Switzerland: true dark horses

June 10, 2014
Switzerland: true dark horses

Switzerland have appeared at the previous two World Cups, and from their seven matches across those two tournaments, have conceded just one goal. Read more »

Honduras: physical, but little more

June 10, 2014
Honduras: physical, but little more

According to the bookmakers, Honduras are the rank outsiders in this competition. 32nd out of 32 teams, despite the fact they’re in a weak group. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »