The Guardian's team of the tournament Sid Lowe: Spain worthy champions Tactical analyses from Zonal Marking, David Pleat, and Jonathan Wilson Is money poisoning English football? Famous pitch invader Jimmy Jump tried to put a hat on the World Cup trophy. He did not succeed. Top 10 villains of the World Cup Jen Chang: 10 players whose stock rose at the Cup Tim Vickery is already looking ahead to the 2014 qualifiers Lastly, the scene from Spain (although Catalan media would beg to differ):
The science of refereeing The memory problem of the World Cup Jonathan Wilson: Uruguay's 1950 triumph a testament to grit Uruguay aim to rekindle past glories Zonal Marking: Holland-Uruguay preview Holland 2 - Brazil 1...in Legos Tim Vickery: emotion no substitute for clear thinking Fidel Castro believes the refs are biased against South American sides
The worst refereeing performances in World Cup history Zonal Marking: Ghana-Uruguay preview How the quarterfinalists line up (including a heavy dose of 4-2-3-1) The New York Times on how Brazil added a tougher edge Jonathan Wilson: Yugoslavia's brush with glory Tim Vickery: Uruguay looks to relive the glory days The corrupt "fixer" behind Australia's 2022 bid
Tim Vickery: "when the Dutch led the way" The disturbing trend of World Cup homogeneity Zonal Marking: clean sheets the key to Cup success Top 20 World Cup hats BackpageFootball's quarterfinals preview Gabriele Marcotti: national teams aren't playing to the standard of club teams Best goals from USA '94
"Maradona and Me" Paul Gardner: should Bradley go? Steve Davis: Bradley's lineup leaves unanswered questions Sid Lowe: England's pathetic exit Zonal Marking's second-round preview, part 2 Tim Vickery: Bielsa plots Brazil's downfall Jonathan Wilson: corruption to blame for African failure Gabriel Heinze, meet the TV camera
The best World Cup game you never saw How Chile broke down Switzerland's defense The Cup's mixed economic legacy for South Africa The sorry state of African football Reasons for England fans to feel positive Tim Vickery: Dunga's Brazil only concerned with winning Jonathan Wilson: "England camp surrounded by dissent and discontent" Time for Lippi to make difficult decsions
Simon Kuper: Brazilian football has moved from poetry into prose Familiar pattern emerging in Capello's reign Will fans just have to accept diving? Rob Hughes: cracks in the European camps Tim Vickery: South American stars shine Zonal Marking: Brazil always in control against Ivory Coast, Portugal exploits the space against North Korea Gabriele Marcotti: Denmark's Simon Kjaer is a throwback to the ball-playing defenders of old Can the Cup really spur grassroots soccer in South Africa?
Zonal Marking: Chile live up to their billing Sexy Dutch fans: legit or despicable marketing ploy? Prince William plays the vuvuzela The vuvuzela also has a Twitter feed Jonathan Wilson: US and Slovenia very similar teams Grant Wahl: why is scoring down? The willfull ignorance of football pundits Tim Vickery: cup winners pace their tournaments
Israel's separation wall turned into giant TV screen The economics of the World Cup Meet America's Jewish players Can Dunga fine-tune Brazil's imperfections in time? Tim Vickery: How North Korea can stop Brazil The triumphant return of Special1 TV Why Holland had trouble breaking down Denmark's defense An anthology of English goalkeeping howlers
In his post about Dunga, Frank notes, “the popular conception of Brazil (the country, as well as the national soccer team) is at odds with its history.” In one way, though, Dunga’s 2010 squad reflects one of the most important trends in modern Brazilian history: the explosion of evangelical Protestantism. As the Washington Post noted a few years ago: “The number of those who identified themselves as evangelicals in national census counts doubled, to more than 26 million people in this country of about 185 million.” Evangelicals have also risen to prominence in the national team.