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France 3rd time through to final after beating Belgium in semi

It has been a tournament of extreme surprise and astonishment, So many upsets so many shocks. underdogs were doing amazing job till France and Belgium semi final that gave a marginal success to France over Belgium.

Losing manager Roberto Martinez discusses the fine margins that separated the two sides post-match:

“I think unfortunately for us the difference is a dead ball situation. The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by the one that could get the final touch in front of the goal.

“We need to be understanding that one team wins and the other one loses but if you are going to lose it should be how we did it the players gave everything.

“Now we need to almost get rid of this disappointment, we have one game left and we need to finish on a high, the players don’t deserve to go out without that high. We wanted to get into the final and the players showed an incredible togetherness

Predictions of FIFA World Cup 2018: who are the finalist?

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World Cup begins today and soccer enthusiasts around the world are already making their FIFA World Cup 2018 predictions. Read on to learn about the top contenders and who is favored to win.

Brazil

With five World Cup wins under their belts, Brazil is always a factor, but after a historic embarrassment in 2014 on home soil, insecurity plagues the team. However, with a squad absolutely loaded with world class talent, Brazil may be putting forward its best team since the 2002 World Cup champions. It should come as no surprise that Brazil is highly favored to win in most FIFA World Cup 2018 predictions.

The 2014 team faced a crushing defeat after losing key players Neymar and Thiago Silva to injury and suspension, respectively. However, this side has much more depth than the infamous 2014 team. Neymar is currently recovering from an injury, raising some fears and PTSD flashbacks for Brazilians, but has been playing well, scoring two beautiful goals in 120 minutes of pre-World Cup friendlies.

Under the direction of Tite’s intellectual coaching style, Brazil has turned around from their former humiliation; they have only lost one game since Tite took over in 2016. After giving up seven goals to Germany in the 2014 semis, Tite has reorganized Brazil’s defense, relying heavily on Destroyer Casemiro.

After Thiago Silva’s accumulated yellow cards led to his suspension in 2014, there may be some concerns that temperament could get in the way, especially considering the longing for revenge against Germany. However, Tite has the Samba Boys playing a clean and refined game. Poor coaching has also been a concern for Brazil in the past, but Tite’s pragmatic and patient coaching has put these fears to rest.

Brazil is a country that notoriously lives and dies by their soccer team. Even homeless men can be seen sporting Brazil soccer regalia on game days. Brazil views itself as the mavens of soccer and their dedication to the game is an important part of national identity. The 2014 loss on home soil was a crushing blow to the entire nation. Although the national team won 2016 Olympic Gold in men’s soccer, they need a World Cup victory this year to leave the scars of 2014 behind. And with economic and political turmoil spiraling out of control in Brazil, they badly need the win.

Germany

Defending champions Germany are the second favorite, but after losing key players to retirement they may be between golden generations. Nonetheless, their team is still loaded with talent. Unlike more erratic Brazil, Germany is always well coached, organized, and disciplined, true to their Teutonic roots. Unsurprisingly, Germany has reached the semis every time in the past four World Cups.

However, after losing Philipp Lahm and other more experienced players to retirement, they’re going to need younger players to step up in leadership positions. But many consider Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger irreplaceable players and team leaders.

Coach Jogi Low is a World Cup veteran, having led the 2014 team to victory. As such, no one expects the German team to be rattled or unprepared for victory. Under Low, this team will be disciplined, well prepared, and calculating.

While Brazil is the leading champion for most World Cup victories, Germany is catching up with four wins under their belt. A German win would mean a tie with Brazil, a further blow to Brazilian identity.

Although the German national team is not as stellar as they have been in the past, they are definitely going to be a factor. Most FIFA World Cup 2018 predictions have German sitting in the first or second position. Brazil is going to need to be prepared to combat Germany’s European playing style in order to cinch the much needed victory.

