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Volunteering at the FIFA World Cup: A unique experience  – FIFA on GBP Sports

  • ​Over 17,000 LOC volunteers are helping at Russia 2018
  • Range of tasks span 20 different functional areas
  • John: “At the Luzhniki Stadium I realised that it’s not as easy as it looks on television”

Whenever teams are preparing to play at the Luzhniki Stadium, John gets a first-hand account of the goings-on. He witnesses the players chatting to each other before kick-off and senses how the tension gradually increases as a special atmosphere spreads throughout the stadium.

John hails from Colombia and is currently helping as a volunteer at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. “I’m responsible for assisting the teams,” he said. “I make sure that everything’s as it should be in the changing rooms, I accompany the team photographers to the stands and am available for any questions the support staff may have.”

David also volunteers at the Luzhniki Stadium. The Englishman’s role as media assistant is to ensure journalists have everything they need to report on a match. “I did a few media-related things during my degree but I wanted to get an idea of what goes on at a major tournament,” he said.

John and David are just two of a total of 17,040 Local Organising Committee (LOC) volunteers at Russia 2018, having been selected from a record 176,870 applicants. “The volunteers’ faces are the first thing the fans see when they arrive,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino, hailing the significance of the Volunteer Programme. “Their smiles are what visitors pick up on.”

The volunteers’ backgrounds are diverse, ranging from an oil tanker captain to a former footballer and a dragon boat racing world champion. They are united by their love of the game and a willingness to help with great dedication over the course of several weeks.

Of the volunteers, 36 per cent are male and 64 per cent female. Among their number are a grandmother and her grandson, couples and entire families. Ninety-three per cent of the total come from Russia, with the remaining seven per cent made up of people from 112 different countries that travelled to Russia specifically for the tournament.

Alongside the initial 32 participating nations, the volunteers form another World Cup team, one that acts with focus and togetherness, as John and Simon attest. “It’s one thing to watch a World Cup on television but it’s completely different to experience it first hand,” said David. “It’s a dream come true.”

The duo were the recipients of a special honour at the pre-match press conferences of the English and Colombian teams at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, as they posed for photographs with Gareth Southgate and Ashley Young as well as Jose Pekerman and Falcao. That particular experience makes up part of a tapestry of unforgettable moments they have already enjoyed at the tournament.

“There’s not a lot that can top being at the Luzhniki Stadium when Russia beat Spain on penalties in the last 16,” said David. And as for John’s personal highlight: “I had the opportunity to go out and play on the pitch at the Luzhniki. The cameras were on us, there was a helicopter flying overhead and then I realised that it’s not as easy as it looks on television.”

And while the remaining World Cup teams continue to jostle for a berth in the Final, John and David are both already guaranteed their places at the title-decider in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 15 July 2018.

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Yoshida: Japan must think seriously about the future – FIFA on GBP Sports

  • ​Physical and mental weakness cost the Samurai Blue
  • Yoshida is already thinking about future youth development in Japan
  • He appreciated the tournament and the contributions of the volunteers
By Hidetoshi Suzuki with Japan

One of the most anticipated individual battles in the match between Belgium and Japan was that between Maya Yoshida and Romelu Lukaku. These two have had several duels in the Premiership, and the honours have been fairly even. 

Yoshida and Lukaku came together again last night and, for a large part in the game, it looked as if the former’s marking had subdued Belgium’s star striker and helped earn Japan a famous win.  Ultimately, however, the Samurai Blue went down 3-2 after going into a two-goal lead in the second half, leaving the Southampton central defender to reflect ruefully on an opportunity missed.

“We had the win in our hands, but it slipped away from us,” Yoshida told FIFA.com. “We have often suffered when defending set-pieces, and that might be part of the reason. But in general, we were very poor at closing out the game after we got those two goals in the second half. ”

“Maybe there was a bit of mental weakness. But I just have no idea why it happened, whether it was over-confidence or a lack of experience at this stage of the competition – we were too naive and fragile. We could have played much better.”

The leader of the Samurai Blue back four will be 30 this August, and his football ability and physical condition mean that he could well take part in the next FIFA World Cup™. But he is thinking even further into the future. 

