Who would have believed it either in the biggest nation on earth, or in the sceptical outside world. RUSSIA has 6 points form two matches and on the way to the last 16. It certainly has brought life to the event.
As for the golden boot Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 4 goals after his first two appearances. This leads me to 1958 when a young Marrakech born player from French Morocco, Just Fontaine topped the goalscoring charts.in the World Cup in Sweden.. In the 3rd place match against West Germany he scored three times for never since equaled 13 goals. There was no golden boot in those days but a local store presented him with an air rifle. He was even wearing borrowed boots from a team mate. He scored a hat trick in a 7-3 victory over Paraguay, then 2 against Yugoslavia and one against Scotland. 2 in the 4-0 win over Northern Ireland in the quarter final and twice in the semi final loss to Brazil.
He later played for Nice and then Reims and took them to a French double and later coached all over and I met him in Kinitra, Morocco when his team lost 2-0 to Cameroon in late 1981. He now lives in Toulouse in south west France age 84. In the last NINE World Cups only once has a player scored half that amount, CR7 with 8 in 2002.
Cleaning up the stadiums. After their matches in Saransk and Moscow's Spartak Stadium the Japanese and Senegalese fans took care of their drink cartons and other rubbish in their area. Next Sunday in the Ekaterinburg Arena the two teams and fans meet and it should be spotless afterwards in Yekiterinburg.the furthest stadium East and in Asia.
Mark Geiger the American referee who was in charge of VAR in Moscow today was accused by a Moroccan player of asking for Ronaldo's jersey when refereeing Morocco v Portugal at the Luzhniki Stadium. He denied it and so did FIFA. In fact why would a guy from NEW JERSEY want a sweaty worn old jersey anyway?
Injury concerns for The Three Lions. On a day off training when most of the squad were visiting family and friends in nearby St. Petersburg, manager Gareth Southgate went for a jog in the woods at their base on the Gulf of Finland. He dislocated his shoulder. Evidently a tall tree jumped out and surprised him ! Team doctor Rob Chakravorty put him in a sling and ordered him not to leap up in the air in his elegant three piece suit if the team scores on Sunday against Panama in Nizhny Novgorad.
The Mexican Football Association has been fined YET AGAIN by FIFA, this time a measly $6,000 or so for chanting PUTA, slang for a male prostitute, at the German keeper Manuel Neuer in the Luzhniki. They have been warned time and again and Chicharito Hernandez asked them to stp to no avail.
Two days ago disgraced former FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrived in Moscow on a non-stop flight fom Zurich as a guest of Vladimir Putin. Banned from ALL football activities for 8 years, then reduced to 6 he was not allowed in the official FIFA Hotel or their luxury area of the stadium. He made sure that it was a non-stop flight. He was worried that if there was a stop in Paris, Frankfurt, Warsaw or anywhere else there might be a warrent from The Americans and he could be hauled off the flight. He did say on arrival that he was still the real FIFA President. He also agreed that England should host World Cup 2030.