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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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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.  ...

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 ...

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...