World Cup 2014

Costa Rica: extremely defensive

June 9, 2014
Costa Rica: extremely defensive

Costa Rica aren’t the worst team at this World Cup, but they might have the least chance of getting out of their group.
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Japan: good between the boxes

June 9, 2014
Japan: good between the boxes

If this World Cup becomes a disappointingly defensive tournament with few sides playing proactively, Japan will be one of the sides praised for bucking the trend.
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Ivory Coast: need individual magic

June 9, 2014
Ivory Coast: need individual magic

The Ivory Coast’s appointment of Sabri Lamouchi as coach in 2012 still feels extremely strange.
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Greece: ten years on, a similar approach

June 9, 2014
Greece: ten years on, a similar approach

It’s now ten years since Greece shocked Europe by triumphing at Euro 2004, with three consecutive 1-0 knockout victories against the holders, the best team, and then the hosts.
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Colombia: absences to prompt tactical re-think?

June 9, 2014
Colombia: absences to prompt tactical re-think?

Colombia are the South American equivalent of Belgium – after being absent for a few World Cups, they’ve suddenly turned up with some brilliant footballers, especially in attacking positions.
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