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The 10 best things about the 2014 World Cup

Well it’s all over, Germany are World Cup 2014 winners after a tournament of 64 matches. It flew by and in many people’s opinion was one of the best World Cups of all time! For me it was certainly the best in living memory and kept me totally gripped for a month, here is my best 10 things about the …

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Gareth ThomasThe 10 best things about the 2014 World Cup
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Was the World Cup good for Chelsea?

So how have the Premiership clubs fared in this World Cup? Well, it has been a good one for Arsenal with three of their stars in the winning German squad, and several others (Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain) reduced to a bit part roles which in theory means they will be nice and fresh for next season. It hasn’t been so great for …

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Was Messi really the best player at the World Cup?

As Messi picks up the Golden Ball award for being the best player at the World Cup – many would argue there are a host of other players who should be considered for the award. Was Messi a worthy winner? The Argentine picked up 4 goals and 1 assist in the World Cup and carried his country to the final. However, …

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Oliver BainesWas Messi really the best player at the World Cup?

Scolari leaves Brazil

Luiz Felipe Scolari have left his position as manager of the Brazil football team after failing to achieve World Cup glory in their own nation. Scolari faced heavy criticism after the host nation fell to a dismal 7-1 defeat at the hands of eventual winners, Germany. Conceding 5 goals in the opening 29 minutes piled on the dismay for Scolari …

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Netherlands v Argentina – World Cup Semi-Final Preview

Last night we witnessed a massacre… A massacre shown live on TV that will go down forever in football history. I called Germany to go through and thought the missing Neymar and Thiago Silva would have an impact but never expected 7-1 to happen! We’ve had a look at some drubbing from World Cup history that will make Brazil feel better …

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5 World Cup drubbings to make Brazil feel better!

Last night history was made as World Cup hosts Brazil were roundly thumped 7-1 by Germany. This was Brazil’s biggest ever tournament loss, matching their worst ever margin of defeat (6-0 v Uruguay in 1920) and ending a run of  6 straight semi-final victories. However, Brazil can take solace in the fact that they aren’t the only side to be …

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Gareth Thomas5 World Cup drubbings to make Brazil feel better!

Brazil v Germany World Cup Semi-Final Preview

4 games left, who would’ve thought it’s at that point already?! This World Cup has flown by but without doubt has been the best World Cup in my living memory! Tonight hosts Brazil take on the Germans, a re-run of the 2002 final and incredibly only the second time they have met in over 206 World Cup matches between them! …

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Football world rallies around Neymar

When Neymar was stretchered off the pitch crying in Brazil’s win over Colombia on Friday night, may believed it was Neymar making a meal of nothing. In fact, he has broken a vertebrate in his back and would be unable to play a further part in Brazil’s World Cup campaign, something he had every right to cry over! Since then …

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World Cup Quarter-Final Preview

Its Quarter-Final time! The World Cup is into the last 8 stage already and come Friday 4 July it will be time for the best of the best to take the field. There are some mouth-watering ties ahead, here is Brandish’s preview to the 4 games.   FRANCE v GERMANY (Friday 4 July 5pm BBC1) Probably one of the most …

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5 Ex-Premier League players who have surprised us this World Cup

The World Cup always provides us with plenty of surprises, this year was no different. I take a look at 5 players who used to ply their trade in the Premier League who have done wonders for the reputation after a strong tournament. Some have come to the end of their careers on British shores, others have helped their case …

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Gareth Thomas5 Ex-Premier League players who have surprised us this World Cup

Is the penalty shootout a fair way to end a football match?

So far this World Cup we have seen 2 penalty shootouts to decide who progresses to the Quarter Finals. As always “the lottery” (I’ll get to that later), is followed by the same questions of “Is this a fair way of deciding a football match after 120 minutes?”… Well is it? Firstly it must be said that both penalty shoot …

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Gareth ThomasIs the penalty shootout a fair way to end a football match?
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Come on FIFA. Why diving should result in a retrospective ban

Last night Arjen Robben admitted he dived against Mexico in their Round of 16 knockout tie. Robben won his country, Holland, a penalty in added time to sink the Mexican resistance 2-1 . Whilst he admitted diving earlier in the game he claims he was legitimately fouled for the key incident. Robben unfortunately is a serial offender, as TalkSport’s radio …

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Gareth ThomasCome on FIFA. Why diving should result in a retrospective ban
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Which sports brand is winning the World Cup? Adidas, Nike or Puma?

In the build up to a big tournament the major sports brands always step up their advertising, the 2014 World Cup was no different. Adidas, Nike and Puma all have their representatives playing at the World Cup but out of their stars performance, which brand is doing the best? In short which brand has got the best value for money …

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Gareth ThomasWhich sports brand is winning the World Cup? Adidas, Nike or Puma?
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What is the best goal of the World Cup so far?

We take a look at the best World Cup goal so far – here’s our top 5! 5. Lionel Messi v Iran - With time running out for Argentina, fans were beginning to wonder whether there would be time for a winner, and if so, from whom? Well, there was no doubt in guessing as Lionel Messi collected the ball on …

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Oliver BainesWhat is the best goal of the World Cup so far?

Arsenal ready to spend £35m on Colombian hero?

The Express are reporting that Arsenal are ready to splash the cash on big Porto striker, Jackson Martinez. The Colombian is currently in Brazil causing havoc on defences across the world. The big striker has been a stand out candidate at the World Cup and it seems Arsene Wenger has seen enough and is ready to activate his £35m release clause. …

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Oliver BainesArsenal ready to spend £35m on Colombian hero?
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5 World Cup player’s who have increased their price tag! Including Manchster United and Arsenal targets!

The World Cup is a wonderful tournament where the best players in the world come together to play on some of the biggest stages in football. In essence, it is a shop window for clubs to see which players are out there and ready for the taking. With good performances comes a rise in stature and thus a rise in …

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Oliver Baines5 World Cup player’s who have increased their price tag! Including Manchster United and Arsenal targets!
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Cheer up England fans – eight World Cup reasons to be positive

So how was the World Cup for you? Ok I know it is far from over, but for every England fan it kind of finishes tonight as England take on the mighty Costa Rica. Yet even with every English fan lowering their expectations for the World Cup there still seems to be a massive amount of people who are disappointed …

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5 World Cup flops! Featuring – Liverpool and Chelsea stars.

As the final round of the group-stage matches commence, the World Cup has offered some scintillating matches, bags of goals, unbelievable moments and as ever, the player flops. Here are 5 players who haven’t lived up to their reputation at the 2014 Brazil World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo – Ballon D’or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be the best footballer …

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Oliver Baines5 World Cup flops! Featuring – Liverpool and Chelsea stars.
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If only England had this Real Madrid and Arsenal duo…

Many have asked the question whether England would have faired better at the World Cup if Welsh duo, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey lived just those few extra miles west of the country and could qualify to play for the Three Lions? England fell at the first hurdle of the World Cup and will be bitterly disappointed after showing signs …

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Oliver BainesIf only England had this Real Madrid and Arsenal duo…

Arsenal fans – Do you care whether England win tonight?

Well, possibly not if you aren’t English, but if you are lucky enough to be have been born or live in this wonderful country how are you feeling about tonight’s crucial game with Montenegro. Is it a must watch because you want to cheer the team onto World Cup qualification? Or is a must watch because you want to get …

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