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Watch: Four World Cup myths debunked

World Cup myths are as much a part of the competition’s folklore as the heroes, the villains and the tears. It gives us no pleasure to debunk some of them here today.

We’d genuinely love to believe that an entire population was fooled into thinking they’d won the World Cup and that a first time qualifier threw away their maiden shot at glory on the world stage due to footwear preferences.

However, here are 4 fascinating – and sometimes, comical – myths surrounding the World Cup that aren’t quite what they seem…