Foden Shows His Class On The Way Home, ‘Futuristic Blue Man Group’ Plot

With the World Cup nearly over, teams, players and media are beginning to return home.

Phil Foden was among them on Sunday and he showed his class as the England stars returned to the UK.

But there’s still plenty of quirky stuff to absorb in the meantime.

It’s Day 22 of the World Cup Diary!

The halftime show

A regular feature of the World Cup has been half-time performances.

The acts have been… an eclectic bunch.

From Saffron of Republica and The Overtones performing “Celebration” to a Boyzone/Westlife mashup, it’s been intriguing.

But one act has popped up multiple times over the past week.

The four individuals wear black suits covered in lights and stand in line beating drums, which also light up.

Although the name of the act escapes us, we think it would actually be more useful to simply describe them as a futuristic Blue Man Group… That should give you an idea!


A familiar face… or not!

Sitting in the media center ahead of Morocco v Portugal at Al Thumama Stadium, the Stats Perform team prepared for the match.

A man walks up and asks if the seat next to them was available.

“Yes of course.”

It was only minutes later, when a member of the Moroccan media came to take a picture with the man, that his identity became clear.

Now, Nordin Amrabat might not be the biggest of names, but as a player who has played in a World Cup, Premier League and La Liga, he is no unknown quantity.

It just underlines that even when you think you know a lot about football, the World Cup makes you humble.

Foden shows class, England fans return the favor

Saturday was a sad day for England fans. The Three Lions played admirably against France and were arguably the better team.

Phil Foden was among those who caught the eye, but he couldn’t inspire a turnaround.

On Sunday, he was flying home and on the same flight to Manchester that the Stats Perform team members were taking.

It’s fair to say there was no resentment from England fans who cheered him on the plane, and the Manchester City man was kind enough to pose for photos and sign autographs.

family time

Footballers obviously don’t spend as much time with their families during the World Cup, for obvious reasons.

But after Morocco’s victory over Portugal, it was heartwarming to see some of the Atlas Lions stars sharing poignant moments with their loved ones.



Sofiane Boufal and her mother embraced warmly, while Player of the Match Yassine Bounou brought her young son onto the pitch for a kick.

Everything was pretty sweet.



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