World Cup 2014

  • Pele reminds Brazil to play as a team September 11, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele reminded Brazilians what they already knew, and were shown so obviously in the humiliating 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany in the World Cup semifinals: Brazil must play as a team, not as individual stars if they have to win a sixth title. Years of growing anticipation...
  • Kevin Pietersen slams 'selfish' Alastair Cook September 6, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen has slammed England captain Alastair Cook as "selfish" for playing down his team's chances of winning next year's World Cup. Cook's side beat India by 41 runs on Friday to salvage some pride after an emphatic defeat in the one-day series, but former England batsman Pietersen is still frustrated...
  • Martino takes reins of World Cup runners-up 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...
  • Indian women archers win gold, men silver at World Cup August 10, 2014

    There was mixed news for the Indian archery contingent at the World Cup stage 4 with the women's recurve team clinching gold while the men's recurve team settled for silver on Sunday. India beat Mexico 6-0 without surrendering a single set point to bag the recurve women's gold medal. Delhi 2010 Commonwealth...
  • India eyeing three gold in Archery World Cup August 9, 2014

    Kolkata: Indian men's and women's recurve teams have stormed into the finals in the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland. According to information received, the top seed Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Atanu Das got the better of China 5-4, while the second seeded women's team...
  • 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 four-month 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 closed-door hearing in Lausanne on Friday. The fast-track timetable...
  • Deepika Kumari eyes Archery World Cup final berth August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: Having pocketed the recurve women's top seed at the Archery World Cup last-stage, ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari is now eyeing a last-gasp berth into the World Cup Final where she has three silver medals. "I will not be sad if I don't go to Lausanne. Well, maybe a little...
  • 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 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 July 26, 2014

    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...
  • Germany coach Joachim Loew to lead team to Euro 2016 July 23, 2014

    Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old 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 1-0 World Cup...
  • New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning July 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning 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 50-year-old 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 1-0 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 just-concluded 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 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...
  • 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 five-year-deal last week from Liverpool despite receiving a nine-match international ban and a four-month 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Germany World Cup heroes return home to huge fan party July 15, 2014

    Berlin: Germany's World Cup-winning 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 mid-morning after flying low over the "fan mile" in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Captain Philipp Lahm led the team...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extra-time to give...