The Brazil Soccer World Cup

All the pizazz and excitement of the FIFA World Cup held in Brazil this year gathered together in an easily accessible special report

United Germany stands at the top of the world

United they stand, right at the top of the football world. And right on South American soil. Germany won its

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Stage for Messi to secure place among the greats

LIONEL Messi can secure his place among the game’s greats with a World Cup triumph after Argentina defeated the Netherlands

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Van Gaal takes aim at ‘unfair’ match

NETHERLANDS coach Louis van Gaal yesterday questioned the rationale of holding a World Cup third-place play-off match after his side’s

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World media reflect on Brazil’s World Cup trauma

Germany’s record 7-1 hammering of hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals provoked very different reactions from media round the

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Brazil shock defeat to Germany smashes Twitter record

Brazil’s record defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final sent Twitter into overdrive, with the social

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Germany delighted, astonished by Brazil rout

Germans awoke on Wednesday (09/07/2014) to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a

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History hangs over semifinal

FUELLED by decades of hurt, Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Arjen Robben’s Holland will carry competing motivations into today’s tantalising World

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Brazil look to maintain nation’s dream, ticket scandal dogs Fifa partner

Hosts Brazil bid to bring the dream of 200 million compatriots a step closer to reality on Tuesday (08/07/2014) as

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Old foes set for clash of titans

GERMANY will meet tough- tackling Brazil head-on when soccer’s titans clash in tonight’s World Cup semifinal with the host nation

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Mexicans protest World Cup penalty decision in local elections

Mexicans are refusing to move on from the controversial penalty awarded to the Netherlands which knocked them out of the

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Bittersweet exit for Colombian star

AS the World Cup’s top scorer, James Rodriguez, exited the stage that has made him a world star, there was

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Higuain in mood to get team home

WITH a single swish of the right boot in his side’s World Cup quarterfinal against Belgium, Gonzalo Higuain finally showed

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‘Dreamland’ for Germany as they take on hosts Brazil

GERMANY head coach Joachim Loew is relishing the chance to take on hosts Brazil in tomorrow’s World Cup semifinal as

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Audacious move earns awe, praise

DUTCH coach Louis van Gaal’s audacious move in substituting his goalkeeper for the penalty shootout in the World Cup quarterfinal

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France now plan for Europe in 2016

FRANCE coach Didier Deschamps is confident his side can learn the harsh lessons from World Cup heartache as they target

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Love or hate him, Robben has it all

“I AM almost crying,” gasped Arjen Robben. “It’s the emotions, they’re so strong.” The Dutchman had just emerged from the

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Clash of the powerhouses

UNDER-FIRE Germany face rejuvenated France in tonight’s World Cup quarterfinal at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium in a mouth-watering

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Blatter declares World Cup success

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has declared the World Cup in Brazil a success, saying fears of anti-tournament protests had not

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Messi seen on par with Maradona

AS the former Argentina international Jorge Valdano once observed: “One does try to avoid comparing Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

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Colombia remembers slain star

IF Colombia had reached the World Cup quarterfinals 20 years ago the country might not have been dragged through its

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Brazil wary of Rodriguez threat

BRAZIL will be in trouble in Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia if they afford the outstanding James Rodriguez any

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Once again, African football bows out early

It was, of all people, a half-African who spoke the loudest. “We must become the world champions,” said Ghanaian player

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Nigerian hopes crushed

A PAUL Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal saw France edge a hard- fought contest with Nigeria 2-0

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Uruguay president curses FIFA ‘sons of bitches’

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica has slammed FIFA leaders as “sons of bitches” for banning the country’s star striker Luis Suarez

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Dutch media debates Robben penalty

Dutch newspapers on Monday praised the Oranje’s “miracle” World Cup victory against Mexico, but opinions were divided whether striker Arjen

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The world falls in love with James Rodriguez

Colombia’s new idol James Rodriguez is living the dream of every footballer: to go from being a virtual unknown to

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Costa Rica hangs on to beat Greece in shootout

With his team down to 10 men for nearly an hour, Keylor Navas made sure Costa Rica’s last line of

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Messi’s Argentina look to peak against Swiss

Lionel Messi’s goals have fired Argentina into the World Cup last 16 but they will look for a better all-round

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France, Germany the spoilers on Africa’s big day

European powerhouses Germany and France block the way for Nigeria and Algeria to make some World Cup history on Monday

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Soccer-Poker brand 888 cancels Suarez sponsorship deal after ban

Poker brand 888 has cancelled its sponsorship deal with Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker was banned from all soccer-related

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Fifa bans biter Luis Suarez

FIFA has banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for nine international matches and barred him from all soccer activities for four

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Jungle city makes its mark on 2014

