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What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia is only hours away as they take on Panama. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Tomorrow - Sunday 24 June 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia is only hours away as they take on Panama. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Tomorrow - Sunday 24 June 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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 is only hours away as they take on Panama. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Tomorrow - Sunday 24 June 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia is only hours away as they take on Panama. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Tomorrow - Sunday 24 June 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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 is only hours away as they take on Panama. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Tomorrow - Sunday 24 June 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? England's second Group G match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia is only hours away as they take on Panama. Gareth Southgate's side got off to a terrific start with a late 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to Panama, before their final group game against Belgium. When is it? Tomorrow - Sunday 24 June 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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.
From the moment Roman Torres lit an inferno to lead his country to the World Cup, Panama have represented the competition’s most extreme danger. Not to England, particularly, who should win comfortably tomorrow to avert the ignominy of what would be the greatest embarrassment in our nation’s sporting history. But to those seeking to avoid the habitual tendency to patronise smaller nations, pouring praise with the underlying hint that – really – they are just pleased to be there. In Panama’s case, no matter which angle is explored, there is an inescapable conclusion everything they achieve in Russia is a bonus. In Nizhny Novgorod, they can share England’s ambition over the course of 90 minutes, but the vast gulf in resources and infrastructure means Panama are yearning far more than three group points. Many of their squad are playing for a sustainable livelihood. They are playing for the financial security of their league, and to attract investment to improve facilities. They are playing to retain the hearts and minds of a population which, temporarily at least, has relegated the status of boxing and baseball below football. They are playing to establish a country’s identity. Panama players gather in a circle at the end of their fist World Cup 2018 match against Belgium. They lost 3-0. Credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP Ramon Cordoze, the Vice-President of Panama’s Football Federation, accepts the compliments for his fledgling football nation’s feat reaching the World Cup, but feels it must be put into even greater perspective. “People say this is the first time we have been to a World Cup but you must remember we have only been trying since 1978,” he says. “To get from where we were as a football nation to the World Cup in 40 years is not so long. “This year the domestic league celebrated what is only its 30th anniversary. “When I started working for the federation in 1996 we had no pitches. There were no sponsors. Our league was not professional. Even now it is difficult to work with the clubs because there are not enough pitches, so it is complicated. “The club where Roman Torres, the emblem of our football nation, played – Chepo – does not even exist now. "Our main source of revenue remains sponsorship. We had to find support for young players and establish sides from U13s through to the senior team. test - do not delete “All our players come from difficult backgrounds, from areas where people do not have a lot of money. But the majority of them now play in other countries and can earn a good life. The money they have earned from football has brought stability to their life. “Life would be very difficult for them without football. The Panama league is not recognised by the leagues in South America or in Europe, so for a Panama player to succeed there must be sacrifices and they have made them to get to where they are today. A player will have to go to another of those countries to impress. Mainly Panama players have been exported – usually to Columbia but also Mexico and USA. “The Panamanians are talented, they are enthusiastic and they have desire. They will work to get to the highest level, but it is our ambition to continue to develop our own clubs and league. “We hope this qualification is the start for us but we need to work on our domestic league and help the players continue their professionalism so they are at the level needed to play in Europe.” The Panama squad were given a Presidential send-off before they left for Russia. Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez (2-L) and players (L) Roman Torres, Felipe Baloy (3-L), Blas Perez (3-R), Gabriel Gomez (2-R) and Luis Tejada pose with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (centre) Credit: STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images The more Cordoze explains the obstacles, and how little time and money his federation has had to overcome them, the more extraordinary Panama’s accomplishment. Yet it could have been done earlier. “We were three minutes from reaching our ambition of a World Cup in Brazil in 2014. This time we managed it in the final three minutes of qualification,” he says, referencing Torres’ famed winner against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF qualifiers – relegating the United States to spectators this summer. “That is a day that will be remembered in Panama history,” adds Cordoze, the Panama government’s former Minister of Sport. “But this is not the first time these players have achieved something new for our country. In 2003 we qualified for the U20 World Cup. It was at a time when we were able to get more sponsors and that gave us an important base. Qualifying for that World Cup was a really important step. Since then we have been to five Under 20 World Cups and two Under 17 World Cups. Today we are able to support players from Under 13 through to the national team. That was impossible 20 years ago. World Cup 2018 squads: Home-based players “A lot of the players who had this success are now part of this squad. They have grown together. There is a lot of loyalty to the players who have been committed to the national team for so long. “Maybe some of them are older, but we also have young players introduced into the group – some from the World Cup of U20 in 2015. So we do have a mix because it is important to look to the future, also. “Now I see players becoming more professional, their attitude much better. They are more competitive and want to be professional players. The economic status of the federation has also improved. “Our national team now has an identity, that is the best change of all. We have become a positive symbol for the country. There was desperation in Panama for the World Cup kit – everyone was asking where and when they could get the shirt. “There is a pride in that jersey that was not always there. It is because of this group of players the love for football in Panama has grown, particularly over the last five years.” Team strength by category - World Cup forecaster No national anthem is quickening the pulse of its players more, nor being received more emotionally. One