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Introduction<p>For the last 20 years, every World Cup for Mexico has appeared to be a repeat of the previous one: high hopes, a good performance in the group stage and then home after the round of 16. For Mexican fans, the so-called “fifth game” has become something of a national obsession.<p>This time …


Landon Donovan a surprise omission from USA squad

The 32-year-old, who has 156 international caps, and a USA record 57 goals to his name, has been left out by the German-born coach.<p>It means Donovan will not get the chance to play in his fourth World Cup – a record that would have put him alongside Pele and Bobby Charlton.<p>Donovan’s omission …


United States World Cup preview

Introduction<p>When Winston Churchill talked about “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” he was referring to the politics of the Soviet Union, but his words ring just as true about the USA’s football team.<p>This is a side that at times can look inept to the point of being laughable, yet one …


Champions League preview: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

Media shorthand would portray tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League Final in Lisbon as a confrontation between Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Simeone; combat between a super-gifted player and a super-motivated coach.<p>Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid, a unique derby of derbies in the history of European club …


Brazil youngster dribbles from halfway line to score

<b>Brazil's Luan ran from the halfway line and accelerated past the South Korea defence to score this solo goal on the first day of the Toulon tournament in France.</b>

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Greece World Cup preview

Introduction<p>Winless and goalless in 1994, and with only one victory in 2010, playing in the World Cup finals has given Greece fans little to get excited about. But Fernando Santos’ side head for Brazil boasting more maturity and with signs of optimism that they will be able to get beyond the group …


Colombia World Cup preview

Introduction<p>The look on Colombia boss Jose Pekerman’s face said it all. Having trailed by three goals in his side’s penultimate qualifier at home to Chile, Colombia now had the chance to draw level from the penalty spot.<p>With seven minutes left, the normally stoic coach leapt from his seat and went …