Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
1920 views
1920 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
927 views
927 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
601 views
601 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
512 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
592 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
635 views
635 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
601 views
601 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
653 views
653 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
757 views
757 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
742 views
742 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
715 views
715 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
852 views
852 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
1863 views
1863 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
714 views
714 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
910 views
910 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
820 views
820 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
896 views
896 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
751 Views

France in Fine Fettle

Prior to the start of the quadrennial tournament this summer, football fans across the world grew sceptical over Russia’s credentials and ability to host the most prestigious tournament in world football. With half built stadiums, mentions of Russia’s recent doping history and the vast distance that players would travel for matches, many wondered how they were going to live up to the standard of previous World Cups.

Despite all this, what emerged was a World Cup like no other. The 2018 tournament marked the start of a new era in football; with VAR making its debut, England showing some form of tactical nouse, and the curtain closing on Messi and Ronaldo’s chances on lifting the elusive golden trophy, which allowed some of the emerging talents, like Mbappe, Neymar and Trippier, step into the spotlight.

France entered the tournament on the back of a disappointing loss in the Euro 2016 Final, losing in Paris after extra time to a Ronaldo-less Portugal. Having learnt from that loss, Deschamps brought with him the youngest squad out of all the countries at this year’s World Cup, moving on from the likes of Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna who both somehow started the 2016 Final.

Instead, Deschamps had with him Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and of course the Young Player of the Tournament, Kylian Mbappe.

The 19-year-old set the tournament alight with his scintillating speed shown when he picked the ball up in his own half, left Mascherano and Rojo back in Buenos Aires, before the latter brought him down for a penalty. Antoine Griezmann showed his class as he sent the keeper the wrong way, and then the 27-year-old man proceeded to celebrate with a dance from Fortnite. Mbappe went on to score two more goals sealing the win for Les Blues, and set France on their way to World Cup glory again for the first time since 1998.

Deschamps, however, knew that starting Mbappe and Griezmann together wouldn’t work as a front two, so he called upon Olivier Giroud to complete his attacking trio. Whilst the 6’4” striker managed to muster a grand total of 0 shots on target throughout the entire tournament, he played a vital role in connecting the attacking moves and was excellent at holding the ball up and bringing teammates into play.

Les Blues returned to Paris having redeemed themselves from their previous failure two years prior, something England aimed to achieve following their premature exit in 2016.

With the Icelandic “Viking Thunder-Clap” still ringing in the ears of the England players, they set off for Russia knowing that they could not have a repeat of that embarrassing exit.

Following that defeat, In came new manager Gareth Southgate who brought with him a breath of fresh air as he, like Deschamps, brought a very young squad. replacing deadwood like Rooney and Hart and bringing in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jesse Lingard.

Unlike previous England managers, Southgate actually seemed like he had a plan and knew what he wanted to do, employing a 3-5-2 formation having converted Kyle Walker to a centre-back, allowing Trippier to play at right wing-back where he flourished throughout the tournament.

The aforementioned Walker, his Manchester City teammate John Stones and Harry “Slabhead” Maguire, formed a formidable backline, and showed how English defenders can play out from the back. That was before Stones, who was too busy figuring out how he has more World Cup goals than England legend Wayne Rooney, was left in the dust by the villain of the hour, Mario Mandžukić who rifled his left-footed strike past a helpless Jordan Pickford and sadly sent England home before they could face France (who would’ve also sent us home).

Whilst England exceeded all the expectations prior to the tournament starting, the thoughts remain of “what could’ve been”.

If only Harry Kane had put away that chance in the first half. If only Pickford had got a strong left hand to Mandžukić’s shot. If only Gareth Southgate had actually used Delph or Loftus-Cheek instead of leaving us with Jesse Lingard ambling about the pitch for 120 minutes, for the second time in the tournament.

More than anything this World Cup was a steep learning curve for the young Three Lions, and Gareth Southgate, as for many this won’t be their last chance at winning it. Whilst we may never have a better opportunity, with some of the major nations failing to clear the first hurdle, there’s no reason why this England squad can’t progress and challenge for a title in the next ten years.

