The World Cup boosted the profiles of several known stars like Kylian Mbappe but what about the next wave hoping to use Russia 2018 as a springboard into the next phases of their career? Matt Stanger scouts three such under-the-radar talents who acquitted themselves well this summer.
Moussa Wague, DF, KAS Eupen/Senegal
In this age of information, it's rare to see genuine unknowns emerge as potential stars at the World Cup. Moussa Wague is one such example, however, with few having heard...
Right then. The 2018 World Cup is over. What will we do next? The best thing might be to take a look ahead for the next one and so we asked Mark Ogden to commit to some way-too-early predictions for 2022.
The big guns return
Russia 2018 has been a great World Cup, perhaps even the best ever, but the absence of several regional heavyweights has been an anomaly that can be rectified in Qatar.
A World Cup without Italy, the Netherlands, back-to-back Copa America winners Chile, the United States...
Senegal's football federation has asked FIFA to reconsider its fair play ruling after their accumulation of more yellow cards than World Cup group rivals Japan made the African side the first country to be eliminated by the new regulation.
Japan and Senegal were left on the same points, goals and goal difference but it was Akira Nishino's side that sneaked into the last 16 at the expense of the Africans.
Japan settled for a 1-0 loss to eliminated Poland on Thursday as the Volgograd Arena rang with...