World Cup Glories

By CNN | A look back at the people and places that mattered during Brazil 2014

Opinion: Four takeaways from World Cup 2014 -

Four key takeaways from World Cup 2014

(CNN) -- This World Cup final looked to answer a question that has been surfacing throughout this tournament, and perhaps -- considering the hold King James has had on U.S. basketball fans in the past few weeks -- all of sports: Is it the team, or is it the …

African Football

Germany erupts with joy as 24-year World Cup wait comes to an end

In a twist of fate, the hosts' vanquishers became the heroes. Germany's Mario Götze's late, late strike made the difference in the final against Argentina, and his sublime goal prevented Brazil's neighbors and arch-rivals from lifting the trophy.

The two finalists played out an entertaining match …

South American Football

World Cup: Panning for photo gold

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(CNN) -- It might be a bit of a blur to everyone else, but Lionel Messi always seems to keep a clear head -- even in the most pressurized situations.

And if the football maestro's opponents struggle to keep up …

Lionel Messi
Brazilian Football

World Cup: Can Neymar-less Brazil pass Germany semifinal test?

(CNN) -- Four days after Neymar was kneed in the back, Brazil face the real possibility of being booted out of their own World Cup when they take on Germany in the semifinal at Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

The hosts will have to manage without their star striker after he sustained a fractured vertebra …

Brazilian Football
Latin America

Social media reflects female football fans

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(CNN) -- Football has traditionally been a male preserve -- but no more, according to a U.S. academic who says social media is helping grow women's …

South American Football
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North American Soccer

World Cup: Can little Uruguay roar?

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(CNN) -- Two former World Cup champions have already crashed out of contention for this year's trophy, and a third one will join them on Tuesday.

Tiny Uruguay -- arguably the country that punches the farthest …


Persieing: The latest World Cup craze

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(CNN) -- Forget planking, it's time to get "Persieing."

The latest World Cup craze, currently exploding on social media, pays homage to Netherlands striker Robin van Persie.

Photos of the Manchester United forward's …

Robin van Persie

Ivory Coast World Cup preview


After twice being drawn in tough groups, it could finally prove to be third-time lucky for the Ivory Coast, who feel they have had a change in tournament fortunes. They have a modest World Cup group this summer and will be fancied to get past the first round after missing out in 2006 …

Ivory Coast

World Cup scandal! The unbelievable plot to eliminate Brazil

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(CNN) -- It's one of the greatest World Cup scandals and 25 years on Chile return Wednesday to the "crime scene" that resulted in the South American country being banned from the 1994 World Cup.

It's a story of brazen deceit and shameless …


World Cup: Capturing the moment

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(CNN) -- It's a World Cup photograph taken over 40 years ago. Shot on film, and after the game, but it still ranks as one of the most memorable and impactful of football images.

At the 1970 tournament, …


Sex and soccer: Should teams abstain during the World Cup?

The Mexicans will be abstaining, one German is more open-minded while the Bosnians will only have themselves for company.

It's a debate as old as time -- should football stars keep it clean between the sheets to maximise athletic performance?

U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is taking a …

Sports History

Brazil 2014: Five things African teams need to win first World Cup

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(CNN) -- Patrick Vieira knows what it takes to win football's greatest prize -- and the former France star believes Africa is close to claiming a historic first World Cup title.

Only three teams from the continent have ever reached the …

South American Football

Jurgen Klinsmann: Dividing opinion

In footballing terms, Landon Donovan isn't a marquee name in Europe. He endured a miserable stint at behemoth Bayern Munich and only when he played in a less pressurized environment on another loan deal -- for Everton in the English Premier League -- did he excel.

On the domestic front, it's an …

South American Football

Big Daddy

Felipe “Big Phil” Scolari is a national father figure, and he’s back to squash the Curse of 1950

Felipe Scolari fills a room. Last November, the coach of the Brazilian national team strolled into the lounge of Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, which for two days had been crammed full of journalists …

South American Football

Brazil 2014: Will World Cup redeem people's faith in football?

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(CNN) -- In Brazil, they use the expression "futbol arte" to describe the type of soccer which made the country's world champion team of 1970 so easy on the eye.

But no longer -- football has changed, and Brazil has changed too.

When it won the …


World Cup waiting is over: Brazil 2014 ready to kick off

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(CNN) -- Brazil welcomed the world with a carnival of color as the greatest football tournament on earth began Thursday.

Fans packed into the stadium in Sao Paulo ahead of the World Cup's opening game between …


Sports photography masterclass: How to take the perfect picture

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(CNN) -- As director of photography for CNN digital, Simon Barnett's eyes will take in some 10,000 World Cup images -- a day -- during the Brazil 2014 tournament.

Briskly looking at about three frames a second, he does not give each picture much …


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

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(CNN) -- It's the question Edin Dzeko is constantly asked.

"You ask me again about war..." sighs the 28-year-old, rolling his eyes and smiling as he enjoys a rare moment of peace outside Bosnia-Herzegovina's team hotel in the picturesque suburb of …


Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Bahia, Brazil -

Season Finale

I try and go to Brazil whenever I can find an excuse; and the fact that I haven't made a show in the city of Salvador since "A Cook's Tour" over 12 years ago seemed like reason enough for another one.

It's all the best things about the country, boiled down into a thick, spicy, African …

Anthony Bourdain

Are these the world's best drummers?

Wander the historic streets of the Bahian capital of Salvador, and you're never far from one of the region's most moving traditions: its powerful rhythms.

Whether it's the local axe pop music powered by freight-train percussion or street musicians and blocos afro pounding out hypnotic riffs, big …