What Makes World Champions?

This summer’s world cup looks set to be another scorcher. With so many trying to predict who will be crowned world champions already - are there clues from past tournaments that might give us a hint? There's only one way to find out...

Top 10 Clean Sheets

It's all too easy in a major tournament to get caught up with the amount of goals flying in at the sharp end of the pitch - but what about at the back?

It's no understatement to say that a good goalkeeper can make or break your whole squad - as these shot-stoppers have certainly proved!

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Top 10 Goal Scorers

There's one reason above all others that we all tune into the world cup, and that's to see the world's best players fit and firing.

The question is - how far did the best goalscorers manage to propel their teams last time out?

Top 10 Assists

It's a well-known saying in football that you can only finish the chances you’re given. But, of course, a lot depends on the quality of the chance.

That’s why, particularly in international tournaments, the best assist-providers are so highly prized - and there are some talented names out there!

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Highest Paid Team

Can a team be more than the sum of their parts? Well, after detailed analysis of club earnings and endorsements - you can certainly give them a value.

However, does your nation’s overall value affect where they finish in the tournament? If you’re Germany - yes. But not necessarily for the others...

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Previous World Cup Positions

The scene of your greatest triumph and lowest low - all in one place. Whoever you’re supporting in this year’s tournament - see where the high points and sour notes have been with this handy guide to previous finishes.

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Who will be crowned football world champions this summer? That’s the question on everyone’s lips.

With so many people looking forward, we decided to look back - and see what hints we could uncover from previous champions ahead of the action in Russia.

Statistics from FIFA.com

Team values from Lloyd's and the Centre for Economics and Business Research