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Právo - Czech Republic | 03/07/2014

Underdogs shine at Fifa World Cup

The narrow victories at the Fifa World Cup, sometimes after 30 minutes of extra time or even penalty shoot-outs, prove that the so-called underdogs have caught up with the pack, the former Czech national player Miroslav Kaldec comments in the left-leaning daily Právo: "There are no real underdogs any more. All the teams can run, are well-trained in tactics, put their all into the game and do a good job of needling the favourites. Nowadays, it's true, they all have good coaches. Many copy the German team Borussia Dortmund, which took unknown players and built up a team that counts among the best in Europe. This example shows that anything is possible. Costa Rica and Algeria came as a surprise to me. No one even expected them to get through to the last eight, and Costa Rica is now into the quarter finals. The favourites on paper no longer have such an easy time lording it over the smaller teams. At the end of the day, as was the case in the duel between Brazil and Chile, it's small things like the width of a goal post that separate victory from defeat. We should get ready for more surprises."

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