The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 88 days to go!
In less than three months – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.
That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.
88 – “Show the whole world that you’re better than Messi! Show them that you can decide the match.” With these words, Germany coach Joachim Low sent Mario Gotze – a player who had yet to convince at the tournament – into the 2014 World Cup Final against Argentina in the 88th minute. The scores were still locked at 0-0 as the man they call Super Mario replaced newly crowned World Cup record goalscorer Miroslav Klose at the Estadio Maracana. Low’s words clearly had the desired effect, as just 25 minutes later it was Gotze who fired the Germans to their fourth World Cup title.
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We’re proud to announce the second video in our partnership with System on the Mythic+ content material. They are going to be operating with Wowhead on this Mythic+ video series, a set of Mythic+ class guides and interviews with Job!
Method, initially identified for their raiding achievements, has grown into an expert Esports organization spanning a lot more elements of WoW and a lot of games. Lately, they announced two Mythic+ teams for the 2018 MDI!
Method’s Mythic+ Tips
This can be our second video in our collaboration with Method, focusing on tips for greater level Mythic+ keys! This video goes via Method’s Best 5 Mythic+ tips as a healer in an effort to be productive. Check out the complete video for personal details. Click here for the final week’s video.
Tip #1: Res Skips: After you never need to use an Invisibility Potion, a healer can use their mass resurrection spell to get previous hazardous mobs because it features a one hundred yard variety and ignores line-of-sight.
Tip #2: DPS: You will discover typically quite a few occasions when the healing essential is very low and also you can use a DPS-oriented gearset to deal a considerable volume of harm.
Tip #3: Cephus: Sephuz can present a mini-Bloodlust for 10 seconds out of each 30 seconds after you need to have to push your healing or DPS.
Tip #4: Healing Priority: Lots of classes have stronger defensive cooldowns or perhaps a big amount of self-healing and it is critical to understand who to prioritize.
Tip #5: Do the Dirty Function: In most dungeons, the healer should be the single that completes tasks that includes being mainly useless or operating around.
Proving Grounds Ending Quickly
With all the weekly reset looming, the Americas area has much less than a single day left (Europe has much less than two) to complete 5 exceptional level 23 Mythic+ dungeons over the last two weeks. The deadline for submitting the sign-up kind is this Friday, March 16 at 3:00 PM PDT.
Just before the weekly reset, remember that the sign-up kind needs an in-game screenshot of one’s Weekly Ideal keys with all the calendar open. With the weekly reset tomorrow, the Weekly Most effective section will probably be wiped and you will no longer be able to take the screenshot.
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Arsene Wenger insisted he can still “turn things around” at Arsenal despite admitting that the team’s top-four hopes are over after Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Brighton.
Arsenal fell to their fourth-straight loss in all competitions to heap more pressure on their under-fire manager, whose future is in serious doubt after 22 years at the club.
The defeat leaves the Gunners 13 points off fourth place with just nine games to go, and needing a good result in Thursday’s Europa League game at AC Milan to keep any hopes alive of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
It was Arsenal’s eighth loss in total in 2018, with large sections of the away fans chanting “We want Wenger out” during the game. But the Frenchman himself still maintained he’s the right man for the job despite the poor form.
“Yes it’s the first time it happens in my whole career [losing so many games], I must say, and it’s not easy. But I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “And I believe as well at the moment, when we need to stay in the game we make individual mistakes at the wrong moments.
“And when a team struggles a bit for confidence it’s even more difficult. We have to stick together; we have no other solution.”
Wenger also added “there is no uncertainty” surrounding his own position — indicating he fully expects to be allowed to see out the season.
Last season, Arsenal finished outside the top four for the first time in Wenger’s career and he admitted that any chance of avoiding a repeat of that failure is now gone.
“You can say that yes, I think it had already gone before [the Brighton game],” he said. “Mathematically, with five teams in front of us, you need two to collapse. With such a number of games to go it’s very difficult to think it will happen.”
Wenger also blamed “heavy legs” for Arsenal’s poor first-half performance, as they went 2-0 down within 30 minutes after goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray. This latest loss came after successive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last weekend and in the league on Thursday.
