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
7 July 2018
The former Everton, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday winger is making a surprise comeback to football.
26 June 2018
One player reached the 50-goal barrier in the 2018 World Cup; can you name him and 29 others who’ve played since 2000 and scored a half-century of international goals?
Lukaku Belgium Panama
23 June 2018
From France ’98 through to the present day, these are the 95 occasions that a Prem star featured at a World Cup – and scored
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
19 June 2018
Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskas, Paulo Maldini and a young Lionel Messi all feature on Gary Parkinson's list of the great teams that could've gone all the way to World Cup glory, yet failed to do so
Bastian Schweinsteiger
16 June 2018
It’s every player to craft three or more assists from across the last four World Cups. Time to name these ace playmakers…
Sergei Baltacha
15 June 2018
As Russia prepare to kick off the 2018 World Cup on home turf, Richard Woodall recalls the first Soviet international ever to play in the Football League – and who took Blighty to his heart
James Rodriguez
13 June 2018
Germany’s 7-1 win, Costa Rica’s underdog run, Colombia’s dancing, England getting a point. What do you recall of the fun of four years ago?
Brazil 2014
13 June 2018
Forget James Rodriguez’s form, Neymar’s injury, Spain’s early exit and that 7-1 semi-final – these are the big, less-discussed talking points from four years ago

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