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SEVEN TEAMS TO LOOK OUT FOR AT THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

14 June 2018

Watch out for some familiar names and faces at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, including Latics' very own Samy Morsy!

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup - Samy Morsy set to represent Latics for Egypt.
  • England, Belgium, Nigeria, Sweden, Serbia and Denmark all carry Latics interest.
  • Seven former Latics players involved in the 2018 World Cup.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has arrived! There's plenty of Latics links to this year's competition in Russia, with captain Samy Morsy representing the club on the grand stage for Egypt, alongside some familiar names and faces from Latics seasons gone by.

Here are seven teams you should look out for during the 2018 World Cup!

EGYPT - SAMY MORSY

Samy Morsy Egypt FIFA World Cup 2018

Group stage matches

Friday 15 June v Uruguay, kick off 1.00pm
Tuesday 19 June v Russia, kick off 7.00pm
Monday 25 June v Saudi Arabia, kick off 3.00pm

Samy Morsy in profile

 

  • Joined Latics in January 2016.
  • Club Captain.
  • 72 league appearances, 4 goals.
  • 80 total appearances, 5 goals.
  • Two Sky Bet League One titles.
  • 5 international caps leading into the World Cup.

ENGLAND - HARRY MAGUIRE

Harry Maguire England 2018 FIFA World Cup

Group stage matches

Monday 18 June v Tunisia, kick off 7.00pm
Sunday 24 June v Panama, kick off 1.00pm
Thursday 28 June v Belgium, kick off 7.00pm

WATCH ENGLAND LIVE AGAINST TUNISIA AND PANAMA IN THE HEINEKEN LOUNGE AT THE DW STADIUM.

Heineken Lounge England 2018 FIFA World Cup matches

Harry Maguire in profile

  • Joined Latics on loan from Leicester City in February 2015.
  • 16 league appearances.
  • 1 goal v Blackpool (A) in a 3-1 victory.
  • 5 international caps leading into the World Cup.

BELGIUM - ROBERTO MARTINEZ AND GRAEME JONES*

Graeme Jones and Roberto Martinez Belgium 2018 FIFA World Cup

Group stage matches

Monday 18 June v Panama, kick off 4.00pm
Saturday 23 June v Tunisia, kick off 1.00pm
Thursday 28 June v England, kick off 7.00pm

Roberto Martinez in profile

  • Joined Latics as a player in July 1995.
  • Arrived in England with fellow Spaniards Isidro Diaz and Jesus Seba.
  • 187 league appearances, 17 goals.
  • 226 total appearances, 23 goals.
  • Won the Third Division title in 1996-97.
  • Won the Autowindscreens Shield in 1999.
  • First team manager 2009-2013.
  • Won the FA Cup in 2013.
  • Managed 175 matches, 51 wins, 47 draws and 77 defeats.

Graeme Jones in profile

  • Joined Latics as a player in July 1996.
  • 96 league appearances, 44 goals.
  • 117 total appearances, 53 goals.
  • Won the Third Division title in 1996-97.
  • Record club goal scorer in a single league season with 31 goals in 1996-97.
  • Won the Autowindscreens Shield in 1999.
  • Appointed assistant manager under Roberto Martinez (2009-2013)


*Former Latics goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara and former physio Richard Evans currently involved with the Belgian National Team.

NIGERIA - VICTOR MOSES

Victor Moses Nigeria 2018 FIFA World Cup

Group stage matches

Saturday 16 June v Croatia, kick off 8.00pm
Friday 22 June v Iceland, kick off 4.00pm
Tuesday 26 June v Argentina, kick off 7.00pm

Victor Moses in profile

  • Joined Latics in February 2010 from Crystal Palace.
  • 74 Premier League appearances, 8 goals.
  • 80 total appearances, 9 goals.
  • Joined Chelsea in August 2012.
  • Capped for England Under 21s during his time at Latics.
  • 34 caps and 11 goals heading into the World Cup.

SWEDEN - ANDREAS GRANQVIST

Andreas Granqvist Sweden 2018 FIFA World Cup

Group stage matches

Monday 18 June v South Korea, kick off 1.00pm
Saturday 23 June v Germany, kick off 7.00pm
Wednesday 27 June v Mexico, kick off 3.00pm

Andreas Granqvist in profile

  • Joined Latics in January 2007, initially on loan from Helsingborgs.
  • Made his move permanent in June 2007.
  • 14 Premier League appearances.
  • 17 total appearances.
  • Joined Dutch Eredivisie side Groningen in July 2008.
  • Captain of Sweden following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's international retirement.
  • Featured for Sweden against Montenegro during his time at Latics.
  • 70 caps and 6 goals heading into the World Cup.

DENMARK - WILLIAM KVIST

William Kvist Denmark 2018 FIFA World Cup

Group stage matches

Saturday 16 June v Peru, kick off 5.00pm
Thursday 21 June v Australia, kick off 1.00pm
Tuesday 26 June v France, kick off 3.00pm

William Kvist in profile

  • Joined Latics on transfer deadline day in September 2014.
  • 26 league appearances.
  • 77 caps and 2 goals heading into the World Cup.

SERBIA - VLADIMIR STOJKOVIC

Vladimir Stojkovic Serbia 2018 FIFA World Cup

Group stage matches

Sunday 17 June v Costa Rica, kick off 1.00pm
Friday 22 June v Switzerland, kick off 7.00pm
Wednesday 27 June v Brazil, kick off 7.00pm

Vladimir Stojkovic in profile

  • Joined Latics in January 2010.
  • 4 Premier League appearances.
  • Featured in the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a Latics player.
  • 81 caps heading into the World Cup.

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