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The historic goal of Victor Esparrago

The Quarterfinals of the ninth FIFA World Cup in Mexico kicked on June 14, 1970, at Azteca where two heavyweights from Eastern Europe and Latina America met each other to claim a place in the semifinals. The USSR had...

Diego Maradona plays the ball with his hand again

The hype and buzz about the Hand of God goal against England in Mexico 1986 is so much that many forget, Diego Maradona repeated the feat four years later in Naples in their second Group Match against the former...

Impressive Egypt in Italia 90

A tough qualifying contest   The Confederation of African Football (CAF) section of the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification saw teams competing for two berths in the final tournament in Italy. 26 nations in total entered the qualifying stage. FIFA rejected the entries...

A red letter day for Costa Rica

116 teams entered the 1990 World Cup, including Italy as the host nation and Argentina as reigning World Cup champions, who were both granted automatic qualification. Thus, the remaining 22 finals places were divided among the continental confederations, with...

The story of Morocco in Mexico 1970

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, a country from Africa would feature in the Greatest Show on Earth. http://gty.im/80752550 The draw for the qualifying stages was conducted on 1 February 1968 in Casablanca, Morocco, with...

The origin of “Group of Death”

In the mega-events, teams are often seeded to provide an even distribution of strong and weak competitors across all preliminary groups. However, in association football, the ranking methods used for seeding may be crude. http://gty.im/80752552 In the World Cup, until 2018...

The birth of Toto Schillaci

In the southern part of Italy, Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and...

Cameroon finish their lunch with Maradona and Argentina

The summer of 1990 was endless, but the world was not bored because of the music and colour the fourteenth FIFA World Cup provided – the hype started as soon as the 80s ended. One could hear people saying,...

When Brazil and England dished out a spectacular show

“Yet at its highest levels, the game can acquire something akin to the concentrated drama of the prize ring. Players go into some matches with the certain knowledge that the result will stay with them, however, submerged, for the...
Not World-beaters yet, but Asia shows improvement in Russia 2018

Not World-beaters yet, but Asia shows improvement in Russia 2018

While Japan stole the headlines with a near-miss against Belgium, South Korea and Iran also spearheaded a solid World Cup for Asia  While Japan going close to reaching the last eight and South Korea beating defending champions Germany stand out,...
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Video: Looking back at a fine day for France who run rampant in Russia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-lEcHEHK_4 Despite dogged resistance and some fine play from Croatia, France came out on top to win a second World Cup trophy - our experts look at how Didier did it.....    
Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps joins football elite by guiding France to World Cup glory

From water-carrier to trophy-lifter - Didier Deschamps has joined an elite group to win a World Cup both as a player and coach Kashinath Bhattacharjee, Moscow A certain Napoleon Bonaparte took shelter in Moscow in 1812 with the intention of invading...
FIFA World Cup 2018

A Clasico spin in Russia to an intriguing World Cup final

After a month of football, the World Cup is down to two teams - and it will be strength, stamina and a bit of luck that divides France and Croatia  Kashinath Bhattacharjee, Moscow An ‘El Clasico’ at the World Cup...
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Why Luka Modric is now hot property for the Ballon d’Or

With a failure to launch at the World Cup for the big three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, a Ballon d'Or spot has opened for Luka Modric  What’s up with this sudden ‘Luka Modric for Ballon d’Or’ fever...
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Rakitic and ‘Grizou’ looking to lead their nations to World Cup glory

Two individually brilliant team-mates sacrificing their game for the team has seen Rakitic and Griezmann driving France and Croatia to the World Cup final  Kashinath Bhattacharjee, Moscow Ivan Rakitic was only ten when Croatia reached the semi-final in France in 1998...
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France v Croatia – the key World Cup match-ups

Whether France lift the World Cup for the second time, or Croatia make history with a first, everything will come down to a series of duels at the Luzhniki Stadium The World Cup 2018 comes down to this and it...
FIFA World Cup 2018

Video: Fantastic France or incredible Croatia?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNqhz3gLAyc The World Cup final may look like an easy ride for France but Croatia has been proving everyone wrong throughout their run in Russia - our experts make their picks.....  
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Croatia dreamt a bigger dream in fantastic push to World Cup final

England had a hope, Croatia had a dream...and a plan...and it was enough to put the Balkans into a famous World Cup final against France  Kashinath Bhattacharjee, Moscow England had the rarest opportunity of choosing their path to history. They fell...
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Video: Football is not coming home as England overcome by Croatia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8V1stlHr-A&feature=youtu.be It will be at least four more years of hurt as Croatia crush a fast start for England to move through to a famous final with France - our experts look back......
World Cup - Semi Final - France v Belgium

Video: France move forward and Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid behind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mYb21McM2E A double day of drama with France battling Belgium to reach the World Cup final and Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid - here's a video special.....  

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