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2022 FIFA World Cup

Southgate's bets keep paying off and World Cup quarterfinals await

Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham are peaking at the right time, and England coach Gareth Southgate's World Cup is going as well as he could ask.

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2022 FIFA World Cup

Giroud makes history, Mbappe stuns as France advance, but will injuries cost them the trophy?

France showed their quality against Poland to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals, but miss key players like Kante, Pogba and Benzema.

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Why Mbappe is the best player at this World Cup

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How impressive has Olivier Giroud's career been?

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African sides break records during FIFA World Cup group stage

Is it too soon for us to be talking about 'progress' for African teams at the World Cup?

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ESPN's alternative African World Cup group stage dream team

What about players who could have represented African nations but instead opted to feature for other international sides at the highest level?

WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS

Argentina are building momentum, but it's nice to have Messi to call on

At times, Argentina seem like work in progress. Leo Messi is in excellent form -- which is good -- but Lionel Scaloni's side still have their flaws.

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Relentless pressure earned Japan two famous wins. Will Croatia be No. 3?

No team had beaten Germany and Spain in the same World Cup until Japan. Can they topple Croatia next?

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World Cup fans in Qatar put their own spin on the local dress to support their team

Fans in Qatar for the World Cup are getting creative and wearing custom thobes with their team's colors. Would you wear one?

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USA OUT OF THE WORLD CUP

You can't win a World Cup if you can't score goals, so the USA were doomed

The US always boast about hanging with big teams at the World Cup instead of beating them. For that to change, the USA must score goals.

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The US accomplished a lot in Qatar, but left everyone wanting more

Did the US deserve to make the quarterfinals? No, but they showed that they could, and that potential captivated a wide audience watching back home.

TRANSFERS

Transfer Talk: Chelsea snub has Inter planning Lukaku loan extension

Chelsea reportedly has no interest Romelu Lukaku returning to the club, so Inter have asked for a loan extension. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Why every club wants to sign Rafael Leao

The Portugal and AC Milan forward is arguably the most-coveted attacking player in the world.

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Spain have been given a second chance at the World Cup. Will they take it?

Spain were fortunate to emerge from Group E given the way Japan fought back to beat them. The danger now: do other teams know how to stop La Roja?

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Brazil still tinkering with attacking options

Are Brazil able to field two wingers with a centre-forward and still maintain defensive solidity while they do it?

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