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France: Les Bleus Looking To Make Amends For 2016 Euro Heart-break At The FIFA World Cup

The French squad is being considered as one of the most talented squads at the FIFA World Cup 2018. However, they come with the pressure of having been knocked out in the 2014 World Cup quarter finals by Germany and failing to secure the Euro '16 finals against Portugal. History Reuters Since 1932, the French national football team has featured in 18 of the 20 FIFA World Cups. They have always been a respectable name in world football, with legendary players like Michel Platini, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, and Thierry Henry having been part of the squad at different points of time. However, when compared with their European neighbours Germany, Italy, they haven't been as dominant.

Their first noticeable run at the World Cup came in 1958, when they finished 3rd because of the heroics of Just Fontaine. Fontaine holds the record for scoring the maximum goals in a single World Cup campaign when he smashed 13 goals in 6 games at the 1958 tourney. They were able to repeat this feat in 1982 when they reached the semi-finals, and 1986 when they finished third place. The 1986 World Cup, however, is more recalled for Diego Armando Maradona's Hand of God.

Their quest for glory was finally realized in 1998, when under Didier Deschamp's captaincy and Zidane's heroics, they lifted the cup on their home soil in front of a packed audience at Stade de France. 8 years later, Zidane exceptional performances single-handedly got his team to the finals yet again. That game is now remembered more for Zidane's head-butt on Italian Marco Materazzi than his chipped penalty that beat one of the world's finest keepers, Buffon. Current Form Reuters The French national team got knocked out by rivals Germany at the quarter-final stage in World Cup 2014. The French can take little solace in the fact that they were beaten by the strongest squad that year, as Germany went on to hammer hosts Brazil 7-1 in the finals, and eventually clinched the title.

At the Euro 2016, they were pipped as one of the favourites to lift the cup, which was taking place on their home soil. After a great run of games where they played with attacking flair, Deschamp's defensive tactics in the final surprised many. France held the possession for long periods of time but failed to create spaces. Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio's heroics in front of the goal dampened their chances further.  

France's run to the World Cup 2018 qualification include a 4-1 victory against Bulgaria despite being 1-0 down, a 4-0 victory over the Oranje squad (Netherlands), and a 2-1 victory against Belarus, where current Chelsea frontman Giroud and Athletico Madrid talisman Griezmann scored the first half goals.

They have also played 4 friendlies in the last 3 months, of which they won 3 and lost 1. They lost 3-2 against Columbia, and won their next three games 3-1 against Russia, 2-0 against the Republic of Ireland, and 3-1 against Chiellini's Italy. Expectations At The World Cup Reuters Expectations are very high from this talented and young French squad. In the two years since the Euro '16 finals, they have definitely matured both professionally and personally, and can take on much more pressure.

This French squad has grown up watching the 1998 triumph, and for many, that was a trigger to pick up this beautiful game. They need to show that they are worthy successors to the 1998 team. Coincidentally, the leader of that '98 squad, Deschamps, is currently the coach. He can definitely share a thing or two about winning World Cup finals with his squad!
 
The French team has always relied on a leader personality, such as Deschamps in 1998 and Zidane in 2006. All eyes will be on Pogba to pick up the mantle and be a leader on the pitch. Griezmann will be expected to display his goal scoring prowess. Squad Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandana (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG)

Defenders: Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Benjamin Mendy (Man City), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (PSG), Lucas Hernandez (Athletico Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgard), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidebe (Monaco)

Midfielders: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Paul Pogba (Man Utd), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Athletico Madrid), Ousman Dembele (Barcelona), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille).

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High-Flying Germany Drown Under The Mexican Wave In A Shocking Start To FIFA World Cup

Wow! It's only Day 4 in Russia, and we've been treated to yet another World Cup classic. And this may just be the best one yet! Mexico, the sole carrier of North American hopes convincingly defeated the defending champions at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. In what may seem like another miracle at the World Cup, it is anything but.

Mexico have been perennial underachievers at the World Cup, having been cruelly denied in the Round of 16 in 2014, thanks to a last-minute Arjen Robben dive for the Netherlands. However, this time, they seemed to have redeemed themselves with a world class performance against Germany! German Frailties Reuters While Mexico executed their game plan to perfection, all was not well at Germany's camp. Joachim Lowe chose to stick to his stars of 2014, and they seemed to have been caught up in a group think. As the first half began, Toni Kroos, the chief architect for the Germans, played through passes all over the pitch hoping to somehow send Timo Werner or Thomas Mueller through on goal.

However, it was clear from the start that the Mexican defenders had been instructed to sit back and mark the German strikers. Subsequently, frustration built up in the German dugout as the manager urged the players forward. Essentially, Germany fell perfectly into Mexico's trap as they looked vulnerable with every Mexican counter.

And this callousness by the Germans was punished in the 35th minute as they fell prey to yet another brilliant counter by the Mexicans, finished off by their star player, Hirving Lozano. Second half brought no sweeping changes as Sami Khedira looked leggy and the rest of the German squad looked short of ideas.

As the game neared conclusion, Germans got more desperate as they had a majority of the possession and 24 shots, with most going off target. Germany had conceded to Mexico's tactics. While Sweden and South Korea may still not pose a major threat to the Germans, this is a huge wake up call for the defending champions. The Mexican Wave Reuters As pundits hail the tactical genius of the Mexicans, Juan Carlos Osorio's team talk was relatively simple. Stop them from attacking and hit them on the counter. This plan required them to produce the performance of their lives. And boy did they deliver and how!

Right from the kick off, Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera went into tackles in midfield as they caught a hapless Sami Khedira off guard on multiple occasions. As the game went on, the Mexicans went kept their shape as their fullbacks Jesus Gallardo and Carlos Salcedo nullified the German threat from the wings.

Finally, as the ball broke free in midfield, Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez charged towards the German goal like a pack of hounds. On a more clinical day, the scoreline could have been embarrassing for the Germans, but the 35th minute goal from Hirving Lozano was enough to see them through.

As the final whistle blew, the Mexicans celebrated as if they had won the World Cup. Mexican hero Javier Hernandez, overwhelmed with emotion, broke into tears as he wonderfully summarized what this win meant for his nation.

After such a convincing performance, more things are expected from them. If this performance was anything to go by, we might just be in for a tequila-loaded summer!

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Ranbir Kapoor Dancing To 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' Is Great But It's No Match To Shah Rukh Khan

'Chaiyya Chaiyya' is truly iconic. Everyone knows the song, the dance, the video, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people have tried to recreate it. So many Bollywood actors are just as great at dancing as they are at acting, but it's still hard to imagine any of them being able to recreate the 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' dance with the same kind of effect. Ranbir Kapoor gave it his shot, but in my honest opinion, he's no match to King Khan. During some promotions for 'Sanju', he took a break from being the reel life Sanjay to channel SRK and give us a few seconds of him dancing. One of the reporters asked Ranbir to dance to 'Chaiyya Chaiyya', and well, looks like he did pretty good. Chal, chaiyya, chaiyya, chaiyya, #sanju #duttstheway #hindisong #hindicinema #bollywood #bollywoodworld #bollywoodactor #bollywoodlovers #bollywoodsong #shahrukhkhan #chaiyyachaiyya #dilse #ranbir #ranbirkapoor#versuchskind @versuchskind A post shared by AJAY KALOYA (@ajaykaloya.hair) on Jun 15, 2018 at 4:07am PDT Sorry Ranbir, full points for the effort but there can only be one Shah Rukh Khan. But wait, this proved one thing – Ranbir is and always has been a huge SRK fan. We also have a little bonus – Ranveer Singh dancing to 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' with SRK himself. How old is this video? Plus, Ranveer almost nailed it, have to give him that.

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Brazil: Inspired By Coach Tite, The Selecao Seek Top Honours At The FIFA World Cup

Team Brazil's crusade for the highest honours in the world of football - the 2018 Football World Cup - began in a true sense when Tite replaced Dunga as their coach. The moment he came on board, Brazil swung from their sixth place in the campaign to capture 10 exhilarating victories and two draws booking their place on the way through the qualifiers. History Reuters Beginning with players like Pele, Vava and Garrincha Brazil in late fifties has etched its name on the collective conscience of football fans across the world.

Brazil is credited as the only national team to have kissed the World Cup on four different continents: once in Europe (1958 Sweden), once in South America (1962 Chile), twice in North America (1970 Mexico and 1994 United States) and once in Asia (2002 Korea/Japan), not even once needing any play-offs.