of those who contributed to qualifying but did not make the final squad, striker Roberto Nurse, testifies to the patriotic pull of a World Cup. “Football has the power to make the feelings in a country better,” he said. “People always ask us if there are some poor places in Panama. Yes, it is true, but many areas in central and South America have these problems. “I believe everybody in a society comes together when they have pride in their national football team. The people, the police, politicians – everyone senses an improvement in personality and in their mind because they are all behind the same feeling. Football has this power. This is of such amazing importance.” How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare England, perceived as the wealthiest nation and home to so many pampered players, is naturally the most symbolic of all opponents to a third world football territory. “Everyone knows England started football,” says Cordoze, who instantly replied ‘Harry Kane’ when asked which of Gareth Southgate’s team is most admired. “Everyone knows they won the World Cup in 1966,” he said. “We also know what Iceland achieved in the European Championships so hopefully we will have a moment like this. “We know we will be facing a strong team in England, but we will face our rival with respect and enthusiasm. We know how difficult it will be but we will leave nothing on the field. “We go there to compete. They will be the favourites. But we plan to enjoy the experience. England started the history of football. Panama is only at the start of its football history. This could be the beginning of something big for us.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
“Life would be very difficult for them without football." Why the World Cup means so much to Panama
From the moment Roman Torres lit an inferno to lead his country to the World Cup, Panama have represented the competition’s most extreme danger. Not to England, particularly, who should win comfortably tomorrow to avert the ignominy of what would be the greatest embarrassment in our nation’s sporting history. But to those seeking to avoid the habitual tendency to patronise smaller nations, pouring praise with the underlying hint that – really – they are just pleased to be there. In Panama’s case, no matter which angle is explored, there is an inescapable conclusion everything they achieve in Russia is a bonus. In Nizhny Novgorod, they can share England’s ambition over the course of 90 minutes, but the vast gulf in resources and infrastructure means Panama are yearning far more than three group points. Many of their squad are playing for a sustainable livelihood. They are playing for the financial security of their league, and to attract investment to improve facilities. They are playing to retain the hearts and minds of a population which, temporarily at least, has relegated the status of boxing and baseball below football. They are playing to establish a country’s identity. Panama players gather in a circle at the end of their fist World Cup 2018 match against Belgium. They lost 3-0. Credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP Ramon Cordoze, the Vice-President of Panama’s Football Federation, accepts the compliments for his fledgling football nation’s feat reaching the World Cup, but feels it must be put into even greater perspective. “People say this is the first time we have been to a World Cup but you must remember we have only been trying since 1978,” he says. “To get from where we were as a football nation to the World Cup in 40 years is not so long. “This year the domestic league celebrated what is only its 30th anniversary. “When I started working for the federation in 1996 we had no pitches. There were no sponsors. Our league was not professional. Even now it is difficult to work with the clubs because there are not enough pitches, so it is complicated. “The club where Roman Torres, the emblem of our football nation, played – Chepo – does not even exist now. "Our main source of revenue remains sponsorship. We had to find support for young players and establish sides from U13s through to the senior team. test - do not delete “All our players come from difficult backgrounds, from areas where people do not have a lot of money. But the majority of them now play in other countries and can earn a good life. The money they have earned from football has brought stability to their life. “Life would be very difficult for them without football. The Panama league is not recognised by the leagues in South America or in Europe, so for a Panama player to succeed there must be sacrifices and they have made them to get to where they are today. A player will have to go to another of those countries to impress. Mainly Panama players have been exported – usually to Columbia but also Mexico and USA. “The Panamanians are talented, they are enthusiastic and they have desire. They will work to get to the highest level, but it is our ambition to continue to develop our own clubs and league. “We hope this qualification is the start for us but we need to work on our domestic league and help the players continue their professionalism so they are at the level needed to play in Europe.” The Panama squad were given a Presidential send-off before they left for Russia. Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez (2-L) and players (L) Roman Torres, Felipe Baloy (3-L), Blas Perez (3-R), Gabriel Gomez (2-R) and Luis Tejada pose with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (centre) Credit: STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images The more Cordoze explains the obstacles, and how little time and money his federation has had to overcome them, the more extraordinary Panama’s accomplishment. Yet it could have been done earlier. “We were three minutes from reaching our ambition of a World Cup in Brazil in 2014. This time we managed it in the final three minutes of qualification,” he says, referencing Torres’ famed winner against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF qualifiers – relegating the United States to spectators this summer. “That is a day that will be remembered in Panama history,” adds Cordoze, the Panama government’s former Minister of Sport. “But this is not the first time these players have achieved something new for our country. In 2003 we qualified for the U20 World Cup. It was at a time when we were able to get more sponsors and that gave us an important base. Qualifying for that World Cup was a really important step. Since then we have been to five Under 20 World Cups and two Under 17 World Cups. Today we are able to support players from Under 13 through to the national team. That was impossible 20 years ago. World Cup 2018 squads: Home-based players “A lot of the players who had this success are now part of this squad. They have grown together. There is a lot of loyalty to the players who have been committed to the national team for so long. “Maybe some of them are older, but we also have young players introduced into the group – some from the World Cup of U20 in 2015. So we do have a mix because it is important to look to the future, also. “Now I see players becoming more professional, their attitude much better. They are more competitive and want to be professional players. The economic status of the federation has also improved. “Our national team now has an identity, that is the best change of all. We have become a positive symbol for the country. There was desperation in Panama for the World Cup kit – everyone was asking where and when they could get the shirt. “There is a pride in that jersey that was not always there. It is because of