Cho Goo-sung, the South Korean striker who went viral at the World Cup – for being handsome

The news from the South Korean camp is that Cho Goo Sung had to turn off his phone. It was all salvage to a world of daily marriage proposals. He had to get some rest. His phone was on all night. It was keeping him awake. He was trying to focus on soccer, And all the while, the messages were coming in.” Within a few days, this “unimportant player” (his words) had spread strangely. Well, maybe not that Oddly enough, the player in question has the looks of a pop…

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The World Cup in Canada was a failure, but the future looks bright

Just before Canada’s final World Cup game, John Herdman bombed an office flat out to prove a point. “We are a soccer country,” said the Canada coach. “They were there. You can’t deny that.” A little over 24 hours later, many Canadians who were watching the men’s national team on the other side of the world probably clenched their fists even harder and made an argument to the contrary. Canada’s World Cup tournament ended with a 2-1 loss to Morocco on Thursday, completing a disappointing record: zero wins, three losses…

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Experts in the 2022 World Cup, the odds of Brazil, Cameroon, Serbia and Switzerland winning Group G

Brazil have lived up to the hype as the favorites of the tournament, so far. The Brazilians have won both matches and have not allowed a single goal so far. They are already in the knockout stage and will face Cameroon needing a win on Friday. Elsewhere in Group G, Switzerland faces Serbia in the rematch of the 2018 World Cup with both teams still alive. See below for events, odds, and expert picks for Friday’s Group G games. Cameroon against Brazil Cameroon (0-1-1, 1 point); Brazil (2-0-0, 6 points)…

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2022 World Cup Round of 16 schedule, odds

The round of 16 for the 2022 World Cup starts on Saturday and runs until Tuesday. The knockout stage is probably the most exciting part of the tournament as both teams will play to advance, while some teams may play to a tie in the group stage if they are already in a good position. The knockout stage also introduces penalty kicks into the equation if the teams remain tied after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra time. Another unique aspect of the 2022 World Cup is that there…

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Mbappe has found harmony with France, but tension awaits him at Paris Saint-Germain and a sale may follow

As the French players gathered to celebrate Adrien Rabiot’s equalizing goal against Australia, there was an embrace between the Juventus midfielder and French star Kylian Mbappe. For many, the scene may have seemed like a direct moment of relief after the world champions fell behind in their opening World Cup match. But for those who have followed this dramatic France side in recent years, it was a sign of harmony. Mbappe and Rabiot in the midst of a team embrace after Rabiot’s equalizer against Australia (Photo: Ryan Pearcy via Getty…

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World Cup shocks: Do group-stage surprises make the World Cup less enjoyable?

The opening week of the 2022 World Cup has been a mixed bag, and generally hard to describe. There were an alarming number of goalless draws, and two knocks by England and Spain. But the most memorable so far were two real surprises, both similar in nature. Saudi Arabia and Japan inflicted 2-1 defeats on Argentina and Germany respectively, both of whom were trailing 1-0 at half-time. Both are, without a doubt, the most legendary World Cup victories in the history of these two nations. All this inevitably fueled the…

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France, led by Deschamps, is challenging the World Cup skeptics and proving that they are still the real deal

Remember when the viewing world was ready for one of those signature French blowouts? When was the suggestion that even potential swings in Group D could be so deceptive for a team that arrived in out-of-form Qatar and stripped of a core group of key players? Didier Deschamps was barbed in his press conferences. Controversies swept the national union. The team felt weak. They will find a way to tear their cup defense to shreds for sure. Now back to reality. Deschamps’ side is the first team to qualify for…

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Where is Geo Rina? As the USMNT struggles to score, frustration mounts over their lack of minutes

The finishing touches in the USMNT’s 0-0 draw with England belonged to Gio Reina. There were four of them, fast in succession as he approached the touchline. The last pass played was in the direction of Christian Pulisic, but it went past Jack Grealish’s right and out of play. And that was it. Rena turned around and raised his head towards the crowd in frustration because he knew the whistle would blow right away. He had 11 minutes and 30 seconds of time on the court. That’s it. One of…

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England and USMNT player ratings: Hunting for Black Friday deals

From Tickle-Me-Elmo to the Nintendo Wii, Black Friday can send bargain hunters into a consumer frenzy. As the United States and England play each other in a World Cup match on this holy day of spending and holiday season approaching the January transfer window, we’ve checked CIES Football Observatory Estimated Transfer Fee Assessments On a handful of players from each side plying their trades in Europe’s five biggest leagues. Which players are currently racking up unmissable ratings, and whose ratings would prevent potential suitors from camping outside the club shop,…

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Playing With USMNT World Cup Captain Tyler Adams: “He’s A Natural Leader”

First scouting report on Tyler Adams in the Leeds United system starting from January 2020. Adams has been with Germany’s RB Leipzig for a year and Leeds sent Gaby Ruiz, their European head of recruiting, to watch him in the flesh. Leeds were in no position to sign him as they were only a second-tier club at the time, Leipzig were investing heavily in Adams but more often than not in football, that first look at a player sows a seed. Interesting, Adams was a player of technical promise and…

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