Consistently ranked in top five both by FIFa and Elo, team Brazil holds the honour along with France and Argentina to have won the three most coveted men's football titles: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament.
What's more, they also have won 35 consecutive matches, a record it shares only with Spain. Current Form Reuters Brazil garners attention from Group E alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. They will clash with Switzerland on the 17th of June touted as the toughest group opponents in their maiden game of the tournament. Match with Costa Rica comes five days later, and last they meet Serbia five days after.

Brazil has trounced Paraguay in qualifiers 3–0 to become the first team, like the hosts Russia, to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Team Brazil is all set to roar under the watchful eyes of the charismatic coach, their new messiah Tite aged 56. Appointed in June 2016, he has demonstrated ample intelligence by winning domestic as well as world titles and has spent time studying top-class European football.

Team Brazil is blessed with a star performing team. The world looks up to Neymar for his dazzling form this season and with Paulinho, it could spell utter destruction for the opponents. Dani Alves and Marcelo will be in action rampaging attacks from full-backs while Debutant Gabriel Jesus looks promising at centre-forward provided he doesn't worn out due to the Premier League. Ederson in the role of a goalkeeper looks assuring as well. A different captain for every match-that's going to be Tite's strategy which seemed to have worked in Brazil's favour. Expectations At The World Cup   Reuters What bothers most fans of the team is its temperament, particularly that of Neymar, who is at par with Messi and Ronaldo. Everyone has witnessed how Neymar scored more fouls against Ecuador. In the bargain he did make a few silly mistakes and even got himself a yellow card for a basic foul and faced suspension for four games. It remains to be seen whether he or others explode under pressure. The formation falling in place, Brazil can do wonders with its players and stake claim for the top honours. Stiffer challenges lie ahead as Brazil looks to bring back home the trophy after a long spell of drought beginning 2006.   Squad Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both Paris St-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan) Pedro Geromel (Gremio).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Forwards: Neymar Jr (Paris St-Germain), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

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Mexico: El Tri Must Click As A Unit To Trouble Their Opponents At The FIFA World Cup

When Mexico were drawn in a group featuring defending champions Germany, Sweden and South Korea, it was clear that they will come out of this group only if they are at their scintillating best. Their group stage record at the World Cups is, simply put, exemplary. They have made it to the knockout stage of the competition each time in the last six editions. However, their Group F compatriots will make life extremely difficult for the El Tri.

Defending champions Germany are the biggest threat for all the other three teams in the group. Die Mannschaft ran riot in the qualifying round, winning ten games out of ten, and while they may not be the same formidable force that were crowned champions of the world in 2014, Germany still fall under the league of elite teams. The strength in-depth and talent that the Germans possess will pose a big hurdle for the Mexicans when the two teams face off against each other in the first game of Group F. Reuters However, they are far from being the only side that could trouble Mexico in the group stages. It will not be just to draw comparisons between the current Sweden squad and the one in the early 90s, but their consistent performances in the qualifying rounds will give them real belief heading into this tournament. They defeated Italy in their play-off tie that sent the 2006 world champions crashing out of the competition for the first time since 1958.

Moreover, the victory against France in their road to Russia further highlights their competence on the big stage. If they can keep up resolute selves, they could be the dark horses of the Group. Then there is the South Korean team, who, despite their predicaments, have enough quality to hurt other teams in the group with their high-pressing game. Mexico have struggled against such opposition in the past, and boss Juan Carlos Osorio will have to get his counter-tactics right. Reuters In the department of experience and consistency, though, the El Tricolor standout. Hirving Lozano's strike against Panama capped a stellar run in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying  Hexagonal in early September last year and sent Mexico to their 7th straight World Cup as Group toppers. Many will point fingers at their earlier-than-expected Copa Copa América exit two years back and their failings in the Gold Cup semifinals against Jamaica, but the Mexicans always seem to find an extra gear on the world stage.

The side is lead by vastly experienced midfielder Andrés Guardado, who has been capped by his country 138 times.  The skipper will be looking to regain full fitness before the opening game against Germany. He underwent surgery on his peroneal nerve on May 17 and didn't feature in Mexico's 1-0 victory over Scotland recently. Squad Reuters Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders: Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Miguel Layun (Sevilla), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (America)

Midfielders: Hector Herrera (Porto), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy)

Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus Corona (Porto), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven).

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Serbia: Ivanovic & Co. Look To Impress In Group E At The 2018 FIFA World Cup In Russia

It sure speaks a lot about the grit and determination of Serbia, who have been going through some civil and military tensions, to have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as group winners. And it is important to remember that before this they were not even able to make it to qualifying for three other major European tournaments. In this turmoil, the team's coach Slavoljub Muslin was sacked for being too defensive.  HIstory Facing internal strife over the Yugoslavian wars in the 90's, and after the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia has played as an independent nation since 2006. So far they have qualified for the 2010 and 2018 World Cup. Football has been a national passion for the small country and its national team is nicknamed as the Orlovi (the Eagles).  While being a part of the erstwhile Yugoslav national teams, it achieved considerable success, finishing fourth at the 1930 and 1962 World Cups respectively.  Source: Reuters Interestingly, both FIFA and UEFA have accorded the Serbian national team the standing of a direct and sole successor of the Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro teams.  Current Form Showcasing spectacular performance in the Sep 2017 qualifiers, Serbia held on to their lead over the Republic of Ireland when centre-back Nikola Maksimovic was sent off. Again in Oct 2017, after a bitter 3-2 defeat to Austria, just three days later, Serbia rose like a shooting star with the help of Aleksandar Prijovic's goal against Georgia and secured its position in group E. This season, Serbia will clash first against Costa Rica. A face off with Switzerland, and Brazil will follow on the 22nd and 27th of June respectively. The reins of the aggressive Serbian team are presently held by the caretaker coach Mladen Krstajic, aged just 43 years. Stars in their own right Serbia has a strong line-up of players. Dusan Tadic is surely bankable whereas Aleksandar Mitrovic who played only as a reserve at his club side Newcastle, has taken everyone by surprise by scoring six times in the qualifiers. The goalkeeper in the form of Vladimir Stojkovic is a blessing for the side and their captain Branislav Ivanovic is equally promising with his on-ground management. Nemanja Matic provides the assurance in his central position in midfield. Source: Reuters The back four will have to brace to face the attacking teams as they will be without the injured centre-back Matija Nastasic. The Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic along with Dusan Tadic, can be a lethal combination for Serbia as an attacking force. Expectations Much depends upon the centre forward Aleksandar Mitrovic and there is no clear replacement for him yet. Similarly, the newbie who scored the winning goal against Georgia and Andrija Pavlovic need somebody to look up to. If the defence is taken care of and Dusan Tadic is supported well Serbia can look to surge ahead albeit a tough game with Costa Rica. Going for the knockouts is going to be a daunting challenge indeed. Source: Reuters Serbia World Cup Squad GOALKEEPERS: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). DEFENDERS: Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). MIDFIELDERS: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). FORWARDS: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica).

