1 / 16

World Cup stars in their youth

"Little boy, big dreams. #tbt" (Instagram)

Throwback pics: World Cup stars in their youth

These World Cup favourites from home and abroad will soon be competing for the ultimate prize in football, but were once just little kids with big dreams.

Take a look at these famous players as youngsters, try to guess their identity and click to the next slide to see if you are correct.

  • Ten unheralded players set to shine in NFL Week 7

    With the onset of NFL Week 7, we’re moving closer to the halfway point of the 2017 NFL season. Yet, even with as much football as we’ve seen in 2016, we can still be surprised. We can be surprised when someone we don’t expect to play well has a big game. This happens sometimes because of a favorable matchup. It could come from someone finally getting healthy, or just getting his chance to play. There are many ways that an unheralded player can get a favorable assignment. NFL Week 7 features plenty that have such an assignment Which under the radar players will have a big hand in the outcomes on Sunday? Which 10 unheralded players are in the best position to shine during NFL Week 7 action? Kenny

  • The Cubs are one win from the World Series ... again

    Assuming the weather holds and any unexpected apocalypses are dodged, the Chicago Cubs will play Saturday night at Wrigley Field for a place in the World Series. In case you’re not up on your Cubs lore, the year you’re reaching for is 1945, that being the last time the Cubs inched this close to the World Series and then did not have something terrible happen to them or do something terrible to themselves. To risk the obvious, there will be lifelong Cubs fans of a reasonable age in the ballpark Saturday night expecting to witness a party their parents never saw, that their grandparents might have a vague recollection of, that anyone who was there might impolitely point out: the heartbreak merely waited another 10 days.

    Yahoo Sports
  • Giants' Josh Brown admitted to domestic abuse in police documents; NFL reopens investigation

    The NFL, which suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, has some explaining to do. Brown admitted to domestic violence against his wife in police documents that were released on Wednesday. The NFL suspended Brown for a mere one game — despite its supposedly get-tough-on-abuse policy calling for a six-game ban for first-time offenders — and the Giants went out of their way to defend him afterward.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Favorable Notice of Allegations will benefit both Rick Pitino, Louisville

    Louisville coach Rick Pitino could face a suspension. The most noteworthy aspect of the Notice of Allegations released Thursday by Louisville is what it doesn’t contain. There was not one word from the man who could have done the most damage to Rick Pitino and the Cardinals basketball program.

    The Dagger
  • Should the Mets acquire Maybin?

    In a post brainstorming trade ideas for this winter, Tigers fan and FanSided contributor Ben Rosener suggests Detroit send OF Cameron Maybin and utility-man Andrew Romine to the Mets for Juan Lagares and two prospects. Maybin, 29, hit .315 with a .383 OBP, four home runs, 14 doubles, 43 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 94 games for the Tigers in 2016. He is a career .259 hitter during roughly 3,000 plate appearances. Maybin will earn $9 million in 2017, after which he is eligible to be a free agent. Romine, 30, hit .236 with just two HR, eight stolen bases and 16 RBI, while playing every position in 2016, including pitching one inning in relief. Tigers GM Al Avila recently told local reporters that

  • MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: United States GP

    Formula 1 rolls into Austin, Texas this weekend for the United States Grand Prix as the fight for the drivers’ championship begins to near its endgame. Nico Rosberg’s ninth victory of the season last time out in Japan saw him move into a 33-point lead at the top of the standings, leaving Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton with a mountain to climb in the closing four races of 2016. Hamilton will be looking to breathe fresh life into his bid for a fourth world title this weekend at the Circuit of The Americas, a track he has won at three times before. Can he impress in front of a packed crowd? Here are our picks for the United States Grand Prix.

  • There's nothing random when it comes to Miesha Tate's kindness

    Two-time world champion Miesha Tate is one of the UFC’s most popular fighters. The final question was meant as a joke, though given Miesha Tate’s history, it did have some relevance. Have you, the former UFC and Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion was asked, saved anyone recently?

    Yahoo Sports
  • Why Arsenal will finally take a step forward in the Champions League (no, seriously)

    Mesut Ozil celebrates the second of his three goals against Ludogorets. For Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, something feels a bit different this season. A 6-0 destruction of Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday has Arsenal level on points with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Group A, but the remaining head-to-head fixture against the French champions will take place at the Emirates Stadium in London.

