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Posted Thursday, March 7, 2019

Introducing EduKick USA!

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Registration is now open for our EduKick USA PIA Soccer Boarding School, which starts now!

Erie, PA. USA March 7, 2019

EduKick announces new partnership with Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) and Mercyhurst Preparatory School to open US based Soccer Boarding School in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Mercyhurst Preparatory School is one of the United States most attractive cities on the east coast which is nestled along the American southern shores of Lake Erie.

EduKick and Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) have combined strengths in soccer and education to offer "EduKick USA - PIA Soccer Boarding School," an English language academic year soccer academy located in the Pennsylvanian hotbed of soccer...Erie, Pennsylvania.

Beginning this September, EduKick will offer their newest venue, EduKick USA - PIA Soccer Boarding School to international student-soccer players worldwide. EduKick has well established soccer schools in Europe (Spain, Italy, France and England) and also Mexico, Brazil and Canada but the Erie, Pennsylvania campus will be the first ever on United States soil.

The new EduKick USA campus will be located on the Pennsylvania International Academy grounds known as Family First Sports Park. It’s an immaculate sprawling estate with 19 outdoor full-size natural grass soccer pitches, an indoor Fieldhouse that includes 2 regulation size turf soccer fields, an athletic club, dining hall, cafeteria, games rooms and a state of the art fitness centre. EduKick USA players will be housed in dormitory style lodging with 24/7 adult supervision by PIA staff.

The soccer curriculum includes training five day per week Monday through Friday under the direction EduKick USA Technical Director, Sam Tojaga, a highly experienced, licensed youth soccer coach with an impressive track record of exposing his soccer players to US Colleges and Universities.

Erie Admirals Soccer Club will also insert EduKick players onto their youth squads depending on the age and level of the player. With the Admirals, the visiting international student-players will train an additional twice per week in the evening and play a weekend match. To round out the soccer development experience, players will also undergo a rigorous core fitness training program overseen by their "Performance Training Specialist", Afrim Latifi, BS.

The education at EduKick USA will be provided by one of the top high schools in America, founded in 1926, Mercyhurst Preparatory School. Mercyhurst boast a 100% university placement and is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.

EduKick Owner and Founder, Joey Bilotta said, "EduKick International Football Academies is pleased to offer students worldwide the opportunity to study and train daily in the US with our partners at PIA and Mercyhurst Prep. This is a fantastic opportunity for international players to continue their soccer development and education in the US and also to begin their US College or University soccer program search."

Interested partied should contact EduKick to inquire about enrollment. EduKick Mission: To operate the world's leading international soccer/football and education academy boarding schools; building strong business relationships in a vibrant, creative and ethical international football environment. To teach, inspire and create the best technical footballers possible and create international students with inter-cultural competence (ICC) enabling them to compete in the modern competitive world.

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The staff is great

The staff is great at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

"The staff here show a great deal of passion for helping the students"

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 8, 2019 | Academy News 2019

It was great to bump into Adam Connor of UKEC, United Kingdom Education Centre. With the UKEC head office is just around the corner from our Football Academy, Adam and his colleagues frequently call in to present their services and begin to help our students find the best pathway into higher education.

UKEC are an education advisory service that was established in 1999. The service provided by the company is completely free of charge and offers help and counselling to international students who wish to live and study in the UK. It is a fully comprehensive service that covers everything from choosing the most appropriate course of study, finding the best university to getting a formal conditional offer and applying for a UK student visa.

Adam remarked how much he liked to be here because he found it a very positive environment to be in

"The staff here show a great deal of passion for helping the students” he enthused. “Everyone genuinely wants to do their best to help the students to get the most from their stay in Manchester."
The staff is great at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

One person who certainly benefited from the services of UKEC was Kelvin who is studying and training with our academy. Kelvin has successfully completed his BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma in Sport Performance as a result of a previous course with us. So, when he decided to come back to the academy and complete the higher level Diploma qualification he was looking for a longer term goal to help motivate him. Kelvin worked with UKEC and as a result decided that he would really like to study Sport Science at the University of Central Lancashire. His reasons? He had been volunteering at a local international school in his home city of Nairobi and came to realize just how much he enjoyed coaching young players. The 3 year degree course at UCLAN was just what he wanted and so with the help of UKEC, he managed to gain a conditional offer. Kelvin is now working hard to get the grades he needs to progress onto the university foundation program at UCLAN. We wish him well!