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From SRK To Karan Johar To Anushka Sharma, Here's How Bollywood Is Celebrating Father's Day

As everyone already knows, today is Father's Day and even if you didn't know, you could've probably guessed with the thousands of pictures of people with their dads on every social media platform. According to my father, every day is Father's Day – and mother's day and daughter's day and so on – but it's still nice to have one special day to celebrate the most important people in your life, isn't it? It's the day to finally show the entire world how much you love your dad and along with all of us, all our favourite Bollywood stars are also participating in this celebration. From Shah Rukh Khan to Karan Johar, everyone's posted pictures with their fathers or their kids. Actually, scratch that, SRK posted a picture of the cutest little card made by his youngest son for him. Notwithstanding that the kids had no other option & yeah I admit maybe there is just a hint of a bias here...this kinda completes a fathers life. pic.twitter.com/UDBVYDzAMp — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 17, 2018 Just straight up adorable, isn't it? Akshay Kumar is probably currently busy trying to find a unicorn but at least he shared the picture first. âªHelp!! âªIt's #FathersDay and the little one asks "Dad, can I have a pet?"  âªMy fatherly love taking over,"Of course Beta what would you like?" âªShe,"Dad, can you get me a Unicorn with wingsð ?" âªAny suggestions ð¬? âª#DaddysLilGirl ð A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Jun 16, 2018 at 10:25pm PDT Sanjay Dutt and all of his kids. Blessed to be a father to such amazing kids! Wishing Happy Fathers Day to all dads out there. #HappyFathersDay A post shared by Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) on Jun 17, 2018 at 12:07am PDT I like that Esha Gupta didn't forget about all the badass single mothers. Happy Father's Day to my main man, my confidant, my everything.. and to all you single mothers out there doing a kickass jobð A post shared by Esha Gupta (@egupta) on Jun 16, 2018 at 9:23pm PDT Just one emoji was enough for Anushka Sharma. ⤠A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Jun 17, 2018 at 1:11am PDT Karan Johar had the best kind of throwback picture. He taught me the strength of goodness....the overemphasis on success and even the positives of failure....I miss seeing him but I talk to him everyday! He is my morning prayer....â¤ï¸#happyfathersday A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jun 16, 2018 at 11:28pm PDT So did Abhishek Bachchan. For holding my hand and guiding my through it all.... For teaching my by leading by example.... For still holding my hand and for your unending love and support. Happy Father's Day! Love you Pa. @amitabhbachchan A post shared by Abhishek Bachchan (@bachchan) on Jun 16, 2018 at 11:20pm PDT Karan Johar also shared an adorable video of his kids.  Happy Father's Day to me!!!!â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jun 17, 2018 at 1:58am PDT Here's Kajol. Happy Father's Day people. I remember ...... â¤ï¸ A post shared by Kajol Devgan (@kajol) on Jun 16, 2018 at 9:41pm PDT Kriti Sanon had a funny video to share. They are unwavering in their support; steadfast in their love. And they also never miss a chance to crack a bad joke. That's why we love you dads. #HappyFathersDay #Mstakenfashion @ms.takenfashion A post shared by Kriti (@kritisanon) on Jun 16, 2018 at 9:02pm PDT Madhuri Dixit had an emotional message. Thank you for being there at every step of my life, Dad. You have always been my inspiration and a pillar of strength. You truly are the best. I miss youï¸ I'm so grateful that my boys have an amazing father just like you. I wish a very Happy Father's Day to all Super Dads out there ð #HappyFathersDay A post shared by Madhuri Dixit (@madhuridixitnene) on Jun 17, 2018 at 12:29am PDT

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Costa Rica: Will We See The Gold Shorties Or A Team That Fell Short At The 2018 FIFA World Cup

Team Costa Rica had acquired the nickname 'The Gold Shorties' in the late forties and they have been regular at making their presence felt at all important football tournaments. Their expedition through the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase has had its fair share of ups and downs. Looking at the erratic performance the team has shown in the 2018 qualifiers, critics say that Costa Rica seems to have lost that golden touch they exhibited in Brazil 2014 and that their “golden generation” has already seen its best years pass.  For 2018, the team qualified by beating USA and Trinidad & Tobago who were not competitive enough to reach even the play-offs.  History   With its long standing football culture and tradition, Costa Rica is unarguably a strong national football team that has had a lineage in the history of Central America. In the list of its achievements are three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969 and 1989) and a reputation of leading the pack with an impressive eight championships in the Copa Centroamericana. With an all-time highest Elo ranking in Central America, Costa Rica has the distinction of playing in four FIFA World Cup editions.  Source: Reuters Finishing first in a group of all former World Cup champions-Uruguay, Italy, and England in 2014 would be remembered as Costa Rica's best performance in history. Current Form Undoubtedly, Costa Rica has had a superb start to the final qualifying round after beating Trinidad & Tobago (2-0) and USA (4-0). But apart from these two victories, defeat against Mexico and a draw with Honduras turned out to be a dampener on their winning streak. Placed in Group E, Costa Rica will play their first game against Serbia on followed by Brazil five days later, and finally with Switzerland five days after that.  The talented midfielder Oscar Ramírez, aged 52, who was part of the Costa Rica squad that secured a place in the knockout stages at Italia 90, is now at the helm of the team's affairs as their coach. Source: Reuters Team Costa Rica is to a large extent, a repeat of the squad that made the world sit up and take notice at Brazil in 2014. Prominent names include Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Celso Borges, Yeltsin Tejeda, Christian Bolanos and Marcos Urena. Among these are also European-based stars such as Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell. Keeping in mind their poor performance in friendlies against Spain and Hungary, the team should improve upon their faults in formation and coordination.  Expectations  Being in the best of form is a concern with Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz owing to their injuries. It is expected that players such as Jimmy Marin, Randall Leal and Gerson Torres, all aged 20, would reverse the run of bad form. It could be expected that Costa Rica qualify for the knockout stage in second place behind Brazil. They have to focus on scoring really well in their matches against Serbia and Switzerland. Costa Rica will be one of the few teams that rely on five at the back, so that the goal defended by their star player, Keylor Navas gets full cover. Source: Reuters Costa Rica World Cup Squad GOALKEEPERS: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (Herediano). DEFENDERS: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Aguilas Dorados). MIDFIELDERS: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos (both Saprissa). FORWARDS: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC).

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Germany: Defending Champions Aiming To Become 3rd Side To Successfully Retain FIFA World Cup

When the moment finally arrived, 112 minutes into a long, wearing night at the iconic Maracanã, Mario Götze took down André Schürrle's cross on his chest with his first touch, and angled a left-footed volley into the net with his second. Those few seconds will always be remembered with the same tenderness as Bern in 1954, Munich in 1974 and Rome in 1990. Their victory run, guided them all the way from the dugout to the other side of the field where Schürrle had set up his teammate Götze.

The team had been in the making for a long period, but it retained the fundamental qualities that laid down the foundations for the great German teams. They were every single bit worthy of the world crown. Like most finals, it was not about distinction and authority, it was about picking the right moment. German gaffer Joachim Löw, after the game, recalled what he said to Götze when he decided to bring him on for Miroslav Klose, "I said to Gotze, OK, show to the world that you're better than Messi and you can decide the World Cup. You have the possibilities to do just that,'" he recalled. "I had a good feeling with him," he added further. Defence Of The Crown Reuters In a few days time, Germany's defence of the World Cup begins in Russia. A lot has changed in the past four years in terms of personnel for the Germans.  Both the players that orchestrated the historic moment in Rio, Schürrle and Götze, are not part of the 23-man squad for the tournament. Midfield powerhouse Bastian Schweinsteiger retired from international duty in 2016 and ex-skipper Philip Lahm called time on his playing days entirely at the end of the 2016-17 season. Yet, the holders head to the 2018 World Cup as firm favourites. Current Form And Expectations Reuters Die Mannschaft's overall form in the last year or so, has been phenomenal. They will kick-off against Mexico in their first World Cup encounter on the back of a flawless run that saw them pick up maximum points out of their ten qualifying games. Germany's Confederations Cup outing was also the talk of the town in 2017 as they won the tournament in spite of resting most of the first team starters. But, recent performances in games leading up to Russia have been jittery. The loss against Brazil in March, and most recently, against Austria on 2nd June has a few supporters worried. The experts, though, are strongly tipping Germany to get their business done once again. Squad Reuters Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

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Indian-Origin Man Makes History By Joining The Russian Assembly Through A Party Led By Putin

I thought the biggest India-Russia connection came from that romantic walk that PM Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin took last year and looked so much in love. Reuters But, now there's another connection and yes, it's not as exciting as Modi and Putin looking like they're filming their pre-wedding video, but it's still worth noting. Originally from Patna, Bihar, Abhay Kumar Singh has made history by becoming a lawmaker in a provincial Assembly in Russia. He migrated to Russia in 1991 and recently fought the local elections to the Kursk city Assembly on a ticket of “United Russia”, the ruling political party led by President Vladimir Putin, and won to become a 'Deputat'. Just for reference, a 'Deputat' is like an MLA in India. He told The Sunday Guardian that he came to Russia after completing his graduation in India to study medicine. He said, “My father passed away when I was just 13 years old. At that time only, I had decided to become a doctor. Hence, I came here. After graduating from the Kursk State Medical University, I went back to Patna to practice as a registered doctor there. But I came back here after some time and entered the pharmaceutical business. However, gradually, I entered politics.” He said he felt awkward in the beginning being the only Indian-origin person among the Russian lawmakers, but soon earned everyone's respect. Facebook When asked about the reason behind joining the United Russia party, he said, “I was very impressed by the policies of Vladimir Putin as he has been able to bring back the clout of Russia in the world and so I felt that I should also contribute to his work.” He also mentioned he hasn't lost touch with his Indian routes. He said, “I am still interested in the political happenings in India, and I like Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar. I want that relations between India and Russia always stay warm as they have been. Everyone here still remembers the popular slogan 'Hindi Russi Bhai Bhai'. That is the spirit that should govern our relations.”

