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World Cup Group E: Switzerland must keep Costa Rica on mat to reach knockout rounds
12:30 Wednesday 27th June 2018

After a 1-1 draw with Brazil and a comeback victory over rivals Serbia, last week, Switzerland will feel quietly confident about their chances of qualifying from a tough group where all but one team can still advance and the standings…

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World Cup Group E: With or without Neymar, Brazil must handle Costa Rica
08:30 Friday 22nd June 2018

Brazil wasn't at destructive best against Switzerland. Talisman Neymar was most culpable. Philippe Coutinho took up the mantle, but his superbly curled effort proved not enough. The Selecao will be out to show their opening draw with…

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World Cup Group E: 2014 dark horses Costa Rica tackle Serbia's dark arts defending
08:30 Sunday 17th June 2018

If you can cast your mind back to 2014, Costa Rica played their hearts out; with the footballing world watching on. They famously topped England’s group, meaning Uruguay finished second; dumping the Three Lions and Italy out…

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Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group E
12:30 Tuesday 12th June 2018

Group E could be the most enthralling group in the competition thanks to the diversity of the four teams involved. Brazil's technical wizardry, Costa Rica's relentless fight, high-flying Switzerland, and defensively sound Serbia, who…

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World Cup: Ranking the 32 nations based on squad strength
08:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup is upon us. All participating nations have revealed their contingents. Squad strength doesn't guarantee success but what if it did? Who would be the world champion. Who would be the first to bow out? Here’s…

Scotland
The Alex McLeish era 2.0 set to start on Friday
17:00 Wednesday 21st March 2018

Alex McLeish's second tenure in charge of Scotland gets underway this weekend as the Tartan Army host Costa Rica in a friendly on Friday evening. While Scotland won't be going to Russia this summer their opponents will so the game will…

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2018 FIFA World Cup: Analysing the draw
19:55 Friday 1st December 2017

The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw is now official and all eight groups have been confirmed. Let's take a quick look to analyse which team had better luck in the first round. Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia and Uruguay clearly…

International
Gold Cup nations you may not know: Nicaragua
14:00 Saturday 8th July 2017

This is the fourth and final piece in a series on Gold Cup nations you might not have known existed. If you missed the posts on Curacao, French Guiana, and Martinique, they can be found here, here, and here, respectively. Now, however, it's…

Why I Love Football
Six Things That We Loved About The 2014 World Cup
12:27 Tuesday 15th July 2014

The furor surrounding the political climate in Brazil and stadium building schedules being pushed to the very last minute, hung a dark cloud over the World Cup prior to the opening game. However, the bleakness and negativity scurried away with…

European Football
Will Costa Rica Or The Netherlands Book Their Place To The World Cup Semi Finals?
13:00 Saturday 5th July 2014

Louis Van Gaal's decision to introduce Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the final quarter of the Netherlands last-16 clash with Mexico was an inspired one as the Schalke hotshot not only scored a last-minute penalty for the Dutch, but also assisted Wesley…

England National Team
England's World Cup Horror Show Comes To A Halt With Final Group D Match Against Costa Rica
09:47 Tuesday 24th June 2014

England's World Cup horror show will come to a rapid conclusion on Tuesday evening as Roy Hodgson's men will play their last game on Brazilian soil before heading back home after two defeats in their opening two Group D games has left the Three…

Italy
Italy and Costa Rica Set To Meet For The First Time In A World Cup Fixture
10:00 Friday 20th June 2014

Italy and Costa Rica clash for the first time in a World Cup competition when they lock horns at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife on Friday (BBC, 5pm). The teams both have three points to their name after they each recorded opening Group D victories…

England National Team
Deciphering The 2014 World Cup Draw: Who Got Lucky and Who's Got It Tough Before A Ball Is Kicked In Brazil?
08:45 Wednesday 11th December 2013

As expected, the 2014 World Cup draw has thrown up a number of exciting groups which will no doubt produced some engrossing fixtures throughout the opening two weeks of the tournament in Brazil next June, Jack Kitson goes through each of the…