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Lionel Messi may have missed out on World Cup glory with Argentina, but he still walked away with the tournament’s Golden Ball award to the shock of pretty much everyone, even himself. The Barcelona man, widely regarded as the best player on world football along with Cristiano Ronaldo, didn’t score...
Disturbances have taken place in Buenos Aires after Argentina's national team lost the World Cup final 1-0 to Germany. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse angry fans. The clashes occurred in the center of the Argentinian capital, near the landmark Obelisk of Buenos Aires, where thousands of...
Few of us will ever know what is like to be a national hero, adored the length of breadth of their home country and assured a place in history. But Mario Gotze, the 22-year-old wizard behind the 113th-minute goal that saw his nation lift the World Cup for a...
Germany have won an engrossing World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, beating Argentina 1-0 in extra-time. Mario Gotze was the hero, controlling the ball on his chest and volleying it past Argentinean goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute. Argentina squandered numerous chances to win the match before the Bayern...
Germany are red-hot favourites to win the World Cup on Sunday, according to British bookmakers, with punters piling money on them to conquer Argentina in the final. Major betting firms have the Germans as odds-on to win the tournament after their 7:1 semi-final demolition of hosts Brazil. Paddy Power, Coral and...
BRASILIA, Brazil — When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup. The Netherlands’ remarkable campaign ended on a high note after Robin van...
Teresopolis, Brazil: Brazilian superstar Neymar said Thursday he wants teammate Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to victory in the World Cup final against Germany. At an emotional press conference, Neymar broke down in tears as he relived the challenge which broke a vertebra in his back and left him...
As Brazilian fans start to recover from their devastating loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals, experts say that heartbroken fans should be sure to take care of themselves as losing can come at a cost greater than national pride or a Sad Brazilians Tumblr, it can even affect the health...
Argentina will meet Germany in Sunday's World Cup final after a penalty shoot-out victory over Netherlands. The second semi-final was a tamer affair than Germany's 7-1 annihilation of hosts Brazil, with star players Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben failing to light up the game. The game ended 0-0 and all the...
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA is claiming two Twitter records for Germany’s stunning 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinals. FIFA says there were 35.6 million Twitter posts about the game on Tuesday, making it the most tweeted sports event. FIFA says the previous record was 24.9 million...
Moments after the worst lost in his country's history, Brazil captain David Luiz did a TV interview on the field.  Luiz, who was filling in for suspended captain Thiago Silva, has been one of the stars of the World Cup. After the 7-1 loss, he was distraught. He apologized to his country...
Brazil are out of their own World Cup after an astonishing 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany. The embarrassment started when Thomas Muller opened the scoring on 11 minutes, before an extraordinary sequence of play saw the Germans bag four goals in six minutes in Belo Horizonte. Miroslav Klose fired his record...
Crows can solve complex puzzles and scientists think they are as smart as a seven-year-old child. Now the clever corvids may be able to add football skills and psychic abilities to their list of accomplishments, as two trained crows have undertaken a penalty shootout to predict the winner of the...
NEW DELHI: How Philip Lahm and his boys play against Brazil on Tuesday evening could influence Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel. If Germany goes into the World Cup final, Merkel may pick Maracana over Modi. For now, the two are supposed to meet...
BEIJING — Chinese online stores are cheekily trying to cash in on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s notorious bite of an opponent at the World Cup by selling bottle openers with his image.Liverpool forward Suarez was given a four month ban from football for sinking his teeth into Italy defender...
Lionel Messi has taken Argentina someplace it hasn't been since Diego Maradona was in the team's No. 10 shirt: The World Cup semifinals. Argentina defeated Belgium 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup at Nacional in Brasilia on Saturday to reach semifinals for the first time since 1990....
FORTALEZA, Brazil — After all those fears over protests and unfinished stadiums, it was a hard tackle that knocked the World Cup to its knees. Neymar is out for the rest of the tournament with a fractured vertebra after being kneed in the back in the closing minutes of Brazil’s...
A tense World Cup quarter-final saw Germany beat rivals France 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro. A 13th minute goal from defender Mats Hummels was the difference between the two sides, heading Germany into a record fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final. Match-winner Mats Hummels hopes Germany will return to Rio de...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Colombian pop star Shakira and hip hop artist Wyclef Jean will perform at the World Cup's closing ceremony in Brazil. Shakira will be at the World Cup for the third time and sing her "La la la (Brazil 2014)" with Brazil's Carlinhos Brown ahead of...
At least two people were killed and 19 people injured as an overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, according to the Minas Regais state health department. A city bus and several vehicles were crushed after a part of a bridge, which was under construction,...
Cameroon is to investigate claims that seven of its players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup in Brazil. A statement by the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) said the probe would be conducted by its Ethics Committee. The investigation comes after a convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal accurately predicted the...
Algerian football players who observe the holy month of Ramadan have been relieved from fasting to play at the World Cup, the team has confirmed ahead of their match against Germany in Brazil on Monday. Algerian coach Vahid Halilhodzic stated that the players will be following the program of an...
The Greece players have showed just how admirable they are after rejecting their World Cup bonuses – and instead asking for the money to be used to build a new training centre for the team. The squad detailed their request in a signed letter to the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis...
You may have heard about Pakistan in relation to Brazuca – the official football that was made here for FIFA World Cup 2014. Or you may have heard some unfortunate news about this country on media channels. Today we have gathered 10 facts about Pakistan which you do...
Porto Alegre (Brazil) (AFP) - Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Sunday turned on reporters repeatedly asking whether his players are observing Ramadan on the eve of their World Cup clash with Germany. Germany take on the Algerians in Porto Alegre on Monday in their last 16 clash, but repeated questions...
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Germany's Mesut Ozil will not observe Ramadan when it starts on Saturday but many World Cup players who do follow the Muslim fasting month will be under strict medical surveillance. Jose Mourinho's exclusive World Cup analysis While Islamic Iran and Bosnia, which has a sizeable Muslim...
A Brazilian fan has died of heart failure whilst watching his country's World Cup penalty shootout victory over Chile. The 69-year-old man was watching the round of 16 match in a bar close to the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte when he complained of feeling unwell. The fan, who was diabetic,...
Hosts Brazil have squeezed through to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup on penalties after a tense, thrilling 1-1 draw with Chile at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Gonzalo Jara hit the post with the decisive kick, while Julio Cesar saved two, to give Brazil a 3-2...
With the Islamic holy month of Ramadan set to begin this weekend, dozens of Muslim World Cup players will have to make a tough call: which comes first — their religious beliefs or their athletic ambitions? During Ramadan, healthy adults are expected to fast — meaning no food or drink...
Two American astronauts had to be shaved bald right up there in the orbit, after their World Cup team lost to Germany. Yes - the pair placed a wrong bet on the match! World Cup fever has gone extra-terrestrial and turned the International Space Station (ISS) into a barber’s shop...