this group of players the love for football in Panama has grown, particularly over the last five years.” Team strength by category - World Cup forecaster No national anthem is quickening the pulse of its players more, nor being received more emotionally. One of those who contributed to qualifying but did not make the final squad, striker Roberto Nurse, testifies to the patriotic pull of a World Cup. “Football has the power to make the feelings in a country better,” he said. “People always ask us if there are some poor places in Panama. Yes, it is true, but many areas in central and South America have these problems. “I believe everybody in a society comes together when they have pride in their national football team. The people, the police, politicians – everyone senses an improvement in personality and in their mind because they are all behind the same feeling. Football has this power. This is of such amazing importance.” How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare England, perceived as the wealthiest nation and home to so many pampered players, is naturally the most symbolic of all opponents to a third world football territory. “Everyone knows England started football,” says Cordoze, who instantly replied ‘Harry Kane’ when asked which of Gareth Southgate’s team is most admired. “Everyone knows they won the World Cup in 1966,” he said. “We also know what Iceland achieved in the European Championships so hopefully we will have a moment like this. “We know we will be facing a strong team in England, but we will face our rival with respect and enthusiasm. We know how difficult it will be but we will leave nothing on the field. “We go there to compete. They will be the favourites. But we plan to enjoy the experience. England started the history of football. Panama is only at the start of its football history. This could be the beginning of something big for us.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
From the moment Roman Torres lit an inferno to lead his country to the World Cup, Panama have represented the competition’s most extreme danger. Not to England, particularly, who should win comfortably tomorrow to avert the ignominy of what would be the greatest embarrassment in our nation’s sporting history. But to those seeking to avoid the habitual tendency to patronise smaller nations, pouring praise with the underlying hint that – really – they are just pleased to be there. In Panama’s case, no matter which angle is explored, there is an inescapable conclusion everything they achieve in Russia is a bonus. In Nizhny Novgorod, they can share England’s ambition over the course of 90 minutes, but the vast gulf in resources and infrastructure means Panama are yearning far more than three group points. Many of their squad are playing for a sustainable livelihood. They are playing for the financial security of their league, and to attract investment to improve facilities. They are playing to retain the hearts and minds of a population which, temporarily at least, has relegated the status of boxing and baseball below football. They are playing to establish a country’s identity. Panama players gather in a circle at the end of their fist World Cup 2018 match against Belgium. They lost 3-0. Credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP Ramon Cordoze, the Vice-President of Panama’s Football Federation, accepts the compliments for his fledgling football nation’s feat reaching the World Cup, but feels it must be put into even greater perspective. “People say this is the first time we have been to a World Cup but you must remember we have only been trying since 1978,” he says. “To get from where we were as a football nation to the World Cup in 40 years is not so long. “This year the domestic league celebrated what is only its 30th anniversary. “When I started working for the federation in 1996 we had no pitches. There were no sponsors. Our league was not professional. Even now it is difficult to work with the clubs because there are not enough pitches, so it is complicated. “The club where Roman Torres, the emblem of our football nation, played – Chepo – does not even exist now. "Our main source of revenue remains sponsorship. We had to find support for young players and establish sides from U13s through to the senior team. test - do not delete “All our players come from difficult backgrounds, from areas where people do not have a lot of money. But the majority of them now play in other countries and can earn a good life. The money they have earned from football has brought stability to their life. “Life would be very difficult for them without football. The Panama league is not recognised by the leagues in South America or in Europe, so for a Panama player to succeed there must be sacrifices and they have made them to get to where they are today. A player will have to go to another of those countries to impress. Mainly Panama players have been exported – usually to Columbia but also Mexico and USA. “The Panamanians are talented, they are enthusiastic and they have desire. They will work to get to the highest level, but it is our ambition to continue to develop our own clubs and league. “We hope this qualification is the start for us but we need to work on our domestic league and help the players continue their professionalism so they are at the level needed to play in Europe.” The Panama squad were given a Presidential send-off before they left for Russia. Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez (2-L) and players (L) Roman Torres, Felipe Baloy (3-L), Blas Perez (3-R), Gabriel Gomez (2-R) and Luis Tejada pose with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (centre) Credit: STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images The more Cordoze explains the obstacles, and how little time and money his federation has had to overcome them, the more extraordinary Panama’s accomplishment. Yet it could have been done earlier. “We were three minutes from reaching our ambition of a World Cup in Brazil in 2014. This time we managed it in the final three minutes of qualification,” he says, referencing Torres’ famed winner against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF qualifiers – relegating the United States to spectators this summer. “That is a day that will be remembered in Panama history,” adds Cordoze, the Panama government’s former Minister of Sport. “But this is not the first time these players have achieved something new for our country. In 2003 we qualified for the U20 World Cup. It was at a time when we were able to get more sponsors and that gave us an important base. Qualifying for that World Cup was a really important step. Since then we have been to five Under 20 World Cups and two Under 17 World Cups. Today we are able to support players from Under 13 through to the national team. That was impossible 20 years ago. World Cup 2018 squads: Home-based players “A lot of the players who had this success are now part of this squad. They have grown together. There is a lot of loyalty to the players who have been committed to the national team for so long. “Maybe some of them are older, but we also have young players introduced into the group – some from the World Cup of U20 in 2015. So we do have a mix because it is important to look to the future, also. “Now I see players becoming more professional, their attitude much better. They are more competitive and want to be professional players. The economic status of the federation has also improved. “Our national team now has an identity, that is the best change of all. We have become a positive symbol for the country. There was desperation in Panama for