The Panenka

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

Month: December 2017 (page 1 of 2)

World Cup 2018 Preview: Nigeria

Nigeria are easily the most accomplished African team to reach Russia 2018. With the highest population in their respective continent, they also have some of the highest expectations.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Croatia

Croatia haven’t enjoyed much success recently, but they are still capable of competing with the world’s best with some of world football’s most creative talents at their disposal.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Iceland

The exciting new generation of players that fared so well in Euro 2016 will spearhead Iceland’s maiden appearance at the World Cup.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Argentina

This is likely to be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup, and despite a disastrous last few years, it is impossible to write this team of superstars off.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Peru

Jefferson Farfan, also known as La Foquita (‘The Little Seal’), marked his return to the Peru setup with the opening goal in a historic night of football that saw Los Incas defeat New Zealand in the intercontinental playoff.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Denmark

Unable to qualify for a major tournament since 2012, the Danes have lived on the periphery of the world game for the past few years.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Australia

The young and hungry group of players who won the 2015 Asian Cup are ready to cut their teeth on the biggest stage.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: France

France have high hopes that this emerging group of players will reach the heights scaled by the country’s golden generation of the late-90s.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Iran

Iran are among Asia’s traditional footballing powerhouses, but can they rock the kasbah and make the knockout stages for the first time?

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Morocco

Morocco returns to the World Cup after a 20-year absence without conceding once during qualification.

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