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FC Barcelona & The Absence of Purity

We are living in a golden age of on-field performance. But the purity of the game is gone and no club embodies this like FC Barcelona.    We are living in a time when football has never been more popular. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, the average attendance of 53,592 was the second highest in history, …

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Philipp Lahm Retirement Leaves Hole In German Defense

Only days after winning the biggest prize in football, Germany’s captain Philipp Lahm announced his decision to quit international football. Hailed as one of the best fullbacks in the modern game, the German skipper brought an end to his exploits for the national team, notching up five goals in his 113 caps for his country. After ten years of consistent …

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FIFA’s Head Games – World Cup Concussion

FIFA consistently use the phrase “player welfare” when addressing the adverse conditions expected for Qatar 2022. FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb said in August of 2013 that “player welfare” is of the utmost importance for FIFA, referring to the temperatures in Qatari summers. That World Cup is eight years away; if it happens at all (which is another problem entirely). What …

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Lionel Messi – The Uncrowned King

If it was possible to poll football fans worldwide, one can surmise that Lionel Messi would emerge as the world’s best footballer. There’s no doubt Cristiano Ronaldo would receive the honourable mention, but the Argentine would still edge it. Following the 2014 Brazilian audit, Messi’s position amongst the all time greats remains unclear. Since his emergence, many have talked up Messi …

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Five Breakthrough Players At The World Cup

The World Cup offers players the perfect opportunity to showcase their talents on the biggest stage. That is why after every edition, a host of transfers of previously unknown players go through on the back of performances at the tournament. The World Cup in 2010 presented us with many players who are household names today. Luis Suarez’ name was on …

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World Cup Heroes: Thomas Muller

Last weekend we witnessed Germany lift the World Cup after defeating Argentina 1-0 after extra-time. The Germans deserved this World Cup triumph after they dominated throughout the competition and many of the Germans were stand-out players during the tournament. One of these stand-out players was Thomas Muller who was the second highest goalscorer in this year’s competition and was one …

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Over At Last – The World Cup In Review

Stephen Twomey is here to relive the high points and low points of what was a fantastic World Cup. This writer assumes that if there’s a first rule of sports journalism, it’s not to bad-mouth the sport you are writing about. But honestly I’m sick of football! I’m sick of watching, writing, talking and tweeting about endless games – some good and …

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Grading Each Team’s World Cup Performance – Part 2

Brian Bowler is back with Part 2 of the Pundit Arena review of each team’s World Cup. Grading each team’s World Cup Performance is a unique insight to the key points of teams in this year’s tournament. Greece Grade: C+ The team everyone loves to hate, Greece somehow managed to get out of their group after being totally outclassed  at the …

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Grading Each Team’s World Cup Performance – Part 1

With World Cup withdrawal syndrome now well and truly set in, the time is right to review each team’s tournament performances. From the refreshing Costa Ricans to the dismal Cameroonians it was a tournament of indescribable highs and unconsolable lows. Here’s a look back at how each of the 32 teams fared. (It’s also worth noting that the team’s grades are …

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Most Disappointing World Cup 2014 XI

The World Cup is over for another year, but the legacy left by players such as James Rodriguez, Miroslav Klose, even Keylor Navas, will live on. Here are XI players whose performances will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.   GK: Iker Casillas – Spain Spain were an absolute mess. Much was expected of the reigning World and European …

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Der Mannschaft – 11 Years In The Making

As the withdrawal symptoms finally begin to take hold after the completion of the 20th World Cup in Brazil, Germany finally got their hands on a 4th trophy after a 24-year wait. The Germans, bar a Euro 96 triumph, had performed poorly by their own very high standards at two successive World Cups in the US and France respectively and …

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Redemption in Rio – Germany’s Transformation Through Football

Germany are the most successful side ever at the World Cup. Der Nationalmannschaft has made more semi finals and finals than any other team in the history of the tournament. Germany’s now four World Cup triumphs bring them level with Italy and just one behind Brazil. Each of Germany’s previous three victories, 1954, 1974 and 1990 can be punctuated by …

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Five Lessons To Take Home From Brazil

After one of the most incredible World Cups of all time, Jack Cairns takes a look at the five things we can learn from the tournament.  1. James Rodriquez is good. Really good. When the Colombian signed for Monaco for around €40 million many people thought the French club were mad but over the last month in Brazil he’s proven …

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Thomas Muller : The Ultimate Competitor

When Thomas Muller was invited by Germany’s kit designers to help create a new shirt , he picked up a pen and approached a table draped with the classic white top clean of all usual markings. Muller first drew in the three stars that signifies the number of World Cups won by his nation. He also inked a “?” mark …

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Thomas Müller – The Realisation Of A German Dream

Thomas Müller put his hands on his head in exasperation. As the round of sixteen game against Algeria drew inexorably towards extra-time, the Bayern man had his chance to end the North African challenge there and then. In space, he rose to meet a perfect cross but nodded it straight at the keeper, when barely half a yard either side …

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World Cup Semi Finals Best XI

There was a point on Tuesday evening when Germany’s performance in humiliating Brazil was so complete that the temptation was to simply nominate Jogi Low’s starting XI as the semi-finals best XI even before the Argentina-Netherlands game was played. However, despite the latter match being a huge let-down in terms of both quality and excitement, a handful of players impressed enough …

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Five Things We Learned From The World Cup

After four eventful, exciting and entertaining weeks, only two remain in the battle to conquer Brazil 2014. Germany and Argentina have deservedly earned the right to contest Sunday’s final in the Maracana, which promises to be a fascinating encounter. Can the brilliance of Messi come out on top or will the well drilled German unit power to glory? Ahead of …

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