the World Cup kit – everyone was asking where and when they could get the shirt. “There is a pride in that jersey that was not always there. It is because of this group of players the love for football in Panama has grown, particularly over the last five years.” Team strength by category - World Cup forecaster No national anthem is quickening the pulse of its players more, nor being received more emotionally. One of those who contributed to qualifying but did not make the final squad, striker Roberto Nurse, testifies to the patriotic pull of a World Cup. “Football has the power to make the feelings in a country better,” he said. “People always ask us if there are some poor places in Panama. Yes, it is true, but many areas in central and South America have these problems. “I believe everybody in a society comes together when they have pride in their national football team. The people, the police, politicians – everyone senses an improvement in personality and in their mind because they are all behind the same feeling. Football has this power. This is of such amazing importance.” How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare England, perceived as the wealthiest nation and home to so many pampered players, is naturally the most symbolic of all opponents to a third world football territory. “Everyone knows England started football,” says Cordoze, who instantly replied ‘Harry Kane’ when asked which of Gareth Southgate’s team is most admired. “Everyone knows they won the World Cup in 1966,” he said. “We also know what Iceland achieved in the European Championships so hopefully we will have a moment like this. “We know we will be facing a strong team in England, but we will face our rival with respect and enthusiasm. We know how difficult it will be but we will leave nothing on the field. “We go there to compete. They will be the favourites. But we plan to enjoy the experience. England started the history of football. Panama is only at the start of its football history. This could be the beginning of something big for us.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
“Life would be very difficult for them without football." Why the World Cup means so much to Panama
From the moment Roman Torres lit an inferno to lead his country to the World Cup, Panama have represented the competition’s most extreme danger. Not to England, particularly, who should win comfortably tomorrow to avert the ignominy of what would be the greatest embarrassment in our nation’s sporting history. But to those seeking to avoid the habitual tendency to patronise smaller nations, pouring praise with the underlying hint that – really – they are just pleased to be there. In Panama’s case, no matter which angle is explored, there is an inescapable conclusion everything they achieve in Russia is a bonus. In Nizhny Novgorod, they can share England’s ambition over the course of 90 minutes, but the vast gulf in resources and infrastructure means Panama are yearning far more than three group points. Many of their squad are playing for a sustainable livelihood. They are playing for the financial security of their league, and to attract investment to improve facilities. They are playing to retain the hearts and minds of a population which, temporarily at least, has relegated the status of boxing and baseball below football. They are playing to establish a country’s identity. Panama players gather in a circle at the end of their fist World Cup 2018 match against Belgium. They lost 3-0. Credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP Ramon Cordoze, the Vice-President of Panama’s Football Federation, accepts the compliments for his fledgling football nation’s feat reaching the World Cup, but feels it must be put into even greater perspective. “People say this is the first time we have been to a World Cup but you must remember we have only been trying since 1978,” he says. “To get from where we were as a football nation to the World Cup in 40 years is not so long. “This year the domestic league celebrated what is only its 30th anniversary. “When I started working for the federation in 1996 we had no pitches. There were no sponsors. Our league was not professional. Even now it is difficult to work with the clubs because there are not enough pitches, so it is complicated. “The club where Roman Torres, the emblem of our football nation, played – Chepo – does not even exist now. "Our main source of revenue remains sponsorship. We had to find support for young players and establish sides from U13s through to the senior team. test - do not delete “All our players come from difficult backgrounds, from areas where people do not have a lot of money. But the majority of them now play in other countries and can earn a good life. The money they have earned from football has brought stability to their life. “Life would be very difficult for them without football. The Panama league is not recognised by the leagues in South America or in Europe, so for a Panama player to succeed there must be sacrifices and they have made them to get to where they are today. A player will have to go to another of those countries to impress. Mainly Panama players have been exported – usually to Columbia but also Mexico and USA. “The Panamanians are talented, they are enthusiastic and they have desire. They will work to get to the highest level, but it is our ambition to continue to develop our own clubs and league. “We hope this qualification is the start for us but we need to work on our domestic league and help the players continue their professionalism so they are at the level needed to play in Europe.” The Panama squad were given a Presidential send-off before they left for Russia. Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez (2-L) and players (L) Roman Torres, Felipe Baloy (3-L), Blas Perez (3-R), Gabriel Gomez (2-R) and Luis Tejada pose with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (centre) Credit: STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images The more Cordoze explains the obstacles, and how little time and money his federation has had to overcome them, the more extraordinary Panama’s accomplishment. Yet it could have been done earlier. “We were three minutes from reaching our ambition of a World Cup in Brazil in 2014. This time we managed it in the final three minutes of qualification,” he says, referencing Torres’ famed winner against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF qualifiers – relegating the United States to spectators this summer. “That is a day that will be remembered in Panama history,” adds Cordoze, the Panama government’s former Minister of Sport. “But this is not the first time these players have achieved something new for our country. In 2003 we qualified for the U20 World Cup. It was at a time when we were able to get more sponsors and that gave us an important base. Qualifying for that World Cup was a really important step. Since then we have been to five Under 20 World Cups and two Under 17 World Cups. Today we are able to support players from Under 13 through to the national team. That was impossible 20 years ago. World Cup 2018 squads: Home-based players “A lot of the players who had this success are now part of this squad. They have grown together. There is a lot of loyalty to the players who have been committed to the national team for so long. “Maybe some of them are older, but we also have young players introduced into the group – some from the World Cup of U20 in 2015. So we do have a mix because it is important to look to the future, also. “Now I see players becoming more professional, their attitude much better. They are more competitive