World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

The fat lady is ready to sing in the World Cup Qualifiers and the teams are ready to dance and make it to the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Soccer World Cup 2018

World Cup European Qualifiers

Starting this Thursday, Nov 9, and up to Tuesday the 14th, Europe will give the final 4 tickets.

The national teams that have almost made it and are just a step away from Russia are Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and Denmark.

Here’s the detailed schedule (all times are GMT):

First Leg

Thursday Nov 9

Northern Ireland – Switzerland (19:45)

Croatia – Greece (19:45)

Friday Nov 10

Sweden – Italy (19:45)

Saturday Nov 11

Denmark – Ireland (19:45)

Second Leg

Sunday Nov 12

Switzerland -Northern Ireland (17:00)

Greece – Croatia (19:45)

Monday Nov 13

Italy – Sweden (19:45)

Tuesday Nov 14

Ireland – Denmark (19:45)

Good luck to all the teams!

Surprise of the Weekend: Girona – Read Madrid (goals)

The weekend is almost over and most soccer games have already finished. One of the biggest surprises took place in Estadi Montilivi, the stadium of Girona FC.

Girona was playing against Real Madrid, the European and Spanish champions. There were fears of protests in favour of the Catalan independence, as Real Madrid is against it and Girona is a Catalan club.

Eventually, nothing happened except the shock defeat of Real Madrid with 2-1! They lost the game despite the fact they scored first with Isco on the 12th minute.

You can watch the goals below:


This was the biggest win in the history of Girona. At the same time, deliberately or not, they helped compatriot Barcelona.

After 10 La Liga games, Real Madrid is already 8 points behind Barcelona who beat Athletic Bilbao away on Saturday with 0-2.

Mastering Free Kicks: Basic Things You Need to Get Right

Free kicks are among the most attractive parts of playing soccer. It is one aspect of the game where the taker of the kick is pitted (in most cases) directly against the opposition game, in a duel of skills, presence of mind and of course, wits.
There have been a number of great free kick takers that the game has seen. From George Best’s tumbling and dying kicks that keeper would only be left to watch haplessly to Ronaldo’s scorchers that prompt TV cameras to go blind, and from Roberto Carlos’ toe-curling banana kicks to Pirlo’s flabbergasting GPS-precise corner crashers, the history of free kicks in pro football is as rich and impressive as any.
All young footballers do want to get into the action and be master of set plays. These 5 tips, rounded up below, won’t make you a free kick sensation, but they will definitely help you get onto that road to a certain goal that just might win your side a crucial game!


#1 Gauging the distance

The most important part of taking a successful free kick is to be able to gauge the distance from the kicking spot to the goal-line. Many often get it wrong and either over-hit the ball into unsuspecting spectators or under-hit it to allow the wall a chance of interception.
If you gauge the distance well, you will be in a position to know exactly how much power you need to put behind your kick. A great drill for this would be practice at least 50 kicks a day from hot-spots – various points on a progressively widening semi-circle just outside the penalty area.


#2 Getting the timing right

Power or precision are not the only ways to deceive the opposition. You can easily get them fooled by timing your kick to perfection. And in this context, getting your timing right is just equal to getting the opposition’s timing wrong. For example, you can cross the wall by changing your run-up suddenly and messing with their jump timing.


#3 NOT giving your plans away

At pro level, all the players are skilled enough to block an average free kick. So, you need to rise above the average if you want to have any shot at scoring a goal off a free kick.
That’s why, you need to have solid plans in place. If the opposition knows your tricks beforehand, they are just going to have it all too easy. So, to master the art of free kicks, you need to come up with newer ideas and adding newer spots to your armoury. You may be a great top corner free kicker, but it’s just a matter of time before everyone knows that they only have to protect the top corners.
NOTE- DON’T TRY TOO HARD, YOU JUST MIGHT END UP MESSING IT ALL FOR YOUR TEAM. Need a proof? Just check the video embedded above!


#4 Quick reflexes

Free kicks do not always go straight to the keeper or out of the field. They, more often than not, deflect off the wall or from the hands of the keeper. In such a case, you need to be quick to react and gain the possession back. As the ball gets deflected and opponents rearrange their own, there’s one split moment where the goalpost is extremely vulnerable.
That means, even when you are not the one taking the free kick, you will still have a remote chance of scoring!


#5 Combining well

A part of deceiving opposition also means that you combine with your team-mate to get a classic one-two act together. A long run-up followed by jumping of the wall in vain as you pass the ball gently to your teammate who’s in a better position to aim at the net can yield exceptional results. This, however, needs to be practised a lot before being executed in game situations!

Mobile Soccer Games To Play This Christmas & New Year

It’s already that time.

Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is already looking all jolly and merry to welcome the New Year. Well, we can’t tell you what the New Year will have in store for you (it’d be great, we hope!), but we can surely let you in on our favourite soccer games that go pretty amazingly with the whole holiday spirit and ambiance.


#4 Soccer Flip


It’s a weird game to say the least.

Defying gravity, or rather dismissing it in style, this 2 on 2 game allows you to imagine what it would be like to play football in space. There are really no rules here, you can use your hands, head and legs – the only idea is to score a goal by pushing the ball through the gate. It might sound meh, but give it a try, we are sure you’ll love it.

And, of course, just to fit into the whole holiday atmosphere, developers have brought in new avatars and themes!

Download: Android


#3 FIFA 16


It would be a blasphemy to not mention FIFA in this list, because millions of fans have fond memories of those neat and nifty holiday patches EA Sports release around Christmas.

FIFA16 is no exception. The latest upgrade will allow you to use Santa themed team-kits and have five shots at climbing the ‘Christmas Leaderboard’, the leader of which will be rewarded handsomely by EA Sports!

Download: iPhone and iPad | Android


#2 Snow Soccer


Leave aside all soccer games, the perfect game for the perfect holiday season is finally here!

What defines Christmas better than, erm, snow?


Exactly why, this is our favourite choice. Just to make it all look too adorable, they have got penguins for goalies.

All you have to do is direct the snowballs into the net while trying to avoid those cute little penguins blocking your way.

Now, that’s some deal!

Download: iPhone and iPad | Android


#1 Play Football Xmas


It’s winter, the football field is blanketed with snow and your players are in for some tough matches ahead. Take charge of your team as they get ready to face some tough opponents just ahead of Christmas.

Also available as ‘Play Soccer Xmas’ in some countries, this game is developed in order to allow used to have a fun experience that is far from other complicated soccer apps.

Download: iPhone and iPad | Android