Until we do win something, the country will have to make do of re-watching that Harry Kane header against Tunisia, Pickford’s penalty save, or The Bury Beckham’s fifth minute free-kick that sent the country into pandemonium.

James Cohen

Sports Print Editor

Featured image credit: Flickr

 

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
1920 views
1920 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
927 views
927 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
601 views
601 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
512 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
592 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
635 views
635 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
601 views
601 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
653 views
653 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
757 views
757 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
742 views
742 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
715 views
715 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
852 views
852 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
1863 views
1863 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
714 views
714 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
910 views
910 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
820 views
820 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
896 views
896 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
86 views

The Global Calendar

beckitceditor - March 18, 2019
140 views

Late-Again campaign, again!

beckitceditor - March 18, 2019
155 views

The increase in female travelers explained

Rachael Naylor - March 18, 2019

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival
Music
393 views
Music
393 views

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival

Lara Antoine - February 15, 2019

We are nearing that time of year where Brighton is flooded with arts and culture festivals. Following shortly after the Fringe, Brighton Festival runs from 4th- 26th…

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara
Interview
2359 views
Interview
2359 views

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara

Chris Ahjem - November 27, 2018

Tis the season, to indulge in some incredible drag performances! Iconic queens spanning many series of RuPaul’s Drag Race will grace the Brighton Dome on December 3…

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)
#CINECITY19
1270 views
#CINECITY19
1270 views

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)

Yazz James - November 13, 2018

Suspiria is a surprising and radical reimagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 film. The story is centred around Susie Bannion (Jessica Harper/Dakota Johnson), a young American, who moves…

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
1920 views
Arts
1920 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018

We got the chance to talk to Catherine from Brighton & Hove’s local organisation, Little Green Pig, who work with young people to unlock their imaginations and…

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY19
973 views
#CINECITY19
973 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018

I did not always believe in the magic of cinema. Sitting in one of a thousand identical cinemas, looking at the waves of unoccupied seats, can make…

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
927 views
Arts
927 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018

On the 30 November it was the last Tuesday of the month, meaning, of course, I was at The Hope and Ruin ready for Hi Zero, as…

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview
Arts
890 views
Arts
890 views

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview

Emma Nay - November 6, 2018

On the 10th of November in Falmer Bar’s own Room 76 a series of musicians and poets are coming together to protest against the arms trade. The…

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary
Arts
784 views
Arts
784 views

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary

Hal Keelin - November 2, 2018

As one of the best things to come out of the 20th Century nears its 50th anniversary, it is a chance to look back at Laurie Lee’s…

Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event
Arts
663 views
Arts
663 views

Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event

Florence Dutton - October 29, 2018

Over recent years, relentless injustice has caused a surge in female self-reclamation, especially across the media. More and more women from marginalised communities and backgrounds are coming…

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
601 views
Arts
601 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018

On Sunday evening, The Haunt welcomed a trio of poets from America and Canada as part of Neil Hilborn’s UK tour, treating guests to an uplifting night…

Top Stories
512 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018

Finding your feet in a brand new city can be overwhelming and confusing at first, however Brighton offers a range of alternative travel options to satisfy all…

Freshers 2018
592 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018

As we begin a new school year, this is a great time for Sabrina Edwards, the new Science editor, to reflect on the best scientific breakthroughs of…

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
685 views
Arts
685 views

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground

Hal Keelin - October 18, 2018

Upon my transfer to Sussex University, I found Robert Cowen’s Common Ground a particularly comforting read. After nearly a year out from academic study, I was finally…

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
635 views
Arts
635 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018

Striking up laughter in cinema screens once again, Rowan Atkinson may have given up playing lovable Mr. Bean, but he hasn’t retired as Johnny English just yet.…

Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
601 views
Comment
601 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018

“I believed he was going to rape me.” are the stand out words in Christine Ford’s final testimony at the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh as an…

