Be careful how you reward success. Was it achieved through hard-earned skill or just a lucky break?
Croatia lost to France but has won unprecedented public exposure.
The best team to lift the trophy was Brazil's star-studded 1970 team.
For players in this World Cup's England squad, even getting picked to play is at the end of a very long road.
When France won the world cup in 1998, the team was celebrated for its multiculturalism. What has happened since?
The Pakistani women who make the majority of the world's high-quality soccer balls belong to one of the most vulnerable groups in the global economy.
A mix of alcohol, heightened emotions and toxic masculinity are to blame for surges in family violence perpetrated by sports fans.
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.
In the hunt for the next Messi, conventional wisdom favours football players with lots of experience at an early age. Research and England's example may advocate a different approach.
Every England fan in Moscow knows that that football is 'coming home', but can England really claim to be where the world's most popular sport rests its head?
Some on the left view sport as a distraction. But life is a struggle. And there shouldn't be anything wrong with finding something to celebrate.
The beautiful game still needs to perform on bigger social issues.
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.
Sport is full of high-pressure language which if eradicated can help athletes to express themselves and perform at their best.
Heavy hip-hop or heart-plucking instrumental strings? Every player has their favourites, but they all play their part in match preparation.
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.