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Spain

Spain who were considered by many to be perennial underachievers finally proved themselves, taking home the trophy in 2010. After coming up short again in 2014, Spain was looked to be one of the favorites in many FIFA World Cup 2018 Predictions. After firing their coach, Julen Lopetegui, on the eve of the World Cup, soccer experts are now questioning Spain’s chances. The firing of Coach Lopetegui has raised some questions. Spain claims they did so because he negotiated a new contract to coach Real Madrid without consulting the federation.

France

France probably has the most talented roster this side of Brazil. They’re loaded from front to back with stars such as Griezmann, Mbappe, and Pogba. Didier Deschamps’ side certainly has to be considered one of the favorites. However, the 1998 Cup winners, also have a reputation for underachievement. Coming into this World Cup, they look as well prepared and organized as ever.

Belgium

Belgium hasn’t been getting a lot of hype, but like France, they present an extremely talented roster, suggesting there might be an upset in the making. Although talented, having never one the Cup, this European team is often overlooked. Stars Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku have led to this team being termed the “Golden Generation.” Led by Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, the Battleground of Europe has to be considered as a team that could eliminate one of the favorites.

Belgium faces England, Tunisia, and Panama in their group, so they should have no trouble advancing to the knockout round. However, they would need to get past Brazil and Germany to reach the finals.

Argentina

Argentina hasn’t won the World Cup in decades and Brazilians will tell you they cheated in ‘78 and ‘86. Led by international superstar Lionel Messi, Brazil’s arch nemesis shouldn’t be completely forgotten. Argentina’s roster is definitely not as talented as Brazil, relying far to heavily on Messi and showing defensive weak spots.

Argentina was meant to play Israel last Saturday, when threats were lodged against Messi, forcing a cancellation of the friendly match and reminding Argentinians how much of their hopes are pegged on one player. The team was eventually flown out of Israel on the Rolling Stone’s private jet.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Predictions: Finals

Brazil will face Germany again in the semis, stirring up old resentments and insecurities. Brazil is easily the better team, assuming follow Tite’s exceptional leadership and maintain their composure, they should have no problem advancing to the finals and eventually taking home the Cup. Because of the chaos surrounding Spain, Spain shouldn’t be expected to advance to the finals. A dream final for South Americans would be to see Argentina and Brazil facing off in the championship game. As far as who would win, it’s a no brainer.

The Nations League draw is complete

England will face Spain and Croatia in the UEFA Nations League following Wednesday’s draw. The Three Lions are bidding to win the group and progress to the Final Four showpiece in the summer of 2019. Wales will play Denmark and the Republic of Ireland in League B while Northern Ireland takes on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria.

In League C, Scotland takes on Israel and Albania.

The tournament provides teams another route into Euro 2020 running alongside qualifying.

What’s the format and how will it work?

A total of 55 nations will be divided up into four mini-leagues (A, B, C, D). League allocation will be determined by each country’s UEFA ranking in November 2017. The leagues will be tiered with the highest ranking nations in League A, the next highest in League B and so on.

Each league will then be split into groups, made up of three or four teams. At the end of each round of fixtures, four teams will be relegated to the league below and four teams will be promoted to the league above. They will play at their new league level in the next version of the competition, which will start in 2020.

The winners from each of the four groups in League A will compete in the Final Four in the summer of 2019.

Photogenic places in the world

 

The world is brimming with wonderful spots – both common and synthetic – and even the most eager Globetrotters can’t want to deplete them all. In any case, some essentially cherish the camera more than others. 

Isfehan, Iran

. Isfehan, Iran.jpgPersian-Islamic engineering is a genuine festival of craftsmanship: enlivening, emblematic and pleased. The structures of Esfehan embody these standards with elegance and loftiness. Walk around consummate tree-lined avenues, take in the brilliant tiled mosques and find the vaults and arches of Khaju Bridge at sunset, where individuals assemble to sing and discuss verse.

 

Milford Sound, New Zealand

 

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Rudyard Kipling named Milford Sound “the eighth wonder of the world” – and all who have investigated this quiet fjord would wholeheartedly concur. Mountains outline unblemished waters, which are home to seals, penguins and bottlenose dolphins. Humpback whales have additionally been spotted here progressively frequently. Emotional Miter Peak is the cash shot.

