Morocco back at Mundial after 20 years away

Morocco back at Mundial after 20 years away

A peace offering in an Amsterdam coffee shop proved a catalyst for Morocco’s late rally to success in the World Cup qualifiers and their first appearance at the finals in 20 years since the 1998 tournament in France.

Senegal have another shot at glory

Senegal have another shot at glory

Senegal’s only prior appearance at a World Cup came in 2002 when they beat holders France in the opening game before going on to reach the quarter-finals, and while that golden era has come and gone a new generation of talent is set to take Russia by storm.

Nigeria aiming to join African history makers

Nigeria aiming to join African history makers

Nigeria are the only one of Africa’s five representatives from the last World Cup who return for the 2018 edition in Russia and will be looking to better their place in the last 16 in Brazil.

Egypt find their Grail

Egypt find their Grail

Egypt have finally found their Holy Grail, overcoming the disappointment of decades of heartbreaking failure to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990.

Spain seek World Cup redemption

Spain seek World Cup redemption

Spain’s dramatic fall from champions to a group stage exit was one of the main stories of the last World Cup but under Julen Lopetegui they look more like the side that won three straight international tournaments between 2008 and 2012.

Another chance for Belgium's golden generation

Another chance for Belgium's golden generation

Belgium’s so-called golden generation has so far failed to match the hype and manager Roberto Martinez will be expected to deliver an upgrade on their previous two tournament appearances when they go to the World Cup next year.

Striking decisions for France

Striking decisions for France

France coach Didier Deschamps will have some tough decisions to make over his forwards when he names his World Cup squad with Les Bleus featuring among the favourites to win the trophy.

World Champs spoilt for choice

World Champs spoilt for choice

World champions Germany expect nothing less than a fifth World Cup triumph in Russia next year, with coach Joachim Loew pointing to an abundance of player choices as his main weapon.

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