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  • 13/07/2014 | Argentina

    At least 50 detained, 22 injured after police clash with fans at the Obelisc

    After hours of peaceful World Cup celebrations at the Obelisc in 9 de Julio Avenue in downtown Buenos Aires City, violence broke out, as fans clashed with police, leaving at least 50 detained and 22 injured.

  • 14/07/2014 | Argentina

    Berni says incidents were 'completely planned'

    Security Secretary Sergio Berni referred today to the clashes at the Obelisc between soccer fans and police officers last night that left dozens of arrested and injured saying incidents were “completely planned.”

  • 03/07/2014 | Argentina

    Former Triple A fugitive arrested in Brazil

    Enhanced international police cooperation during the World Cup has led to the arrest of a fugitive wanted for torture and murder during Argentina's "dirty war" four decades ago, Brazilian authorities said today.

  • 09/07/2014 | Argentina

    Argentinean journalist Jorge 'Topo' López dies in Brazil car accident

    Argentinean journalist Jorge “Topo” López who was working for La Red Radio at the WC in Brazil died after the taxi he was travelling in was hit by a stolen vehicle that was being pursued by the Military Police.

  • 10/07/2014 | Argentina

    CFK scheduled to meet Argentine squad and Putin next week

    After recovering from her medical rest following a bout of laryngitis, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will receive the Argentine squad next week, after the World Cup final to be disputed against Germany on Sunday at the Maracaná Stadium in Río de Janeiro.

  • 15/12/2012 | Argentina

    'Gun row a warning for Brazil World Cup'

    The abandonment of last Wednesday's Copa Sudamericana final following shocking accusations police had pulled guns on players should serve as a warning for Brazil's World Cup organizers, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said today.

  • 05/06/2014 | Argentina

    'Gov’t guarantees public, free, nationwide WC transmission'

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich announced today  that Canal 7, DeporTV and Radio Nacional’s World Cup transmissions guarantee a nationwide and free service, fulfilling the government’s goal of delivering “the World Cup to the whole country.”

  • 14/06/2014 | Argentina

    FIFA probe Argentina for Malvinas protest

    Football world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina's football association due to a players' protest over the Malvinas islands at a World Cup warmup game.

  • 31/07/2014 | World

    Brazil WC drinking gives big boost to beer maker

    The maker of Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona beers experienced a sharp surge in sales in Brazil during the World Cup with the month-long contest leading to consumption of an extra 140 million liters or 2 million barrels.

  • 07/02/2014 | Latin America

    Worker dies in Manaus World Cup stadium accident

    A worker died in an accident while working outside the World Cup stadium in the Brazilian city of Manaus, local authorities and the Sports Ministry said.

  • 28/05/2014 | Latin America

    World Cup opponents march for homeless

    Several thousand demonstrators marched peacefully in Sao Paulo today to demand more low income housing for residents they say were displaced to make way for a World Cup stadium.

  • 09/06/2014 | Latin America

    Sao Paulo subway strike suspended, fears loom ahead of World Cup

    Subway workers have suspended a strike that crippled traffic in Brazil's biggest city, but warned they could resume their walkout on Thursday, when Sao Paulo hosts the first game of the soccer World Cup.

  • 21/06/2013 | Latin America

    Backlash grows against Brazilian protests after violence

    A popular backlash against Brazil's nationwide protests took hold after widespread rioting overnight, as even the leftist group at the movement's core said it was done organizing marches for now because of growing discord and violence.

  • 01/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis does not fear protests during Brazil trip

    Pope Francis does not believe that there will be protests during his visit to Brazil to mark World Youth Day, scheduled to run from July 22-29 in Rio de Janeiro.

  • 27/11/2013 | Latin America

    At least two dead in Brazil World Cup stadium accident

    A crane collapsed today at the construction site of a future World Cup soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing at least two people and apparently causing damage to the structure.

  • 04/12/2012 | Latin America

    Rio arrests 63 police in corruption crackdown

    Investigators in Rio de Janeiro arrested 63 police officers and 11 alleged drug traffickers today after a year-long bribery probe and ongoing efforts to stamp out police corruption ahead of the World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in 2016.

  • 10/04/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil to miss FIFA deadline for World Cup stadiums

    More than half a million tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup in June, but host nation Brazil has yet to finish the main stadiums to be used in the dress rehearsal for the 2014 football World Cup.

  • 21/06/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil's President Rousseff pledges to maintain order

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff pledged on Friday to maintain order on the streets, condemning the acts of violence and vandalism that have marred the country's largest protest in 20 years and promising security forces would defend public property.

  • 11/02/2011 | Latin America

    Brazil arrests 35 in swoop on Río police corruption

    At least 35 people, mostly Río de Janeiro police officers, were arrested on suspicion of colluding with drug gangs as the Brazilian city attempts to clean itself up before hosting the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games two years later.

  • 15/02/2011 | Latin America

    Río police chief quits amid corruption scandal

    The head of Río de Janeiro's state's civil police quit, becoming the latest victim of a drugs and corruption scandal that has convulsed the police in Brazil's second city.

  • 16/10/2012 | Latin America

    France snatch last-gasp equaliser to hold Spain

    France substitute Olivier Giroud headed past a diving Iker Casillas with almost the last touch of the game to snatch a 1-1 draw against world champions Spain in their World Cup Group I qualifier.

  • 11/09/2014 | Sports

    US ease past Lithuania into World Cup final

    The US has breezed into the basketball World Cup final after a commanding performance by the holders who beat Lithuania 96-68 in a one-sided contest.

  • 12/09/2014 | Sports

    Serbia beat France to join US in World Cup final

    Serbia has continued their remarkable run in the basketball World Cup knockout rounds after a 90-85 win over European champions France steered them into Sunday's final against holders United States.

  • 16/10/2014 | Sports

    Sabella breaks post-World Cup silence with praise for Messi

    Former Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella spoke today for the first time since the end of the 2014 World Cup, as he praised Lionel Messi on the 10th anniversary of the Albiceleste captain's debut for Barcelona.

  • 04/09/2014 | Sports

    Argentina go down to Greece in FIBA World Cup

    Argentina’s national basketball team pushed Greece hard but could not overcome the solid Europeans, eventually falling to a 79-71 defeat in the FIBA World Cup's Group B.

  • 07/09/2014 | Sports

    Argentina knocked out of FIBA World Cup

    Brazil crushed the national team’s dreams for a place in the FIBA World Cup quarter-finals with a 85-65 victory.

  • 09/09/2014 | Sports

    USA destroy Slovenia to make World Cup semis

    The United States basketball team has qualified easily for the semi-finals of the World Cup, coasting past Slovenia 119-76 to book a last-four clash with Lithuania on Thursday.

  • 31/08/2014 | Sports

    World Cup: Argentina loses 90-85 to Croatia

    The national basketball team lost 90-85 to Croatia, in its second match after yesterday’s perfect start against Puerto Rico, when coach Julio Lamas' team won 98-78.

  • 03/09/2014 | Sports

    Argentina crushes Senegal 81-46 in FIBA WC group B match

    Argentina’s national basketball national team booked their place in the FIBA World Cup last-16 with a convincing win over Senegal, prevailing 81-46 in a one-sided contest in Spain.

  • 31/07/2014 | Sports

    'Manu' misses World Cup as Spurs deny permission

    Argentina’s national team will be playing Spain’s World Cup without "Manu" Ginóbili as San Antonio Spurs denied permission to the Argentine guard based on a clause that restricts participation in tournaments in case of a "reasonable medical concern."

  • 14/08/2014 | Sports

    Suárez loses appeal but allowed to train

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Uruguay forward Luis Suárez appeal but allowed him to train saying that deciding otherwhise would have “an impact on his activity after the end of the suspension”.

  • 25/08/2014 | Sports

    Argentina suffer further defeat in World Cup warm-up

    The Argentina national basketball team signed off pre-World Cup preparations with another reverse, this time against Spain, who defeated a depleted side 86-53 in their last friendly..

  • 25/07/2014 | Sports

    Costa Rica's Pinto quits after 'sleeping with enemy'

    Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has decided to quit World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica because they refused to allow him to choose his backroom staff. "I realized I would not be able to count on conditions to carry out my work," the 61-year-old Colombian said on his personal website.

  • 28/07/2014 | Sports

    Ginóbili World Cup in doubt as Spurs refuse permission to play

    The Argentina national team could be without one of its stars in the upcoming basketball World Cup in Spain, after Emanuel Ginóbili was today informed by the San Antonio Spurs that, due to injury, he would not be allowed to take part in the competition.

  • 29/07/2014 | Sports

    Sabella steps down as Argentina coach

    Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach, Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona confirmed today to reporters.

  • 24/07/2014 | Sports

    Sabella, Grondona meeting postponed for next week

    Argentina national team coach Alejandro Sabella will finally meet next week with Argentine Football Association (AFA) President Julio Grondona, as talks between the two to discuss the trainer's continuity were postponed today.

  • 24/07/2014 | Sports

    Maradona: Argentina played badly at 2014 World Cup

    Argentine football icon and former Albiceleste coach during the South Africa 2010 World Cup Diego Armando Maradona say today Argentina played “badly” in the Brazil World Cup, and stated Messi had a better performance playing with him than with coach Sabella.

  • 25/07/2014 | Sports

    FIFA committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia

    FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, soccer's world governing body said today.

  • 02/07/2014 | Sports

    Ginóbili suffers stress fracture, may miss basketball World Cup

    Argentine basketball player Manuel Ginóbili revealed today he is suffering from a stress fracture in his right leg and might miss the 2014 basketball World Cup to be played in Spain from August 30 to September 14.

  • 11/07/2014 | Sports

    Barcelona signs Luis Suárez from Liverpool

    Barcelona have agreed to buy disgraced Uruguay forward Luis Suárez from Liverpool, the two clubs said today. Suárez was expelled from the World Cup in Brazil last month for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

  • 18/07/2014 | Sports

    Sabella: ‘I’ll meet with AFA this weekend to discuss my continuity’

    World Cup runner-up Alejandro Sabella has revealed he will meet with Argentine Football Association (AFA) representatives this weekend to discuss his continuity as the Albiceleste's coach.

