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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…

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How Russia 2018 saw claustrophobic football crowd tiki-taka off world stage | Jorge Valdano

The changing of the tactical guard at the World Cup was marked by early exits for Germany and Spain, and now the pace and aggression of France shows the way forwardWhen France won the 1998 World Cup, they brought cross-culturalism – which in football i…

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How Russia 2018 saw claustrophobic football crowd tiki-taka off world stage | Jorge Valdano

The changing of the tactical guard at the World Cup was marked by early exits for Germany and Spain, and now the pace and aggression of France shows the way forwardWhen France won the 1998 World Cup, they brought cross-culturalism – which in football i…

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Arsenal’s Unai Emery offers Mesut Özil support after demoralising World Cup

• Midfielder made scapegoat for Germany’s early exit• ‘I want him to start with good mentality with us’ – managerUnai Emery has offered Mesut Özil help and support at a time when the player is digesting the ramifications of a deeply demoralising World …

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Possession lost on the World Cup stage as defences learn to adapt | Jonathan Wilson

Tactical postmortems must also factor in those things which cannot be planned for, as Spain and Germany can attestNo side, perhaps, is ever so much itself as when it is going out of the World Cup. When teams – or at least those with aspirations to the …

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Joachim Löw to stay as Germany manager despite World Cup humiliation

• Holders were eliminated in group stage at Russia 2018• Löw to see out contract until 2022Joachim Löw will continue as Germany’s head coach despite seeing his side eliminated during the group stages of the World Cup.OFFICIAL: Joachim #Löw will continu…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama lastIt is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. Neymar has pranced and preened, par…

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The best passers, hardest workers and slowest players of the World Cup so far

When it comes to passing, shooting and crossing one team outclassed all others in the World Cup group stage. When it came to winning, sadly, Germany didn’t do quite so wellThe group stage is over, 48 of the 64 matches have been played, 122 goals have b…

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Flops XI: the players who misfired in the World Cup group stage

The World Cup is the biggest show on Earth but not all of the greatest players have shown up yetBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe World Cup group stages are over, three quarters of the games have been played and half of the…

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Toni Kroos admits early World Cup exit is what Germany deserved

• ‘We were not unlucky. It is not down to bad luck’• ‘It’s a very black moment for German football’From Toni Kroos there was no attempt to downplay the significance of Germany’s exit from the World Cup, nor any attempt to deflect the blame. Admirably s…

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Germany’s early demise eases Brazil supporters’ recurring nightmare

Wounds from 7-1 thrashing in 2014 semi-final have not healed and fans of Seleção are greatly relieved by Germany’s shock exitEvery day is a different 7-1. This is an expression that became popular in Brazil after 2014, to talk about daily problems or a…

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‘Maybe we took the wrong players’: Lothar Matthäus on Germany’s World Cup exit – video

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthäus has suggested that a ‘lack of passion’ and poor squad selection could be the reason for the team’s earliest exit from the World Cup in 80 yearsLöw cannot survive Germany’s World Cup humiliation Continue reading……

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Argentina succeeded where Germany failed by adapting to adversity | Liam Rosenior

Having ridden out a storm, Argentina may yet go far in this tournament whereas Germany paid the price for not being united or mentally equipped to deal with setbacksIn life it can be known as the moment of truth but in football it is the moment of adve…

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‘It feels nice, really nice,’ says Sweden’s Mikael Lustig after Germany exit

• Sweden players unhappy with German behaviour on Saturday• Forward Marcus Berg: ‘Karma can be a bad thing sometimes’Several Swedish players have admitted they were pleased to see Germany knocked out of the World Cup. “It is sad for Germany,” said the …

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South Korea and Mexico fans celebrate after Germany’s World Cup exit – video

Mexico fans have been treating South Korean supporters like royalty after their team helped knock out Germany from the World Cup. The defending champions crashed out after losing to South Korea 2-0, their earliest World Cup exit in 80 years,&…

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South Korea and Mexico fans celebrate after Germany’s World Cup exit – video

Mexico fans have been treating South Korean supporters like royalty after their team helped knock out Germany from the World Cup. The defending champions crashed out after losing to South Korea 2-0, their earliest World Cup exit in 80 years,&…

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Gareth Southgate: ‘Let Germany defeat be a warning for England’

• England coach a big admirer of Joachim Löw’s team• ‘It just shows that any team can be vulnerable’Gareth Southgate was roughly five minutes into his press conference to preview England’s match against Belgium when the news filtered through that Germa…

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This was not the Germany we are used to – I feel completely empty | Thomas Hitzlsperger

Calls for a major overhaul of the national game after humiliating World Cup exit go too far. What is more important is to give a chance to talented young players such as Leroy SanéGermans are used to seeing our national team lose – it has happened befo…

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‘Heads will roll’: fans begin blame game after Germany’s World Cup exit

Fans in Berlin say defending champions’ group-stage failure was ‘totally deserved’As the final whistle blew, Miranda Perk and her sisters Milena and Mariella were among the first fans to desert the area in front of the Brandenburg Gate, where thousands…

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Joachim Löw considers his future after Germany’s shock World Cup exit

• ‘We will have to take time and talk about it calmly’ says coach• Löw says Germany campaign struggled to shift up a gearThe Germany manager, Joachim Löw, is contemplating his future after the defending champions went out of the World Cup in the group …