With the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in full swing, Goal has teamed up with Hyundai to celebrate the fan culture of competing nations. Here we explore Spain
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Bilbao-born playmaker is a natural heir to Paul Scholes, blending defensive bite with craft and invention on the ball, and is the perfect midfielder for Louis van Gaal
The devastating attacking trio are joined by some of the tournament's more surprising stars so far in our select XI from the opening phase of matches in Brazil
SPECIAL REPORT: The city of Manaus has been one of the successes of the tournament but facilities built in preparation for team base camps remain unused
The traditional elite have not had it all their own way at the 2014 World Cup with a number of impressive talents making themselves know in Brazil
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The African nation reached the last-16 of the World Cup for the first time thanks to Islam Slimani's second half strike
A late goal from Vertonghen secured Belgium's spot as group winners, despite the Red Devils playing with 10-men for half of the contest
Jurgen Klinsmann's side lost out to Thomas Muller's brilliant curling strike, but still advanced to the last-16 of the competition
The Liverpool star was handed a four-month global suspension from all football activity by Fifa after being found guilty of biting Giorgio Chiellini and he can have no complaints
COMMENT: The former national team coach oversaw a huge period of change during his time in charge, helping to regenerate football in the country
COMMENT: The United States star is relishing the chance to play at the tournament, four years after thinking the opportunity had passed him by
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Super Eagles are through to the World Cup Second Round for the first time in 16 years, but lingering issues remain unresolved.
Three goals from Xherdan Shaqiri were enough to put the plucky Central Americans to the sword, with la Nati squeezing through into the knockout stages at the expense of Ecuador
The Super Eagles have become the first African team to reach the knock out stages in Brazil after Iran failed to beat Bosnia
Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic starred as the Dragons earned their first ever World Cup win, eliminating Carlos Queiroz's side from Group F in the process
PROFILE: The Chile goalkeeper completed his transfer to Barcelona on Wednesday. So what will the 31-year-old bring to the Spanish giants?
DEBATE: Should the veteran remain in the side to receive his 100th cap for the national side, or must Kenneth Omeruo be reunited with his regular defensive partner?
DEBATE: Should the Chelsea forward return to the starting XI for the crucial Group F match, or should Babatunde retain his spot?
COMMENT: After a strong start to the competition, Didier Deschamps' swashbuckling side should not be overlooked as potential winners with a favourable last-16 draw
COMMENT: The Liga heavyweights could be having second thoughts about moving for the Uruguay striker after his apparent bite on Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini