Tuesday, July 31, 2018 3:39 PM

Managers to be subject to yellow and red cards under new disciplinary rules

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Managers to be subject to yellow and red cards under new disciplinary rules
Managers to be subject to yellow and red cards under new disciplinary rules
Managers will receive yellow cards for a variety of transgressions that include inappropriate language, making gestures towards match officials and kicking or throwing water bottles

Monday, July 30, 2018 9:30 PM

Macauley Bonne’s Afcon dream

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Macauley Bonne’s Afcon dream

MACAULEY Bonne is out to prove his stellar football season with Leyton Orient was no fluke — and has set his sights on playing in the English Championship (equivalent of […]

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Neymar admits exaggerated reactions at World Cup in ad

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Neymar admits exaggerated reactions at World Cup in ad
Neymar admits exaggerated reactions at World Cup in ad

SAO PAULO — Neymar used a sponsor’s ad to admit he exaggerated some of his reactions after being fouled during the World Cup in Russia. The video, published Sunday and broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks, features the striker accepting criticism for the first time and promising to pick himself up. The striker scored two […]

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Sunday, July 29, 2018 9:45 AM

No end to Mukamba-Mutasa standoff

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No end to Mukamba-Mutasa standoff

There seems to be no end to the standoff between coach Lloyd Mutasa and errant player Denver Mukamba (pictured left) as Dynamos are desperate to find a solution before the […]

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Saturday, July 28, 2018 3:33 PM

Why it’s time to finally give Sergio Aguero the credit he deserves

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Why it’s time to finally give Sergio Aguero the credit he deserves

It’s impossible to believe there is still a debate.

It’s rare for a striker to boast a Premier League record of 143 goals in 206 games and yet still not be recognised as one of the best.

Sergio Aguero has dealt with this injustice for the past seven years in English football since he joined Man City.

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AP:Associated Press Name your top five Premier League strikers of all time, does Aguero make it?[/caption]

On the seventh anniversary of his transfer from Atletico Madrid, it’s time we begin to put the 30-year-old in the very top bracket of the Premier League’s best ever strikers.

The Argentine currently sits 12th in the list of the Premier League’s all-time top scorers, with Jermain Defoe the only player still active in the top flight to rank ahead of him.

Aguero became City’s all-time record goalscorer in 2017, despite having his career at the Etihad somewhat written off after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

Getty Images - Getty The pair have struggled to co-exist[/caption]

The young Brazilian became Pep Guardiola’s preferred option upfront, and it was soon clear that Aguero was not his manager’s ideal type of striker. His future was uncertain.

Despite frequent praise from Guardiola in public, there was an obvious friction between Aguero’s naturally selfish mentality and his manager’s team philosophy.

Guardiola challenged Aguero to change his game, perhaps sacrificing his hunger for goals to encompass a more team-friendly approach.

When other players might have sulked about having to change a style which had served both him and his club for so long, the striker listened to the advice and his game stepped up a level.

The pair share an interesting dynamic

Aguero’s goalscoring antics were soon to be matched with a new-found work rate to win back possession as well as assist his teammates on a more regular basis.

The striker finished the 2017/18 season with 21 goals to his name and became just the fourth player to score 20+ goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Harry Kane.

The ability to adapt and evolve his game is another massive tick next to Aguero’s name and furthers his case to be mentioned amongst the very best.

AFP or licensors The goals don’t stop[/caption]

It took until last season for Aguero to finally be recognised by his peers, as he was voted in the PFA Team of the Year having been snubbed for the past six years.

Injuries at the wrong time of the season have often wrongly blighted his case for the individual end of the season awards.

PA:Press Association Injuries became an all too familiar sight[/caption]

Aguero has two years remaining on his current contract with City and it’s unclear where his long-term future lies.

The Argentine has spoken publicly in the past about wanting to return to his boyhood club Independiente to finish his career.

Surely Aguero has one more big contract left in him before he retires to Argentina.

If his future isn’t to be with City, a plethora of the world’s best clubs would be queuing up to take him.

PA:Press Association Front and centre alongside Vincent Kompany[/caption]

With three Premier League titles to his name, Aguero will go down as a City legend.

It remains to be seen however how he will be remembered by the rest once he leaves these shores.

