The 10 Ultimate Trends Of The Footballing World In 2018

As a World Cup year, we’ll never, ever forget 2018. Let’s look at the trends that dominated the Year of the Dog.

We had a lot to be thankful for in 2018 — a World Cup, a historic Real Madrid three-peat, the remarkable seasons from Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe, other things that I’m forgetting because I'm a goldfish boy. 

Here are 10 trends that I’ve managed to remember in the footballing calendar year of our Lord Gourav Mukhi 2018

Top Soccer Trends 2018

#1. Wall Tactics to the Fore 

Marcelo Brozovic's sliding stop.

Scott McTominay just being weird.

Soccer trends 2018

#2. Scoring Ridiculous Overhead Kicks At Ridiculous Times

Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Bale

#3. Lacing Ridiculous Half-Volleys At Ridiculous Times

Nacho

Benjamin Pavard

#4. We’re Not Sure What This Is, Who Knows 

#5. Going Blonde  

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#6. Being On Chelsea But Being On Loan

These are the Chelsea footballers on loan:

soccer trends 2018

soccer trends 2018

If you’re interested, Chelsea’s lead scout is Gianni Picchioni, who joined the club as part of the staff that Maurizio Sarri employed at Napoli. Do you think he had any idea what he was getting himself into?

#7. Horrendous Goalkeeping Blunders

Loris Karius

Big Willy

David de Gea

Alisson

#8. Diego Maradona Getting Lit

#9. Appreciating Luka Modric And Then Hating Luka Modric 

YES!

NO!

soccer trends 2018

#10. The End Of Living The Dream

The kick-off times aren’t optimal, but as Americans, we’ve been living the dream when it comes to viewing the beautiful game. Essentially, we’ve always been treated to whatever, whenever, for next to nothing. 

But with the rise of NBC Sports Gold, B/R Live, ESPN+, Fox Sports Go, fuboTV and everything else, we’ve now got a smorgasbord of relatively cheap, but relatively overwhelming selections to piecemeal together if we want to watch Newcastle United, LaLiga and Ajax’s march to the Champions League final. 

It was fun while it lasted, but now they’re after our precious monies. 

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