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EduKick visit from yet another Pro Player!

Pro player guest sessions at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

This week saw another pro player come into our academy at Manchester to share his experience and knowledge with the young players.

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 7, 2019 | Academy News 2019

Brian Wilson, currently a first team player at league one side Oldham Athletic, visited the academy to lead the boys in a series of sessions as part of his coach education route with the professional Footballers Association.

Brian is currently on his UEFA B licence of the coaching ladder. Brian is currently the Oldham’s longest serving player after joining the club in 2014.The defender signed a two-year contract under Lee Johnson before extending that in 2016 for a further year. He started his career at Stoke City before joining Cheltenham Town. The full back impressed at Whaddon Road, making just under 150 appearances in a three year spell. Despite not being known for his goal scoring exploits, he notched 18 goals for Cheltenham Town before earning a move to Bristol City. His time at Bristol City did not go as planned and he only played 60 games for the Robins. However, a move to Colchester United followed and he was named club captain. In a four year spell, he made 163 appearances before moving back north.

Brian signed for Oldham in 2014 and became a fan’s favourite due to his consistent performances. He scored his first goal for Oldham against Bradford City in January 2017, slotting home from the edge of the box. Having impressed Brian was offered a new one-year contract at the end of the 2016/17 season.

Brian’s session at the academy is just one of many previous and future planned sessions by current and ex professional players. These are excellent opportunities for the players on the academy to meet people in the game, game knowledge from the coaching and Q&A’s but also to get noticed. All of the guest coaches are currently working in or will be working in professional clubs around the area.

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Winning is a habit!

Winning is a habit at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

Yesterday the EduKick Manchester squad were put through their paces as British Cycling coach, Oli Stuart, took the afternoon's training.

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 6, 2019 | Academy News 2019

And what a session it proved to be. Each player learnt so much about themselves. And every player slept soundly in their beds last night.

"As a competitive cyclist I was driven by a need to be the best - and fastest - I could be.

After my short but successful career as a cyclist was cut short, I took the decision to start coaching. Passing on the knowledge I had gained from the world class coaching at British Cycling, I am equipped with all the knowledge and skills required to get the most out of cyclists of all abilities and ages.

Cycling is so much more than turning the pedals - there has to be a drive towards a goal.

Together, we can set these goals and carve a path towards them using hard-gained experience and expertise."

Oli interspersed sections of his motivational presentation with practical fitness testing sessions out on the training pitch to illustrate his points.

His message was loud and very clear: always aim high, higher than your original goal. You are capable of much more than you think you are. Oli highlighted the personal psychological doubts that can prevent each of us from fulfilling our full potential and that only with the correct positive mindset can we ever be expected to excel. But, this is in the gift of every player. We need only ask ourselves; "How far do I want to go?" and then give ourselves permission to get there.

Oli reminded the squad of when Ronaldo was part of the winning team who won the Champions League in a 4-0 final. His team mates were off to celebrate, but Ronaldo had some unfinished business as he felt he hadn't performed as well as could have done in one set piece. He then went back out onto the pitch and practised for a further two hours until he had mastered this skill.

Winning is a habit at Edukick Manchester Football Academy
This is what separates champions from the rest. This is the winning mindset our player must emulate to be everything they can be.

Winning is a habit at Edukick Manchester Football Academy
Our coaches were equally inspired yesterday by Oli's session and look forward to working with the squad to help them embrace his "winning"

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Everybody is kind!

