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Same old story for beaten Japan

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What's wrong with Shinji Kagawa?

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Samurai Blue's selection mistake

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 Posted by John Duerden
Jul 1, 2014

10 reasons why Asia failed at the World Cup

Carlos Queiroz left his post as Iran manager following his side's exit in the group stages while other Asian clubs struggled this summer.

A look at why Asia struggled as a whole at this World Cup...

Lack of leadership

When Korean coach Hong Myung-bo went to Netherlands to visit Park Ji-sung in March, he wasn't there to scout potential latter stage opposition but to persuade the PSV Eindhoven man to return from international retire...

 Posted by John Duerden
Jun 26, 2014

Assessment: Japan left disappointed

Alberto Zaccheroni has resigned as the head coach of Japan.

Japan will leave their fifth World Cup at the group stages and ESPNFC's John Duerden looks back at their campaign.

One sentence, World Cup recap

The gap between high expectations and the realities of football on the biggest stage was bitterly disappointing.

All team assessments

Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Finalists: Argentina
Winners: Germany

Star Man

It certainly wasn't Shinji Kagaw...

 Posted by Kevin Palmer
Jun 25, 2014

Finding form for their countries

Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring against Algeria.

Every World Cup brings a number of players who found life tough with their clubs, yet with the shackles off on the international stage, they show their true, natural ability. Here is our guide to those who have banished their poor club form and replaced it with international glory in Brazil.

Maro...

Jun 25, 2014

Same old story for beaten Japan

After losing 4-1 to Colombia on Tuesday, Japan are heading back home -- after three extremely frustrating World Cup performances -- where they are likely to receive a cold reception. The domestic press seems even more surprised and confused by the Samurai Blue's overall performance than internationa...

 Posted by Chris Paraskevas
Jun 24, 2014

Santos' tactics help Greece advance

The ESPN FC panel review the best action from Matchday 13 including Uruguay's win over Italy and Greece's triumph Ivory Coast.

If Otto Rehhagel forever goes by the moniker of "King Otto" for masterminding Greece's Euro 2004 triumph, then Fernando Santos is surely deserving of the title of "Portuguese Prince."

This was a career-defining victory for the former Benfica boss, as it was for the oft-maligned Georgios Samaras, as ...

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Jun 24, 2014

Three Points: Colombia's class in depth

2014 FIFA World Cup Group C: Japan 1-4 Colombia

CUIABA, Brazil -- Three thoughts from Colombia's 4-1 win over Japan in the final game of Group C.

Colombia's class shines through

Cruising through with much in hand, Colombia joined the Dutch in exiting the group stage with a perfect record. The tournament so far could not have gone any bette...