The way we talk about football reinforces the idea that the men's sport is the norm, and women's the exception.
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.
Sporting success depends on strong squad bonds.
Footballers came under attack from a swarm of flies on the Volgograd pitch. But there's more to midges and gnats than meets the eye.
VAR is part of a wider trend of digitalisation that threatens to make football less natural and spontaneous.
The football world cup offers a useful chance to consider the apparent division between North and sub-Saharan Africa.
Women now make up a sizeable share of football audiences, but unless decked out in short shorts and cropped jerseys, they are barely visible in the media.
Australia has won the soccer World Cup three times, in simulation games only. So what are the challenges to predicting the winner?
Losing to Sunderland in 1934 forced Spanish writers and commentators to look beyond football for answers.
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.
Football could take a leaf from rugby union's book on how to treat head-injured players, pitch side.
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.
The 17-year-old prodigy thrilled the world and set the scene for Brazil's decades-long dominance of the World Game.
The true bane of an organisation is a lack of engagement and job satisfaction among its employees. World Cup mania could actually help.
Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.
The tournament featured teams from Tibet, North Cyprus, the Isle of Man and many more.
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.