Editorial

Friday, June 27, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jurgen Klinsmann's side lost out to Thomas Muller's brilliant curling strike, but still advanced to the last-16 of the competition

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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

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COMMENT: The former national team coach oversaw a huge period of change during his time in charge, helping to regenerate football in the country

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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

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The Super Eagles are through to the World Cup Second Round for the first time in 16 years, but lingering issues remain unresolved.

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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

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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

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PROFILE: The Chile goalkeeper completed his transfer to Barcelona on Wednesday. So what will the 31-year-old bring to the Spanish giants?

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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?

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DEBATE: Should the Chelsea forward return to the starting XI for the crucial Group F match, or should Babatunde retain his spot?

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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

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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