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Friday, July 27, 2018 8:54 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shrugs off Jose Mourinho's silverware comments

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shrugs off Jose Mourinho's silverware comments
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shrugs off Jose Mourinho's silverware comments
Mourinho believes Liverpool's spending has put Klopp under pressure to deliver his first trophy this season

Marco Verratti – Paris Saint Germain and Italy

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Marco Verratti – Paris Saint Germain and Italy

The young Italian has gone from strength to strength in his short career. This Talent Scout is from 2012.

Marco Verratti - PSG and ItalySmall Stature: Verratti is small but has huge talent (Getty Images) The young Italian has gone from strength to strength in his short career. This Talent Scout is from 2012.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 7:30 AM

Kylian Mbappe Played World Cup Final With Displaced Vertebrae

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Kylian Mbappe Played World Cup Final With Displaced Vertebrae

In a recent interview Kylian Mbappe said he had a back injury during the end of the tournament.

Kylian Mbappe Played World Cup Final With Displaced VertebraeKylian Mbappe played with displace vertebrae in his back (Getty Images) In a recent interview Kylian Mbappe said he had a back injury during the end of the tournament.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 3:00 PM

Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann: Real Madrid offer was tempting

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Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann: Real Madrid offer was tempting
Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann: Real Madrid offer was tempting

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann admits he was tempted by Real Madrid's approach earlier this summer.

At just 30, the Hoffenheim coach has said that he did consider moving to Spain but the time wasn't right for him to leave the Bundesliga.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:45 PM

Vinicius welcomes Malcom: Brothers ruling the world!

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Vinicius welcomes Malcom: Brothers ruling the world!
Vinicius welcomes Malcom: Brothers ruling the world!

Rugby fraternity mourns Lupuwana

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Rugby fraternity mourns Lupuwana

SABLES player Sandile Lupuwana , who passed away recently in a traffic accident, was given a rousing send-off on Thursday, with the Zimbabwean rugby fraternity coming out in their numbers […]

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Monday, July 23, 2018 6:42 AM

Transfer Market LIVE: Mourinho wants new defenders, Tuchel targets PSG splurge

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Transfer Market LIVE: Mourinho wants new defenders, Tuchel targets PSG splurge
Transfer Market LIVE: Mourinho wants new defenders, Tuchel targets PSG splurge

Sunday, July 22, 2018 12:48 PM

Neymar: “I couldn’t look at a football” after the World Cup

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Neymar: “I couldn’t look at a football” after the World Cup
Neymar: "I couldn't look at a football" after the World Cup

Brazil superstar Neymar admits that after his nation's quarter-final defeat to Belgium at the World Cup he couldn't look at a ball and didn't want to see any of the remaining matches.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 7:09 PM

Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG

Football – Inquirer Sports
Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG
Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG

Brazilian superstar Neymar on Thursday sought to quash speculation about his future, insisting he planned to remain with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. “I’m staying, I’m staying in Paris, I have a contract,” Neymar told reporters at an auction to raise money for his charitable foundation in Sao Paulo. Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive […]

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South America’s Teams Face Tough Challenge On The Road To 2022 | Tim Vickery

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South America’s Teams Face Tough Challenge On The Road To 2022 | Tim Vickery

The crumbs of comfort are not easy to find for South America in this World Cup nor in the future.

South America’s Teams Face Tough Challenge On The Road To 2022Will Argentina still have Messi four years on in Qatar? (Getty Images) The crumbs of comfort are not easy to find for South America in this World Cup nor in the future.

Friday, July 20, 2018 7:30 AM

2018/19 Premier League Kits Revealed

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2018/19 Premier League Kits Revealed

Take a look at the new kits for the 2018/19 Premier League season here.

2018/19 Premier League KitsArsenal wore their new away kit against Boreham in a friendly. See all the new Premier league kits here (Getty Images) Take a look at the new kits for the 2018/19 Premier League season here.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:57 PM

8 strikers we genuinely think could fight it out for the Premier League Golden Boot next season 

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8 strikers we genuinely think could fight it out for the Premier League Golden Boot next season 

We all knew this weird gap was coming, didn’t we?

Those bizarre three weeks between the end of the World Cup and the start of the Premier League season.

Football purgatory, if you will.

Getty - Contributor Perk up, Harry[/caption]

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So while we wait for the first game of the new season – which is Man United versus Leicester on August 10, just so you know – let’s have a little look at the best goal-scorers the league has to offer for the upcoming campaign.

We genuinely think this could be a vintage season for strikers, with the Golden Boot more open than ever.

Sobhi wants Salah to win Europes greatest prize ahead of the World CupThis fella wasn’t too bad, was he?Getty Images

Mohamed Salah was the fella who won the Golden Boot last season, netting an impressive 32 goals to take home the much-coveted gong.

He was simply awesome for Liverpool, spear-heading the tantalising attacking play that helped them reach the Champions League final last season and has made them one of the favourites for the Premier League title this season.

But will he continue his brilliant first-season form into next season?

Mohamed Salah could win the Ballon d'Or if fit for the World Cup, says Cristiano RonaldoWhat a seasonAFP

Yes, we think so.

That’s to say, we’re not worried about him being just another ‘one-season wonder’.

Scoring 43 goals in all competitions in one season is no accident.

Couple that with Salah’s low-maintenance personality (we can’t exactly see him going on strike to get that Real Madrid move), his ability to score different types of goals and the fact Jurgen Klopp has brought in folks like Naby Keita to play behind him, makes us think he could certainly score a barrel-load again next season.

After all, didn’t a great man once say ‘class is permanent’?

So who’ll be Salah’s main challengers?

Well, the obvious choice is a certain Harry Kane.

Wooooooow really ?

— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) April 11, 2018

Yes, really.

The Spurs forward won the Golden Boot the season before last and the season before that, and narrowly missed out on the accolade last season by just two goals (that number differs depending on how much you believe Kane loves his daughter).

What’s more, he’s just come back from Russia having claimed the World Cup Golden Boot, of all things.

Those goals might’ve come against the likes of Tunisia and Panama, but they all bloody count.

Kane forever and alwaysAP

Then there’s the guy in the red corner.

We got a taster of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s eye for goal in the second-half of last season, with him notching 10 goals following his big-money move from Dortmund to Arsenal.

With the Gunners boasting a brand new manager in the form of Dracula impersonator Unai Emery, we can seriously see Aubameyang being the focal-point of their new era.

Aubameyang kicked off the Unai Emery era with a hat-trick against Boreham WoodPA:Press Association

The Gabonese forward was the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer in the 2016/17 season, fending off a certain Robert Lewandowski in the process, so he certainly knows what it’s like to score a bunch of goals in a top league.

Aubameyang was incredible in GermanyEPA

We can’t leave out Romelu Lukaku now, can we?

The Belgian returns to Man United having notched four goals at the World Cup – once again in the goal-scoring shadow of Kane – and he’ll be hungry to push on in his second season at Old Trafford.

He netted 16 times in the Premier League last term – way off the leaders and considerably less than his return for Everton the season before – so we expect him to be more settled and hungrier than ever to overcome his Golden Boot rivals.

Man United will be hoping for the best from Romelu LukakuEPA

Another brilliant striker who’ll be desperate to finally get his hands on the Golden Boot is Sergio Aguero.

Let’s be honest, Gabriel Jesus was absolutely rubbish at the World Cup, so we imagine Pep Guardiola will prefer the Argentinian up front, right?

And even though his campaign was a bit dislodged last season, Aguero still managed 21 goals in 25 Premier League appearances and is still one of the most feared marksman around.

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Who else is there?

The big one for us is Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.

By now, we all know that this guy is a seriously good striker, and we won’t entertain any talk of the Reds needing a ‘proper forward’, whatever that is.

Our favourite Brazilian with the pearly whites scored 27 goals in all competitions last season – including 15 in the Premier League – and seemingly fits like a glove in Klopp’s attacking trio, alongside Salah and Sadio Mane.

Certainly don’t rule him out.

BlindingPA:Press Association

Then there’s Arsenal’s ‘other forward’ Alexandre Lacazette, who was the man of the hour this time last year but didn’t quite live up to the hype, hence the January signing of Aubameyang.

Still, it looked like the two could certainly work together – judging on the way they played together – and even though the Frenchman wasn’t particularly prolific, he still notched 14 goals in the league.

He was once the highest goalscorer in Ligue 1 not too long, so he certainly knows how to stick the ball into the back of the net.

Lacazette banged in 17 goals in all competitions since joining from Lyon last summerReuters

Last but not least, there’s Alexis Sanchez.

No, don’t scoff, we mean it.

The Chilean didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts for United last season – after switching Arsenal for the bright lights of Old Trafford in January – but we all know he’s more than capable of getting a goal or two, don’t we?

In his final full season for Arsenal – the 2016/17 season – he hit 24 goals, coming in just behind Kane and Lukaku.

