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The only team left who can beat them is themselves.
The striker may be a maverick, but the abuse he gets is a stain on the sport, and Serie A in particular.
Crowds can be witty and spontaneous, but also elliptical and complicated, booing players for sins committed ages ago, or for ancient quotes attributed to them.
Far from swallowing it up in apathy, the Japanese have thrown open their arms and welcomed the World Cup into their midst.
From 35 onwards, for most of our stars, then and now, their purpose, position and pleasures in life are over once they retire.
Facing men often two stone heavier, Japan overcame the deficit with handling skills that one sports journalist described as “other-worldly”.
Widespread condemnation of racist chants shows how far the UK has come, but our focus on athletes risks obscuring wider issues.
The Webb Ellis myth aimed to cement the claim of union’s leaders that rugby belonged to the public school men.
The former ad man who helped turn around the newspaper’s fortunes has been appointed chief executive of football’s top-level league.
Ashley does not understand football fandom, let alone how to run a club.
With lesser clubs, we just say they are playing rubbish.