Group A

  • World Cup 2014: Eto'o travels with squad after tweet about injury June 17, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Samuel Eto'o has travelled to the Amazon with Cameroon's World Cup squad for their crucial game against Croatia on Wednesday despite posting on Twitter that he probably won't play because of a knee injury. The Chelsea striker wore a brace on his right knee on Tuesday as players...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on day six June 17, 2014

    Neymar and his Brazilian teammates will be back in action for their second match at the World Cup, before Russia and South Korea have even kicked off their campaigns. Brazil won the tournament's opening game last week against Croatia and on Tuesday will meet Mexico, who beat Cameroon 10 in their...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil keep Mexico guessing on Hulk fitness June 17, 2014

    Brazil will keep Mexico guessing until the very last minute as to whether they will face Hulk on Tuesday, with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari giving the burly forward every chance to prove his fitness for the Group A game in Fortaleza. Hulk has undergone tests on a thigh injury after he...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil striker Hulk to miss training again June 17, 2014

    Brazil striker Hulk missed training again and remains doubtful for the team's World Cup match against Mexico on Tuesday. The Brazilian football federation said no serious injury was detected in an MRI scan on Monday, but the player did not join the rest of the squad for training at the Arena...
  • World Cup 2014: Mexico unlikely to be overawed against favourites Brazil June 17, 2014

    World Cup favourites Brazil will be expected to defeat Mexico in the second round of Group A matches in Fortaleza on Tuesday but their Latin neighbours have no reason to feel overawed. The Mexicans have won big matches against Brazil before, beating them 43 in the final of the Confederations Cup...
  • World Cup 2014: Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o set to miss Croatia clash June 16, 2014

    Manaus : Samuel Eto'o will miss Cameroon's FIFA World Cup Group A match against Croatia at the Arena da Amazonia on Wednesday as he is nursing a right knee injury. The striker did not train for the last two days after aggravating a problem he suffered while playing for Chelsea last...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil's Fred should be punished for penalty, says Loic Remy June 14, 2014

    France's Loic Remy has no sympathy for fellow striker and former club teammate Fred, and thinks he should be "punished" for the way he won a controversial penalty in Brazil's 31 win against Croatia. Fred went down in the penalty area under light contact from defender Dejan Lovren in the 71st...
  • World Cup 2014: Peralta goal helps Mexico edge past Cameroon 10 June 14, 2014

    Natal: Mexico overcame the torrential rain and two disallowed goals to beat Cameroon 10 on Friday, picking up the three points they needed to have any chance of advancing from a tough group at the World Cup. Oribe Peralta scored in the 61st minute, giving Mexico its first win over win...
  • World Cup 2014: Neymar eclipses Pele, Ronaldo on WC debut June 13, 2014

    Brazil's media has hailed the performance of Neymar in the Selecao's 31 victory over Croatia in the opening World Cup match in Sao Paulo on Friday. The 22yearold's sparkling twogoal display at Sao Paulo's Arena de Sao Paulo stadium eclipsed the World Cup debuts of legends like Pele and Ronaldo, according...
  • Neymar leads Brazil to 31 win over Croatia in World Cup 2014 opener June 13, 2014

    Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to their home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to a 31 comefrombehind victory over Croatia. ...
  • Football World Cup 2014: Seven reckless predictions based on the Brazil, Croatia game June 13, 2014

    Seven reckless predictions based on the Brazil, Croatia game: 1. Expect close contests OK, a 31 score line looks like a onesided game. Especially, when all four goals have been scored by the same team, but for some poor calls by the referee Yuichi Nishimura, the result could have been very different....
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil coach Scolari defends penalty, praises Neymar June 13, 2014

    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari rejected claims they were favoured by the referee and heaped praise on Neymar after the forward scored twice in a 31 win over Croatia in the World Cup opening game on Thursday. Scolari said his team showed great character after bouncing back from an early own...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Croatia coach slams referee after opening game defeat June 13, 2014

    Furious Croatia coach Niko Kovac blamed "out of his depth" referee Yuichi Nishimura and warned the World Cup could turn into a circus after a contentious penalty decision effectively cost his team the opening game of the tournament against Brazil. Japanese ref Nishimura ruled that Croatia's Dejan Lovren had fouled Fred...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Referees already in World Cup spotlight June 13, 2014

    Sao Paulo: One game into the World Cup, and the referees are already receiving unwanted attention. Brazil took the lead for good in the second half on Thursday after striker Fred went down inside the area under light contact in the 71st minute. Neymar scored on the penalty to put the...
  • As it happened: FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil vs Croatia June 13, 2014

    After Marcelo's own goal in the 11th minute, Neymar scored in each half and Oscar scored in the 91st minute to give Brazil 31 win....
  • Javier Hernandez benched for Mexico's opener against Cameroon June 12, 2014

