stadium - will be visitors. One of the most enticing encounters of the first few weeks sees Spurs host Liverpool for the first game in their new arena on the weekend of September 15/16. Broadcasters Sky and BT are already in discussions about their first round of television games – all yet to be announced - and it is likely all these marquee matches will be shown live. Tottenham's new stadium in pictures All the games published on Thursday are subject to change. Manchester United’s fixtures begin at home to Leicester City, with their first test against a top-four rival coming against Spurs at Old Trafford on August 25. Jurgen Klopp’s season begins at home to West Ham, who will be hoping former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini can sprinkle some early season stardust at his new club. Liverpool must then travel to Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal in their first six away trips, and also host Manchester City in early October – that is sure to be a grudge match given the rising tension between the clubs after their last heated Anfield encounter in the Champions League last spring. Klopp could be concerned the schedule will not help his bid to replicate this season’s run to the European Cup final - each of Liverpool’s six Champions League group games will be preceded by an away Premier League fixture. That includes the especially difficult visits to Tottenham, Stamford Bridge and The Emirates. The draw for the Champions League takes place in Monaco on August 30. Klopp's Liverpool face a tough task to replicate their run to the Champions League final with away trips following their European fixtures Credit: Getty Images Newcomers Wolves and Fulham return to the Premier League with home games against Everton and Crystal Palace, respectively. Neil Warnock - back in the big time with Cardiff - begins his campaign at Bournemouth. Marco Silva’s first home game as Everton manager will be against Southampton. Silva's return to Watford - the club he left in contentious circumstances last season - is not until February. The most difficult start of all is surely Newcastle’s. Their first eight games include meetings with Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. Among the other eye-catching games, the first Manchester derby is November 10, the North London derby and Merseyside derbies are December 1, and Liverpool host Manchester United on December 15. What are the games to watch in round one? Obviously the stand-out fixture is Arsenal vs Man City, which sees two of the so-called 'Big Six' going head to head. The other four games involving big-six teams are Huddersfield vs Chelsea, Liverpool vs West Ham, Man Utd vs Leicester City and Newcastle vs Tottenham. There is also a London derby - Fulham vs Crystal Palace. When are the three 'big' derbies? Manchester derby 10/11/2018 Manchester City v Manchester United 16/03/2019 Manchester United v Manchester City North London derby 01/12/2018 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur 02/03/2019 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Merseyside derby 01/12/2018 Liverpool v Everton 02/03/2019 Everton v Liverpool What are the Boxing Day fixtures? Brighton vs Arsenal Burnley vs Everton Crystal Palace vs Cardiff City Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Leicester City vs Manchester City Liverpool vs Newcastle United Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town Southampton vs West Ham Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth Watford vs Chelsea What are the New Year's Day fixtures? Arsenal vs Fulham Bournemouth vs Watford Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea vs Southampton Everton vs Leicester City Huddersfield Town vs Burnley Manchester City vs Liverpool Newcastle United vs Manchester United West Ham vs Brighton Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace 9:46AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's a slow starter? The longest winless run on opening day for a Premier League team has also been passed on from last season. Stoke extended their unwanted sequence to eight years with defeat to Everton but their subsequent relegation leaves Newcastle as the top-flight's slow starters. The Magpies have not won in their last five opening games, including in their promotion season from the Championship two years ago when they began with a defeat to Fulham. The sequence also includes back-to-back defeats to Manchester City, both featuring goals for Aguero, and only one draw - against Southampton, whose four-year winless run on opening day is the second-longest among current Premier League clubs. Saints boss Mark Hughes, having presided over much of Stoke's run, has only one point from the last five opening fixtures while Brighton boss Chris Hughton is only a point better off. As for players, the most famous scoreless run belongs to Tottenham striker and England World Cup captain Harry Kane - still without a career goal for club or country in the month of August, never mind in his five appearances on opening day. 9:45AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's quick off the mark? Chelsea were long-established as the Premier League's opening-day specialists but last season suffered their first losing start this century, as Burnley kicked off a troubled season for Antonio Conte's defending champions, who had won 15 of their previous 18. That leaves Watford with the longest unbeaten run among the 20 current top-flight clubs. The Hornets have won five and drawn six of their last 11, though eight of those were outside the top flight. Since their promotion in 2015, they have started with a draw in all three seasons - against Everton, Southampton and then dramatically against Liverpool last year thanks to Miguel Britos' stoppage-time equaliser. Manchester City are next in line with nine years unbeaten, but their run is perhaps more impressive for being compiled entirely in the Premier League and with eight wins - most recently a 2-0 