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The 5 World Cup games with the most goals

The FIFA World Cup is without question the pinnacle of the game, a tournament steeped in history where legends are made and superstars are born. For the victors go the spoils as they are etched into the record books, while at the same time there are some records that will want to be forgotten. Particularly records that come in the shape of very heavy defeats and with that in mind here are the five World Cup games with the most…
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Remembering an unpredictable World Cup

The World Cup in Russia was one of the most unpredictable major international tournaments in recent times. The latter rounds of most major tournaments read like a who’s who of footballing nations. However, this time round, the latter stages featured countries such as Sweden, Russia, Croatia and even England! The form book was thrown out of the window with the 2014 champions being knocked out in the group stages by South Korea, and in this article we take a look…
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Performing above expectations at the 2018 World Cup

Along with every World Cup competition, there are always a few surprises that occur. Seemingly every time there are some teams that fail to live up to expectations while others exceed them. The 2018 World Cup was no exception with the top two favourites, Brazil and Germany, being eliminated early from the competition. Germany within the opening rounds and Brazil in the quarter final. On the other hand, there were many teams that did well in the competition, improving significantly…
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VAR: the new referee in World Cup group matches

With the end of the group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is possible to make an initial summary of the utilisation of the video assistant referee (VAR) in Russia. Although the new technology allows the correction of some errors, it also brought some new controversies. In this article, the most important uses of the VAR during the first two weeks of the competition are highlighted and we suggest how the competition would have progressed without VAR. (more…)
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Four-some: The eleven men heading to their fourth World Cup in 2018

The World Cup offers the planet’s best footballing talent the ultimate stage to showcase their talents. It’s a stage that some of the best of all time – Best, Di Stefano and Weah, for example – never managed to grace, so every player on the plane will want to cherish every last minute of their experience in Russia. However, there are some players for whom a World Cup is nothing new. There are 11 men heading to the tournament in…
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England must overcome avoid travel woes at World Cup in Russia

England’s hopes of success at this summer’s World Cup could be derailed by a huge amount of travelling during the opening stage of the tournament. A group containing Belgium, Tunisia and Panama should hold no fears for the Three Lions, but the 6,542km they will cover during the first round could prove to be their undoing. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, just five of the 13 teams that travelled further than the average distance in the group stage…
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4 teams who could cause a shock at this summer’s World Cup

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is just around the corner and the 32 nations taking part are busy putting the finishing touches to their preparations. The likes of Brazil and Germany are favourites to lift the trophy, but major tournaments invariably have a habit of throwing up a surprise or two along the way and this one is likely to be no different. Read on as we take a look at four teams who could cause a shock at…
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