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One Quality That Every Indian Man Must Have To Attract Women

If you love to trigger a woman's curiosity and get her insanely attracted to you, then there's only one way to do so. Being mysterious in more ways than one is a sure shot way to attract any woman you like and understand the psychology of attraction. It's rather simple, our minds tend to fill the missing gaps, when there is a lack of information. If you reveal everything at once, there is no scope for leaving anything to the imagination. Simply put, the psychology of attraction always helps if you don't reveal much about yourself and let them be as curious as they can, leaving an element of mystery, to ponder upon. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images But if you're a talkative soul, who loves talking about himself, how do you stay away from revealing every bit about yourself? There are ways you can become the man of mystery and always leave her wanting for more and of course force her to think about you. Try these 5 simple steps. Act Nonchalant At All Times Whatever you're doing it on your own terms and act casual about it. Don't let your fears and concerns rise to the surface. She can only figure you out if you show your emotions. If you don't display your emotions, and act nonchalant, she can't place her finger on you and that's exactly what you want! If you learn to mask your emotions well, temporarily, you'll definitely seem more attractive and confident to her. Get to know yourself better and figure a way to keep calm when you're around her! (c)Giphy Be Unpredictable Don't be predictable for her. If you're predictable enough the whole element of being the mystery man flawlessly disappears! Be drastically unpredictable so she's confused about 'what's he gonna do next' and that's the kinda confusion you really want! For instance, if she calls you and you show up every time she'll assume that you'll always show up all the time. So, show up occasionally and keep the unpredictability factor going. It also helps if you do different unpredictable things with her. She'll never guess your next move and that's exactly how you want to get her enthralled! (c)Giphy Don't Be Available All The Time Psychologically speaking, people usually love things that are hard to obtain or get. Be it people or an object, the harder it is to get, the more people really really want it. So, if you play on that psychology and be less available to her, she'll keep wondering where are you at and who you really are. If you're available all the time, the game ends right there and so does the main element of attraction-being mysterious. (c)Giphy Don't Reveal Too Much About Yourself Revealing everything all at once about yourself will finish off everything she wants to know about you. Instead, just give her information that is rather incomplete, so she can, from time to time, try and piece the information about you together. It's said, the lesser the information available to someone, the more positives they attach to it because they see the person in a  whole different light. So, if you're telling her about your childhood or your daily routine, keep pieces of it to yourself so she gets to guess too. (c)Giphy Be Unreadable Sometimes, people can read you and read you through and through, to figure out the kinda person you are. It's mostly done for people who are mysterious. If she's a good reader, she'll figure you out in a jiffy. If she's not you're good to go. But you have to be unreadable to say the least. For that, you need to change your pattern and be unpredictable about certain things, so people can't read you easily. If you have the same pattern and she figures it out, you'll lose all hope of being mysterious to her. (c)Giphy Being the man of mystery is one of the most primal things that women get attracted to and you don't even have to try hard to be mysterious. Most of it should just come naturally to you! If you're a mysterious man and you meet all her needs, she's definitely falling head over heels in love with you.

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5 Super Creepy Movies Which Most People Could Not Even Finish Watching

There are movies which scare you, there are movies which give you sleepless nights and then there are movies which creep you out in a way that you find the mere thought of finishing them to be pretty uncomfortable. These five movies fall under the super creepy category: 1. Teeth – It is clearly one of the most bizarre and weird coming-of age movie is our modern time. A woman discovers that she has 'vagina dentata' ( a condition where her vagina basically has teeth) and life changes for her completely. The power allows her condition to bite off a man's *** organ. There is one particular scene where a man is bleeding in his bed while talking on the phone. Err, yeah. 2. Raw- This one is relatively new on this creepy list. This movie was hyped to be very uncomfortable where many theatre companies were providing puke bags to the audience. A girl discovers her cannibalistic trait in college and a chicken Caesar salad becomes a dead body salad. There is one scene where a girl eats her finger and that's when the audience thought oh shit why did we eat lunch today? 3. México Bárbaro- This one literally translates to 'barbarous Mexico'. This one needs you to have a lot of guts to finish watching it. The creepy scenes include a woman spilling menstrual blood all over the face and a creature which basically has no face. Maybe Arya Stark would like him, but certainly you won't. 4. Carnage Park- This one has a woman who has been taken as a hostage and is being hunted by a Vietnamese vet. Her escape doesn't happens, no one is left alive and the whole visual aesthetic is basically uncomfortable. 5. Cabin Fever- This has an original movie and also a remake. The scenes which spell UNCOMFORTABLE include a man with the blood of his dead and rotten dog sprayed on his face. In case you were looking to creep yourself out or a friend, this is all the help you need.

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Top 6 New Features Coming To iOS 12 That Everybody Should Know

Apple unveiled the iOS 12 this month at the WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) and it's bringing in a lot of new features as well as fixes. With this update, the company is improving the experience and the underlying software rather than focusing on new features and UI. “For iOS 12, we are doubling down on performance,” said software VP Craig Federighi. The update will be available for all the devices that received iOS 11.  Here's our complete rundown of everything we know that's coming with iOS 12!  1. Speed and Stability:  © Apple Insider Apple has promised that iPhone users will see sizeable speed improvements, including for smartphones as old as 2013's iPhone 5S. Apple said it has improved performance all over iOS, so things should be at least a little quicker day to day.  iOS 12 instantly ramps up CPU clock speeds, instead of slowly increasing it to their peak speeds. It also decreases fast to save on battery life as well. Federighi said that in Apple's tests on an iPhone 6 Plus, apps launch 40 percent faster, the system keyboard comes up 50 percent faster, and opening the camera is 70 percent faster.  2. Deeper Battery Insights:  © 9to5Mac The battery monitoring option has been pretty basic until now, Apple intends to take this a level further by showing more data in graphs as to which app is taking up maximum power. Using these analytics, not only does the phone itself makes a lot of changes to improve battery life but even the user gets a clear idea of what's sucking the most juice.  The interface also has been revamped and includes new charts, breakdowns, and graphs.   3. Phone Usage Statistics:  © Apple Following Google's lead, Apple is also making efforts to help people curb their addictions to their phones. A new tool called Screen Time generates periodic Activity Reports of the phone usage. It keeps a track of everything, the amount of time you use an app, the category of apps you use, the number of notifications you receive, and more.  A new feature, Downtime is also coming along with Screen Time that lets parents monitor the usage by their kids. Parents can see their child's Activity Report on their own iOS devices, as well as set and manage App Limits for them. 4. A Smarter Photos App:  © Apple Google Photos has been an amazing companion on Android, the smart algorithm can go through pictures and sort or categorize them automatically. A similar assistant is now coming to the built-in Photos App on iOS.  Apple said it has also improved search within photos with suggestions to help users find pictures from recent events, people, and places. It also features suggested sharing so that one can share full-sized photos with people without having to manually collect and sending them. 5. Autofill Passwords:  © 9to5Mac Two Factor Authentication has become pretty much standard now and highly recommended for everyone. When logging in, you will no longer have to copy the passcode separately, it will be directly delivered to the keyboard as an AutoFill option.  Apple is also bringing in support for third-party password managers, the QuickType toolbar above your keyboard will show you suggestions for your password from third-party password managers.  6. Alternate Face ID:  © Apple While using Face ID, it often becomes a problem when the user is often wearing accessories like sunglasses or headgear, because of which the system isn't able to authenticate the face due to the temporary appearance change. To solve this, Apple has now added an option for Alternate appearance and you can register a second copy of your look with the accessories and store it.

