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World Cup

How the World Cup creates a joyous global community

It all ends so quickly. The day after the World Cup final, Moscow airport will be heaving as the global media run home as soon as possible. This is u...

Betting preview: France - Croatia

A handful of Croatia players took umbrage at suggestions they might have been tired for their semi-final against England, insisting they had been fire...

Betting preview: Belgium - England

The World Cup third-place play-off is a game that neither team involved ever seems to want, but once you get beyond those three or four days of m...

Croatia

History on Croatia's side as Luka Modric and co. attempt to pull off a shock

"I think this was our best game," Zlatko Dalic nodded. "We played better today than against Argentina." On paper, Croatia's performance in Wednesday'...

Betting preview: Croatia - England

The Croatia national team offers a fine example of the distinction between negativity and uncertainty avoidance. Zlatko Dalic's men aren't defensive a...

Betting preview: France - Belgium

Roberto Martinez was lauded for the change of system that enabled Belgium to defeat tournament favourites Brazil in the last round, although most of t...

Belgium

This World Cup proves that the margin between the best international sides is small

As the World Cup moves towards an end, it’s fascinating to reflect on how small the margins have been between success and failure. The four team...

Brazil

Brazil must show humility if they are to bounce back from World Cup exit

When Germany crashed out of the World Cup, one Brazilian TV station posted a long ‘ha ha ha’ on social media. Former great Rivaldo came up...

Betting preview: Sweden - England

England exorcised some of their innermost demons when beating Colombia on a penalty shootout four days ago, prompting Gary Neville to lead the charge ...

Sweden

Sweden are used to being underdogs and must not be underestimated by England

Pockets of white shirts caught the eye at the Krestovsky Stadium on Tuesday. Marked out as German supporters by their Mannshaft replicas, they had bou...