Diego Maradona of Argentina walking on the pitch to face Cameroon match at the 1990 World Cup in Milan. Photograph: Allsport

“Maradona and 10 others.” Argentina coach Carlos Bilardo on being asked before the tournament to name his preferred starting 11. That would have done (...)

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Oh, come on, everybody remembers Italia 90. Do they, though? Yes. What, all of it? Well, not all of it, obviously. Go on then, what do you remember?(...)

Brazil’s Neymar practising his free-kick technique at the Arena de Sao Paulo ahead of the hosts’ World Cup opener against Croatia. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

It may be hard to imagine Brazil kicking off this World Cup against Croatia without a certain amount of swagger.But don’t be entirely surprised if thi(...)