success against Brighton last season - to only one draw. City striker Sergio Aguero is a hot starter in his own right - last season's goal against Brighton was his sixth in a Premier League week one fixture. Wayne Rooney's goal for Everton against Stoke the same day saw him match the record of eight, held by fellow former England internationals Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. The same is true of Aguero's manager Pep Guardiola, whose City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams have won on the opening day in every season of his career except for 2008-09, when Barca were beaten at Numancia. Across Manchester, Jose Mourinho remains unbeaten on opening day. 9:19AM Talking points (part 5) Newcomers get a fair start - but run-in is tough on Bluebirds The early-season calendar appears kind on the three promoted teams, Cardiff, Wolves and Fulham. Although all have one of the top six in their opening four games, other teams have more daunting starts. New boys Huddersfield had a tough run-in last season, however - and it is the same story for Cardiff in 2018-19. Their last seven games include fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. 9:19AM Talking points (part 4) European relief Domestic fixtures following European action have often proved to be a contentious subject for frustrated Premier League managers trying to balance the demands of different competitions. This season, Liverpool are the main beneficiaries, with an Anfield Premier League contest scheduled to follow all six of their European matches. Although none of England's other European qualifiers have done so well, none appears to have been dealt an especially bad hand. 9:17AM Talking points (part 3) Home help for Tottenham Tottenham have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed. Starting at Newcastle - for the second successive season - may not be a bad thing. The question is, will Fulham be the first visitors to Spurs' new home on the site of White Hart Lane on the weekend of August 18? Or might Liverpool, due to visit in mid-September after Spurs helpfully have two away matches, be the glamorous opponents who mark the opening of the new ground? 9:17AM Talking points (part 2) Oh no, Unai Arsenal start the post-Arsene Wenger era with two tricky matches. Although Unai Emery's first competitive match is at home, champions Manchester City are not the ideal opponents. A trip to Chelsea follows on the second weekend of the season. 9:16AM Talking points (part 1) Manchester City can really make hay Pep Guardiola's team do not appear to need much help, having dominated the Premier League as they did last season. However, facing the league's newest six teams in their first eight games will have their title rivals wincing. Although they start at Arsenal and have a trip to Liverpool in October, in between Guardiola's men face Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton. 9:11AM New boys spared The promoted sides were all spared a daunting sequence of games to start the season - although all face one of the 'big six' in their opening four matches. Championship-winning Wolves have a home opener against Everton, before trips to Leicester and West Ham sandwich the visit of Manchester City to Molineux. Cardiff start at Bournemouth and have Newcastle at home and Huddersfield away, before the visit of Arsenal. Fulham, who booked their place in the top flight with victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final, begin at home to Crystal Palace, before the trip to Spurs is followed by Burnley at home and Brighton away. The other first day fixtures see Southampton host Burnley and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road. 9:09AM Tottenham start away Tottenham, who have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed, have been given an away opener - starting their second successive campaign at Newcastle. Spurs are due to move back to their rebuilt home on the site of White Hart Lane for the new season, with Fulham their first scheduled visitors on the weekend of August 18/19. 9:07AM Challenging start for Jurgen Klopp Liverpool's start appears more challenging. After hosting West Ham, Klopp's men face Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in a run which also includes Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester and Southampton. 9:07AM Man Utd on easy street United begin at home to Leicester. The 2017/18 runners-up have Tottenham at home in their third game, with Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle their other early-season opponents. 9:04AM Man City open defence... against Arsenal Premier League champions Manchester City will start their title defence at Arsenal. The 2018-19 fixtures handed Pep Guardiola's record-breaking team an Emirates Stadium opener on the weekend of August 11/12 - a match which will also mark the Premier League bow of the Gunners' new Spanish boss Unai Emery. City, who amassed 100 points and 106 goals en route to finishing 19 points clear of Manchester United in 2017/18, do not face another top six side until the trip to Liverpool in October. Games against newly-promoted trio Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are part of a sequence which also includes Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton - the three teams who came up the previous season. 8:28AM The Premier League starts here Good morning, it's Premier League fixtures day! I know what you're thinking... "Already?!" Yep, the fixtures get unveiled this morning, at 9am to be exact. It seems a bit bonkers that they should come out on the same day as the World Cup starts - if the PL wanted maximum exposure, today is not the day to do it. But hey, it's football and we love it. Who will Manchester City start their title defence against? Who will Unai Emery face in his first Premier League game as Arsenal manager? When are all the big derbies? What does Boxing Day look like? All these questions and more will be answered right here.
