The Panenka

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

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Mexico

Mexico comfortably qualified for Russia 2018 to make their 8th consecutive World Cup appearance.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Germany

The current World Cup holders and 2017 Confederations Cup winners Germany return to Russia in a bid to become the first team to retain the title since Brazil in 1962.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Serbia

Serbia’s squad boasts a number of first-rate players, the majority of whom play in some of the continent’s top leagues.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Costa Rica

Since making their World Cup debut at Italy 1990, Costa Rica have become a World Cup staple, defying expectations by reaching the last-16 in 2014.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Switzerland

Despite losing only once in qualification, Switzerland were forced to qualify for Russia 2018 via the playoffs.

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Brazil

Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history and are the only team to have played in every tournament, never needing a play-off to qualify.

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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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