What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
653 views
Arts
653 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018

  All you need to know about autumn at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts If you have not seen the ACCA’s new autumn programme, you…

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
757 views
Arts
757 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, Sussex Student Union organised a number of interesting talks and events across October. One of these exciting opportunities was a chance…

Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA
Film & Theatre
717 views
Film & Theatre
717 views

Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA

Anonymous - October 10, 2018

At the outset, Mr Messier’s FIELD at once invoked The Matrix and Daedalus’ Boiler Room set.  The basic concept of this mixed media performance relies on transducer…

Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development
Arts
1153 views
Arts
1153 views

Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development

Kate Dennett - October 10, 2018

To commemorate to this year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, I found it increasingly difficult to draw attention to just one book of relevance in recognition of this…

Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective
Campus News
765 views
Campus News
765 views

Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective

Chris Ahjem - October 9, 2018

Annually, the University of Sussex welcomes thousands of new students to our Falmer campus and every year the Student’s Union and Brighton based clubs and businesses increase…

National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known
News
1215 views
News
1215 views

National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known

Chris Ahjem - October 6, 2018

To celebrate National Badger Day here are 10 fun facts about our animal kingdom namesake Badgers can run up to 16-19 miles per hour which is the…

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
742 views
Arts
742 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018

This coming week marks the celebration of Libraries Week, an event solely dedicated to praising the work of libraries across the UK. This annual event is taking…

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
715 views
Interview
715 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018

The young star is often a tricky title to navigate. There are the big names, who explode into the world with noise, bright light, a big record…

How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry
Lifestyle
1182 views
Lifestyle
1182 views

How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry

Rachel Badham - October 3, 2018

Fenty Beauty, launched in September last year, is a makeup line created by global superstar Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna. It’s not uncommon for celebrity…

Why we should all embrace drag
Features
852 views
Features
852 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018

Once an art form disregarded by many, 2018 bears witness to the continuous rise of drag as a legitimate, celebrated art. Spearheaded by RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag…

In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
1863 views
Arts
1863 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Alannah Myles, the 1991 Grammy winner for best female rock vocal performance for her outstanding vocal abilities for the…

Brighton Needs You!
News
714 views
News
714 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018

Brighton is a vibrant and thriving city that many students at Sussex are lucky enough to call home. But there are many in the area in need…

Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
910 views
Arts
910 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018

Starting university comes with both exciting but potentially daunting changes, with both moving away from home and studying at degree level posing to be two new challenges.…

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist
Film & Theatre
765 views
Film & Theatre
765 views

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist

Olek Młyński - September 18, 2018

One key film in the development of anyone who grew up in the early 2000s was The Incredibles (2004). It’s comedy, vibrancy, and general sense of fun…

Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
820 views
Arts
820 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018

Boredom is impossible when you throw yourself into everything this weird and wonderful city has to offer. The specific and unique cultural wonders of Brighton are indeed…

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
896 views
Arts
896 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018

During this year’s Pride Festival, Brighton had the honour of welcoming international pop star and voice of the early 2000s, Britney Spears, to the main stage. Undoubtedly,…

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
2417 views1
Campus News
2417 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for a neutral chair - a…

Interview: In Conversation with University of Sussex Stuart Hall Fellow Ingrid Pollard
Artist Focus
275 views
Artist Focus
275 views

Interview: In Conversation with University of Sussex Stuart Hall Fellow Ingrid Pollard

Rosa Lichtenstein - March 19, 2019

How does photography give agency to those 'on the edge'? Elsa Van Helfteren and Rosa Lichtenstein interviewed Ingrid Pollard ahead of her panel event at the ACCA…

Culture
86 views

The Global Calendar

beckitceditor - March 18, 2019

March 2019: International Women’s Month the celebration of women’s contributions both throughout history, and now. March 17th: St Patrick’s Day A celebration on the traditional death date…

Campus News
140 views

Late-Again campaign, again!

