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How have the World Cup host nations performed in the past?

Russia is already up against it leading into the World Cup,

Having failed to win a single match in their previous seven matches leading up to the tournament. (more…)

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Dodgy football lookalikes: Volume 6

Drum roll please ladies and gents…

Because our dodgy football lookalikes are back for another very .. erm ‘dodgy’ instalment.

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Five bold predictions for the FIFA World Cup

So finally, the World Cup is right around the corner.

Four years of waiting has led up to this, where the greatest players in the world will pit themselves against their opposition on the grandest stage of them all. (more…)

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World Cup 2014 kits

The 2014 World Cup is finally upon us and will kick-off at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12th.

To get you in the mood for Brazil’s carnival of colour, here’s a look at the World Cup 2014 kits – home and away, from all of the 32 competing nations. (more…)

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Through thick and thin: Football’s less decorated sole club stalwarts

One club men have long been an uncommon sight in football, but even less common are those who have been at a less successful club.

Ryan Giggs and John Terry will not be making this list of men who have preferred to stay put, as we look back at football’s lesser known loyalists. (more…)

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Sorry, Mr Blatter, Qatar isn’t ready!

In December 2010, Sepp Blatter and his colleagues awarded the 2022 World Cup to, err, Qatar.

This decision was viewed suspiciously from the out-set, and with good reason. (more…)

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English players don’t travel

It is well known, and widely accepted, that England’s brightest young prospects are quickly snapped up from their local parks and placed straight into top academies.

Here, they are nurtured and moulded until they are ready for first team football. But why don’t we see any foreign scouts at our local Sunday league matches to rival any interest from English clubs? (more…)

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Confederations Cup 2013 – The Review

There’s nothing like a memorable final to paper over the cracks of a tournament.

In many ways, the 2013 Confederations Cup provided more questions than answers ahead of next summer’s World Cup. (more…)

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Confederations Cup 2013 review

A miracle; a tragedy; and new hope for a forgotten giant.

Right from the first whistle it was apparent that the Confederations Cup, the curtain raiser to Brazil’s year long football feast, was going to be something special, and just a little bit unique. (more…)

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Tahiti and the greatest underdog story ever told

It’s fair to say there are very few certainties in life

.. and yet strangely, it is that uncertainty that provides one of the biggest certainties life has to offer: football fans love an underdog. (more…)

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London 2012 Olympics football venue guide

With the obligatory England Quarter-Final penalty shootout exit and an unsurprising Spanish Euro 2012 victory still fresh in our minds …

Normally we’d be looking forward to a new domestic 2012/13 season which begins on 18th August. (more…)

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