Meanwhile in Moscow: Germany Out, Korea Change WC History!

The unbelievable happened today in Kazan, as already-eliminated South Korea pushed the World Cup defending champions of Germany out of the tournament, scoring two goals during stoppage time. It is the first time ever that the Germans fail to make it past the Group Stage, a setback that will spark much debates and criticism over Die Mannschaft.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Not a Good Day to Be a Pole

As a sport journalist, I always try not to get too much involved emotionally when I write, especially about the teams that mean something to me. But today I’m going to make an exception, as I’m writing for Poland from the bottom of my heart, to comment their shocking 0-3 loss to Colombia that put them on a plane back to Warsaw after two World Cup games only.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Mexico-Korea, Memories and Moments

Mexico's win over South Korea, thanks to the goals by Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez, triggered a journey through memory for the Cult of Calcio's correspondent Carlos Molano, who recalled episodes of his past related to both countries. The result is a match recap that also tells us more about the culture where the Tricolores and the Taegeuk Warriors come from.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Nigeria Blow Out Iceland Fairy Tale

In the last weeks, we had been hearing about Russia 2018 being the World Cup of big data and technology. Nigeria and Iceland, which faced each other yesterday in Group D – with the Super Eagles prevailing 2-0 - are a great example of it. Since the very moment the Nigerian playing kit for World Cup 2018 got released, it quickly went viral and sold out.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Senegal Strike Back In World Cup!

The long-awaited day finally came for Poland and Senegal, as they squared off today in Moscow for their World Cup 2018 debut. Both the Red-and-Whites and the Lions of Teranga joined the world tournament featuring one of their best generation of footballers ever, but the victory went to the Senegalese, which prevailed 2-1 in the first match of Group H.

Meanwhile In Moscow: Poland, Are Underdog Days Over?

The new golden generation of Polish players has been constantly moving forward, and they arrive at World Cup 2018 in full maturity. Players like Kamil Glik, Grzegorz Krychowiak , Piotr Zielinski, and of course Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski can make a whole country dream. Will this be the year of Poland? Are their underdog days over?

Meanwhile in Moscow: Serbia Tame Ticos From Free-Kick Spot

This Sunday, we had an excellent World Cup match served for lunch, a battle between two of the smallest participant nations in terms of population, but among the biggest in terms of passion and quality. Serbia ultimately took the three points, beating Costa Rica with a winning free-kick by their captain Aleksandar Kolarov.

Meanwhile in Moscow: Eid Mubarak, Morocco and Iran

In the day the Muslim World celebrated Eid, the end of Ramadan, the first game in Group B of World Cup 2018 featured an evocative clash between Morocco and Iran. Just when people were about to leave Saint Peterburg's Stadium, Moroccan striker Aziz Bouhaddouz deflected a free kick into his own goal, giving a shocking late victory to the Asians.

Lopetegui’s Sacking Plummets Spain Into Shock

Today, the whole of Spain was left in shock at Football President Luis Rubiales' decision to sack La Roja coach Julen Lopetegui, after the untimely announcement of him signing a deal with Real Madrid for the next season. Sporting director Fernando Hierro was hurriedly named interim manager to lead the team during the World Cup in Russia.