Arsenal are at home to Man City on the opening day The first Manchester derby (Etihad) is on November 10 The first north London derby (Emirates) is December 1 The first Merseyside derby (Anfield) is also December 1 New Arsenal manager Unai Emery could not have asked for a tougher start to his career in the Premier League with the Gunners hosting Manchester City on the opening day of the season at The Emirates. Emery has replaced Arsene Wenger as the north Londoners seek to hark in a new era of success, but it'll be a baptism of fire on August 11 as he goes head to head with record-breaking Pep Guardiola and his all-conquering City. And it doesn't get much easier after that either, with Emery's next game away to Chelsea. The first north London derby of the new campaign - at The Emirates - is on December 1 with the return on March 2. By contrast, City have been handed a dream start. After what will admittedly be a tough opener against Arsenal their next six fixtures are against Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff City and Brighton. The first Manchester derby is on November 10 at The Etihad with the return, at Old Trafford, on March 16. On New Year's Day, Guardiola's men face Liverpool at home. Like City, Man Utd also have a chance to put points on the board early. In seven of their opening eight fixtures they will have played Leicester City, Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle, with a toughie at home to Tottenham (August 25) also thrown into the mix. Liverpool have a relatively easy start to the new season, facing West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester in their first four fixtures, before having to face Tottenham, Chelsea and City in the space of three weeks. Jurgen Klopp's men face Man Utd at Anfield on December 15. Tottenham will play their first home game of the new Premier League season against Fulham at Wembley. Spurs were hoping to be in their new stadium for the start of the new campaign but work has overrun, meaning they will return to the national stadium for the London derby against the newly-promoted Cottagers on August 18. The club have confirmed that the first game at their rebuilt home will be against Liverpool on September 15. 9:46AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's a slow starter? The longest winless run on opening day for a Premier League team has also been passed on from last season. Stoke extended their unwanted sequence to eight years with defeat to Everton but their subsequent relegation leaves Newcastle as the top-flight's slow starters. The Magpies have not won in their last five opening games, including in their promotion season from the Championship two years ago when they began with a defeat to Fulham. The sequence also includes back-to-back defeats to Manchester City, both featuring goals for Aguero, and only one draw - against Southampton, whose four-year winless run on opening day is the second-longest among current Premier League clubs. Saints boss Mark Hughes, having presided over much of Stoke's run, has only one point from the last five opening fixtures while Brighton boss Chris Hughton is only a point better off. As for players, the most famous scoreless run belongs to Tottenham striker and England World Cup captain Harry Kane - still without a career goal for club or country in the month of August, never mind in his five appearances on opening day. 9:45AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's quick off the mark? Chelsea were long-established as the Premier League's opening-day specialists but last season suffered their first losing start this century, as Burnley kicked off a troubled season for Antonio Conte's defending champions, who had won 15 of their previous 18. That leaves Watford with the longest unbeaten run among the 20 current top-flight clubs. The Hornets have won five and drawn six of their last 11, though eight of those were outside the top flight. Since their promotion in 2015, they have started with a draw in all three seasons - against Everton, Southampton and then dramatically against Liverpool last year thanks to Miguel Britos' stoppage-time equaliser. Manchester City are next in line with nine years unbeaten, but their run is perhaps more impressive for being compiled entirely in the Premier League and with eight wins - most recently a 2-0 success against Brighton last season - to only one draw. City striker Sergio Aguero is a hot starter in his own right - last season's goal against Brighton was his sixth in a Premier League week one fixture. Wayne Rooney's goal for Everton against Stoke the same day saw him match the record of eight, held by fellow former England internationals Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. The same is true of Aguero's manager Pep Guardiola, whose City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams have won on the opening day in every season of his career except for 2008-09, when Barca were beaten at Numancia. Across Manchester, Jose Mourinho remains unbeaten on opening day. 9:19AM Talking points (part 5) Newcomers get a fair start - but run-in is tough on Bluebirds The early-season calendar appears kind on the three promoted teams, Cardiff, Wolves and Fulham. Although all have one of the top six in their opening four games, other teams have more daunting starts. New boys Huddersfield had a tough run-in last season, however - and it is the same story for Cardiff in 2018-19. Their last seven games include fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. 9:19AM Talking points (part 4) European relief Domestic fixtures following European action have often proved to be a contentious subject for frustrated Premier League managers trying to balance the demands of different competitions. This season, Liverpool are the main beneficiaries, with an Anfield Premier League contest scheduled to follow all six of their European matches. Although none of England's other European qualifiers have done so well, none appears to have been dealt an especially bad hand. 9:17AM Talking points (part 3) Home help for Tottenham Tottenham have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed. Starting at Newcastle - for the second successive season - may not be a bad thing. The question is, will Fulham be the first visitors to Spurs' new home on the site of White Hart Lane on the weekend of August 18? Or might Liverpool, due to visit in mid-September after Spurs helpfully have two away matches, be the glamorous opponents who mark the opening of the new ground? 9:17AM Talking points (part 2) Oh no, Unai Arsenal start the post-Arsene Wenger era with two tricky matches. Although Unai Emery's first competitive match is at home, champions Manchester City are not the ideal opponents. A trip to Chelsea follows on the second weekend of the season. 