    FC Yahoo
  • J.R. Smith denies racism toward Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin sensibly noted how his Asian-American heritage has influenced his basketball career, for better or worse. Among the negatives: It made it harder for Lin to gain acceptance as a basketball player. But did J.R. Smith show that prejudice against Lin while they played together with the Knicks? That’s what Craig Carton claimed when Lin appeared on Boomer & Carton. Carton: “Let me say directly what we think went on, and you tell me if you felt it or if I’m right. There’s the thought – and I believe this, so I’ll say it’s my thought, maybe no one else’s – that there’s a racial component that because you’re a Chinese-American player, that certain African-American players in your locker room,

  • Virginia Tech Students Made An Awful Jose Fernandez Sign To Mock Miami Football

    College students, ironically, are not always known to be the brightest of bulbs, and whoever decided to hang this banner at Virginia Tech certainly isn’t doing anything to improve that reputation. Mocking the death of Miami Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez, who passed away in a tragic boating accident last month, the sign was put out in advance of the Miami Hurricanes’ visit to Blacksburg for their ACC battle on Thursday night.

  • ‘It’s about time’ — Ducks finally get into the win column

    After two periods on Thursday night it looked as if the San Jose Sharks were going to cruise to a win against a banged up Pittsburgh Penguins team in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final. At that point the Penguins were down on the scoreboard, their defensemen were dropping like drummers from Spinal Tap, and the Sharks were in complete control of the game by pretty much every objective measure. In the end, “unexpected” would probably be a good way to describe the Penguins’ come-from-behind 3-2 win given the circumstances. It was made possible thanks to a massive third period rally that saw them score three goals in seven minutes while playing nearly half of the game with only four defensemen against one of the best teams in the league.

  • Steelers want NFL to investigate Ndamukong Suh kicking Ben Roethlisberger

    Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won’t get the benefit of the doubt from many people when it comes to a dirty play. The Pittsburgh Steelers were not happy over a play last week in which Suh appeared to kick their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. The play happened in the fourth quarter, long after Roethlisberger tore the meniscus in his left knee (that injury will keep him out an estimated four-to-six weeks).

    Shutdown Corner
  • Ten moments that fueled the Indians run to the World Series

    The Cleveland Indians are four wins away from ending a 68-year World Series championship drought. The Indians were a deep team coming into the season, and that depth has been tested since spring training. Along the way, they lost star outfielder Michael Brantley and starting catcher Yan Gomes.

    Big League Stew
  • Yakupov returns to Edmonton, playing noteworthy role with Blues

    Nail Yakupov returns to Edmonton tonight, for the first time since the Oct. 7 trade that sent him to St. Louis. To nobody’s surprise, Yakupov wants to make a statement to the team that dealt him away. “I’d like to get two points here in this building for sure,” Yakupov told reporters, per Global News. “Can’t wait.” The first overall pick in 2012, Yakupov struggled through four erratic campaigns in Edmonton before getting a much-needed change of scenery. Though things started well — as a rookie, he scored 17 goals and 31 points during the 48-game lockout campaign — but eventually got to the point where the speedy Russian was playing a complimentary role, at best, in Edmonton’s forward group. There

  • Who will win - Arkansas or Auburn?

    Yahoo Sports looks at the key matchups for Saturday's SEC battle in Auburn.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • UEFA Europa League preview: RVP ready for “special” Old Trafford return

    We’ve got a Champions League-level match down in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, highlighted by an Old Trafford visit by a Turkish giant. Old pal Robin Van Persie and Fenerbahce visit Manchester United on Thursday, and the home side would do well with all three points. Fener has a road draw at Zorya and a home win versus Feyenoord, while United beat Zorya after losing in the Netherlands. “In the last match I had a game against one of my first teams, Feyenoord, and next it’s United,” Van Persie said on ManUtd.com. “I am looking forward to it. I am now playing for Fenerbahce and I want to do well for my team but of course it will be special to play ‘at home’ [Old Trafford] in a great stadium

  • The soon-to-be U.S. women's national team star you really should know

    Lynn Williams didn’t take long to make an impact in her USWNT debut. Because Lynn Williams took just 50 seconds to score her first national team goal. In a highly experimental game for head coach Jill Ellis, who fielded a three-woman back line and gave five players their debuts, the U.S. dominated but didn’t convert all of its possession and shots until Williams stepped into the fray.

