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Uruguay: Suarez's shame

Team Assessment Jul 1, 2014
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Bite-Gate revisited

Men in Blazers Jun 28, 2014
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 Posted by Felipe Miguel
Jul 1, 2014

Assessment: Suarez's shame

Luis Suarez was sent home in disgrace after FIFA banned him for nine Uruguay matches as well as worldwide for four months following the biting incident with Giorgio Chiellini.

Uruguay bowed out of the World Cup at the Last 16 and Luis Suarez's biting shame overshadowed their tournament. ESPNFC blogger Felipe Miguel looks back at an eventful campaign.

One sentence, World Cup recap

A bumpy yet exhilarating ride with some moments of ecstasy interspersed with grief.

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 Ma...

 Posted by David Usher
Jun 30, 2014

Suarez doing himself no favours at Anfield

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth reacts to Luis Suarez's apology.

So Luis Suarez has belatedly apologised to Giorgio Chiellini. He's also apologised to "the entire football family" and vowed to the "public" that it will never happen again.

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Jun 29, 2014

Tactics Board: Dutch play long; Greek bombardment

Bruno Martins
This shows where Bruno Martins Indi was passing, with long, diagonal balls.

Netherlands 2-1 Mexico

The Netherlands have played different forms of direct football in this World Cup. For the group-stage games against Spain and Chile, they relied on swift counterattacking. When they were 1-0 down to Mexico, that wasn't an option, so they took more of an aerial route. You coul...

Jun 29, 2014

Mental pressure tells for Uruguay

Following his side's 2-0 defeat to Colombia, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez refused to make any excuses for the loss.

Uruguay's dream of repeating their World Cup triumph of 1950 at the Maracana is over, Jose Pekerman's Colombia side fully deserved the 2-0 victory on Saturday night as they controlled the ball and were the most attacking team throughout the whole game.

Uruguay's strategy to stop their rival's offens...

 Posted by Iain Macintosh
Jun 28, 2014

Brazil and Chile deliver a thriller

The ESPN FC panel weigh in on Brazil's unconvincing penalty shootout victory over Chile.

If the World Cup carries on like this, none of us are going to be in a fit state for anything come mid-July.

Neymar wasn't the only one who sank to his knees and sobbed in overwhelmed exhaustion on Saturday. Anyone who'd been there for the full three hours, who'd seen Chile take to the field like ch...

 Posted by Gabriele Marcotti
Jun 28, 2014

Colombia exorcise ghosts in victory

The ESPN FC panel praise James Rodriguez for his brilliant play thus far.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The quadrennial nature of the World Cup breeds ghosts.

Were it an annual event, they would get lost in sameness and repetition. Instead, they thrive on the four-year pattern that virtually ensures that every country -- save, perhaps, for the juggernauts who always go deep into the ...