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5 reasons behind the Russian football team’s unexpected success in FIFA World Cup 2018

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Football teams from 32 countries participated in FIFA World Cup 2018. And out of these 32 teams, the Russian football team was ranked 70 at the beginning of the competition. So how, despite being at the 70th position, did Russia manage to reach the quarterfinals, ahead of teams like Argentina, Spain, Portugal & Germany? Let’s have a look at the top 5 reasons behind Russia’s unexpected success in FIFA World Cup 2018.

  1. Low expectations

Entering the World Cup championship competition at rank 70, the Russian football team did not have a lot of people believing that they would actually clear the ‘First Stage’ to enter the ‘Round of 16’. This took off a lot of performance pressure from the shoulders of the players who were to play in front of the home crowd. This is corroborated by Russia’s convincing win in their opening game against Saudi Arabia, where Russia scored 5 goals!

  1. Home conditions

Used to playing in conditions which are different from the rest of Europe and South America, the Russian football team have a slight advantage in 15 Russian cities hosting the mega tournament. Although FIFA has chosen the match venues very judiciously so that it offers a level-playing field (metaphorically and, in this case, literally as well) for the host team as well the visiting teams, but there have been detractors who have tried to compare the current venue scenario in FIFA World Cup 2018 with scenarios of fixtures at varying altitudes, quoting references to research literature published on the same phenomenon.

  1. Low international exposure

Working as a boon more than as a bane in this case, lower international exposure of players in the Russian football team (vis-à-vis players in other European and South American teams) has resulted in not having a bias in their minds. Players of mighty teams like Spain, Germany England, Argentina, Brazil, etc. play in a variety of football clubs around the world, along side players from other major football-playing nations; these players, owing to their experience, have pre-defined notions of how other international players operate on the pitch. But since the Russian players do not have that bias, it gives them more elbow room to work with tactical flexibility – which also makes them unpredictable during those critical 90 minutes.

  1. Team cohesion

With the players not a part of marquee clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, etc., the players happened to be available for more practice sets which enabled them to play as a cohesive unit. Case in point, Argentina’s lacklustre performance in World Cup 2018 was because there were a lot of expectations from the star players like Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, etc. and the fact that all these players were part of marquee clubs (Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Juventus respectively), because of which they could not invest as much in practice matches and hence the performance suffered.

  1. Fan support

Last, but by no means the least, the fan support enjoyed by the Russian football team at home has been so unprecedented that it is almost unbelievable! Not only did the fans came pouring out in huge numbers to the stadiums in all the matches at all the 15 venues, but the fans also thronged fan fests (specially designed arenas by FIFA for fans to watch the game live on huge screens, alongside amenities of food & beverages, washrooms and official FIFA fan shops for buying official merchandise) which goes out to prove how much the fans are backing their team!

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Vinesh Phogat wins gold in Asian Games 2018 the biggest celebrities shower praises on Twitter over her historic win

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Vinesh Phogat wins gold in Asian Games 2018 the biggest celebrities shower praises on Twitter over her historic win!
Vinesh Phogat wins gold in Asian Games 2018 the biggest celebrities shower praises on Twitter over her historic win!

Vinesh Phogat wins gold in Asian Games 2018 the biggest celebrities shower praises on Twitter over her historic win!

Vinesh Phogat’s gold medal in Asian Games is not just special, because she secured the first position, but it is also historic, because she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games! She defeated Yuki Irie of Japan in the finals of the 50kg category. It was second gold for Indian wrestlers after Bajrang Punia’s win in the 65kg freestyle category.

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Vinesh Phogat is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. She has also won countless other medals at various international meets. Born in Balali, Haryana, Vinesh comes from a reputed background of wrestling which boasts of her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari Phogat. She is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s younger brother Rajpal. In her early days, she was coached by Mahavir Singh Phogat.

A lot of celebrities took to Twitter to congratulate Vinesh. Superstar Aamir Khan reiterates his dialogue for the movie “Dangal” in which he the claims that his daughters are no less than boys in competence, while the super-talented and uber-gorgeous actress Shilpa Shetty and the incredibly talented actor-director-producer-singer Farhan Akhtar also congratulated Vinesh on her win.

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Google Doodle (August 18) 2018 Asian Games

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Google Doodle August 18 2018 Asian Games
Google Doodle (August 18) 2018 Asian Games

A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and people. The first Google Doodle honoured the Burning Man festival in 1998, and was designed by Google founders – Larry Page and Sergey Brin – to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor until 2000, when Page and Brin asked public relations officer Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day. Since then, a team of employees called Doodlers have organized and published the Doodles.

Google Doodle August 18 2018 Asian Games

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Initially, Doodles were neither animated nor hyperlinked – they were simply images with hover-text describing the subject or expressing a holiday greeting. Doodles increased in both frequency and complexity by the beginning of the 2010s. In January 2010 the first animated Doodle honoured Sir Isaac Newton. The first interactive Doodle appeared shortly thereafter celebrating Pac-Man, and hyperlinks also began to be added to Doodles, usually linking to a search results page for the subject of the Doodle. By 2014, Google had published over 2,000 regional and international Doodles throughout its homepages, often featuring guest artists, musicians, and personalities.

On August 18, 2018, the Google doodle marked the beginning of the 2018 Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Asian Games, which is a pan-Asian multi-sport event scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 02, 2018 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang, in which 45 nations will be participating.
This would be the first time that the Asian Games would be co-hosted in two cities; the Indonesian capital of Jakarta (which is hosting the Games for the first time since 1962), and Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province.

Google Doodle August 18 2018 Asian Games

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The Asian Games – also known as Asiad – is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. In its history, nine nations have hosted the Asian Games. Forty-six nations have participated in the Games, including Israel, which was excluded from the Games after their last participation in 1974.

Description Venue Year
1st Asian Games New Delhi, India 1951
Last Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 2014
Next Asian Games Jakarta & Palembang, Indonesia 2018
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Google Doodle (August 16) Ebenezer Cobb Morley

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Google Doodle (August 16) Ebenezer Cobb Morley

A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and people. The first Google Doodle honoured the Burning Man festival in 1998, and was designed by Google founders – Larry Page and Sergey Brin – to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor until 2000, when Page and Brin asked public relations officer Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day. Since then, a team of employees called Doodlers have organized and published the Doodles.

Initially, Doodles were neither animated nor hyperlinked – they were simply images with hover-text describing the subject or expressing a holiday greeting. Doodles increased in both frequency and complexity by the beginning of the 2010s. In January 2010 the first animated Doodle honoured Sir Isaac Newton. The first interactive Doodle appeared shortly thereafter celebrating Pac-Man, and hyperlinks also began to be added to Doodles, usually linking to a search results page for the subject of the Doodle. By 2014, Google had published over 2,000 regional and international Doodles throughout its homepages, often featuring guest artists, musicians, and personalities.

On August 16, 2018, Google commemorated Ebenezer Cobb Morley on his 187th anniversary of his birth – an English sportsman who has been regarded as the father of the Football Association and of modern football. In addition to being one of the founding members of FA, he was also FA’s first secretary (1863-66) and its second president (1867-74) and drafted the first Laws of the Game at his home in Barnes.

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