BRITISH tabloids warned it was a jungle outpost where dangers ranged from rampant crime to snakes, but the mayor of

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Club crisis hits Italy’s national side

NO coach, no president, no forwards and no place in the World Cup knock-out rounds. The question is, where does

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Knives out as UK press call for Suarez to be banned

THE British press that he has blamed for failing to respect him in the past was yesterday united in condemnation

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Portugal face ‘impossible’ task

CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s Portugal face a sobering early World Cup exit tonight even if their World Footballer of the Year produces

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What to do as England campaign fails yet again

AS England’s beleaguered players flew back to the United Kingdom after another failed World Cup campaign, the now familiar post-

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Close friends in crucial face-off

FRIENDS clash on either side of the World Cup divide today when Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States meet Joachim Loew’s Germany

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South Korea need to find 2002 spirit

STRUGGLING South Korea will need to rediscover the magical spirit of 2002 as they fight to rescue their dismal World

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Swedish punter had safe bet on ‘serial biter’

WHILE Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini reacted with horror to being bitten by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in their World Cup

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Biting – Suarez’s tough childhood to blame, says sports psychologist

Uruguay’s volatile star Luis Suarez’s propensity for biting opponents stems from his under-privileged childhood, a leading sports psychologist told the

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Ghana airlifts $3 million to Black Stars

Ghana’s government said on Wednesday (25/06/2014) that it is sending more than $3 million in cash on a chartered plane

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Twitter sinks teeth into Suarez after World Cup ‘bite’

Twitter users sank their teeth into Uruguay striker Luis Suarez on Wednesday (25/06/2014) after his World Cup bite scandal, flooding

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Suarez risks World Cup ban after Italy bite

Uruguay star Luis Suarez faces expulsion from the World Cup for biting another player as FIFA confirmed it had opened

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Tearful Villa bows out in final showing for Spain

DAVID Villa extended his record goal-scoring run at the World Cup and broke down in tears as he left the

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Nigeria face Argentina with last 16 in reach

NIGERIA face Lionel Messi’s already qualified Argentina in Porto Alegre tonight with a first appearance in the last 16 since

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Iran going all out to join goal avalanche at Salvador venue

IRAN’S Ashkan Dejagah is confident his side can end their goal-drought by beating Bosnia tonight to reach the World Cup

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No let up as France almost assured of spot in last 16

FRANCE are vowing no let up of their thrilling attacking style as they seek to storm into the last 16

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Brazil coach wary of clash with Chile

BRAZIL coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has insisted that his side are getting better all the time, but acknowledged that a

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Feel-good factor back for Brazil, Italy sweat

World Cup morale is high once again in Brazil according to superstar Neymar after the hosts finally clicked into gear

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Azzurri wilt in heat and humidity

FOUR-TIME champions Italy admitted they are struggling with the weather conditions ahead of their clash with Uruguay in Natal today

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Safa disputes Keshi for Bafana story

THE South African Football Association (Safa) has dismissed news coming out of Nigeria suggesting their national coach, Stephen Keshi, has

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Boy with no boots is pure ivory

GERVINHO’S superb individual goal for Ivory Coast in their 2-1 defeat by Colombia marked a remarkable rise from childhood poverty

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England seek to save face

ENGLAND return today to Belo Horizonte, scene of the country’s greatest sporting humiliation, where they will attempt to restore pride

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‘Group of death’ lives up to its name

The so-called “Group of Death” is living up to its name. Comprised of the US, Germany, Ghana and Portugal, Group

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Football: Win ugly or with flair? Belgium fuel debate

Relieved at securing qualification for the second phase of the World Cup finals with a late winner against Russia, Belgium

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England told to apologise to fans

ENGLAND were left looking like smiling idiots just happy to be at the party, Britain’s newspapers said at the weekend

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Magic of Messi to the rescue

ARGENTINA captain Lionel Messi and record- equalling Miroslav Klose of Germany rode to the rescue of their teams with trademark

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Amid all the excitement, where’s Pele?

HE is “the king”, renowned as football’s greatest ever and the icon of Brazilian World Cup success. But with the

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‘Evolving’ Brazil set to progress

STUTTERING Brazil will look to clinch their berth in the last 16 of the World Cup as they host already-

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Suarez topples England

LUIS Suarez scored a late winner as Uruguay sent England spinning to the brink of elimination from the World Cup

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Two coaches face familiar foes

ECUADOR and Honduras coaches Reinaldo Rueda and Luis Suarez will both face their old sides as the two group outsiders

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Pressure-cooker clash for Italy

ITALY are looking to reach the World Cup last 16 with victory over giant-killers Costa Rica today, but the four-time

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Coach slams side’s behaviour

CAMEROON coach Volker Finke blasted his players’ disgusting behaviour after one was red-carded and another headbutted a teammate in their

