Simon Kuper at World Cup 2018

Daily reports from across Russia as part of the FT’s World Cup coverage

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Löw’s team must show desire to remain in the tournament, let alone retain their crown

South Americans struggle to find formation that allows their matchwinner to thrive

Goalscorers born weeks apart in same city can propel La Celeste into second round

Two goals for captain cannot hide flawed performance

Manager Gareth Southgate is copying methods that have helped other European teams win

‘After 1998, the relationship between Bleus and ordinary French people degenerated into a bad marriage’

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