• World Cup Spotlight: USA

    With over 318 million inhabitants, a temperate climate and the largest GDP in the world, one would expect the United States of America to nurture and field a soccer squad capable of global domination. Though that American Dream is yet to materialise, there is much to suggest that the...
  • World Cup Spotlight: Ghana

    The Black Stars are a real mixed bag when it comes to tournament football. In 2006 they showed undeniable flair and promise but lacked experience. In 2010 their play was confused, unpredictable and they had an inability to adapt tactically. It is something they are yet to remedy, and...
  • World Cup Spotlight: Colombia

    Returning to the World Cup after a 16 year absence, Colombia are something of an unknown entity to European football fans but they are certainly not ones to be underestimated. Their international shortcomings have certainly not been the result of a lack of talent. Rather, successive generations of Colombia...
  • World Cup Spotlight: Croatia

    Ah Croatia, ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ according to the National Tourist Board and a destination for cheap, beer fuelled holidays and stag weekends. Also, however, a nation with a footballing pedigree that often goes unappreciated by the world at large. We shouldn’t forget that since gaining their...
  • World Cup Spotlight: Uruguay

    As we have been told on numerous times, no European team has ever won a World Cup held in South America. Football pundits have assumed the role of meteorologists, giving us all manner of climactic reasons as to why a home World Cup gives South American teams an advantage...
  • World Cup Spotlight: Chile

    Chile were a breath of fresh air at the last World Cup in South Africa. In what was largely an underwhelming tournament, their attacking style and progressive tactics won over football hipsters and neutral fans alike. Marcelo Bielsa, the eccentric but ingenious Argentinian manager, deserves all the plaudits. He...
  • World Cup Spotlight: Belgium

    With the World Cup only a few weeks away, Belgium has emerged as one of the dark horses for the competition. Currently ranked fifth in the competition, Belgium’s squad includes the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Adnan Januzaj and Thibaut Courtois. With 11 out of their 23 man squad currently...