“They started strong, we were caught cold. And after in the second half, I felt we responded very well with big desire, but we couldn’t get the goal that got us at least a point,” Wenger said.
“Yes, [confidence] was missing, you could see that. We played Sunday at Wembley, Thursday night a big game again, and today early morning, so it was I think a combination of yes, a lack of confidence, but as well a bit heavy legs.”
Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.
MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola says he’s not interested in records and is more concerned with securing his first Premier League title with Manchester City.
His side moved 18 points clear at the top with a thoroughly dominant 1-0 victory over champions Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Bernardo Silva’s second-half goal.
City need four victories from their final nine matches to be absolutely certain of winning the title but, with 78 points already, they could potentially break Chelsea’s points record of 95 for a season set in 2004-05.
“What really matters is to be champions,” Guardiola told a news conference. “I never spoke with the players about the records. I never [said] we have to win the two games to achieve something.
“Against Basel we are going to try to play the way we played today and Stoke City we are going to try and play like we play all season. That’s is what I want to see. After, at the end, we will see.
“We are not going to play for the records. We are going to play to win the game. And after, the records will be a consequence. Records are always a consequence of what you have done but they are not the main thing.”
Despite the narrow scoreline, the victory over Chelsea was a completely one-sided game with City having 71 percent possession and restricting Antonio Conte’s side to just three shots off target.
And City did break one record in the match with 902 passes against Chelsea — more than any team has managed in a single Premier League game since the stat began being recorded.
“We try to play with the ball, we try with our power like a team, it’s what we want to do,” Guardiola said. “Sometimes it is more complicated when teams are aggressive.
“Today they were so organised today, it is like they played against Barcelona in the Champions League. We spoke about it, to be patient, move the ball quick, don’t make too many touches, and control the counter-attack from Hazard, Willian and Pedro because in that situation they are so good at it.
“Now we need three or four victories to be champions.”
It’s an incredible turnaround from last season, when Chelsea were the only side to win at the Etihad Stadium as they finished 15 points clear of City.
Sunday’s defeat left them 25 points behind City. And Guardiola admitted he couldn’t have expected such a change in form.
“No way, no. Who could believe it?” he said. “I think if you ask the players, the players neither. In terms of not just the results but the way we played, today was another demonstration.
“We had the same desire as at Stamford Bridge and that is what pleases me the most.
“I didn’t expect it after what happened in the previous season — to have the distance, 25 to Chelsea, 33 to Arsenal, 19 to United, who play tomorrow, 18 to [Liverpool]. It’s a lot.
“Tottenham, Liverpool and United they made a good result, a good pace but we were so far so good in terms of we drop points but after four or five wins.”
Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.
Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori has died at the age of 31, and all of Sunday’s Serie A games have been postponed.
Fiorentina confirmed the news on Sunday morning in a statement posted on the club’s official website, with multiple outlets in Italy reporting the defender died of cardiac arrest in his hotel room before the game against Udinese.
“The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes,” Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said. “It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs.”
Astori’s body was taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy.
La Fiorentina profondamente sconvolta si trova costretta a comunicare che e' scomparso il suo capitano Davide Astori, colto da improvviso malore. Per la terribile e delicata situazione, e soprattutto per rispetto della sua famiglia si fa appello alla sensibilità di tutti. pic.twitter.com/bFGnkReWEC
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) March 4, 2018
“A profoundly shocked Fiorentina are compelled to announce that their captain Davide Astori, who was struck by an unexpected sudden illness, has passed away,” the team said in a statement. “In this terrible and delicate situation, and in particular out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity.”
Genoa’s game with Cagliari, which was due to kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time, was postponed when the players were informed of the news during their warm-up routines. They were visibly shaken as they left the field. After an announcement was made at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris explaining the postponement, fans applauded as a picture of Astori appeared on the big screens inside the stadium.
Torino subsequently announced that their fixture with Crotone would not go ahead before the Lega Serie A confirmed that all of the weekend’s remaining fixtures, including the Milan city derby on Sunday evening, had been postponed.
A statement from the league read: “Shocked by this tragic news, all of the family of the Lega Serie A warmly unites around the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina. All of today’s games are postponed due to mourning. Ciao Davide.”
