Football Fans’Club 9

The Croatia vs England encounter was a tough match; and very thrilling too.

England was fast to score when the match opened which gave them momentum and almost destabilized the Croatian side. However, Croatia regained focus and slammed on the equalizer during the dying minutes of the match.

For a good part of the encounter, Croatia was a stronger side. Their players showed proof of more stamina.

That Croatia carried the day,picking the remaining ticket to the final was no surprise to most viewers.

There must be unprecedented jubilation in Croatia now while in England it is a black day.

Bravo Croatia!

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Football Fans’ Club 6

Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo in the head lines again on the first day of stepping onto the stadium in Russia 2018.

Ronaldo carries home all the superlative – ‘magical Ronaldo,’ ‘their best ever’ after he hit the Spanish net with a penalty shot.

All the same, Spain and Portugal ended on a 3-3 score.

It was a clash of giants; a match to watch.

Any comment?

Football Fans’Club 5

Russian humiliates Saudi Arabia

2018 World Cup Opens

Russia opened the 2018 World Cup at home in a big way, thrashing Saudi Arabia 5 goals to zero.

A big deal for the host country while the Saudi boys got their fans totally embarrassed.

Did you watch the match? Let’s get your impressions.

World Football Cup 2018

Football Fans’ Club 5

Who would you tip as the World Cup 2018 Sensation?

Many are tipping 5-time ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Yet, the fans and supporters of Lionel Messi are not less ambitious. They are hoping their man will outsmart his all-tine rival to carry the day.

But a third school believes this time around it will be neither Ronaldo nor Messi.

A new star is twinkling in the sky. The 25-year old forward for the Egyptian 23-man squad is that new phenomenon.

Mohamed Saleh, who is the star player for Liverpool is being tipped even by Christiano Ronaldo to be the 2018 ballon d’or.

The rising star sustained an injury when he clashed with Sergio Ramos at the UEFA Champion League final with Christian Ronaldo’s Real Madrid.

But being on the Egyptian squad to the world event, is an indication that he is far up back to normal.

A brilliant surprise could spring to overturn expectations.

What ever the case, the three super boys will give a good account of themselves, spellbinding millions of spectators across the world.

Question of the day: who is your pick for the 2018 Ballon d’Or?

Football Fans’ club 3

Football is commonly called the King Sport.

Truly, it seems to be the number one crowd puller in the world. Some have even referred to it as the world’s first religion.

Strangely, while some people adore it and swear by it, many others are indifferent.

Tastes are different. It is true, as we say in English, that one man’s meat is another man’s poison.

I do like football, but I am not among those who would die for it. When my country is playing an important match, I become excited and want to see victory come home.

Many times my disappointment has been deep because we lost a crucial match like a world cup match or some other important competition. But I am not going to start a fight with some one because their team has beaten mine. I am not an extremist when it comes to football.

The so much extremism exhibited by lots of football fans, is, to say the least, disgusting to me; and regrettably, we should be ready to see quite much of it in Russia this 2018 World Cup.

Extremism clearly undermines the very purpose of this competition which is to serve as a uniting factor for the world.

While we want our team to win, we must always understand that the other person wants to win as much; and feels equally happy when victory comes. Secondly, today, you may win and tomorrow you may lose and vice versa.

We have to learn to win or lose with honour and dignity – what we commonly refer to as sportsmanship.

The spirit of sportsmanship gives meaning to the World Cup competition; in fact, to all sports competitions. Hence, whether we are Russians, the organisers or fans in or from participating countries, the watch word is sportsmanship.

I would like to hear from you what is your stand when it comes to football. Are you passionate? Passive? Or in between like me?

What do you say about extremism or fanaticism in football?

Thank you for making time to read this. Football offers a good arena for inspiration, and we look forward to helping our community and readers draw inspiration from the various exploits in this domain to excel in their own fields.