Greatest World Cup ever? Not so fast 07/08/2018

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"We're ambitious and only thinking about winning the World Cup", he explained in his pre-match press conference. His goal oozed freshness and a young person's can-do attitude. All other instances of four teams from the same confederations in the last four also involved UEFA teams - Italy 1982, England 1966 and Italy 1934.

It was a spirited display from Brazil, which managed to pull a goal back after going 2-0 down in the first half, and almost equalized in the dying moments when Neymar forced a fingertip save from Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Brazilian public expected World Cup glory, despite what happened four years ago, and the onus was on Neymar to deliver it.

Belgium will go on to play France in the semi-final, with the victor going on to meet one of Sweden, England, Croatia or Russian Federation.

Cape Town - For only the fifth time in 21 Soccer World Cup editions - and the first time since 2006 - all four semi-finalists at Russian Federation 2018 hail from Europe. Both in their thirties, the superstars are unlikely to return in Qatar in 2022.

Most supporters have condemned Neymar for his antics, saying his displays are a blight on the game.

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"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck ... we'll have to be ready to suffer". Caboclo will become the CBF's new president next year following his election victory in April.

Kevin De Bruyne has praised Belgium boss Roberto Martinez for instilling the belief in his team that they can win the World Cup.

With traditional powers gone, this World Cup could be a now-or-never chance for Belgium's players to live up to the "golden generation" tag they've embraced.

Former Real Madrid player, coach and sporting director Jorge Valdano also suggested that the Spanish club would be better off signing Kylian Mbappe, who also plays for PSG, rather than Neymar.

Fred did not make an appearance during Brazil's World Cup campaign as he failed to fully recover from an ankle injury.

Three dismal group stage exits and a failure to qualify in 2010 left hopes hanging by a thread. And, perhaps fittingly given the host country's revolutionary history, change is in the air.

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