1. Analysing the Conflicting Fortunes of Africa's World Cup Managers

    This feature analyses the conflicting fortunes of Africa’s World Cup managers during the ongoing tournament in Brazil. Three teams arguably underachieved in Brazil...

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  2. 10 Africans Who Could Secure Transfers on Back of World Cup Performances

    While teams are much less likely to uncover previously undiscovered talent at the World Cup than they were over a decade ago, the tournament remains one of the greatest “shop windows” for professional players...

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  3. Best Africa XI from 2014 World Cup

    It has been a World Cup of highs, lows and (not inconsiderable) controversy for Africa . While the tournament rages on, the continent’s five representatives have already packed their bags and made for the exit doors...

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  4. If True, Cameroon Allegations May Be the Greatest Shame to Hit African Football

    It feels like a case of one step forward, two steps back for African football. No sooner had Algeria bowed out after a gallant, at times dazzling effort against Germany in their ...

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  5. Vahid Halilhodzic Bows out a Winner After Algeria's World Cup Exit vs. Germany

    Algeria may have bowed out against Germany following a 2-1 extra-time defeat, but there are few national sides who have impressed more at this summer’s World Cup...

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  6. Nigeria Remain Outside Africa's World Cup Elite After Exit to France

    Another day, another destiny for Nigeria, as the dreams of a first-ever spot in the World Cup quarter-finals slipped away from them with defeat to France...

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  7. Why World Cup Clash vs. Germany Is Chance for Algeria to Avenge Gijon in 1982

    If revenge is a dish best served cold, then the World Cup has made a specialty of chilled retribution. In 2002, the tournament afforded England the chance to seek immediate vengeance ...

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  8. Portugal vs. Ghana: 5 Things We Learned About the Black Stars

    It was a case of what might have been for Ghana, as they crashed out of the World Cup after being defeated by Portugal in Brasilia...

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  9. How Nigeria's Loss to Argentina Sets the Template for France Match

    Nigeria may have been defeated 3-2 by Argentina in their final Group F match, but as losses go, there won’t be too many that feel better than that...

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  10. Greece Defeat Encapsulated Golden Generation's Flaws

    For a third consecutive World Cup, the Ivory Coast have fallen at the first hurdle. Whilst in 2006 and 2010 they were drawn in fiendishly difficult groups, 2014 ought to have been the occasion to break the hoodoo...

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  11. Cameroon: Where Do the Indomitable Lions Go from Here?

    Mercifully, Cameroon’s World Cup campaign has come to an end. Their summer started slowly and coagulated in the middle before winding down against Brazil. In short, it never got off the ground...

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  12. Bosnia Victory Puts Nigeria in Good Stead

    After some disappointing pre-tournament results, some seemingly strange squad selection decisions and the underwhelming 0-0 opening game draw with Iran, there was a concern that Nigeria would be exposed against Bosnia and Herzegovina...

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  13. Key Battles That Will Shape Ghana's Clash with Germany

    Germany meet Ghana on Saturday in Fortaleza with both teams seeking the same outcome on the day but with varying consequences...

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  14. Ivory Coast Beaten but Unbowed Against Impressive Colombia

    Against Colombia, the Ivory Coast showed both their best and worst qualities. Ahead of Group C's later game between Japan and Greece, the Elephants remain in a good position to ...

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  15. Cameroon vs. Croatia: 5 Things We Learned

    Cameroon became the third side to be eliminated from the World Cup as they went down 4-0 to Croatia in Manaus on Wednesday...

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  16. Iran vs. Nigeria: 5 Things We Learned

    Nigeria’s World Cup hangs in the balance following a disappointing opening draw with Iran. While Team Melli deserve credit for their defensive resiliency, they were hardly tested by a hapless Super Eagles side...

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  17. Ghana vs. USA: Key Selection Decisions for Kwesi Appiah

    With Portugal and Germany lying in wait, both Ghana and the USA know that defeat is not an option in their opening World Cup game in Natal on Monday night...

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  18. Ivory Coast Must Not Get Carried Away with Japan Victory

    The World Cup delivered another fascinating tie as the Ivory Coast and Japan met in Recife. The Blue Samurai opened the scoring, as Keisuke Honda profited from some slack defending to fire home a rocket from close range...

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  19. What Cameroon Need to Do to Escape Group A After Mexico Defeat

    Africa’s World Cup showing began with bitter disappointment as Cameroon were defeated 1-0 by Mexico in Natal. The Central Africans were lucky to head into the break with the scores still tied at 0-0...

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  20. Key Battles That Will Shape Ivory Coast's World Cup Clash with Japan

    With Colombia designated as the seeded team in Group C, and the favourites in the eyes of many, the Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece will likely be left scrapping for second place...

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  21. Cameroon vs. Mexico: Key Selection Decisions for Volker Finke

    Unlike Algeria and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria, Volker Finke’s personnel selections over the last few months have been fairly consistent...

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  22. Ghana vs. South Korea: 6 Things We Learned

    Ghana recorded a fine 4-0 win against South Korea at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami to round off their World Cup preparations on Monday...

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  23. Why Ghana Cannot Recreate Their 2010 Last 8 Showing in Brazil

    Cameroon, in 1990, were Africa’s pioneers. Senegal, 12 years later, were one of the chief protagonists in the most unpredictable World Cup there has ever been. Both sides made it to the quarter-finals following superb efforts...

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  24. 5 Things Stephen Keshi Should Test in Nigeria's Friendly with USA

    Nigeria’s World Cup preparations to date have been somewhat confused. On the pitch, the side have been solid and have drawn their last four matches, 0-0 against Mexico and Greece and 2-2 against Scotland and Italy...

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  25. Why Defence Is the Cote D'Ivoire's Biggest Headache

    Admittedly, El Salvador didn ’t represent the sternest of tests for the Cote d’ Ivoire when the two teams met on Wednesday evening...

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