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Penalties – the ultimate tournament shoot-out (Part Two)

Continuing a look back at major international tournaments where the fianl was decided by a penalty shoot-out. For the first part, please click here. 2004 Copa América Brazil Argentina This weekend’s final of the Copa América between Brazil and Argentina is just the latest episode in the longest and fiercest rivalries in South American football. In 2004, when the tournament ...

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Penalties – the ultimate tournament shoot-out (Part One)

This Sunday, the finals of two international football; tournaments will take place. England will play Italy in the finals of the Euros at Wembley Stadium in London, whilst 6,000 miles away, Brazil will play Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. They both promise to be close matches, and fine margins may decide the outcome on the day. ...

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Opinion: N’Golo Kante should win the 2018 Ballon d’Or

Source We are roughly four months away from the decision of world football’s most prestigious, individual award: The Ballon D’Or. The shortlist will feature yet again, the games most glitzy, flamboyant and characterful superstars; the showmen who play the leading role, in their teams attacking, blockbuster production. The favourite again appears to be Juventus new man, Cristiano Ronaldo, which would further boost ...

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England’s chances of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Logo by Unknown CC BY After the disappointment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, many England fans will be looking forward to this summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia with some amount trepidation, if not outright dread. Losses against Italy and Uruguay and a draw against Costa Rica left the Three Lions floundering at the bottom of Group D ...

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Alternative World Cup predictions based on data needed to stream each match

UK mobile phone retailer Fonehouse has provided an alternative set of World Cup predictions based on the amount of data fans of the various teams will need to stream matches on their smartphones. And it is good news for fans of Argentina, Brazil, France, and Germany, whilst supporters of Gareth Southgate’s England face early disappointment. Fonehouse carried out comprehensive research on ...

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What Would Make a Successful World Cup for England?

Every national team has its issues with pressure, be it too much or too little, from their media outlets. However, few teams enter – and depart from – major tournaments with the frequency of existential crisis like the England national team do.  Back in the heyday of England’s second ‘golden generation’ of Beckham, Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard, Ferdinand et al, the ...

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The rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold and the impact he can have on England’s World Cup campaign

Man City boss Pep Guardiola had a clear strategy to secure victory against Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final showdown this season. He analysed the Reds’ backline, identified a weakness at right-back and told his men to ruthlessly target teenage defender Trent Alexander-Arnold in a bid to carve out opportunities. Yet Alexander-Arnold, the youngest Englishman to ever play in a ...

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Australia’s first World Cup campaign revisited

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Photo Source There are a few countries in the world that can claim to be internationally competitive across a wide range of sporting disciplines. Australia is one of the few. A former member of Oceania Football Confederation, Australia has been one of the major forces in team sports like cricket and rugby and are consistently among the top medal winners ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The battle of Berne

Brazil has always been the land of beautiful football. The nation takes great pride in their team playing an attacking form of the game that values individual expression and goals, plenty of goals, above all else. However, at the 1954 World Cup, it was Hungary that had taken the mantle of being the team that enthralled the world with their ...

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