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African teams have struggled at this World Cup, both on and off the pitch

It looks like being another disappointing World Cup for Africa. One win, one draw and three defeats in their opening matches was worse than four years ago when, in their own continent, African teams managed one win, two draws and three defeats and only Ghana reached the knockout stage.<p>This time, …

History of the World Cup in one handy infographic

The visualization, courtesy of Tableau software, showcases the global history of the World Cup, and may even predict the winners of the trophy this time around.<p>Take a look around, there’s hours of fun to be had with this.

Diego Maradona gives the finger to Diego Grondona

There’s no love lost between Maradona and the powerbrokers of the Argentine Football Association (AFA).<p>AFA president Diego Grondona stoked the fires of animosity by claiming the 1986 World Cup winner and former coach of the national team, was a jinx. Grondona was speaking in the wake of Lionel …

England World Cup exit requires perspective

What of the World Cup and of England? First, while we remain in a state of mourning, let us try to get things into proportion. England in losing their two opening games were out of the competition even before they played lively and combative Costa Rica.<p>2-1 was the narrow margin in both matches. Not …

Once bitten...Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini have previous

The photo was taken during last year’s Confederations Cup meeting between the two sides and appears to show Suarez poised to sink his teeth into Chiellini’s shoulder. Was this a dry run by football’s very own Count Dracula? Was he lining up his next victim?<p>Chiellini was fuming after the incident. …

FIFA clarifies position after Alvaro Fereira concussion

What they are not prepared to do, however, is to claim the power to overrule the team doctor who is the ultimate medically responsible official for a player.<p>Jiri Dvorak, the world federation’s chief medical officer, spelled out the chain of medical command and liability lines in the wake of the …

Bruce Springsteen on Luis Suarez biting incident

There is no cure for a recidivist like Luis Suarez

Demonising Luis Suarez is ultimately irrelevant and futile. This, the third of his biting offences, shows that in his present pathological state, he’s incurable. A classical recidivist. Meaning someone who will commit the same offence time and again, irrationally and instinctively.<p>Look at the bare …

Thomas Muller scores with precise shot into corner

Germany's Thomas Muller (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Germany's Miroslav Klose

20 things we’ve learned from the group stages

<b>1 Don’t write off Europe just yet</b><p>It’s been a poor tournament for the European teams, with a number of big nations – notably Italy, England and Portugal – failing to live up to expectations. But the situation is no worse than in 2010, when seven teams also failed to reached the second round. Six …

USA 0-1 Germany

<b>Date</b>: June 26, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: USA 0-1 Germany<p><b>Scorers</b>:<p><b>Germany</b>:<p>Muller 55<p><b>Venue</b>: Arena Pernambucano, Recife<p><b>Attendance</b>: 41,875<p><b>Match overview</b>: Germany beat USA 1-0 in rainswept Recife but both teams still qualified for the knockout stage because of Portugal’s narrow win over Ghana. Thomas Muller scored his …

USA vs. Belgium: Each Side's Biggest Questions for 2014 World Cup Knockout Stage

The United States surprised many people around the world by advancing through the Group of Death with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. However, things continue to be difficult with a round of 16 battle against Belgium.<p>While Belgium had not been in the World Cup since 2002, they came into Brazil as a …

Why South American Rivals Pose Threat to Brazil 2014 World Cup Hopes

Brazil will be playing against Chile in the Round of 16, and whatever team goes through will face the winner of the Colombia against Uruguay match.<p>The 2015 Copa America was scheduled to be played in Brazil, but since the Amazon country is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, they …

Determining the Hardest and Easiest Paths to the World Cup Final

Now that the group stage is completed, and the World Cup bracket has taken shape, the questions surround who will have the easiest and hardest path to the final.<p>Some teams, like the USA for instance, will have a tough road no matter what, but for others there will be less resistance to hoisting the …

2014 FIFA World Cup: What we learned, Day 15

Portugal beats Ghana, which helps send the United States -- which lost to Germany 1-0 -- through to the Round of 16.<p><b>More World Cup: Scoreboard |</b> …

Spain World Cup hopes in disarray as Madrid mess costs Lopetegui his job

The Basque coach was removed on Wednesday against the players' wishes and leaves La Roja in turmoil ahead of their opener against Portugal on Friday<p>Spain's World Cup preparations are in chaos. The president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, announced on Wednesday that coach …

Amazing Stats About the 2014 World Cup on Social Media

Social media has made keeping up with the World Cup easier than ever. Soccer — or, football — fans around the globe have taken to social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to follow the action and cheer on their teams. The World Cup has illuminated the real-time excitement and …

FIFA World Cup 2014: Luis Suarez Banned From Participating in All Football for Four Months

It was coming, it was going to be severe, and when it landed Luis Suarez, Uruguay and Liverpool would have felt the body blow to some effect.<p>It was …

Belgium's form as good as any in World Cup

The eyes of the USA will now focus on a small country over 3,500 miles away, roughly the size of Maryland with a population less than Ohio. But despite its small physical stature Belgium have been widely tipped as the dark horse for this year's World Cup.<p>Belgium's form as good as any in World …

World Cup over for Suarez after record ban for biting | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was hit with the longest ban imposed at a World Cup on Thursday as FIFA threw the book at one of soccer’s most talented but controversial players for biting an opponent.<p>Uruguay's Luis Suarez (R) reacts after clashing with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini …

Obama watches US in World Cup on way to Minnesota

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — Air Force One gave President Barack Obama an advantage that wasn't available to many other frequent flyers Thursday: the …

Uruguayan fans wait fruitlessly for banned Suarez

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Several hundred Uruguayans gathered at a Montevideo airfield Thursday night waiting on the expected return of soccer …

World Cup's brave new world

The game wasn't pretty, but in this World Cup tipped upside down, it makes sense that a loss equaled a win for a U.S. team that now advances to the knockout stage.<p>By staying close to Germany in a rain-soaked 1-0 defeat, the Americans sneaked through pool play by way of a goal-differential …

Relegation Zone Blog

Aug 4, 2014<p><i>This year, the Premier League welcomes Leicester City, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers back into its profitable embrace. But how will they</i> …