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Messi keeps the world waiting…

|By Sanjib Guha| Who is the God of football? In most cases, there would be two answers — Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele’ and Diego Armando Maradona. But stakes were high for Argentina’s Lionel Messi to join the panel of ‘Gods’ in build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. What Pele did in 1958 & 1970 or Maradona in 1986 was ...

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Germany v Argentina: who will raise the 2014 World Cup?

|By Keith Lyons, The Conversation| After four weeks, we’re finally at the pointy end of the 2014 World Cup. Germany and Argentina meet in the final in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro this weekend. Germany came into the tournament ranked second in the FIFA rankings, three positions higher than Argentina. And in the world football Elo ratings, Germany was ...

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Colombia vs Uruguay| Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images South America

FIFA 2014: A World Cup of upsets

|By Sanjib Guha| This World Cup has indeed been one full of disappointments and surprises. One that started with The Netherlands drubbing defending champions Spain 5-1 on the very second day of the FIFA 2014 World Cup hasn’t stopped as yet. If Spain’s humiliation wasn’t enough, minnows Costa Rica came from nowhere to thrash two-time world champion Uruguay 3-1 on ...

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A dejected Andrea Pirlo (L) and Mattia De Sciglio of Italy walk off the pitch | Getty images

Balotelli is the scapegoat, but Italy faces a much deeper crisis

|By John Foot,University of Bristol| The Conversation| It started with a bang, but it ended with a whisper, a scandal, two immediate resignations (the manager and the head of the football federation), and a bite that shook the world. Italy’s 2014 World Cup campaign moved from a sense of triumph to one of total disaster in just a few days.

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Photo: Clive Rose,Getty images

Raising a Dutch storm: Netherlands unstoppable

|By Sanjib Guha| Lionel Messi’s slices of brilliance, Neymar’s reaction to Cameroon’s petty tactics to demolish them or Miroslav Klose’s record equaling goal-scoring feat may have been some delightful moments for football aficionados over the past 10 days or so. But as a team, Brazil, Argentina and Germany looked a bit rusty. The country which boasts of producing players like Johan Cruyff, Marco ...

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World Cup swansong for Gerrard, Lampard?

|By Sanjib Guha| Following Italy’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica, it can be said with certainty that England is out of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. And with that, the showpiece event loses another host of colourful stars in Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard (benched in 2014), Daniel Sturridge and few more. True, Rooney (28) and Sturridge ...

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Eight years of glory comes to an end : Spain goes out

The first National Football Team to be eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are the defending World Champions SPAIN which lost 0 – 2 to Chile. A devastating blow to the Spain football team. Sanjib Guha walks through their 8 years of domination in World Soccer. Since their debut in 1920, the Spanish team had never created havoc in the world of ...

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World Cup fever? How different climates will affect performance

|By Alan Ruddock, Sheffield Hallam University |The Conversation| No matter who’s playing, the first game of a World Cup is always special – full of excitement, anticipation and hope for tournament filled with skills, goals and drama. This time, hosts Brazil take on a solid Croatian side in Sao Paulo, in a match suited to Brazilian flair and, most importantly, ...

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