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Brazil should be concerned of their defence

In the six World Cup qualifiers where they played together, Brazil did not concede a single goal. Might that be the partnership best equipped to repel the best that the rest of the planet can throw at them in Qatar?

USA will dream big

Just days after the United States booked their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the draw was made in Doha where they were pitted against England, Iran, and either Scotland, Wales, or Ukraine.

Analysis on the FIFA World Cup 2022 draw

Get ready for some heavyweight clashes, a renewal of old rivalries and the chance for some teams to avenge bitter defeats after the draw for Qatar 2022 offered some box office match-ups in the group stage of this year's World Cup.

The evolution of FIFA World Cup Balls

In the week that the draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place in Doha, the official match ball which will be used at the tournament in Qatar has been unveiled by Argentina captain Lionel Messi.

Lights. Camera. Action….Heartbreak. Joy. Thriller….

“The match had a villain in the form of Harald Schumacher and Charles Corver; the victim of the villain Patrick Battiston, a tragic hero named Maxime Bossis and heroes named Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Klaus Fischer and…well, Schumacher. For the Germans,...

The Algerian summer in Spain

Algeria would leave a long-lasting impact on the greatest show on earth in the eventful summer of 1982.

A World Cup every two years would finally kill football’s golden goose

Shortening the World Cup cycle would give the impression that football is all about money. And major sporting events need patience and time. That is crucial for their sustainability.

Gerd Muller: Der Bomber

Mexico 1970 produced the most attacking football of any tournament since 1966 with an average of three goals per game and a shot less than every three minutes. Muller would win the Golden Boot for his ten strikes and he also provided three assists ensuring he makes the record books once again for the best ever individual contribution by a player in a single tournament since 1966.

USA 94: The Brazilian glory

That victory changed Brazil football and gave a new life – for twelve years Brazil would dominate in major tournaments and the mesmerizing talents would leave the world crazy.

Soviet Union and the World Cup: Always promising but underachievers

Mexico 86 had been the last time when the world feared and respected the Soviet Union in any major event.

Mexico 86: Diego Maradona magic against Belgium

The second goal along with the magical deft touch of the first goal has always been criminally underrated. Even Maradona never talked about it that much, perhaps, the goal scored against the British meant a lot to him rather than the piece of art in the semifinal.

Mexico 86: Hand of God and Goal of the Century

Only a genius can create controversy and then overshadow it with a sheer individual moment of magic. Diego Maradona was such a magician who did both in a football match and that too against their old enemy England in a World Cup match.

Dazzling Denmark in Mexico 86

The great Denmark unit of Mexico 86 is forgotten because everyone remembers those who reach the pinnacle of glory, but nevertheless, that Denmark of Piontek was the first great Danish side to announce that they exist and can dazzle in world football.

Ill prepared, tortured, afraid and shaken; but still Iraq impress in Mexico

“There was a time when the song of the birds, the smell of the flowers, music of various festivals and happy faces existed in Iraq. And, the people in Iraq loved football”   When you read the name Iraq, immediately, your...

Belgium’s Mexico adventure

Mexico 86 was all about Diego Armando Maradona. But, of course, there were other teams and players who lit up the tournament – Belgium and their boys were one of them.

Mexico 86: Hero Maradona

“To me, you are the highest point of love, The earth, fire itself, the sun, The rain and the wheat fields, Thanks to that sweet way you have of loving me.” Valeria Lynch Mexico overcome the tragedy Mexico 86 should have been Columbia 86....

Vamos Uruguay

A year later in Barcelona, it was agreed that Uruguay, the Olympic Champions and the era’s footballing superpower, should celebrate 100 years of independence by hosting the first-ever FIFA World Cup.

England on top of the world

July 30, 1966. All the roads led to the famous Wembley Stadium where the Three Lions would meet one of their bitter rivals, Germany in the final. Both the nations were enemies of each other during World War II and even after the end of the war, the bitterness is still evident in every aspect of life. In football, that rivalry always reaches a different level – apart from footballing displays, temper flows and controversies crop up from nowhere.

Guillermo Stabile: The story of first World Cup hero of Argentina

Stabile earned fame due to his hunger for scoring goals. He was an atypical centre-forward, who could not only score goals at will but create wonderful opportunities for others to smash.

Bert Patenaude: The first footballer to smash a hat-trick in FIFA World Cup

On July 17, 1930, Patenaude scored the opening goal in the tenth minute. A second goal in the fifteenth minute had been credited several different ways: as an own goal by Aurelio González (according to the RSSSF), a regular goal by the USA’s Tom Florie (according to the official FIFA match record), or as Patenaude's second goal (according to the United States Soccer Federation).


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid