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Samir Nasri's girlfriend turns air blue over his World Cup snub by France

Anara Atanes responds to Manchester City midfielder's World Cup omission with expletive-laden outburst<p>Samir Nasri was plunged back into fresh controversy with the French national football team after his girlfriend launched an expletive-filled rant about the <b>Manchester City</b> midfielder’s exclusion …

Real Madrid trio on Portugal squad

Cristiano Ronaldo is joined by two of his Real Madrid colleagues in Portugal's 30-man provisional World Cup squad, which features four players from …

Brazil World Cup 2014: Clarifying Group Tie-Break Scenarios and Rules

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us as domestic football takes a backseat over the summer, handing the stage to the world's greatest footballing nations.<p>The tournament will begin on June 12 with eight groups consisting of four teams. The winners and runners-up in each group will then proceed …

Greece World Cup 2014 squad: game-shy Konstantinos Mitroglou called up

Greece have called Konstantinos Mitroglou into their provisional 30-man World Cup squad despite his lack of action since signing for Fulham.<p>The 26-year-old striker moved from Olimpiakos for £11m in January but played for just 120 minutes as the club were relegated.<p>His Fulham team-mate Giorgos …

Messi not focused on matching greats

Lionel Messi says his motivation to win the World Cup with Argentina does not come from the desire to prove himself an all-time great like Pele or …

Soccer

A language app is getting Brazil’s taxi drivers in shape for the World Cup

The World Cup is just weeks away, and nothing seems to be ready. But at last one group in Brazil may be prepared: the nation’s cab drivers.<p>99Taxis—essentially the Uber of Brazil—has partnered with language-learning platform Voxy to offer free English lessons to 40,000 cabbies. The 2,000 who signed …

World Cup 2014 countries: Fifa world rankings

Spain lead the way in the Fifa world rankings ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with Roy Hodgson's England just making the top 10<p><b>Spain</b> are justifiably many people's favourites to lift the <b>World Cup</b> in Rio as Vicente del Bosque's reigning champions continue to occupy top spot in the Fifa world …

Soccer

Frank Lampard named England vice-captain for World Cup 2014 campaign in Brazil

Chelsea veteran was captain when England were last in Brazil a year ago<p>Roy Hodgson has announced that midfielder Frank Lampard will be <b>England's</b> vice-captain at this summer's <b>World Cup</b>.<p>The 35-year-old <b>Chelsea</b> star, who has won 103 international caps and been named captain six times, was skipper when …

World Cup participation not in doubt, says Schweinsteiger

BERLIN (Reuters) - Injured Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be fit for the World Cup starting in Brazil next month despite missing Bayern Munich’s German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with a knee injury.<p>Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger attends a training …

Brazil 2014: the physics behind the Brazuca

After the controversial swerving Jabulani in 2010, Simon Choppin of the Centre for Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University explains to Christy Romer how airflow technology will guide the Brazuca in Brazil this summer

Brazil expects 3.7 million World Cup tourists

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil expects a total of 3.7 million tourists in the country during the World Cup, including nearly 2 million coming specifically …

Brazil police clash with anti-World Cup protesters

SAO PAULO (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in Sao Paulo Thursday, as demonstrations against the World Cup and rallies calling for improved public …

Raheem Sterling's liberation at Liverpool can help England's cause in Brazil

The free-flowing style of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is allowing Raheem Sterling to shine on centre stage and is timely for England<p>Raheem Sterling’s road to the top is running from East Anglia to the whole of Anglia to Europe and the world. In this 11th straight league win for <b>Liverpool</b> he …

World Cup Central Blog

May 18, 2018<p>Michel Platini has said France used "trickery" to influence the 1998 World Cup group stage draw. We take a look at the background.<p><b>So what</b> …

Roy Hodgson wary of pushing England players too hard before World Cup

Roy Hodgson will take care not to push England's players too hard in the buildup to the World Cup after an intense Premier League season.<p>Hodgson's predecessor as England manager, Fabio Capello, instituted a tough regime including double training sessions at altitude during the weeks before the 2010 …

Arsenal claim Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be available for World Cup

England duo are winning their battles to be fit for Brazil as Roy Hodgson considers his provisional 30 names<p><b>Arsenal</b> have reassured <b>Roy Hodgson</b> that both Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be available for the <b>World Cup</b> finals, with Wilshere in contention to make his comeback against <b>West</b> …

England World Cup squad 2014: Who is in, who is out of Roy Hodgson's 23?

With Roy Hodgson naming his 2014 England World Cup team on Monday May 12, here is a breakdown of which players are likely to make it to Brazil<p>• <b>England's final World Cup 2014 squad</b><p><b>Goalkeeper</b><p><b>Going</b>: Joe Hart, Ben Foster<p>Despite being dropped by Manuel Pellegrini earlier this season, Joe Hart has …

Chelsea star Oscar fears World Cup injury blow

Brazil midfielder Oscar is hoping to be back for the season finale at Cardiff, but is wary of putting his World Cup place in jeopardy<p>Oscar wants to help in <b>Chelsea</b>'s title push but is wary of exacerbating a hip injury that could force him to miss the World Cup.<p>The 22 year-old has not seen any game …

Andros Townsend ruled out of World Cup for England through ankle injury

The England winger Andros Townsend has been ruled out of the World Cup after Tottenham Hotspur announced he must undergo ankle surgery.<p>Townsend will be sidelined for 10 weeks and is to undergo the procedure to the joint on his left leg on Thursday.<p>"Following further examination and consultation, …

Lucas Neill will not make Socceroos squad for World Cup

Ange Postecoglou says an “unlucky” Lucas Neill will not be part of Australia’s squad at next month’s World Cup.<p>The defender had been named as captain in Postecoglou’s first game in charge, against Costa Rica, but the Socceroos coach said a lack of match practice had cost Neill his place in …

World Cup 2014 Wall Chart Featuring Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Suarez And Others

Two of the many great traditions of World Cup tournaments are (1) collecting Panini World Cup stickers, and (2) posting World Cup Wall Charts on your …

ESPN's Latest World Cup Advert Goes 'Home' to Brazil

If the World Cup's arrival in 27 days doesn't have you excited, ESPN's latest advert for the World Cup will get you in the right spot.<p>In the latest offering, the focus is on the World Cup's Brazil "homecoming," with scenes from past World Cup triumphs and, of course, bikini-clad women on the …

Steven Gerrard won't let World Cup focus slip, says Brendan Rodgers

Steven Gerrard is his own worst critic but will not allow the disappointment of Liverpool's title slip to affect his World Cup, according to Brendan Rodgers. The Liverpool manager believes England's captain should have greater confidence in Brazil following the closest title challenge of his career.<p>…

Itaquerao roof won't be finished

SAO PAULO -- The roof of the stadium hosting the World Cup opener in a few weeks will not be fully finished in time for the tournament, constructors …

New poster and behind-the-scenes images for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

With a new trailer set to arrive this Monday, Marvel Studios has dropped a new poster and trio of behind-the-scenes stills from <b>Guardians of the …

James Marsden keen on X-Men return as Cyclops

Despite bringing back virtually every member of the X-Men from previous films, their will be one familiar face missing when <b>X-Men: Days of Future Past</b> …

Behind-the-scenes featurette for Disney's Maleficent

Coming hot on the heels of five character posters and an IMAX one-sheet, Walt Disney Pictures has released a new featurette that takes us …

Rumoured subtitle for Star Wars: Episode VII…?

May the 4th has been and gone and if like me you are reeling in disappointment at the lack of news following the recent cast announcement then this …