  • 15/06/2014 | Sports

    Argentine men take bronze in Hockey WC

    The Argentine mens' hockey team beat England 2-0 to win today's World Cup bronze-medal match in The Hague, Netherlands, while the hosts went down in the final to Australia.

  • 17/06/2014 | Sports

    Pele stuck in traffic jam during Brazil match

    Pele was one of many who missed the first half of Brazil's World Cup match against Mexico after being caught in traffic as fans rushed to get home before kickoff.

  • 08/06/2014 | Sports

    Leonas through to Hockey semi-finals, men thrash South Korea

    The Argentina women's hockey team left it late to grab an agonising 2-1 victory over England, reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup with a last-minute goal. The men also tasted victory with a 5-0 drubbing of South Korea.

  • 04/06/2014 | Sports

    Argentina far too strong for Trinidad in World Cup warm-up clash

    The Argentina national team have enjoyed a positive start to pre-World Cup preparations as they lead Trinidad & Tobago 3-0.

  • 04/06/2014 | Sports

    England tie 2-2 with Ecuador in friendly

    A second-string England side were held to a 2-2 draw by Ecuador after a superb strike by substitute Michael Arroyo before both sides had a player sent off in a World Cup warm-up match today.

  • 05/06/2014 | Sports

    Portugal's Ronaldo to miss Mexico friendly

    Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Friday's friendly against Mexico as he continues to battle tendinosis around his left knee and a thigh injury, the Portuguese federation (FPF) said today.

  • 03/06/2014 | Sports

    Neymar helps Brazil to win 4-0 over Panama

    Brazil beat Panama 4-0 in their penultimate friendly before hosting the World Cup, with Neymar, Dani Alves, Hulk and Willian scoring the goals in a leisurely but convincing performance.

  • 03/06/2014 | Sports

    Sabella admits doubts over final Argentina World Cup squad

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has confessed that he left the confirmation of the 23 men who will represent the 'Albiceleste' in the 2014 World Cup to the very last minute, as he grappled with doubts over who would miss out on the Brazil-based tournament.

  • 04/06/2014 | Sports

    Portugal says Ronaldo suffering from tendinosis

    Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from tendinosis in the region around his left kneecap, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has confirmed.

  • 02/06/2014 | Sports

    Banega, Sosa, Otamendi cut from final Argentina World Cup squad

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has decided on the 23 men who will represent the nation in the 2014 World Cup, with José Sosa, Nicolás Otamendi and Ever Banega missing out on a place in the final squad.

  • 02/06/2014 | Sports

    Injured Falcao left out of Colombia squad

    Striker Radamel Falcao has failed to recover from knee surgery and was left out of Colombia's World Cup squad, said coach Jose Pekerman confirmed in a press conference held today in the Buenos Aires province town of Los Cardales.

  • 02/06/2014 | Sports

    Last-minute World Cup tickets to go on sale

    Tickets are still available for all 64 matches in Brazil and they can be bought online as well as at the ticketing centres in the 12 World Cup venues across Brazil, FIFA said.

  • 01/06/2014 | Sports

    Qatar denies World Cup bribery accusations

    Qatari organisers of soccer's 2022 World Cup have "vehemently" denied accusations their successful bid was corrupt, saying its lawyers were looking into claims made by a British Sunday newspaper.

  • 01/06/2014 | Sports

    Leonas triumph in Hockey World Cup opener, men lose

    The Argentina women's hockey team, 'Las Leonas', enjoyed a winning start to their World Cup campaign as they took down South Africa 4-1, while the men's team went down to hosts the Netherlands in The Hague.

  • 02/06/2014 | Sports

    Argentina World Cup squad joins Twitter

    Argentina’s national team for Brazil World Cup joined Twitter today, with the verified @Argentina account.

  • 28/05/2014 | Sports

    Goldman sees Brazil beating Argentina in 2014 Cup final

    Rivals Brazil and Argentina are set to meet in the World Cup final in July, with the host country winning the title for a record sixth time, US investment bank Goldman Sachs have predicted in a report.

  • 28/05/2014 | Sports

    Recovered Gago confident after Argentina World Cup training

    Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago proved his fitness and declared himself confident as Argentina's World Cup hopefuls carried out their first open training session, while coach Alejandro Sabella named Maxi Rodríguez as the replacement for Di Maria on the left.

  • 30/05/2014 | Sports

    England enjoy 3-0 win over Peru in last home warm-up

    England overcame some stubborn resistance from a well-organised defensive Peru side before sealing a comfortable 3-0 win in their last home World Cup warm-up match at Wembley.

  • 21/05/2014 | Sports

    Sabella cuts four men from Argentina World Cup squad

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has reduced his preliminary World Cup squad to 26 players, after Lisandro López, Gabriel Mercado, Fabián Rinaudo and Franco Di Santo were told that there services would not be required in Brazil 2014.

  • 26/05/2014 | Sports

    Striking teachers attack coach carrying Brazil players

    The bus carrying Brazil's World Cup squad to training was kicked and punched by demonstrators angry at what they consider exorbitant spending on football and not enough on social programmes.

  • 26/05/2014 | Sports

    Sabella aims for top-four World Cup finish

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has affirmed that his objective is to put the 'Albiceleste' among the top four nations at the 2014 World Cup, as his charges began training today ahead of the tournament held in Brazil during June and July.

  • 19/05/2014 | Sports

    Pele: Tourists to stay away from World Cup

    Protests in Brazil and delays in building stadiums are putting the World Cup next month at risk and prompting tourists to stay away, soccer great Pele said today.

  • 20/05/2014 | Sports

    Messi in Argentina to train for World Cup

    Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi has arrived in the country, ready to “switch gears” and have a great World Cup with the national squad after a lacklustre performance this season at Barcelona.

  • 20/05/2014 | Sports

    Sabella undecided on final Argentina World Cup squad

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has confirmed that tomorrow he would make the first cuts from a provisional list of 30 players ahead of the 2014 World Cup, while admitting that he still was not certain about the composition of the final 23-man squad.

  • 13/05/2014 | Sports

    Demichelis, Mercado surprise picks in Argentina World Cup list

    Martín Demichelis, Gabriel Mercado, Fabián Rinaudo and Franco Di Santo were surprisingly included in Argentina's provisional World Cup squad, while Carlos Tevez was left out.

  • 16/05/2014 | Sports

    Mistake to award World Cup to Qatar, says Blatter

    Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a 'mistake' and the tournament will probably have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said.

  • 13/05/2014 | Sports

    Spain name uncapped Carvajal, Iturraspe in World Cup list

    Coach Vicente del Bosque opted for plenty of youth in his 30-man list which will be whittled down to 23 players who will be bidding in Brazil to retain the trophy they lifted four years ago in South Africa.

  • 13/05/2014 | Sports

    Paletta makes cut for Italy World Cup squad

    Strikers Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni missed out, while Argentine-born defender Gabriel Paletta and controversial forward Antonio Cassano were included in Italy's 30-man provisional World Cup squad named today.

  • 24/04/2014 | Sports

    Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar stolen in sticker heist

    Avid World Cup sticker collectors in Rio de Janeiro were given a shock this week when a van carrying hundreds of thousands of Panini stickers was stolen during a delivery.

  • 28/04/2014 | Sports

    More hooligan contacts in Brazil

  • 12/05/2014 | Sports

    Cole left out of England World Cup squad

    Experienced left back Ashley Cole has been left out of a youth-focused England squad for next month's World Cup in Brazil and the Chelsea defender subsequently announced his international retirement.

  • 09/04/2014 | Sports

    Brazil invited countries to send their own police for the World Cup

    The Brazilian government invited the participating countries to send their own police forces to protect their soccer fans during the World Cup.

  • 14/04/2014 | Sports

    Knee injury jeopardises Gago World Cup spot

    Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago has suffered a ligament injury affecting his left knee, which will rule the player out for the rest of the Final championship and also puts in doubt his fitness for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

  • 16/04/2014 | Sports

    Away crowds to return in City after World Cup

    Security Secretary Sergio Berni has revealed that away crowds will be able to return to football stadiums in Buenos Aires city after the World Cup, as “conditions are now appropriate.”

  • 29/03/2014 | Sports

    Worker dies in World Cup stadium accident

    Another man has died while helping to build the Sao Paulo stadium that will host the opening match at this year's World Cup in Brazil, a hospital spokesperson said.

  • 03/04/2014 | Sports

    Uruguay suspended by Conmebol but World Cup not in danger

    Uruguay's Football Association (AUF) has been suspended by South American soccer body CONMEBOL, a move the AUF said did not affect the national team's participation at the World Cup.

  • 07/04/2014 | Sports

    Delays threaten airport operation during Brazil World Cup

    With less than 10 weeks until the start of the World Cup, work on crucial new airport terminals has fallen behind in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament.

  • 13/03/2014 | Sports

    Out of favour Romero is Argentina's No 1 World Cup keeper

    Sergio Romero will be Argentina's first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup in Brazil in June despite spending most of his time at Monaco on the bench, national coach Alejandro Sabella said.

  • 17/03/2014 | Sports

    Sports minister sees no mass movement to halt Brazil World Cup

    Crime rather than terrorism posed a greater threat to soccer fans heading to Brazil for the June-July tournament, the minister asserted during a speech in London.

  • 27/03/2014 | Sports

    Brazil stadium problems should be a warning for Russia, Qatar, says FIFA

    The serial delays in building Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums should serve as a lesson to Russia and Qatar, the countries hosting the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, FIFA's Jerome Valcke said.

