ROFL! Neymar Challenge is making people roll all over the world

AFP  Getty Images

AFP Getty Images

- Why has World Cup been full of surprises?

Excluding shootouts, France have lost just one of their last 13 games in the knockout rounds of the World Cup (W10 D2 L1).

Ah well, there's always World Cup 2022, fellas.

Brazilian superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was never far from the headlines in Russian Federation, and despite having exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage, fans around the world are ensuring that his questionable legacy will not be forgotten in a hurry.

Kane is the closest example of a guaranteed performer England have had in a generation. Over the past decade, Belgium have grown stronger and stronger to the extent that they are being tipped as dark horses to end the dominance of the eternal favourites like Brazil and Germany.

Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russian Federation - 42 per cent, no less - and England has been the master of that department on its run to Wedneday's semi-final match against Croatia.

ALSO READ: Fifa World Cup 2018: What English are doing right & will that be enough? His goal oozed freshness and a young person's can-do attitude. This is only the fifth time that has happened (after 1934, 1966, 1982 and 2006). Russian Federation 2018 was supposed to be his time, even if he had missed a chunk of the 2017/2018 season due to a foot injury.

France centre-back Raphael Varane has insisted that his team will have to be wary of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku in Tuesday night's 2018 World Cup semi-final against Belgium.

Belgium have scored against CONMEBOL opposition for the first time in a World Cup game in 28 years, having last done so in the course of a 3-1 win over Uruguay in the 1990 World Cup's group stages. The impression, increasingly, is that all that remains of Brazil's heydays are fumes.

The midfield duo, who both have dual Moroccan-Belgian nationality, kept Belgium alive with their goals off the bench in the extraordinary round of 16 comeback against Japan and were handed starts in the 2-1 win over Brazil.

Thanks to a recent study, we now know exactly how much time he's spent on the ground during the 2018 World Cup: a whopping 14 minutes. Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at global level and it's taken us two years to get there". Instead, the 26-year-old playmaker regressed, becoming the butt of jokes because of his theatrics and flops. Caboclo will become the CBF's new president next year following his election victory in April.

Two of the World Cup's outstanding players will now go head-to-head in St Petersburg, with De Bruyne aware of the threat that Mbappe will pose.

The team also has a seasoned spine running from back to front, via goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, central defender Raphael Varane, midfielder Paul Pogba and striker Antoine Griezmann.

Recommended News

  • Brazil's World Cup defeat hits home in Lebanon

    Brazil's World Cup defeat hits home in Lebanon

    Can Belgium's defenders stop Brazil's attacking arsenal? The victor will play France or Uruguay in the semifinals in St. It is still hard for us to understand what happened and where we made a mistake.
    Wah!!! Dershowitz shunned on Martha’s Vineyard!

    Wah!!! Dershowitz shunned on Martha’s Vineyard!

    He said the Democratic Party is being taken over by "radicals" who do not want to hear any dissenting views. Some, he said, have demanded "trigger warnings" so they could move to "safe spaces" away from his ideas.
    Paul Manafort asks for trial to be moved to Roanoke

    Paul Manafort asks for trial to be moved to Roanoke

    Manafort is one of four Trump campaign or White House aides to have been charged in Mueller's investigation. Mueller's team dismissed that argument.
  • Trapped boys not yet ready to dive out, Thai rescuers say

    Trapped boys not yet ready to dive out, Thai rescuers say

    The schoolboys and their football coach disappeared on June 23 when they were exploring the cave in northern Chiang Rai province. If the risk from either the air or water increased "to the point that we can not accept, we will make decision", he said.
    ZTE appoints new CEO

    ZTE appoints new CEO

    ZTE's business has been effectively frozen since the sales ban took effect, and it has racked up billions of dollars in losses. New CEO Xu was most recently president of ZTE's telco cloud and core networks product line, according to past media reports.
    Daniel Cormier Falls Hard at UFC 226 Media Event, Claims He's 'Fine'

    Daniel Cormier Falls Hard at UFC 226 Media Event, Claims He's 'Fine'

    His standout wrestling skills have been insurmountable for nearly every opponent except Jon Jones, who has beaten him twice. I'm not going to reinvent the wheel at this stage in my career. "I'm a grinder, and that's what I'm going to do to Stipe".
  • Who Is Brett Kavanaugh Trump Supreme Court Nominee

    Who Is Brett Kavanaugh Trump Supreme Court Nominee

    He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions. He's urging people to make their voices heard, an indirect reference to voicing their objections to senators.
    Texas mother accused of selling child, trying to sell 2 more

    Texas mother accused of selling child, trying to sell 2 more

    Department of Public Safety agents executed a drug search warrant in Corpus Christi and located the 7-year-old. Authorities say Garza was also in the process of selling her two daughters, ages 2 and 3.
    Nike has already started removing the iconic LeBron James banner in Cleveland

    Nike has already started removing the iconic LeBron James banner in Cleveland

    The prospect of the pair teaming up at the Staples Center no longer appears a matter of "when" rather than "if". What the Lakers continue to do in the off-season and how L.A. looks next season remains to be seen.
  • Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarter-final

    Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarter-final

    Both teams created chances in the second half with Perisic going agonisingly close, only to be denied by the post. After making the semi-final in 1998 in France the Croatians return to the last four, this time to face England .
    World powers back Iran oil exports despite U.S.  sanctions threat

    World powers back Iran oil exports despite U.S. sanctions threat

    But Britain, France and Germany say they are determined to save the deal and its economic benefits for Iran. Further sanctions on oil and transactions with the central bank of Iran will come into effect November 6.
    Women's top seed Simona Halep suffers shock defeat at Wimbledon

    Women's top seed Simona Halep suffers shock defeat at Wimbledon

    Of the top 10 seeded players at Wimbledon , only one remains entering the round of 16 - and it isn't No. 1. The former US Open victor , who made the semi-finals in 2013, next faces unseeded Gilles Simon of France.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.