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France get off to stuttering start, but don't write them off yet

Perhaps it will fade as the tournament grows older and gradually be buried under the sands of time, but with the first week of the World Cup still yet...

Sampaoli

Argentina still have plenty of unanswered questions ahead of Croatia clash

Only those who have not followed the recent fortunes of the Argentina team could have been surprised by the disappointing World Cup debut of Lionel Me...

France

France fail to convince but still find way past Australia

An Antoine Griezmann penalty and Paul Pogba’s deflected strike brought France a 2-1 victory over Australia on Saturday. Below are four talking ...

Lopetegui

Were Spain right to sack Julen Lopetegui?

And there it is. The World Cup has its Black Swan moment, a sudden unexpected event that, on the face of it, feels like it changes everything.  ...

Gabriel Jesus

Why Gabriel Jesus would be a smart pick for the World Cup Golden Boot

Brazil enter the 2018 World Cup with a forward line they could have done with four years ago. Back then, Neymar carried the fight on the front end wit...

Neymar

Brazil's World Cup meeting with Switzerland brings back memories of an Under-17 clash - won by the underdogs

Brazil are the overwhelming favourites to top Group E, and Switzerland are fancied to beat Serbia and Costa Rica to the second slot. But the order of ...

Sergio Romero

Have Argentina made a mistake by leaving Sergio Romero out of their squad?

Sergio Romero has made it clear: he thinks he could have been ready for Argentina’s opening World Cup game against Iceland this Saturday. Right...

Cristiano Ronaldo

Why Portugal are being underrated ahead of the World Cup

With traditional European giants Holland and Italy missing, this World Cup feels like it lacks a little depth. As a result, the major players will be ...

Paolo Guerrero

Guerrero's return a timely boost, but how will Peru line up now their star man is back?

The Swiss justice system has freed Peru’s Paolo Guerrero to play in the World Cup – and saved the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) fro...

Fred

Battle of the Brazilians as Liverpool sign Fabinho and Manchester United close in on Fred

Liverpool supporters have not been in the best mood since Saturday's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, but they had reason for optimism 48...

Unai Emery

Managerial merry-go-round has hit full speed already

The dust has barely settled on this season’s Premier League but the managerial churn is already in full swing. Sam Allardyce and David Moyes bot...

Jesus

Why Gabriel Jesus, not Roberto Firmino, will be Brazil's starting striker in Russia

In the press conference when Brazil coach Tite named his World Cup squad, a local journalist asked him about the centre-forward position. The two str...