  • 05/03/2014 | Sports

    Argentina draws with Romania 0-0 in Bucarest

    Argentina and Romania drew 0-0 in Bucarest this afternoon in the final trial before manager Alejandro Sabella presents the squad list for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

  • 05/03/2014 | Sports

    Brazil set standard with Neymar hat-trick as France, Germany win

    Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup finals tested out their squads in friendlies.

  • 11/03/2014 | Sports

    Zárate turns down World Cup chance with Chile

    The ex Inter Milan and Lazio striker and the top scorer in the Argentine league this year, has turned down an offer from Chile to be part of their World Cup squad.

  • 24/02/2014 | Sports

    Maradona, Victor Hugo to front World Cup TV show

    Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona and renowned journalist Victor Hugo Morales will be reunited during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they will front together a television programme analysing the events of the competition.

  • 04/03/2014 | Sports

    Blatter says World Cup problems are under control

    Problems with Brazil's World Cup venues are under control with just 100 days to go before the first match kicks off, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said today.

  • 04/03/2014 | Sports

    'Messi doesn't need World Cup for greatness'

    Lionel Messi does not need a World Cup winners' medal to be considered among soccer's all-time greats, fellow Argentine Diego Maradona said today.

  • 13/02/2014 | Sports

    Argentina presents away shirt for 2014 World Cup

    German sports apparel manufacturer Adidas has unveiled the away shirt that Argentina will use during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which combines different shades of blue in its banded design.

  • 18/02/2014 | Sports

    FIFA's Valcke: Curitiba remains World Cup venue

    FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke confirmed that Curitiba remains one of the 12 2014 Brazil World Cup host cities, despite concerns over whether facilities at the venue will be ready on schedule.

  • 19/02/2014 | Sports

    Scolari seeks to banish 1950 Brazil ghosts

    Coach Luis Filipe Scolari says he wants Brazil to banish the ghosts of 1950, when his country last hosted the World Cup and lost the final in a defeat that has haunted them ever since.

  • 18/12/2013 | Sports

    Maradona backs Argentina for World Cup win against Brazil

    Football legend Diego Maradona has predicted that Argentina will lift their third World Cup in Brazil next year, although to do so they will have to defeat the hosts, according to the outspoken former star.

  • 27/12/2013 | Sports

    Romania, Slovenia in Argentina's Brazil warm-up plans

    Argentina will play Romania in a friendly in Bucharest on March 5 and complete their World Cup warm-up programme at home to Slovenia on June 7.

  • 11/02/2014 | Sports

    Sabella plays down Tevez chances of making Brazil World Cup

    Alejandro Sabella appears to have once more closed the doors on Carlos Tevez making the Argentina squad for the World Cup, affirming that his final list is unlikely to contain surprises.

  • 04/12/2013 | Sports

    Pele only a spectator in World Cup draw

    Pele will not be taking part in Friday's World Cup draw although he will be in the audience, he said today, adding that he was worried about landing Brazil in a difficult group.

  • 06/12/2013 | Sports

    2014 World Cup draw: Argentina to debut against Bosnia

    Names or the 31 countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup and host nation Brazil were plucked today from bowls one by one in a globally televized extravaganza to determine where, when and, most importantly, who they will play in Brazil next June at football’s showcase tournament. Argentina will debut on June 15 against Bosnia in Rio de Janeiro.

  • 09/12/2013 | Sports

    FIFA promise no repeat of Brazil football violence at World Cup

    Shocking violence at a Brazilian championship match is not an indication of what can be expected when the South American country hosts next year's World Cup, FIFA and Brazilian government officials have declared.

  • 13/11/2013 | Sports

    Impressive Mexico thrash New Zealand in World Cup playoff

    Mexico thumped New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of their qualifying playoff today to take a massive step towards a place in next year's World Cup finals.

  • 19/11/2013 | Sports

    Ronaldo magic fires Portugal to World Cup

    A second-half hat-trick by Cristiano Ronaldo took Portugal to the World Cup finals with a 4-2 aggregate victory in their World Cup playoff against Sweden.

  • 20/11/2013 | Sports

    Uruguay qualify for World Cup finals

    Uruguay drew 0-0 with Jordan in the second leg of their World Cup intercontinental playoff on Wednesday to reach the 2014 finals 5-0 on aggregate.

  • 05/11/2013 | Sports

    Argentina's kids downed by Mexico in U-17 semi

    Argentina's dream of lifting the Under-17 Football World Cup was shattered by a 3-0 reverse to Mexico, who will move on to play Nigeria in the showpiece match of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

  • 09/11/2013 | Sports

    Blatter rules out co-hosting of World Cup

    FIFA has ruled out any possibility that Qatar could co-host the 2022 World Cup with neighboring countries, Sepp Blatter said.

  • 13/11/2013 | Sports

    Uruguay thrash Jordan 5-0 to close in on World Cup spot

    Twice champions Uruguay all but booked a place at next year's World Cup finals with a thumping 5-0 win away to outsiders Jordan in the first leg of their playoff.

  • 17/10/2013 | Sports

    Brazil's Sports Minister to stay on through 2014

    Brazil's Sports Minister has reversed his decision to stand down six months before the World Cup following an appeal from the country's president.

  • 23/10/2013 | Sports

    Argentina prepare World Cup 'bunker' in Belo Horizonte complex

    The Argentine national football team will make use of Atletico Mineiro's facilities during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, basing their 'bunker' in the Belo Horizonte city.

  • 31/10/2013 | Sports

    New faces in defence as Sabella announces Argentina squad

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has announced the squad that will play two US friendlies in November, calling up three new defenders as preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil get underway.

  • 15/10/2013 | Sports

    Rooney and Gerrard send England to 2014 World Cup finals

    Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard scored to send England to the World Cup finals with a 2-0 victory over Poland that gave them top spot in qualifying Group H on a thrilling and nervy night at Wembley.

  • 16/10/2013 | Sports

    Brazil's Sports minister to resign before World Cup

    Brazil's Sports minister is to stand down in December just six months before the country hosts the World Cup.

  • 23/09/2013 | Sports

    FIFA confirms will discuss 2022 World Cup at next meeting

    FIFA has confirmed that it will discuss the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at its next executive committee meeting.

  • 10/10/2013 | Sports

    More than six million requests for Brazil World Cup tickets

    More than six million requests for World Cup tickets were made during the first sales period. A total of 726,067 requests were made for the opening match in Sao Paulo owhile 751,165 sought tickets for the final in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

  • 08/09/2013 | Sports

    Argentina defeat Canada, qualify for basketball World Cup

    The Argentina national basketball team have secured their passage to the 2014 World Cup in Spain, after beating 73-67 in the final match of the qualifying round's second phase.

  • 10/09/2013 | Sports

    Netherlands and Italy reach World Cup finals

    The Netherlands and Italy became the first European teams to qualify for next year's World Cup finals, while wins for Germany, Switzerland and Russia mean they will almost certainly be joining them next month.

  • 10/09/2013 | Sports

    England stay top after holding firm in Ukraine

    England edged closer to next year's World Cup finals after a scrappy 0-0 draw in Ukraine left the Group H leaders in pole position to secure a ticket to Brazil with two matches to play.

  • 19/08/2013 | Sports

    Brazil World Cup tickets to go on sale

    World football governing body Fifa has announced that they will begin to sell match tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, making some changes from the system used for this year's Confederations Cup that was criticised in some circles.

  • 22/08/2013 | Sports

    Messi in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifier

    Argentina's injured captain Lionel Messi has been named in a squad missing the suspended Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain for next month's World Cup qualifier against South America's bottom side Paraguay.

  • 06/09/2013 | Sports

    Colombia beat Ecuador, close in on first finals since 1998

    Colombia moved within grasp of their first World Cup finals appearance in 16 years with a 1-0 home win over Ecuador in a downpour in Barranquilla.

  • 18/06/2013 | Sports

    Kennedy's late header sends Australia to Brazil

    Substitute Josh Kennedy's goal seven minutes from time sent Australia into the World Cup finals for the fourth time, ending a nervous night for 80,523 rain-soaked fans packed into Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

  • 22/06/2013 | Sports

    FIFA is the real president of Brazil, says Romario

    Former Brazil forward Romario has described FIFA as "the real president of Brazil" and said the money spent on stadiums for the 2014 World Cup could have been used to build thousands of new schools.

  • 10/07/2013 | Sports

    Uruguay reach U20 World Cup final after penalty victory

    The Uruguay national football team will play in the final of the Under-20 World Cup this Saturday after defeating Iraq in a penalty shootout.

  • 07/03/2013 | Sports

    Bebeto resigns as head of Brazil's youth teams

    Former World Cup winner Bebeto has resigned as head of Brazil's youth team set up less than two months after taking on the role, the Brazilian Football Confederation said today.

  • 28/03/2013 | Sports

    Sao Paulo stadium may not be ready for World Cup

    Builders are threatening to halt construction on Sao Paulo's new World Cup stadium within weeks because of a dispute over financing, a move that could throw next year's global soccer tournament into disarray and embarrass the government.

  • 02/05/2013 | Sports

    Brazil promises fast Internet connections at World Cup

    Soccer fans attending next year's World Cup in Brazil will have no problem going online from stadiums, but they might want to use a local cellphone chip to keep their charges low, Brazilian Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said.

  • 20/12/2012 | Sports

    Maradona wants to take Iraq to World Cup finals

    Diego Maradona is on the brink of becoming coach of Iraq and wants to take the country to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, Argentine agent Hernan Tofoni said today.

  • 28/01/2013 | Sports

    FIFA warns Brazil against delays in World Cup preparations

    With just 500 days to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, soccer's world governing body FIFA warned that the hosts cannot afford any further delays in getting their venues ready.

  • 04/02/2013 | Sports

    Brazilian state fines builders over World Cup stadium faults

    The company in charge of preparing the Mineirao stadium for the 2014 World Cup was fined one million Brazilian reals ($502,900) today for a series of serious shortcomings which became apparent when the stadium was reopened last weekend.

