Never before has the most illustrious tournament in South America featured so many international stars. The return of the continent’s top players from Europe’s biggest clubs is awakening some old memories, as Sven Goldmann reports from Chile.
In his weekly column, the FIFA President looks back at the legendary A Seleção team of 1970: “Although Pele, Rivelino, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto were the big stars, it was Tostao’s precision and ball control that transformed that Brazil side into the team of the century.”
Jordi Punti describes the nutmeg as an expression of creative talent and explores the history of an old trick that is most effective when performed intuitively.
Australia have been celebrating their big Round-of-16 win over Brazil. Now the team from Down Under have their sights set on the World Cup title.
“Germany has a wonderful foundation when it comes to footballing talent,” says our columnist. “The national team will play a leading role at every major tournament over the next ten years.”