Everybody is kind at the Edukick Manchester football academy

"Everyone is really kind and outgoing and they want the best for you. It's just a really nice experience."

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 5, 2019 | Academy News 2018 - 2019

Elijah is capable of great academic results. He has already demonstrated this during his first term at EduKick Manchester when his hard work earned him a "Distinction" grade in his BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma in Sport Performance.

With all this training, you can maintain an advantage on your pro football dreams without missing a single beat of your education. It's an opportunity that's too good to pass up.

"All the teachers and coaches always push us to the max. They expect the best from us."

Elijah took the initiative when looking for a suitable football academy, post school back in Nairobi. He made the first contact with our school Director and was an active participant in the Skype meetings with Peter and his parents that followed on. Clearly, deciding where to study at age 17 years is a big step with implications for your academic and professional future. However, being able to schedule multiple Skype meetings with his parents was a key factor to allow Elijah and his family come to the right conclusions. Everything is different when you attend school in another country. You are far from home and so many things are unknown; how will you live, who will help look after you, what about public transport system, how do we open a bank account? By chatting with Peter over an extended period of time Elijah and family were able to gradually visualize how this adventure would develop. Further down the line Elijah and family were able to make contact with Elijah's home stay provider in Manchester. As they learnt more about the host's neighborhood, way of life, home facilities and got to know and like the people who would be looking after Elijah in this far away destination, they became more comfortable about their choice of study destination.

"It just seemed like a friendly environment and one I could grow in and that's what drew me here (to EduKick)." Everybody is kind at the Edukick Manchester football academy
Eljah has settled into the football training schedule and has become a good listener when it comes to the feedback he receives daily from his football coaches. After training he will often go onto the gym where he can work on the specific areas highlighted to him by the EduKick Manchester football coaching team.

"Everyone is really kind and outgoing and they want the best for you. It's just a really nice experience."

The feedback that Elijah gets from his coaches include his personal strengths, so that he becomes more aware of the particular things he does well. However, coaches will also identify areas for improvement and provide guidance as to how he can work on those to become a better player. Strength and conditioning work in the gym is a common goal for the young players at our academy as they adjust to the need for upper body strength to maintain their advantage against an opponent on the ball.

But, as EduKick puts equal importance on academic performance as it does on performance on the football pitch, it is great to see that Elijah has grasped the need for all players to have a Plan B, should a career in football elude them or their playing career come to a sudden end due to illness or injury. He thoroughly enjoys the BTEC in Sport Performance and is relishing the chance to revisit the topics covered in the Sub Dip in more detail this term.

Looking to the future Elijah wants to find a pro club, he will be attending the EduKick Manchester Showcase Event on Wednesday 17 April in Manchester, but failing that he is committed to the Sport Science route to a career that would allow him to work in professional football.

And finally, Elijah talks fondly about his home stay hosts, Marion, Steve and their daughter Helen, the Manchester family with whom he is staying as he completes his course:

"They are all really kind, they always check up on us. It's not like I'm away from home, its like my 2nd family here in the UK"

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Next Level Play at EduKick Manchester!

Next level play at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

"And the level here, compared to back home, it's the next level!"

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 3, 2019 | Academy News 2019

18 year old Tom only arrived in February, but he has soon caught up. He had already been in contact with his course tutors whilst waiting for his student visa application to be processed and so started to work on his BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma in Sport Performance before his arrival. Tom is keen and you pick up that he is so positive about joining us and is just relishing every session.

Tom is from Mpumalanga (Zulu name for "the place where the sun rises") in South Africa. Mpumalanga is a province in eastern South Africa, bordering the nations of Swaziland and Mozambique. It's an incredibly beautiful destination and embraces the southern half of Kruger National Park, a huge nature reserve with lots of wildlife, including big game. So, I was keen to hear just how Tom was settling into his new home in Manchester. But it sounds like Manchester has made a good first impression on Tom. He is already able to find his way around the city is making some new friends fast.