9:16AM Talking points (part 1) Manchester City can really make hay Pep Guardiola's team do not appear to need much help, having dominated the Premier League as they did last season. However, facing the league's newest six teams in their first eight games will have their title rivals wincing. Although they start at Arsenal and have a trip to Liverpool in October, in between Guardiola's men face Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton. 9:11AM New boys spared The promoted sides were all spared a daunting sequence of games to start the season - although all face one of the 'big six' in their opening four matches. Championship-winning Wolves have a home opener against Everton, before trips to Leicester and West Ham sandwich the visit of Manchester City to Molineux. Cardiff start at Bournemouth and have Newcastle at home and Huddersfield away, before the visit of Arsenal. Fulham, who booked their place in the top flight with victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final, begin at home to Crystal Palace, before the trip to Spurs is followed by Burnley at home and Brighton away. The other first day fixtures see Southampton host Burnley and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road. 9:09AM Tottenham start away Tottenham, who have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed, have been given an away opener - starting their second successive campaign at Newcastle. Spurs are due to move back to their rebuilt home on the site of White Hart Lane for the new season, with Fulham their first scheduled visitors on the weekend of August 18/19. 9:07AM Challenging start for Jurgen Klopp Liverpool's start appears more challenging. After hosting West Ham, Klopp's men face Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in a run which also includes Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester and Southampton. 9:07AM Man Utd on easy street United begin at home to Leicester. The 2017/18 runners-up have Tottenham at home in their third game, with Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle their other early-season opponents. 9:04AM Man City open defence... against Arsenal Premier League champions Manchester City will start their title defence at Arsenal. The 2018-19 fixtures handed Pep Guardiola's record-breaking team an Emirates Stadium opener on the weekend of August 11/12 - a match which will also mark the Premier League bow of the Gunners' new Spanish boss Unai Emery. City, who amassed 100 points and 106 goals en route to finishing 19 points clear of Manchester United in 2017/18, do not face another top six side until the trip to Liverpool in October. Games against newly-promoted trio Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are part of a sequence which also includes Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton - the three teams who came up the previous season. 8:28AM The Premier League starts here Good morning, it's Premier League fixtures day! I know what you're thinking... "Already?!" Yep, the fixtures get unveiled this morning, at 9am to be exact. It seems a bit bonkers that they should come out on the same day as the World Cup starts - if the PL wanted maximum exposure, today is not the day to do it. But hey, it's football and we love it. Who will Manchester City start their title defence against? Who will Unai Emery face in his first Premier League game as Arsenal manager? When are all the big derbies? What does Boxing Day look like? All these questions and more will be answered right here.
Premier League fixtures 2018/19 live updates: Arsenal and Unai Emery face champions Man City on opening day
Arsenal are at home to Man City on the opening day The first Manchester derby (Etihad) is on November 10 The first north London derby (Emirates) is December 1 The first Merseyside derby (Anfield) is also December 1 New Arsenal manager Unai Emery could not have asked for a tougher start to his career in the Premier League with the Gunners hosting Manchester City on the opening day of the season at The Emirates. Emery has replaced Arsene Wenger as the north Londoners seek to hark in a new era of success, but it'll be a baptism of fire on August 11 as he goes head to head with record-breaking Pep Guardiola and his all-conquering City. And it doesn't get much easier after that either, with Emery's next game away to Chelsea. The first north London derby of the new campaign - at The Emirates - is on December 1 with the return on March 2. By contrast, City have been handed a dream start. After what will admittedly be a tough opener against Arsenal their next six fixtures are against Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff City and Brighton. The first Manchester derby is on November 10 at The Etihad with the return, at Old Trafford, on March 16. On New Year's Day, Guardiola's men face Liverpool at home. Like City, Man Utd also have a chance to put points on the board early. In seven of their opening eight fixtures they will have played Leicester City, Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle, with a toughie at home to Tottenham (August 25) also thrown into the mix. Liverpool have a relatively easy start to the new season, facing West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester in their first four fixtures, before having to face Tottenham, Chelsea and City in the space of three weeks. Jurgen Klopp's men face Man Utd at Anfield on December 15. Tottenham will play their first home game of the new Premier League season against Fulham at Wembley. Spurs were hoping to be in their new stadium for the start of the new campaign but work has overrun, meaning they will return to the national stadium for the London derby against the newly-promoted Cottagers on August 18. The club have confirmed that the first game at their rebuilt home will be against Liverpool on September 15. 9:46AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's a slow starter? The longest winless run on opening day for a Premier League team has also been passed on from last season. Stoke extended their unwanted sequence to eight years with defeat to Everton but their subsequent relegation leaves Newcastle as the top-flight's slow starters. The Magpies have not won in their last five opening games, including in their promotion season from the Championship two years ago when they began with a defeat to Fulham. The sequence also includes back-to-back defeats to Manchester City, both featuring goals for Aguero, and only one draw - against Southampton, whose four-year winless run on opening day is the second-longest among current Premier League clubs. Saints boss Mark Hughes, having presided over much of Stoke's run, has only one point from the last five opening fixtures while Brighton boss Chris Hughton is only a point better off. As for players, the most famous scoreless run belongs to Tottenham striker and England World Cup captain Harry Kane - still without a career goal for club or country in the month of August, never mind in his five appearances on opening day. 9:45AM Opening-day records of PL teams: Who's quick off the