WorldViews: World Cup quarterfinals revive old border wars

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 3, 2014

And then there were eight. The World Cup quarterfinals kick off Friday with two regional grudge matches: Brazil takes on an effervescent Colombia in the city of Fortaleza, while France faces Germany in Rio de Janeiro. Every World Cup, we big up the hopes of aspirants from Africa and Asia, only, more often than not, to see them dashed by this round. Of the teams left in the tournament, half are from Europe (though with many stars of African origin) and the other half are from the Americas.

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