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  • There is Something Seriously WRONG with the World Cup Pay Gap

    [By Bethany Heinrich] By now, it’s no secret that the women’s USA soccer team is brilliant. Winner of the Women’s World Cup in their victory over Japan last night, these fab women have just proven how valuable they are in regard to ...

  • Since ancient Greece, the Olympics and bribery have gone hand in hand

    [By Nigel Crowther] As a professor of classical studies, I’ve noticed some remarkable differences and similarities between the modern and ancient Olympic Games. The medals, the torch relay and events for females didn’t exist in the ancient games, but...

  • 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’...

  • Under 14 Football Captain struggles for proper shelter

    Tanju Devi WEST CHAMPARAN, BIHAR : Soni Kumari was part of India women under-14 team that won the Asian Football Confederation Tournament in 2013. Now she is the captain of the Under-14 Indian Football team. The government should take some initiative...

  • What is the FIFA World Cup worth?

    Ever wondered what the World Cup is worth? For this year’s tournament in Brazil, various forecasters have identified the positive economic impact could range from US$3 billion to US$14 billion. It’s all about numbers from the word GO! |By Simon...

  • 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...

  • 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 Wor...

  • Not knowing Tendulkar is not akin to blasphemy

    |By Sanjib Guha| The Little Master, in an exclusive interview to NDTV, said, sealing the fact that Maria Sharapova’s ‘who is Sachin Tendulkar’ statement is neither a jibe to the cricket legend nor akin to blasphemy. In India we worship cricketers lik...

  • Cricket’s Indian Premier League is in trouble, but popularity will see it through

    [Daniel Hough|The Conversation] Just as one of cricket’s great spectacles, a Lord’s test match between England and Australia, gets underway, the sport in India has faced a day of reckoning. The suspension of two of the eight sides in India’s megabuck...

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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Italy’s World Cup Exit : A debacle that was to happen

|By Sanjib Guha| Four-time world champions (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006), twice finalists (1970 and 1994), one third-place finish (1990) and came fourth once (1970). Yes, we are talking of Italy – the second most successful country in the history of FIFA World Cup after Brazil — who has been a pale shadow of themselves for the last two editions ...

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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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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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Dawn of the new custodians: Bravo Ochoa!

|By Sanjib Guha| Europe has a glorious history of producing great goalkeepers – be it Lev Yashin of the then Soviet Union or England’s Gordon Banks.The legacy continued through Peter Shilton (England), Dino Zoff (Italy), Oliver Khan and many others. In the present day contest, Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Manuel Neuer (France), Iker Casillase (Spain) are carrying the baton and are ...

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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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What is the FIFA World Cup worth?

Ever wondered what the World Cup is worth? For this year’s tournament in Brazil, various forecasters have identified the positive economic impact could range from US$3 billion to US$14 billion. It’s all about numbers from the word GO! |By Simon Chadwick|Coventry University |The Conversation| The World Cup is, however, worth much more than two human figures cast in 18 carat gold.

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