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The Road to Russia

Showcasing the teams, profiling the players to watch and all the developments and excitement leading into the biggest event of 2018.

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April 27

World Cup Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan. None of them truly wow, but all are capable of anything. Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s capabilities are well versed, but can he crown his career by leading La Albiceleste to the promised land in Russia. And can a fit Vincent Kompany help Belgium better its 2014 quarter-final appearance. These are the Contenders on the Road to Russia 2018.

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April 20

Group G of the World Cup comprises Belgium, England, Panama and Tunisia. Progression seems simple enough for the first two, but what can the others throw up? Brazil coach Tite has transformed The Seleçäo into a powerhouse, but how far can they go? And Argentina’s Lionel Messi can’t do it all alone, but is Gonzalo Higuaín ready to step up? These are the Contenders on the Road to Russia 2018.

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April 13

Group F lacks balance at the 2018 World Cup - top-ranked Germany and one of the cellar dwellers South Korea, with Mexico and Sweden battling for progression too. Can Raheem Sterling turn it on for England? Can Brazil’s Willian step out of his star teammates’ shadows? And can the oldest man at the tournament, Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary, do something special as a Contender on the Road to Russia 2018.

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April 6

Brazil will enter group E at the 2018 in Russia with one thing on its mind - revenge. But first it must get past challengers Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia. France’s Antoine Griezmann needs to stay grounded for France; while Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner has already learned the dangers of over-confidence. And Argentina’s coach Jorge Sampaoli dares to dream on the Road to Russia 2018.

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March 30

Can Lionel Messi’s Argentina overcome the burden of expectation and lift the World Cup the nation yearns for. Portugal’s hopes rest with Cristiano Ronaldo, but the pressure won’t hinder him. But others haven’t handled it as well, including Peru’s Jefferson Farfán. In his first - and last - World Cup, he’s the key to his nation’s success. These are the Contenders on the Road to Russia 2018.

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March 23

Can Philippe Coutinho play a starring role for Brazil in Russia. What about Mexico’s Chicharito - the speedy Javier Hernández seems poised to play a prudent role. England coach Gareth Southgate might very well have the toughest job of anyone, and a tough-to-predict France might just have struck gold in Group C. These are The Contenders on the Road to Russia 2018.

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March 9

Group B for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will see two European heavyweights lock horns, as two underdogs look to knock them off their perch. Son Heung-Min returns to the world stage to build on his impressive 2014 debut. Mesut Özil takes a leading role for world champions Germany, and Brazil’s Thiago Silva has it all to prove. These are The Contenders on the Road to Russia 2018.

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February 23

Sergio Romero’s Road to Russia with Argentina is all about avenging the heartbreak of defeat in 2014. Is Dele Alli the spark England needs on the world stage? And is N’Golo Kanté’s X-Factor the tonic France needs to lift the World Cup? Then there’s Group A - in some ways the easiest group, but in many ways the toughest. Who will progress? Find out on the Road to Russia.

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April 6

Argentina is desperate to put their heartbreaking 2014 World Cup final loss behind them, but can they provide little Lionel Messi with enough support to turn their fortunes around? Marc Andre ter Stegen gives Germany football’s best one-two punch in goal, Sergio Busquets is Spain’s defensive dynamo in the midfield, and Iceland’s Aron Gunnarsson arrives in Russia ready for battle.

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March 30

The Swedish National Team went through 2018 qualification without their football god, but the made it to Russia regardless, and hope to make even more miracles. Sardar Azmoun is Iran’s superstar in the making, France’s Kylian Mbappé is a bonafide star despite still a teen, and Diego Costa is committed to carrying Spain back to their World Cup champion form of 2010.

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March 26

The Belgian National Team arrives in Russia wiser from their World Cup failures of four years prior, and are ready to make the most of this golden generation. Team-first forward Edinson Cavani is the difference maker for Uruguay, Tim Cahill is Australia’s veteran goal scoring weapon off the bench, and Yerry Mina is the tower in Colombia’s youthful backline.

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March 16

The English National Team arrives in Russia without great expectations, giving them the green light to play without pressure, and the chance to advance beyond prognostication. Germany’s World Cup goal scoring machine, Thomas Müller, hopes to repeat 2014, Bernardo Silva is set to replicate Portugal’s Euro 2016 exploits, and for Emil Forsberg, Sweden’s qualification miracle is just the beginning.

