Three Under The Radar Stars Who Could Shine In Russia

Three Under The Radar Stars Who Could Shine In Russia
Feb 26, 2018

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Every single day, we get closer to one of the highlights of the sporting world. A tournament that makes the whole planet stop to watch, an event that is loved across the globe and a time that every single football fan yearns for. The World Cup is so close we can almost taste it and it is so exciting to think that in less than six months we will be able to watch football every single day as top teams slug it out in Russia. 

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 Arguably, one of the best aspects of any World Cup, is the fact that you get to see players emerge, players who you have never heard of suddenly grip you in a way you never thought possible. Everyone can point to some players they had never heard of, or at the very least never really watched, who lit up World Cup’s before big money moves that never worked out. Classic examples of the genre include James Rodriguez at the World Cup in 2014Paolo Rossi at World Cup in 1982 and Papa Bouba Diop who scored three goals for Senegal during the 2002 World Cup where they beat the then reigning champions France. 

The modern world has brought many advantages for football fans, suddenly we can basically see any player we want online. If our club is set to buy a new player, we can bring up a youtube video of his best skills in seconds, we can read articles or reports that tell us all about them.  

The World Cup allows us to go back to a time when, we didn’t know every player and when we could be surprised. We might know more than we did but how many people can name more than five Panama players or can discuss players who are on the fringes of their national teams. It makes everything more exciting whether you just watch football or if you like to have a flutter and are thinking about starting betting on the World Cup, it is always more fun when things surprise you. 

With that in mind, we thought we would suggest some players to keep an eye on. This doesn’t mean doing some deep research and ruining the surprise about how good these players can be, rather when their names flash up as the World Cup begins, make sure to watch them closely. The World Cup is a magic tournament and here are three players who may well make it more magic. 

Emil Forsberg (Sweden and RB Leipzig) 

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While his is not a name that is totally unknown, he is criminally underrated and will rarely be written as one of the best players in Europe despite having superb skills, a great record and the ability to step into one of Europe’s giants with few problems. When Kevin De Bruyne broke the Bundesliga assist record he was quickly snapped up Manchester City and seen as one of the best prospects in football. Having done the same, many expected similar offers to materialise for Forsberg but he was not given a single serious offer and has stayed in Leipzig, still shining. 

For Sweden, he is their key player, their central driving force, their creative outlet. He will be hoping to help them through a tough group and prove that he deserves a chance at the very top. 

Harold Cummings (Panama and San Jose) 

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If England are hoping to do better than they did in Brazil, they will have to get past Panama first and that means breaking through their mean defence lead by Cummings, who at 26 is entering his prime and was key in helping his country finally qualify for a World Cup. He has 46 caps already and was named in the team of the tournament in last year’s Copa Centroamericana, in which Panama finished runners-up. If he manages to frustrate England, a move to Europe could be on the cards. 

Andrija Živković (Serbia and Benfica) 

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Serbia won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015 with a crop of very special players and Andrija Živković was right at the centre of chest triumph. The midfielder is the youngest player to ever appear for his national side and was the youngest captain in the history of Partisan Belgrade. He is currently at Benfica but if he impresses in Russia, he won’t be for long. 

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