Sconvolta dalla tragica notizia, tutta la famiglia della Lega Serie A si stringe attorno alla famiglia di Davide Astori e alla @acffiorentina.
Tutte le gare in programma oggi sono rinviate in segno di lutto. Ciao Davide. pic.twitter.com/KWa4P0dPHc
— Serie A TIM (@SerieA_TIM) March 4, 2018
Fiorentina’s league rivals have been sending their condolences.
“AS Roma share the pain the football world is feeling for the loss of Davide Astori. Shocked by this tragic news, the directors, players and all staff of the club affectionately stand by his family through their pain,” wrote Roma in a tweet.
L’#ASRoma si unisce al dolore del mondo del calcio per la scomparsa di Davide Astori. Sconvolti dalla tragica notizia, dirigenti, calciatori e tutti i dipendenti della società si stringono attorno al dolore della sua famiglia. pic.twitter.com/62gcg7es3o
— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) March 4, 2018
“Today there are no colours, but just profound pain. Juventus express their own condolences to the family and to Fiorentina for the loss of Davide Astori,” wrote Juventus.
Oggi non esistono colori ma soltanto un profondo dolore. La Juventus esprime le proprie condoglianze alla famiglia ed alla Fiorentina per la scomparsa di Davide Astori.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) March 4, 2018
Astori began his career at AC Milan but never played a Serie A match before moving to Cagliari. He spent six years in Sardinia and made his national team debut before being sent out on loan to Roma in 2014.
A man who loved football and who grew up as footballer with us. #ACMilan are shocked by the passing of Davide #Astori. It is with great sadness that we offer our deepest condolences to his family and closed ones and to ACF Fiorentina
— AC Milan (@acmilan) March 4, 2018
In 2015, he joined Fiorentina on loan, with the club taking up their obligation to buy, and the defender rose to captain the side this season. He played 25 times for his club in 2017-18.
After representing Italy Under-18s, Astori played 14 times at senior level. His debut in March 2011 in a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev was eventful — he was introduced as a first-half substitute before being sent off with 15 minutes remaining after receiving two yellow cards.
Astori scored his only international goal in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place playoff against Uruguay in Salvador, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match which finished 2-2. The Azzurri won the contest on penalties.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.
It’s no secret that Usain Bolt fancies himself as a bit of a footballer. And the fact that he has secured himself a trial at Borussia Dortmund this coming March proves just how right the developers of FIFA 18 were to put him in the game. But it got us thinking; are there players from other sports that we want to see on FIFA? Of course, there are.
Head over to the NBA, and you can take your pick of any major player there. Hand him the goalkeeper jersey, and you’re safe as houses, right? Well, in theory, yes, but remember, there’s a lot more to goalkeeping that height. You also need to be good with your feet, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has the skills. He’s played football all his life and was at the Champions League Final last season. And at seven feet, no one is chipping him.
The Rugby Union has some fast players, but there are few that can claim to be faster than Usain Bolt himself. And one of those few is England player Jonny May, who recorded an incredible 10.49 meters per second in a recent speed test over 40 meters. That speed would see him break the world 100-meter record. Six Nations’ odds have England as the favorites for the championship, and with May in the team, you can understand why. This guy is not only as fast as Bolt, but he’s powerfully built and tall. Defenders would bounce off him. If Didier Drogba were as fast as Usain Bolt, his name would be Jonny May.
Back to the States, we go to the NFL. We’re thinking a strong center-half in the mold of Razor Ruddock, but perhaps in slightly better condition. A tight end in the NFL would do the job nicely, and Rob Gronkowski is the best there is. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s mobile. No light-on-his-feet Messi is getting past the Gronk, and he’d eat Neymar for breakfast.
Now you may not know this, but there are quite a few tennis players who are quick on their feet. Nadal and Djokovic are notorious for indulging in soccer tennis at exhibition matches while Federer allegedly had to choose either soccer or tennis as his chosen sport. Apparently, he was that good at both. We’d like to see Nadal on the pitch though; he’s got that fiery temper that would make him a good character who might earn himself the odd red card.
For the pure comedic value of it, we’d love to see just about any WWE wrestler on the pitch. Now wrestling and soccer have crossed paths before. Stuart Tomlinson played between the sticks for Port Vale and Burton Albion before signing up as a pro wrestler. He’s back playing for Altrincham now, so he might not get into FIFA anytime soon. So, who would we want to see? The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker? Doesn’t really matter who, this would be totally worth it just for a laugh.
