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World Cup fantasy football: How to sign up, best players to pick, budget signings and funniest team names

How do you go about making the greatest show on Earth – the World Cup – even greater? With fantasy football, of course.

All eyes are on Russia this summer with just days to go before the hosts and Saudi Arabia kick start the footballing frenzy.

And Dream Team is the number one place to be for the competition, with the Dream Team World Cup game alive and kicking to make your experience that bit more exciting.


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Dream Team World Cup

Germany are reigning champs

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Germany are reigning champs

How does World Cup fantasy football work?

If you’re already a Dream Team fan you’ll recognise the setup.

The game is completely free to enter and will run from the opening game on June 14 right up until when England inevitably lift the trophy in the final on July 15.

Kane will lead England’s hopes in Russia

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Kane will lead England’s hopes in Russia

Because that’s definitely what’s going to happen, right?

You will be given 20 transfers at the start of the tournament to use across the duration, with a maximum of three transfers per match day.

Our expert friends over at WhoScored – as they have for the Season and Weekender games – will provide all the statistics that generate the points scoring.

How do you sign up?

You can now officially sign up and start picking your teams after hundreds of thousands of you pre-registered in the last month or so.

You can sign up to play the game here and we recommend downloading the Dream Team app too so you’ve got all the latest news, gossip and updates at your finger tips.


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How many teams can I enter and what can I win?

Fancy yourself as the next Gareth Southgate?

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Fancy yourself as the next Gareth Southgate?

Each manager can enter a maximum of 10 teams while there is no option to buy more teams.

One extremely exciting new feature is the expansion beyond a UK audience, with fantasy football fans worldwide now able to enter.

Only UK players will be eligible to win the tasty £175,000 prizepot, with £100,000 going to the winner and the rest divided between the next nine highest scores.

What new features are there?

Aside from the introduction of non-UK players, we’ve also got a snazzy new formation to try out.

As well as the traditional 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, Dream Team World Cup will also see 3-4-3 become an option to maximise more attacking players.

Look at the damage this team could

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Look at the damage this team could
It's been 16 years, but David Seaman is ready to get revenge on Ronaldinho

Which players can I pick?

Ronaldo will be hoping to replicate Portugal’s Euro 2016 success

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Ronaldo will be hoping to replicate Portugal’s Euro 2016 success

Yep, all your favourites are in there.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jordan Henderson… you name them, they’re all included.

Every manager will have a budget of £50m to spend which means they’ll need an eye for a bargain to accommodate all the big boys.

And we’ve just revealed that Messi – not Ronaldo – will be the most expensive player on the game at £8m.

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Will Rodriguez shine again?

Who were the best players at the last World Cup?

Remember last time? Germany were great, James Rodriguez was brilliant and England were… let’s not go there.

Brazil hosted a sublime tournament in 2014, jam-packed with entertainment right up until Mario Gotze’s brilliant extra time winner against Argentina in the final.

Colombian hero Rodriguez won the Golden Boot, but who else took the competition by storm?

Here are the top 10 points scorers from the last Dream Team World Cup.

Have you picked a witty and original team name yet?

Vintage

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Vintage

Because ultimately what’s the point without one?

‘Barry’s Boys’ just doesn’t cut it anymore, so thinking outside the box is crucial to avoid ridicule in your mini-league.

Tika Mo Salah, When Harry Met Alli… we’ve seen some crackers already but there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Luckily for you lot we’ve provided an extensive guide of all the best we’ve seen so far.

Stay tuned to the Dream Team FC Twitter page next week too where we are running a competition to find the best team name around.

Which England players are in form?

Sir Harold of Kane

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Sir Harold of Kane

England are bringing home the trophy, aren’t they?

Maybe not, but the win over Nigeria on Saturday was a nice little confidence boost for Gareth Southgate’s young side who certainly impressed in the first half.

Captain Harry Kane got his customary goal whilst Gary Cahill could be a surprise attacking asset from set pieces.

Here we break down the 2-1 win and outline which England stars could potentially make your team.

How do you fit all the big boys into your side?

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RMN

As we mentioned above Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are the most expensive players on the game – but picking all three sets you back nearly half your overall budget of £50m.

So squeezing them all into your side is definitely tricky, but also far from impossible.

Why Messi is a fantasy football phenomenon

  • Would have scored over 500 points on Dream Team last season
  • Registered 29 Star Man awards in 45 appearances last season
  • Was the highest rated player at the 2014 World Cup (courtesy of WhoScored)
  • SIGN HIM ON DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW

Your task then is to find the bargains in midfield and defence that allow you to splash so much cash on that terrifying trio in attack.

Here we’ve detailed just one way to get Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar in your side whilst still picking some killer players in other positions.

Who are the best fantasy football bargains?

Lovren has been in brilliant form recently

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Lovren has been in brilliant form recently

Dream Team World Cup is as much about unearthing some surprise gems as it is picking the usual suspects.

Given Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are all very expensive you’ll need to scout some decent bargains to accommodate them.

Last time it was Colombian hero Rodriguez, so who are we backing to cause a stir in Russia?

Check out our bargain goalkeepers and bargain defenders which should save you some dosh.

David Attenborough gives his commentary over England fans

Which defenders should you pick?

Steady Sergio

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Steady Sergio

Sometimes a defender is more than a defender.

The likes of John Terry and Sergio Ramos have made a name for themselves at the other end of the pitch too in their careers.

So which goalscoring defenders could be absolutely priceless for your Dream Team World Cup side?

Here’s five who we’re backing to have a say in the goalmouth action.

What other key things should I consider?

Hazard buried his penalty in the back of the net with aplomb

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Hazard is super reliable from the spot

What makes a player that bit more priceless when it comes to fantasy football?

Well set piece prowess can make a huge difference, with players on dead ball duty obviously more likely to score points.

Free kick fanatics, penalty poachers and corner kings are all worth their weight in gold and should all be considered.

From Robert Lewandowski to Kieran Trippier, we’ve assembled seven stars who you should be looking at during the tournament.

How do you make the most of your transfers?

Pogba will be crucial for France

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Pogba will be crucial for France

Any seasoned Dream Teamer will know that Match Days usually run on a weekly basis, but it’s different for the World Cup.

This time the Match Days occur daily, so you’ll be able to update and change your team far more regularly than usual.

Remember you only have 20 transfers throughout the tournament and three per day so you don’t want to be too trigger happy.

Fortunately we’ve published two vital guides, one detailing nine ways to master the game and one on how to really get your head around transfers which should be of real help.


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