"Oh it is very nice. It's awesome. Everyone is so friendly"

"The staff here show a great deal of passion for helping the students" he enthused. "Everyone genuinely wants to do their best to help the students to get the most from their stay in Manchester."
Next level play at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

Tom was equally enthusiastic about his experience training with the EduKick Manchester Football Academy squad so far

"All good yeah, it's new, it's exciting. I'm very keen"

It is always interesting for us to try understand exactly why players decide to join us in Manchester. Everyone has their own subjective motivation. Tom seemed to believe that EduKick could help him take his game further than he could manage by playing back home

"And the level here, compared to back home, it's the next level! So, yeah, that's why I chose to come here."

Tom is now working hard to prepare himself for the EduKick Manchester Showcase event at our training ground in Manchester on Wednesday 17 April.

There scouts currently confirmed for; Blackburn Rovers FC, Nice, Monaco and PSV Eindhoven, with more confirming every day. Why not join Tom and come and show us what level of football you are at now?

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First of all, I love football.

Rodrigue loves football at Edukick Manchester football academy

"First of all, I love football. I saw EduKick and thought this might be a good opportunity for me."

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 4, 2019 | Academy News 2019

Rob has been hosting for EduKick for at least 5 years now and is proving to be rather popular with our international students who are lucky enough to be allocated to him. Rob is a garden designer and also teaches at a local college. He is also a trained chef and used to work in some top restaurant kitchens. His house enjoys a large garden and this is where Rob's students get to meet his chickens.

Matt then went on to address Rodrigue's positioning during open play, his ball control and how to shoot. Rodrigue was always happiest playing up front as a striker, but acknowledges that Matt has already really helped him to become a better player.
"Now I have a nice touch, I've scored some goals and it's amazing."

Rob's 3 daughters all live close by, so they are always popping in to visit and have dinner together. It's a busy family home and Rob's guests are integrated into his very full weekly routines. 22 year old Rodrigue is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is enrolled onto the EduKick Manchester Football Academy program. He has felt right at home since day one. I'll let Rodrigue tell you more:

"My host family (Rob) is good. For me I take him as a parent. He's always there for me after training, asking how was training? He cooks for me, he washes my clothes. He's good."

"Sure, I miss my family, but he's my family now because he's always there for me whenever I need anything."


Rob is equally enthusiastic about hosting. He always asserts that the more you put into hosting, the more you get from it. But, Rob's actions speak louder than words. For Rob it's all about bringing his students into his family and his life. Be that family dinners, bbqs in the garden or volunteering with the "Friends of the Park" in nearby Walkden Gardens, Rob's students are always there in thick of it. As Vice Chairmen of the Friends Rob has been regularly involved in the events the group put on in the park like open air cinema, live music and other events on the theater lawn. His students regularly get stuck in and volunteer with him, helping to steward the events, interacting with the local people, making friends and generally feeling useful and fully involved.
Everybody is kind at the Edukick Manchester football academy

Last weekend kind of sums it up, really and Rob knows sure does how to motivate his young guests!

"Woke them up early by frying bacon! Then they came with me and did voluntary work for two hours in the local park then as their reward we took a picnic and climbed Shutlingslow! They didn’'t want to come back down!"

"It just seemed like a friendly environment and one I could grow in and that's what drew me here (to EduKick)." Everybody is kind at the Edukick Manchester football academy
But it's not just a one way street. As Rob says himself; “I get so much from hosting international students.” He finds that his students often want to prepare food from their country for him and his family. The volunteering that Rodrigue did in the park involved some hard work, they moved a lot of gravel to surface the paths. But, it is the fellowship and friendship that Rob appreciates more than anything. It’s only fitting that we let Rob have the last word:

"We enjoy taking our students all over the place. I’m keen that they see the same things that I see. Hosting certainly enriches your life!"

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It's just a nice experience!

It is just a nice experience at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

"It's just a nice experience."

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 2, 2019 | Academy News 2019

"It doesn't feel like I'm away from home."
The first I heard from Elijah, aged 16 years who is French, living in Nairobi, Kenya, was when he emailed the office to ask for more information our Football Academy football boarding school programs.

