The Panenka

A blog dedicated to European Football, World Soccer, and the 2018 World Cup in Russia

World Cup 2018 Preview: Japan

Russia 2018 will be Japan’s sixth World Cup appearance, all of which have come consecutively since 1998. 

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Colombia

In 2014, Colombia lit up the tournament with attacking flair and a happy-go-lucky attitude, can they do it again in Russia?

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Senegal

Senegal stunned the world by beating World Cup holders France in their first ever game at the global finals in 2002. Can they repeat those heroics on the big stage in Russia?

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Poland

Poland returns to the World Cup after a 12-year absence boasting their most complete squad in generations.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: England

With the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard, Ferdinand, and Terry long gone, England are a team in transition.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Tunisia

After missing out on the last two World Cups, Tunisia are seeking to reach the knockout stages for the first time.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Panama

Panama are World Cup debutants and qualified for the tournament ahead of their bitter rivals the United States in the most controversial circumstances.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Belgium

The Red Devils return to the big stage aiming to improve on their run to the last eight in 2014. Everybody’s dark horse – now’s the time to deliver.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: South Korea

South Korea are the only side from outside of Europe and South America to be ever-present at the World Cup since 1986.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Sweden

Calls for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to renege on his retirement have become deafening; as the man himself said in 2014, “a World Cup without me is nothing.”

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