mark? Chelsea were long-established as the Premier League's opening-day specialists but last season suffered their first losing start this century, as Burnley kicked off a troubled season for Antonio Conte's defending champions, who had won 15 of their previous 18. That leaves Watford with the longest unbeaten run among the 20 current top-flight clubs. The Hornets have won five and drawn six of their last 11, though eight of those were outside the top flight. Since their promotion in 2015, they have started with a draw in all three seasons - against Everton, Southampton and then dramatically against Liverpool last year thanks to Miguel Britos' stoppage-time equaliser. Manchester City are next in line with nine years unbeaten, but their run is perhaps more impressive for being compiled entirely in the Premier League and with eight wins - most recently a 2-0 success against Brighton last season - to only one draw. City striker Sergio Aguero is a hot starter in his own right - last season's goal against Brighton was his sixth in a Premier League week one fixture. Wayne Rooney's goal for Everton against Stoke the same day saw him match the record of eight, held by fellow former England internationals Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. The same is true of Aguero's manager Pep Guardiola, whose City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams have won on the opening day in every season of his career except for 2008-09, when Barca were beaten at Numancia. Across Manchester, Jose Mourinho remains unbeaten on opening day. 9:19AM Talking points (part 5) Newcomers get a fair start - but run-in is tough on Bluebirds The early-season calendar appears kind on the three promoted teams, Cardiff, Wolves and Fulham. Although all have one of the top six in their opening four games, other teams have more daunting starts. New boys Huddersfield had a tough run-in last season, however - and it is the same story for Cardiff in 2018-19. Their last seven games include fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. 9:19AM Talking points (part 4) European relief Domestic fixtures following European action have often proved to be a contentious subject for frustrated Premier League managers trying to balance the demands of different competitions. This season, Liverpool are the main beneficiaries, with an Anfield Premier League contest scheduled to follow all six of their European matches. Although none of England's other European qualifiers have done so well, none appears to have been dealt an especially bad hand. 9:17AM Talking points (part 3) Home help for Tottenham Tottenham have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed. Starting at Newcastle - for the second successive season - may not be a bad thing. The question is, will Fulham be the first visitors to Spurs' new home on the site of White Hart Lane on the weekend of August 18? Or might Liverpool, due to visit in mid-September after Spurs helpfully have two away matches, be the glamorous opponents who mark the opening of the new ground? 9:17AM Talking points (part 2) Oh no, Unai Arsenal start the post-Arsene Wenger era with two tricky matches. Although Unai Emery's first competitive match is at home, champions Manchester City are not the ideal opponents. A trip to Chelsea follows on the second weekend of the season. 9:16AM Talking points (part 1) Manchester City can really make hay Pep Guardiola's team do not appear to need much help, having dominated the Premier League as they did last season. However, facing the league's newest six teams in their first eight games will have their title rivals wincing. Although they start at Arsenal and have a trip to Liverpool in October, in between Guardiola's men face Huddersfield, Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton. 9:11AM New boys spared The promoted sides were all spared a daunting sequence of games to start the season - although all face one of the 'big six' in their opening four matches. Championship-winning Wolves have a home opener against Everton, before trips to Leicester and West Ham sandwich the visit of Manchester City to Molineux. Cardiff start at Bournemouth and have Newcastle at home and Huddersfield away, before the visit of Arsenal. Fulham, who booked their place in the top flight with victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final, begin at home to Crystal Palace, before the trip to Spurs is followed by Burnley at home and Brighton away. The other first day fixtures see Southampton host Burnley and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road. 9:09AM Tottenham start away Tottenham, who have until Friday to decide whether to return to Wembley next season while work on their new stadium is completed, have been given an away opener - starting their second successive campaign at Newcastle. Spurs are due to move back to their rebuilt home on the site of White Hart Lane for the new season, with Fulham their first scheduled visitors on the weekend of August 18/19. 9:07AM Challenging start for Jurgen Klopp Liverpool's start appears more challenging. After hosting West Ham, Klopp's men face Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in a run which also includes Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester and Southampton. 9:07AM Man Utd on easy street United begin at home to Leicester. The 2017/18 runners-up have Tottenham at home in their third game, with Brighton, Burnley, Watford, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle their other early-season opponents. 9:04AM Man City open defence... against Arsenal Premier League champions Manchester City will start their title defence at Arsenal. The 2018-19 fixtures handed Pep Guardiola's record-breaking team an Emirates Stadium opener on the weekend of August 11/12 - a match which will also mark the Premier League bow of the Gunners' new Spanish boss Unai Emery. City, who amassed 100 points and 106 goals en route to finishing 19 points clear of Manchester United in 2017/18, do not face another top six side until the trip to Liverpool in October. Games against newly-promoted trio Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are part of a sequence which also includes Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton - the three teams who came up the previous season. 8:28AM The Premier League starts here Good morning, it's Premier League fixtures day! I know what you're thinking... "Already?!" Yep, the fixtures get unveiled this morning, at 9am to be exact. It seems a bit bonkers that they should come out on the same day as the World Cup starts - if the PL wanted maximum exposure, today is not the day to do it. But hey, it's football and we love it. Who will Manchester City start their title defence against? Who will Unai Emery face in his first Premier League game as Arsenal manager? When are all the big derbies? What does Boxing Day look like? All these questions and more will be answered right here.
