The Buck Stops Here! Episode 24

Re-watch Episode 23.

FMM18 World Cup Day 31

Read from the introduction.

Re-read the third place playoff between Belgium and South Korea.

It’s the final day of the tournament and there’s one game; the biggest game in world football. Re-read how Portugal and Italy reached the World Cup Final.

World Cup Final: Portugal V Italy

The current European champions take on the four-time winners on a warm, windy day in Moscow. The last three World Cup Finals have required extra time to settle the argument, with the previous two seeing no goals scored in normal time. The Final follows the pattern of the last two, with neither side able to find a goal. Ten minutes into extra time, there’s a goal; Portugal’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo puts the European champions twenty minutes away from their first ever World Cup and the completion of a European/World Cup double. Italy go in desperate search of an equaliser and get one with eight minutes to go as Andrea Belotti pulls the Italians level. The seconds and minutes tick away and it’s going to penalties, something that the Italians have fond memories of from the 2006 World Cup Final. 120 minutes are on the clock and the referee is checking his watch. Italy have one final chance to win the game without requiring penalties and it falls to Belotti. He scores! In the final minute of extra time! Portuguese players slump to the floor, whilst the Italian team pile on to Belotti as the bench erupts. The game kicks off after fairly lengthy Italian celebrations, but Portugal have no chance to equalise and force penalties. Italy are champions of the world for the fifth time.

FMM18 World Cup Day 30

Read from the introduction.

The penultimate day of the tournament sees one game; re-read how Belgium and South Korea ended up in the penultimate match.

Third Place Playoff – Belgium V South Korea

Both sides need to pick themselves up after a two-goal Semi Final loss. The Third Placed Playoff is often described as the game that no-one want to be in and for Vincent Kompany, he’s only involved for three minutes before injury forces him to leave the field. Belgium shrug off the loss of Kompany and take the lead through Yannick Carrasco with 26 minutes on the clock. Belgium don’t add to their lead in the first half, but maintain it going into the break. They double the lead within a minute of the second half kicking off; Carrasco adds his and Belgium’s second. The situation is looking desperate for South Korea, but looks to become impossible in the 74th minute when Mousa Dembele adds Belgium’s third goal. Thomas Vermaelen is sent off in the 75th minute in another blow to the Belgium defence, but the ten men see out the victory to claim third place.

Find out what happens on Day 31.

FMM18 World Cup Day 29

Read from the introduction.

There are no games today, so lets look at how Italy reached the final.

Group E: V Australia, 5-0 (Andrea Belotti (3), Claudio Marchisio, Leonardo Bonucci)
Group E: V Chile, 4-0 (Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Belotti, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Petagna)
Group E: V Northern Ireland, 1-1 (Marco Veratti)
Last 16: V England, 1-0 (Andrea Petagna)
Quarter Final: V Argentina, 1-0 (Andrea Belotti)
Semi Final: V South Korea, 3-1 (Andrea Belotti, Roberto Gagliardini, Alessio Romagnoli)

Find out what happens on Day 30.

FMM18 World Cup Day 28

Read from the introduction.

There are no games today, so lets take a look at how Portugal have reached the final:

Group C: V Ghana, 5-0 (Andre Silva (3), Joao Mario, Andre Gomes)
Group C: V USA, 1-0 (Andre Silva)
Group C: V Ukraine, 0-5
Last 16: V Colombia, 1-0 AET (Andre Silva)
Quarter Final: V Iceland, 3-1 (William Carvalho, Raphael Guerreiro, Adrien Silva)
Semi Final: V Belgium, 2-0 (Joao Mario, Cristiano Ronaldo)

Find out what happens on Day 29.

Players to watch out for at the World Cup

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Every four years, most of the greatest players forget their clubs and try to lead their country to the greatest glory in the game – the World Cup. We’re all looking forward to seeing if Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi or (hopefully) Kane can lead their country to glory. But the World Cup also gives players a chance to make a name for themselves. Below are some players who may be high on your shopping list come Football Manager Mobile 2019.

Angel Correa (Argentina)

Messi. Aguero. Higuain. Dybala. Argentina are spoilt for attacking options. But what if they suffer injuries or suspensions? Enter Angel Correa. He can play as or behind the striker. With the attacking options Argentina have, he’s unlikely to start, but could well make an impact off the bench. Maybe he’ll even force his way into the team like Michael Owen did at the 1998 World Cup. Correa plays for Atletico Madrid so won’t be cheap, but his passing and technique guarantee you’ll be getting value for money.

Hirving Lozano (Mexico)

Javier Hernandez always seems to be in the right place to finish off moves. The man most likely to play that final ball to him is Hirving Lozano. Lozano is a left winger, but can pop up on the right. He’s currently at PSV Eindhoven, but if he has a good World Cup, it’s difficult to see him remaining in the Netherlands. If you’re looking to ensure quality service to your striker next season, Lozano might be the man for you.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia)

Milinkovic-Savic is a midfielder who is equally comfortable playing behind the striker. If Serbia are to qualify from their group, expect him to be the player who provides the ammunition. Assuming he doesn’t power them through. He’s at Lazio and won’t come cheap, but he’s likely to be one of your key players for years.

Pione Sisto (Denmark)

Christian Eriksen is probably seen as the key Danish player by many, but could he be upstaged? As soon as Sisto became available to represent Denmark, he was selected. Need more be said? It shows what a talent he is. Sisto is at home on the right wing, but is comfortable anywhere behind the main striker. Sisto plays for Celta Vigo, so there might be a shopping trip to Spain ahead of the 2018/19 season for you.

Youri Tielemans (Belgium)

Belgium will field a strong midfield at the World Cup, but Tielemans will be snapping at the heels of any who fail to perform well. Assuming he doesn’t start in the first place. Tielemans possesses outstanding technique and an eye for a pass that many would love to have. Will you take another exciting young talent away from Monaco?

Federico Valverde (Uruguay)

Uruguay will play with two recognised strikers at the World Cup. Which is unsurprising when they can call on the talents of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. However, as good as they may be, they’re going to require service. Enter Valverde. A midfielder who was awarded the Silver Ball at last year’s U20 World Cup. If Suarez and Cavani have good tournaments, Valverde is likely to be a big reason why. You may have to break the bank to bring him to your club though as Real Madrid are unlikely to let a hot prospect go cheaply.

The Buck Stops Here! Episode 23

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