By Guido Ngandu | Paint Rio black (PRB) 2014- Africa at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Includes news on England, Belgium, France & Brazil.
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 …
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 …African Football
If you still have the din of the vuvuzela stuck in your head, you might be surprised to learn that four years have passed and it's nearly time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As Brazil gears up to host the Cup for the first time since 1950, Brazilians have the added pressure of simultaneously …South Africa
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 Ivory Coast player says he believes African players are not recognised as much as they should be.
In a recent interview with Football Focus on BBC World News, Toure said he felt …Africa
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 …Mexico
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 …Greece
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 …Australia
“Do we have a personal witch doctor in our team? Of course not,” Odemwingietold ITAR-TASS. “If we ever had a witch doctor, then it was no less than 20 …African Football
Always the bridesmaids, never the bride. Ivory Coast have always come ever so close to a trophy in the Africa Cup of Nations, but their World …Ivory Coast
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 …
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 …Spanish Football
14 June 2014
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 website
England captain Steven Gerrard says he is determined to leave the World Cup with happy memories - and that there can be no excuse …Steven Gerrard
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 …Refereeing
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 …
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 …
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 9
Romelu Lukaku's World Cup dream is not over, following scans on the Belgium star's ankle injury over the weekend.
The Daily Star reports:
Initial …Romelu Lukaku
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.
9 June 2014
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 facing Uruguay in the final so they can make amends for their 1950 humiliation.
Brazil were big favourites 64 years ago but suffered a shock …Brazil
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
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, Holland and Serbia-Montenegro, lost their first two games and were out almost before they had begun. Four years later, they lost …Ivory Coast
10 June 2014
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 been tipped to be one of the stars of World Cup 2014, along with Argentine club-mate Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.
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 knee during a warm-up match against Ecuador last Wednesday.
Hodgson said at England’s training camp in Rio de Janeiro that …Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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 its hot springs, although it not particularly accessible by air, with the nearest airport ¬– Viracopos–Campinas – …Ivory Coast
FIFA president Sepp Blatter vehemently defended the world federation against those intent on “destroying us” while African associations approve a resolution attacking the “repeated, deliberately hateful, defamatory and degrading attacks” of the British media.
Blatter, who presides over FIFA Congress …Confederation of African Football
World Soccer brings you some more stunning imagery from around Brazil as they prepare to host the World Cup.Brazil
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 Ouro de Princesa home to local side, Guarani, who play in the Campeonato Brasileiro …Nigeria
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.South Korea