【體路 ✕ Junior】無論小孩抑或青少年,培養運動上的興趣都非常重要。搏擊運動除了訓練體能外,亦對身體、心智上的發展極有幫助,榮拳館正正提供一個安全又專業的環境,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮親自教授,讓學員能夠安心盡情學習。 搏擊運動除了能訓練協調性和體能外,學員亦能從課程中學懂紀律和禮儀,並且訓練自律能力和抗逆力,我們相信這些元素都在課外對個人成長中佔有重要一環。更重要是所有訓練都在教練指導下完成,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮設計及親自教授,令學員覺得安全,父母亦可放心。 有望出戰全港青少年搏擊大賽 出席率達80%的學生,考核合格後將會獲得由「中國香港綜合搏擊運動總會」頒發 Shoot Boxing證書肯定其努力。若表現達標者,更會由教練挑選參加2018年8月31日舉辦之「Energy Fight 2018全港青少年搏擊大賽」,與親友一同分享學習成果! 一於善用暑假、參加有益身心的活動,讓孩子透過搏擊運動的訓練,學習自律、堅持、有正面價值觀及有自我保護意識;令小朋友在讀書學習同時,亦有強健體魄和舒緩 壓力的方法,更能發展運動智能讓孩子得到多方面的成就。 榮拳館過去已培訓出不少世界級運動員,為港爭光,青少年學員代表香港參加賽事包括:日本東京舉辦之Shoot Boxing青年軍大賽、Energy Fight 全港 青少年搏擊大賽,以及世界青少年散手錦標賽等。 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠 暑期班試學日Fun Day 日期:2018年6月17日(日) 時間:上午11:00至中午12:00 地點:Bomber Gym灣仔莊士敦道194號灣仔商業中心2樓 費用:$100 《搏擊小戰隊 暑期班2018》時間表 A班:5-11歲/B班:12-16歲 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠: 2018年6月17日前報名享$500及額外4堂體驗班予家長 學費:$4,380/共16堂(包服飾、裝備一套及考試費) 報名及查詢:榮拳館Whatsapp 55986366 原文刊登於Sportsroad Junior Issue#26
【JUNIOR】與其渾渾噩噩 趁暑假體驗搏擊的快樂
【體路 ✕ Junior】無論小孩抑或青少年,培養運動上的興趣都非常重要。搏擊運動除了訓練體能外,亦對身體、心智上的發展極有幫助,榮拳館正正提供一個安全又專業的環境,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮親自教授,讓學員能夠安心盡情學習。 搏擊運動除了能訓練協調性和體能外,學員亦能從課程中學懂紀律和禮儀,並且訓練自律能力和抗逆力,我們相信這些元素都在課外對個人成長中佔有重要一環。更重要是所有訓練都在教練指導下完成,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮設計及親自教授,令學員覺得安全,父母亦可放心。 有望出戰全港青少年搏擊大賽 出席率達80%的學生,考核合格後將會獲得由「中國香港綜合搏擊運動總會」頒發 Shoot Boxing證書肯定其努力。若表現達標者,更會由教練挑選參加2018年8月31日舉辦之「Energy Fight 2018全港青少年搏擊大賽」,與親友一同分享學習成果! 一於善用暑假、參加有益身心的活動,讓孩子透過搏擊運動的訓練,學習自律、堅持、有正面價值觀及有自我保護意識;令小朋友在讀書學習同時,亦有強健體魄和舒緩 壓力的方法,更能發展運動智能讓孩子得到多方面的成就。 榮拳館過去已培訓出不少世界級運動員,為港爭光,青少年學員代表香港參加賽事包括:日本東京舉辦之Shoot Boxing青年軍大賽、Energy Fight 全港 青少年搏擊大賽,以及世界青少年散手錦標賽等。 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠 暑期班試學日Fun Day 日期:2018年6月17日(日) 時間:上午11:00至中午12:00 地點:Bomber Gym灣仔莊士敦道194號灣仔商業中心2樓 費用:$100 《搏擊小戰隊 暑期班2018》時間表 A班:5-11歲/B班:12-16歲 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠: 2018年6月17日前報名享$500及額外4堂體驗班予家長 學費:$4,380/共16堂(包服飾、裝備一套及考試費) 報名及查詢:榮拳館Whatsapp 55986366 原文刊登於Sportsroad Junior Issue#26