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17 Bollywood Biopics We Can Look Forward To In The Near Future

Post the success of biopics like 'Neerja', 'Dangal', 'Padman', 'Raazi', 'Parmanu' and historical and period films like 'Baahubali' and 'Padmaavat', Bollywood seems to have dropped the pen and pick up stories that are already available in the bookshelves or on the internet. So let us look at the list of upcoming releases - 1. 'Sanju' - Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt © Fox Star Studios Ranbir Kapoor has emulated Sanjay Dutt in every aspect including his mannerisms and physical looks. Hope this time, Rajkumar Hirani's film plays a major relief in Ranbir's career and the audience gives him his well-deserved Jaadu ki Jhappi on 29th June 2018. 2. 'Soorma' - Diljit Dosanjh as Sandeep Singh © Sony Pictures Releasing Diljit Dosanjh as Sandeep Singh looks promising in Shaad Ali's 'Soorma'. It looks like another 'Sultan', where the sport has changed from wrestling to hockey. We have to wait until 13th July to find more. 3. 'Gold' - Akshay Kumar as Balbir Singh © Excel Entertainment Expected to release on Independence Day, Reema Kagti-directed 'Gold' takes us on the journey of India's first Gold win at the Olympics. 4. 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi'-  Kangana Ranaut as Rani Lakshmibai © Zee Studios Kangana Ranaut as Rani Lakshmibai looks promising after Sushmita Sen's dream project never took off. It would be interesting to see her in this brave avatar after playing intense and funny characters in 'Fashion' and 'Queen' respectively. 5. 'Super 30' - Hrithik Roshan as Anand Kumar © Fox Star Studios With 'Super 30', Vikas Bahl also enters into the biopic zone with Anand Kumar's Super 30 class of IITians. Classes are opening in cinemas on 26th January 2019. 6. 'Kesari' - Akshay Kumar © Excel Entertainment Starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra, 'Kesari' is based on the Battle of Saragarhi in which an army of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghans in 1897. Releasing on Holi, i.e. March 20, 2019. 7. Saina Nehwal untitled biopic - Shraddha Kapoor © Twitter While we have seen Shraddha Kapoor preparing for her role as Saina Nehwal and also meeting her family members at Hyderabad, this Amole Gupte film is yet to have a name as well as a release date. 8. 'Salute' - Shah Rukh Khan as Rakesh Sharma © Instagram Based on astronaut Rakesh Kumar, 'Salute' is rumored to feature Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor in a space adventure for the first time. The film is yet to go on the floors. 9. 'Mogul' - Akshay Kumar as Gulshan Kumar © Twitter Based on T Series founder Gulshan Kumar, Subhash Kapoor's film will have Akshay Kumar as the lead. Not much is known as the film is still yet to go on the floors. 10. 'Gully Boy' - Ranveer Singh © Twitter Based on the lives of rappers Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy known for their song "Mere Gully Mein" in Mumbai, this Zoya Akhtar-directed film stars the energetic Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. The rap begins on 14th February 2019. Other Films 11. '1983' - Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev releasing on 5th April 2019 12. 'Panipat' - Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon to release on 6 December 2019 13. 'Rannbhoomi' - Starring Varun Dhawan to release on Diwali 2020 14. Vikram Batra untitled biopic - Sidharth Malhotra 15. Abhinav Bindra untitled biopic - Harshvardhan Kapoor 16. Shakeela untitled biopic- Richa Chaddha 17. 'Shamshera' - Ranbir Kapoor P.S. - Kalpana Chawla's biopic has not seen the light since Jean-Pierre Harrison, her husband, has not granted the rights to any filmmaker. However, it still remains one biopic that we wish to see someday. Hope Jean gives the nod. But, let's ask ourselves as an audience – Do we really need so many biopics/period films? via GIPHY It is good to bring inspiring stories on the silver screen but bringing it in heaps gives the impression of a biopic fest or period mela. Such a trend is not a good one primarily for three reasons – 1. First, everyone knows the true story and there is no excitement or suspense factor in this genre 2. Secondly, such biopics are altered and manipulated to play to the masses  3. With every major actor doing one or the other biopic, it looks like they and production houses are looking only to play safe and not take any risks by bringing something new on the table in terms of content. Either way, a biopic is not a foolproof business model as there have been major disappointments like 'Haseena Parkar', 'Daddy', 'Simran', 'Mohenjo Daro' and 'Omerta', which hardly enjoyed more than a week of theatrical run. via GIPHY If periodic films or biopics continue to be produced in such a manner, the new screenwriters will never find a voice and creativity shall soon be lost. Bollywood needs to up their game and brew new content. Nevertheless, we have a breath of fresh air lined up with films like 'Happy Phir Bhaag Jaayegi', 'Fanne Khan', 'Manmarziyaan', 'Sui Dhaaga', 'Thugs of Hindostan', 'Zero', 'Kalank' and 'Brahmastra' – which are different in their own league.

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7 Fashion Designers Talk About The One Thing Their Fathers Taught Them About Fashion

As menswear designers — the ones holding fashion by its very neck — there's a lot to dig one's hands into (design, sales, retail: it's a mad, mad world). That said, if there's anything that's a real constant in their lives, it's their creative aesthetic and the rules they live by. Nothing, we mean nothing, can deter that foundation for them. But enter their fathers — their pillars of strength, who in some way or the other have played a major role in becoming what they are today. Because really, these artistic minds may be style mavericks themselves, but let's not forget: papa too taught them a thing or two. On Father's Day today, seven of India's most prolific menswear designers reveal the style lessons their daddy (let's add 'dearest' for emotions) taught them, while laying the foundation of what they are today. 1. Dhruv Kapoor © Strand Of Silk "I may not swear by it, but my father taught me the power of dressing down. Just a half-sleeved collared shirt and tailored trousers are all you need. Less is more!" 2. Raghavendra Rathore © Instagram/Raghavendra Rathore "Well, the most important lesson in fashion — the value of time. It's a vital and supremely perishable resource of our lives." 3. Gaurav Khanijo © MensXP "Pretty much everything: colour balance, colour blocking, colour play. To be frank, the reason why I love colours is because I've grown up see him play with them with absolute ease. From pinks, reds, animal prints, florals — he has them all in his wardrobe." 4. Abhishek Paatni © MensXP "Papa taught me how to ace the windsor knot and the trick to styling a neck scarf with the most baller (and wet) mop." 5. Sahil Aneja © Sahil Aneja "The basis of my personal style is all him. I used to ogle at his chinos, plaid shirts and always dreamed of wearing them once I grow up!" 6. Dhruv Vaish © Dhruv Vaish "Whenever my father stepped out for a casual 'do, he would hop a casual blazer over a classic polo T-shirt. The combo looked terrific!" 7. Shivan and Narresh © Sagar Ahuja/Shivan and Narresh Shivan Bhatiya: "My father has a very simple and clean outlook towards fashion. His love for finding supremacy in simplicity is reflective in my casual personal style today." Narresh Kukreja: "My destiny in fashion is purely because of him. He paved the way for my career in design and fashion (he took the decision for me) and today, I only have him to thank; for seeing this in me way ahead in time. I'm still trying to fit into his shoes!"

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Iceland Just Held Argentina To A Draw Proving Anything Is Possible At The 2018 FIFA World Cup

Iceland have just pulled off a real underdog story. Up against the might of Argentina led by Leo Messi, they pulled off a more than respectable 1-1 draw at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. It might seem like a one off, but, on closer inspection, they might just be about to pull off a miracle. Source: Reuters The footballing world fell in love with Iceland at Euro 2016 as they topped their group which also included, Croatia who are in their current World Cup group too. Subsequently, they beat England in the Round of 16 in one of the biggest upsets in international football. It's clear that their status as a smallest nation in Russia has no bearing on what this team can achieve. Source: Reuters Over the years, Iceland have invested heavily in football infrastructure and created a conducive footballing environment for stars to flourish. Moreover, their manager Heimir Hallgrimsson has created a team not reliant on any one individual. The evidence of this was there for all to see. The defensive pairing of Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kari Arnoson, put in tackle after tackle and had countless defensive headers, as the entire team valiantly defended against the Argentine onslaught. Their star player, Gylfi Sigurdsson was everywhere on the pitch, dribbling past the Argentine midfield and delivering crosses, one of which found Alfred Finnbogasson who scored the equaliser barely minutes after Argentina scored. Finally, their Man of the Match was their goalkeeper, Hannes Halldorsson, who made one heroic save after another all throughout the game. His crowning moment came in the 64th minute when he saved Leo Messi's poorly placed penalty. Source: Reuters From thereon, the Argentinian players looked like they were losing hope and the Icelandic team kept looking for a fruitful counter attack. As the final whistle blew, the crowd roared for a team which had produced a performance worthy of the World Cup. If this performance is anything to go by, Iceland are destined for much bigger things this WC and anyone writing them off should do so at their own peril.

