Player Profiles: Roberto Firmino

Player Profiles: Roberto Firmino

The second in a series of audio documentaries in which we delve into the backgrounds of members of the current squad, tracing back Roberto Firmino’s journey from unlikely Samba Star to World Champion… If you're already subscribed, click here to...
WORLD CUP 2014: MY SOUTH AMERICAN DREAM

WORLD CUP 2014: MY SOUTH AMERICAN DREAM

THROWAWAY remarks about future events that eventually come to pass. Well, threaten to come to pass. Odd things they are. You get a self-satisfied hum of contentment that you saw something before anyone else did, but usually for me it’s offset by a dull thud because I...
Brazil: Three Confessions

Brazil: Three Confessions

By Ben McCausland THIS ARTICLE will be used to confess to a few embarrassing sins, but bear in mind that I told you about these sins, so you can’t hold these against me in the future. Confession #1 – Sometimes I Read The Daily Mail I know, I know....
TEENAGE KICKS: THE MAGIC OF BRAZIL ‘82

TEENAGE KICKS: THE MAGIC OF BRAZIL ‘82

THE thing about memories is that they are always there for you, writes NEIL SCOTT. They sit patiently somewhere round the back of your cerebral cortex until summoned into action on a moment’s whim, to provide a rose-tinted window to a time long gone. Like many...

Rob McDonald’s World Cup Group Guide – Group C

By Rob McDonald COLOMBIA What We Know: While the loss of Radamel Falcao is hardly ideal, it’s not necessarily a hammer blow Colombia’s chances for a strong showing. In a competitive but not overwhelming group and with a strong squad, Colombia are one of the teams that...
Bosnia and Herzegovina (I): Football With Limits

Bosnia and Herzegovina (I): Football With Limits

By Clare Newstead OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST: I know very little about football. The actual game. The actual players. I mean it. I pick up a bit here and there about Liverpool. It’s hard not to, living with Martin Fitzgerald and watching Kop Kids on LFCTV at tea-time (I...

Rob McDonald’s World Cup Group Guide – Group A

By Rob McDonald BRAZIL What We Know: We don’t know what they are; really, they’ve not played in a proper competition since 2011 (not having the Confederations Cup). Actually, scratch that: they’re a team whose main centre forward is either Fred or Jo. They’re also a...
Croatia (I):  The Other Openers

Croatia (I): The Other Openers

CAMEROON. Bolivia. Scotland. Senegal. Costa Rica. Mexico. What joins these six countries together may not be initially obvious to the untrained eye, but to the World Cup aficionados out there, and there are many, they can be defined as “the other nation”. They are the...
Ecuador (I): I Wanna Be Ecuadored

Ecuador (I): I Wanna Be Ecuadored

By Neil Scott AH YES. ECUADOR. Jewel of the Andes. Home of the banana. A land steeped in history and natural splendour. With its mountains and its music and its extensive collection of luxury tortoises. And its bananas. Did I already mention its bananas? Push on, I...
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