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  • FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup 13 hours 34 minutes ago

    Geneva: FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." Some lawmakers in Germany want the hosting rights reviewed because of Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. Political pressure on Russia increased Friday when the...
  • FIFA lifts Nigeria Football Federation suspension July 18, 2014

    Zurich: FIFA has lifted Nigeria's suspension from international competition after the country's football leaders were reinstated. After Nigeria's second-round elimination at the World Cup, the country's government issued a legal order for the sports ministry to appoint new federation leaders. FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from influence by third...
  • Mexico move to No.18 in FIFA ranking July 18, 2014

    Mexico City: Mexico climbed up two spots to No.18 in the latest world rankings released by football's world governing body, FIFA. Mexico earned a total of 930 points to rank third in the Concacaf confederation (North and Central America and the Caribbean), behind the United States, at No.15 with 989 points,...
  • Nico Rosberg changes World Cup helmet on FIFA complaint July 17, 2014

    Germany: Formula 1 drivers' championship leader Nico Rosberg has had to ditch plans to put an image of the World Cup on his helmet for the upcoming German Grand Prix following a complaint from FIFA. The German driver wanted to celebrate his country's World Cup win with a specially designed helmet...
  • FIFA rankings: Germany No.1 after World Cup triumph July 17, 2014

    Zurich: Germany have climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. The four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • Photo: Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio has a terrible rattail haircut but there are hilarious things you could do with it! July 15, 2014

    When it comes to the worst hairstyles of FIFA World Cup, Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio tops the list. His awful hairdo attracted memes on the internet and a lot of football fans found it annoying. Why would anyone do that to their hair? His rattail was highly condemned by everyone but...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina-Germany final breaks social media records July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The hard-fought thrilling World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set new Twitter and Facebook records as the encounter was trending on all social media platforms. The final set a new Twitter record of 618,725 tweets per minute discussing the match, according to a data. Facebook also said the...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil symbolically hands over World Cup to Russia July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday symbolically handed over the World Cup to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, whose country will host the 2018 tournament. The two leaders were joined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the ceremony inside the legendary Maracana Stadium before the Germany-Argentina final in Rio...
  • Sepp Blatter gives Brazil World Cup 9.25 rating July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rated Brazil's organisation of the World Cup as 9.25 out of 10. Speaking during a World Cup media debriefing on Monday, Blatter revealed the body had used social media to gauge the tournament's success,as reported by a news agency. "We have improved on four...
  • Brazil 2014 strong contender as best-ever World Cup July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The 2014 World Cup provided an unmatched level of football, outstanding individual moments, shocks, some controversy and it all took place in stadiums packed with knowledgeable and passionate fans. Taken as a whole, the 64 games in Brazil, were unparalleled as a World Cup in terms of quality...
  • How did this Twitter user know the exact sequence of events that happened during the World Cup final hours before the match? July 14, 2014

    Is FIFA really corrupt? How else did this Twitter user know all the details about the World Cup final result hours before the match? A Twitter account called @FifNdhs accurately predicted the sequence of events in just 4 tweets. Football users were amazed at how this could be possible. A...
  • World Cup 2014: This sadness will last for life, says Mascherano July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said that the sadness caused by losing the World Cup final will last forever. "This sadness will be forever. It was our chance to win the title," Mascherano said after his team lost the World Cup final 0-1 to Germany in extra time, reports...
  • No presentation for Suarez at Barcelona, says FIFA July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA has told Spanish club FC Barcelona that they cannot hold any official presentation for new signing Luis Suarez due to his four month ban from football activities. FIFA spokesman Delia Fischer said that the player ban includes not taking part in any football activity including presentation conferences,...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi blames strikers for 'Final' defeat July 14, 2014