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Peru: The Peruvians Are Eager To Punch Above Their Weight At The 2018 FIFA World Cup

Peru's last notable World Cup performance came in 1978 – a time when none of the current squad members were even born. Peru will be looking to finish 2nd in their group after France and give teams like Australia and Denmark a very tough fight. History Reuters Peru has its name in the history books. It was one of the only 13 nations invited to take part in the first ever FIFA World Cup, held in 1930 in Uruguay. It is quite surprising, therefore, that they have managed mere 6 appearances in World Cups thereafter. In fact, it is astonishing that after the inaugural tournament in 1930, their second appearance came 40 years later – in 1970! In spite of being an early footballing nation, Peru has failed to produce a team that can take them all the way to the World Cup.

But being fair to them, the South American continent is full of giants like Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, and Chile. Playing qualification games against these nations has always proved to be tough. The South American giants play with an attacking flair that is difficult to neutralize, and if your team can't hold the ball during attack, it may be prone to counters, as Peru have been in the past.

Peru's best performances at the World Cup were during two of their last three outings – in 1970 and in 1978. In both these campaigns, they reached the quarter finals. They are still remembered for the 1978 tournament, where they defeated Scotland 3-1 in a game that was one of their best performances in the World Cup. Current Form Reuters Peru have Brazil to thank for their World Cup qualification. Brazil's 3-1 hammering of Chile in the last game of CONMEBOL qualifiers, and Peru's 1-1 draw with Colombia saw them tie points with Chile. Peru had lost fewer games (6), as compared to Chile's 8, which meant that Peru grabbed the 5th place, and clung on to their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.

They had to play a qualifier against New Zealand over two legs - once in New Zealand and once in Peru to seal their World Cup fate. After a boring 0-0 draw where New Zealand played defensively, Peru was able to break their defence with a 2-0 victory during their home leg.

One of the most relief inducing news updates for Peruvian fans and the Peru team is that they head into the World Cup with their captain Paolo Guerrero. Guerrero was almost on the verge of missing this World Cup after having been banned for allegedly consuming cocaine. However, just 2 weeks before the World Cup squads were announced, the court dramatically ruled in Guerrero's favour, thereby ensuring that Peru have the services of an experienced campaigner who had plied trade for Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV.

Peru have been brilliant in defence, conceding just 7 goals in 8 games that they played in 2017. They are currently on a string of 5 wins, having won 2-0 against New Zealand, 2-0 against Croatia, 3-1 against Iceland away, 2-0 against Scotland, and 3-0 against Saudi Arabia away from home. Expectations At The World Cup Reuters Their defensive capabilities, possession-based football, presence of talismanic captain Paolo Guerrero, and recent run of victories will surely make them the 2nd favourites after France to qualify from Group C. In fact, it is the only one in group C that can contain France's counter attacking play, or even upset them. This Peru side is also being hailed as the strongest Peruvian team to take part in the World Cup. The players then, will be surely looking to better the 1978 record wherein they reached the Quarter finals!

Apart from their captain Guerrero, experienced campaigners Jefferson Farfan who played for PSV Eindhoven and FC Schalke 04, and Andre Carrillo who played for Portuguese sides FC Porto and Sporting CP will have the onus of carrying their team over the line. Squad Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC)

Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar)

Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz)

Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo).

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VAR Arrived At The 2018 FIFA World Cup In France Vs Australia & We Can't Wait To See What's Next

The Video Assistant Referee or VAR technology has been one of the most talked about points leading up to the World Cup. FIFA passed the order to include VAR as part of the World Cup, even though this technology hasn't been used in many top football leagues yet. Not that the tech has received positive responses from associations or its fans It is still presumed to be at its initial stage and this World Cup is more of an experiment. Some blame it for killing the spirit of the game and fear it will break the rhythm of some high profile, intense games of football at the tournament. Source: Reuters VAR was promoted to eradicate cheating or wrong decisions which were costing teams precious points in meaningful games. The technology has hardly done anything to curb bad choices; instead it has stirred up controversies when it's been put to use. To be fair on the tech there was hardly any excitement when it was announced that VAR would be used at the World Cup and when it was finally used in the France-Australia game, it disappointed and possibly robbed the Australians of a hard-earned point. It looked like Australian defender Josh Risdon clipped France forward Antoine Griezmann just inside the penalty area, but the referee waved play on. Moments later VAR was called for and controversially decided to award France the penalty. Sure, replays showed there was contact on Griezmann, but nearly three minutes were wasted in making the decision itself. VAR is controversial because it could kill the tempo of a more high profile game, like the final. With France opening the scoring with that penalty, VAR didn't cause any more stirs during the game, although technology was to come in handy later on. Soon after the first goal, Australia was awarded a penalty and Mile Jedinak scored to equalise against France. Paul Pogba then emerged to be the star for France as he grabbed a late winner, after some brilliant short passing moves and the Manchester United midfielder clipping the ball over goalkeeper Ryan. Source: Reuters Technology again aided the match-winning goal after it was unclear if Pogba's shot had cleared the line. But goal-line technology, the less controversial cousin of VAR provided an accurate analysis of the shot and the referee awarded the goal to France. Ironically, Pogba who has been heavily criticised for his recent dip in form was aided by technology against Australia to prove his doubters wrong. He was also involved in the first goal as it was his pass to Griezmann that led to the initial penalty. As for VAR, it has a long journey to go in Russia. Many decisions ruled with the help of VAR might be accurate in some regards, but it sure is killing the game's tempo and momentum of teams who are on an offensive spree. Slowly it could become a highly dependable source for necessary decisions and effectively rule over the outcome of many forthcoming essential matches at the World Cup in Russia.

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Denmark: Eriksen & Co Looking To Repeat Their 1998 Heroics At The FIFA World Cup

Denmark have been one of the fastest improving sides in European football recently. They first qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1986, and since then managed to play 3 more World Cups. This will be their 5th, and they will be hoping to replicate the 1998 squad's success. History Reuters The Danes have a footballing history that dates back to 1908, when they first took part in the Olympics and picked up a Silver medal. They repeated this at the subsequent Olympics in 1912. Talking about the FIFA World Cup, their first qualification came surprisingly late.

It was only recently in 1986 that they qualified for their first campaign; something that can perhaps be attributed to the fact that their football association had strict rules that disallowed national team players from playing club football. Today, that 1986 squad has been named the 16th greatest World Cup squad by a renowned footballing magazine!

Despite their foray into the World Cup only in '86, the Danes won the Euro '92 in the most dramatic fashion. They finished 2nd behind Yugoslavia in the group stages, but soon thereafter it was announced that owing to the Yugoslavian War, the country was banned from taking part in the competition. Denmark's were called a fortnight before Euro '92 started, and they were given Yugoslavia's berth.

While everyone imagined Denmark to be underprepared, they surprised everyone by beating The Netherlands in the Semis. Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel made a fine save off Van Basten's penalty, and Denmark won on penalty shootouts. Schmichel carried his form into the finals, where Denmark eventually shocked Germany in a 2-0 thriller to lift the Euro '92 Cup.

After this incredible victory, the Danes have been largely inconsistent. While they failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1994, they ended up winning the Confederations Cup in 1995 by beating Argentina 2-0. They qualified for the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by their current group member France and were knocked out in the quarter finals by Brazil. Brazil would eventually go on to lose 3-0 to hosts France in the finals. Current Form Reuters Denmark has been ranked 12th in world football by FIFA, a rank that speaks about their current form. In the games leading up to the World Cup qualification, the team has remained unbeaten in their last 11 games.

Denmark was slotted along-side Poland, Romania, Montenegro, Armenia, and Kazakhstan as a part of UEFA's Group E. Their notable victories were against Poland last September, and the Republic of Ireland. They thumped the Poles 4-0, and the Irish squad 5-1 at Dublin, thanks to Christian Eriksen's dazzling performances.

Denmark's hopes of qualifying for the knockouts largely rely on one player – their star midfielder Christian Eriksen. Many pundits and footballers widely regard him as one of the best players across European football. He will have a lot of burden to carry on his shoulder, but he hasn't shied away from his duties.

