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FIFA's winter World Cup should not be played in November-December

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 …

Neuer: Match Against Portugal is like a Final

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 …

Portugal

Three Points: Argentina defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina

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 …

Three points on a late Switzerland win over Ecuador

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 …

World Cup 2014: Spain keeper David De Gea picks up injury

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.

A …

Spain

France vs. Honduras: Final score 3-0, Les Bleus win scrappy contest

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

Tactical Review: France 3-0 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

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Please, Alejandro Sabella, don't ruin Argentina

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

Soccer 101: 2014 FIFA World Cup Prize Money Distribution

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.

Soccer 101: 2014 FIFA World Cup Prize Money Distribution

06/14/2014

The prize …

Soccer

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 …

Portugal: 3 Hopes, 1 Fear

Hope 2: A deeper midfield will prevent exhaustion.

Arguably, Portugal’s defeat to Spain in Euro 2012’s semifinals was the result of an exhausted midfield. While Spain had the bench to replace quality with quality, Bento could turn to no one in order to mitigate heavy midfield legs. João Moutinho, …

Portugal

Colombia

1 D. Ospina Had very little to do over the course of the 90 minutes, but he dealt very well with everything Greece threw at him.

2 C. Zapata Rarely troubled a great deal by the Greece attack. He was comfortable in possession and strong in the tackle.

3 M. Yepes Earning his 99th cap, the centre-back …

Colombia

Colombia 3 - 0 Greece Match report - 6/14/14 World Cup

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 …

Colombia

Protests gather against FIFA exclusion zones

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 …

World Leaders

The Highest-Paid Coaches At The World Cup

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

Joel Campbell, Costa Rica's Best Bet for Success

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 …

Costa Rica

Uruguay v Costa Rica: Joel Campbell leads underdogs to historic World Cup victory

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 …

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 …

Qatar hits back at allegations of bribery over 2022 World Cup

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

Wayne Rooney makes World Cup impact but only as a left-field assistant

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

Tactical Review: Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

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 …

Ivory Coast rivaling Japan for most ridiculous fans

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

Niko Kovac Is Optimistic as Mandzukic Is Back

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 …

African Football

Colombia Show Skill and Passion Against Greece

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.

Colombia Show Skill and Passion Against Greece

06/14/2014

BELO HORIZONTE - In the days leading up to Colombia’s debut in the World Cup, Belo Horizonte became a …

Greece

World Cup 2014: Uruguay scouting report v Costa Rica

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 …

Costa Rica

In Defense of the USMNT Defense

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?

In Defense of the USMNT Defense

06/14/2014

A lot has been made of the USA’s main …

Soccer

Tactical Review: England 1-2 Italy

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 …

Spain in the Past: Del Bosque must mix and match

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 …

Spanish Football

England 1-2 Italy: Five talking points from the World Cup Group D match

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