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Germany’s World Cup failure: ‘It’s not just bad luck, it’s inability’

Germany’s World Cup failure: ‘It’s not just bad luck, it’s inability’

You can slice and dice this nightmare a thousand ways, smother it in narrative, toss in a few dollops of socio-political allegories and hunt for a couple of details that really spoilt the taste — it was the remote base camp at the northern tip of Qatar peninsula that lost it, or the unworn One …

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‘Cho Gue-sung … accept my hand in marriage’ — South Korea’s gorgeous striker has gone viral at the World Cup

‘Cho Gue-sung … accept my hand in marriage’ — South Korea’s gorgeous striker has gone viral at the World Cup

The news from the South Korea camp is Cho Gue-sung has had to turn his phone off. It was all getting a bit too much being catapulted into a world of daily marriage proposals. “He had to get some rest,” says Seo Jung-hwan, one of a throng of South Korean journalists who can’t understand what’s …

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‘We are thinking of you,’ the family tragedy of Aliou Cisse, Senegal’s ‘lion’

‘We are thinking of you,’ the family tragedy of Aliou Cisse, Senegal’s ‘lion’

They still remember the day the news started to circulate around the training ground and, bit by bit, it became apparent something terrible had happened. Aliou Cisse was new to English football at the time and, in the days before social media, he took a while before the full horrors started to emerge. He turned …

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Mbappe has found harmony with France, but tension lies ahead at PSG and a sale could follow

Mbappe has found harmony with France, but tension lies ahead at PSG and a sale could follow

As the French players huddled together to celebrate Adrien Rabiot’s equalizing goal against Australia, there was an embrace between the Juventus midfielder and France’s superstar forward Kylian Mbappe. To many, the scene may have appeared to be a straightforward moment of relief after the World Champions fell behind in their World Cup opening match. Yet …

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