Despite being a midfielder, he has scored 15 goals in his last 18 appearances for his home country.
Eriksen's dynamic passing range, ability to dribble, penchant for finding gaps and through balls, and lightning pace are all qualities that will come handy when he faces opponents like France and Peru.

Apart from that, Peter Schmichel's son Kasper will be looking to emulate his father's Euro '92 form. Kasper has won the Premier League with Leicester City, so if there's anyone who knows a bit or two about fairy tale endings, it's definitely him. He will expect the Danes to follow a similar trajectory and cause some upsets throughout the tournament. Expectations At The World Cup Reuters Denmark's coach Hareide has conceded that while France will top the group, they are most likely going to fight for the second position with Peru. Expectations from Denmark are consistent with the coach's philosophy.

If they can manage to get a point against both Peru and France, it will seriously enhance their prospects of making it to the knockout rounds. Squad Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronnow (Brondby)

Defenders: Simon Kjær (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Mathias 'Zanka' Jørgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich)

Midfielders: William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Lasse Schöne (Ajax), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruña)

Forwards: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Nicolai Jørgensen, (Feyenoord), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax).

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10 Incredible Movies In 2018 Which Inspire Us To Be A Better Version Of Ourselves

Bollywood and Hollywood movies have their individual concoctions of action, drama and a unique display of emotions and sentiments. But there also are a lot of movies that teach us to never give up and triumph over any difficulties that life throws at us. These movies tell us, that irrespective of the many odds, how a person can remain steadfast in his convictions. It not only gives us life lessons but at the same time, changes the way we look at life for the better. 2018 has been an amazing year so far for both Bollywood and Hollywood in terms of putting out great content. While some movies have already hit the screens, some are yet to roll out. Either way, if you have missed out on these movies, then you are missing something that is definitely worth your time.   Right from '102 Not Out', 'Raazi' to the upcoming 'Incredibles 2', here's a list of movies you should watch out for to get an entirely new perspective on life. 1. 102 Not Out '102 Not Out' is not your usual father-son love story and that's what makes it extraordinary. Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor came together after 27 years and that was the reason enough to get us excited for this one. Dattatreya, (Amitabh Bachchan), a 102-year old father, is an eccentric man and nothing can stop him from living life to the fullest. While Babu, (Rishi Kapoor) is his 75-year-old son who has simply lost interest in life.  Fed up with Babu's surly attitude Dattatreya threatens to send him to an old age home unless he accepts a list of challenges. Unknown to Babu, the list is made in a manner that will make him re-look the gift of 'Life'. (c) Sony Pictures The movie teaches us two wonderful things that we often forget: · “Zinda hai tab tak marna nahi hai.”  · “Aulaad nalayak niklay to use bhool jana chahiye…sirf uska bachpan yaad rakhna chahiye.” It's not just a happy entertainer but a movie that teaches us the value of life and our parents.  2. Raazi Based on Harinder Sikka's novel 'Calling Sehmat', 'Raazi' is inspired by a true story set in 1971, before the Indo-Pak war. This is an emotional and inspiring tale of an Indian girl who marries a Pakistani Army officer in order to extract intelligence details that were used during the war. In the movie, Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) becomes a spy who knows that eventually, she would risk everything, from love, family to even her life. Witnessing her story makes us wonder if we could ever do something like that for our country. This unsung story of a spy actually teaches us the true meaning of determination and selflessness. 3. Pad Man Akshay Kumar is on a roll and he, as always, came through with 'Padman'. Directed by R Balki, the movie is a life-inspiring story of Arunachalam Muruganantham (played by Akshay Kumar), a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore, who invented low-cost sanitary napkins in India. Despite all the difficulties, opposition and humiliation, he doesn't give up. It's a courageous story that tells the society that menstruation isn't a taboo.  Akshay Kumar's character, throughout the movie, tells us that if one is confident and determined, he/she can change the world. 4. Incredibles 2 How can we ever forgetting meeting the Parrs – Bob, Helen, Dash, Violet, and Jack-Jack in 2004? The crazy family instantly won our hearts in 'The Incredibles' and now they are all set to make a comeback with 'Incredibles 2', From Mr. Incredible's super strength to Elastigirl's stretchy flexibility, the movie left everyone stunned. What makes this simple story so special is the fact that it's about a family that sticks through thick and thin. And adding more to the cast this time is Kajol, who is doing the Hindi voiceover for the same, which gives many Indians more reason to watch it.  'Incredibles 2' is all set to release on 22nd June. 5. Padmaavat The Badass character of Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) in 'Padmaavat' gives a strong message of courage and the determination to succeed.  Even though he is playing the villain in the movie, there is a lot in his character that will teach you, keeping aside the negative aspect of course. You might hate him, despise him but he will make you fall in love with him. We don't agree with his violent methods, but his manipulation and diplomatic techniques can come in handy for many. You don't have to go overboard but can always use it in an intellectual way without hurting anyone. Also, how one should take their sexual preferences in their stride is one thing you just can't miss. 6. RAID Based on a true story, 'RAID' is an inspiring tale for anyone who wants to make a difference and make his country a better place. Amay Patnaik, played by Ajay Devgn, is a fearless IT officer who carries out a non-stop raid at the mansion of the most powerful man in Lucknow, played by Saurabh Shukla. For those who don't know, the story is actually about a real-life high profile raid back in the 1980s during the rule of prime minister Indira Gandhi. 7. Sanju This upcoming Hindi biographical film is clearly the most talked-about movie of the year so far. There is no one who is likely to miss this film based on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen donning Sanju's role. The movie unfolds certain chapters of Sanju's life that none of us know about. The movie will teach us that even if your life is falling apart you can always have a fresh start. 'Sanju' is all set to hit the screens on 29th June 2018. 8. Veere Di Wedding The biggest USP of 'Veere Di Wedding' is that all the four beautiful women are giving it back, not only to the society, but also to all the ridiculous norms it proposes for them. It gives out a strong message to all the women out there to celebrate life and wear their vulnerabilities and failures like a badge of honour. There are many life lessons one can learn from this bold movie. No matter what your gender is, you can't miss this one! 9. Hichki 'Hichki' revolves around the life of Naina Mathur (Rani Mukherjee), who is suffering from a neurological condition called Tourette Syndrome since childhood. But for those who thought that a disease can break you, wait till you watch her inspiring journey. She might be 'suffering' but that does not stop her from chasing her dream to be a teacher. The movie, in every frame, gives you a small lesson that you can inculcate in your life. It talks about how a certain disorder can make your body functionally weak but that should not stop you from achieving your dreams. 10. Bohemian Rhapsody Chronicling the journey of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the much-awaited movie is one thing you just can't miss. The film shows the journey of a man who was not afraid to showcase his flamboyant personality and be true to his nature, fighting stereotypes and not caring about the societal norms. As the first major rock star to die of AIDS, Mercury's death represented an important event in the history of the disease. Mercury's life has various chapters and each has a lesson you can't miss. The movie will hit the screens on 24 October 2018.     

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Virat & Anushka Turn Into Environment Crusaders, School A Man For Throwing Garbage On The Road

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are not just mega-celebrities but are also responsible citizens, who do their bit to make a difference. Calling them crusaders of environment wouldn't be wrong, especially when we look at the work they have done for various social causes. (c) Twitter And it's not just a social media portrayal, but they follow the same in real life as well. Remember their wedding card which came along with a sapling as they wanted to promote greenery? So clearly, if they are ever to find anyone trying to ruin the environment out of sheer stupidy, they will make it a point to teach them a lesson. And they did just that. (c) Twitter Recently, Anushka slammed a man in Mumbai for throwing garbage on the road. The actress was in no mood for nonsense and gave an earful to the person. She stopped her car, called out the man saying him, “Why are you throwing garbage on the road?” But the man didn't pay any heed to her words, to which she said, “Please be careful, you cannot go on throwing plastic on the road. Please use a dustbin next time.” (c) Twitter It was shameful to see how the man still didn't feel the need to acknowledge his mistake and instead decided to argue. Virat recorded the entire incident and shared it on social media. (c) Twitter He tweeted, “Saw these people throwing garbage on the road & pulled them up rightfully. Travelling in a luxury car and brains gone for a toss. These people will keep our country clean? Yeah right! If you see something wrong happening like this, do the same & spread awareness. @AnushkaSharma.” Saw these people throwing garbage on the road & pulled them up rightfully. Travelling in a luxury car and brains gone for a toss. These people will keep our country clean? Yeah right! If you see something wrong happening like this, do the same & spread awareness. @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/p8flrmcnba — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 16, 2018 He also pointed out how people don't have the courage to do something like this and it's a shame. Lot of people who don't have the courage to do something like this find it funny. Everything for people nowadays is meme content. Shame. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 16, 2018 Well, incidents like these make us applaud our celebrities for doing the right thing, but it also makes us sad thinking about how irresponsible people can be. We hope people understand that saving the environment is vital and everyone can see its importance. It's time each one of us does their bit to make a difference.      