“We played good football tonight. But as sometimes happens against a ‘big’ team, we couldn’t make it count. The Japan Football Association and the players must think seriously about our future youth development now. Physically, I think we can make up the gap between us and the more powerful teams. But this is a major problem.”

Yoshida concluded by giving an assessment of his team’s overall performance, and expressing his gratitude to the organisers of the tournament and the many volunteers. 

“Thinking only of tonight’s game, you’d have to say that there are plenty of things to be sorted out. However, if you look at our tournament performance as a whole, you can see that we were capable of competing and playing attractive football at this level. I think we impressed not only our fans, but the rest of the world as well. 

“As for the organisation of this tournament, let me give many thanks to the volunteers for their devoted work. Thanks to them, I really enjoyed this month!”

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Lift off for Willian in Russia’s rocket city – FIFA on GBP Sports

  • Willian provided the assist for Brazil’s first goal against Mexico
  • Tite gave him the nickname “Little Rocket”
  • Samara is famous as Russia’s aerospace centre
By Giancarlo Giampietro with Brazil

When Willian latched on to Neymar’s backheel on the edge of the box with six second-half minutes gone in Brazil’s Round of 16 tie with Mexico, he showed exactly why his coach Tite calls him O Foguetinho (Little Rocket).

El Tri defender Hugo Ayala barely had time to react as the Chelsea man took two quick touches and burst past him into the area before delivering a low cross that Neymar stabbed into the net.

Brazil’s rocket man chose an appropriate stage on which to excel: Samara, a city that played a central role in the former Soviet Union’s space programme, starting with the manufacture of the Vostok 1 spacecraft that took Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961.

“The coaching staff have been calling me by that nickname and to be honest I’m delighted with it. It sums up the way I play,” said Brazil’s No19, one of his side’s outstanding performers in the 2-0 victory over Mexico, in conversation with FIFA.

With his devastating burst of pace and pinpoint cross, Willian now has something to show for his efforts at Russia 2018. One of the stars in the Premier League, the Brazilian had yet to make a huge impact at this World Cup, though Tite and his coaching staff have been delighted with his contributions on a tactical level, not least because he has been getting through a considerable amount of work.

Willian also had a switch of position to contend with in the second half, as Tite moved him to a more central position, in behind the Mexican midfield. It was a switch that paid off handsomely for the Brazilians. Attacking down the right flank is his usual brief, however, one he combines with tracking back with the same intensity to lend a helping hand to full-back Fagner.

Tite singled the midfielder out for praise in the post-match press conference in Samara. In doing so, he highlighted something that can easily be forgotten: supporting players, the ones who are not in the limelight, can be important too.

“I knew it was going to be a natural process,” said Willian. “I’ve been improving with every game. If you start taking it easy, then you end up losing your place.” He knows what he is talking about, having been taken off against Costa Rica and seen his replacement, Douglas Costa, perform well.

The midfielder caught the eye with his movement and pace, all the more impressive given the searing heat in which the game was played. “It was hot, wasn’t it?” he sighed. “It’s important for us to be able to play without the ball. We did that really well as a team, and we defended well. When we do that it makes everything easier, because we know how much quality we’ve got up front. We have players who can settle games in an instant.”

Mexico can vouch for that. Contending with the Brazilian frontline is a major challenge for any defensive unit. As if A Seleção did not have enough firepower with Neymar – the Budweiser Man of the Match thanks to his goal and assist – and Philippe Coutinho, their very own space programme is up and running, with rocket man Willian helping to propel them into the last eight.

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Psychologist shares secrets to Swedish success – FIFA on GBP Sports

  • Daniel Ekvall is Sweden’s sports psychology advisor
  • He has been praised for his role in the team’s success at Russia 2018
  • Ekvall explains his role ahead of the Swedes’ last-16 tie against Switzerland
By Alexandra Jonson with Sweden

Making it to the World Cup was seen as a minor miracle for Sweden, given that they edged out the likes of Italy and the Netherlands on the road to Russia. However, their performances at the tournament itself have eclipsed even their qualifying exploits, with the Swedes topping Group F ahead of Mexico, defending champions Germany and Korea Republic.

