France vs Croatia – 1998 WC revisited

France vs Croatia – 1998 WC revisited

History was made in football when underdogs Croatia beat a comparatively more favoured and better ranked England side in the undergoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. After Uruguay in 1950, Croatia has become the smallest country to enter a World Cup final with a population of roughly 4.1 million. Being the only team in […]

Putin’s World Cup: Its role in the long game

The World Cup does not exist in a vacuum and it is but a piece on Putin’s board.

Putin’s World Cup: Its role in the long game

Putin plays chess. His years in the KGB taught him patience and planning.  He plays the long game, he positions his pieces and waits for the perfect moment to strike. The World Cup has proven to be an outstanding publicity coup for Putin.  It was foreshadowed with fear for attendee’s safety.  British media and UK officials […]

A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

Like the Sochi Winter Games, the immediate aftermath of the 2018 World Cup is likely to be favorable toward Russia.  But, like the doping controversy that resulted in the barring of Russian athletes from several major sports competitions after Sochi, time will tell whether Russia’s hosting of soccer’s global extravaganza will be deemed a success. […]

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Media pundits and geopolitical scholars have compared Putin’s World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, asserting that the global spectacle of the World Cup is primarily a propaganda effort by Putin’s Russia.  Indeed, the Sochi Olympic Games were just held in 2014, and Putin sought to grandstand his nation through a deceitful athlete doping and […]

Russian Team World Cup 2018 Prediction – Not Promising

Russian Team World Cup 2018 Prediction – Not Promising

 The Hosts Without a Team Russia has had a smooth sailing so far in the World-Cup 2018 with wins over Saudi Arabia (5-0) and Egypt (3-1). However, going forward it will be extremely hard for Russia to progress any further in the World Cup, and, if they are lucky, go past the second round. To […]

English Fan’s Safety at World Cup Remains a Concern

Concerns remain over the safety of fans attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, especially England’s fans.  Tuesday senior police officer for soccer, Mark Roberts, spoke before a parliament’s foreign affairs committee assuring lawmakers Russia was prepared to handle security for the multi-day, multi-venue event.  As Russia provides assurances it is prepared to ensure […]