  • 12/12/2012 | Sports

    Former Brazil coach Dunga joins Internacional

    Dunga took charge of Porto Alegre club Internacional today, his first coaching job since leading Brazil at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

  • 13/12/2012 | Sports

    Violence mars World Cup hosts Brazil's image

    As soon as the referee blows the final whistle he is surrounded by riot police on the pitch who stop players, coaches and even reporters from getting close enough to question or criticise his performance.

  • 18/12/2012 | Sports

    Far from perfect, but Brazil set fair for World Cup

    Brazil has problems like most countries but one that appears to be rapidly disappearing is the notion that it will not be ready to host the World Cup in just over 18 months' time.

  • 16/10/2012 | Sports

    Poland-England match postponed over waterlogged pitch

    The World Cup qualifier between Poland and England was postponed until Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch after the roof of Warsaw's national stadium was left open, a Polish FA spokeswoman said.

  • 17/10/2012 | Sports

    Dempsey double secures World Cup progress for US

    Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States booked their place in the final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup finals with a convincing 3-1 win over Guatemala in Kansas City.

  • 17/10/2012 | Sports

    Stodgy England struggle to draw in Poland

    England missed the chance to go three points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group H when they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Poland.

  • 11/10/2012 | Sports

    Rooney to captain England as Lampard ruled out

    Wayne Rooney will be given the opportunity to captain England for the first time in a competitive international in their World Cup qualifier against San Marino after Frank Lampard was ruled out of the match through injury.

  • 16/10/2012 | Sports

    Argentina weather Chile storm to win

  • 29/09/2012 | Sports

    Russia to have 12 stadiums for 2018 World Cup

    Twelve venues, located in 11 Russian cities, will host the 2018 World Cup finals, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the tournament organisers announced during a live television show today.

  • 09/10/2012 | Sports

    Messi poses headache for South American rivals

    Stopping Lionel Messi is the primary concern of South American teams facing Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers. This week it is Uruguay's turn.

  • 11/10/2012 | Sports

    Kaka scores on return for six-goal Brazil

    Kaka scored on his Brazil comeback after a two-year absence and Oscar notched a brace as the 2014 World Cup hosts demolished Iraq 6-0 in a one-sided friendly in Sweden.

  • 22/09/2012 | Sports

    Australia reach Super Eights with Windies win

    Australia reached the Super Eights at the Twenty20 World Cup today as opening batsmen Shane Watson and David Warner hammered quick runs to help win a rain-hit game against West Indies by 17 runs in Group B.

  • 26/09/2012 | Sports

    Zidane head-butt on permanent display in Paris

    Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has been immortalised in a statue now on display in Paris.

  • 27/09/2012 | Sports

    Sabella unveils list for next World Cup qualifiers matches

    Argentina's national football team's coach Alejandro Sabella unveiled the list of players summoned for the next Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers matches against Uruguay and Chile, to be held on October 12 and 16, respectively.

  • 07/09/2012 | Sports

    England cruise to win in Moldova

    England set off on the long road to Brazil at sprinting pace with an emphatic 5-0 defeat of Moldova in their opening World Cup qualifier.

  • 11/09/2012 | Sports

    Late Lampard penalty rescues point for England

    Frank Lampard rescued a point for England when he scored an 87th minute penalty to force a 1-1 draw with Ukraine in their Group H World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

  • 11/09/2012 | Sports

    Venezuela win, push Paraguay nearer World Cup failure

    Striker Salomon Rondon scored twice to give Venezuela a 2-0 away win over Paraguay in the Defensores del Chaco cauldron in a World Cup qualifier.

  • 05/09/2012 | Sports

    Paraguay coach aims to surprise Argentina

    Argentina have been warned to expect a surprise when they face Paraguay under new coach Gerardo Pelusso in a World Cup qualifier in Cordoba on Friday.

  • 06/09/2012 | Sports

    Sabella still has doubts about the team's line-up

    Argentina's national football team coach Alejandro Sabella still has doubts to define the team that will face Paraguay for the World Cup qualifiers on Friday.

  • 24/08/2012 | Sports

    Brazil's 1970 World Cup keeper Felix, 74, dies

    Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Felix, nicknamed "Paper" for his slight frame and the way he flew through the air to make spectacular saves, died of complications from emphysema on Friday. He was 74.

  • 03/09/2012 | Sports

    Sabella summons Ustari for World Cup qualifiers

    The coach of Argentina's national football team, Alejandro Sabella, summoned Boca Juniors' goalkeeper Oscar Ustari to join the team that will face Paraguay and Peru for the World Cup Brazil 2014 South American qualifiers.

  • 05/09/2012 | Sports

    Russia to reveal 2018 World Cup host cities this month

    The host cities for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be announced this month, the tournament's organisers said.

  • 11/07/2012 | Sports

    Former FIFA boss Havelange named in bribe case

    Ex-FIFA President Joao Havelange and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira took multi-million dollar bribes on World Cup deals, Swiss prosecutors said in a legal document released, dealing a fresh blow to world soccer's ruling body.

  • 17/07/2012 | Sports

    Blatter moves to clarify World Cup 'buying' comments

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter set out to mend his relationship with Germany by clarifying comments which appeared to suggest the country could have “"bought" the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

  • 01/08/2012 | Sports

    Brazil's north short on World Cup team bases

    Brazil named 54 towns and cities as possible bases for the teams taking part in the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday, with the vast majority of the list located in the south of the country.

  • 01/06/2012 | Sports

    'I haven't decided the team yet'

    Argentina's national football team coach Alejandro Sabella could not decide between "giving the chance to an offensive team or balance the midfield" when he was asked about the players' list that will face Ecuador for the South American Qualifiers for Brazil World Cup 2014.

  • 05/06/2012 | Sports

    'I'd like to assist Messi once again,' Riquelme

    Boca Juniors’ Juan Román Riquelme admitted he wishes to “assist Lionel Messi once again”, and considered the Barcelona FC's striker as “the best of the world”, showing that the playmaker is willing to wear Argentina’s national football team’s shirt again.

  • 05/07/2012 | Sports

    Goal line technology approved by rule makers

    Goal-line technology to confirm whether or not the ball has crossed the line was approved by world soccer's rule makers, ending a decade of debate and controversy.

  • 18/04/2012 | Sports

    World Cup winner Lynagh in hospital

    Former Australia captain and 1991 rugby World Cup winner Michael Lynagh is in a Brisbane hospital after suffering apparent blood clots in his brain, local media reported.

  • 21/05/2012 | Sports

    Havelange discharged from hospital after two months

    Former president Joao Havelange was discharged from hospital after a two-month stay which at one point included a spell in intensive care.

  • 30/05/2012 | Sports

    FIFA confirms six venues for Confederations Cup

    FIFA gave the Brazilian cities of Recife and Salvador a vote of confidence today, confirming them among the six chosen to host matches in next year's Confederations Cup.

  • 16/03/2012 | Sports

    'We'll be ready for World Cup,' Brazil tells FIFA

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff assured FIFA chief Sepp Blatter the country would be ready to host the 2014 World Cup, easing tensions over the slow pace of preparations for the finals.

  • 19/03/2012 | Sports

    Brazil's Teixeira resigns from FIFA leadership

    Ricardo Teixeira severed his ties with soccer's international governing body, a week after he resigned as head of the Brazilian Football Confederation and organiser of the 2014 World Cup.

  • 28/03/2012 | Sports

    FIFA puts executive board on World Cup organising body

    FIFA is putting its entire executive committee on the organising body of the World Cup after fears about the progress of preparations for Brazil in 2014.

  • 28/02/2012 | Sports

    Brazil floor Bosnia with late own goal

    Brazil's experimental team came through a torrid friendly against Bosnia, winning 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time own goal by Sasa Papac after several near misses from the East Europeans.

  • 02/03/2012 | Sports

    FIFA in scathing attack on Brazil's 2014 plans

    FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke made a scathing attack on Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup on Friday, saying "not a lot is moving" and organisers needed "a kick up the backside".

  • 09/03/2012 | Sports

    Blatter to meet Brazilian president Rousseff

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter will meet Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to clear the air after a top official's remarks about the country's slow progress in preparing for the 2014 World Cup caused an uproar.

  • 17/12/2011 | Sports

    Blatter 'regrets' joint 2018-22 World Cup decision

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said that he had "regrets" following a scandal-tainted year in which soccer's governing body lurched from one crisis to another.

  • 16/01/2012 | Sports

    FIFA urges Brazil to pass World Cup bill

    Brazil had been demanding too much in negotiating the conditions for hosting the 2014 World Cup but a legal dispute should be settled within days, FIFA said.

  • 02/02/2012 | Sports

    Brazil's World Cup preparations hit by more strikes

    Construction workers' strikes at Brazil's World Cup venues continue to plague preparations for the 2014 showpiece with the northeastern city of Salvador hit by a stoppage in demand of improved wages.

  • 17/11/2011 | Sports

    Spanish media say Messi exhausted after match

    Argentine player Leonel Messi was exhausted after the Argentina- Colombia match he played as part of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers at Barranquilla Colombia on Tuesday, the Spanish media assured.

  • 29/11/2011 | Sports

    Ronaldo poised for leading 2014 World Cup role

    Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has been invited to take a leading 2014 World Cup role and a formal announcement is expected in the coming days, a local organising committee (LOC) source told the press.

  • 02/12/2011 | Sports

    Brazil could stage World Cup within 'two months'

    Brazil, plagued by delays and in-fighting in its preparations for the 2014 World Cup, could stage the event in two months' time if necessary, the country's sports minister said on Friday.

  • 11/11/2011 | Sports

    Suárez scores four as Uruguay crush Chile

    Uruguay striker Luis Suárez scored all four goals as the Copa America holders crushed Chile 4-0 to stay top of the South American 2014 World Cup qualifying group.

  • 14/11/2011 | Sports

    Chile forward Sánchez fit to face Paraguay

    Chile forward Alexis Sánchez is fit to face Paraguay in their South American World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, his country's soccer federation said on its website.

