2014 World Cup
Brazil 2014 started with a bang and a flurry of group game goals, though the tournament somewhat petered out in the knockout stages as nerves and disjointed football took hold... here is a list of three other sides who failed to impress in Brazil, but should be a lot stronger during the next World Cup in Russia.
Vines: As did Gifs: Dear Italy. Please may we borrow your physio? You can have Phil Neville. — Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) June
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been thrilling right from the first whistle ... Here are the top four countries whose reputation and status on the international stage has experienced a drastic improvement.
The main problem holding England back at international level may well be a slight lack in overall technical quality, but it does not have to be the reason that England continue to fail so miserably... an extra effort and more drive should see them able to bridge the gap to the very top of world football.
"Africa is not a country, but African football certainly is." ... African football still has its problems, but there's no problem that can be solved overnight and recent history... Maybe one day there'll come a time where TV commentators can go a full 90 minutes without patronising an African side.
Ray Whelan, the English director of Fifa's ticket and hospitality partners MATCH, has been declared a "fugitive" by police
Brazil's humbling at the hands of Germany has become the most tweeted-about sporting event in history. Social networking
Brazil's dreams of making a return to a World Cup final in the Maracana were shattered in the most agonising manner as Germany
Brazil suffered the heaviest defeat in World Cup semi-final history as Germany eviscerated them 7-1 in Belo Horizonte. Miroslav
Every year there are also true underdog fairytales, without which the competition wouldn't be anything like as special as it is. So far 2014 has proved to be no different. Algeria shocked audiences by progressing past the group stage, while Costa Rica are still going strong and are ready to contest a quarter final clash.