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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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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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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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