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March 12

The French National Team returns to the World Cup with a sublimely talented squad reminiscent of their 1998 title winning team. Can they take home World Cup number two 20 years after their first? Switzerland’s right side of the pitch will be manned by their captain, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Brazil can count on the hard working exploits of forward Roberto Firmino.

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March 5

The Spanish National Team has put their dismal 2014 title defence behind them and vow Russia will be different. Kasper Schmeichel wants to drag Denmark beyond the quarterfinal result father Peter achieved 20 years prior. And if Leon Goretzka breathes new life into Germany’s midfield, Paolo Guerrero is back for Peru after a dubious drug ban.

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February 26

For the Russian National Team to be successful in 2018, they need to focus on what’s happen-ing on the pitch and block out the noise that comes with being the host nation off it. Ivan Rakitic brings consistency to Croatia’s midfield, Mats Hummels provides solidity as Germany’s go-to centre-back, and Brazil’s biggest goal scoring sensation is the young Gabriel Jesus.

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February 16

The Australia National team is hedging their bets in Russia on their familiar faces and a new head coach. Jordi Alba brings pace to Spain’s back line, France’s Blaise Matuidi adds tough tackling to their midfield, and if Neymar can stay on his feet, he brings a skill set to Brazil not seen since the days of the legendary Pelé.

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February 12

The Portugal National team arrives in Russia the reigning European Champions. And with their captain Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way, they hope to add their first ever World Cup to the trophy case, too. Belgium’s Eden Hazard hopes to make the most of the Red Devils’ golden football generation, Denmark’s Andreas Christensen is set to make an impressive World Cup debut.

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February 5

The Egypt National team returns to the World Cup after a 28 year absence. It’s only their third appearance in the tournament, but with 2017 African Footballer of the Year, Mohamed Salah leading the way, it promises to be their best. Carlo Vela hopes he’s put enough good vibes out to earn a spot in Mexico’s World Cup squad, Luka Modric is committed to captaining Croatia beyond the group stage.

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January 29

The Colombian National team will look to build on their 2014 Brazilian adventure in Russia with more experience under their belt and the return of their Tiger, Radamel Falcao. South Korea will look to their captain, Ki Sung-Yueng, to help guide them beyond the group stage.

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February 20

The Senegal National Team is back for only its second World Cup appearances: with a speedy Sadio Mané and smooth but hulking Kalidou Koulibaly, these Lions of Teranga are ready to roar in Russia. Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic is his nation’s versatile unsung hero, David de Gea is the rightful heir to Saint Iker for Spain, and Bryan Ruiz is ready to captain Costa Rica at a World Cup one final…

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January 15

The Moroccan National Team returns to the World Cup with the least perforated defence out of every team qualified: with Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain as opponents, their defence will need to be laser sharp. Brazil’s feel good story may be midfielder Paulinho who went from considering leaving football altogether, to packing his bags for Russia.

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January 8

The Nigerian National Team returns to the World Cup with renewed hope thanks to captain John Obi Mikel and a crop of talented attack minded youngsters. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah might not win the World Cup, but he’s got what it takes to take home the Golden Boot. And while England’s Eric Dier can command a variety of positions, the heart of Argentina’s defence is where Nicolas Otamendi calls home.

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January 23

They made history on the road to Russia: Iceland’s fairytale run continues in 2018 as the World Cup’s smallest ever nation. Big things are expected from Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne as his boss puts him par with little Lionel Messi.

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January 23

The Peruvian National Team is finally back in the World Cup, and with their headstrong head coach, loyal fanbase, and their all-time goal scoring leader back in action, who knows how far these Incas can go.

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December 18

Denmark is back with a balanced lineup that could mirror the unexpected successes of Euro ‘92. Radamel Falcao is desperate to put the ghosts of 2014 behind him, Olivier Giroud is out to prove he belongs on the bench no more, and Serbia’s captain Branislav Ivanovic has to answer to nobody: he’s a beast on defence with the knack for the attack.

