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2018 World Cup: What you need to know

11 monthes ago   |   By USA Today

SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers discusses Russia's first time as a World Cup host, the underdogs of the tournament and if a South American country can their its World Cup in Europe since 1958.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'Machine' Germany should defend World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'Machine' Germany should defend World Cup

11 monthes ago   |   By ESPN

The FC crew assess how many teams are capable of winning the 2018 World Cup and whether a first-time winner could emerge in Russia.
The FC crew break down ESPN's World Cup power rankings, which are led by Brazil, Germany and Spain while omitting Mexico from the top 10.
Sweden took out World Cup perennials Italy in qualifying, but will the absence of their perennial talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic mean a short World Cup?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that Germany will be the team to beat in the World Cup.
The former Sweden international, whose national team has been grouped with Germany, Mexico and...
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Argentina's Willy Caballero unsure of World Cup starting spot

11 monthes ago   |   By ESPN FC

Lionel Messi and Argentina look to change their fortunes in the 2018 World Cup after losing seven consecutive finals.
Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop react to the selections for the Ultimate World Cup XI, as chosen by the fans and ESPN FC experts.
The guys get into a lively debate while responding to your tweets about Messi and LeBron, Zinedine Zidane and a lack of love for Belgium.
The group with Messi, the thunder clap and a couple Skeletor lookalikes. The Exploding Heads break down Group D with the help of an Olympic medalist.
Lionel Messi's sons Thiago and Mateo were more than pleased...
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Pressure on Messi to win World Cup greater than ever, says Zanetti

Pressure on Messi to win World Cup greater than ever, says Zanetti

11 monthes ago   |   By Goal

After losing three consecutive finals in international tournaments, Argentina are under pressure to succeed at the 2018 World Cup
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Height effect: Argentina sizes up Iceland at World Cup

11 monthes ago   |   By Seattle Pi

BRONNITSY, Russia - In theory, two-time World Cup champion Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing Iceland, which is making its first appearance at the tournament. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the height effect.
Icelandic footballers are the tallest at the World Cup in Russia, with an average height of 1.85 meters , making them especially strong in aerial duels in defense and attack. It's a weapon that Iceland will try to use to counter the individual brilliance of Lionel Messi and other players when the two teams face each other Saturday in Group D.
Because...
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