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Category: World Cup

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From the archive: Scotland’s World Cup fever, 1978

For a moment it looked like Archie Gemmill and the boys might actually lift the trophy…For a short, giddy time some people were actually contemplating Scotland winning the World Cup, as illustrated on the cover of the Observer Magazine with copious can…

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Football quiz: host venues

How much do you know about the places that have held World Cups, Euros and Champions League finals?Complete this sequence: Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany, Argentina …BrazilSpainSouth Africa FranceWho were the first English club to win a European…

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As Fifa urges action against inequality, how is Qatar 2022 looking these days? | Barney Ronay

The building of World Cup venues has, by some estimates, cost thousands of lives. Should we be sitting in these arenas watching football? Or tipping them into the harbour?If you want to be picky, you could say Raheem Sterling chose an ill-targeted meta…

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Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers accused over unpaid migrant workers

Some workers have not been paid for seven monthsQMC says it is trying to resolve ‘financial difficulties’Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have again come under fire after an Amnesty International investigation found that around 100 migrant wor…

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Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers accused over unpaid migrant workers

Some workers have not been paid for seven monthsQMC says it is trying to resolve ‘financial difficulties’Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have again come under fire after an Amnesty International investigation found that around 100 migrant wor…

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How often have clubmates faced each other in the World Cup final? | The Knowledge

Plus: Friday night fixture stalwarts, Half-Man Half-Biscuit and rapid five-goal salvosMail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“How often have clubmates faced each other in the World Cup final?” asks Mukhtar Khan.Here’s Ben Cordes with an impres…

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Football quiz: runners up

Everyone remembers the winners, but what about the teams that finished second?Who were the losers of the first World Cup final – a game that was played just 125 miles away from their capital city?ItalyArgentina ChileBrazilWhich European team has lost a…

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My favourite game: when Denmark beat Uruguay 6-1 at the 86 World Cup

For an eight-year-old who was experiencing his first World Cup, this was like watching football through a kaleidoscopeBy Michael Gibbons for Nessun DormaYour first World Cup is an experience that stays with you forever. Like the first film you saw at t…

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My favourite game: when Denmark beat Uruguay 6-1 at the 86 World Cup

For an eight-year-old who was experiencing his first World Cup, this was like watching football through a kaleidoscopeBy Michael Gibbons for Nessun DormaYour first World Cup is an experience that stays with you forever. Like the first film you saw at t…

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Razor sharp and revolutionary – Gordon Banks’s historic save at 50

The England legend, with one flick of his right hand, mystified Pelé a half-century ago and glamourised his craft from then onPerfection means different things to different people. To some, its pursuit invests life with rich meaning, nobility even, whi…

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‘Man, this isn’t MLS’: An oral history of USA’s quarter-final run in 2002

Eighteen years ago this week, Bruce Arena’s team started their campaign. They would change how American players were perceived at home and abroadOn 7 October 2001, the US men’s national team carried the weight of a nation’s grief on their shoulders. Th…

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England’s first World Cup adventure was a voyage of the damned | Neil Duncanson

In 1950 the ‘kings of football’ were presented as certain to win, but what followed was calamitousRoll back 70 years to a grey, austere postwar Britain, still in ruins, still enduring food rationing, queues and misery, a nation where football provided …

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England’s first World Cup adventure was a voyage of the damned | Neil Duncanson

In 1950 the ‘kings of football’ were presented as certain to win, but what followed was calamitousRoll back 70 years to a grey, austere postwar Britain, still in ruins, still enduring food rationing, queues and misery, a nation where football provided …

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England’s first World Cup adventure was a voyage of the damned | Neil Duncanson

In 1950 the ‘kings of football’ were presented as certain to win, but what followed was calamitousRoll back 70 years to a grey, austere postwar Britain, still in ruins, still enduring food rationing, queues and misery, a nation where football provided …

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Bobby Moore and the mystery of the missing Bogotá bracelet

Fifty years ago the England captain was arrested for theft. But was it a prank? Did the piece of jewellery even exist?“Only those four walls know the truth,” Hernando Rojas reflected, jabbing a gnarled finger into the distance, a crooked smile creasing…

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Lilian Thuram: ‘My classmates judged me because of my skin colour’

In a new book, the World Cup winner discusses growing up in France and the racism he encountered throughout his careerOne man in France’s 1998 World Cup-winning squad felt particularly affected by the sense of racial harmony that had descended on the …

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World Cup questions: why did gifted England not beat Argentina in 1998? | Barney Ronay

Using the Fifa archive we rewatch a series of memorable games in search of answers we didn’t find at the timeHistory, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.Back in the early days of the Covid-19 lockdown there was a tendency to t…

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Football quiz: last goodbyes

Who was sent off? Who was taken off? Who slacked off?Frank Rijkaard won a Champions League final and an Eredivisie title in the last week of his playing career. What was the year?19951996 19971998Zinedine Zidane was sent off in his final game as a play…

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Football quiz: which keepers conceded these famous goals?

You have the scorer, the year and a photo. Can you work out who picked the ball out of the net?Dennis Bergkamp, 2002Tim Krul Edwin van der Sar Pavel Srnicek Shay GivenRoberto Carlos, 1997Lionel Charbonnier Fabien BarthezDavid Seaman Angelo Peruzzi Zlat…

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My favourite game: France v Brazil, 1998 World Cup final | Michael Hann

I don’t remember much about what took place at the Stade de France on 12 July but I remember most of what happened afterwards – it was epicIt would have been about five in the morning, Monday 13 July 1998. I was on a dodgem car in the Place de la Basti…