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Best World Cup Ever? Goals, Sportsmanship and Drama Galore in Brazil (part 2)

Before the World Cup, the talk was of protests and scandals. But on the eve of the quarter-finals, many wonder if this could shape up as the greatest tournament ever. Giants have been extended to extra time, and minnows are being hailed as heroes - just look at Algeria, whose national team got the homecoming it deserved. Is this the best World Cup ever?

By François PICARD

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Vincent CHAUDEL

Vice President of Sports and Citizenship Think Tank

Stefan SIMONS

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