Football is the world’s game. Its simplicity and flexibility means it was the first sport to spread to every nation on the planet. Its entertainment to both players and spectators led it to the global competition beginning this month: the FIFA World Cup. The scoreboard in football starts at nil-nil and minnows often outperform giants. Countries that don’t lead the world in many other areas can do well here. And it’s hard to escape that it’s one of the most prestigious events for a nation to win. Although there are certain things that affect your ability to do so. So what are they, and how do you win the World Cup? Football knowledge is only born through experience. Any theory needs testing. England were the first world leaders in international football not because of they were naturally the best or in anyway unique, It was because they got there first. Players don’t have to learn football from scratch, they build on decades of development from passing to panenkas. The skills and tactics are only mastered by players today after they’ve been invented and honed. The countries with the longest histories naturally gained the most knowledge first. Next countries who got their hands on the game became the next leaders. The Río de la Plata was the first area in the world outside of Europe to adopt the game, and make national associations to compete as national teams Uruguay is one of the most experienced international teams on the planet. Despite being a midget sandwiched between the nations that birthed Pelé and Maradona, Uruguay is still a tour de force of global football. Don’t adopt the game late or neglect experience. The small supporting army behind every move needs to succeed at their job for the team to succeed to deal with everything unique about this type of football. But South Africa neglected it. South Africa was excluded from FIFA for nigh on half a century due to the apartheid regime. Upon readmission, the tricky, insipid playing style forged in its domestic league was ripped apart. In 1993, they failed to qualify for their first tournaments with 4-0, 4-1, and 3-0 losses to Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The rest of the continent had advanced decades in their absence. Experience is correlated with success. Twice the experience in a national team means 0.84 goals extra per game on average. Rule #1: Be first, and don’t do an apartheid. Experience is one way to gain information. Here’s another. With inventions from around the world, and the necessary capital and investors swimming around Germany at that point, Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press could only have been made and spread at the right place, right time. The printing press spread news of its own invention through human connections. Events like these–chance meetings, strikes of inspiration, connections between ideas– all happen in fertile environments, forests of connectivity. The invention conceived increased connectivity everywhere. Martin Luther, for one, spread his own radical messages using Gutenberg’s press. Aspiring actors head to Hollywood, where the movies already are. Tech companies start where tech companies already are. The benefits of networks shine through any of the problems. The greatest footballing minds also accumulate and develop around other footballing minds. The greater a nation’s connection, the greater its development. Following World War I, Austria-Hungary were split among a dozen nations but the connections in work, travel, and personal and business relationships could not be broken by treaty. These formerly domestic football connections became now international ones. Prague, Vienna, and Budapes(z)t still benefited from introductions and innovations in the other countries. What became known as the Danubian school of football tactics emerged. A series of innovations built upon the English game, and perfected among countries that competed for the Central European International Cup. This area produced the best coaches and strikers of the early 20th century. The twinkletoed Austrian Matthias Sindelar, career cut short by Anschluss. Josef Bican, Austrian-Czech, highest scoring forward in history. And later, the mighty Magyars, and Hungarian Ferenc Puskás, after whom FIFA’s beautiful goal award is named. The Victorian English network of footballing minds spent Saturday afternoons in smoky Lancashire pubs. But on the continent, Viennese cafés caught up and surpassed them, These countries weren’t the earliest in their adoption of the game, but they were meticulous in their perfection of tactics, coaching, psychology, and fitness. The great football intellectual scene that prepared the game for the next century. England isolated themselves and didn’t catch wind of this until too late. A late joiner of FIFA, and then on-again, off-again member, they didn’t deign to enter the first three World Cups, instead playing the same home nations over and over, then came in 1953 the first bomb dropped on Blighty since the blitz: Hungary’s 6-3 battering of England at the home of football. The return fixture, a 7-1 demolition, remains today England’s heaviest ever loss. In the first five world cups in which Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary all entered, one of them reached the final four times out of five, losing only the final to Italy, Brazil, and a West Germany that was probably not doping their players. But like England, Central Europe did not remain ahead of the curve. Just as English knowledge flowed up the Danube once upon a time, Central Europeans took their game to less communist climes. Remember, it doesn’t last forever. But this isn’t the only way to be networked. Television and the internet have done a big job of bringing the game to the world. Arsène Wenger, football stats evangelist of the 1990s, grew up on the Franco-German border, and was able to watch German football at a time when international broadcasts were rare. With an international outlook, his introductions to the English game revolutionized players’ fitness and lifestyle in the 1990s, culminating in an unbeaten season. On the other