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Cahill our best ever, say Aussies

TIM Cahill’s wonder strike was hailed as the goal of the tournament in Australia yesterday as the team bowed out

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D-Day for England, Uruguay

HEAVYWEIGHTS England and Uruguay must resurrect their World Cup hopes or face the pros- pect of an early flight home

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Germans swoon over ‘Skinny One’

GOAL-SCORING machine Gerd Müller was unkindly nicknamed “short, fat Müller” during his career, now Germany’s latest hot-shot star has been

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Teenager’s World Cup dream inked in the stars

THE tattoo on England forward Raheem Sterling’s left forearm suggests that he may have been predestined to play the role

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Clubless Ochoa’s ‘incredible’ saves boost his job prospects

MEXICO’S Guillermo Ochoa produced one of the great World Cup goalkeeping performances on Tuesday, denting hosts Brazil’s confidence and boosting

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Chile too hot for Spain

HOLDERS Spain slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chile and crashed out of the World Cup last night after their

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Elephants eye physical exchanges

COLOMBIA are planning a possession game to combat the speed and power of Ivory Coast when the two sides meet

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Fellaini ‘best header in Europe’

STRUGGLING Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini was hailed as a game-changer and described as one of Europe’s best headers after

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Japan, Greece in a tough fight for survival

JAPAN and Greece face a high-stakes World Cup shoot-out today after opening match defeats which have left their participation in

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Spaniards fear more pain

STUNNED by their heroes’ 5-1 humiliation by the Netherlands, Spaniards are already bemoaning the end of a glorious era and

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Queiroz pleads for understanding

IRAN coach Carlos Queiroz has defended his side’s tactics after they were booed by the Brazilian public following their 0-0

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Defiant Mexico hold on for draw

GOALKEEPER Guillermo Ochoa produced an inspired performance as Mexico held World Cup hosts Brazil to a frustrating 0-0 draw in

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Eto’o blow to Lions’ dreams

CAMEROON and Croatia clash in Manaus today looking to put their troubles behind them and keep alive their hopes of

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Bonus row not part of Ghana loss, coach says

GHANA coach Kwesi Appiah denied his players’ performance in a 2-1 defeat to Group G rivals the United States was

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‘Barbarian’ Suarez has ‘savage’ desire to beat England

The prospect of playing England for their World Cup lives is filling Uruguay forward Luis Suarez with wild emotions, the

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Ex-Nigeria star Okocha blames Keshi for bore draw

Former captain Jay-Jay Okocha blamed Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi for the African champions dropping two points in a 0-0 draw

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Brazil face big hurdle

BRAZIL striker Hulk insists revenge is not on the agenda as the World Cup hosts bid to all but secure

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South Korea face Russian onslaught

OUT-of-sorts South Korea face a Russia side desperate to prove a point in Cuiaba later tonight. The Koreans’ fortunes have

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England’s Rooney dilemma

FOLLOWING an uneven display against Italy in his side’s opening World Cup defeat, Wayne Rooney is at risk of turning

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Messi magic seals it for Argentina

LIONEL Messi scored a sparkling individual goal and created another as Argentina overcame a faltering performance to open their World

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We can master the Dutch, say Australians

MATHEW Leckie insists that Australia have the weapons to inflict a shock win on the mighty Netherlands despite their record

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Belgium’s young guns set to dazzle

BELGIUM’S vibrant young team are preparing to launch their World Cup campaign against Algeria tonight with competition hotting up on

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Spain desperate to avoid early exit against Chile

Routed in its opening match, Spain aims to avoid an unwanted World Cup hat-trick against Chile on Wednesday (18/06/2014). Another

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Swiss backed with solid record as they take on Ecuador

Casual football fans scrolling down the FIFA rankings will no doubt pause when they reach No. 6. Switzerland. Really? Yet,

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More than 12 million tweets about World Cup opener

Hosts Brazil’s controversial 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup generated massive Twitter traffic with

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Spain vs Netherlands, the rematch

The big rematch between Spain and Netherlands has come around quickly. The teams that played in the final of the

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Japan fans shamed after ref aids Brazil in opener

Japanese football fans hung their heads in shame Friday after referee Yuichi Nishimura’s controversial performance in the World Cup opener

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Blatter out of favour with Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini withdrew his support from Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter yesterday, plunging world football into open warfare. “I

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Joy for Brazil as world cup opens

Brazil launched the World Cup with an emotion-fuelled 3-1 victory over Croatia on Thursday (12/06/2014) as an opening day which

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Brazil braces for World Cup carnival

Brazil was nervously gearing up for the start of the World Cup on Thursday (12/06/2014) with the host nation preparing

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Sao Paulo police use teargas, rubber bullets on World Cup protesters

Police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets Thursday (12/06/2014) to break up an anti-World Cup

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World Cup heads to jungle for England vs Italy

The heat and humidity will be a factor, and so will the poor playing surface, when the Amazonian jungle city

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Defenders face a tough time against Brazil: Khune

Defending against the Brazilian onslaught could be likened to chasing shadows and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune believes teams are

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Pope sends out wishes for world cup

Pope Francis has sent out a goodwill message for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which starts Thursday (12/06/2014) in Brazil.