and want to be professional players. The economic status of the federation has also improved. “Our national team now has an identity, that is the best change of all. We have become a positive symbol for the country. There was desperation in Panama for the World Cup kit – everyone was asking where and when they could get the shirt. “There is a pride in that jersey that was not always there. It is because of this group of players the love for football in Panama has grown, particularly over the last five years.” Team strength by category - World Cup forecaster No national anthem is quickening the pulse of its players more, nor being received more emotionally. One of those who contributed to qualifying but did not make the final squad, striker Roberto Nurse, testifies to the patriotic pull of a World Cup. “Football has the power to make the feelings in a country better,” he said. “People always ask us if there are some poor places in Panama. Yes, it is true, but many areas in central and South America have these problems. “I believe everybody in a society comes together when they have pride in their national football team. The people, the police, politicians – everyone senses an improvement in personality and in their mind because they are all behind the same feeling. Football has this power. This is of such amazing importance.” How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare England, perceived as the wealthiest nation and home to so many pampered players, is naturally the most symbolic of all opponents to a third world football territory. “Everyone knows England started football,” says Cordoze, who instantly replied ‘Harry Kane’ when asked which of Gareth Southgate’s team is most admired. “Everyone knows they won the World Cup in 1966,” he said. “We also know what Iceland achieved in the European Championships so hopefully we will have a moment like this. “We know we will be facing a strong team in England, but we will face our rival with respect and enthusiasm. We know how difficult it will be but we will leave nothing on the field. “We go there to compete. They will be the favourites. But we plan to enjoy the experience. England started the history of football. Panama is only at the start of its football history. This could be the beginning of something big for us.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
From the moment Roman Torres lit an inferno to lead his country to the World Cup, Panama have represented the competition’s most extreme danger. Not to England, particularly, who should win comfortably tomorrow to avert the ignominy of what would be the greatest embarrassment in our nation’s sporting history. But to those seeking to avoid the habitual tendency to patronise smaller nations, pouring praise with the underlying hint that – really – they are just pleased to be there. In Panama’s case, no matter which angle is explored, there is an inescapable conclusion everything they achieve in Russia is a bonus. In Nizhny Novgorod, they can share England’s ambition over the course of 90 minutes, but the vast gulf in resources and infrastructure means Panama are yearning far more than three group points. Many of their squad are playing for a sustainable livelihood. They are playing for the financial security of their league, and to attract investment to improve facilities. They are playing to retain the hearts and minds of a population which, temporarily at least, has relegated the status of boxing and baseball below football. They are playing to establish a country’s identity. Panama players gather in a circle at the end of their fist World Cup 2018 match against Belgium. They lost 3-0. Credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP Ramon Cordoze, the Vice-President of Panama’s Football Federation, accepts the compliments for his fledgling football nation’s feat reaching the World Cup, but feels it must be put into even greater perspective. “People say this is the first time we have been to a World Cup but you must remember we have only been trying since 1978,” he says. “To get from where we were as a football nation to the World Cup in 40 years is not so long. “This year the domestic league celebrated what is only its 30th anniversary. “When I started working for the federation in 1996 we had no pitches. There were no sponsors. Our league was not professional. Even now it is difficult to work with the clubs because there are not enough pitches, so it is complicated. “The club where Roman Torres, the emblem of our football nation, played – Chepo – does not even exist now. "Our main source of revenue remains sponsorship. We had to find support for young players and establish sides from U13s through to the senior team. test - do not delete “All our players come from difficult backgrounds, from areas where people do not have a lot of money. But the majority of them now play in other countries and can earn a good life. The money they have earned from football has brought stability to their life. “Life would be very difficult for them without football. The Panama league is not recognised by the leagues in South America or in Europe, so for a Panama player to succeed there must be sacrifices and they have made them to get to where they are today. A player will have to go to another of those countries to impress. Mainly Panama players have been exported – usually to Columbia but also Mexico and USA. “The Panamanians are talented, they are enthusiastic and they have desire. They will work to get to the highest level, but it is our ambition to continue to develop our own clubs and league. “We hope this qualification is the start for us but we need to work on our domestic league and help the players continue their professionalism so they are at the level needed to play in Europe.” The Panama squad were given a Presidential send-off before they left for Russia. Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez (2-L) and players (L) Roman Torres, Felipe Baloy (3-L), Blas Perez (3-R), Gabriel Gomez (2-R) and Luis Tejada pose with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (centre) Credit: STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images The more Cordoze explains the obstacles, and how little time and money his federation has had to overcome them, the more extraordinary Panama’s accomplishment. Yet it could have been done earlier. “We were three minutes from reaching our ambition of a World Cup in Brazil in 2014. This time we managed it in the final three minutes of qualification,” he says, referencing Torres’ famed winner against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF qualifiers – relegating the United States to spectators this summer. “That is a day that will be remembered in Panama history,” adds Cordoze, the Panama government’s former Minister of Sport. “But this is not the first time these players have achieved something new for our country. In 2003 we qualified for the U20 World Cup. It was at a time when we were able to get more sponsors and that gave us an important base. Qualifying for that World Cup was a really important step. Since then we have been to five Under 20 World Cups and two Under 17 World Cups. Today we are able to support players from Under 13 through to the national team. That was impossible 20 years ago. World Cup 2018 squads: Home-based players “A lot of the players who had this success are now part of this squad. They have grown together. There is a lot of loyalty to the players who have been committed to the national team for so long. “Maybe some of them are older, but we also have young players introduced into the group – some from the World Cup of U20 in 2015. So we do have a