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The West German World Cup team of 1982 that went on to lose to Italy: (back row, l-r) Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike, Harald Schumacher, Hans-Peter Briegel, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Klaus Fischer; (front row, l-r) Pierre Littbarski, Bernd Forster, Manfred Kaltz, Wolfgang Dremmler, Karl-Heinz Forster. Photo: Peter Robinson/PA

Can the World Cup deliver the epic joys of the past?

With contemporary World Cup teams favouring more conservative play, InDaily’s Paul Marcuccitti, in Russia for the tournament, hopes for at least a few epic matches of the kind that once hooked a generation of young football fans.