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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...

Brazil

Brazil's superior balance makes them favourites against Belgium

At the start of the World Cup, I was of the opinion that the competition would build towards one semi-final of France and Brazil, and another of Germa...

Belgium

Belgium's Golden Generation face make-or-break encounter against Brazil

Roberto Martinez didn't wish to discuss tactics on Monday night. The opening question in his post-match press conference raised understandable concern...

Tabarez

Uruguay's disciplinary record shows how they have changed under Oscar Washington Tabarez

Last year Nacional of Uruguay travelled to meet Botafogo of Brazil hoping to win a place in the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores, South America...

Ronaldo

Could Portugal go all the way at this summer's World Cup?

And so the trend continues. For the third time in the last four World Cups, the holders exit at the group stage. Brazil were the last team to defend t...

Ramos

Age likely to count as the World Cup knockout phase approaches

 As the group stage of the World Cup comes to an end, the reality of winning this competition emerges in the forefront of the minds of the remain...

Germany

Why do recent World Cup holders tend to fail four years later?

It seems that every four years we have to relearn the lesson of just how hard it is to retain the World Cup. A number of recent champions have fallen ...

England

Should England and Belgium go all out for a win on Thursday?

Watching the World Cup this week, I was reminded of a comment Colombia's assistant manager Esteban Cambiasso made about modern football. Ten years ago...

Neymar

Opponents will target Neymar's short fuse - and Tite must stop indulging him

Nearly eight years ago, in September 2010, Neymar threw a massive tantrum in a Brazilian league game. Just 18, he was already a star with Santos &ndas...

Messi

After crushing Croatia defeat, where do Argentina go from here?

Argentina’s 3-0 defeat by Croatia has taken their destiny in this World Cup out of their hands and provided the competition with its first real ...

Peru

Peru make positive impression despite early World Cup elimination

“I have no complaints about my players,” said coach Ricardo Gareca. “The image that Peru have left is positive.” It certainly...

France

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...