  • 31/10/2011 | Sports

    Henry stands down as All Blacks coach

    Graham Henry stood down as coach of the All Blacks, nine days after guiding New Zealand to a second World Cup triumph on home soil.

  • 08/11/2011 | Sports

    Sabella calls Álvarez to replace Di María

    Midfielder Ricardo Álvarez was urgently summoned by Argentina’s national football team to replace injured striker Ángel Di María.

  • 11/11/2011 | Sports

    Bolivia frustrate Messi's Argentina again in qualifier

    Bolivia frustrated Argentina for the second time in four months when they held them 1-1 in their World Cup qualifier.

     

     

     

    Picket leader Luis D’Elía was senteced to four days in prison for assaulting a rural worker near the Obelisk on March 26th, 2008.

     

    Judge Susana Patricia Guichandut accepted prosecutor Edgardo Orfila’s request of a four day sentence for the assault on Alejandro Gahan, amid the Government’s conflict with the rural sector over a hike on grain export taxes.

     

    Gahan’s lawyer, Francisco García Santillán, had requested that D’Elía received a   month suspense prison sentence for the charges of assault.”

     

    The prosecutor and Gahan’s lawyer both requested suspense prison sentence and the minimum possible sentences on the charges imputed to D’Elía-

     

    The trial began on Wednesday morning, with D’Elía’s hearing and said that right before he hit Gahan, the rural businessman had called him “fucking nigger.”

     

    We led a demonstration in defense of our Government and of the democratic order,” he assured and opened page 293 of  book “La Presidenta” (The President) by journalist Sandra Russo, in which Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said: “In 2008 people wanted to take me administration down, particularly the Grupo Clarín.”

  • 11/10/2011 | Sports

    Russia to use 12 stadiums for 2018 World Cup

    The 2018 World Cup will be played in 12 stadiums located in 11 Russian cities, head of the local organising committee (LOC) Vitaly Mutko said.

  • 20/10/2011 | Sports

    New Zealand unchanged for World Cup final

    New Zealand coach Graham Henry named an unchanged team for the World Cup final against France at Eden Park on Sunday, keeping faith with the same players who overwhelmed Australia to reach the global showpiece.

  • 03/10/2011 | Sports

    Messi concerned over Argentina’s ‘failures’

    Forward Lionel Messi showed his concern over the “several failures” that Argentina’s national football team has been “gathering” for the last years.

  • 06/10/2011 | Sports

    Pumas back to full strength

    Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has reverted largely to the side that dramatically beat Scotland in the pool phase for the Puma's quarter-final against hosts New Zealand this weekend.

  • 07/10/2011 | Sports

    Higuaín hits hat-trick as Argentina thrash Chile

    Gonzalo Higuaín scored a hat-trick, while Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a competitive match for Argentina in two and a half years as the hosts crushed Chile 4-1 in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier on Friday.

  • 17/09/2011 | Sports

    Pumas trash Romania

    By Rolando Meninato

  • 20/09/2011 | Sports

    Construction workers end strike at Brazil's Mineirao

    Brazilian construction workers ended a week-long strike at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, one of the 2014 World Cup stadiums.

  • 26/09/2011 | Sports

    Knee injury set to end Lobbe's World Cup

    Argentina's World Cup hopes were dealt a significant blow when loose forward Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe was diagnosed with a serious knee injury that is highly likely to rule him out of the tournament.

  • 12/09/2011 | Sports

    Pumas call up Borges to replace injured Tiesi

    Argentina have called winger Lucas Borges into their World Cup squad to replace injured centre Gonzalo Tiesi, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) have said.

  • 13/09/2011 | Sports

    Shoulder injury ends World Cup for Sheridan

    England's rugby World Cup hopes suffered a major setback when key prop Andrew Sheridan was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury sustained in the opening victory over Argentina.

  • 16/09/2011 | Sports

    All Blacks blow Japan away with 83-7 win

    New Zealand's All Blacks began to deliver today, pulling off the first big blowout of the 2011 World Cup with an 83-7 hammering of Japan to open the second weekend of the tournament.

  • 01/09/2011 | Sports

    World Cup workers go on second strike in two weeks

    World Cup construction workers at the Maracaná went on strike for the second time in two weeks after elements of a pay accord reached to end the first stoppage were not met, they said.

  • 09/09/2011 | Sports

    Party fever kicks off Rugby World Cup

    Thousands of rugby fans flooded onto the downtown streets of Auckland's waterfront today as the country began the rugby World Cup in a carnival-like atmosphere.

  • 09/09/2011 | Sports

    Argentina to face England in first big rugby World Cup clash

    The fortunes of two sides rebuilding for the future will get their first true test in the rugby World Cup's first major clash tomorrow when Argentina and England square off at Dunedin's new indoor stadium.

  • 04/08/2011 | Sports

    Argentina thrash N. Korea, achieve pre-quarter finals

    Argentina and Mexico qualified for the pre-quarter finals of the U20 World Cup held in Colombia. Perazzo’s team clashed North Korea, while the Mexican team drew without goals against England in the last Group F round.

  • 09/08/2011 | Sports

    Hernández misses out on World Cup for Argentina

    Argentina's Juan Martin Hernández will miss the World Cup after failing to recover in time after knee surgery, coach Santiago Phelan said. The Racing Metro flyhalf has not fully recovered from a knee ligament operation.

  • 09/08/2011 | Sports

    Argentina reach U20 World Cup's quarter-finals

    Argentina’s U20 national football team reached the quarter-finals of Colombia’s World Cup after defeating Egypt 2-1 in the game held at Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellín City.

  • 29/07/2011 | Sports

    Argentina wins in debut at U20 World Cup

    Argentina’s national football team defeated Mexico 1-0 with a goal netted by Erik Lamela in its debut at the U-20 World Cup played in Colombia.

  • 30/07/2011 | Sports

    Workers fight to keep roof on World Cup draw

    Workers struggled to keep the roof on the giant marquee holding the 2014 World Cup draw as high winds threatened to tear it off.

  • 30/07/2011 | Sports

    World champions Spain face France in World Cup

    World champions Spain will face former world champions France in their campaign to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 following the gala preliminary round draw.

  • 17/06/2011 | Sports

    FIFA bans Belize over gov't interference

    FIFA has suspended Belize from international football with immediate effect because of "severe government interference."

  • 07/07/2011 | Sports

    FIFA lifts Belize suspension

    Belize's international suspension has been provisionally lifted by FIFA and their World Cup qualifier at home to Montserrat will go ahead but on neutral territory, soccer's governing body said.

  • 09/07/2011 | Sports

    Italy World Cup winner Cannavaro retires

    Former World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro retired five years to the day since captaining Italy to World Cup glory.

  • 18/03/2011 | Sports

    Putin to head supervisory board of 2018 World Cup

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will head the supervisory board of the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia, the country's government said.

  • 13/04/2011 | Sports

    Maracana to get new covering, costs to rise to US$629M

    Río's famous Maracana stadium was given the go-ahead for a new US$629.3 million improvement as FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised Brazil's 2014 World Cup preparations a week after slamming them.

  • 29/04/2011 | Sports

    Blatter willing to expand vote for World Cup hosts

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has vowed to consider changing the way World Cup hosts are chosen if he is re-elected to his post in June.

  • 04/02/2011 | Sports

    Bielsa resigns as Chile coach

    Chile 2010 World Cup coach Marcelo Bielsa announced he had decided to resign, two days after the Chilean FA (ANFP) said he was staying on.

  • 18/02/2011 | Sports

    Pelé fears Brazil embarrassment over World Cup delays

    Pelé says Brazil risks embarrassment if preparations to host the 2014 World Cup do not get up to speed soon.

  • 16/03/2011 | Sports

    Argentine, Uruguayan gov't to support World Cup bid

    Argentina and Uruguay will bid to stage the 2030 World Cup finals jointly in the 100th anniversary year of soccer's showpiece, the Foreign ministers of both countries announced.

  • 21/12/2010 | Sports

    Bilardo assures ‘there’s no turning back’ in his relationship with Maradona

    Argentina's national football team's technical secretary Carlos Bilardo answered to sports-icon Diego Maradona's accusations and assured he is a "chicken" and added that his relationship with the ex coach of the national team "has no turning back."

  • 18/01/2011 | Sports

    'The mourning has ended'

    Former Argentina national football team coach Diego Armando Maradona affirmed that the mourning for the national team has ended, referring to the elimination during South Africa World Cup 2010.

  • 03/02/2011 | Sports

    Dark days ahead for World Cup final venue

    A South African premier league match set for Soccer City has been postponed because cable theft around the stadium has left the venue for last year's World Cup final without any power.

  • 18/06/2014 | Multimedia

    Rajoy, abdicating King Juan Carlos 'joke' about 'fixed' WC match

    Spain’s 5-1 stunning defeat in its World Cup opener against the Netherlands last week that could mean the exit of the defending champions from the international tournament if it does not make it against Chile today, seems to be worrying Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and abdicating King Juan Carlos.

  • 27/06/2013 | Multimedia

    Anti-World cup video message shakes the Web

    A video showing a young Brazilian explaining why she is against the organization of the World Cup in the South American giant is sweeping through Internet already causing furor and controversy.

  • 05/06/2014 | Multimedia

    VIDEO: 'Pope' annoyed by World Cup defeat

    As an avid football fan and member of San Lorenzo, Pope Francis is certain to be keeping a close eye on proceedings at the 2014 World Cup. But for one Spanish cellphone company, the head of the Roman Catholic church may not be able to keep his cool.

  • 11/06/2014 | Multimedia

    Video: Brazilian fans invade Argentina training

    A group of local fans, some of them using the Albiceleste kit, passed over security forces at Argentina’s bunker in Belo Horizonte to greet the players, after today’s open training session.

  • 15/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Jubilant Berlin crowds welcome national team back home

  • 14/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi did not deserve Golden Ball award, says Maradona

    "I could see he [Messi] didn't want to go up and collect it," Maradona said on his television show De zurda, adding that "marketing people" had made a decision he described as "unfair".

