14 July 2018
FIFA’s official award for the World Cup's best player has often raised eyebrows – including a three-year run of jinxing a player who’d go on to have a final to forget
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13 July 2018
Mario Balotelli has attracted the ire of Nice boss Patrick Vieira over his failure to turn up for pre-season training.
12 July 2018
We’ve seen a record 11 own goals at Russia 2018, but are they as embarrassing as those of the past? Jon O’Brien counts down 10 of the tournament’s best (or worst?) own goals.  
Diego Maradona USA '94
5 July 2018
From fixing to failed drug tests, bloodthirsty battles to player revolts, Jon O'Brien looks at the events which have dragged the game's biggest tournament into dispute
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30 June 2018
Antonio Conte's request for €2.5m more to remain with Italy was turned down, and ex-FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio still rues it.
Christian Eriksen youngest player 2010
29 June 2018
They arrived at these major events with twinkles in their eyes and spring in their steps – but how did things turn out thereafter? Gary Parkinson traces the teens...
Rob Green World Cup 2010
28 June 2018
A pair of Italian strikers, one soul diva, a crazy Colombian and certain English referee all 'star' in our countdown of the biggest World Cup blunders
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27 June 2018
Winning the World Cup is the pinnacle of international football but, as Germany found out, there is a curse that comes with it.
France South Africa World Cup 2010
27 June 2018
Greedy players, managers under fire and the ultimate basket case squad – Jon Spurling on when World Cup teams tore themselves apart off the pitch
Gilberto World Cup 2006
19 June 2018
From disastrous flops to limited cult heroes, few fans who watched this lot in the Premier League could make sense of their World Cup selection, as Jack Beresford explains

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