World Cup

Oprah’s World Cup Advice To Lionel Messi: Find The Strength Inside Yourself

Imagine this: it’s July 15, 2018. It’s the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. 81,000 spectators are collectively holding their breath while more than one billion are tuned in across the planet. After 120 minutes of action in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, we’re all square between Argentina and Germany. It's penalties.

Argentina now has a chance to lift the trophy with their fifth and final spot kick. It’s Lionel Messi — the perennial international runner-up — approaching the spot with German No. 1 Manuel Neuer staring him down. 

15 GIFs That Sum Up Zinedine Zidane’s Flawless 2006 World Cup Performance

Without reviewing the entire 2006 World Cup — or at least just France’s quarterfinal victory over Brazil — it’s difficult to get a sense of just how deserved a Golden Ball winner Zinedine Zidane was. 

Having announced his retirement from Real Madrid at the end of the 2005-06 season, the summer’s World Cup served as Zidane’s swan song on the pitch. He turned it into his personal testimonial, particularly when the knockout stages began. 

Brazil’s 2018 World Cup Jerseys Are A Fear-Inducing Shade Of Canary-Yellow

Brazil will approach the World Cup in the shadow of its catastrophic 7-1 semifinal defeat to Germany from 2014, but the Seleção has gradually let the light back in with its gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and remarkable run through CONMEBOL qualifying. 

After losing its opening match against Chile, Brazil went undefeated over the following 17 games, recording 12 wins and five draws while scoring 41 goals and allowing only nine. Accordingly, Brazil is worthy of its FIFA ranking of No. 2 and Elo ranking of No. 1. 

18 Things In 18 Seconds: Cristiano Ronaldo's potential break up with Real Madrid, World Cup mascots, and the most mispronounced soccer names.

The18.com knows you don't have time to waste when it comes to your soccer news. That's why we've created the fastest rundown in soccer. Greg Ellis takes you through 18 different soccer topics, and spends 18 seconds on each. This time he goes over Cristiano Ronaldo's potential break up with Real Madrid, World Cup mascots, and the most mispronounced soccer names and much more. If you liked this episode Watch Episode 3 of 18 Things in 18 Seconds.

3 Shocking Political Moments At The World Cup

Welcome to the World Cup! We’ve all come to think of this soccer extravaganza as one where countries compete in a civilized tournament but let’s face it, the World Cup is the Sunday League of planet Earth. A league where all the unique children of the neighborhood come out to play some footie, and they’re only unique because their mothers said so. What could possibly go wrong?

Watch The Lyric Video For Jason Derulo's World Cup Anthem

"Colors," Jason Derulo's Coca-Cola World Cup anthem that is sweeping the soccer universe, is now available in lyric video form, so you can sing along if that is something you might want to do.

Here are the lyrics:

Oh, what a feeling

Look what we've overcome

Oh, I'm gonna wave-a-wave my flag

And count all the reasons

We are the champions

There ain't no turning, turning back

Saying "Oh, can't you taste the feeling, feeling"

The 15 Most Expensive World Cup Stadiums Of The 21st Century

The dawning of the 21st century saw a massive shift with regards to FIFA World Cup stadia. For example, when West Germany hosted the 1974 World Cup, the majority of the matches were played in existing stadiums built for a variety of purposes. They all had running tracks and were built in the 30s and nobody cared. 

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