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In Lebanon, World Cup fever a break from politics

Lebanon’s capital Beirut is awash with flags. But instead of the usual political colours, they’re the bunting of World Cup

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Thai junta wants free World Cup broadcasts in ‘happiness’ drive

Thailand’s junta said Thursday (12/06/2014) it wanted all World Cup matches to be broadcast on free-to-air television, in an effort

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Brazil ready to samba

BRAZIL are desperate to make a powerful statement of intent in today’s World Cup opener against Croatia as they seek

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Cup set to lift blues in Brazil

SIMMERING civil tension and the stench of corruption threaten to sully Brazil’s global soccer party when the World Cup kicks

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Fashion experts weigh in on world cup shirt style

The World Cup team strips will provide a carnival of color and fashion, from Brazil’s bright yellow shirts to the

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Mexico and Cameroon: rocky roads to Brazil

Mexico owes its place at the World Cup to an injury-time comeback by the United States. Cameroon needed a last-minute

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World cup dominated by European clubs’ players

European clubs have provided more than 75 percent of players at the World Cup despite fewer than half the 32

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Netherlands looking to stymie Spain in world cup

Spain and the Netherlands played out one of the most disappointing World Cup finals in history four years ago. They

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Pressure on highly rated Chile in world cup opener

Tipped by Pele as one of the tournament favorites and boasting its best ever squad for a World Cup, Chile

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Brazil ready to finally get world cup underway

It’s almost time. The day Brazilians have been anxiously waiting for is finally arriving. Brazil plays Croatia on Thursday (12/06/2014)

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World cup records

World Cup records according to world governing body FIFA ahead of the 2014 edition which begins in Sao Paulo on

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Five new technologies at the world cup

The 2014 World Cup will represent the first time that goal-line technology has been used at football’s showpiece event, but

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Jennifer Lopez to perform at world cup opener after all

Pop superstar Jennifer Lopez will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony after all, FIFA said on Tuesday, two days

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Brazil midfield gives Scolari food for thought

Brazil have plenty of reasons to be optimistic as they head into the opening game of their bid to finally

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Drinks firms are ‘real winner’ in Brazil: BMJ report

Attempts to fight alcohol abuse are being sapped by football’s links with the booze industry, a report published in the

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The heat will be on, and the US is happy

While some World Cup teams whine about withering weather and troublesome travel, American players say: Bring it on! European teams

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Nigeria arrives for world cup, on time this time

Nigeria was on time this time. The African champion touched down for the World Cup as scheduled in Sao Paulo

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Klose bids for record in Brazil

VETERAN German international striker Miroslav Klose heads into his fourth World Cup finals not content just with having become the

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Ayew, Gyan help Ghana to victory

JORDAN Ayew scored three goals and Asamoah Gyan netted another in his return to the starting lineup as Ghana blanked

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Brazil gears up for World Cup but strike threat looms

Global football leaders descend on Sao Paulo on Tuesday (10/06/2014) amid tensions over subway workers’ new threat to spoil Brazil’s

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England know how to keep their cool – Hodgson

ENGLAND’S World Cup friendlies gave valuable lessons in handling South American-style aggression when the tournament starts in Brazil, coach Roy

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Brazil banking on Neymar’s genius

BRAZIL striker Fred says his teammates have a simple game-plan if things don’t go their way during the World Cup:

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France move on with win after shock of losing Ribery

KARIM Benzema hit two spectacular goals as France romped to an 8-0 victory over Jamaica in a bid to ease

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Japan star predicts World Cup miracle

JAPAN will defy the odds and the sceptics and produce a miracle by maybe going further than even the quarterfinals

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Pele hoping team can avenge defeat

BRAZIL avenging their traumatic 1950 World Cup final defeat by beating Uruguay in the final next month would be the

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Sterling a poser for Hodgson

RAHEEM Sterling’s sending off in England’s friendly against Ecuador has given Roy Hodgson a major headache ahead of England’s World

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England to counter world cup dirty tricks

England’s World Cup friendlies gave valuable lessons in handling South American-style aggression when the tournament starts in Brazil, coach Roy

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Brazilian police crack down on pre-world cup protest

Police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas Monday to disperse protesters supporting a subway strike that has unleashed transport chaos

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