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  • Argentine football president Julio Grondona dies 12 hours 21 minutes ago

    Buenos Aires: Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the South American football confederation, CONMEBOL. Grondona, a powerful ally of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, had been hospitalized earlier on Wednesday. Local media reported that he died hours...
  • Alejandro Sabella quits as Argentina coach: reports Yesterday

    Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach, Argentine media reported on Tuesday. The reports said the 59-year-old Sabella, whose side lost the Maracana final to Germany 1-0 after extra time, had told Argentine FA president Julio Grondona that...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance 5 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team "did not play at all." The former Argentina star, and coach of the national side four years ago in South Africa, said the team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three...
  • Alejandro Sabella set to decide on Argentina future in midweek July 19, 2014

    With a September friendly looming for Argentina against their World Cup final conquerors Germany, coach Alejandro Sabella is aware of the urgency of a decision on his future. Sabella, whose side lost 1-0 after extra time to Germany in the Maracana final a week ago, told reporters on Friday he would...
  • 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...
  • Argentina president tells dejected team: 'I'm no soccer fan' July 15, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez admitted on Monday she had not watched a single one of the country's matches in the World Cup soccer tournament, including the final, a blunder that some observers said exposed her as out of touch with the national mood. A day after soccer-mad Argentina lost...
  • Confident Germany had printed World Cup stamps before final July 14, 2014

    Berlin: Germany will this week issue a World Cup victory postage stamp, five million of which were printed before the final was even held, officials said Monday. "This year I dared to hope very early on that our team would take the title," said Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. "It's wonderful that...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil celebrate Germany's win against rivals Argentina July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilians bitter about their team's disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina's defeat to Germany in the final on Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extra-time to give...
  • World Cup 2014: Runners-up Argentina receive heroes' welcome at home July 15, 2014

    Thousands of people greeted a crestfallen Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina team when the squad flew home to Buenos Aires on Monday after the World Cup final defeat to Germany. Television networks carried live coverage of the Aerolineas Argentinas plane -- painted in the blue-and-white colors of...
  • The Beautiful Game: Fourth World Cup title for Die Mannschaft July 14, 2014

    In one of the most engrossing World Cup finals in recent times, Germany beat off a spirited challenge from Argentina to secure a 1-0 victory. ...
  • World Cup triumph could spark era of German dominance in football July 14, 2014

    Germany has a thing about denying Argentina glory. They did it to Maradona in 1990, and they have now done it to Messi. The Mannschaft won their fourth world cup - only the third country to do so - and stamped its authority over the world of football. When Spain won the...
  • 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...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi did not deserve the 'Golden Ball', says Diego Maradona July 14, 2014

    Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona feels Lionel Messi didn't impress in this World Cup and didn't deserved to be awarded the Golden Ball. Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time at the Maracana as Messi missed out on an easy scoring chance in the second half. Messi played a key...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi already a great, says Alejandro Sabella July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi's failure to win the World Cup with Argentina on Sunday does not affect his status as an all-time great, according to coach Alejandro Sabella. Messi was bidding to emulate his compatriot Diego Maradona by inspiring Argentina to victory in the final in Rio de Janeiro, but...
  • 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: Crunching the Numbers July 14, 2014

    Following are a selection of facts and figures from the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, which finished on Sunday when Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final at the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro. 0 - Shots on target by the Netherlands in the opening 90 minutes of their semi-final...
  • 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: 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...
  • The Beautiful Game: Goetze helps Germany to World Cup victory July 14, 2014

    Mario Goetze scored in the extra time to help Germany lift the World Cup by beating Argentina 1-0. ...
  • 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...
  • World Cup 2014: The A to Z of the 'beautiful' carnival in Brazil July 14, 2014

    The Maracana became the moment of reckoning for Germany as they ended their 24 years long wait by lifting the FIFA World Cup beating Argentina 1-0 on Sunday. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany the victory in a tight and tense World Cup final that came...
  • World Cup 2014: Goetze is Germany's wonder boy, says coach Loew July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Germany forward Mario Goetze, who plundered the extra-time winner in the World Cup final against Argentina, is a wonder boy with immense qualities, coach Joachim Loew said on Sunday. Substitute Goetze, who until the final had a disappointing tournament, struck the only goal seven minutes before the end...
  • World Cup 2014: Germany's triumph result of team work, says Philipp Lahm July 14, 2014

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm hailed his side's collective ability as they downed Lionel Messi's Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup for fourth time in Rio de Janeriro on Sunday. Substitute Mario Goetze grabbed the only goal of the game in extra time as Argentina paid for missing a host...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi squanders chance to join the greats July 14, 2014

    Argentina's 1-0 defeat by Germany in Sunday's World Cup final prevented Lionel Messi, who was named Player of the Tournament, from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great. While the 27-year-old has won everything there is to win -- and broken every record there is to break --...