end of the spectrum, South Africa strangled information flow and even banned television until the 1970s to suppress non-Afrikaner voices and avoid what happens when information runs freely. Suppression of information tends to happen in dictatorships, and it’s no coincidence that dictatorships tend to be bad at football. This compounded the nation’s isolation from FIFA. Many South Africans whose duty was to organize the 2010 World Cup hadn’t even seen a tournament until adulthood. Rule #2: Be connected. Innovate and adopt. And Don’t Be South Africa. The best footballing nations in each region tend to be the most populous. As a factor, population may be stupidly obvious, but it’s an inescapable truth. All else equal, a country with a higher population has more people taller, stronger, faster, and better at association football than a smaller one. Some nations have millions, some merely a few thousand. A united British team would increase its labor pool by about 20% compared with England alone. Germany’s 80 million blows Luxembourg’s half a million unquestionably out of the water. The nations that materialized from the 1990s have not improved on their previous record despite there being more than seven times as many former communist countries in FIFA and UEFA. The evidence is clear. Population is correlated with success. Twice the population means, on average per game, an extra 0.42 goals. Rule #3: Be big. Britain was the first country in the Victorian Age, with lawn mowers, croquet, lawn tennis, polo, and golf. Sport was a preserve of the rich, landed, or Scottish until the oiks gained access. But football suits the urban working class more. A single golfer needs 18 holes to play a round, whereas 22 footballers need a flat grass rectangle. Cricket takes all bloody week to play; football needs two hours of an afternoon. This makes football possible in places other sports are not. Almost everywhere. Almost. Greenland can’t grow grass. Tuvalu and Kiribati have almost nowhere to even fit a football pitch. A place to play has retarded the development of football in the fringes of the world. If you aren’t blessed in this natural wealth, you have to be the other type of wealthy. Iceland has the shortest domestic football season in the world, because the pitches freeze over from October and for months they live in darkness. While Brazilians can spend their warm winter weekends outside, Icelandics have no ability. Football suffered. Less practice, less players, less football, and losing 14-2 to Denmark. Starting this century, Iceland have been building indoor heated sporting venues and training even children’s coaches to UEFA A and B licence standard. Now football can be played year-round by everyone. Norway dominates the winter Olympics not because of the wealth of individuals, but because access to sport is guaranteed in Scandinavia as a virtual human right. But this is expensive. Not every country can afford to do this. Iceland can. And the evidence has been seen on the pitch, reaching the quarterfinals of the European Championships, their first-ever World Cup, and their highest-ever international ranking. Football is still a staunchly working class, or “poor”, game, almost everywhere in the world, at almost any point in the game’s history. But Europe still dominates: even if football is appealing to both an Icelandic and a person from the Global South, the real difference between the two is huge. The Icelandics have a higher standard of education, health, social services, and so many things that those in the Global South can only dream of. Even Iceland’s poor have privileges beyond anything seen in the vast majority of (choosing at completely random): South Africa, where over 16% of people live on less than 2 USD a day, where 3 and a half million people survive daily without clean water, where almost 20% of the nation live with HIV, and that rate far higher among the poor. The average height of a South African is around 13 cm shorter than an Icelandic. A lot of this can be put down to health care and nutrition. There are a series of serious problems that affect countries like this. While South Africa looks like a country with more than 50 million people, its sport teams draw from a healthy labor pool that is far smaller. A smaller, yet wealthier, demographic consisting of around 9% of the country have a HIV rate lower than Canada. It’s no surprise who the sporting stars of South Africa are. There are dozens of ways that wealth sets a nation up for footballing success. There are dozens more ways poverty can drag you down. Twice the GDP per capita means, on average per game, an extra 0.4 goals. Rule #4: Be rich in nature and money. And Rule #4 and a half: if you’re going to be poor, at least be rich-poor. All of these advantages we’ve been talking about are only on average. If France were to play Albania 100 times, one would expect France to win out. But they won’t win every game. The more games played in a single round, the higher the chances that the best team will win out. Fewer games means individual events play a bigger role, anomalies more likely. This is why the NFL uses a playoff system to determine a champion, why Wimbledon uses a single round knockout format, and the UEFA Champions League final is a single game on neutral ground. Anyone can win “on the day”, which makes knockout play more exciting. Group stages and leagues, by comparison, reward the overall better team. Spain in 2010 lost their opening match to Switzerland; had that been a knockout round, Spain’s World Cup would never have been. As it happened, they compensated. Switzerland ended up eliminated. The World Cup’s single-legged knockout matches benefit underdogs. From 2026, this effect is being compounded with fewer group games and more knockouts. The format of the tournament fundamentally matters and you need to know how to make things easy for yourself. Italy played the qualification for this World Cup terribly. By losing a 2015 friendly game against Portugal, their FIFA ranking dipped the exact moment that European qualification groups were being drawn