    FC Yahoo
  • NASCAR weekend schedule for Talladega Superspeedway

    The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series are in action this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway as both series hold Chase elimination races at the 2.66-mile track. The Sprint Cup Series competes in the Hellmann’s 500, and the Truck Series, in its first race in two weeks, competes in the Fred’s 250. Here’s the full weekend schedule for NASCAR including TV and radio times. All times are Eastern. Friday, Oct. 21 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Truck Series garage open 1 – 1:55 p.m. – Truck series practice (Fox Sports 1) 2 – 2:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network) 3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck Series practice (FS1) 4:30 – 5:25 p.m. – Final Sprint

    NASCAR Talk
  • What to do with Jhonny Peralta

    In 2014 and 2015, his first two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Jhonny Peralta was the third best shortstop in Major League Baseball, as measured by FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, behind only Troy Tulowitzki, initially of the Colorado Rockies and later of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants. Limiting the sample size to 2014, Peralta’s first season in St. Louis, and the first half of 2015, Peralta was the best shortstop in baseball. While the Cardinals presumably expected Jhonny Peralta to be good when they signed him to a four-year, $53 million contract in November 2013, there was no precedent for him being “best shortstop in baseball” good. In his

    Viva El Birdos
  • NHL Power Rankings: Who’s out of the gate fastest in 2016-17? (Video)

    The 2016-17 NHL season is in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a snapshot of what the League looks like out of the gate. Through Wednesday night’s games, here is the first NHL Power Rankings from Yahoo Sports. While they were dominated

    Puck Daddy
  • NFL draft: Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett worthy of No. 1 overall pick in 2017

    Texas A&M has a tall order this week against No. 1 Alabama. For all the talk of the quarterbacks who could go high in the draft, and we dissected many of them last week, there are still major questions with the ones most often projected in that range  — specifically, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer (who was benched for a spell against Stanford) and Miami’s Brad Kaaya. Yes, it was a little more than one year ago that eventual No. 1 pick Jared Goff had a five-INT game against Utah, which temporarily halted talk of him being a candidate for the top choice.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Matt Murray, Penguins agree on new three-year deal; end for Fleury?

    Pittsburgh Penguins playoff savior Matt Murray just returned to practice this week as his broken hand, suffered in the World Cup of Hockey, heals up. The Penguins announced that Murray has signed a three-year deal that kicks in after the 2016-17 season. This means the Penguins would, in theory, have over $9 million committed to their salary cap next season between Murray and Fleury.

    Puck Daddy
  • Brian Campbell expected to be healthy scratch

    Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell is expected to be a healthy scratch Friday in Columbus, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s a somewhat surprising development considering the attention Campbell’s return to Chicago was given over the summer, but the ‘Hawks have eight defensemen on the roster and that means, when everyone’s healthy, two have to sit each game. “We don’t want the same two guys sitting out all the time,” head coach Joel Quenneville said. “Sometimes you don’t want to tinker with a winning lineup, and sometimes . . . you’ve got to get them in there to play. That’s what we’re visiting.” The Sun-Times says to expect Trevor van Riemsdyk to get back into the lineup against the

  • BYU tried the worst fake punt from its own end zone

    BYU tried to run a fake punt from its own end zone. BYU tried what could easily be called the worst fake punt of the 2016 season on Thursday when it tried to fool the Boise State defense from inside their own end zone. This is the worst fake punt of all time.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Knicks 116, Nets 111: "It’s like I was watching us play the Knicks"

    It feels so good when the Knicks close out a tight game, even a meaningless preseason one in October. The Nets tore into the Knicks from the perimeter and Jeremy Lin cut into the paint early and often, but ultimately their efforts fell short. Seriously, the Knicks couldn’t defend much of anything for most of the game and that probably doesn’t bode well going into the regular season, but that is a problem for another day. Tonight we celebrate victory. Carmelo Anthony led the way in scoring for the Knicks with 21 points in 29 minutes. He looked about the same as he did in the last romp with Brooklyn: A little rusty, but still sharp enough to bend the defense towards him. The offense still gets

    Posting and Toasting