WORLD CUP 2014 REVIEW

Football Espana's World Cup review

32 nations may have headed out to Brazil with varying levels of expectation, but all had dreams of making their mark on the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup.

The tournament may still be in full swing, but for half the competitors, it is already time to reflect on what could have been...

La Roja player ratings

Brazil 2014 marked the end of an era for Spain as the national team crashed out in the group stage. Mike Barnes ran through La Roja's ratings. Read more

Action round-up

Relive the summer's tournament action round by round in our comprehensive summary. Read more

Quarter-finals - Tight across the board, the final eight teams in the World Cup played out tense but entertaining affairs for a spot in the semi-finals. Read more

Round of 16 - The goal average may have dropped, but the Round of 16 still continued the 2014 World Cup's narrative of scintillating football. Read more

Group stage - Surprises and goals were in equal measure during a busy group stage of the 2014 World Cup. Read more

Close quarters

The quarter-finals proved one step too far for dark horses and underdogs alike, as four countries departed with only broken dreams to take home...

Quarter-finals: France - Colombia - Belgium - Costa Rica

Round of 16 heroes

The Round of 16 may have seen every group stage winner ultimately progress, but the eliminated eight teams produced fight and heroics in equal measure...

Round of 16: Chile - Uruguay - Mexico - Greece - Nigeria - Algeria - Switzerland - USA

Group stage drop-outs

Not every country lived up to hopes in Brazil. Reflect with us on the teams who departed the competition much earlier than they had hoped...

A: Croatia - Cameroon B: Spain - Australia C: Ivory Coast - Japan D: Italy - England
E: Ecuador - Honduras F: Bosnia - Iran G: Portugal - Ghana H: Russia - South Korea

There's more to come over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back...

For a complete review of the 2014 World Cup, check out the next issue of Soccer Italia, written by the team at Football Italia and available on worldwide subscription.

There's more to come over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back...

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