mix because it is important to look to the future, also. “Now I see players becoming more professional, their attitude much better. They are more competitive and want to be professional players. The economic status of the federation has also improved. “Our national team now has an identity, that is the best change of all. We have become a positive symbol for the country. There was desperation in Panama for the World Cup kit – everyone was asking where and when they could get the shirt. “There is a pride in that jersey that was not always there. It is because of this group of players the love for football in Panama has grown, particularly over the last five years.” Team strength by category - World Cup forecaster No national anthem is quickening the pulse of its players more, nor being received more emotionally. One of those who contributed to qualifying but did not make the final squad, striker Roberto Nurse, testifies to the patriotic pull of a World Cup. “Football has the power to make the feelings in a country better,” he said. “People always ask us if there are some poor places in Panama. Yes, it is true, but many areas in central and South America have these problems. “I believe everybody in a society comes together when they have pride in their national football team. The people, the police, politicians – everyone senses an improvement in personality and in their mind because they are all behind the same feeling. Football has this power. This is of such amazing importance.” How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare England, perceived as the wealthiest nation and home to so many pampered players, is naturally the most symbolic of all opponents to a third world football territory. “Everyone knows England started football,” says Cordoze, who instantly replied ‘Harry Kane’ when asked which of Gareth Southgate’s team is most admired. “Everyone knows they won the World Cup in 1966,” he said. “We also know what Iceland achieved in the European Championships so hopefully we will have a moment like this. “We know we will be facing a strong team in England, but we will face our rival with respect and enthusiasm. We know how difficult it will be but we will leave nothing on the field. “We go there to compete. They will be the favourites. But we plan to enjoy the experience. England started the history of football. Panama is only at the start of its football history. This could be the beginning of something big for us.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
“Life would be very difficult for them without football." Why the World Cup means so much to Panama
From the moment Roman Torres lit an inferno to lead his country to the World Cup, Panama have represented the competition’s most extreme danger. Not to England, particularly, who should win comfortably tomorrow to avert the ignominy of what would be the greatest embarrassment in our nation’s sporting history. But to those seeking to avoid the habitual tendency to patronise smaller nations, pouring praise with the underlying hint that – really – they are just pleased to be there. In Panama’s case, no matter which angle is explored, there is an inescapable conclusion everything they achieve in Russia is a bonus. In Nizhny Novgorod, they can share England’s ambition over the course of 90 minutes, but the vast gulf in resources and infrastructure means Panama are yearning far more than three group points. Many of their squad are playing for a sustainable livelihood. They are playing for the financial security of their league, and to attract investment to improve facilities. They are playing to retain the hearts and minds of a population which, temporarily at least, has relegated the status of boxing and baseball below football. They are playing to establish a country’s identity. Panama players gather in a circle at the end of their fist World Cup 2018 match against Belgium. They lost 3-0. Credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP Ramon Cordoze, the Vice-President of Panama’s Football Federation, accepts the compliments for his fledgling football nation’s feat reaching the World Cup, but feels it must be put into even greater perspective. “People say this is the first time we have been to a World Cup but you must remember we have only been trying since 1978,” he says. “To get from where we were as a football nation to the World Cup in 40 years is not so long. “This year the domestic league celebrated what is only its 30th anniversary. “When I started working for the federation in 1996 we had no pitches. There were no sponsors. Our league was not professional. Even now it is difficult to work with the clubs because there are not enough pitches, so it is complicated. “The club where Roman Torres, the emblem of our football nation, played – Chepo – does not even exist now. "Our main source of revenue remains sponsorship. We had to find support for young players and establish sides from U13s through to the senior team. test - do not delete “All our players come from difficult backgrounds, from areas where people do not have a lot of money. But the majority of them now play in other countries and can earn a good life. The money they have earned from football has brought stability to their life. “Life would be very difficult for them without football. The Panama league is not recognised by the leagues in South America or in Europe, so for a Panama player to succeed there must be sacrifices and they have made them to get to where they are today. A player will have to go to another of those countries to impress. Mainly Panama players have been exported – usually to Columbia but also Mexico and USA. “The Panamanians are talented, they are enthusiastic and they have desire. They will work to get to the highest level, but it is our ambition to continue to develop our own clubs and league. “We hope this qualification is the start for us but we need to work on our domestic league and help the players continue their professionalism so they are at the level needed to play in Europe.” The Panama squad were given a Presidential send-off before they left for Russia. Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez (2-L) and players (L) Roman Torres, Felipe Baloy (3-L), Blas Perez (3-R), Gabriel Gomez (2-R) and Luis Tejada pose with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (centre) Credit: STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images The more Cordoze explains the obstacles, and how little time and money his federation has had to overcome them, the more extraordinary Panama’s accomplishment. Yet it could have been done earlier. “We were three minutes from reaching our ambition of a World Cup in Brazil in 2014. This time we managed it in the final three minutes of qualification,” he says, referencing Torres’ famed winner against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF qualifiers – relegating the United States to spectators this summer. “That is a day that will be remembered in Panama history,” adds Cordoze, the Panama government’s former Minister of Sport. “But this is not the first time these players have achieved something new for our country. In 2003 we qualified for the U20 World Cup. It was at a time when we were able to get more sponsors and that gave us an important base. Qualifying for that World Cup was a really important step. Since then we have been to five Under 20 World Cups and two Under 17 World Cups. Today we are able to support players from Under 13 through to the national team. That was impossible 20 years ago. World Cup 2018 squads: Home-based players “A lot of the players who had this success are now part of this squad. They have grown