For a side that was fairly average, if you don’t mind us saying, Arsenal fans, that is very impressive, especially when you couple in his 10 assists that season.

If he hits the ground running next season, he could be an immense goal-threat for Jose Mourinho’s side and might even snatch the Golden Boot too.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:48 PM

Goalkeeper Areola in a diverse French team

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Goalkeeper Areola in a diverse French team

With 16 of the 23 players on its team coming from immigrant families, world champion France had one of the most diverse and multiethnic rosters in the recent World Cup.

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Ronaldo's comments measured to satisfy non-aggression pact

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Ronaldo's comments measured to satisfy non-aggression pact
Ronaldo's comments measured to satisfy non-aggression pact

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:57 AM

Transfer news, rumours LIVE: Manchester United want Croatia pair, Arsenal to sell Danny Welbeck, Chelsea chase Gonzalo Higuain, latest Liverpool gossip

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Transfer news, rumours LIVE: Manchester United want Croatia pair, Arsenal to sell Danny Welbeck, Chelsea chase Gonzalo Higuain, latest Liverpool gossip
Transfer news, rumours LIVE: Manchester United want Croatia pair, Arsenal to sell Danny Welbeck, Chelsea chase Gonzalo Higuain, latest Liverpool gossip
All the latest Premier League transfer news plus gossip, rumours and deals

Monday, July 16, 2018 12:33 PM

How Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has been 15 years in the making 

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How Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has been 15 years in the making 

They finally got their man.

Having forked out €100 million, Juventus have made the signing of the summer by nabbing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, nine years after he joined the Spanish giants from Man United.

And 15 years after he slipped through their fingers as a teenager.

Getty - Contributor Finally theirs[/caption]

Speaking about his move to Juve in his press conference on Monday, Ronaldo said: “It was an easy decision. One I took a long time ago.”

Some might’ve missed the irony.

After all, Ronaldo came within a whisker of signing for the Italian giants back in 2003.

A wonderful photo to draw @Cristiano's #CR7DAY press conference to a close 📸😁⚪⚫#CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/B0MTLACGbi

— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 16, 2018

Nobody really knows the fine details, but according to Alessandro Moggi – the son of Juventus’ former general director Luciano – the club were in pole position to sign him from Lisbon in the summer of 2003, even ahead of Man United.

In an interview last year, he said: “Ronaldo was offered to Parma and Lazio, but they rejected a chance to sign him. Juventus wanted to sign him and I travelled to Lisbon with Jorge Mendes.”

Reuters The 18-year-old Ronaldo was hot property[/caption]

“The idea was to make a swap deal with [Chilean defender] Marcelo Salas, as Juventus wanted to sell him.

“Trouble is, Portuguese football wasn’t too interesting at the time and we couldn’t persuade Salas to move to Portugal.

“Contracts and papers were ready, Ronaldo was happy because in that moment Juventus were one of the best teams in Europe.

“That day we could have changed the history of European football, maybe Ronaldo could have still been a Juventus player today.”

PA:Press Association He did alright still, didn’t he?[/caption]

Of course, the rest is history, as Ronaldo joined United before signing for Madrid six years later.

But had Juve offered a bit more money, or perhaps decided against offering Salas as part of the deal, Ronaldo would’ve been wearing black and white a lot sooner.

Still, they got their man in the end, didn’t they?

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Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:16 PM

Junior Sables upstage Namibia

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Junior Sables upstage Namibia

The Old Mutual Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby team capped off a memorable campaign at the 2018 Coca-Cola Academy Week after beating bitter rivals Namibia for the first time in 11 years […]

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:15 PM

France vs Croatia: Didier Deschamps will draw on Euro 2016 defeat to win World Cup final

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France vs Croatia: Didier Deschamps will draw on Euro 2016 defeat to win World Cup final
France vs Croatia: Didier Deschamps will draw on Euro 2016 defeat to win World Cup final
The France manager says lessons from the Euro 2016 final defeat will serve his team well

Vinicius' crazy farewell party in Brazil

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Vinicius' crazy farewell party in Brazil
Vinicius' crazy farewell party in Brazil

Friday, July 13, 2018 10:42 AM

We arranged a five-a-side match in Moscow to sort out Anglo-Russian relations for good

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We arranged a five-a-side match in Moscow to sort out Anglo-Russian relations for good

As the dust begins to settle on what has been an incredible World Cup, life will return to the madness that we now consider normal.