  • 14/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Gov't pays video tribute to World Cup finalists

    The video, prepared by the Government House press team is a montage of goals and memorable moments from the Albiceleste campaign, which included five victories, one defeat and a penalty shoot-out win over the Netherlands in the semi finals.

  • 14/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Scolari steps down as Brazil coach

    Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as Brazil manager after the hosts suffered two of their worst defeats in World Cup history, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation said today.

  • 14/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Blatter gives World Cup 9.25 marks out of 10

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter gave the World Cup in Brazil 9.25 marks out of 10 today, the day after the tournament ended with Germany beating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final.

  • 14/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    CFK to World Cup team: 'I felt immense pride'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner welcomed the World Cup team back home and thanked them for defending the Argentina colours. “As the President of 40 million Argentines I felt immense pride for how you defended the colours of Argentina,” she said.

  • 14/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine team thanks fans for their support

    After the presidential welcome at their arrival back from Brazil, the players and coach of the national World Cup team thanked the warm welcome of the thousands of fan that celebrated their performance in Ezeiza airport and in the streets of Buenos Aires city.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine fans spark massive celebration despite Germany loss

    Argentine fans gathered at the Obelisco monument in 9 de Julio avenue and other spots in Buenos Aires City to celebrate the Albiceleste's performance in the World Cup in spite of the defeat against the German side in the final match.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi: ‘We had chances but could not score’

    Argentine forward Lionel Messi affirmed he feels “devastated” about the loss against Germany while saying the Albiceleste forwards had several chances to score but could not seize them.

  • 14/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    CFK, fans welcome World Cup national team in Ezeiza

    The national team landed in Buenos Aires minutes before 11 a.m. at Ezeiza airport and were welcomed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the AFA facility in Ezeiza. They were expected in Buenos Aires to meet the fans at the Obelisc but they finally stayed in Ezeiza, following the authorities' advice.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella: Argentina players are pride of a nation

    The coach of the Argentina national team Alejandro Sabella paid tribute to his players despite an agonising 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final of the World Cup, stating that he was proud of the men who brought the Albiceleste to their first final in 24 years.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Lionel Messi named best player of 2014 World Cup

    There was scant consolation for Argentina captain Lionel Messi after seeing his team go down in the 2014 World Cup final to Germany, as the Barcelona star lifted the Golden Ball award given to the best player across the tournament.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Mascherano: ‘This pain will last a lifetime’

    Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano said the pain suffered by the 1-0 defeat against Germany in injury time will “last a lifetime,” while adding the team lacked "a little bit of luck."

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Shakira, Santana perform at World Cup closing ceremony in Río

    Colombian singer Shakira and Mexican guitar player Carlos Santana performed along with the local Ivete Sangalo and Carlinhos Brown for the World Cup closing ceremony at Maracaná stadium, before the final match between Argentina and Germany.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Late Götze strike spells heart-breaking World Cup end for Argentina

    A clinical finish from Germany's Mario Götze finally downed Argentina in the final minutes of extra time, as the young forward came off the bench to seal a 1-0 victory for Joachim Low's men, and their fourth World Cup title in Rio de Janeiro's Maracaná Stadium.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Dilma thanks Brazil for bringing 'joy' to people

    After Brazil’s humiliating 7 to 1 defeat against Germany and a day after a new heavy loss in third-place match against the Netherlands, President Rousseff thanked the national team for bringing joy to the people. “You are bigger than any result,” she said.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Massive security presence for World Cup final

    The last day of the World Cup broke with military police deployed all over Río de Janeiro to protect its streets, its beaches and the Maracaná stadium sorroundings ahead of the World Cup final this afternoon, when Argentina will seek its third title against Germany.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    ‘We have more thirst for glory than the Germans’

    In the eve of the World Cup final, Argentine icon Diego Maradona expressed his optimism about Argentina’s chances to earn its third trophy, saying the national team has “more thirst for glory” than its rivals.

  • 13/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine fans take over Río - photo gallery

    Over 100,000 Argentine fans arrived in Río de Janeiro to cheer for the national team in the eve of today’s final against Germany at the Maracaná.

  • 12/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina need 'perfect' match to beat Germans

    Argentina must play a flawless game on Sunday if they are to beat a powerful German team and lift the World Cup for the third time, their coach Alejandro Sabella said.

  • 12/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    ‘If Messi wants to overcome me, I’ll set a red carpet for him’

    Argentine football icon Diego Maradona said Argentina “must win” tomorrow against Germany and affirmed that he would be more than glad to see forward Lio Messi outplay him in the World Cup final vs Germany.

  • 12/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sad Brazil players apologise to fans after another heavy loss

    Hosts Brazil lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in their final World Cup match today and their players apologised to fans after another hugely disappointing performance in the third-place match.

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Creedence feel ‘proud’ of Argentine chant

    American legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival said they were “honored” that their song “Bad Moon Rising” was adapted by Argentine fans to mock host Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil playing for 'honour and dignity'

    The Brazil players could not be more motivated ahead of Saturday's World Cup third-place match against the Netherlands and will be fighting to restore their "honour and dignity", captain Thiago Silva said.

  • 12/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Loew: 'Argentina much more than just Messi'

    Argentina have a great asset in four-times world player of the year Lionel Messi but they are far more than just a one-man show, Germany coach Joachim Loew warned ahead of the World Cup final on Sunday.

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Italian Rizzoli to referee World Cup final

    Italian Nicola Rizzoli will referee Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracaná, Massimo Busacca, FIFA's head of refereeing told reporters. Earlier today, rumors appointed Swedish Jonas Eriksson as the chosen referee for the final, but finally Rizzoli was officially announced.

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella to step down after final against Germany

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is to step down after Sunday's World Cup final against Germany regardless of the result, his agent revaled today.

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi, Mascherano, Di María nominated for WC best player award

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina fined for snubbing media - FIFA

    Argentina have been fined 300,000 Swiss francs ($336,000) for failing to bring players to four pre-match news conferences during the World Cup, FIFA said in a statement on today.

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    King of controversy Balotelli in gun photo after social media criticism

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more controversy by publishing a picture of himself on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera with the message "a big kiss to all the haters."

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Cheering Argentina in Rio could cost up to $129 thousand pesos

    Scalpers seem determined to take advantage on Argentineans seeking for a spot at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro where the Albiceleste will face Germany in the World Cup finals on Sunday. Tickets are being offered online for $129 thousand pesos. Fortunately (?), access is “guaranteed.”

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Two people died of heart attack after Argentina beat Holland

    One 16 year-old teenager and one 45 year-old man died yesterday of heart attack after Argentina beat the Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Agüero: ‘We can’t make the same mistakes we did in 2010’

    Argentine forward Sergio “Kun” Agüero said today the German side will be “a great rival” for the Albiceleste in the World Cup final at Maracaná, and pointed out the team “can’t make the same mistakes” they made in South Africa 2010, when Argentina lost to the Teutons 4-0 in quarter-finals.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Neymar to cheer for Argentina in WC final

    Brazil forward Neymar has done the unpredictable once again by revealing he will support Brazil's biggest rivals Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final against Germany at Maracaná stadium in Río.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina-Germany (third) WC final: 'Football gives revenge'

    A day after Argentina wrote into history its World Cup semi-final clash against the Netherlands, midfielder Lucas Biglia said making it to Sunday’s match involves “an inexplicable feeling” and showed confidence that “football gives revenge” as the Albiceleste will be facing its WC’s historic executioner: Germany.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina return to training with Di María jogging

    The Argentina national team today returned to the training ground in Belo Horizonte's Cidade do Galo focused on the final of the World Cup following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win to overcome the Netherlands, while Ángel Di María's return to activity was a welcome sight.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Robben: Argentina have no chance of beating Germany in final

    Defeated Netherlands star Arjen Robben has thrown his weight behind Germany for the upcoming World Cup final against Argentina, claiming that the Albiceleste have no hope of winning their third title in a repeat of the 1990 decider.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Ahead of Germany clash, Higuaín says 'no intimidation'

    Argentina are not intimidated by facing Germany in the World Cup final despite seeing them tear hosts Brazil to shreds in the semis, striker Gonzalo Higuaín said.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Van Gaal: 3rd-4th place playoff 'has nothing to do with sports'

    The Netherlands will face Brazil in Saturday's third-fourth place play-off but it is not a match the Dutch want to play, with coach Louis van Gaal saying it was a pointless exercise that "has nothing to do with sports."

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Uruguay's Suárez loses biting ban appeal

    FIFA's appeals committee rejected the appeal filed by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) over forward Luis Suarez four-month ban from all soccer activity and nine competitive internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match.

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Van Gaal regrets not being able to use his penalty expert

    Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was left to regret the fact he could not use his specialist penalty-saver Tim Krul in the World Cup semi-final shootout which they lost 4-2 to Argentina.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi 'proud' of being part of Argentina's football squad

    “I had to have the doping test and could not lived the moment (celebrations) in the locker room. I am proud of being part of the squad. How phenomenal they all are. What a match they played,” Messi wrote in his official Facebook account.

  • 10/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Dilma hoped to crush Argentina in third-place match

    After Brazil’s humiliating 7 to 1 defeat before Germany, President Dilma Rousseff was hoping to relieve some of the pain by crushing Argentina in a third-place match, the founder of the International Medical Assistance company, Edson Bueno, revealed after a meeting with the head of State.

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    ‘Now we have to give everything to win the cup’

    Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella has assured he “suffered a great deal” during the win against the Netherlands by penalty kicks and said the team will have to "give everything" in the field in the final at Maracaná against Germany.

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    ‘I thank all who supported me from the start’

    Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero has thanked his family, friends and Albiceleste fans who supported him “from the start” after denying two penalties to the Netherlands and giving Argentina the first pass to the World Cup finals since 1990.

