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So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
 
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Basketball and Football, two similar yet entirely different games. Same basic rules which are to score as many as you can before the end of the game, but the difference is so big you sometimes forget that they are so similar. With the obvious fact of Basketball is a ball being dribbled with hands and Football is a ball being dribbled with feet, there are other rules which make the sports almost opposites in a way. Basketball could improve the future of English football.
I believe this as if you look at …

Leading on from the top 10 goalkeepers in the world; I now present you the top 10 Centre-backs in the world. Remember, this is partly judged on recent performances and partly on permanent class. Enjoy, comment and discuss and remember to look out for the remaining four articles in this series of 6, the next one being the top 10 full-backs.
Centre-backs
Honourable mentions:

Diego Godin – An old school centre-half who bought into the ‘Simeone way’ from the very beginning to great effect. His dogged style and aerial prowess means he is now crucial …

Say the word Belgium to a person a few years ago and they will think beer, buns and probably cows. However, say it now and any football hipster will tell you it’s the international base of all that’s right with football. We as fans like to support one cool team to go along with the team that has been forced upon us. This second team provides a glimmer a hope and success to counteract the depressing reality of our local team. Most people would choose and I’m guessing here, Borussia Dortmund …

The Red Devils, Belgium’s national football team are causing quite a stir. Not just in Belgium but across the globe. And why wouldn’t they? They’re a team filled to the brim with young exciting talent and there might yet be more the come with players like Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj, PSV Eindhoven’s Zakaria Bakkali and Monaco’s Ferreira-Carrasco. The most optimistic football fans are even saying that they have a shot at winning the World Cup in Brazil. But Marc Wilmots’ side are nothing more than outsiders for the title, for …

In recent years we have seen players of Albanian heritage choose their nationalised countries instead of their indigenous homeland. As a Kosovan-Albanian myself, I, along with many, are left frustrated by players taking this decision. From stars like Xherdan Shaqiri to less known but yet talented players like Granit Xhaka it just has a damming verdict on Albanian development.
Switzerland’s latest World Cup Qualifier call-up list involves five players of Albanian heritage: Xherdan Shaqiri, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Blerim Xhemaili and Admir Mehmedi. There are many other Albanian players that play …