BrahMos WORLD INDIA MADHYA PRADESH BHOPAL WTN SPECIAL GOSSIP CORNER SPORTS BUSINESS FUN FACTS ENTERTAINMENT LIFESTYLE TRAVEL ART & LITERATURE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY HEALTH EDUCATION DIASPORA OPINION & INTERVIEW RECIPES DRINKS BIG MEMSAAB 2017 BUDGET 2017 FUNNY VIDEOS VIRAL ON WEB PICTURE STORIES Mahakal Ke Darshan
WTN HINDI ABOUT US PRIVACY POLICY SITEMAP CONTACT US
N
W
T
logo
Breaking News

Players to watch at 2018 FIFA World Cup

Wednesday - June 13, 2018 5:52 pm , Category : SPORTS
 Players to watch at 2018 FIFA World Cup
Players to watch at 2018 FIFA World Cup
Moscow June 13 (IANS) There are plenty of outstanding footballers whose skills will be on display at this summer s 2018 FIFA World Cup in addition to the obvious superstars like Argentina s Lionel Messi Portugal s Cristiano Ronald and Brazil s Neymar.
Some of the biggest names in the sport are to be among the 736 players on 32 national teams from five continents excluding a few strong players such as Gianluigi Buffon Gareth Bale and Alexis Sanchez who failed to qualify for this year s tournament reports Efe.
While Messi Ronaldo and Neymar -- all seeking their maiden World Cup title -- will be the main course they are not the only items on fans plates during the event held from June 15 to July 15.
This applies to all positions including great goalkeepers such as Spain s David De Gea Belgium s Thibaut Courtois France s Hugo Lloris and Brazil s Alisson all of whom are set to take part in the event although Spain s Buffon and Iker Casillas will be out.
Germany has two of the best goalkeepers in the world - Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen - and they will be competing for a place in the defending champion s starting line-up.
At age 45 Egypt s veteran keeper Essam al-Hadary may set a new World Cup record as the oldest player to take part in the competition if he makes the final squad.
The list of defenders is full of big names such as Brazil full backs Marcelo and Dani Alves Spain duo Dani Carvajal and Jordi Alba France s Layvin Kurzawa and Germany s Joshua Kimmich.
Other key players will be Argentina central defender Nicolas Otamendi Portugal s Pepe Germany s Mats Hummels Spain s Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique France s Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane and Uruguay s Diego Godin and Raul Jimenez as well as Brazil s Marquinhos and Thiago Silva.
Great defensive midfielders are also to take part in the tournament such as Brazil s Casemiro Spain s Sergio Busquets Croatia s Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Rakitic Germany s Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan Serbia s Nemanja Matic Belgium s Radja Nainggolan and France s Paul Pogba.
During the tournament look for attacks from players like Brazil s Philippe Coutinho Croatia s Luka Modric Spain s Andres Iniesta and David Silva Belgium s Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne Portugal s Bernardo Silva Colombia s James Rodriguez and Germany s Mesut Ozil.
There are plenty of world-class heavyweights besides Messi Ronaldo and Neymar to watch as well.
These include Egypt s Mohamed Salah Uruguay s Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani Colombia s Radamel Falcao England s Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy Argentina s Sergio "Kun" Aguero France s Antoine Griezmann Belgium s Romelu Lukaku Spain s Alvaro Morata Senegal s Sadio Mane Mexico s Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Poland s Robert Lewandowski.
There will also be a number of World Cup debuts in Russia including France s Kylian Mbappe Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembele England s Delle Ali and Marcus Rashford Germany s Leroy Sane Timo Werner and Leon Goretzka Brazil s Gabriel Jesus Argentina s Paulo Dybala Spain s Isco Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio Colombia s Davinson Sanchez Switzerland s Manuel Akanji Portugal s Guedes and Mexico s Hirving Lozano.
Some talented Middle Eastern players though not well-known are heading to Russia this year for their share of the fame followed closely by fans back home such as Egypt winger Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim best known as "Kahraba " who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.
Though not as famous as his compatriots Mo Salah and Mohamed Elneny he is expected to put in a good show.
The same applies to Tunisia forward Youssef Msakni (Qatari Duhail) Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech (Dutch Ajax) and Saudi Arabia s Mohammad al-Sahlaw the top-scorer in the qualifiers tied with Lewandowski at 16 goals.

--IANS pur/mr

RELATED NEWS