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Socceroo Bailey Wright reveals private heartbreak after World Cup heroics

Bailey Wright had only just left the field after Australia’s famous win when he received the text. The Sunderland defender played his first World Cup minutes against Denmark as a substitute on Wednesday night, helping to protect a 1-0 lead that sealed the Socceroos’ spot in the round of 16. But he was in tears […]

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Expectations, tactics, armbands: Denmark’s Qatar postmortem begins

Was it the expectations? Was it the armbands? Was it the tinkering? Or did Denmark just not have what it took to progress as expected at this World Cup? The postmortem can now begin for the team ranked 10th in the world, because Kasper Hjulmand’s men are going home. Their second defeat was in keeping […]

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Germany face questions that cut to heart of identity before Costa Rica tie

Very few Germans seemed to take much pleasure from their 2-1 defeat against Japan in the opening game of the World Cup. One notable example, however, appeared to be the country’s far-right AFD party, for whom the surprise result – coupled with the decision to make a protest in support of LGBTQ+ rights before the […]

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Wales fans feel pride and despair but not anger after swift World Cup exit

It felt a little like a bride walking down the aisle on her special day, only for her dearly beloved to be staring at the reams of toilet paper that were stuck to her shoes. After all the hype and expectation, it wasn’t meant to be like this. A must-win game against our next door […]

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Two minutes of chaos that fired Socceroos into World Cup last 16

It happened in the 58th minute, and René Meulensteen heard it first. The Socceroos assistant coach was in the dugout at Al Janoub Stadium when word filtered through that Tunisia had scored. Over at the Education City Stadium, Wahbi Khazri had made a mazy run through a second-string France team and taken a 1-0 lead. […]

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Messi dominates mismatch with Lewandowski but Poland striker keeps his head

Lionel Messi headed one way, put the brakes on and with a turn of the ankle and a dip of the shoulder set off in the other direction, defender desperately chasing. Robert Lewandowski was the man there, following him and then fouling him. The Argentinian didn’t look pleased; the Pole didn’t either, but there was […]

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USWNT to earn more from men’s World Cup than from winning title in 2019

USA’s World Cup win over Iran on Tuesday paid dividends for both the men’s and women’s national teams. The US men are guaranteed $13m in prize money for reaching the last 16 in Qatar. That will be shared equally between the men’s and women’s teams under the equal pay agreement struck between US Soccer and […]