Honduras and El Salvador's 1969 World Cup qualifiers sparked The Football War. As the two faced up again last summer in a bid to reach South Africa, Henry Mance wondered if they were still battling over the beautiful game 40 years on...
Considering that Italy left these shores with the good wishes of no one ringing in their ears, the display in the opening game of the tournament against Paraguay can only be seen as a positive start for the defending champions.
When two powerful Spanish political types heartily embrace upon meeting, itÃ¢ÂÂs rarely a sign of friendship. Instead, itÃ¢ÂÂs a chance to demonstrate whoÃ¢ÂÂs on top and riding the other like a bucking bronco in their particular relationship.
Samba spies have been hard at it trying to decipher the secrets of winning the World Cup. But FourFourTwo have got its hands on their work and can exclusively reveal its key findings. Titled 'Trends in International Football', Manoel Jairo Santos and Thiago Larghi's analysis how goals were scored at World Cup 2006, Copa America 2007 and Euro 2008