up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Their low rank at that moment meant playing in Spain’s group for a single automatic place. A more difficult prospect than their 2014 group. They obviously finished second and had to play Sweden in a high-stakes play of time. You might say they should have won the playoff, but they shouldn’t have been in that high-risk position to start with. They could have had a far easier run-in had they not fallen behind Slovakia, Croatia, and Wales in the FIFA rankings of July 2015. Home advantage accounts for around 2/3 of a goal per game on average internationally. But the World Cup is on neutral ground for every team except one: the hosts, who also qualify automatically for the tournament and receive favorable opponents in the initial group stage. Between 1930 and 2006, six hosts had won the World Cup; three other times a neighboring nation had won. That’s half the tournaments with a home advantage playing a huge role. Until 2010, every host nation had qualified for the knockout rounds. The first host to finish lower than second in their group was… …yeah, you’ve guessed it. South Africa. Rule #5: Play the tournament, not the game. Unlike a club side, an international manager can do very little to change what God has given them. That’s what makes this type of football largely dependent on other factors. So follow these rules: If your nation is big, rich, connected, experienced in football, and smart about the game off the pitch, these will give you the good conditions to further your national game and win the World Cup. But it’s no guarantee. The games still have to be played. So let’s go watch it, shall we?
Hello everyone! Welcome back to my channel! And welcome if you’re new! And today I will be heading to Wimbledon and to look around Wimbledon Common which is I would say kind of a park. And I’ve never been to Wimbledon Commom before. To Wimbledon I’ve been because that was a very very first area where I lived for a week when I just moved into London before finding a place to rent. But I haven’t been here since that time so I really would like to go and a little bit explore the area. And I’m not sure how much I will be filming because I also will be taking a lot of pictures. Because I signed up for photography course online last year in September. I read theory part of module 1 but I haven’t even submitted first assignment. So I feel a bit sad about that. So my goal this year is to finish that course. So I’ll be taking pictures today and if it’s something you are interested that I would be taking you on the days when taking photos, let me know in the comments below. And now let’s go and hope it’s not gonna rain because I’ve been following the weather forecast for today for a week and every day it’s like: raining, not raining, raining, not raining, raining, not raining. So I’m really hoping it’s not raining. So let’s go! Hello again everyone! So yesterday I went to Wimbledon as you’ve seen earlier. It’s not much I’ve showed you. Weather wasn’t that nice. It was constantly whether it’s gonna rain or not. But it wasn’t raining so I was very very lucky about it. My expectations were complete different from what I found so maybe slight disappointment. But I will always say: every single place in the world is worth visiting as long as you have right expectations, you are traveling here at the right time, and with the right company which some times the right company means no company. So if you are interested for example in nature trails, Wimbledon Common has one. And there’s a very lovely a windmill which you’ve seen and it actually celebrates two hundred years anniversary this year because it was built in 1817. And there’s a museum inside it but it’s open only Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. And I went on Tuesday so it was closed. Anyways, after that I went to Wimbledon itself, walked a little bit around. Because as I mentioned at the beginning of the video, the very first week in London I spent in Wimbledon. And I haven’t been here since. So in my memory it was something very very special and it was a place that I’ve always wanted to come back and probably even live. But it didn’t feel any special anymore to me. And actually I would now… after experiencing different areas and getting to know them better, I would choose Richmond which if you haven’t seen the video about Richmond Park and riverside, I will leave it linked somewhere on the screen. And after that I just took a just took a bus back to Richmond and home. Because I live not too far from Richmond at the moment. And I decided as well to talk not only about yesterday but about one thing you probably noticed. I changed my channel name. And if you haven’t seen my first videos which I uploaded last year, Stormy Adventure Time actually was original name of this channel when I started it. I changed it at some point because I was trying different things, I was uploading quite a lot of different content and I was thinking that kind of Audrone’s Life covers that all but… It didn’t stick to me at all. It just every single time I was uploading a video, doing edit, replying to comments, it just bothered me so much. It just didn’t stick to me at all. So I decided to go back to Stormy Adventure Time because I mainly do travel videos because I just love doing it. And for me adventure doesn’t mean just travel, for me it’s much more, like experiencing things, being creative, doing something interesting. Anything can be adventure. So mainly I will have travel videos from now on and once in a while there will be something crafty because that’s what I love doing. So I’m very sorry about the confusion for everyone who knew my channel as Audrone’s Life but now it’s back to Stormy Adventure Time. And if you’re wondering why it’s stormy, it’s because my name Audrone actually means storm. So I will finish this video here. Enough chatting. And I will see you next week. And if you like this video, please give it thumbs up, share it, comment. And if you haven’t subscribed to my channel yet , click that red button down below. And I will see you next Saturday. Bye!
