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The World Cup quarter-finalists: The whys and why nots

Uruguay **Why they’ll win it **Because in Diego Godin, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Uruguay have one of the best centre-halves and two of the best centre-forwards at the World Cup. Indeed, they are surely the most complete team of those remaining. They made pretty light work of a straightforward …

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This dirty England is a result of losing arrogance…

The English have long held themselves up as the moral arbiters of the game. Even still, diving and niggly fouling is regarded as something those foreign types have brought from overseas, Jeff; our lads don’t go in for that kind of pathetic rubbish. Sure, Alan Shearer would throw an elbow …

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Clash with Brazil a defining match for Belgian generation

Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in Kazan is a defining game for Belgium’s talented generation of players but don’t call them ‘golden’, said defender Vincent Kompany on Wednesday. “The term ‘golden generation’ is obviously one the players didn’t come up with and it’s not something we pay too much …

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Sweden make Emil of it thanks to ordinary hero

There was no ‘X-Factor style’ emotional crux, no ‘tragedy and death’ to provide a gripping storyline. The biggest hardship Emil Forsberg discussed in his Players’ Tribune column was his agent engineering a move to a second-tier German club. As it just so happens, not even that was a particular nadir …

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Man City set to seal £60m Mahrez deal

Manchester City are set to complete a £60m move for Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez, according to reports. The Premier League champions are finally set to sign player who has been a long-term target, with Sky Sports News reporting that all details of the deal are agreed and that Mahrez will …

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Setting up a manager for a fall: a how-to guide

Setting up a manager for a fall: A how-to guide. ‘The World Cup, yet another World Cup, is about to pass England by. This is one of leanest England squads in living memory, light on genuine world-class footballers and well short of the quality needed to go deep into a …

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