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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 Sam Kelly
4 days ago

Obdulio Varela: The wise champion

The ESPN FC team give their take on 1950 World Cup winner and former Uruguay captain, Obdulio Varela.

Who is the greatest captain of all time? From Aug. 18-29, ESPN FC will reveal its 10-man shortlist of the finest skippers to have graced the game before conducting a vote for the winner. The result will be revealed on Sept. 1.


"When we walk out onto the pitch, don't look up at the stands. On the pitch, it's 11 against 11." Reports claim that about 200,000 people were in the stands of the Maracana for the decisive match of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay, but Obdulio Varela wasn't ...

 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 Man

A tough decision but Diego Godin takes the prize over Egidio Arevalo Rios. The defender was one of the few players who stood out from the rest. Physically and mentally ready for everything, Godin pr...

 Posted by Dave 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.

- Hunter: Hidden agenda in Suarez apology?
- Report: Suarez apologises to Chiellini
- Report: Liverpool say more signings due

Presumably Liverpool FC, Brendan Rodgers and the fans who have all steadfastly stood behind him throughout all of his various problems are included under the umbrella of "the entire football fami...

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 could call it a long-ball game.

Bruno Martins Indi's passing map in the final 40 minutes demonstrates their approach. The substitute came on as one of the centre-backs in a 5-3-2 system but ended up at le...

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 offensive movements across the first half proved to be effective during the first 25 minutes. However, James Rodriguez's magnificent goal destroyed Oscar Tabarez's plans and forced them to go out and try to...

 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 charging bulls, who saw Brazil bravely and shrewdly take the game to them regardless, who chewed their way down to their own knuckles at the end, would have felt the same.

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