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Massive celebrations throughout the country after Argentina win

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Pictures of a match written into history

    Divided by a scoreline as wide as the Atlantic, Germans and Brazilians united after the WC hosts' 7-1 humiliation in writing the game into the history of both nations, well beyond the realm of soccer.

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Romero shoot-out hero for final-bound Argentina

    Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero wrote his name into the nation's football history as he saved two penalties during a nail-biting penalty shoot-out, confirming Argentina's place in the World Cup final after a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands in Sao Paulo.

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine fans invade Sao Paulo for semi-final

    Over 6 thousand Argentines arrived in Sao Paulo to cheer the Albiceleste against the Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals, according to Ezeiza airport and Aeroparque airport sources.

  • 08/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Scolari: ‘After the first goal we panicked’

    Brazilian coach Felipe Scolari said the Verdeamarelha was not inferior compared to the German side up to the first goal, after which the home team “panicked” and broke its defensive order.

  • 08/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Loew: ‘It was an easy match for us’

    Germany coach Joachim Loew said their World Cup semi-final game against Brazil ended up being an “easy match” as the hosts suffered “a lot of pressure to win” and that caused players to “tighten up.”

  • 09/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    After Brazil crash, Sabella says 'expect unexpected in football'

    Argentina interrupted preparations for their World Cup semi-final to watch Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil, a result coach Alejandro Sabella said illustrated the unpredictability and beauty of football.

  • 08/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina arrive in Sao Paulo ready to face the Netherlands

    Argentina's national team arrived in Sao Paulo where it will face the Netherlands tomorrow at the Corinthians Arena for the World Cup semi-final.

  • 08/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sensational Germany humiliate Brazil to reach World Cup final

    Brazil's hopes of lifting the World Cup on home soil evaporated in the opening 30 minutes in Belo Horizonte, as a rampant Germany side smashed home five goals and added two after half time to destroy the abject hosts 7-1 in today's semi-final.

  • 08/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Klose scores 16th WC goal, breaks record

    Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored after 23 minutes of the WC semi-final against Brazil to become the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.

  • 07/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    FIFA: No positive drugs tests at World Cup

    Every player tested for drugs at the World Cup in Brazil has been cleared of doping after more than 1,000 tests came back negative, FIFA's medical committee announced today.

  • 07/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Hospitality company chief detained in World Cup tickets probe

    Ray Whelan of Switzerland-based Match Services, was arrested at the city's beachfront Copacabana Palace hotel as a result of a probe into the illegal resale of tickets for the tournament, police said.

  • 07/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi leads Argentina tributes to 'Giant' Alfredo Di Stéfano

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi was among the members of the national team who paid tribute to the late Alfredo Di Stefano, after the Real Madrid idol passed away today at the age of 88.

  • 05/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Di María to undergo scan on injured thigh

    Ángel Di María will undergo a scan on his injured thigh after the midfielder hobbled out of their quarter-final win over Belgium.

  • 06/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    FIFA asks Humberto Grondona to explain resold World Cup tickets

    World football governing body FIFA has revealed that the son of Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona, Humberto, must present a report explaining his actions following a scandal over the resale of tickets at the 2014 World Cup.

  • 06/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Di Maria out against Netherlands, Agüero cleared to play

    Argentina striker Sergio Agüero was cleared to play this Wednesday in the World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands after recovering from injury, while winger Angel Di Maria was ruled out with a muscle problem but could appear before the end of the tournament.

  • 05/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    ‘This was our best game’

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said the match versus Belgium was the best game the Albiceleste has played so far during the tournament and highlighted the team’s defensive performance.

  • 05/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Higuaín: ‘I knew the goal would come’

    Forward Gonzalo Higuaín scored the decisive goal against Belgium, after 4 World Cup games with no goals. The Napoli attacker said he knew he would have an opportunity to score.

  • 05/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Netherlands out Costa Rica in penalties, face Argentina in semi-finals

    The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time.

  • 04/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Neymar out of World Cup with back injury

    Brazil forward Neymar da Silva will miss the rest of the tournament due to a lower back injury suffered during today’s game against Colombia at the Castelao arena, the national team’s doctor, Ricardo Lasmar, said.

  • 05/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina fans 'invade' Brasilia for WC quarter-finals clash

    And they did it again. Argentina fans have flocked the city of Brasilia to support Sabella’s squad at the Mané Garrincha stadium where the twice champions will take on Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals.

  • 05/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Higuaín volley gives Argentina pass to semis

  • 04/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Germany reach World Cup semi-finals with win over France

    Germany reached their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final after defender Mats Hummels' first-half header gave the three-time winners a 1-0 victory over France at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana today.

  • 04/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Stoppage-time save against France no big deal, says Neuer

    Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said his one-handed save to keep out Karim Benzema's shot deep into stoppage time was no big deal after his team beat France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals.

  • 04/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Luiz beauty free kick gives Brazil win over Colombia

    A second-half free kick from David Luiz sealed a 2-1 win over Colombia in a frantic World Cup quarter-final, keeping the hosts on track for a sixth world title.

  • 03/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Nearly 170,000 Argentines flock to Brazil for World Cup

    The Argentine ambassador in Brazil Luis Maria Kreckler has revealed that just under 170,000 citizens have so far travelled to the country since June 12, the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the neighbouring country.

  • 03/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Obama to Dempsey: ‘The country is proud of you’

    US President Barak Obama today called US Soccer team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate them on their Brazil World Cup performance.

  • 04/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella gives no hint of players to start against Belgium

    The coach of the Argentine football team Alejandro Sabella told reporters today he has not yet confirmed the team that will face Belgium tomorrow for the World Cup quarter finals.

  • 02/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Agüero continues recovery in Belo Horizonte

    Injured Argentina star Sergio Agüero stepped up his rehabilitation with several exercises on the ball, as the Albiceleste resumed training in Belo Horizonte following Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Switzerland.

  • 03/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil World Cup 2014: Top Ten goals

    The state-run Televisión Pública news channel has released a list of the greatest goals scored so far in the 2014 World Cup. Watch the summary that includes two shoots by Argentina’s football star Lionel Messi.

  • 03/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    At least two dead as motorway collapses in Belo Horizonte

  • 01/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella: We deserved to win earlier

    Argentine national team coach Alejandro Sabella's has defended his side's performance after an agonising 1-0 win over Switzerland in the World Cup last 16, affirming that the Albiceleste should have prevailed in the 90 minutes before extra time.

  • 01/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    United States, Belgium complete last-16

    Argentina will soon learn the identity of their opposition in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup, as the United States and Belgium face off in the final last 16 tie. The winner will meet the Albiceleste on Saturday.

  • 01/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Extra-time goals send Belgium through

    Belgium finally found a way past inspired goalkeeper Tim Howard as extra-time goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku gave them a 2-1 victory over the United States today and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

  • 30/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Extra time goals see Germany past Algeria

    A pulsating 120 minutes of football ended with Germany advancing to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, after extra time strikes from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil helped the nation to a 2-1 victory over Algeria.

  • 01/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Di María takes Argentina to last-eight in gripping extra time finish

  • 01/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine fans invade Sao Paulo for last 16

    An estimated 40,000 Argentina fans descended on Sao Paulo as the national team sought victory over Switzerland in order to continue their journey in the 2014 World Cup.

  • 29/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Nigeria: World Cup win will unite troubled nation

    Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel is hopeful that victory over France and a first World Cup quarter-final appearance can help unite the African nation currently gripped by violence and bloodshed.

  • 30/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    France strike late to reach World Cup last eight

    France scored twice in the last 11 minutes to seal a 2-0 victory over Nigeria and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

  • 30/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella: Maradona, Messi both crucial to Argentina at World Cup

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has affirmed both Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi occupy a special place in the nation's football history, as the trainer prepares for Tuesday's clash against Switzerland.

  • 29/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Late comeback takes Netherlands past brave Mexico

    A late stunner from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's injury-time penalty gave Netherlands a 2-1 win in the World Cup last 16 over a heart-broken Mexico, who had led throughout the second half thanks to Gio Dos Santos' strike.

  • 29/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Maradona: Pelé and Beckenbauer are idiots

    Argentine football idol Diego Maradona launched a stinging attack on fellow legends Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer, after the Brazilian and German ex-players supported the harsh punishment placed on Luís Suárez for biting an opponent.

  • 29/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Costa Rica triumph over Greece after shoot-out agony

    Costa Rica were reduced to 10 men and had to fight back after conceding a last-minute equaliser against Greece, but stayed strong to win 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time. The Central Americans face the Netherlands in the last eight.

  • 28/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Lucky Brazil out Chile in penalty shootout

    A fearless La Roja was in the verge of making World Cup history, but Brazil ended up going through the last-16 stage against Chile 3-2 by penalty shootouts at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

  • 28/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    James double gives Colombia historic win

    Colombia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time after a double from James Rodriguez gave them a 2-0 win over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro.

  • 29/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina travel to Sao Paulo to face Switzerland

    Argentina trained behind closed doors before travelling to Sao Paulo this afternoon, where the national squad will face Switzerland for its round-of-16 clash on Tuesday.

  • 27/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    FIFA chooses first stage best player; Messi out of top ten

  • 27/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil opens Carnival arena to rival Argentines for World Cup

    Brazil's biggest city is throwing open the doors of its main Carnival arena to hordes of rival fans this weekend, as more than 70,000 Argentines arrive for a World Cup match on Tuesday.

