Portugal had their talented group of Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Joao Pinto, Deco and co. but the closest they came to glory was losing the Euro 2004 final to Greece on home soil. Both will be vying for top spot in Group G as they lock horns in Kaliningrad.
That is, of course, not discounting Argentina's crop of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano who are arguably facing their last shot at the big one in Russian Federation.
Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.
- Who is going through?
Each morning during the tournament we will bring you an overview of what is coming up.
Gareth Southgate was roughly five minutes into his press conference to preview England's match against Belgium when the news filtered through that Germany - football royalty, as far as the World Cup is concerned - had been dethroned and he was asked for his thoughts about a result that could probably encapsulate what is known as schadenfreude in the country that invented the term.
England and Belgium, already qualified from World Cup Group G, meet on Thursday in what Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini says could be a "strange match".
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"It's different. If we'd been facing each other to qualify for the World Cup knock-out phase it would have been a lot more emotional", the Spaniard said.
"Talking to them individually, they have loads they want to do in their careers". "I have complete trust in all the players".
Southgate, though, was adamant nothing other than three points against Belgium has been discussed, insisting his side are prepared for the prospect of facing more hard opponents, having beaten Panama and Tunisia so far in Russian Federation.
"That's the beauty of the age they're at". "Indirectly, they've had a big bearing on what we're doing now". "That's what really excites me".
Southgate dismissed talk that finishing as runners-up could be favourable, with the England manager looking to strike a balance between keeping key men fresh and squad players happy. Marcus Rashford is expected to take Raheem Sterling's place and Dele Alli is available again after training for the past two days.
Ultimately, though, the prospect of meeting Germany in the quarter-finals is no more.
Southgate, whose realism and refusal to encourage false hope, is perhaps the ideal man to navigate the course for England's emerging talent, admitting last month that expecting too much, too soon, would be foolish.
Wahbi Khazri: The Sunderland midfielder, who has spent the previous year on loan in Ligue 1 with Rennes, scored nine times for his adopted club in 2017/18, and set up one and scored another in Tunisia's 5-2 defeat to Belgium on Sunday. "So there is improvement we have to make". That's his decision, I guess, but obviously I want to play. "The team isn't far away from peaking, but they haven't had those experiences yet".
But is there an easier route through the knockout stages on offer to the team who finishes second?
Paul Mariner reveals his grades for England's starting XI vs. Panama and explains why they can't let up despite having already advanced.
At least four other individuals are being sought in this deadly stabbing, which police believe is a case of mistaken identity. He spoke to Guzman-Feliz' mother on Sunday night and wants to work with her to figure out the best way to honor him.
The same report says that Chelsea FC refused to comment on reports that they are set to pay £4.4m to release Sarri from Napoli . The polish on Conte's tenure at Chelsea has become tarnished both at boardroom level and amongst his players.
Her husband, President Barack Obama, was the talk of a 24-hour news cycle when he donned a tan suit in 2014 for a media briefing. Melania said earlier through her spokesperson that she "hates" to see families separated at the border.
Apple applied to the US Patent office, which describes the new technology of handwriting recognition in real-time. Once you're done, you'll receive an over-the-air update to download and install iOS 12 on your phone .
Salah's agent, Ramy Abbas, tweeted on Saturday: "When it was once said that a picture speaks a thousand words, apparently not". Egypt finished bottom of Group A and failed to pick up a point, losing against Uruguay , Russia and Saudi Arabia .
Their side won their opening game , beating Colombia 2-1, and securing the team's first victory against a South American side. Colombia qualified for their second straight World Cup berth despite going winless in their final four qualifying matches.
China and the European Union will exchange offers related to market access at an upcoming summit in July, Liu said Monday. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives a bouquet upon arrival at an airport in Beijing , China June 26, 2018.
For Australia captain Tim Paine , the hurt was even worse than the blow to the face he suffered while keeping wicket in Cardiff. Following the shambolic defeat, the former English cricketers ripped apart their Ashes-rivals and ridiculed them on Twitter.
There is only the USB Type-C Port, and that's present on the bottom, along with the SIM card tray and the speaker grill. Since the pop up camera has several motorised moving parts, the practicality of such a mechanism is questionable.
Ventura County Sheriff's Captain Garo Kuredjian said Locklear was released from jail overnight after posting $20,000 bail. Actress Heather Locklear's mugshot after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer on June 24.
Online shopping sales have grown steadily for the past decade, but when it comes to sales tax, things get tricky. Instead, consumers were responsible for send states the necessary taxes - something that most people never do.
ESPN's Steve Nicol believes Didier Deschamps only bares some of the blame for France lacking fluidity so far in the World Cup . At 19 years and 183 days, Mbappe became the youngest player to score for France's national team on soccer's biggest stage.
South Korea vs Germany: minute-by-minute coverage
The defending champions had to beat the Koreans in their final group match or hope Sweden could not get a result against Mexico. Mexico can feel a bit hard done by to not finish in pole position in Group F, but they'll be happy to be through at this point.
Brazil secure vital 2-0 victory over Costa Rica
Tite also said he would use the same 11 players that were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in the team's opening match. Miranda and Thiago Silva are the centre-backs, with Alisson in goal . " Twitter can't stand Neymar", one user wrote.
Lukaku nets brace again to lead Belgium rout of Tunisia
Tunisia captain Khazri grabbed their second goal just before the final whistle of their second defeat in Russian Federation . If Belgium beats Tunisia it will be nearly certainly assured of a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup .
Portugal held to 1-1 draw by Iran in dramatic fashion
Entering the final matchday, both teams are +1, so whichever team's margin of victory is higher would win Group B. Portugal and Spain are the two best teams in the world but we presented our team at the World Cup very well.
Uncertain Immigration Votes Set in House
President Trump repeatedly, and falsely, blamed Democrats for the practice and said there was nothing he could do to end it. Later, she toured a section of the facility where the children have bedrooms and was told they maintain their own rooms.
Mexico wins again at World Cup, beats South Korea
Korea's talismanic forward Son Heung-min struck a scorching consolation goal in injury time from outside the area. It almost paid off after Hirving Lozano out-sprinted his marker, but his final delivery was blocked away.
Thousands join Modi for world yoga celebration; some wear masks
In West Bengal, neither chief minister Banerjee nor any of her ministers participated in any yoga session anywhere in the state. When is International Yoga Day 2018? #07:05 AM: Yoga India's gift to the world, says Modi: "Yoga is India's gift to the world".