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The World Cup unknowns

You may consider certain teams to be World Cup regulars, depending on how old you are. For me, the tournament has only really existed in my consciousness since Italia 90. My conception of the powerhouses of world football has been formed, maintained, and occasionally edited since then. The latest edition of the world’s biggest sporting event sees the arrival, and return, of several names that are relatively unfamiliar to anyone of a similar generation to me.

Firstly, there are two new additions to the collective World Cup consciousness this year. Iceland and Panama. Of the two, Iceland are undoubtedly the most well-known. They performed well in their debut tournament, Euro 2016, and, of course, knocked out England. They’ve shown that their exploits in France two years ago was no fluke and will return to our screens in June. Panama, on the other hand, are more of an unknown quantity. They’ve improved significantly in recent years, and will finally take their place at football’s top-table.

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