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World Cup 2014 kicks off with colourful ceremony

<b>The 2014 Fifa World Cup officially got under way on Thursday with a colourful opening ceremony before hosts Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 in the first match.</b><p>A cast of 660 dancers paid tribute to the country's nature, people and football with a show around a "living" ball on the Arena de Sao Paulo …

Seth Vertelney: Be nice to the soccer newbies this month

There will be plenty of soccer novices taking an interest in the sport this month. Welcome them with open arms.<p>Every four years, they come out.<p>The World Cup used to be the talk of every country but ours, but that’s no longer the case. From the time Brazil kicks off against Croatia on Thursday until …

World Cup finally getting underway with host Brazil facing Croatia in inaugural match

It's almost time. The day Brazilians have been anxiously waiting for is finally arriving.<p>Brazil plays Croatia on Thursday to get the home World Cup underway, beginning its quest for a sixth world title almost seven years after the nation was picked as host.<p>After so much talk about delays, protests …

The World is Taking Notice of America's New Found Passion for Soccer

Football has never really been an American passion. But like an increasing number of her compatriots, Lauren LeBer says she is looking forward to the start of the World Cup.<p>The World is Taking Notice of America's New Found Passion for Soccer<p>06/10/2014<p>Football has never really been an American …

From bullet holes to Brazil: Edin Dzeko writes a new chapter for Bosnia

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Bosnia-Herzegovina will play at the World Cup for the first time in its short history<br>• First major tournament the team has played at since gaining independence in 1992<br>• Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is the biggest star in a team<br>• Bosnia will play in Group F, alongside Argentina, …