On the Spot!

JD Football has created a study that looks at where players typically aim to score and which parts of the net have the most success rate based on the penalty habits of current World Cup players.

JD Football has used the data from 315 penalties to gather an average and also includes the direction that goalkeepers typically dive or go toward.

Amongst the key findings are:

  • Most penalties are both saved and scored in the bottom left
  • 49% of penalties were saved to the left third of the net
  • 76% of keepers went either left or right, with fewer staying middle
  • The top left has the highest guarantee of scoring although most players are reluctant to take the risk
  • Just 12% of penalties were scored in the top corners of the net
  • Most penalties were scored in the bottom left of the goal 
  • The fewest penalties are scored in the top centre 

 

For more information visit the JD Sports blog.

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Brazil’s squad for Russia

Brazil’s manager, Tite, has announced a squad of 23 players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. They are:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cássio (Corinthians) and Ederson (Manchester City).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter de Milão), Pedro Geromel (Grêmio) and Thiago Silva (PSG).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) and Willian (Chelsea).

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).

The squad is set to meet up in Brazil on 21 May before moving on to England on 27 May where they will play Croatia in Liverpool on 3 June. The squad moves to its base in Russia, in Sochi, on 11 June, with its first group game against Switzerland set for 17 June.

US TV Schedule for FIFA World Cup

In the US Fox Sport will air 38 games live on the broadcast network, more than the previous four World Cups combined and the most ever for an English-language network. In all, it will air more than 350 hours of World Cup programming. All 64 games will be live-streamed via Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer Match Pass. Both the opening game and the final will screen on Fox, both live at 11 AM ET.

Telemundo and its cable network Universo will broadcast all 64 games live in the US; 56 airing on Telemundo and eight on Universo, with Spanish language commentary.

For the US TV Schedule Click Here

2018 Ticket design unveiled

With 69 days to go until the opening match and 100 days to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has presented the World Cup ticket design. Tickets will be personalised with the name of the ticket holder printed on it.

All key match-related information, such as the fixture, stadium, date, kick-off and gate opening time, is printed on each ticket. Each ticket also has details of the category, information on how to find the assigned seat as well as a map indicating the stadium sector in which the seat is located. A list of prohibited items and an abridged version of the General Terms and Conditions for the Use of Tickets applicable to all ticket holders is printed on the rear of each ticket.

The tickets feature key security elements including a barcode positioned on the right-hand side and a hologram next to the sector map.

Fans will undergo the following checks upon arrival at the stadium:

  • External stadium perimeter: fans will be requested to present their FAN IDs and tickets.
  • Entrance to the stadium: electronic ticket validation will be implemented through a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system, which will identify cancelled or counterfeit tickets that will not give access to the respective match.

At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup need to apply for a FAN ID – the official identity document issued to fans. Fans are encouraged to apply for this free document as soon as possible after they have received their ticket confirmation email.

A FAN ID and a valid ticket are required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Having a FAN ID gives fans additional benefits and services provided by the host country, such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, certain free inter-host city travel and free use of public transport on matchdays. For further details, please visit www.fan-id.ru.

UK World Cup TV schedule

ITV and the BBC have sat down and agreed the schedule of matches they will each air during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. ITV will show the opening game between Russia and Saudia Arabia on 14 June, but the networks will go head-to-head when they both broadcast the final live from Moscow on Sunday, 15 July at 16:00.

Following the group stage ITV has the first pick in the last 16. The BBC will have the first two choices of quarter-final games, including England’s if they progress that far.

In the UK most of the games – with a few exceptions – will kick off daily at 13.00, 16.00 and 19.00.

The full UK TV schedule for the 2018 World Cup at the group stage (times are for the UK) is:

Thursday, June 14

  • Russia v Saudi Arabia Moscow 4pm ITV

Friday, June 15

  • Egypt v Uruguay 1pm BBC
  • Morocco v Iran 4pm ITV
  • Portugal v Spain 7pm BBC

Saturday, June 16

  • France v Australia 11am BBC
  • Argentina v Iceland Moscow 2pm ITV
  • Denmark v Peru 5pm BBC
  • Croatia v Nigeria 8pm ITV

Sunday, June 17

  • Costa Rica v Serbia 1pm ITV
  • Germany v Mexico Moscow 4pm BBC
  • Brazil v Switzerland 7pm ITV

Monday, June 18

  • Sweden v South Korea 1pm ITV
  • Belgium v Panama 4pm BBC
  • Tunisia v England 7pm BBC

Tuesday, June 19

  • Colombia v Japan 1pm BBC
  • Poland v Senegal 4pm ITV
  • Russia v Egypt 7pm BBC

Wednesday, June 20

  • Portugal v Morocco 1pm BBC
  • Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 4pm BBC
  • Iran v Spain 7pm ITV

Thursday, June 21

  • France v Peru 1pm ITV
  • Denmark v Australia 4pm ITV
  • Argentina v Croatia 7pm BBC

Friday, June 22

  • Brazil v Costa Rica 1pm ITV
  • Nigeria v Iceland 4pm BBC
  • Serbia v Switzerland 7pm BBC

Saturday, June 23

  • Belgium v Tunisia 1pm BBC
  • Germany v Sweden 4pm ITV
  • South Korea v Mexico 7pm ITV

Sunday, June 24

  • England v Panama 1pm BBC
  • Japan v Senegal 4pm BBC
  • Poland v Colombia 7pm ITV

Monday, June 25

  • Saudi Arabia v Egypt 3pm ITV
  • Uruguay v Russia 3pm ITV
  • Iran v Portugal 7pm BBC
  • Spain v Morocco 7pm BBC

Tuesday, June 26

  • Denmark v France 3pm ITV
  • Australia v Peru 3pm ITV
  • Nigeria v Argentina 7pm BBC
  • Croatia v Iceland 7pm BBC

Wednesday, June 27

  • South Korea v Germany 3pm BBC
  • Mexico v Sweden 3pm BBC
  • Serbia v Brazil 7pm ITV
  • Switzerland v Costa Rica 7pm ITV

Thursday, June 28

  • Japan v Poland 3pm BBC
  • Colombia v Senegal 3pm BBC
  • Panama v Tunisia 7pm ITV
  • England v Belgium 7pm ITV

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FIFA 2018 World Cup Poster

The famed Moscow Metro held the unveiling of the last remaining visual icon of the event. For the 2018 issue of the Official Poster, the Russian artist Igor Gurovich chose legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin as a central figure of his work.

“The Official Poster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a true reflection of Russia’s artistic and football heritage,” commented FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil.”

Yashin played in four FIFA World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 – and remains the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the Ballon d’Or. In the poster, he is dressed in his traditional outfit of black shirt and shorts, knee brace and his famous cap. He is shown reaching for the ball, one half of which is a typical football from Yashin’s era, with the other depicting the vast landmass of Russia as seen from space, reflecting a key inspiration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup brand, that of Russia’s achievements in space exploration.

Artistically, Gurovich was inspired by the Russian movement of Constructivism from the late 1920s, in particular the posters designed by Dziga Vertov and the Stenberg brothers. The rays of light emanating from the ball, a common feature of Constructivist work, symbolises the tournament’s energy, while the circle of green represents the pitches of 12 stadiums in 11 Host Cities that will stage the 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.