beckitceditor - March 18, 2019

This edition, we follow-up with the ‘Late Again’ Campaign to see what they have achieved since last time we spoke... This edition I have followed-up with the…

Culture
155 views

The increase in female travelers explained

Rachael Naylor - March 18, 2019

The rise of female independence can be experienced in many ways, one of which being able to travel solo. With travel being more accessible and affordable there…

Culture
188 views

Growth, degrowth and climate change

klaratgbengtsson - March 18, 2019

Following the recent Youth Strikes that have taken place world-wide, we look at the issues of Growth on our environment. You may not be aware that there…

Culture
67 views

Cultural Bite

alainareschka - March 18, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon, so that means you better be wearing your green. This dish may not be green, but it’s from the land of…

Culture
83 views

Know where your Eat Central’s are?

rosiejoyce98 - March 18, 2019

Dinner Digs takes on University as it scours the best, cheapest foods on-campus that will see you through the 9am starts. If you’re like me and can…

Clear the catwalk for charity shops
Culture
265 views
Culture
265 views

Clear the catwalk for charity shops

Alice Gledhill - March 18, 2019

Fast-fashion is slowing down as consumers realise the growing trend of repairing their clothes and buying from charity shops. Charity shops have seen an increase in sales…

Life amongst the Vikings
Culture
352 views
Culture
352 views

Life amongst the Vikings

Chris Ahjem - March 18, 2019

An Unsuspecting Student’s Guide to studying abroad: how to make the most of your time abroad. To study abroad or not to study abroad, that is the…

Culture
116 views

Canna Kitchen: experiments in plant-based living

Rachael Naylor - March 18, 2019

The bottom floor of a vaporizer shop on Duke Street has turned into the UK’s first restaurant serving food infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a compound present in…

Culture
94 views

Private Parts Podcast – Sounds like white privilege?

Rachael Naylor - March 18, 2019

An honest and open review on Jamie Lang and Francis Boule’s Private Parts podcast. I have always been an avid watcher of Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea.…

Culture
77 views

The culture of emotions

klaratgbengtsson - March 18, 2019

How does society affect the way that we feel and perceive the world? Within this article we attempt to challenge the root of emotionality and social pressures.…

Culture
70 views

Dinner digs: roast edition

rosiejoyce98 - March 18, 2019

As the days are getting a little longer and brighter and the flowers are starting to bloom, spring is somewhat in the air. However, the comfort you…

Cultural Bite
Culture
124 views
Culture
124 views

Cultural Bite

alainareschka - March 18, 2019

With the constant rain and cold winds, you may rather stay in and eat as opposed to weathering the rain as spring approaches. Sure, you can order…

Culture
102 views

Unexpected Destinations: Kilkenny

Alice Gledhill - March 18, 2019

Why not discover somewhere new, unthought of before? Travel with us through Ireland with EngSoc. Ireland is rich in its history and draws in vast volumes of…

Culture
91 views

The Cure to ‘Wanderlust’ at University

rosiejoyce98 - March 18, 2019

Struggling with the dreaded ‘travel bug’ at university? Read this article on tips to lessen the need to take flight. Have you ever gone to a project…

Culture
63 views

Cultural Bite

alainareschka - March 18, 2019

Valentine’s Day is coming up and a delicious meal is a great way to celebrate with loved ones. Whether they are your family, a boyfriend or girlfriend,…

Culture
133 views

Be my Vegan-tine?

Rachael Naylor - March 18, 2019

Don’t know what to do for your special someone this Valentines? Prepare a date or dish with help from this spread... As Cupid’s arrow is set to…

Artist Focus
87 views

Introducing the ACCA

Rachael Naylor - March 18, 2019

With the Attenborough Centre right on our doorstep, we are lucky to to have access to year-round, contemporary performances and events. In support of this, I thought…

Arts
104 views

Getting Inspired by ‘Sustainable Gifting’

beckitceditor - March 18, 2019

We caught up with those inspired by our last edition’s ‘Sustainable Gifting’ article. See below for inspiration and to see what was crafted by our readers As…