France: surprisingly promising

June 12, 2014
France: surprisingly promising

Of all the players omitted from their nation’s World Cup squad, Samir Nasri was the biggest-name absence. Read more »

Chile: like in 2010, the most attacking side

June 12, 2014
Chile: like in 2010, the most attacking side

Four years ago Marcelo Bielsa’s Chile were hyped up as the most exciting side travelling to South Africa, and in terms of pure entertainment, they didn’t disappoint. Read more »

USA: a diamond midfield

June 12, 2014
USA: a diamond midfield

While 4-2-3-1 remains the dominant formation, there’s a decent amount of tactical variety on show at this World Cup. Read more »

Australia: building for the future

June 12, 2014
Australia: building for the future

In the long-term, Australian football is on the rise. This is the country’s third consecutive World Cup qualification, having previously reached the tournament just once, and therefore Australia are now an established World Cup nation. Read more »