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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Serge Gnabry: Why Germany’s World Cup star hasn’t arrived at West Bromwich Albion

Please point out any gaps in your employment history. It’s an embarrassing question for Serge Gnabry, for him those gaps relate to the 2015-16 season, when he was on loan from Arsenal at West Bromwich Albion. He made his debut in August at home against Chelsea, three games into the season and a month after he turned 20, coming on for 12 minutes at the end of a 3-2 Premier League defeat. All goals had already been scored by the time he scored. Then he played in the League Cup…

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How Mesut Ozil fell into the crossfire of the “moral hypocrisy” dispute in Germany

Mesut Ozil has not been called up by national team manager Hansi Flick for the World Cup, but he will be in Qatar this week. The former Germany and Arsenal midfielder – who won the 2014 World Cup – is traveling to the Gulf to watch some matches in his personal capacity. However, Ozil, Currently in Istanbul Basaksehir, it has A surprise of sorts has already appeared at this tournament: during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Spain, dozens of Qataris and spectators in an assortment of national team jerseys held up…

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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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Kevin De Bruyne is right – Belgium is very old

Kevin De Bruyne looked like he was in shock, eyes wide but expression blank, toting a pair of bulky headphones and carrying a suitcase as he headed off the pitch for the waiting bus. “A chance for a quick word, Kevin?” No, there is no chance. Perhaps the Belgium midfielder feels he has said enough in the build-up to the World Cup. He had nothing to add after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Morocco and left his team in a precarious position in their final group match against…

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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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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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So Germany, what the hell happened?

There were many different answers in the Germany section of the mixed zone at Khalifa International Stadium, but the question was always the same: what the hell happened there? Playing badly and losing is one thing. You get what you deserve, and you move on. Playing well – or at least well enough – for three-quarters of the match to win it but somehow finding yourself in a ‘horror scenario’ at the final whistle is, as Thomas Müller puts it, very difficult to do. This was the worst kind of…

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France 4 Australia 1: Giroud equals the goalscoring record, Rabiot shines, Nagrat Deschamps 4-2-3-1

Olivier Giroud scored twice to equal Thierry Henry as France’s all-time leading goalscorer and helped Kylian Mbappe torment the Australian defense in a 4-1 win for the reigning champions. Didier Deschamps was without their first striker after Karim Benzema pulled out with a thigh injury on the eve of the tournament but France looked lethal in attack at times, with Giroud, Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann combining well. Australia took an early lead through Craig Goodwin, but France responded with two double wickets either side of the first half.…

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