    Javier 'Little Pea' Hernandez, Mexico's third most prolific international goalscorer of all time, has been left out of the starting lineup for Friday's World Cup opener against Cameroon at Dunas arena. Hernandez had a disappointing season for Manchester United and coach Miguel Herrera has, as expected, preferred the partnership of Oribe...
  • The Beautiful Game: Football fans all set for World Cup 2014 June 12, 2014

    Ahead of the opener between hosts Brazil and Croatia, CNNIBN's football experts take questions from fans. ...
  • The Beautiful Game: Neymar holds key for Brazil against Croatia June 12, 2014

    CNNIBN's panel of experts feel that both teams would have a cautious approach in their opening match of World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2014 Factbox: Brazil vs Croatia June 12, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Brazil will play Croatia in a Group A match in Sao Paulo on Thursday to set the ball rolling at the 20th FIFA World Cup. Where: The Corinthians arena, Sao Paulo Capacity: 61,606 Referee: TBC Probable Brazil lineup: Julio Cesar, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Dani Alves, Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo, Oscar, Neymar,...
  • Favourites Brazil set to kick off World Cup 2014 against Croatia June 12, 2014

    Sao Paulo: The last time Brazil played at home in the World Cup finals, a 21 loss to Uruguay ended their hopes of a winning a first world title and plunged the country into a state of mourning. When the Brazilians face Croatia in the opening match of this year's World...
  • Preview: Brazil begin quest for sixth title with Croatia challenge June 12, 2014

    When Brazil meet Croatia in the football World Cup 2014 opener on Thursday at the Arena de Sao Paulo, nothing less than a win will suffice for the fivetime world champions. The last time Brazil played at home in the World Cup finals, a 21 loss to Uruguay ended their hopes...
  • Mexican team feted in Brazil ahead of their opener against Cameroon June 11, 2014

    Mexico City: The Mexican Football Federation has said the city of Santos in Sao Paulo state welcomed their national team for the FIFA World Cup with celebration. Mexico is one of the 32 teams competing in the World Cup which kicks off Thursday. The general director of Mexico's team Hector Gonzalez...
  • World Cup: Spain looking for revenge against Brazil, says Sergio Ramos June 11, 2014

    Despite being the reigning champions, Spain have revenge on their mind, experienced defender Sergio Ramos said on Tuesday from Curitiba, where he was named as a UNICEF ambassador. Spain may have won the World Cup in South Africa four years ago but last year they were humbled 30 by hosts Brazil...
  • FIFA World Cup: Defence Brazil's best form of attack, says Pele June 11, 2014

    Brazil's mesmeric attacking football has long delighted crowds on the world stage but a steely defence more synonymous with the likes of Italy or Germany is the biggest asset of this year's World Cup hosts, according to Pele. "For the first time in the history of football in Brazil, Brazil has...
  • Goalscorer Fred promises no more goalscoring promises June 9, 2014

    Brazilian striker Fred has learned from his mistakes of last year's Confederations Cup and vowed not to talk up his chances of scoring in the World Cup. The Fluminense forward promised five goals in five games during last year's Confederations Cup and was criticised after a barren spell in the group...
  • Paraplegic in 'Iron Man' bodysuit to open World Cup June 9, 2014

    The first kick at the World Cup opening ceremony on 12th June will be made by a paraplegic wearing an Iron Manlike robotic bodysuit controlled by signals from the brain. Brazilian doctor Miguel Nicolelis led a team of 156 scientists from around the world to create the futuristic exoskeleton, which was...
  • FIFA World Cup: Brazil's crisis plan give it to Neymar June 9, 2014

    Teresopolis: Brazil striker Fred says his teammates have a simple gameplan if things don't go their way during the World Cup: get the ball to Neymar. The Brazilians got back to work at their plush Granja Comary training base in Terespolis on Sunday after a laboured 10 win over Serbia...
  • 64 years later, a new Brazil hosts the World Cup June 8, 2014

    Today's Brazil is a completely different country from the one that last hosted the World Cup in 1950, but some things have hardly changed even after 64 years. Now, as then, the fans' desperation to see games is matched only by the authorities' inability to build stadiums on time and...
  • Alves' goal gives Portugal 10 win over Mexico in World Cup warmup June 7, 2014

    Portugal won a World Cup tuneup without star Cristiano Ronaldo. He'll be needed more once soccer's biggest tournament starts. With the 2013 FIFA world player of the year sidelined for the second game in a week, Portugal needed extra time to beat Mexico 10 on a header by Bruno Alves on...
  • Brazil injury free for World Cup opener against Croatia June 7, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Brazil will begin their quest for a sixth World Cup trophy with no injury concerns, according to team doctor Jose Luiz Runco. Roma rightback Maicon gave a scare when he went to ground clutching his lower back late in Brazil's 10 friendly victory over Serbia on Friday, reported Xinhua. But...