His is a sport where the margin of
error is less than a millimetre. So he speaks just like he shoots. With precision and on target. On a rainy morning in Chandigarh, I had the rare
privilege to chat with the reticent Abhinav Bindra. A man of few words,
but each of them… …is pure gold. You look so serious that…. – That may get scared.
– Scared to approach you. – So there are advantages of my…
– There are… of this icy exterior. I’m actually quite a funny
person if you know me. Sometimes. A lot of drama in my olympic career. In 2008, my sight went out
of sync prior to the final… …either I bumped my rifle or it was
sabotaged at some point… I only had 5 minutes to fix it,
but I was able to fix it. Perhaps that was
the reason why I won. Because I had an
adrenaline shock prior… …and by the time the competition
started I was calm already. This here is the pinnacle of your
celebration, this expression. The half smile. Winning is exhausting, extremely
exhausting and for me I had to… …get to the absolute minus
part of my Duracell battery. So by the time the competition got
over I was done, I was finished… …I needed a year to recover. How many functions did you
attend after you came back? Yeah I did a lot, I did quite a lot.
I said no to a lot as well. I ended up doing quite a few of them. And do you also feel slightly
guilty about saying no to a few? No I’m good at saying no.
I’m good at saying no. – It’s your superpower.
– No, it’s my first thing, if somebody asks me… …I say, “No”. If you say yes then it’s hard to say
no, if you don’t feel like doing it. But if you say no first, then you can think
about it and then you can change your mind. I say no first and then
it’s easier to change… – That’s true.
– See I gave you a good tip. I’m going to use that. You were flag bearer in 2010, right? – At the Commonwealth Games.
– You were flag bearer. Yes, there. That must’ve been a…
that’s a good moment. It was nice, because it was at home
and you know it was a good feeling. I was flag bearer also at
Rio (2016 Olympics). I don’t like opening ceremonies. As athletes it’s very
tough because I think… …in Rio we had to get ready at 3 PM and
by the time we came back it was 3 AM. And you’re on your feet most of the
time, it’s best to watch it on TV. – Yeah, it’s much nicer.
– Much nicer, much nicer. Which was the first one? Do
you remember the first one? The first one was a district
competition I think. That was only desire I had to win
a gold medal at a district competition… …that was a true desire.
The rest was greed. – How old were you then? 16, 15?
– No, 13. And do you remember the elation
after winning it? I’m sure… Yeah, it was more than what I had when I
won the gold medal at the Olympics for sure. Your gold medal was this I remember.
There was very limited movement. Where’s the… Gold medal. Over there. Okay here’s a question for you, when’s
the last time you looked at this? 3 years ago. I don’t ever come here. I walk past it. There you go that’s all
I wanted to know… …that’s all I wanted to clarify. What is this picture over there hidden? After 2008 (Beijing Olympics) I
was invited to fly on an F-16. At the air show, it was
a good experience… …1 hour on the plane, it’s tough. Thrilling. It’s really tiny. – It’s not business class.
– Very tiny. It’s not even economy. It’s a cargo hold. Is this one dog or can I
hear a few of them. I have a couple of dogs. What are their names? Techno. And Chotu. Is that an ode to your
favourite type of music? No. What kind of music do
you like to listen to? – I don’t like music.
– At all? – I don’t like noise.
