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From Mexico coach Miguel Herrera's extravagant touchline theatrics to Chile's whirlwind attacking play, the World Cup has shown that football has far more to offer than the staple fare of Champions League, Premier League and La Liga. A disappointing tournament in 2010 led to suggestions that the World Cup has lost its allure and that the Champions League, where the world's top players are concentrated into an elite handful of clubs, was now the highest level of football. With the possible exception of Europe's qualifying competition, teams face a torturous route to the finals and have to fight hard over a two-year period to get there, dealing with hostile crowds, heat, altitude, marathon journeys, dubious hotels and pot-holed pitches on the way.There are no complex coefficients to help some teams along the way, nor do teams leap from one competition to another as they do in the Champions League and the Europa League. While club football tends to feature the same familiar faces year after year, often switching between teams with bewildering frequency, the World Cup has thrown up a host of refreshing new faces and unlikely heroes.
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