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December 8

Uruguay returns to the World Cup with a formidable blend of young guns and elite veterans, united on ending their 68 year World Cup title drought. There’s no drought for Poland’s Robert Lewandowski who goes to Russia a record breaking goal scoring machine. And while Sadio Mane will count on his speed to keep Senegal in contention, John Stones has become a rock in England’s World Cup defence.

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December 5

Croatia counted on the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic to push through the UEFA Second Round playoff, but can they continue their winning ways in 2018? If Samuel Umtiti is France’s silent leader of the defence, Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois has turned into a loud, formidable force in net.

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November 20

Costa Rica stumbles to the World Cup with the hopes of picking up where they left off at Brazil in 2014, Paulo Dybala arrives in Russia intent on giving his mentor Messi a celebratory send off, while 2014 winner Julian Draxler has what it takes to help his homeland take consecutive World Cup titles.

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November 13

The Serbian National Team returns to the World Cup with uncertainty at the helm. Brazil is known for their attacking flair, leaving Casemiro with the task of keeping the midfield tight. And if France captain Hugo Lloris is a familiar face, Colombia’s youthful centre back Davinson Sanchez hopes to become one in Russia.

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November 6

Panama is set to make its World Cup debut with plenty of fanfare but few expectations - unlike Portugal’s André Silva and Spain’s Isco, who’ll make their tournament debut with the hopes of winning it all. While big centre back Kalidou Koulibaly wants to prove France’s loss is Senegal’s gain.

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October 30

The Poland National Team returns to the World Cup intent on reliving the glory years of the 70’s and 80’s, Andres Iniesta leads Spain’s next golden era as the team’s inspirational leader, while Gylfi Sigurdsson embarks on his and his nation’s first World Cup adventure.

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October 23

Alvaro Morata wants to be more than Spain’s super sub, Portugal’s Pepe plans to leave his last World Cup an historic champion, Uruguay’s Rodrigo Bentancur is determined to leave Russia it’s best young player, and Saudi Arabia is out to prove their more than just a tournament passenger.

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October 16

We feature the Korea Republic National Team. Plus, Toni Kroos is Germany’s silent superstar and statistical giant, Diego Godin wears Uruguay’s captain’s armband with pride, and Thomas Meunier could be Belgium’s secret goal scoring weapon in defence.

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October 9

We profile the Mexican National Team. Plus France’s Paul Pogba left the last World Cup a kid, but returns to Russia his nation’s number one man, Dani Alves is the veteran star of the Selecao, and Aleksandr Golovin goes from growing up in Siberia to sergeant of the Russian football midfield

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October 2

We feature the Japanese National Team. Plus we profile Germany captain and goalkeeping pioneer, Manuel Neuer, Spain superstar in the making Marco Asensio, and Argentina’s tiny goal scoring giant, Sergio Agüero.

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September 25

We looks at some of the secret weapons of the 2018 World Cup. Mexico has found their heir to Javier Hernandez in PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Hirving Lozano. Serbia can rely on their Manchester United defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic for inspiration on the pitch, plus Dries Mertens provides Belgium with a forward gem whether in the starting 11 or off the bench. And if Iran is looking to finally battle beyond…

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September 18

Can Germany become repeat champions for the first time since Pelé’s great 1962 squad? Luis Suarez looks to be on his best behaviour in Russia, while Raphael Varane is comfortable letting his play do the talking for Les Bleus. And captain Osama Hawsawi hopes divine intervention can make miracles happen for the Saudi Arabian Team.

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September 11

We feature a potential dark horse: Switzerland. Alexis Sanchez will do whatever it takes to catapult Chile beyond the disappointment of 2014. Leonardo Bonucci, is set to have a starring role in Italy’s starting 11, while Nigeria’s captain John Obi Mikel has family to play for in Russia, and Japan’s Takuma Asano promises to be their youthful secret weapon.

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September 4

In this episode we feature the 2018 World Cup's first qualifying team - Brazil. Romelu Lukaku looks to become a permanent fixture in Belgium's starting lineup, Adam Lallana is desperate to put his injuries behind him, Spain's captain Sergio Ramos wants to relish possibly his final World Cup, and Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is focusing on the little things for a big result on the Road to Russia.

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