【體路 ✕ Junior】無論小孩抑或青少年,培養運動上的興趣都非常重要。搏擊運動除了訓練體能外,亦對身體、心智上的發展極有幫助,榮拳館正正提供一個安全又專業的環境,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮親自教授,讓學員能夠安心盡情學習。 搏擊運動除了能訓練協調性和體能外,學員亦能從課程中學懂紀律和禮儀,並且訓練自律能力和抗逆力,我們相信這些元素都在課外對個人成長中佔有重要一環。更重要是所有訓練都在教練指導下完成,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮設計及親自教授,令學員覺得安全,父母亦可放心。 有望出戰全港青少年搏擊大賽 出席率達80%的學生,考核合格後將會獲得由「中國香港綜合搏擊運動總會」頒發 Shoot Boxing證書肯定其努力。若表現達標者,更會由教練挑選參加2018年8月31日舉辦之「Energy Fight 2018全港青少年搏擊大賽」,與親友一同分享學習成果! 一於善用暑假、參加有益身心的活動,讓孩子透過搏擊運動的訓練,學習自律、堅持、有正面價值觀及有自我保護意識;令小朋友在讀書學習同時,亦有強健體魄和舒緩 壓力的方法,更能發展運動智能讓孩子得到多方面的成就。 榮拳館過去已培訓出不少世界級運動員,為港爭光,青少年學員代表香港參加賽事包括:日本東京舉辦之Shoot Boxing青年軍大賽、Energy Fight 全港 青少年搏擊大賽,以及世界青少年散手錦標賽等。 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠 暑期班試學日Fun Day 日期:2018年6月17日(日) 時間:上午11:00至中午12:00 地點:Bomber Gym灣仔莊士敦道194號灣仔商業中心2樓 費用:$100 《搏擊小戰隊 暑期班2018》時間表 A班:5-11歲/B班:12-16歲 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠: 2018年6月17日前報名享$500及額外4堂體驗班予家長 學費:$4,380/共16堂(包服飾、裝備一套及考試費) 報名及查詢:榮拳館Whatsapp 55986366 原文刊登於Sportsroad Junior Issue#26
【JUNIOR】與其渾渾噩噩 趁暑假體驗搏擊的快樂
【體路 ✕ Junior】無論小孩抑或青少年,培養運動上的興趣都非常重要。搏擊運動除了訓練體能外,亦對身體、心智上的發展極有幫助,榮拳館正正提供一個安全又專業的環境,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮親自教授,讓學員能夠安心盡情學習。 搏擊運動除了能訓練協調性和體能外,學員亦能從課程中學懂紀律和禮儀,並且訓練自律能力和抗逆力,我們相信這些元素都在課外對個人成長中佔有重要一環。更重要是所有訓練都在教練指導下完成,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮設計及親自教授,令學員覺得安全,父母亦可放心。 有望出戰全港青少年搏擊大賽 出席率達80%的學生,考核合格後將會獲得由「中國香港綜合搏擊運動總會」頒發 Shoot Boxing證書肯定其努力。若表現達標者,更會由教練挑選參加2018年8月31日舉辦之「Energy Fight 2018全港青少年搏擊大賽」,與親友一同分享學習成果! 一於善用暑假、參加有益身心的活動,讓孩子透過搏擊運動的訓練,學習自律、堅持、有正面價值觀及有自我保護意識;令小朋友在讀書學習同時,亦有強健體魄和舒緩 壓力的方法,更能發展運動智能讓孩子得到多方面的成就。 榮拳館過去已培訓出不少世界級運動員,為港爭光,青少年學員代表香港參加賽事包括:日本東京舉辦之Shoot Boxing青年軍大賽、Energy Fight 全港 青少年搏擊大賽,以及世界青少年散手錦標賽等。 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠 暑期班試學日Fun Day 日期:2018年6月17日(日) 時間:上午11:00至中午12:00 地點:Bomber Gym灣仔莊士敦道194號灣仔商業中心2樓 費用:$100 《搏擊小戰隊 暑期班2018》時間表 A班:5-11歲/B班:12-16歲 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠: 2018年6月17日前報名享$500及額外4堂體驗班予家長 學費:$4,380/共16堂(包服飾、裝備一套及考試費) 報名及查詢:榮拳館Whatsapp 55986366 原文刊登於Sportsroad Junior Issue#26