Throughout their remarkable journey, two main strengths have stood out: defensive solidity and team unity. Daniel Ekvall, Sweden’s sports psychology advisor, has received praise for his work in building the latter and, ahead of the last-16 tie against Switzerland, he gave FIFA.com an insight into what his job entails.

FIFA.com: Can you explain what your role as a sports psycology advisor involves?
Daniel Ekvall: I am available for individual talks and then there are group sessions. From what the players say in those, I create a mental plan for the upcoming match, which we go through on match day. It’s often a image that illustrates what the players themselves have said. I also work with Janne [Andersson, Sweden’s coach] on creating an effective leadership team because there are a lot of people in the coaching staff. With the players we mainly focus on the next action. So, if they miss a pass or a team-mate misses one, how can they make their next action as good as possible?

More than the group sessions and individual talks, I’ve heard you also do talks with shoes…
[Laughs] Yes, this was before the match against France at home. At the start of the week Ola Toivonen had new boots and he didn’t think his touch worked as he wanted it to. So he screamed across the pitch that he needed to book a session so I could speak to his boots, and everyone thought it was funny. Then, in the match itself, he scored from the halfway line in those shoes! Janne thought it was a fun anecdote and told the story to the press.

Is it more important for a team like Sweden, who don’t have the same individual quality as opponents like Germany, Italy or France, to work on psychology and create a good group dynamic?
It can be a competitive advantage. There are a lot of things that affects a match and if we can do as many of them as well as possible, it strengthens our chance. That includes good teamwork, unity and communication. I always say that if you bring all the best individual surgeons to perform an operation together, it’s not certain they will be able to cooperate well and the operation will be a success. So if we cover these other elements well, it makes it possible we can beat teams that on the paper have individually better players.

Janne Andersson, Andreas Granqvist and a few others have highlighted your work as a key component in the team’s success. How does that make you feel?
I know full well that we are doing this together, working together in the coaching staff, the players. But of course it makes me happy if they think I am a small piece of the puzzle.

There have already been a couple of penalty shootouts in the knockout phase. How do you prepare the players for that scenario?
It’s about ensuring that the players feel there is a clear plan, so that nothing happens in the moment. Then as a player it’s about going through the same routine as always do, even if the situation is special.

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Neymar leads Brazil to last eight – FIFA on GBP Sports

Neymar scored his sixth FIFA World Cup™ goal, before substitute Roberto Firmino added one late on, to lift Brazil past Mexico 2-0 to advance into the quarter-finals at Russia 2018.

The first 20 minutes of the match started with El Tri pressuring the South Americans’ backline, but eventually Tite’s side were able to grow into the game, ultimately generating more goalscoring opportunities and looking the likelier to break the deadlock.

It took until after the break, though, and once the second half commenced, it wasn’t long until Neymar was wheeling away in celebration. He slid in to finish from close range after Willian sent in a dangerous, low cross on 51 minutes. Brazil continued to create scoring chances and, with full-time closing in fast, Firmino tapped in at the back post as Neymar turning provider to seal victory.

Team reporter analysis
Giancarlo Giampietro with Brazil [Follow: Twitter]
Mexico were much more aggressive in the first 15 minutes of the match, but Brazil were prepared for that. They kept their composure and were able to control large spells of the match, although possession stats won’t necessarily reflect that. The individual talent of A Seleção was also a key factor in them emerging as the more effective attacking side. Tite’s team are proving they can be solid at both ends.

Martin Langer with Mexico [Follow: Twitter]
Mexico fought bravely against Brazil, but in the end they deservedly lost against a better team. El Tri played a risky strategy in the first half, pressuring the South Americans very aggressively and making them suffer every time they had the ball. The idea was to score quickly and then manage the rhythm of the game. But that didn’t happen and the team tired. After they conceded the goal, while they still kept on fighting, they never seemed to be in a position to equalise, even with Guillermo Ochoa denying the Brazilians a second goal until the final stages.

Budweiser Man of the Match
Neymar scored the opening goal to help ensure Brazil’s Russia 2018 journey continued. He now has six goals at the World Cup and 57 in 89 total appearances.

The stat
19 – Brazil have now kept 19 clean sheets in 25 matches under head coach Tite.

What’s next
Brazil will face the winner of Belgium-Japan — Quarter-final, 6 July, Kazan

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