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Best images from the World Cup

Best goals from the World Cup

<b>2</b> Lionel Messi Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina<p>After exchanging passes with Gonzalo Higuain, he dribbled past the Bosnian defence and coolly slotted home.<p><b>3 Tim Cahill Australia v Holland</b><p>Stunning left-foot volley that went in off the underside of the crossbar.<p><b>4 Eduardo Vargas Chile v Spain</b><p>A well …

Steven Gerrard: a great player who became a liability

It was hardly surprising, though sad, that Steven Gerrard should have now given up playing for England.<p>The World Cup was a bridge too far; his two lapses against Uruguay each, alas, led to a goal, and a player who for so long has been seen as a bulwark of the England team had at last become a …

Louis Van Gaal thrilled by Manchester United performance

Two goals each from Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and debutant Reece James, plus Danny Welbeck’s long range opener, ensured that Van Gaal’s Old Trafford reign got off to a winning start.<p>“The result always matters,” said Van Gaal. “With such a result you get confidence, and confidence in a new system. …

Frank Lampard joins new MLS franchise New York City FC

Lampard, 36, was released by Chelsea at the end of last season after his contract expired to end a 13-year spell with the London side. He joins the new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise which is due to start in 2015.<p>“I want to carry on challenging myself. I want to be that leader on and off the …

The origins of United States' love affair with Real Madrid

Following the World Cup, Real Madrid will make their sixteenth appearance in the United States in the second edition of the Guinness International Champions Cup satiating many American’s hunger to witness their favourite club. Real’s feat of selling out 100,000-plus seat Michigan Stadium – home of …

Borussia Dortmund offer Schweinsteiger swimming lessons

Borussia Dortmund have accepted Bastian Schweinsteiger’s apology after footage of the Bayern Munich midfielder signing offensive songs about their Bundesliga rivals, appeared online.<p>A video showed Schweinsteiger taking part in a chant featuring the lyrics “BVB sons of b*tches” while celebrating …

New Brazil coach criticizes Neymar over choice of hats, hair dye

Dunga has a lot of thoughts on Neymar, who didn't even play when Brazil got thumped by Germany.<p>Brazil had a disastrous World Cup, being eliminated by Germany in a 7-1 thumping that left the country in shock. Clearly, changes needed to be made, and Brazil's solution was to hire Dunga as manager. …

Drew Brees says he could play until 45, immediately gets drug tested by NFL

At the start of his 14th NFL training camp, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told reporters he’d like to play another 10 years, until he’s 45 years old.<p>“I understand the challenges that come along with that,” Brees said, “but why not? If I can stay healthy, and I’m having fun and playing …

Michael Jordan: I don't own a number

Michael Jordan has no problem with LeBron James returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.<p>"I'm cool with it,'' Jordan told …

Qatar World Cup organisers dismayed over unpaid workers

Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say they are “dismayed” by reports that migrant workers who fitted their offices have not been paid in over a year.<p>Workers from the Indian sub-continent claim they are still owed 13 months’ wages after the contractor collapsed.<p>Some workers had been left …

David Cameron announces immigration benefits crackdown

Benefits for EU migrants in the UK will be cut off after three months, says PM, as he promises Coalition changes will 'put Britain first'<p>David Cameron is to announce tough action on immigration that will halve the amount of time foreigners can claim benefits in the UK.<p>The Coalition will introduce …