Heat stays on Qatar

Heat stays on Qatar
FIFA's decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in winter takes some heat off Qatar but the Gulf state still faces major challenges in the next seven years.

Europe might benefit from 2022 decision

Europe might benefit from 2022 decision
The FIFA Task Force set up to recommend the best time of year to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were always in an impossible position, from the moment they sat down to consider the options.

Five classic semi-finals

Five classic semi-finals

With two potentially epic semi-finals in prospect this week between Brazil and Germany and Argentina and the Netherlands, here's takes a look back at five classic World Cup semi-finals.

It's knockout football already for African team

It's knockout football already for African team

Defeat for Algeria on Tuesday completed a miserable start for Africa at the World Cup in Brazil with only the heroics of aging Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba to enthuse over.

Can Africa step it up in 2014?

Can Africa step it up in 2014?

It is 80 years since James McCrae, a former Grenadier Guardsman and First World War veteran, sent 11 Egyptians out into a Neapolitan afternoon to take on Hungary to become the first Africans to play in a World Cup finals.

Spate of pre-tournament injuries are dispiriting

Spate of pre-tournament injuries are dispiriting

Barely a day has gone by in the run-up to the World Cup without a player seeing his dreams wrecked by injury, and the lengthening casualty list is as predictable as it is dispiriting.

Who will win the race for the Golden Boot

Who will win the race for the Golden Boot
With the opening game of the Brazil 2014 World Cup just a day from kick-off, the question on every one’s mind is who will put the ball in the back of the net the most to claim the Golden Boot?

One to watch: Raheem Sterling

One to watch: Raheem Sterling 

It seems implausible now, given his starring role in Liverpool’s strongest title challenge for 24 years but, only nine months ago, Raheem Sterling was at risk of becoming another of England’s lost talents.

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