The Panenka

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

Month: October 2017

Egypt’s Essam El Hadary Set to Break Age Barrier at Russia 2018

The Egypt and Al-Taawoun keeper will become the oldest player ever to feature in a World Cup next summer at the ripe age of 45.

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Olofinjana Targets World Cup Quarter-Finals

Former international Seyi Olofinjana believes Nigeria should target the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup.

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Deadline for World Cup Ticket Registration is October 12, 2017

Whether your country has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia yet or not, you need to register with FIFA by Wednesday, October 12, 2017, to be able to buy tickets. The Panenka provides a guide to buying tickets for the tournament.

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Messi’s Moments of Magic for Argentina

As the world waits to see if Lionel Messi can drag la albiceleste kicking and screaming to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, The Panenka revisits some of the Barcelona phenomenon’s best moments for Argentina.

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Syria’s Road to Sydney ‘Paved with Blood’

Syria’s journey from the ruins of civil war to the brink of World Cup qualification is a near miracle. However, beneath the surface, there is a much more sinister story.
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Qatar World Cup Head Say Blockade Poses ‘No Risk’ to Event

The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar says that political instability in the region will not have an effect on the project. 

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Russian World Cup Venue Builds Seats Outside Stadium to Meet FIFA Capacity Standards

Ekaterinburg Stadium, one of the venues for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has undergone a nightmarish makeover in order to meet FIFA standards.

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Putin Warns Delays in Building 2018 World Cup Are Unacceptable

President Vladimir Putin expressed concern over delays to some of Russia’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday, warning there were no grounds for complacency.

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