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Australia’s first World Cup campaign revisited

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Photo Source There are a few countries in the world that can claim to be internationally competitive across a wide range of sporting disciplines. Australia is one of the few. A former member of Oceania Football Confederation, Australia has been one of the major forces in team sports like cricket and rugby and are consistently among the top medal winners ...

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Five worst ever England performances in major international tournaments

USA 1 – England 0 (1950 World Cup group stage) The 1950 edition was the first time that England were playing at a World Cup. Needless to say, the English media felt that their men would come back from Brazil with the coveted Jules Rimet trophy, having proven their superiority over rest of the world. The tournament started to their ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Vicente del Bosque

  Vicente del Bosque was a product of the Real Madrid youth academy who went on to have a successful 16-year association with Los Blancos’ first team. The midfielder went on to make over 500 appearances for the Spanish giants across all competitions and won five league titles as well as four Copa del Reys during his time at the ...

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Greatest Underdog Stories – Cameroon reach quarter-finals at Italia ’90

  The 1990 World Cup opened with a shock result. Cameroon, whose only other World Cup appearance was at the 1982 edition in Spain, started their campaign against the then-reigning world champions – the Diego Maradona led Argentina, but they caused a huge surprise by edging out the South Americans 1-0 to get the tournament off to a surprise start. ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Battle of Santiago

The 1962 World Cup match between Chile and Italy has gained notoriety for being one of the most violent and lawless football matches ever played. That entire competition was littered with disciplinary infractions, but what happened in the game between the hosts and the Italians took the indiscipline to a whole new level. The stage for the ‘battle’ was set ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Disgrace of Gijon

At the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Algeria became the first ever African nation to defeat a European team. They also became the first team from their continent to win two games at a single World Cup. However, all those heroics were not enough to see them make it to the second round of the tournament. Reason? The disgrace of ...

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Great football records set by Alfredo Di Stefano’s Real Madrid

Football history is littered with stories of exceptional teams that defined a whole era with their qualities. Some teams were renowned for their innovative tactics like Budapest Honved of Hungary, while others were renowned for their impressive trophy hauls like Liverpool during the 1970s and 80s and Ajax Amsterdam of 1970s etc. Then there were some who wowed the world ...

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Top 5 Football Records that can’t realistically be broken any time soon

Biggest losing margin in a World Cup qualifier A hapless American Samoa were decimated 31-0 by then Oceania powerhouses Australia in a 2002 World Cup qualifying fixture on 11th April, 2001. The lopsided scoreline played a significant role in the overhaul of the qualifying process that now sees smaller teams playing in a preliminary round before they face the top ...

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