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It's like one of those slow-motion car crash sequences in a 1970s movie. You see the tractor-trailer spinning out of control, and you know what's …
For Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, playing a team of Portugal's caliber and featuring a star of Cristiano Ronaldo's class gives their World Cup group opener the feel of a game with a higher status.
"After that match, we will really know where we stand,"Neuer told a news conference Sunday on the …
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Here are three reactions to Argentina's 2-1 Group F win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
1. Argentina win but don't convince
Long after joyous Argentina fans had taken over the Maracana, Lionel Messi finally took hold of this World Cup. Brazil's greatest rivals will be hoping it is a scene …Argentinian Football
Three thoughts on Switzerland's dramatic 2-1 win over Ecuador in their opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Brasilia.
1. Switzerland's reaction a sign of change?
Switzerland qualified for the 2014 World Cup by topping a relatively weak group, and the only one of their 10 matches in which they fell …Switzerland
15 June 2014
Spain keeper David De Gea could be a doubt for their other World Cup Group B games after suffering a muscle injury.
The Manchester United player, 23, missed training on Sunday after picking up a buttocks injury.
The champions face Chile on Wednesday and then Australia five days later.
France opened their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over an extremely physical Honduras, who had a man sent off in the first half.
France started their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over an extremely physical Honduras side in Porto Alegre on Sunday. Honduras came into the game looking …Honduras
C'est fini à Porto Alegre.Les Bleus s'imposent 3-0 face au Honduras et commence la #cm2014 de la meilleure des façons pic.twitter.com/HhT62fVfyP
Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella is reportedly dropping Gonzalo Higuain to play an extra defender. That sounds revolting.
Dear Alejandro Sabella,
Word has filtered down that you are prepared to change tactics for your first World Cup match. I don't understand. Are Bosnia and Herzegovina really so …Argentina
The prize money that FIFA offers the participating World Cup teams is a scarcely touched subject. There's a certain taboo behind the subject, because most people feel that a monetary reward tarnishes this beautiful game.
In reality, the prize money is an incentive of symbolic purposes. FIFA …
World Cup 2014: Arsenal concerned about injured star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being rushed back by England
England manager Roy Hodgson on collision course with Arsène Wenger if midfielder's injury not left to recover fully
Roy Hodgson is risking the wrath of Arsène Wenger if he accelerates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return from injury in order to boost England’s hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages …Roy Hodgson
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With only two days to go before kicking off the World Cup against Germany, Portugal carries the hopes of a small nation, mired in economic troubles.
A good showing in the World Cup would go a long way to bring the Portuguese some joy, but how likely is …
With many suggesting Fernando Santos' men would prove hard to break down, James Rodriguez & Co. cruised to a comfortable victory in Belo Horizonte to take charge of Group C
Colombia made the perfect start to its World Cup campaign with comfortable win over Greece on Saturday.
Colombia marked its long-awaited return to FIFA World Cup action with an entertaining 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday.
Jose Pekerman's men, making a first appearance at the finals of the World Cup …
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - In Rio's centre, dozens of people gathered in front of a large TV projection of the Brazil-Serbia friendly football game. It was an unofficial "test" event organised on June 6th by Comite Popular, one of the main opponents of the World Cup, and a spoof of a so-called FIFA …
Jose Mourinho recently revealed that he refused to become England’s coach following the advice of his wife who suggested he would be bored coaching a national soccer team. The Special One, as Mourinho likes to be called, said “I cannot wait two years for a big competition. I cannot be spending two …North American Soccer
Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell heads to the World Cup with a point to prove to Arsenal and a battered reputation to restore.
The exciting 21-year-old winger has yet to make his debut for Arsene Wenger's English Premier League giants since moving from Saprissa in 2011 and has been loaned out to …
Full match report of the Fifa World Cup 2014 Group D game between Uruguay vs Costa Rica at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza on Saturday June 15 2014
Already this World Cup has delivered more excitement, more intrigue, more unexpected scorelines than was produced throughout the 2010 tournament. In …North American Soccer
World Cup 2014: On the pitch everything is going perfectly, elsewhere, it's a case of could do better
In his first card after the opening of the tournament, Jason Burt assess how the organisers have done ...
Stadiums: Grade D
The truth is that several arenas are not just unfinished but are far from complete. Work was going on frantically behind the scenes in Sao Paulo right up until kick-off with …South American Football
The Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers have for the first time hit back in detail at the widespread corruption allegations that put their grip on the event at risk, insisting they are "baseless and riddled with innuendo".
Going on the attack, the Qatar 2022 organising committee said that the bribery …Middle East
At least Wayne Rooney has broken one of his ducks. The Manchester United forward must have winced every time he was reminded of the reality that he had never managed a goal or an assist in a World Cup finals but, in by-passing Gabriel Paletta with a beautifully arced centre eight minutes before the …Wayne Rooney
Oscar Tabarez’s approach
Uruguay are one of the few top sides that prefer to play with three out-and-out strikers but that had to change because Luis …Costa Rica
Just when we thought the Japan fans were craziest, we found this guy.
We thought these Japanese fans were pretty wild, but it turns out the Ivory Coast had an amazing supporter of their own.
Amazing. It's not just the entire look, either; it's the dedication to the character.Asia
Croatia started preparations to face Cameroon and one of the strong points of this match will certainly be the return of Mario Mandzukic , who was banned after getting a red card against Iceland.
"With Mandzukic we will get the quality, he could be a key player in the next two games," said Niko …
BELO HORIZONTE - In the days leading up to Colombia’s debut in the World Cup, Belo Horizonte became a home away from home for Los Cafeteros. Well over 50 thousand fans came into Confins International Airport and were all over the streets of “Be-Aga”. Many fans were looking to see what they had last …
19 June 2014
When England watched a recording of Uruguay's defeat by Costa Rica, it should have lifted their spirits after losing to Italy.
The teams meet in their second World Cup Group D match in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
Uruguay look shaky at set-pieces
The success of Oscar Tabarez's side over the past …Uruguay
A lot has been made of the USA’s main weakness going into Brazil, being an inexperienced back four, a defense that has little time under its collective belt with the same players. But is that necessarily a weakness?
Back in the old days when the USMNT still seemed to be trying to figure out their …
Roy Hodgson’s approach
Hodgson made some tweaks to his team’s outlook but he kept his usual 4-2-3-1 formation. He selected a team that would …Italy
It started with the Uruguayans in the 1930s. Then there were the Hungarians in the 1950s. After that came the team widely considered the best of all time – Brazil 1970. The French staked their claim at the turn of the century.
These are some of the teams of legend. And yes, the very same Spain that …
1) Sterling looked at home on the biggest stage
Every World Cup there is a young player who takes the tournament with storm – and this time it could be Raheem Sterling. His was a wonderfully exuberant performance and he looked so utterly calm, so utterly at home at the biggest stage of the world. …Italy