together. There is a lot of loyalty to the players who have been committed to the national team for so long. “Maybe some of them are older, but we also have young players introduced into the group – some from the World Cup of U20 in 2015. So we do have a mix because it is important to look to the future, also. “Now I see players becoming more professional, their attitude much better. They are more competitive and want to be professional players. The economic status of the federation has also improved. “Our national team now has an identity, that is the best change of all. We have become a positive symbol for the country. There was desperation in Panama for the World Cup kit – everyone was asking where and when they could get the shirt. “There is a pride in that jersey that was not always there. It is because of this group of players the love for football in Panama has grown, particularly over the last five years.” Team strength by category - World Cup forecaster No national anthem is quickening the pulse of its players more, nor being received more emotionally. One of those who contributed to qualifying but did not make the final squad, striker Roberto Nurse, testifies to the patriotic pull of a World Cup. “Football has the power to make the feelings in a country better,” he said. “People always ask us if there are some poor places in Panama. Yes, it is true, but many areas in central and South America have these problems. “I believe everybody in a society comes together when they have pride in their national football team. The people, the police, politicians – everyone senses an improvement in personality and in their mind because they are all behind the same feeling. Football has this power. This is of such amazing importance.” How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare England, perceived as the wealthiest nation and home to so many pampered players, is naturally the most symbolic of all opponents to a third world football territory. “Everyone knows England started football,” says Cordoze, who instantly replied ‘Harry Kane’ when asked which of Gareth Southgate’s team is most admired. “Everyone knows they won the World Cup in 1966,” he said. “We also know what Iceland achieved in the European Championships so hopefully we will have a moment like this. “We know we will be facing a strong team in England, but we will face our rival with respect and enthusiasm. We know how difficult it will be but we will leave nothing on the field. “We go there to compete. They will be the favourites. But we plan to enjoy the experience. England started the history of football. Panama is only at the start of its football history. This could be the beginning of something big for us.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Claressa Shields, left, and Hanna Gabriels, of Costa Rica, face off during their IBF and WBA women's middleweight championship boxing bout early Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Shields wins decision over Gabriels; Hammer next?
Claressa Shields, left, and Hanna Gabriels, of Costa Rica, face off during their IBF and WBA women's middleweight championship boxing bout early Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Claressa Shields, left, throws a punch at Hanna Gabriels, of Costa Rica, during the 10th round of their IBF and WBA women's middleweight championship boxing bout, early Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Detroit. Shields won the bout by decision. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Shields wins decision over Gabriels; Hammer next?
Claressa Shields, left, throws a punch at Hanna Gabriels, of Costa Rica, during the 10th round of their IBF and WBA women's middleweight championship boxing bout, early Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Detroit. Shields won the bout by decision. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Claressa Shields poses with her championship belts after defeating Hanna Gabriels, of Costa Rica, during their IBF and WBA women's middleweight championship boxing bout Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Shields wins decision over Gabriels; Hammer next?
Claressa Shields poses with her championship belts after defeating Hanna Gabriels, of Costa Rica, during their IBF and WBA women's middleweight championship boxing bout Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
MX001. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO), 22/06/2018.- El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt (c-i) posa junto al argentino Jonathan "Yoni" Barros (c-d) durante su ceremonia de pesaje hoy, viernes 22 de junio de 2018, en Mérida, estado de Yucatán (México). El "Alacrán" expondrá mañana su título súperpluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) frente a "Yoni" Barros en el Polyforum Zam Ná de Mérida con el objetivo de ganar y acceder a la pelea mandatoria ante su compatriota, Miguel "Micky" Román. Para el combate de mañana que encabeza la cartelera montada por la promotora Zanfer, el CMB designó al árbitro canadiense Michael Griffin, mientras los jueces serán los estadounidenses Stephen Blea, Mike Ross y Gerald Ritter. EFE/Cuauhtémoc Moreno
MX001. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO), 22/06/2018.- El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt (c-i) posa junto al argentino Jonathan "Yoni" Barros (c-d) durante su ceremonia de pesaje hoy, viernes 22 de junio de 2018, en Mérida, estado de Yucatán (México). El "Alacrán" expondrá mañana su título súperpluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) frente a "Yoni" Barros en el Polyforum Zam Ná de Mérida con el objetivo de ganar y acceder a la pelea mandatoria ante su compatriota, Miguel "Micky" Román. Para el combate de mañana que encabeza la cartelera montada por la promotora Zanfer, el CMB designó al árbitro canadiense Michael Griffin, mientras los jueces serán los estadounidenses Stephen Blea, Mike Ross y Gerald Ritter. EFE/Cuauhtémoc Moreno
MX001. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO), 22/06/2018.- El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt (c-i) posa junto al argentino Jonathan "Yoni" Barros (c-d) durante su ceremonia de pesaje hoy, viernes 22 de junio de 2018, en Mérida, estado de Yucatán (México). El "Alacrán" expondrá mañana su título súperpluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) frente a "Yoni" Barros en el Polyforum Zam Ná de Mérida con el objetivo de ganar y acceder a la pelea mandatoria ante su compatriota, Miguel "Micky" Román. Para el combate de mañana que encabeza la cartelera montada por la promotora Zanfer, el CMB designó al árbitro canadiense Michael Griffin, mientras los jueces serán los estadounidenses Stephen Blea, Mike Ross y Gerald Ritter. EFE/Cuauhtémoc Moreno
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 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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: What time is Sunday's game, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
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 2-1 win over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane's double. Now it's on to 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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. 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 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.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali spent much of his retirement at the Berrien Springs, Michigan property (AFP Photo/Gabriel BOUYS)
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali spent much of his retirement at the Berrien Springs, Michigan, property
