FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2014

  • Martino takes reins of World Cup runnersup Argentina August 13, 2014

    Argentina named former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino as the new manager of the national soccer team on Tuesday following Alejandro Sabella's decision to step aside in the wake of their World Cup final defeat in July. Martino, who won the Argentine league title with Newell's Old Boys in June 2013 before...
  • Hearing on Luis Suarez's ban appeal on Friday, verdict likely next week August 7, 2014

    Luis Suarez should find out next week whether he has won his appeal against a fourmonth ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the decision is "likely to be rendered some days" after the closeddoor hearing in Lausanne on Friday. The fasttrack timetable...
  • I will quit if Russia lose belief in me, says coach Fabio Capello July 30, 2014

    Fabio Capello would quit as head coach of Russia if his employers and the squad lost belief in him, he told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference for the first time since Russia failed to progress from the group stages at the World Cup, the former England...
  • Alejandro Sabella quits as Argentina coach: reports July 30, 2014

    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 59yearold Sabella, whose side lost the Maracana final to Germany 10 after extra time, had told Argentine FA president Julio Grondona that...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance July 26, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's secondplace 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...
  • Germany coach Joachim Loew to lead team to Euro 2016 July 23, 2014

    Germany World Cupwinning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54yearold said on Wednesday. Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said he had needed to take some time following his side's 10 World Cup...
  • New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning July 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's 1994 World Cupwinning captain Dunga has vowed to instill "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time. The 50yearold on Tuesday replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week following Brazil's failure to reach the World Cup final...
  • 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 10 after extra time to Germany in the Maracana final a week ago, told reporters on Friday he would...
  • Messi, Ronaldo top online searches during World Cup July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: He may not have been able to deliver the World Cup to Argentina but Lionel Messi topped the google search results for forwards during the justconcluded event in Brazil along with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. "Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi may have not performed to the...
  • Vicente del Bosque planning to stay on as Spain coach July 18, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he plans to lead the team into Euro 2016 and has the backing of the national federation despite their shock early exit at the World Cup last month. Del Bosque broke his silence over his future on Thursday by saying he intends to stay at...
  • World Cup 2014: Kramer was disoriented after blow to head, says referee July 17, 2014

    The World Cup final referee says Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer was disoriented and confused after taking a heavy blow to the head early in Sunday's match. Nicola Rizzoli told the Gazzetta dello Sport, "Shortly after the blow, Kramer came to me asking 'Ref, is this the final?' I thought he was...
  • 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 fourtime champions, who beat Argentina 10 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • Barcelona director defends Luis Suarez over biting scandal July 16, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta defended new signing Luis Suarez over his World Cup biting scandal on Wednesday, saying that nobody was perfect. Suarez joined the Catalan club in a fiveyeardeal last week from Liverpool despite receiving a ninematch international ban and a fourmonth suspension from all football related activities...
  • The Beautiful Game: German players celebrate with fans July 15, 2014

    From the airport, the team set off for downtown Berlin in a bus painted with the years of Germany's World Cup victories: The previous occasions were in 1954, 1974 and 1990. ...
  • Germany World Cup heroes return home to huge fan party July 15, 2014

    Berlin: Germany's World Cupwinning team returned home to share the country's fourth title with huge crowds of cheering fans on Tuesday. The team's plane touched down at Berlin's Tegel Airport midmorning after flying low over the "fan mile" in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Captain Philipp Lahm led the team...
  • World Cup 2014: ArgentinaGermany final breaks social media records July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The hardfought 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 GermanyArgentina 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...
  • 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 soccermad Argentina lost...
  • World Cup 2014: Attention to detail, milkshakes fire German glory July 15, 2014

    The omens were not good. In late May, as the Germany football team gathered at their World Cup training camp in Italy, news broke that manager Joachim Loew had been stripped of his driver's license for six months after a series of speeding tickets. Days earlier, Kevin Grosskreutz, a versatile defender,...
  • 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 archrivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extratime to give...
  • Brazil rethink future after World Cup failure July 14, 2014

    Sao Paulo: The World Cup held potential disaster for Brazil the country, not the team. 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. The cup was widely seen as theirs for the taking,...
  • Brazil 2014 strong contender as bestever 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...
  • World Cup 2014: Runnersup Argentina receive heroes' welcome at home July 14, 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 blueandwhite 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 10 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 01 to Germany in extra time, reports...