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While Everyone Is Cheering For Ronaldo, Anand Mahindra Found A Guy With Better Football Skills

Don't ask us to keep calm because the 2018 FIFA World Cup has finally begun. Football teams across the world are ready to bring the coveted trophy home and so are the ardent fans, who are gearing up for late nights and coming up with brilliant excuses to not go to work the next day.    While we are busy cheering for our respective football teams, as if our very lives depended on the game, a certain French man is winning the internet and making people go crazy with his killer, jaw-dropping, off the field football skills. (c) Twitter Honestly, if this man gets selected by any football club, he can win the match simply by showing off his amazing skills. His opponents will be so consumed and impressed by his talent, that they will forget they were supposed to play a match against him. And if there ever was a contest on the same, this man can easily leave Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Mo Salah behind.  From turning upside down to climbing up a pole while balancing the ball, this guy's juggling skills are unbelievable and flawless, to say the least. And if you get noticed and appreciated by a billionaire who inspires millions of people, it means you are different from the others.  #whatsappwonderbox Just jaw-dropping.Not even the full video. Is this guy for real or a droid? He should be performing for packed audiences in major auditoriums. Sometimes I wonder if people who develop such skills are the ones who should be the richest-not on the pavement.. pic.twitter.com/Obg0j2uscn — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) 15 June 2018 This video was shared by Anand Mahindra, who was so amazed by his skills that he wrote, "is this guy for real or a droid?" Mahindra further mentioned, "He should be performing for packed audiences in major auditoriums. Sometimes I wonder if people who develop such skills are the ones who should be the richest - not on the pavement." We completely agree with your words here. 2nd half of the video. Even more incredible...Dizzy just watching this. pic.twitter.com/rUJMee24s2 — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) 15 June 2018 Since then, Twitter too has been cheering for this man with unbound talents and we're sure that you too will join the league once you watch his videos. According to Tweeple, this man is from Paris who often stuns passersby with his insane skills.  Instead of a bland and insipid song and dance @FiIFworldcup2018 opening ceremony yesterday, these are the kind of talent and incredible acrobatic stuff they should be showing. https://t.co/a4UbdDtXJd — Ganesh Krishnamurthy (@GaneshVMK) 15 June 2018 He performs everyday at the church located on montmartre in Paris. Amazing skill. Interesting thing to note is many enjoy his performance and click videos but few leave any gratuity — Ravi G Bhatia (@ravigbhatia) 15 June 2018 Wow- awesome skill. Laudable — alok gupta (@alokg2k) 15 June 2018 Spellbound watching his skills sir!! Yes they should be the richest and highly respected and protected too.
Thank you sir for sharing this video.. — Pradeep Rathor (@Pradeeptweeet) 15 June 2018 I can't believe my eyes. This is mother of perfection. And the place where he's performing makes it a lot more challenging. pic.twitter.com/rji9xPToVw — Abhishek Yadav (@abhisheky948) 15 June 2018 This is knowing your craft thoroughly...very professional displaying a high level of expertise and intricate dexterity honed from years of practice and performance. Great show. — Olusesan Ayeni (@sesanayeni) 15 June 2018 Why can't ppl not select this guys to FIFA word cup. — Swamy Raavi (@InfoSwamy) 15 June 2018      

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All Eyes Are On Lionel Messi After Ronaldo's Flying Start To The 2018 FIFA World Cup In Russia

Be it the La Liga, the Champions League, or the World Cup, every tournament invariably becomes about these two – Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It has been 10 years since these two have dominated the world stage by winning all the Ballon D'Or trophies between them. The world has never been fixated on and divided by just two players so much. Yes, we still have the Pele vs Maradona debate but their careers hardly overlapped in terms of playing years.  Source: Reuters Cup after cup, Messi has been carrying the expectations of not just his own nation, Argentina, but of millions of fans who worship him and consider him to be from another planet. It's an open secret that if Leo manages to lift the World Cup, he will stamp his authority as the greatest player of all time. However, the World Cup has eluded Messi. He came within touching distance of lifting it in 2014, but an extra time stunner by Goetze saw Germany lifting the cup.  Source: Reuters Last night, people from around the world witnessed the brilliance of Ronaldo, when he struck 3 goals, taking his hat-trick tally to 51. What's more special is that he managed to score the goals against a formidable Spanish squad and, arguadbly, the world's best goalkeeper De Gea. He lit up the World Cup and gave an open challenge to Messi after stroking his chin while celebrating the first goal. It was an inkling that he's the G.O.A.T. – Greatest of all time.  Source: Reuters They are such fierce competitors that both of them up their game after seeing the other perform. Will Messi be able to give the world reasons to celebrate ecstatically, just like Ronaldo did last night? Or will the pressure weigh too heavily on him as Argentina face World Cup debutants Iceland up first? We hope for the former! Messi vs Ronaldo at the World Cups The legends are almost neck-to-neck as far as records are concerned -  Messi: Games: 15 Goals: 5 Assists: 3 Ronaldo: Games: 14 Goals: 6 Assists: 2 (Updated after last night's Spain vs Portugal game) Argentina play debutants Iceland today at 6:30 pm IST

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Ranbir Kapoor Credits Alia Bhatt For The Positivity In His Life, Proving That He's In Love Again

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are Bollywood's 'IT' couple at the moment, and their blooming romance is the talk of the town. Not only did he finally open up about dating her, Alia was also seen spending quality time with Ranbir's family. (c) Twitter The news of the two superstars dating threw many off and also broke millions of hearts. However, we are uber excited to see how they keep giving us couple goals. The pair will be seen together on the big screen for the first time in their upcoming movie 'Brahmastra'. (c) Twitter While Alia has always been vocal about her love and admiration for Ranbir, he finally spoke about her in an interview with a leading magazine. (c) Twitter Talking about this new equation, Ranbir said, “I think every human being does extraordinary things only when they are in love. So I believe that love is something which is a privilege if it comes in your life and to be in happy, beautiful positive place a relationship with it could be with a girl a guy, with a friend your mother your father or anybody but when there is some genuine love, it's really beautiful."   Oh captain my captain! Prep with the legend @amitabhbachchan â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #brahmastra #ranbirkapoor A post shared by Alia â¨â­ï¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Jun 1, 2018 at 2:14am PDT   Also recently, in an interview with Rajeev Masand, Ranbir credited Aloo for bringing positivity into his life. He said, “It's only positive and more so because we are working on a film together and I really admire her as an actor. To see her have so much of colour, so much of spontaneity, so much hard work, so much of discipline (extremely disciplined) is quite rare. It's amazing. It's been 10 years for me in this industry, little lethargy, a little chalta hai type attitude comes in. So it's rejuvenating for me as an actor to be with Alia.” (c) BCCL Well, that's an interesting revelation for sure, and something that definitely proves that they are indeed growing and moving full steam ahead in this relationship.   PERFECTðð #ranlia #ranbirkapoor #aliabhatt @aliaabhatt @neetu54 #bollywood #bollywoodlovers #ranbiralia #aliaranbir A post shared by ranlia⤠(@ranliafc) on Jun 7, 2018 at 9:02pm PDT   In 2016, when he broke up with Katrina Kaif, he had spoken of how he wants to fall in love again. Talking about it he had said, “I want to get married, I want to have children and I will do it in the right way. I will meet a light-minded person and fall madly, truly and deeply in love and just take it from there.”   I've been fan of alia before she became an actress â¤ð #ranlia #ranbirkapoor #aliabhatt @aliaabhatt @neetu54 #bollywood #bollywoodlovers #ranbiralia #aliaranbir A post shared by ranlia⤠(@ranliafc) on May 13, 2018 at 9:33am PDT   The way Ranbir has been talking about Alia of late, just makes us wonder if he has finally found his one true love, again?   

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