22 June 2017

Igor Akinfeev

Give or take a week, we're now a year away from the start of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. The awarding of the tournament to Russia was controversial and developments since - not least with regard to hooliganism, homophobia and workers' rights - have done nothing to calm the dissent. Excitement, however, might do just that.

In this week's Football Fives Podcast we're looking forward to the next World Cup. Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee join forces once more to tackle five questions about Russia 2018, beginning with whether the simple fact that it'll take place under a cloud will affect its popularity.

We talk about English and Northern Irish expectations (sorry Scotland and Ireland; it's just because that's where we're from) and ask whether failure to qualify would take the sheen off a fabulous UEFA EURO 2016 for our Welsh neighbours. We each talk up a young player, predict the four semi-finalists, and allow our mouths to write cheques that our arses can't cash.

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