Be careful how you reward success. Was it achieved through hard-earned skill or just a lucky break?
If any game comes down to a penalty shootout then there's one spot a player should aim for to stand a better chance of scoring a goal.
Football presents itself as a neutral, universal and, in a way, desexualised sport. Yet despite widespread campaigns against homophobia, deeply negative attitudes about gay players persist.
Africa is a deeply divided continent along ideological, ethnic and territorial lines. Religion and football can produce consensus.
An expert gives a few tips on what makes the perfect penalty football kick.
The value of sport.
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As we reach the World Cup's halfway point, we're asking: what is sport worth? On today's episode, we explore the money and diplomatic power plays lingering behind the scenes of every big tournament.
China want to win the World Cup by 2050. This year, its team didn't even qualify for the tournament. China has money, power and a dream – but that doesn't add up to soccer brilliance.
The football world cup offers a useful chance to consider the apparent division between North and sub-Saharan Africa.
The Russian leader seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and enhance his popularity at home.
Interest in the sport is starting to wane as the Socceroos have struggled internationally and the A-League has failed to evolve.
Australia has won the soccer World Cup three times, in simulation games only. So what are the challenges to predicting the winner?
It's easy to get caught up in World Cup fever. But if watching the beautiful game inspires you to get out and play, injury prevention is vital.
Made up almost entirely of West Germans, the roster of Germany's national soccer team reflects divisions that remain almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Can we trust expert football predictions? Perhaps, but it's variable.
Sports fans are of two types: purists and partisans. The attitudes of both can affect the game. An expert explains which one you are and what that means.
FIFA has never been free of political interference and controversies since its inception in 1904.
Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.
When Senegal face Poland in their first World Cup match in Russia, the whole nation will be roaring them on to victory.
Video Assistant Referees at the World Cup finals in Russia might help African teams to do better than they have done so far.
The Chinese president dreams of World Cup glory. His best first step is to win the right to stage the finals.