World Soccer


Three decades after their last tournament appearance, Hungary are back at the top table.


Football has, literally, come in from the cold in Europe’s northern outpost.


Hard work and organisation are the watchwords of what looks on paper to be an ordinary Italy side.

History suggests Poland will fail to live up to huge domestic expectations.

Portugal are longer a one-man show as bright young midfield talent is set to shine this summer.

A late fightback sealed the Republic’s place in France via the play-offs, but a tough draw did them little favours..


Romania have few attacking options but are confident of springing a surprise.

‘Naturalizatsiya’ – non-Russians – have boosted an ageing squad.

Having beaten Italy at the 2010 World Cup, another upset is possible.