【體路 ✕ Junior】無論小孩抑或青少年,培養運動上的興趣都非常重要。搏擊運動除了訓練體能外,亦對身體、心智上的發展極有幫助,榮拳館正正提供一個安全又專業的環境,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮親自教授,讓學員能夠安心盡情學習。 搏擊運動除了能訓練協調性和體能外,學員亦能從課程中學懂紀律和禮儀,並且訓練自律能力和抗逆力,我們相信這些元素都在課外對個人成長中佔有重要一環。更重要是所有訓練都在教練指導下完成,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮設計及親自教授,令學員覺得安全,父母亦可放心。 有望出戰全港青少年搏擊大賽 出席率達80%的學生,考核合格後將會獲得由「中國香港綜合搏擊運動總會」頒發 Shoot Boxing證書肯定其努力。若表現達標者,更會由教練挑選參加2018年8月31日舉辦之「Energy Fight 2018全港青少年搏擊大賽」,與親友一同分享學習成果! 一於善用暑假、參加有益身心的活動,讓孩子透過搏擊運動的訓練,學習自律、堅持、有正面價值觀及有自我保護意識;令小朋友在讀書學習同時,亦有強健體魄和舒緩 壓力的方法,更能發展運動智能讓孩子得到多方面的成就。 榮拳館過去已培訓出不少世界級運動員,為港爭光,青少年學員代表香港參加賽事包括:日本東京舉辦之Shoot Boxing青年軍大賽、Energy Fight 全港 青少年搏擊大賽,以及世界青少年散手錦標賽等。 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠 暑期班試學日Fun Day 日期:2018年6月17日(日) 時間:上午11:00至中午12:00 地點:Bomber Gym灣仔莊士敦道194號灣仔商業中心2樓 費用:$100 《搏擊小戰隊 暑期班2018》時間表 A班:5-11歲/B班:12-16歲 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠: 2018年6月17日前報名享$500及額外4堂體驗班予家長 學費:$4,380/共16堂(包服飾、裝備一套及考試費) 報名及查詢:榮拳館Whatsapp 55986366 原文刊登於Sportsroad Junior Issue#26
【JUNIOR】與其渾渾噩噩 趁暑假體驗搏擊的快樂
【體路 ✕ Junior】無論小孩抑或青少年,培養運動上的興趣都非常重要。搏擊運動除了訓練體能外,亦對身體、心智上的發展極有幫助,榮拳館正正提供一個安全又專業的環境,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮親自教授,讓學員能夠安心盡情學習。 搏擊運動除了能訓練協調性和體能外,學員亦能從課程中學懂紀律和禮儀,並且訓練自律能力和抗逆力,我們相信這些元素都在課外對個人成長中佔有重要一環。更重要是所有訓練都在教練指導下完成,課程由前世界拳王向柏榮設計及親自教授,令學員覺得安全,父母亦可放心。 有望出戰全港青少年搏擊大賽 出席率達80%的學生,考核合格後將會獲得由「中國香港綜合搏擊運動總會」頒發 Shoot Boxing證書肯定其努力。若表現達標者,更會由教練挑選參加2018年8月31日舉辦之「Energy Fight 2018全港青少年搏擊大賽」,與親友一同分享學習成果! 一於善用暑假、參加有益身心的活動,讓孩子透過搏擊運動的訓練,學習自律、堅持、有正面價值觀及有自我保護意識;令小朋友在讀書學習同時,亦有強健體魄和舒緩 壓力的方法,更能發展運動智能讓孩子得到多方面的成就。 榮拳館過去已培訓出不少世界級運動員,為港爭光,青少年學員代表香港參加賽事包括:日本東京舉辦之Shoot Boxing青年軍大賽、Energy Fight 全港 青少年搏擊大賽,以及世界青少年散手錦標賽等。 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠 暑期班試學日Fun Day 日期:2018年6月17日(日) 時間:上午11:00至中午12:00 地點:Bomber Gym灣仔莊士敦道194號灣仔商業中心2樓 費用:$100 《搏擊小戰隊 暑期班2018》時間表 A班:5-11歲/B班:12-16歲 《Sportsroad Junior》讀者專享優惠: 2018年6月17日前報名享$500及額外4堂體驗班予家長 學費:$4,380/共16堂(包服飾、裝備一套及考試費) 報名及查詢:榮拳館Whatsapp 55986366 原文刊登於Sportsroad Junior Issue#26

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