Sports Mole looks back at the 10 most shocking results in World Cup history, including the Miracle of Bern from 1954 and the Mineiraco in 2014The beauty of the World Cup is that no result is ever certain; with so many differing footballing cultures coming together, nobody can ever quite expect or prepare perfectly for what lies ahead. Here, Sports Mole dives back through the years to pick out the 10 biggest World Cup upsets of all time. Spain 1-5 Netherlands (Group stage, Brazil 2014)© ReutersAt a World Cup which provided a seemingly endless list of shock outcomes, eliminations and scorelines, this ranks high amongst them all, as it kickstarted a tragically-poor World Cup for previous winners Spain. Gaetjens would be the man who scored the only goal of the match in what was arguably the biggest World Cup shock ever at that point in history, and England were eliminated. With that, the most famous and most shocking World Cup scoreline ever was written, and it is very unlikely that it will ever be topped.
Jurgen Klopp reveals that failing to sign Son Heung-min was 'one of the biggest mistakes of his life' during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp has revealed that failing to sign Son Heung-min was 'one of the biggest mistakes of his life' during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Speaking to Korean news outlet KBS News, Klopp said: "One of the biggest mistakes in my life is not signing Son Heung-min. "He is fantastic, a sign of Korean football and one of the best strikers in the world." Leverkusen and Dortmund wanted me," Son told reporters via the Daily Mail.2 months ago Sports Mole
Sports Mole previews Saturday's international friendly between United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. United Arab Emirates will be looking to halt a four-game losing run when they take on Kazakhstan in an international friendly on Saturday afternoon. The home team will enter the contest off the back of a 5-0 defeat to Argentina, while Kazakhstan suffered a 2-0 loss to Uzbekistan in their last game on Wednesday. Match preview© ReutersUnited Arab Emirates have only been present in the finals of one World Cup, which came back in 1990, when they were eliminated in the group stage of the competition due to three defeats from three matches. United Arab Emirates possible starting lineup:Khasif; Al-Attas, Haikal, Al Hammadi, Mohammed; Salmeen, Hassan, Rashid, Al-Zaabi; Mabkhout, CanedoKazakhstan possible starting lineup:Shatsky; Alip, Beysebekov, Malyi, Shomko; Zaynutdinov, Darabayev, Kuat, Orazov; Astanov, AymbetovWe say: United Arab Emirates 2-1 KazakhstanUAE will be determined to bounce back from their five-goal loss to Argentina last time out, and we are backing the home side to triumph here.2 months ago Sports Mole
Sports Mole previews Thursday's International Friendlies clash between Costa Rica and Nigeria, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. In their final warm-up friendly fixture ahead of the World Cup, Costa Rica take on Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on Thursday. While the Super Eagles will not be in Qatar, they will look to put together a fine run of form ahead of next year's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Serie Leone. Match preview© ReutersCosta Rica secured their sixth World Cup appearance back in June, when they held firm to claim a slender 1-0 victory over New Zealand in the CONCACAF qualifying playoff final. Suarez's side, who have been drawn into Group E of the World Cup alongside Spain, Germany and Japan, head to Qatar as the most experienced Central American nation, having featured in five previous World Cups.2 months ago Sports Mole
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. Aiming to avoid a third successive defeat in all tournaments before the World Cup break, Tottenham Hotspur welcome Leeds United to North London for Saturday's Premier League match. The Lilywhites lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, while their visitors also exited the competition at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions):Leeds United Premier League form:Leeds United form (all competitions):Team News© ReutersTottenham remain without key duo Cristian Romero (calf) and Son Heung-min (eye) for Saturday's game, although the latter has confirmed that he will represent South Korea at the World Cup following surgery. Fresh from being named in the USA squad for the World Cup, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson will be among those to return, while Summerville can also expect a start on the left-hand side.2 months ago Sports Mole
As the 2022 finals loom ever nearer, Sports Mole considers some of the greatest World Cups to have been played and ranks the top 10. Since the inaugural World Cup, hosted by Uruguay in 1930, there have been 21 finals - each with their own claim to fame or notoriety for numerous reasons. Meanwhile, the beaten finalists featured a young Franz Beckenbauer, making his World Cup debut. Mexico 1986© ReutersAfter planned hosts Colombia withdrew, the World Cup was moved to Mexico at relatively short notice, making it the first country to stage the game's greatest event twice. The Germans' first World Cup win played its part in rehabilitating the nation post-war, and it took 'The Miracle of Bern' to bring them the trophy.2 months ago Sports Mole
Sports Mole previews Monday's World Cup clash between Brazil and South Korea, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. South Korea will aim to pull off yet another World Cup 2022 shock when they take on five-time champions Brazil in Monday's last-16 showdown at Stadium 974. Brazil World Cup form:Brazil form (all competitions):South Korea World Cup form:South Korea form (all competitions):Team News© ReutersThe Brazil treatment room has been well-occupied during their short time in Qatar, but the Selecao doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has provided a positive update on Neymar, who is in with a chance of recovering from an ankle injury in time to start against South Korea. Top tip Over 2.5:curl Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting over 2.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.2 months ago Sports Mole
Ahead of this winter's World Cup in Qatar, Sports Mole assesses the chances of the hosts making waves on their debut at the global finals. Over a decade after their shock announcement as World Cup hosts, Qatar will finally get to have their say on the pitch this month, as they welcome the world to the first-ever Middle-Eastern finals. GROUPThough still outsiders to progress to the knockout stages, Qatar will be convinced of their ability to do so, given a far-from-impossible group on their World Cup debut. SQUADThe announcement we were waiting for ⏳😍Introducing.. Felix Sanchez's Qatar national team squad for the 2022 World Cup 🏆These are our heroes. WORLD CUP RECORDBest finish: Never qualified© ReutersQatar played their first World Cup qualifying fixture back in 1977, but they have never before featured at the global finals due to a long string of failures.2 months ago Sports Mole