• From Gre-No-Li to Granqvist: 10 things to know about Sweden
    After missing the last two World Cups, Sweden heads into the round of 16 with hopes of recalling its glory years.
  • World Cup is changing because of VAR -- which Collina gives an excellent review
    During the first round, VAR resulted in more penalty kicks and enough changed decisions to dramatically affect the competition.
  • How confederations fared: European teams dominate, but not against South America
    European and South American nations dominate foes from other parts of the world and cancel each other out when they go head-to-head.
  • From Simonsen to the Schmeichels: 10 things to know about Denmark
    Denmark eked its way into the second round in its latest attempt to match some of its pretty impressive glory days.
  • Germany humbled -- a reminder that no one has the perfect formula
    "Like a drunk boxer swinging wildly in the dark" is how one German journalist described the defending champion at the 2018 World Cup.
  • Amazing Uruguay: 10 things to know about La Celeste
    With a population smaller than Los Angeles, Uruguay is per capita by far the most successful soccer nation.
  • Japan rediscovers its personality and its 'football'
    Japan needs only a tie in its last group game against Poland to advance to the round of 16 after two excellent results.
  • Argentine coach Jose Pekerman on verge of becoming a Colombian legend
    A win by Los Cafeteros on Thursday over Senegal would make Jose Pekerman Colombia's most successful coach in history.
  • Argentina's Messi problem: Myth and Reality
    Criticism of Lionel Messi has become harsh, but how much of it is warranted, and what's off base?
  • Coach who started out in the USA aims to take Mexico to new heights
    Mexico's excellent start to Russia 2018 under Coach Juan Carlos Osorio is arguably El Tri's best ever at a World Cup.
  • Croatia evokes memories of 1998 semifinal squad
    A 3-0 thumping of Argentina has moved Croatia into the round of 16 with one group match still to play.
  • Maradona backs Messi, slams Sampaoli after slow Argentina start
    Diego Maradona has thrown a lifeline to Lionel Messi, whose missed penalty kick typifed a sluggish Argentine display in a 1-1 tie with Iceland.
  • Spain-raised Denis Cheryshev has Russia flying high
    Denis Cheryshev has already scored more goals at the World Cup than he did for his club in the 2017-18 season.
  • Coach Tite revived Brazil -- now comes the biggest challenge
    Like many Brazilian boys his age, Brazil coach Tite first experienced the thrills of international soccer through the radio during the 1970 World Cup.
  • Large Panama contingent heads MLS representation
    Eleven MLS players saw action for their national teams as group play kicked off in the 2018 World Cup.
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