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Playrs FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule

There have been great triumphs so far in the 2018 World Cup and for each fantastic triumph there has been an equally grave footballing tragedy. As delightful as it is to discuss the meteoric rise of Russia, the stout defensive unit of Uruguay, or the prospects of Belgium finally winning it all, the calamities deserve the limelight as well. As we barrel into the quarterfinals, lets take a look at the three biggest disappointments to date in this summer’s World Cup.

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Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski and his boys came into the World Cup as popular dark horses of the tournament. Among the top 10 footballing nations in the world, or so FIFA would have us believe, Poland was armed with Bayern Munich’s super star Lewandowski and seemed poised to unleash him on Group H. However, from the first whistle in Poland’s opening defeat to Senegal, up until their group stage elimination, the White and Reds were not up to snuff. New Bayern gaffer, Niko Kovac, has come out and firmly stated that Lewandowski will not be leaving the German Bundesliga champions to join Chelsea, and for that matter, will not be linking up with Real Madrid. One has to wonder if Lewa could be on his way to Madrid or London if he had, say, bagged a group stage hat trick or found a way to drag his country into the latter stages of the tournament. We can hem and haw at the possibilities for Lewandowski’s career possibilities, but the bottom line is both he and Poland’s early dismissal from the World Cup is one of the biggest disappointments of the tournament. …

As eight delighted teams lay their heads to rest across Russia Tuesday evening, the stage has been set for the quarterfinals at the 2018 World Cup. …

A big part of any international tournament, the World Cup being no exception, is the ability for players to put their skills on display not just for the fans but also for potential suitors. …

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