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European dominance in Russia exposes growing continental divide

Europe's dominance at the World Cup will extend another four years after Uruguay and Brazil, the only non-European sides left, were knocked out in Friday's quarter-finals.

When the Selecao won their fifth and last world title in 2002, South America were actually leading Europe 9-8 in Cups won.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 08, 2018, with the headline 'European dominance in Russia exposes growing continental divide'. Print Edition | Subscribe