Achilles is not the first animal psychic to take on the experts. English-born Paul the Octopus, who lived in a German zoo, predicted the results of games involving the German national team since the Euro 2008 tournament. His accurate picks gained worldwide attention during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Of the 14 games asked to judge across the two tournaments, Paul only called the wrong winner twice. He predicted the victor in eight World Cup 2010 games, picking right every time. … [Read more...] about ‘Psychic Cat’ Has a Feline Russia Will Win World Cup Opener
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Joseph Banks Rhine, father of Modern Parapsychology, investigated the existence of psychic abilities in animals and the results showed some do have them. … [Read more...] about Are Animals Psychic? Octopus That Predicted Japan’s World Cup Results Chopped, Eaten
Russia’s respected independent poll the Levada Center has another damning statistic for Putin. Only 48 percent of Russians felt he was trustworthy last month, dropping from 60 percent. The trend is identical when Russians were asked about their feelings on where their country is going. A steep decline from April and May, only 46 percent said Russia was going in the right direction. Meanwhile, 41 percent felt Russia was headed the wrong way. The last time all of these figures were so low was in 2013, when Putin was facing a wave of anti-government protests at home and a crisis of popularity that only the annexation of Crimea appeared to offset. Russia may be at the heart of the world’s biggest party, but it may be that the taste of fun the World Cup has brought has only papered over the cracks. … [Read more...] about The World Cup Is Over, but Has Vladimir Putin Come Out the Big Winner?
Saudi Arabia - The Green Falcons, the 2018 FIFA World Cup's lowest-ranked team, is looking to overcome three coaching changes in as many months. Dutchman Bert Van Marwijk, who led the team from 2015 to 2017 to qualify to their first World Cup since Germany 2006, left the job over disagreement with the Saudi FA. He was replaced by Argentinian Edgardo Bauza who lasted only a couple of months, substituted by another Argentinian, Juan Antonio Pizzi, former stricker and manager of Chile. Despite having international experience as most of the squad plays abroad (Saudi sports authorities sent 9 players on a half-season loan to Spanish clubs in January) bookmakers quoted their chances of victory at 1000/1: odds that may have fallen still further following their 5-0 defeat against Russia in the first group match. … [Read more...] about Did you know this about the World Cup’s 32 teams?
In those five countries, national federations and clubs have the money and an obligation to invest in youth coaching programs and keep producing talent. National centers such as Clairefontaine in France and more recently St. George's Park in England have their own strong identity. … [Read more...] about World Cup: Sweden Plays England, Russia Takes on Croatia