A look at the biggest differences between this Thursday and last Thursday.1.
No major new names in the US, UK, Australia and Canada: The US and UK have no major new faces in their respective leagues this week, with only the top two sides of the Big 4 and the bottom two sides going through their respective World Cups.2.
The World Cup is now over: For the first time in 16 years, the World Cup has been played out, with all four teams having finished.
The tournament will go on for another 20 years.3.
The US lost to Germany: It’s the US’ first World Cup defeat, and the second time they’ve been beaten since 2010.4.
Argentina are unbeaten in their last seven games: They’ve won four in a row and are unbeaten on the road in their past seven games.5.
The USA beat Germany in the last-16 and were eliminated in the quarter-finals: US coach Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked after the 4-0 defeat, but he’s been replaced by the man in charge of the US Men’s National Team, Jurgene Klinsman.6.
Argentina have scored six goals in their final four World Cup games: The Argentina have just one goal in their remaining five World Cup matches, and are still unbeaten in those five.7.
Uruguay are unbeaten since the start of the year: This is Uruguay’s best start to a World Cup since winning the Copa Sudamericana in 2008.8.
Costa Rica have won their past six matches in World Cup qualifying: Costa Rica have been unbeaten in all five games they’ve played so far in World Cups qualifying.9.
South Africa have beaten Germany twice in the World Series of Poker: South African players have netted five goals and conceded two in the first two games of the World Championships.10.
Brazil have won four consecutive World Cups: Brazil has won four successive World Cups since 1996.11.
Germany have won the Bundesliga in six consecutive years: Germany has won the German Bundesliga in seven consecutive years, and have also won three successive Bundesliga titles.12.
New Zealand have won three of their last four World Cups in World Series qualifying:New Zealand are unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season, and they have won five of their past five home games.
England have lost their last two World Cup qualifiers to the US: England’s only win away from Wembley was a 3-1 win over Mexico at the World Cups, while they lost to Chile at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.14.
Russia have lost to Brazil in the previous three World Cups in the last three World Series: Russia are unbeaten there in their first World Series since 2012, while Brazil have won all three games.15.
Mexico have lost five of the past six World Cup qualification matches: Mexico are unbeaten over their past 10 World Cup Qualifying matches, with the last being a 2-0 loss to Japan in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.16.
Spain have lost three of the last four matches in the Copas del Rey: Spain were beaten 3-0 by Argentina in the opening match of the 2018 Copas Del Rey, and lost 3-2 to Chile in the 2017 Copas de Mallorca.17.
Travelling with Spain, England and Mexico?
Tennis has been added to the FIFA World Ranking for the first-time in the 2022-23 season.18.
The USA lost to Australia in the third round of the Confederations Cup: After losing 3-3 in the fourth round of World Cup play, the USA lost 5-4 to Germany in front of an international TV audience in London.
It was the first World Soccer Cup for England since 1999: England’s last World Cup appearance was in 1999, and their last World Club Cup was in 1992.20.
In the second round of Copas America, Italy beat Ecuador in the final: Italy beat Ecuador 3-4 in the second Round of Copa America, and won their second Copa Libertadores in the process.
France beat Germany 4-1 in the Confederacion de la Liga: France won 4-2 in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and beat Germany 1-0 in the Europa League.22.
Borussia Dortmund have lost six of their nine matches at home this season: Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund had a tough start to the new campaign, but they’ve settled in quickly.23.
Italy have lost all four of their matches in Copa América Centenario: At the beginning of the season, the Bianconeri were on a two-game losing streak, but their current slump has been worse.