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By Guido Ngandu | Paint Rio black (PRB) 2014- Africa at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Includes news on England, Belgium, France & Brazil.

Help for Referees, in a Can

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Even casual soccer fans may already be familiar with the sport’s infamous “magic spray,” the ubiquitous mist that team trainers use on seemingly every type of injury to help stricken — or, as they are occasionally known, faking — players recover from grave maladies without …


How South Africa can offer Brazil a World Cup lesson

Aside from a few maintenance men on the roof, one of Africa’s most beautiful stadiums now sits empty and forgotten in the Atlantic Ocean breezes. Less than five years after being built for the World Cup, the $600-million Cape Town Stadium is largely abandoned.

“This is available for private …

South Africa

Yaya Toure's outburst says a lot about the way world sees Africa

Claim that African players are undervalued caused a stir, but it was merely meant to highlight that they can compete with the best, says Antoinette Muller for Daily Maverick

Yaya Toure is feeling a little bit irked. Not because he has been ruled out of the rest of the season with injury, but the …


Mexico Survive Ref Controversy to Take Three Points from Cameroon

Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0 at a rain-drenched Natal on Friday in a World Cup Group A match scarred by more refereeing blunders.

Oribe Peralta grabbed the only goal after 61 minutes but Mexico will consider themselves unlucky not to have been more comfortable winners after Giovani Dos Santos had two …


Falcao to be Colombia's Main Cheerleader Against Greece

Star striker Radamel Falcao may be missing the World Cup due to injury but he will still be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday to cheer on his team-mates against Greece, coach Jose Pekerman said Friday.

Monaco forward Falcao and veteran former captain Luis Perea, who is also injured, will both watch the …


Chile 3-1 Australia; World Cup Group B

In defeat, some regret; but much dignity. When the Socceroos were drawn to play Chile in the refitted Arena Pantanal’s first match of this World Cup many were expecting Australia to be on the end of a hiding.

But where for much of a slow, startle-eyed opening 20 minutes Australia looked likely to …


Nigeria football team says they took 'no witch doctor' to WC

Even if Nigeria’s football team ever had a witch doctor on their team, that was years ago - and now it is fair game only, says forwards Peter Osaze …


Cote d'Ivoire: How Will Ivory Coast's 'Golden Generation' Define World Cup Success?

[Daily Maverick] Always the bridesmaids, never the bride. Ivory Coast have always come ever so close to a trophy in the Africa Cup of Nations, but …

Yaya Toure: It would be an honour to join PSG

The Ivorian is at odds with Manchester City after claiming he was disrespected by a failure to celebrate his birthday, with a statement on his future …

World Cup: Netherlands embarrasses defending champion Spain, 5-1

What a blessing that the Spanish comfort food paella is commonly served on extra-large platters. Spain's haughty soccer interests might feel an urge to pig out in search of comfort after watching the harshest defeat ever for a World Cup defending champion.

Netherlands, 5-1. One more goal, which the …

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World Cup 2014: Steven Gerrard says England have no excuses

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP - England v Italy

Venue: Arena Amazonia, Manaus
• Date: Saturday, 14 June - 23:00 BST

Coverage: BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport …

Cup referees fail in task to stay in background

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — World Cup refereeing boss Massimo Busacca had a simple wish before this World Cup.

"Our goal is for the referee to remain in the background during a match and for the players to be at the center," Busacca said in the run-up to the tournament.

Well, so far that's not quite …

Holland forward Robin van Persie says 'we could have scored eight' against Spain in 2014 World Cup opener

Manchester United forward in bullish mood after Dutch thrash world champions in re-run of 2010 World Cup final

Robin van Persie claimed Holland could have scored “six, seven or eight” goals during a 5-1 humiliation of Spain which left Vicente del Bosque admitting the world champions had been …

Robin van Persie

Gianluigi Buffon to miss England World Cup 2014 opener in huge blow to Italy

Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirms he will miss Italy's opening World Cup game against England in Manau, with Salvatore Sirigu to replace him

Italy suffered a serious blow ahead of their opening World Cup Group D match against England when veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon tweeted that he …


2014 World Cup: USA versus Ghana: Deep-Dive Tactical Breakdown

American Soccer Now’s Blake Thomsen analyzes the U.S.’s third straight meeting against arch nemesis Ghana. Here, you’ll find tactical breakdowns, …

Romelu Lukaku Injury: Updates on Belgium Star's Ankle and Recovery

Updates from Wednesday, June 11

Guardian Sport provided the latest on Romelu Lukaku's status heading into the 2014 World Cup:

Updates from Monday, June

Cameroon arrive in Brazil following their bonus dispute

Cameroon finally arrived in Brazil for the World Cup on Monday after a dispute over bonus payments that delayed their journey for almost a day.

The …


World Cup 2014: England and Brazil's chances equal - Pele

Brazil legend Pele says England "have the same chance" as his country of winning the 2014 World Cup.

But the 73-year-old is hoping the hosts end up …

Steven Gerrard misses England training with groin injury

England captain Steven Gerrard missed England training on Monday with a groin problem, though he should still be available for their World Cup opener.

England were without their captain Steven Gerrard in training on Monday, thanks to a groin injury. According to the BBC, Gerrard only completed some …

Steven Gerrard

World Cup 2014: age begins to tarnish Ivory Coast’s golden generation

Brazil 2014 may offer a last-chance saloon for Didier Drogba and his team-mates who have not impressed in recent friendlies

Fate has not been helpful to Ivory Coast at World Cups. In 2006, as the so-called golden generation first emerged, they were drawn in an impossible group with Argentina, …

Ivory Coast

World Cup 2014: Neymar injury scare for Brazil

Brazil forward Neymar appears to roll his ankle during a training session in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro.

The 22-year-old Barcelona player has …

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to return for England against Uruguay

• Arsenal midfielder to miss World Cup opener due to knee injury • Roy Hodgson plays down fears over Steven Gerrard’s fitness

The England coach Roy Hodgson is hopeful Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for the team’s second World Cup match against Uruguay.

The Arsenal midfielder injured his right …

Roy Hodgson

World Cup 2014: Where they will stay – Ivory Coast

The Oscar Inn Eco Resort in Aguas de Lindoia will provide accommodation and training facilities for the Ivory Coast.

Created by former Brazilian international Oscar, who captained his country at the 1982 World Cup, also runs a youth development academy at the site. The small town is most famous for …

Africa unites behind Sepp Blatter as Qatar row turns ugly

Unmasked anger erupted within the leadership of the world game here today over the ongoing fall-out from the Qatar 2022 controversy.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter vehemently defended the world federation against those intent on “destroying us” while African associations approve a resolution attacking …

World Cup Images of Brazil – Two days to go

World Soccer brings you some more stunning imagery from around Brazil as they prepare to host the World Cup.

World Cup 2014: Where they will stay – Nigeria

Nigeria will be based at the Vitoria Hotel Concept in Campinas, to the north west of Sao Paulo.

It is a city that initially grew rich on coffee production. Based in the upmarket district of Cambu, the hotel even boasts a heliport. The Super Eagles will train at the 40,988 capacity Estadio Brinco de …

Jordan Ayew finishes off well worked move against South korea

Ghana's Jordan Ayew fired a low shot from 22 yards out to score following some good team play in the friendly win over South Korea in Miami.