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Hollow, selfish and violent: a brave new World Cup

By Will Robinson  

A long way from Gazza's tears: Zidane's valedictory headbutt in 2006

This World Cup is the first where there appears to be a direct correlation between the patriotism of fans and the naked selfishness of players. The French have been a case in point, but the English have scarcely been better. It reflects a long-term tendency in the game to put the individual, and not the team, at its heart.

Truth be told,…

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