– What about soft music? I like silence. You said that and I
started talking softly. It’s like I got really worried. Movies… I watch a few
movies here and there. So what kind? Who are
the people you like? – I can’t… it’s hard to name, no particular…
– Come on. Okay what’s the last film you saw? – I watched Anil Kapoor’s film…
– Mubarakan. It was okay. I got confused in it.
It was a really confusing film. Have you watched it? It had so many… got so confused. Tracks running at the same time…
shoot at 4 targets at the same time. I got confused. I said, “Who’s this?”
After a while “Who’s that?” I really lost track. A lot of people liked it. Who made the plan? We watch a film every
couple of weeks. – As a family.
– It’s a family thing. That’s nice. It’s okay. If the film is good. Do you remember when you first
got interested in shooting? I was a 13-year-old boy who
hated sports when I started. I was a champion at missing
Physical Education class. So I went to boarding school
initially and I didn’t quite like it… …and then I moved here
to the city and… …when we moved here, I was introduced to a
shooting coach and I went to shoot and… …I liked it a lot, because to be
successful you had to stand still. I didn’t have to move so
it was perfect for me. So that’s why I liked it. But when you go forward
in the sport you realize that… – …standing still is actually harder than moving?
– Yeah, because the body is not built to stand still. The body is built to move. And I did a lot of fitness
after that ironically. Like F1 drivers, shooters,
chess players, golfers… …people perceive that it’s not like football,
it’s not running. But you guys have to do… …like what would your
fitness regimen be? I did a lot of work, I ran
10km 5 times a week… I did a lot of strength
for core stability. My sport is very asymmetrical so I had
to always do a lot of work to keep my body in… …some kind of balance. Towards the end of
my career I spent more time in the gym… …than actually shooting. Do you have to do a lot of meditative
training and just stuff like that… No, I think the process of shooting
itself is very meditative. But I did not do much of
meditation or anything. End of the day it all boils
down to finding the… …finding the drive, finding the
courage at that moment. Courage is such a good
word that you used. No, because normally I’m
not a competitive person. I’m a chicken. I feel scared,
I feel nervous. – And that’s why…
– Are you serious? Yeah, that’s why I need courage,
courage for me was very important… …because it was not something
which came naturally to me. I’ve always found it so fascinating
because I’ve heard you say this… …that you’re not a competitive person. I said, ‘No man, this is just a
line that he’s saying’. – Isn’t it just stupid?
– It’s a character that he’s playing. – No, it’s all so stupid. Competition I mean…
– But now that when I… …you line everybody up and you… Like chickens. The pursuit is different I mean… …in a way it’s also stupid. I think so, a part of me thinks that. When you were younger were you different?
Like in your early 20s were you reacting to… …defeat a little differently? – Because late teens, early 20s people are more…
– No of course I felt very bad I mean… …the 2004 Olympic games I was
in a very bad state. You were 7th then, right? I was 7th, I went into the final
in 3rd place after breaking… …an Olympic record and… …I finished 7th and they realized
that my firing point on the final range… …had a loose tile. So that
was something which was… …a big setback for me because I
thought I’d done a lot of good things… …to prepare for this event and then something
happened which was not in my… …control but had a great
impact on the results. I was angry. But it taught me
another thing, it taught me… …to detach. To detach from
outcomes and… …that detachment was a crucial
reason why I won in 2008. Because that detachment was born
out of my 2004 experience. Have you always been just…
it’s process for you right? Yeah, result is just an
outcome, it’s so boring. You want to win and things like that but after a while…
It’s the process that’s the interesting part. But even when you were celebrating, I noticed
even when you won the gold medal it was… The difference is so little. The difference is so little between getting things right and finishing 10th or 12th at the Olympics. Did you ever, in all the time that… …you were shooting competitively did you
just think that you were going crazy? No, I mean, there were times
which were hard and… …there were times when you felt
bad and you felt hopeless. A lot of times, most times. Acceptance, acceptance is a good learning. Was there anybody you used talk to, I
mean we all need somebody who can… Well of course I mean, there were
times in my career where… …I was going through… I had
a bad training session and… …normally every coach would say that you
should take a day off, you should maybe… …get away from it and come back. But for me it was always not
going to be possible because… …if I went out or I tried to relax and just stay
away, it would just make it worse for me… …because I would just
be thinking about shooting. So I would just go back
and shoot more. Naturally I was, as I said,
I’m not competitive. I’m normally more of a realistic type of
individual leaning towards negativity. No, that’s the way I am. So that’s not a good
combination for sport. If I look at a situation,
I look at the worst possible… …the first that comes to my
mind is what can go wrong. But then that meant I had to surround
myself with extremely positive people. So my coaches, my support team,
my parents, my family… have been very, very positive. All this positive thinking
and all doesn’t work for me. Doesn’t work for you, but it works,
there’s people around you. Well all this positive thinking, I mean it’s a
way of brainwashing your own mind. I did well when I was negative so… So it worked out. It’s okay, it’s not bad.
