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2014 FIFA World Cup: Interviews with experts of all 32 nations

As part of our 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage, leading up to the big tournament, we have some fantastic features planned. One of which is the Expert Interviews feature. We have interviewed journalists, experts, editors, writers of each and every nation at the World Cup, all 32 of them, getting a better insight into their tactics, hopes, expectations and various other factors.

These interviews will be published over the next few weeks, in addition to all our other features in the build-up to the summer spectacle. Outside of the Boot is THE website to follow, this World Cup.

We will update this piece as and when the interviews go up, so you can access them from here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group A

Brazil- Paulo Freitas, Sky Sports correspondent and Football Manager head researcher for Brazil talks about the pressure that Brazil carry of hosting the tournament, the effect it’s having on the general public, surprise exclusions and more. Full interview here.

Croatia- Aleksandar Hoiga, whose works can be found at FourFourTwo, the Guardian, the Blizzard and more speaks about Ivan Rakitic & Luka Modric’s role in the side, the effect of an opening day defeat and much more. Read the interview here.

Mexico- Nayib Moran, producer of podcast, Mexican Soccer Show, and writer for Soccerly talks to us about Mexico’s poor qualifying campaign, why they haven’t found consistency with a coach and plenty more. Full interview here.

Cameroon- Gary Al-SmithCreator of African football podcast, FC Africa, and writer for various publications including CNN, ESPN, the NY Times etc talks about whether Eto’o can put his problems behind him, Finker’s inexperience and more. Read the interview here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group B

Spain – David Cartlidge, editor at beINSport, Journalist/Writer with Diario Sport, Daily Mirror & WhoScored talks to us about whether Spain will retain a reactive style of play, are teams pressing the Spaniards too easily and much more. Read the interview here.

Netherlands – Peter McVitie, sub-editor at Goal (International), and writer for the Daily Mail, the Sun, and many more tells us how the Dutch will cope without Kevin Strootman, who’ll take up the No.10 role and plenty more. Read it here.

Chile – Joel Sked, founder and editor of Chilean football website,, talks to us about why Chile have a defensive problem, what is being done about it, if they can cope without an unfit Vidal among other things. Read the interview here.

Australia – Kate Cohen, writer for the Guardian (Australia), FourFourTwo, Liverpool Football Club & Leopold Method talks to us about the improvement of the A-League influencing the national team, Robbie Kruse’s absence and more. Full interview here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group C

Colombia – Stany Sirutis, founder & editor of Colombian football website, and writer for the Blizzard talks to us about Jose Pekerman’s tactical approach, possible loss of Falcao, Cuadrado’s emergence and more. Read the interview here.

Greece – Chris Paraskevas, blogger with ESPN and editor of Greek football website,, discusses the expectations of a country recovering from financial issues, the presence of old-heads in the side and plenty more. Full interview here.

Ivory Coast – Neil Greg, an African Football specialist with KickOff magazine & BackPage Media discusses the role that Didier Drogba has in the side & if the pressure is too much, replacements for an unfit Yaya Toure and plenty more. Read the interview here.

Japan – Angus MacLeod, creator of Japanese football website,, and a regular on JTalk Podcast talks about Alberto Zaccheroni’s tactical ideology, the possible defensive issues in the side and much much more. Read the interview here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group D

Uruguay – Juan Arango, writer, commentator & correspondent with the Telegraph, Al-Jazeera, BBC World Service, World Soccer Talk & Soccerly, discusses whether they can repeat a 1950, the creativity in Uruguay’s side and plenty more. Read the interview here.

Costa Rica – Kim Tate, correspondent for the Telegraph and blogger at talks about the loss of Bryan Oviedo and how this effects the team, whether Costa Rica can challenge the big two in the CONCACAF region and more. Full interview here.

England – Simon Peach, sports journalist for the Press Association closely following the England national team, discusses the dependence (or lack of) on Gerrard & Rooney, the conservative myth about Roy Hodgson and much much more. Full interview here.

Italy – Fabrizio Romano, sports journalist with Goal Italia, ReteSport, staff member at Gianluca Di Marzio, Stretty News and much more tells us whether Italy’s attack is one dimensional, how the side will kick on from the 2010 failure and more. Read the piece here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group E

Switzerland – Charlie Stanton, Swiss football analyst for, covering the Swiss League and Challenge League tells us about the golden generation of Swiss football, the defensive stability under Hitzfeld and much more. Full interview here.

Ecuador – Brian Maxwell, co-founder of, talks to us about Rueda’s tactical philosophy, the side’s poor record away from Ecuadorian soil, dependence of Antonio Valencia and more. Read the interview here.

France – Jonathan Johnson, journalist at ESPNFC, beINSPORTS, Bleacher Report, French Football Weekly, among others, discusses Griezmann taking over Ribery’s role in the future, lack of options up front and plenty more. Read the interview here.

Honduras – Nathan Carr, Football writer and correspondent for publications such as the official FIFA World Cup guide, Metro Sport, Sabotage Times and others talks about the minnows, their defence, head coach & more. Full interview here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group F

Argentina – Rupert Fryer, Co-Founder of, editor of Brazil Global Tour, and writer at Guardian, ESPN, Fox Soccer, Goal among others tells us about Argentina’s defensive problems, playing on South American soil and more. Read the interview here.

Bosnia – Sasa Ibrulj, writer for Josimar Football and contributor to ESPN, Guardian, the Blizzard etc talks about Bosnia’s attacking brand of football, the nervousness of making a World Cup debut and much much more. Full interview here.

Iran – Amro Alkado, a Middle Eastern football expert whose work can be found at talks to us about how Iran manage to be the most consistent team from the Middle East, Quieroz’ use of the Iranian diaspora and more. Full interview here.

Nigeria – Samuel Audu, award-winning journalist with Agence France Presse, German News Agency, KickOff magazine, FourFourTwo talks about the advantages of having an African coach, the lack of expectations of the African champions and more. Full interview here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group G

Germany – Daniel Busch, German football expert and writer for, discusses the dependence of Miroslav Klose, why Spain have been superior to the Germans, the possible weakness in the side and plenty more. Read the interview here.

Portugal – Tom Kundert, co-authour & editor of ‘A Journey through Portuguese Football’ and chief editor of, discusses the lack of quality & options upfront for the Portuguese, dependence on Cristiano Ronaldo and more. Read the full interview here,

Ghana – Frederick Gyan-Mante, writer for African Soccer &, admin at Ghana Premier League Live, among others, talks to us about whether the expectations are unreasonably high, the advantage of a local coach and more. Read the interview here.

United States – Janusz Michalik, ex-United States international, journalist at ESPN, Fox Soccer, Bleacher Report etc, discusses the positive impact Klinsmann has had on the side, the impact of the experienced heads and much more. Full interview here.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group H

Belgium – Bjorn de Cock, co-founder & Belgian editor of talks to us about Belgium being everyone’s dark horses and how this affects the team, balancing the creativity in the side, loss of Benteke and much more. Full interview here.

Algeria – Maher Mezahi, journalist/correspondent with Telegraph, ESPN, Al-Jazeera and Sandals4Goalposts, talks about how Algerian footballers are now venturing into Europe, the experience of their head coach and more. Full interview here.

Korea Republic – Chris Atkins, author of ScoutsNotebook on ESPN, writer at BleacherReport, beINSports co-editor of Wild East Football among others discusses the age old physicality problem, domestically based players and plenty more. Full interview here.

Russia – Artur Petrosyan, editor & chief of Russian website, tells us about who will lead the Russian line, why Russian players prefer to play their club football at home and much more. Read it here.

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