5 Days To Go - World Cup 2018

Happy weekend, one and all. The last football-free weekend in our household for a while, yours too I’d imagine!

5 days to wait for the first whistle to sound at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where two of the 32 competing nations will then face-off one month later in the 2018 final. 

What are the chances of the hosts playing out the showpiece event then? Odds of 50/1 certainly suggest they’ll have to go some. And a lack of goals may be an issue, what with the absence of Aleksandr Kokorin and all. 

If only they had Oleg Salenko in their ranks, eh!

Sorry Jools, who?

Salenko (above) is the holder of, you might have guessed, another World Cup record. He managed to hit the back of the net five times in one game, Russia’s 6-1 demolition of Cameroon at USA ’94. FIVE TIMES! 

And despite Russia’s exit at the group stage, his five-goal haul and penalty against Sweden in the match prior, was enough to well and truly carve his name in the history books, sharing the prestigious Golden Boot prize with Hristo Stoichkov of Bulgaria.

1994 Golden Boot (Shared Winner)

Salenko – 6 goals, 3 games

Stoichkov – 6 goals, 7 games

Up to now, former Valencia and Rangers man Salenko, remains the only player to bizarrely combine winning the Golden Boot with group stage elimination. Meanwhile, his 6 goal glut for his country was never added to, injury and illness curtailing his career.

Another day, another record then, one I suspect won’t be touched for some time. Jools is signing out now but tune back in tomorrow for the next installment of my soon-to-be redundant countdown which will also feature our dear friends and hosts this year, Russia.

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