Category: World Cup

Amazon’s 1978-86 World Cup films capture the golden age of soccer

Amazon Prime Video recently made available many of the official FIFA World Cup films that capture one of the greatest-ever golden periods of world soccer. Currently, with many soccer leagues shut down across much of the world, I rewatched the official films from the 1978 World Cup (hosted in Argentina) as well as 1982 (hosted by Spain) and culminating in Mexico’s 1986 World Cup. It was a decade punctuated by two Argentine triumphs in World Cups with an Italian interlude of 1982, sandwiched in-between. These films were refreshing in that they provided honest accounts of the competition and came before ... Read more

World Cup 2018 team of the tournament

The 2018 World Cup is in the books, which means it’s time to pick our World Cup Team of the Tournament. I’ll provide 2 players at each position (first team and second team), along with a brief explanation of my selections. Feel free to disagree in the comments below! Goalkeeper: 1st Team: Jordan Pickford, England 2nd Team: Thibaut Courtois, Belgium A difficult selection– Courtois won the Golden Glove Award, but for me, Pickford was better. He made the key save vs. Colombia, and he made several key saves against Sweden and Croatia. Courtois was terrific for Belgium, but when it ... Read more

World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and ... Read more

Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers

After broadcasting 64 World Cup games live across Telemundo, Universo and NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes delivered an average of 2.026 million viewers per game and achieved several other noteworthy milestones. In total, Telemundo Deportes’ complete presentation of all 2018 World Cup matches reached 36.6 million TV viewers, exceeding the Spanish-language reach for the 2010 tournament by +13% (32.3 million), and coming within 1.3 million of the 2014 World Cup (37.9 million) – despite fewest Latin American countries since 2016. The Final match, a 4-2 win by France over Croatia, posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 5.45 million across Telemundo, TelemundoDeportes.com, ... Read more

Croatia’s success underlines parity at World Cup 2018

Entering the tournament, a common question posed revolved around dark horses. “Who is a dark horse in this tournament?” A difficult question. What defines a dark horse? A team that isn’t expected to win it all, but has the capability? That would qualify Belgium, or Colombia, or Uruguay as a dark horse. How about a team that could make a deep run – say to the quarters, or maybe the semis, before bowing out with honor? Regardless of how you define it, it is worth arguing that 3/4 of the semifinalists were dark horses, and 6/8 quarterfinalists were dark horses. ... Read more

Where to find France vs. Croatia World Cup Final on US TV and streaming

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, watch France vs. Croatia for free with a 7-day trial to fuboTV. On television, the match will be shown live on FOX. But if you’re at work, on the go or at home and you can’t get FOX, the next best way to watch the game is with a no-strings attached free trial. Here are all of the details below of how you can watch France vs. Croatia legally and for free: Match: France vs. Croatia Kickoff: Sunday, 11am ET Looking to watch France vs. Croatia online from your work, home or on ... Read more

Where to find Belgium vs. England 3rd place match on US TV and streaming

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup third place match, watch Belgium vs. England for free with a 7-day trial to fuboTV. On television, the match will be shown live on FOX. But if you’re at work, on the go or at home and you can’t get FOX, the next best way to watch the game is with a no-strings attached free trial. Here are all of the details below of how you can watch Belgium vs. England legally and for free: Match: Belgium vs. England Kickoff: Saturday, 10am ET Looking to watch Belgium vs. England online from your work, home ... Read more

Croatia’s remarkable World Cup run fueled by soccer dreams

Two days before Croatia’s semifinal against England, Croatian manager Zlatko Dalić sat with his fingers intertwined, sipping on a coffee and staring almost rebelliously into the cameras. Ruffling his hair, he ruminated aloud while the press look back at him bemused … “Everyone has problems. Everyone has not slept. Some have not slept enough. We will not allow any problems to interfere with us. The big guys went home and the workers are left. I will not accept bronze! It is a dream for us. It will be a pity to be in Russia for a month and not see ... Read more