It’s quite okay. A lot of us outside feel
that you retired too early. That you could have gone
on further, so obviously… …the only person who can
make that decision is you. Did that ever cross your mind? No, because I recognized my fading talent… …and I wasn’t very talented
in too many aspects so… …my only talent was too work hard. And I did it for 22 years of my life and I
think that’s a fair amount of time. And I don’t think I retired early at all.
I think I retired at the right time. An athlete is extremely scared of regret. I think that is something which would haunt
an athlete post competition or post a career. Or if I had said, ‘I didn’t really work hard
and I could’ve done things better… …and I could’ve done this and I could’ve
done that, leading up to the games’. But that wasn’t the case, I really did
everything I could and I had no regret. There was an absence of regret
which was a good closure. You know there are a lot of kids who
are taking up sport these days… …and you can see on the
sidelines like 5 & 6 year olds… …are playing and their parents
are getting hyper competitive. No, I think that’s stupid. The parents have to let go,
the parents really need to… …of course support their kids but they have
to allow the kids to find their own path. I think one of the great things that happened to
me was my family was extremely supportive… …but they never ever
interfered in what I did. And many times I made wrong decisions
but that’s part of the process. You have to learn, you
have to make mistakes. Because in sport when the
heat is on and you’re performing… …you’re going to be alone. And nobody is going to
be able to help you. And that you need to learn
from a very, very young age. We need more support
for sport in India, there’s… …I mean if we’re going to win medals in
14 years, 18 years it’s got to start now… …because the kids who are going to win
medals are right now 4, 5, 6, 7 years old. Well I think it’s a decision which
needs to be made as a country. Say in 2028 we say we want to win
30 medals and then go after it. Try and set systems in place
right from the grassroots level… …up to the elite level to
try and achieve that. It’s not easy, it’s easy
to talk about it… …but I certainly appreciate the fact that it
is another thing to get things done… …it’s another thing to implement things. The government is spending money on
Olympic sports, it’s the only institution which… …supports Olympic sports. You can’t really point fingers at them because they are the only ones doing it. I mean if you look at Olympic sports in the US,
the government doesn’t even spend one dollar on it. It’s all corporate funding which
is going to Olympic sports. For me, I was fortunate to have
resources available to me and… …the opportunity to be able to do
what I did for 20 odd years. But I also had the opportunity
to do many other things. That for me was big disadvantage. If I didn’t do well, I had an option B.
And in sport that doesn’t work… …you can’t have an option B,
you can’t have an outlet. You have to face circumstances
and you have to face them head on… …and you have to fight
your way through it. Because that’s the essence of sport. So, it’s very tough for me
personally because I care. I’m kind of passionate about it… …because I see a lot of
potential in this country to… …you know, we can do well. Shall we walk out? Abhinav is showing me to the door
to ensure that I don’t come back.
