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World Cup 2018: Rankings (32-17) And Second Round Predictions

The group stage is done, so lets start ranking teams. They are separated in order of points, goal difference (GD), goals scored (GS) and then disciplinary record, before noting where they came relative to their place in the last World … Continue reading

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World Cup 2018: Need, Should And Will For Matchday Three

Matchday Two for all sides is in the books. From NFB’s perspective, here’s what the teams need to do, what they should do and what they will do in Matchday Three. Group A Russia What They Need To Do: Win or … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Final Rankings

Here’s my rankings of the teams, based along a fairly straightforward stat model, that I used for South Africa and Euro 2012. 32-17 are the teams that failed to get beyond the group stage, ranked in the order of points … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Five (Final)

Germany 1 – 0 Argentina AET Argentina started marginally better, attacking with purpose down the left, with Higuain planting a shot across the face of goal in the opening minutes. Messi, Higuain and Zabaleta would combine down that flank a … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Four (Third/Fourth Place Play Off)

Brazil 0 – 3 Netherlands A poor contest, far different to the last four editions. This time around neither side really looked that interested. The Brazilians are the footballing equivalent of a person who just wants to pull the blanket … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Three (Semi Finals)

Netherlands 0  – 0 Argentina AET (Argentina Win 4-2 In Penalty Shoot-Out) It took a while for the game to settle from the opening nerves. When it did, the Dutch were marginally the better side, a bit more composed on … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Two (Semi-Finals)

Brazil 1 – 7 Germany In the opening minutes, Brazil seemed eager to have a go, pressing hard, retaining possession for a spell and seeking to make chances to test Neuer. Then Germany got on the ball. Their passes were … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty One (Quarter Finals)

Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium The game began at a fast pace, with Argentina being the faster. It only took a few minutes for the opening to come, created largely by Messi again, winning the ball in midfield, drawing defenders … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty (Quarter Finals)

France 0 – 1 Germany The Germans controlled the tempo of the game at the start, stringing passing along, getting around the French flank defences and generally showing little sign of “flu-like” symptoms. That’s how they always do it of … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Nineteen (Last 16)

Argentina 1 – 0 Switzerland It was a cagey start from both teams.  The Swiss quickly showed their plan to suffocate the Argentinean star names with a mountain of defenders, while they broke down the left with Inler and Shaquri. … Continue reading

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