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Netherlands Humiliate Reigning Champion Spain

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice each as the Netherlands avenged their 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain with a record 5-1 drubbing of the defending champions on Friday.<p>Van Persie pounced in each half as the Dutch recovered from a controversial Xabi Alonso penalty to inflict a …


Mexico vs Cameroon in Pictures

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Chile Disappoint Despite Scoring Three Goals on Australia

Alexis Sanchez helped Chile pile the pressure on world champions Spain after a 3-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener in Cuiaba saw them join the Netherlands on top of Group B.<p>Sanchez set Chile on their way early on, the Barcelona star turning provider 70 seconds later to set up Jorge …


Goooooooal!: How to Prep for the World Cup in 11 Soccer Movies

In <i>Fever Pitch</i>, still the greatest (and most horribly true) book about sports fandom, Nick Hornby chronicles the white-knuckle grip football -- or …

Portugal Denies Injury Problems with Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese national team has denied that Cristiano Ronaldo is again struggling with an earlier knee injury or that he now has a new problem with the joint, as some media have reported, featuring photos showing the striker sporting a bandaged knee during a training session for the World Cup in …


World Cup 2014 coaches and managers

A complete run-down of every manager and coach at World Cup 2014 in Brazil and how much they are being paid<p><b>GROUP A</b><p><b>Brazil</b> <i><br>Luiz Felipe Scolari, 65, Brazilian</i><br>In his second spell as Brazil manager after winning the World Cup with them in 2002. 'Big Phil' will be looking to build on the success of last …


Protests mar opening World Cup game

Some 200 protesters had gathered to demonstrate under the banner “<i>Without Rights, There Won’t Be A World Cup</i>,” which had been organized via Facebook.<p>Clashes were also witnessed in Rio de Janiero, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Brasilia.<p>Armed riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at …

FIFA World Cup

Neymar delighted with 'dream' start as Brazil forward nets brace in World Cup opener against Croatia

Brazil star, shouldering a nation's expectations, says "what I want is to win the championship" after scoring brace in 3-1 win over Croatia in World Cup 2014 opening game<p>Shouldering the hopes of the nation, Brazilian forward <b>Neymar</b> lived up to his star billing in the opening game of the 2014 <b>World …


World Cup 2014: Spain still suffering from Holland's 'brutal' tactics in 2010 final as sides clash again

Threat of physical intimidation hangs over holders as they face Dutch again in Group B opener while coach Vicente del Bosque attempts to raise his team to extend golden era<p>When a man as diplomatic as Vicente del Bosque is prepared to describe <b>Holland</b>’s treatment of his <b>Spain</b> players as “brutal” …


Spain v Holland: Arjen Robben admits he will always be haunted by World Cup final miss

Holland winger will face Spain tonight for the first time since missing effort in 2010 World Cup final which denied his die the chance to end their misery on football’s biggest stage<p>Arjen Robben has admitted he will always be haunted by the <b>World Cup</b> final miss against <b>Spain</b> which denied <b>Holland</b> the …


Have England players been told to iron training kit under strict regime?

Daniel Sturridge tweets: 'Need to iron my clothes for training tomorrow'<p>England’s football stars appear to have been told to iron their own kit as strict rules dictate they are always well turned out during the World Cup.<p>Roy Hodgson, the manager, was thought to have given the players a more relaxed …


Scores, Results & Fixtures

The referee who awarded Brazil a controversial penalty should not be officiating at the World Cup, says Croatia defender Dejan Lovren.

World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly suffering from chronic leg injury

Reigning FIFA player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo figures to play a big part in the World Cup for Portugal this summer, but injuries could mute his …

Chelsea begin negotiations with Cesc Fabregas as Jose Mourinho admits interest in signing Barcelona midfielder

Former Arsenal midfielder, with Spain ahead of the World Cup, is keen to come back to England - and the Spanish giants will let him go for £30 million<p>Chelsea have opened negotiations over signing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.<p>Barcelona are willing to let him leave for £30 million and <b>Chelsea</b> …