Missing 2014 World Cup Story Lines

In its first week of group play, the 2014 World Cup has satisfied nearly every eagerly expectant international football fan.

From high scoring matches (like Holland’s 5 – 1 thrashing of Spain) to nail-biting nil – nil finishes (like yesterday’s Brazil versus Mexico scoreless tie), the quadrennial event has failed to disappoint.

However, the preponderance of press coverage dedicated to the USA’s stunning victory over Ghana as well as the tournament’s marquee, goal scoring stars like Messi, Ronaldo, Van Persie, Mueller and Neymar has unintentionally kept other obvious World Cup stories quietly beneath the media’s radar in Brazil.

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