Brazilian football loses fun element

Brazilian football loses fun element

The biggest change for Brazil at this World Cup is not on the field, or on the training ground, or even in the dressing-room. It’s on the team sheet.

A second tier World Cup?

A second tier World Cup?

A World Cup final between Denmark and Mexico? Belgium versus Croatia?

France rally round out of form Griezmann

France rally round out of form Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann lit up Euro 2016 as France reached the final on home soil, but a series of stuttering performances at the World Cup have set alarm bells ringing ahead of a last-16 meeting with Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Africa depending on Senegal

Africa depending on Senegal

If Senegal fail to hold off Colombia in their last group game on Thursday and are knocked out of the World Cup in Russia, all five African representatives will have been eliminated, in the worst return for the continent since the 1982 finals in Spain.

Germans should have seen disaster coming

Germans should have seen disaster coming

Germany should really not be surprised by their earliest World Cup exit in 80 years.

Nigeria fans reflect on Argentine heartbreak

Nigeria fans reflect on Argentine heartbreak

Supporters of Nigeria’s soccer team described their heartbreak after watching the elimination of the national side from the World Cup on Tuesday following a late Argentina goal.

Spanish chaos result of Lopetugui sacking

Spanish chaos result of Lopetugui sacking

The real consequences of the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui were laid bare in Spain’s chaotic display against Morocco on Monday, which raised serious doubts about how far they can go in the World Cup despite somehow finishing top of Group B.

Egypt challenge undone by Salah injury

Egypt challenge undone by Salah injury

Talisman Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury loomed like a dark cloud over Egypt’s World Cup campaign as they were quickly eliminated despite harbouring high hopes of making an impact on their return to the finals after a 28-year absence.

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