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi has blamed his side's loss in the World Cup final to the poor finishing of the strikers, who missed at least two clear chances to score. Germany beat the Argentines 1-0 with a goal in the extra time by Mario Goetze, but Argentina strikers Gonzalo Higuain and...
  • Beautiful game blossoms at FIFA World Cup 2014 carnival July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Wonderful goals, gripping drama, shock results, new heroes, old villains: the World Cup played out like the gripping blockbuster tournament its organisers always dreamed it would be. Long before the curtain came down on the month-long footballing carnival with Germany's victory on Sunday, many had already decided it...
  • Google celebrates Germany's World Cup win with an animated Paul the Octopus doodle July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: During the course of the 31-day football extravaganza in which 32 participating teams played 64 matches, Google posted an unprecedented 63 World Cup 2014 doodles on its different home pages around the world.The last in the series celebrates Germany's well-deserved victory in the football World Cup. The doodle...
  • Football World Cup 2014: How the world tweeted #GER versus #ARG July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Germany broke the heart of a nation on Sunday, leaving millions of disconsolate Argentines to contemplate a defeat that deprived the South American country of its first World Cup win in almost three decades. In downtown Buenos Aires' San Martin park, a boisterous crowd was stunned into silence...
  • Watch: A viral video had proclaimed that North Korea was in the World Cup finals. Did the North Koreans believe it? July 14, 2014

    While the world was gearing up for a Germany vs. Netherlands World Cup final, North Korea was looking forward to defeating Portugal according to the country's news channels! A YouTube video where a North Korean news channel was airing news of North Korea reaching the football World Cup went viral....
  • Photos: Mother Nature's World Cup trophy: there's a rock in Thailand that looks exactly like the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy! July 14, 2014

    Germany may have carried the FIFA World Cup 2014 trophy home, but there are not the only ones who've won. Nature had already handed the 2014 World Cup trophy to Thailand! The Pa Hin Ngam national park in Thailand is famous for weird shaped rocks and it was recently noticed...
  • World Cup 2014: Mix of tears, cheers and violence in Argentina July 14, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Argentines reacted with tears, cheers and violence after the dream of a third World Cup title slipped through their fingers on Sunday, as clashes between hooligans and police ended a massive street party. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, the iconic monument where...
  • Brazil play host to the best football World Cup soap opera July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: From the villain who bites opponents, to the star left with a fractured spine and a broken-hearted host nation, the Brazil World Cup was the best for soap opera. There is even big money thrown in as Brazilian police chase an on-the-run World Cup ticket executive. Past...
  • World Cup 2014: Germany's strength in depth delivers ultimate prize July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Germany's impressive strength in depth proved the decisive factor in their 1-0 extra-time World Cup final victory over Argentina on Sunday as Lionel Messi failed to deliver the golden touch for the South Americans. It was a substitute, Mario Goetze, who struck the decisive blow for Germany after...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina 'lacked efficiency' in front of goal July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella heaped praise on his team after Sunday's 1-0 World Cup final defeat by Germany on Sunday, saying they gave their all but lacked cutting edge in front of goal during an even game. "They played a fantastic World Cup. There's nothing to blame them...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil sack Felipe Scolari as coach July 14, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Brazilian media say the local football confederation has decided to drop Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil head coach. Globo TV and other news outlets said early on Monday that Scolari will not remain as coach after the national team's failure to win the World Cup at home. Scolari said on...
  • World Cup 2014: Germany's World Cup triumph was 10 years in the making, says Loew July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Germany's World Cup victory on Sunday was not just down to 50 days of good preparation for the tournament but was the culmination of a meticulously-planned long-term project, coach Joachim Loew said. Loew, who took over from Juergen Klinsmann in 2006 after their third-place finish at the World...
  • World Cup 2014: Germans revel in first World Cup win in 24 years July 14, 2014

    Berlin: Jubilant Germans celebrated in the streets on Sunday night, lighting fireworks, embracing strangers, honking car horns and revelling in their first World Cup win in 24 years. Roars of delight soared from Berlin's massive fan zone, stretching 1.3 kilometres from the Brandenburg Gate, where 300,000 fans had braved torrential downpours...
  • 'Did it get Messi? It wasn't even Klose!' The best photos, memes, and tweets after Germany lifted the World Cup trophy July 14, 2014

    A billion football fans had their eyes glued to the screens before the World Cup final. The fans were divided between Germany and The Netherlands in the biggest football event after 4 long years. What time zone you were in hardly mattered when it came to the finale. There were...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina not afraid of Germany, says Martin Demichelis July 13, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis feels that Argentina are respectful but won't fear Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. "Germany have gained respect as a team, but we do not fear it, we're eager for Sunday," Demichelis said. Demichelis added that Germany have a "very smart coach"...