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Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea and Arsenal need to bounce forward in top-four race

It is hard to believe that we are only a shade over two years on from Leicester City’s improbable Premier League title. Everything that has happ...

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...

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'...

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...

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...

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 ...