Elijah wrote coherently and intelligently and expressed himself so well. As he was under 18 years old we needed to communicate with his parents, too. Elijah's father emailed back to confirm that he approved and allowed Elijah to lead the correspondence between us all. We recognized that this was a mature and confident young man, an opinion that was confirmed when I eventually met Elijah and his parents at our first Skype interview. On reading his school reports and football coach's reference, it quickly became evident that Elijah would be an excellent addition to the EduKick Manchester Football Academy squad.

Our staff checked and sent out all the progress reports to parents just before the Christmas break and so could see how well Elijah was doing. He had already achieved excellent marks in his first course, the BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma in Sport Performance. This wasn't surprising as Julie, our Welfare & Accommodation Manager often commented on how hard Elijah and his classmates were working on their assignments after training. The Sub Dip is the equivalent to one A level. His interview was great because it reinforced just how well he had taken the opportunities given to him at our academy, both in class and on the pitch. Elijah is now well into his next academic course, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma, which is the equivalent of two A levels. He is due to complete this by June this year and is aiming for the maximum marks. We don't doubt that he will achieve his goal. Elijah's analysis of his time at our EduKick Manchester Football Academy to date rings true.

"Everyone on the team are good mates. We have fun, while working hard."

It's hard for parents to say good bye to their children as they leave them at their school on the other side of the world from home. But, Elijah and his parents were greatly reassured when they met the hosts Marian and Stephen. Marian and Stephen live in a big house with their adult daughter Helen. Marian works part-time as a nurse, Stephen is retired and Helen goes to university. So, rather than being alone in a school dormitory, Elijah was joining a ready-made family. He talks fondly of his hosts and how well they look after him.

The (homestay hosts) family's been really welcoming. They're always checking up on us. It's just a nice experience. It doesn't feel like I'm away from home."

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It's about development. Every single day.

Teamwork at Edukick Manchester Football Academy

"EduKick Manchester is great. It's about development every single day."

by Joseph Bilotta | Mar 1, 2019 | Academy News 2019

Every day counts. It's all about team work.
Glenn is from Ghana and has been a student at EduKick Manchester since September 2018.

Glenn has also been a member of the EduKick Football Academy there since that time. What Glenn really appreciates about being a member of the EduKick UK squad is the individual feedback he gets from his coaches there. He loves how they will quickly identify his strengths whilst at the same time making him more aware of the areas that he needs to develop and then showing him how to address and improve those.

One thing that Glenn has learned from his coaches, David and Chris, is to be more aware of his position on the pitch. Glenn has got great pace, but needed the discipline to know when to unleash it. By placing himself in a more intelligent place whilst off the ball, he can time his runs much more effectively. It is this improved understanding of the game and heightened tactical awareness, that has helped to make Glenn a better player.

Back home Glenn's coaches concentrated on developing a young player's physical development; working on improving their fitness and strength. However, here at EduKick UK Ellesmere, Glenn has noticed that he is receiving much more technical help with his football. Glenn also greatly appreciates the high level of academic support that he can draw upon at our College. He is reassured that there is always a teacher to consult, if he ever needs a little extra help or an additional explanation of a new topic.

At half term next week Glenn will be moving to Manchester and training daily with the EduKick Manchester Manchester city center squad. A few other players are making the journey over to the EduKick Manchester city center academy and are looking forward to seeing how they measure up against the young international players there. Glenn is certainly relishing the challenge. He radiates confidence and we wish him well.

"I want to be a pro player. I want everyone to know my name. And I want everyone to know how I got to this level."

If , like Glenn, you would like to be the best that you can, take a look at what we offer at our EduKick Manchester Football Academy and come and join the team.

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England Professional Football Trials

England Pro Football Trials

Ready To Take Your Football Playing To The Next Level?