And with so much talk before the tournament in Russia being dominated by geo-political issues and threats of hooliganism, we thought we would stretch out our olive branch in the only way we know how – having a good old kickabout in a local Moscow park.

The task? Organise a game with some locals, see what they were like at football… and sort out Anglo-Russian tensions for good.

The method? Instagram, mainly. A few messages fired from the Dream Team Instagram account here, a couple from personal accounts there, and boom! A reply from our newest friend Pavel, promising us a group of lads willing to be ambassadors for their country.

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We were to meet at a neutral venue – a spongy, rubbery, uneven five-a-side pitch near Novokuznetskaya in the centre of Moscow was perfect.

A kick-off time was arranged, and because it’s still the World Cup, 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon just seems normal now, doesn’t it?

Oh, and Sky News came down, probably because the state the world is currently in, we’d do probably as useful a job as a representative of the UK than our current government, whatever’s left of it.

In a first step of diplomacy, the Russian lads decided we could both be captains, which was very in keeping with the old school vibe of it all.

I took it one step further by picking players based entirely on their shorts – I’ll pick you, with the England shorts, then you, with the United shorts.

We kick off, and the tempo was mercifully slower than I’d anticipated – after four weeks of beer and burgers, we’d have lasted five minutes ordinarily, but we steadily worked ourselves into the game and before long a couple of goals had gone in each end.

Our first discovery in this match was that it’s not just football that is a universal language, it’s the little parts of the game that really unite us all.

Someone gets hit in the nuts by a shot? Everyone laughs. The ball goes over the fence? Yep, that’ll be five minutes before it comes back, following a debate about who should go round and get it.

This game did have a unique moment of someone digging out a ladder to try and scale the wall to save time – alas, the ladder was about five feet too short.

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The second discovery is that even to young Russia lads, a nutmeg will be met with whoops and cheers as much as a goal. The victim of this savagery? Yours truly, thank you.

Half an hour in and the legs are starting to flag, but the game maintains a decent standard and competitiveness.

Migrant workers, apparently from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, sit on the sidelines watching alongside a couple of skaters draining a tinny.

The game wears on, and with my team trailing 7-5, a score of ‘first to 10’ is loosely agreed – this is a kickaround in the park after all, so it must finish at that number.

A brief show of resistance occurs, but eventually the game ends 10-8, two hours after kick-off. Forgetting to bring a bottle of water before the game was a grave error, but a post-match game of crossbar challenge is soon underway and it’d be rude not to chip a couple onto the woodwork.

Instagram Photo

Then comes the true diplomacy.

“I didn’t take anything in the media before the World Cup seriously – it’s all politics,” Pavel tells me.

He continues: “I think that normal people don’t care about these stereotypes and understand that we are all the same people and all countries have their own problems – nobody’s perfect.

“Everyone who came to this World Cup has been great because they came here to enjoy the celebration and I just think, why can’t we just party, have a nice time with each other and forget about all this stuff?”

I steer conversation onto the tensions Russia has had between Britain in the build up to the tournament.

“The problems between the two countries are not huge,” says Alexei.

“It’s true, I’ve seen both sides as well,” agrees Maksim, a Moscovite currently studying in London.

“I enjoy listening to the news and it’s good to compare it – from the British side, there is big propaganda about Putin and saying he’s a dictator or something.

“Then you come here to Moscow and you can ask anybody in the streets, they are going to say that Putin is not a dictator, and he’s not saying that you have to do anything.”

You don’t hear this sort of thing down at your local Powerleague in England, that’s for sure.

As for the World Cup as a whole? It may be a bit biased to ask a group of young football fans, but the verdict is unanimous.

“I think our country has changed dramatically during the World Cup,” says Alexei.

“Everyone was out on the streets,  partying with the other countries and it’s been good for bringing all the nations together, so we can make new friends. It’s been a great experience.”

It does come with a word of warning about what comes next in the country, however.

“After the World Cup every football fan is praying for clubs to lower the ticket prices for fans who really want to support the team can attend the football games and fill the stadiums, as they have been during the past month,” says Maksim.

Having seen the new stadiums around the country over the past month, I can’t help but feel filling stadiums is going to be a big ask in places like Kaliningrad and Samara.

The past month has reminded us all that football truly is mankind’s greatest invention.

And on a small, spongy five-a-side pitch in central Moscow, we’re reminded of this very fact. Ten lads, connected through social media, having a kickabout and realising that while politics is politics, there’s nothing else on Earth that will bring people together quite like the beautiful game.