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Without Neymar, Brazil plays on against Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Even without Neymar, Brazil's show must go on.<p>The World Cup hosts, now forced to play without their injured superstar, will face Germany on Tuesday for a spot in next weekend's final.<p>Neymar fractured a vertebra in his lower back in Brazil's quarterfinal win over …

Germany 7-1 Brazil

Pictures: all the best images from Belo Horizonte Images: Brazil fans mourn humiliating defeat Dominic Fifield: Germany inflict fresh Maracanazo<p>It was the night Germany removed the crown from football royalty. They did so with their own version of the beautiful game and, by the time they had …

Luiz Felipe Scolari begs for forgiveness after 'worst day of my life' as Brazil suffer 7-1 World Cup beating by Germany

Brazil manager takes fully responsibility for side's humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany in World Cup semi-final<p>Luiz Felipe Scolari described <b>Brazil</b>'s humiliation against <b>Germany</b> as "the worst day of my life" and pleaded publicly with the fans of the <b>World Cup</b>'s host nation to "please excuse us".<p>With a …

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World Cup 2014: One lucky punter predicted Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil at odds of 500/1

One football fan from Essex ended last night's World Cup semi-final £2,505 to the good following a £5 bet on the correct scoreline<p>As the football world get their heads around <b>Germany</b>'s incredible 7-1 thrashing of <b>Brazil</b>, one lucky punter correctly guessed the semi-final result to pocket £2,505.<p>The …

David Luiz apologises to the whole country of Brazil after 7-1 World Cup 2014 semi-final defeat to Germany

Described by Alan Hansen as having put in 'the worst performance I have ever seen', David Luiz says sorry to 'all Brazilians' and he 'just wanted to see my people smile'<p>David Luiz, the Brazil captain, gave a tearful television interview after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to …

Fred describes Brazil's 7-1 World Cup 2014 defeat to Germany as 'a scar that will live with us forever'

Brazil's maligned striker Fred who was booed during the second half by Belo Horizonte crowd says 'we will have to seek a higher power to pass such adversity'<p>Fred has described <b>Brazil</b>'s 7-1 <b>World Cup</b> semi-final defeat to Germany as "a scar that will forever live in all of our lives".<p>The Brazil striker …

A look at some of the best goals at the World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area.<p>The world will be …

World Cup 2014: 25 of the best photos from Brazil

Our sports picture editor rounds up the highlights from the tournament in Brazil and explains why these photographs stood out from the 250,000 shots we've received over the past month • Check out 25 of the best World Cup photos of all time

James Rodriguez wins World Cup 2014 Golden Boot

The Monaco attacking midfielder scored six goals in Brazil, one more than Germany's Thomas Muller, who won the trophy in South Africa four years ago<p>Colombia star James Rodriguez has been rewarded for his sensational goalscoring exploits at World Cup 2014 with the Golden Boot.<p>The attacking …

Brazil rethinks future after World Cup failure

SAO PAULO (AP) — The World Cup held potential disaster for Brazil — the country, not the team.<p>Yet the country pulled off a magnificent tournament, albeit with a few bumps. It's the team that has left many Brazilians wondering what went horribly wrong.<p>The Cup was widely seen as theirs for the …

World Cup 2014: Russia and Qatar, hosts for 2018 and 2022, face tough task to match Brazil's carnival

Fans fell in love all over again with the tournament but, as Fifa takes the finals into new territories, there is now a risk the World Cup could fall off a cliff for eight years<p>To Russia, with love. But the renewal of the people’s vows with the <b>World Cup</b> will now be severely tested by its …

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley determined to 'prove a few people wrong this season'

After being hurt by critics who took to Twitter to urge Roy Hodgson not to take Tom Cleverly to the World Cup, he believes he can flourish under new manager Louis van Gaal<p>Tom Cleverley has vowed to prove his critics wrong at <b>Manchester United</b> after admitting to being “hurt” by his tormentors on</b> …

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be surprised by Premier League, says Brendan Rodgers

Level of competitiveness will be at a level the new Manchester United manager has not experienced in the past<p>Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Louis van Gaal he faces a battle to deliver instant success at <b>Manchester United</b> after claiming the Dutchman will be “surprised” by the intensity …

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Referee Howard Webb retires

The Premier League referee calls time on his 25-year football career<p><b>Premier League referee Howard Webb</b>, who took control of the 2010 World Cup final, has been appointed Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, ending his 25-year refereeing career.<p>Webb refereed his first …

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Premier League orders 2,000 cans of vanishing spray following successful introduction to World Cup in Brazil

Referees will be advised not to use it unnecessarily for free-kicks from deep areas of the pitch with the hope that 2,000 cans will be enough to last the new season<p>The <b>Premier League</b> has ordered 2,000 cans of vanishing spray for their referees this season.<p>It was last week confirmed that the Premier …

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Marouane Fellaini will wear No.31 at Manchester United - so the No.7 shirt remains vacant. http://t.co/tP3pa1PKOF #MUFC (via @ManUtd)

Besiktas reveal they are set to sign Alexander Buttner from Manchester United

Besiktas have revealed they are set to sign Alexander Buttner on-loan from Manchester United before the close of the Turkish transfer window.<p>Buttner …

Manchester United manager David Moyes stands firm over Wayne Rooney after Jose Mourinho declares interest

Jose Mourinho forced David Moyes to insist he is not ‘speaking double Dutch’ with his assertion that Wayne Rooney will not be sold by Manchester United after the Chelsea manager spoke publicly in Bangkok of his admiration of the unsettled forward.<p>Mourinho, who enlivened his arrival press conference …

Rooney to remain at Man Utd - Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes says Wayne Rooney will be staying at the club despite continued speculation over his future.<p>The Scot also brushed aside comments from Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho, who said he liked Rooney "very much".<p>Moyes said the Portuguese was "entitled to talk about …

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Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United training is tougher under David Moyes

Rio Ferdinand has claimed David Moyes has injected intensity into training at Manchester United as the new manager’s approach begins to take hold on the club’s Far East tour.<p>With Moyes adding coaches Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden, Chris Woods and Phil Neville to his backroom team, the United squad …

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘meets with Monaco owner’ to discuss transfer

Manchester United have been dealt another blow in the summer transfer window after Cristiano Ronaldo was reported to have met with Monaco owner …

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