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Shot Through the Heart

Aditya Iyer

There is no greater humiliation than scoring an own goal. In the very first week of the World Cup, as many as five footballers have suffered it

Putin’s Footie and El Diego

The most domineering strongman of the day badly needed a mood booster. The Russian president has one in the FIFA World Cup

The Last Glory

A game in history and the tradition of defeat in Russia

Two Stars and a Constellation

In the end, it’s all about two geniuses and one superteam. Nothing else

Big Bear Hug

The pain and pleasure of hosting the greatest game on earth. A report from Moscow

Golden Feet

32 Teams. 32 Stars

Romancing Brazil

The beautiful legacy of the last redeemer

The Fault in Their Stars

You cannot mention Messi without bringing up Maradona. The mood in Argentina is one between gratitude and grudge

Confessions of a Football Hooligan

The emotional hurt of supporting England and other acts of violence

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