So, what about the other sports? Darts, snooker, golf? Who are the stars from other sports that you’d most like to see in FIFA 19? Of all those we mentioned above, we reckon Jonny May would be the most successful, although Nadal just might push him for a place in the matchday squad.
The full FIFA 18 Ultimate Team TOTY (Team Of The Year) players have been revealed after the 55 player selection was shortened down to the very best eleven star players. Check out who made the full team below and leave your comments on who you were lucky to have packed.
FIFA 18 TOTY Attackers
Harry Kane (ST) – Tottenham Hotspur / England
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW) – Real Madrid CF / Portugal
EA Sports have revealed the full winter OTW (Ones To Watch) cards and the lineup has some of the best players involved. These black cards are new players who’ve recently transferred from one club to another in the January transfer window and who could do well for their new clubs.
FIFA 18 One To Watch Winter Players
If you manage to pack or buy any of these players then you will be hoping that they get an IF (in-form) in numerous TOTW’s as each time they do, they’ll automatically increase in stats and base overall rating.
The likes of Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott, Van Dijk, Mkhitaryan and Coutinho to name just a few who are available. There are also loads of SBC’s that have been released by EA at the moment too but they won’t be out for long!
There’s squad building challenges for both the winter and summer OTW players where you will be guaranteed a OTW player in a pack but you have to submit one yourself to get an untradeable version or a one to watch and TOTW player to get a tradeable version.
The best way to make coins from this promo is to target a few players that you think will increase dramatically if they get just one in-form and watch matches live. Then as soon as a forward gets a brace or more, then buy it ASAP.
If it’s a defender then usually one goal does the trick and the card should then be upgraded on the following Wednesday. Check back for more FIFA 18 tips and make sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date.
This is the very first ever Prime Icon SBC we’re covering for FIFA 18 and it’s the Peter Schmeichel card up first. In this tutorial guide you’ll find out the simplest and cheapest solution to get the legendary Danish goalkeeper. Check out the full HD video below to learn more.
Starting from his early days and all the way through his career we showcase all the SBCS all the way to the 86 rated team. Detailed below are all the squad building challenges you need to complete to be awarded this very special card.
84 Rated Team
85 Rated Team
86 Rated Team
Remember that you will also be awarded packs for every SBC that you complete so that will hopefully help in getting some of the cost down. The entire cost put together to complete this icon SBC is around 380K coins.
As for how good the actual card is in-game, well there are mixed reviews on it but i will say that he is incredibly good at one on one shot stopping but he lacks a real desire to get Arial balls when crosses are whipped in to the middle. He’s also not very good at saving long shots from far out which is disappointing.
It’s worth getting it if not for the sheer reason to at least put it towards another icon SBC that requires you to submit an icon in any position. Make sure you’re subbed to the official YouTube channel and check back here for more icon squad building challenges that will be coming soon.
So here is another FIFA 18 prime icon squad building challenge and the player that we’re helping you to get at the cheapest price is Marc Overmars. This is the cheapest solution where you will save thousands of coins by doing it the cheap way. You’ll need around 380K coins on Xbox and around 400K for PlayStation in your club and you can watch the full HD video guide below.
The following SBC’s are the ones that you will need to complete in-order to get the untradeable Overmars special Icon.
83 rated team
84 rated team
85 rated team
86 rated team
The cheapest SBC will be the Eredivisie whilst the 86 rated team will be by far the most expensive but copying the exact players that i submit you’ll end up saving loads and getting the player for a bargain price.
As for Overmars, i actually have it in my team and it’s a fantastic card! Some icon cards are not that great but this one if very good and even if you do not get along with it and don’t quite fancy it then you can still submit it into other icon SBC’s to acquire another icon down the line.
The stand out attribute is by far the 95 pace which is frightening and i can tell you that he is lightning fast and is great on the left wing. Make sure to subscribe to the official YouTube channel to stay up to date and see when all the new videos are uploaded to the channel. More FIFA 18 tips to come on the website soon so check back periodically as the site is updated.