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World Cup 2014 awards

July 14, 2014
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World Cup 2014 awards

64 years after the first World Cup on Brazilian soil, the football festival of the world returned to its most successful participant. It says a lot about Brazilian football culture that they are still hurting from their 1950 defeat to Uruguay, and this gave them the opportunity to finally lay those ghosts to rest....

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World Cup 2014: Germany 1-0 Argentina

July 14, 2014
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World Cup 2014: Germany 1-0 Argentina

As quite possibly the best World Cup of all time drew to a close, we had one last battle still to go. Germany were favourites having handed a historic thrashing to Brazil, but Argentina still looked a good bet after edging out the Dutch on penalties. Neither side were going to make any changes...

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World Cup 2014: Argentina p0-0 Netherlands

July 10, 2014
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World Cup 2014: Argentina p0-0 Netherlands

After the historic events of yesterday, this game was always likely to disappoint, but it still had plenty to offer. If the Netherlands won, they would match up in the final against arch-rivals Germany, while an Argentina win kept alive hopes of a victory on their own rivals’ soil. Alejandro Sabella brought back Marcos...

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World Cup 2014: Germany 7-1 Brazil

July 9, 2014
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World Cup 2014: Germany 7-1 Brazil

It seems weird to think about it now but, going into the game, these two giants of world football were evenly poised for a place in the final. Neither had impressed but had managed impressive feats in getting to the semis: Brazil had opened up the games against Chile and Colombia to unravel the...

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World Cup 2014: Brazil 2-1 Colombia

July 5, 2014
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World Cup 2014: Brazil 2-1 Colombia

The quarter-finals’ all-South American clash was set to be the most exciting of the round. The hosts have been lacklustre but still managed to advance past a testing Chile side, while Colombia were the last really entertaining side left in the tournament albeit showing some defensive frailties. Luiz Felipe Scolari brought back Paulinho into...

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World Cup 2014: France 0-1 Germany

July 5, 2014
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World Cup 2014: France 0-1 Germany

The only all-European quarter final was lined up to be an entertaining affair. The French had looked like the strongest team left in the tournament during an admittedly weak run to the last eight and Germany looked convincing albeit dull until their weaknesses were left bare for all to see against Algeria. Joachim Low...

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World Cup 2014: Belgium 2-1 United States

July 2, 2014
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World Cup 2014: Belgium 2-1 United States

The group winners had a flawless record going into the final game of the last sixteen, leaving it to Belgium to complete the set. They took a 100% record from Group H, but didn’t really impress and the United States had every right to be confident of heading through to face Argentina. Both teams...

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World Cup 2014: Argentina 1-0 Switzerland

July 2, 2014
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World Cup 2014: Argentina 1-0 Switzerland

Argentina edge ever closer to claiming victory on their bitter rivals’ soil, but they aren’t half making hard work of it. They emerged as winners in each of their group games against Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria, yet scraped through every game. Reliant on Lionel Messi to attack and Javier Mascherano to defend,...

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World Cup 2014: Germany 2-1 Algeria

July 1, 2014
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World Cup 2014: Germany 2-1 Algeria

Although Algeria had excited against South Korea, the expectation here was that they would revert back to the defensive strategy shown in their opening game against Belgium. A dull cat and mouse affair awaited as the sterile Germans passed and passed around the heavily-staffed Algerian defence. Instead, they became the first team to really...

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World Cup 2014: France 2-0 Nigeria

June 30, 2014
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World Cup 2014: France 2-0 Nigeria

France had trounced their way through the easiest group of the tornament, yet Nigeria looked likely to give them a much sterner test after restructuring the side that disappointed against Iran in their opening game, claiming second place in Group F. Olivier Giroud was chosen over Antoine Griezmann up front and Laurent Koscielny replaced...

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