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The flaws of the World Cup favorites, from France to Brazil

Depending on your perspective, the charm or bane of international soccer is that even the best teams have big issues, from defending champs France to favorites Brazil.

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Arabic football terms you should know ahead of the World Cup in Qatar

With Qatar preparing to host the first-ever World Cup in the Arab world, here are some creative Arabic terms that describe the beautiful game.

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USMNT players on World Cup bubble aren't stressing yet ahead of Qatar 2022

The likes of Sam Vines and Mark McKenzie, who are fighting for those final World Cup roster spots, are trying not to buckle under that pressure.

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Reyna won't dwell on injury-hit 2021-22. He's too focused on the World Cup

With the World Cup just eight weeks away, the USMNT playmaker is finally healthy.

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England's players still believe in Gareth Southgate as they try to sort problems pre-World Cup

England are not without their issues, but the players and coach Gareth Southgate are united in solving them together, as a draw to Germany showed.

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England-Germany was a Nations League classic, but neither proved they'll contend for the World Cup

England showed resolve in rallying, but their eventual draw with Germany shows that both will struggle in Qatar.

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