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali spent much of his retirement at the Berrien Springs, Michigan property (AFP Photo/Gabriel BOUYS)
MEX012. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO),21/06/2018.- El retador argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros posa hoy, jueves 21 de junio de 2018, en el estadio Salvador Alvarado de la ciudad de Mérida, en el estado de Yucatán (México), donde este sábado disputará el campeonato que ostenta actualmente el mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt. El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt, campeón súper pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) que defenderá su título el sábado ante el argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros, aseguró hoy que los golpes más duros los recibió de la vida. "La vida golpea duro, con ella no hay juegos, te hinca, te doblega, pero no me quejo porque esos golpes me han hecho mejor boxeador y mejor persona", dijo Berchelt en entrevista con Efe. Martha López Huan
MEX012. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO),21/06/2018.- El retador argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros posa hoy, jueves 21 de junio de 2018, en el estadio Salvador Alvarado de la ciudad de Mérida, en el estado de Yucatán (México), donde este sábado disputará el campeonato que ostenta actualmente el mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt. El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt, campeón súper pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) que defenderá su título el sábado ante el argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros, aseguró hoy que los golpes más duros los recibió de la vida. "La vida golpea duro, con ella no hay juegos, te hinca, te doblega, pero no me quejo porque esos golpes me han hecho mejor boxeador y mejor persona", dijo Berchelt en entrevista con Efe. Martha López Huan
MEX012. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO),21/06/2018.- El retador argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros posa hoy, jueves 21 de junio de 2018, en el estadio Salvador Alvarado de la ciudad de Mérida, en el estado de Yucatán (México), donde este sábado disputará el campeonato que ostenta actualmente el mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt. El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt, campeón súper pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) que defenderá su título el sábado ante el argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros, aseguró hoy que los golpes más duros los recibió de la vida. "La vida golpea duro, con ella no hay juegos, te hinca, te doblega, pero no me quejo porque esos golpes me han hecho mejor boxeador y mejor persona", dijo Berchelt en entrevista con Efe. Martha López Huan
MEX013. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO),21/06/2018.- El campeón mexicano en la categoría súper pluma, Miguel Berchelt (i) y el retador argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros (d) posan durante un breve encuentro hoy, jueves 21 de junio de 2018, en el estadio Salvador Alvarado de la ciudad de Mérida, en el estado de Yucatán (México), donde este sábado disputará el campeonato que ostenta actualmente el mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt. El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt, campeón súper pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) que defenderá su título el sábado ante el argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros, aseguró hoy que los golpes más duros los recibió de la vida. "La vida golpea duro, con ella no hay juegos, te hinca, te doblega, pero no me quejo porque esos golpes me han hecho mejor boxeador y mejor persona", dijo Berchelt en entrevista con Efe. Martha López Huan
MEX013. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO),21/06/2018.- El campeón mexicano en la categoría súper pluma, Miguel Berchelt (i) y el retador argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros (d) posan durante un breve encuentro hoy, jueves 21 de junio de 2018, en el estadio Salvador Alvarado de la ciudad de Mérida, en el estado de Yucatán (México), donde este sábado disputará el campeonato que ostenta actualmente el mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt. El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt, campeón súper pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) que defenderá su título el sábado ante el argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros, aseguró hoy que los golpes más duros los recibió de la vida. "La vida golpea duro, con ella no hay juegos, te hinca, te doblega, pero no me quejo porque esos golpes me han hecho mejor boxeador y mejor persona", dijo Berchelt en entrevista con Efe. Martha López Huan
MEX013. MÉRIDA(MÉXICO),21/06/2018.- El campeón mexicano en la categoría súper pluma, Miguel Berchelt (i) y el retador argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros (d) posan durante un breve encuentro hoy, jueves 21 de junio de 2018, en el estadio Salvador Alvarado de la ciudad de Mérida, en el estado de Yucatán (México), donde este sábado disputará el campeonato que ostenta actualmente el mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt. El mexicano Miguel "Alacrán" Berchelt, campeón súper pluma del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) que defenderá su título el sábado ante el argentino Jonathan Víctor Barros, aseguró hoy que los golpes más duros los recibió de la vida. "La vida golpea duro, con ella no hay juegos, te hinca, te doblega, pero no me quejo porque esos golpes me han hecho mejor boxeador y mejor persona", dijo Berchelt en entrevista con Efe. Martha López Huan
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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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 the 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. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport. Latest team news England Gareth Southgate is considering dropping Raheem Sterling against Panama, judging by a note spotted at England training. After the Three Lions sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia in Monday's World Cup opener, preparations are under way for Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod. England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland. Steve Holland, England Assistant Coach, with notes training notes Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS It showed that the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation against Panama, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield following Dele Alli's slight thigh strain - a player whose name was spelt 'Ali' on the sheet in the medical section. The Tottenham man missed the session because of the injury he picked up against Tunisia. But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford, rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 23, has had to put up with a lot in the build-up to Russia and struggled to make an impact against Tunisia, with Southgate making the Manchester City forward his first change when bringing on Rashford in the 68th minute. England vs Tunisia Player ratings 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. 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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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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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. 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

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