Harry Maguire headed in an Ashley Young corner in the 30th minute to put England closer to their first semi final since 1990 The Leicester City defender rose above the Swedish defence to head home. . His header separated England and Sweden in a tense first half of football Raheem Sterling had two chances to increase the score in the minute before half time, but was foiled by the linesman’s flag and then a point blank save from Robin Olsen in the six yard area Maguire’s power header sent shockwaves through the UK as 32 million England fans tuned in to watch the Three Lions go 1-0 up, making it the most watched event in living memory Beers were thrown, shirts ripped off and flags waved as jubilant fans went wild when the ball ended up in the back of the net Scroll down for video more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Rescue mission: new footage surfaces from depths of flooded Thai cave Watch video Amaryllis Fox spotted at rehearsal dinner for wedding to RFK III Watch video White pool manager calls 911 on black couple for wearing socks Watch video Serena Williams tends to daughter before going to win at Wimbledon Watch video 16-year-old MAGA hat wearing kid is assaulted in a Whataburger Watch video White man calls 911 on black woman for using neighborhood pool Watch video Search teams seek alternative exits for trapped soccer team Watch video Woman says she was racially profiled at apartment pool Watch video Guests arrive at Kennedy compound for RFK III’s rehearsal dinner Watch video Orr complaining about being given pills in June 2014 Watch video Kennedy family parties in Hyannis Port ahead of the wedding Watch video Police arrest Benjamin Hovan the Casselberry rape suspect While the team warm-up, a bevy of WAGs – including Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah and Harry Maguire’s girlfriend Fern Hawkins – took to social media ahead of the big game to reveal their nerves for their team, after boarding private jets to fly to Samara from the base in Repino Rebekah led the way, as she continued to show off her patriotism and support for her husband Jamie, 31, as she flew her kids Megan, Taylor, Sofia and Finley, to the match, shortly before revealing she was hitting the wine while Fern followed suit with a frosty glass of bubbles – four hours before kick-off Share this article Share Ahead of hitting the jet, Rebekah smoldered in the thigh-grazing mini-dress which clung to her envy-inducing curves In homage to the team, the white mini featured a football with ‘England 2018’ emblazoned on the front Letting her brunette tresses cascade over her shoulder, Rebekah teamed the look with a pair of chic white trainers She captioned the post: ‘Come On England’. In another post Rebekah shared a snap of her four children, with the whole family donning red England shirts as they sat in the private jet The wives and girlfriends of Gareth Southgate’s team have been staying in Saint Petersburg, where the footballers have their base in Repino, before the team flew over to Samara on Friday afternoon Harry Maguire’s long-term girlfriend Fern was begroaning her early start as she took to social media to share a snap of the dreary runway while layering the time over the top of the shot – revealing it was 7 52am.Rebekah too shared a snap of the plane’s departure from her window, writing early start alongside an unhappy face England supporters have been queuing up for four hours outside pubs in boiling heat to watch the Three Lions take on Sweden in their World Cup Quarter-final clash Today’s match at the Samara Arena will bring the country to a standstill as a total of 32 million viewers – the biggest TV audience in living memory – tune in Fervent football fans were pictured standing outside pubs in London as early as 10am this morning in sizzling 91 5F (33C) heat to secure a space inside. England’s victories so far in Russia have sparked scenes of wild celebration here and the atmosphere today will be electric – especially if they progress The Three Lions are attempting to reach their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years Elsewhere, crowds have flocked to outdoor big screens in cities including London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Exeter and Leeds to make the most of the beautiful weather while watching the game To help keep cool – or steady the nerves – 38 million pints of beer are set to be drunk by fans as the latest chapter in captain Harry Kane and the team’s Russian adventure triggers a £190million big-game drinks and food spree Some 18 million pints are expected to be downed in pubs – 7 million more than usual – with pub takings soaring to £100 million as a predicted 3 5 million fans pack the country’s 40,000 pubs to watch the match.At home, 20m pints are expected to be drunk today costing around £22m, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said Food spending on the match will add up to another £30m in pubs and £40m at home.Swedish WAGs geared up to cheer on their footballing husbands by taking to Instagram to showcase their support Donning Sweden’s famous yellow shirts, the wives and girlfriends of Sweden’s players are prearing for the game in Samara, Russia today And while England’s chief WAG is Rebekah Vardy, the leader of Sweden’s contingent is Maja Nilsson Maja married Manchester United defender Lindelof in Sweden last month after getting engaged in the Maldives She later shared photos of the beautiful countryside ceremony on her personal blog and Instagram, where she boasts 114,00 followers .And she’s become known for her forthright views, coming under fire from some United fans when she hit out at bosses over the ‘disgusting’ cost of executive boxes at Old Trafford Rather shockingly, around 10,000 tickets remain unsold for England’s match against Sweden, as 32m Brits worldwide gear-up to watch the game on TV Just 2,836 tickets have been sold to England supporters for the game in which they are likely to be vastly outnumbered by Swedish fans In comparison, more fans are expected to watch the game at a free screening at Nottingham Castle – 3,000 people, according to Sky England’s thrilling victory over Colombia was watched by a whopping 23.8m people – making it the most viewed TV programme of the year The Three Lions match against West Germany in the World Cup in Italy in 1990 is the team’s current most viewed game ever But the game against Sweden today is tipped to top the Italia 90 viewing figures, with up to 30m people expected to watch the game Despite England being mere hours away from their big World Cup clash against Sweden, Sir Bobby Charlton was spotted signing autographs and joining in on the fun The World Cup winner seemed to be relaxed ahead a big day of sport for England with the World Cup quarter-final later and Kyle Edmund set to take on three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic It remains to be seen whether he will be leaving Wimbledon early with the England vs Sweden game set to kick off at 3 00pm and Edmund’s match starting at 4.15pm. Sir Bobby was among those in the royal box on Saturday He was joined by sporting stars including Sir Mo Farah, boxer David Haye, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and former cricketer Andrew Strauss, on another scorching day at Wimbledon At the Rose and Crown pub in Wimbledon village, scores of fans have gathered for the England game, including many who have left Wimbledon Those who have tickets for Saturday’s tennis have been issued with pink and blue re-entry wristbands There were chants of ‘get the tennis off’ as fans waited eagerly for the football to be put on the big screens Clive McCabe, from Twickenham, has seats on Court One but has left to watch the football He said: ‘It’s the most people who have left Wimbledon on middle Saturday between 1pm and 2pm ‘He added: ‘There’s more people leaving than going in.’The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced on Friday that Edmund will play third on Centre Court, with the scheduling likely to avoid a clash between the tennis and football Haye admitted he would be one of those trying to juggle the two sporting events.