In case you’re looking for la dolce vita, look no more distant than Positano. Roosted on the cusp of the Amalfi Coast, this interwoven of beautiful estates and colonnaded galleries have a chicness that calls for dusk tinted aperitive and a fabulous, Sophia Loren-enlivened, equip. The little rock shoreline is peppered with ocean glass and striped umbrellas, the ideal place to posture among bronzed local people and motion picture stars alike.

 

Lake Tahoe, USA

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Lake Tahoe – signifying “enormous water” – is celebrated internationally as one of the most elevated snowcapped lakes on the planet. The water here is protected from solid breezes by mountains, which means it’s a fantasy for paddle boarding. On the off chance that it’s a genuine photograph opportunity you’re after, make a beeline for Emerald Bay to see the dawn; you’re ensured a supernatural affair.

Varanasi, India

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In the northern territory of Uttar Pradesh lies the old and heavenly city of Varanasi. Hindu pioneers travel here for an opportunity to bathe in the sacrosanct waters of the Ganges River and to incinerate friends and family who they accept will set sail into the following life. The sentimental Mughal engineering, brilliant waterside customs and serenades of funerary rituals stick long in the brain. At dusk, when the daily functions start and the waterway sparkles with candlelight, it is at its generally excellent.

Bruges, Belgium

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Bruges is a medieval magnum opus of cobbled avenues, channels, and sentimental footbridges – and it additionally gloats some of Belgium’s finest chocolate shops. There are tall tale scenes every step of the way and it’s a test not to get occupied by the enticing window shows. When you’ve become tired from investigating and snapping, exquisite bistros and warm bars are in abundance.

Namib Desert, Namibia

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The Namib Desert has a portion of the most noteworthy and most sensational ridges on the planet. The crude banks of sand (which consume the brightest orange at dawn) cut incredible swathes over the landscape, intruded on just by the infrequent tree, petrified by sun and absence of water. Its sheer, stark excellence influences the abandon to culminate grub for the courageous picture taker.

Palomino, Colombia

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With its wild, breezy oceans and shorelines sponsored by tough mangroves, the Caribbean bank of Colombia is a flat out knockout. A position of untouched magnificence with a cool Latino appeal and a growing “elegant packer” in culture, this piece of the world is a pleasure for meandering picture takers.

 

Scotland

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Here you’ll discover landscape to mix the spirit – and a lot of whiskey to warm the cockles. An asylum of lochs and glens, rich slopes and heather-strewn crests, Arran has a meandering, grungy excellence. Without a doubt, it’s not the roughest, nor the remotest place in the Western Isles, however, it offers an ideal cut of untainted Highland life.

 

Kyoto, Japan

 

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A city opposing the tide of modernization that has cleared through a great part of the nation, Kyoto stays focused on keeping up old-world Japanese culture. Stroll through serene greenery enclosures with beautiful elaborate scaffolds shaded by cherry trees; hear stories of Samurai conflicts and find the scars of their swords or impression Geisha on their approach to arrangements at sunset. The lanes here are pervaded with history and appeal: a remedy to the neon city that is Tokyo.

The world is brimming with wonderful spots – both common and synthetic – and even the most eager Globetrotters can’t want to deplete them all. In any case, some essentially cherish the camera more than others. Here, our Senior Picture Editor, Phoebe Lowndes, picks a depiction of the most photogenic places on Earth. Prepare your camera at them…

 

Positano, Italy

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In case you’re looking for la dolce vita, look no more distant than Positano. Roosted on the cusp of the Amalfi Coast, this interwoven of beautiful estates and colonnaded galleries have a chicness that calls for dusk tinted aperitive and a fabulous, Sophia Loren-enlivened, equip. The little rock shoreline is peppered with ocean glass and striped umbrellas, the ideal place to posture among bronzed local people and motion picture stars alike.