The Panenka

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

World Cup 2018 Preview: Spain

Spain look to galvanize a wealth of talent to exorcise the demons of a truly embarrassing campaign at the 2014 World Cup.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo and co. possess an exciting combination of experience, raw talent, defensive sensibility, and attacking prowess.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Uruguay

With two World Cup titles to their name, Uruguay are the mouse that keeps roaring.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Egypt

After winning the African Cup of Nations in 2010, Egypt’s national team was hampered by the political upheaval of the Arab Spring, but at Russia 2018, the Pharaohs look set to make an impact.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Saudi Arabia

After battling to the final of the Asian Cup in 2007, Saudi Arabia have emerged from the wilderness to qualify for Russia 2018.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Russia

If Russia can advance from the group stage for the first time in their history, many would consider it a successful tournament.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia Group Stage Fixtures

Now we know where and when the opening games of the 2018 World Cup will be. It’s time to get your travel and accommodation booked for the 2018 World Cup in Russia! These are next summer’s group stage fixtures.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia Group Stage Draw Announced

The wait is finally over! Find out who your team has been drawn against in the group stages of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

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Eight Legends Set to Make World Cup Draw

With the eagerly awaited Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow approaching, FIFA has revealed the high-profile draw assistants who will be lending a helping hand on 1 December. 

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Postecoglou Quits as Socceroos Continue to Do Things the Hard Way

Despite losing only one game in a demanding 22-game journey to qualify for Russia 2018, Australia continue to do things the hard way.

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