John: Good morning Hank, it’s Tuesday. It’s
actually Monday. We just got to London, the game starts in
a few hours, I’m incredibly well-rested. I think it speaks to how dramatically my life
has changed since I had children that one of the best nights of sleep I’ve had in years
occurred on an airplane. But I feel great, everybody’s excited for
the game. Sarah and Rosianna : Yay! John: Hank, it’s becoming harder and harder
to make the case that the Yeti is a yeti. We’re making a quick visit to the Saatchi
Gallery because you can’t go to London and not look at art. Alright Hank, it is now 3:30 and therefore
getting dark in England, and we’re on our way to the game. It doesn’t start for 5 hours,
but we’re on our way! Here we are Hank, we have arrived for the
big game, I’ve gotten my match day scarves. So excited! Alright Hank, I have, uh, now acquired basically
the entire AFC Wimbledon club shop. Clerk: If only he had bought all the stock!
(John and clerk laugh). John: Alright Hank, now we’re at the bar.
Um, we’re going to have a couple pints- I believe I used that term correctly- before
the game starts. These are the actual gloves that Seb Brown
used to save those two penalties against Luton Town to send Wimbledon back into the league. And of course, Hank, we are in the official
match day program. Hank, it’s happening! It’s real! This is-gaaaah! We sponsor a team that’s playing Liverpool! I know that you don’t share my excitement
in this so it seems a little foreign to you, but it’s just- it- I don’t want to say it’s
the best day of my life because I have two children, the day of their births was amazing,
my wedding day was wonderful- But it’s a best day of my life, you know what I mean? Okay Hank, the game is about to start. Sarah
is doing weird things by my face. Man: Wombles! Woman: COME ON YOU DONS! Crowd: AFC WIMBLEDON! Man: Come on you Dons! John: Okay Hank we’re here. I’m like 45 feet away from Steven Gerrard. Okay Hank Liverpool scored that was very stressful
but then Wimbledon scored so now it’s 1-1 – it’s just incredibly exciting. I’ve never
been this excited ever. There’s like a minute left in the first half. It’s not a foul he’s just a larger person! There’s about 5 minutes left. Liverpool is
winning thanks to a Steven Gerrard free kick. It’s hard to root against that. There’s Barry
Fuller or as I call him on the Wimbly Womblys Buckminster Fuller. This is incredibly exciting. There’s a Liverpool player taking a corner
from in front of the word Nerdfighter. Crowd: Boo! Boo! Ya! Man: Playing for a tie against a team three
divisions below you! John: So Hank after an immensely entertaining
game in which I found myself in the unusual position of having to root against a Steven
Gerrard goal, AFC Wimbledon have done themselves proud and technically lost. And now Hank it’s the next morning, it’s a
very strange thing to have my favorite player, Steven Gerrard, score two goals to beat AFC
Wimbledon, but I have to say that was the absolute time of my life. Thanks to everyone at Wimbledon for hosting
us and showing us such a great time, and thanks to everyone who watched the game and sent
in all their pictures of the DFTBAs and Nerdfighterias all over the pitch. Hank, I’ll see you on