Jan 30, 2019 Manchester Academy News by J. Bilotta

Then complete this 14-week training course for a chance to "Go Pro"!

    Complete EduKick Football Academy's 14-week training course and you'll have the opportunity to experience the trials held from September 10th December 14th. But there are even more ways to get noticed, for example, take our football showcase in October!

    Our venues give each of our student-players access to superior technical and athletic instructors, an excellent training regimen, and visibility among the better clubs.

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Register For Manchester Football Academy

Edukick Manchester

Registration is now open for our 22-week course at EduKick Manchester!

Manchester, England October 01, 2018

Joining a world-class university will propel you toward greatness and an excellent education. In addition, EduKick Manchester's football course offers the following benefits:

  • Daily English football training with UEFA-qualified trainers
  • Talent exposure through EduKick's ties with the Professional Football Association
  • Guest fooball appearances and speakers from around the world
  • Inclusion into EduKick's pro football trials showcase in Manchester
  • And much more!

With all this training, you can maintain an advantage on your pro football dreams without missing a single beat of your education. It's an opportunity that's too good to pass up.

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EduKick Manchester Performs Well Against Liverpool FC

Edukick Manchester

This September, EduKick Manchester played a tough game against Liverpool FC

Manchester, England September 13, 2018

As the game kicked off, Liverpool took the lead, using an aggressive play to take possession of the ball for the first 10 minutes.

    But EduKick wasn't going to be outdone so easily. As soon as they found their flow, they took control of the ball and played a passing game, playing from the back end and maintaining possession.

    The game remained at an impasse, and by half time, neither side had scored. As the second half started, EduKick kept their momentum going. However, they started to miss goals and opportunities as the game progressed. Liverpool grabbed at the chance and scored, pulling ahead 0-1.

    At the end of the game, despite the EduKick team's hard work, Liverpool came out ahead with a final score of 0-2.

    "[It was] a disappointing result, we just need to have more confidence in that final third to get our shots off and have a go [sic]," said EduKick Manchester head coach Nigel Keogh. "We dominated that game and kept the ball well...If we'd have taken our chances, then we wouldn't have been in that position. All in all pleased with the effort and performance. They were trying to do the right things, some of the play was great, and we just need to make it pay in that final third; lots to work on for the next game and plenty of positives."

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Ellesmere Academy Gets A Visit From Richie Wellens!

Richie Wellens visits edukick Manchester

In August, Swindon Manager Richie Wellens visited EduKick Manchester

Manchester, England August 4, 2018

The players at Ellesmere EduKick Manchester Academy received a nice surprise earlier this September when Richie Wellens, the former Manchester United and Leicester city star, came to visit.

    Wellens' appearance was both entertaining and informative for the boys at the academy. These potential football stars got the chance to ask Richie Wellens their burning questions during a Q&A session with him.

    The students received another surprise when they got to practice with Wellens on the field during their training session. Wellens personally coached them during the field session of his visit, helping the students refine their abilities and techniques.

    Wellens currently resides as the first team coach at league two-side Oldham Athletic, which makes him a superb choice for helping these students reach their full potential!

    "It's always great to have these guest sessions at our academy, but especially having Richie involved is fantastic!" said EduKick Manchester Director Mick Brennan. "Richie works a lot with our players in Manchester, and has a great understanding of our ethos in the academy and brings genuine energy and great advice to the sessions he does. The players at Ellesmere would have been able to take a lot for the afternoon with him, and hopefully we can get him along again soon to see their progress. A massive thanks to Richie for the session and talking with the players."

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France Wins!

World Cup Final France Beats Croatia

France Wins the World 2018 World Cup in Russia

by Joseph Bilotta | July 15, 2019 | Academy News 2019

In a stunning World Cup Final, France beat Croatia 4-2, giving them a victory they have been fighting for since 2006.



Generally, France has dominated the other teams during their World Cup games, but this game was different. Croatia came out swinging and maintained control over France for the first half of the game.

However, France regained their lost footing and took back control of the field during the second half.

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