  • 27/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Tabárez resigns FIFA post over Suárez sanction

    Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez has resigned his post in the FIFA strategic commission over the federation’s decision to ban Luis Suárez from the World Cup after the forward bit Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Algeria through at Russia's expense

    Islam Slimani headed an ecstatic Algeria into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with a 1-1 draw against Russia that dumped Fabio Capello's team out of the tournament.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Complete fixture list for knockout stage

  • 27/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Higuaín: ‘I feel good despite not having scored’

    Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuaín said he feels calm and confident in spite of not having scored any goal for the Albiceleste during the group stage.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Germany beat US 1-0 but both go through

    A 55th minute Thomas Mueller goal gave Germany a 1-0 win over the United States today but the result allowed both teams to progress to the second round of the World Cup.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Belgium end Korea's hopes with 1-0 win

    Belgium strolled into the World Cup last 16 after Vertonghen's late goal gave them a 1-0 win over a South Korea unable to take advantage of a 45-minute numerical advantage and who exit the tournament.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Agüero to undergo medical tests on thigh

    Argentina forward Sergio Agüero will undergo medical tests on his left thigh after being replaced by coach Alejandro Sabella during the game won 3-2 against Nigeria in Porto Alegre, due to muscular pain.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    FIFA resumes Suárez bite deliberations

    FIFA has not yet decided whether to expel Uruguay striker Luis Suárez from the World Cup for biting an opponent with deliberations set to continue today.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Buenos Aires’ French community supports Les Bleus from afar

    By Dan Edwards
    Ever since the city was dubbed the ‘Paris of South America,’ Buenos Aires has had a special affinity with France. Founding father San Martín may have been born in Argentina, but he spent his final days living in Boulogne sur-Mer, in the heart of the European nation.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    'We improved in spite of the two goals we received’

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi highlighted the Albiceleste’s victory over the Nigerian side, in spite of the two goals scored by the African champions.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Goalless draw leaves France top, Ecuador out

    France and Ecuador drew 0-0 in their final World Cup Group E game to send the French into the last 16 as group winners and eliminate their opponents due to Switzerland's win over Honduras.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Swiss beat Honduras 3-0, face Argentina in last-16

    Shaqiri netted a hat-trick as Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 in Manaus to secure the runners-up spot in WC Group E and a last 16 clash against Argentina.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine fan shot in Porto Alegre after football argument

    An Argentine fan was wounded in the leg by a gunshot and had to seek medical treatment in Porto Alegre after arguing with a Brazilian national this morning in the city's Cidade Baixa neighbourhood.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Bosnia end Iran hopes, record first World Cup victory

    Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale today to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella pleased with Argentina display

    Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella affirmed that his charges played well in taking down Nigeria 3-2 in today's World Cup clash in Porto Alegre, while playing down the significance of the goals conceded during a pulsating Group F match.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Maradona: ‘I don’t want to be a problem, I won’t go to the game against Nigeria’

    Argentine football icon Diego Armando Maradona said he will not be attending Argentina’s final Group F match against Nigeria today, after being accused of “jinxing” the national squad in the previous game against Iran. “I don’t want to be a problem, I won’t go to the game against Nigeria,” he said.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine fans swamp Pt Alegre for Nigeria match

    Porto Alegre was awash in a sea of sky-blue and white today as tens of thousands of Argentina fans flooded the southern Brazilian city for their team's concluding World Cup Group F match against Nigeria.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Improved Argentina fired by Messi to finish at Group F summit

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi scored twice and Marcos Rojo poked home in Porto Alegre to give the Albiceleste a 3-2 World Cup win over Nigeria, putting the nation top of Group F with a perfect nine points.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Colombia thrash Japan 4-1 to top group, Greece grab second

    Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to top World Cup Group C with maximum points today, earning a second-round meeting with Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro. Greece took second place with an agonising last-minute win over Ivory Coast.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Giustozzi receives complaint over Brown World Cup spot

    Renewal Front lawmaker and former Almirante Brown Mayor Darío Giustozzi has received a complaint over the municipality’s World Cup propaganda spots shown by TyC Sports during Argentina’s group stage games.

  • 25/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina eye top spot against Nigeria

    Twice World Cup winners Argentina lead Group F with six points and have already qualified. To win the group they need at least a draw against the Africa champions, the only team yet to concede a goal.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Costa Rica top group after 0-0 draw with England

    Costa Rica marched into the second round of the World Cup proudly top of a Group D containing three former winners after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England today.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Prandelli offers to resign after World Cup exit

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has offered to resign following the team's elimination from the World Cup, he told a news conference today.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella: 'I'm worried, we have to improve'

    Argentina need to raise their game and seize their chances to ensure victory over a fast and strong Nigeria side in their final World Cup Group F match, coach Alejandro Sabella said.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    'My best birthday present would be World Cup'

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Fidel Castro praises Maradona, Messi

    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro congratulated retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona for his television program analyzing the World Cup and also saluted current Argentine goal-scorer Lionel Messi for carrying on the glory for Argentina.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Spain's team plane hit by lightning in return to home

    Spain's soccer team, returning home after a wretched World Cup in Brazil where the holders were eliminated in the first round, had another shock today when their aircraft was struck by lightning as it came in to land in Madrid.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil and Mexico through to last 16

    Brazil and Mexico have booked their place in the second round of the 2014 World Cup, after taking down Cameroon and Croatia respectively to qualify from Group A this evening. Two more goals from Neymar took the star's tally up to four as his side beat the Africans 4-1.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Godin header sends Uruguay through and Italy out

    Defender Diego Godin scored a dramatic winner nine minutes from time to send Uruguay through to the World Cup last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy today which sent the four-times champions home.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Colombia want to finish group with three wins

    Colombia want to boost their World Cup tally of five goals against Japan and finish the group stage with three wins for the first time, coach Pekerman said.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    US Embassy stokes World Cup fever through Twitter

    By Soledad Ytuarte
    The United States' representatives in Buenos Aires made a surprising move which had its more than 16 thousand followers active the whole weekend, responding to and re-tweeting football comments and strangely informal remarks.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil to roll out armoured welcome wagon for Argentina

    Authorities showed off the new welcome wagon they plan to roll out if necessary as Porto Alegre braced for an Argentinean invasion for their final World Cup Group F match against Nigeria.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Spain end with victory after relinquishing title

    Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres scored to help give deposed champions Spain a comfortable consolation win after a miserable World Cup when they beat Australia 3-0.

  • 22/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Last-minute goal gives Portugal faint World Cup hope

    A disappointing Cristiano Ronaldo came up with a brilliant cross in the final minute to allow Silvestre Varela to grab a 2-2 draw for Portugal against United States, but Paulo Bento's men need a miracle to qualify for the World Cup last-16 in their final match.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil bid for top spot against Cameroon, Spain bow out

    Hosts Brazil will look to secure top spot in World Cup Group A and banish doubts about their title credentials when they take on eliminated Cameroon today, while deposed champions Spain bow out against Australia.

  • 23/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Dutch dodge Brazil after beating Chile

    Goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile today that put them top of World Cup Group B and avoid a second-round meeting with Brazil.

  • 22/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    'Broken' Gerrard waits to decide England future

    Captain Steven Gerrard will take his time to decide his future after he told a news conference he was "broken" by England's exit from the World Cup.

  • 22/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Belgium snatch late win to reach last 16

    Divock Origi's late strike earned Belgium a 1-0 Group H win over Russia at the Maracana Stadium to seal a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.

  • 22/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Algeria beat South Korea 4-2

  • 21/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Germany tie Ghana 2-2 with Klose historic goal

    Miroslav Klose scored a landmark goal as Germany and Ghana drew 2-2 with all the goals coming in a terrific second half of another rip-roaring World Cup clash.

  • 21/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Nigeria end Bosnia dream with 1-0 win

    Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 for their first World Cup win since 1998 to leave the Europeans bottom of Group F still without a point from their first World Cup adventure and no longer able to progress to the last 16.

  • 22/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Di María defends Argentina performance after Iran win

    Argentina midfielder Ángel Di María fought back against critics of the team following a 1-0 World Cup victory over Iran, affirming that the team was on the right track despite a less than convincing display.

  • 21/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Mascherano takes part in his 100th game with the national team

    Defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano played his 100th match in the Argentina’s jersey today against Iran. The former River Plate player made his debut with the national team in 2003.

  • 21/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi: ‘The important thing is that we won’

    Argentina forward Lionel Messi lamented the Albiceleste hasn’t been able to show all its potential in the World Cup so far, but highlighted the victory against Iran and said the most important thing is having qualified to the last-16 stage after the first two games.

  • 21/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Maradona saw the match and received an ovation

    Argentine football icon Diego Armando Maradona was able to enter today the Mineirao arena in Belo Horizonte to watch Argentina beat Iran, after having been denied access to see the Albiceleste opener against Bosnia in Río de Janeiro last Sunday.

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Free-flowing France crush weak Swiss 5-2

    France blew away Switzerland with a three-goal first-half barrage en route to a thumping 5-2 World Cup Group E win that virtually assures them of qualification for the second round.

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Valencia double gives Ecuador vital win

    A goal in each half from striker Enner Valencia gave Ecuador a 2-1 win over Honduras in World Cup group E to boost their hopes of making the last 16.

  • 21/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi beauty saves disappointing Argentina in injury-time

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Costa Rica reach last 16 with Italy win

    Costa Rica produced another huge upset to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the second time today with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy that also ensured England were eliminated.

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    It is 4-4-3 against Iran

    Messi was critical of Argentina's first-half defensive formation in their World Cup opener against Bosnia despite a 2-1 win but those post-match comments were welcomed, coach Alejandro Sabella has said.

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    England knocked out of the World Cup

    England were eliminated at the group stage of the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958 as Italy lost 1-0 to Costa Rica in Recife.

  • 19/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    British press says Suárez ‘humiliated’ England

    English online media lamented a latest defeat for their team in the 2014 World Cup, opining that Uruguay and Liverpool forward Luis Suárez “humiliated” the British side after the “Celeste” 2-1 victory in Sao Paulo.

  • 19/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Ten-man Greece hold Japan to goalless draw

    Ten-man Greece held Japan to a goalless draw in a largely forgettable World Cup Group C clash on Thursday that kept both sides in with a chance of making the knockout phase.

  • 19/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    England’s travelling faithful suffer in Buenos Aires

    By Daniel Edwards

  • 19/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Colombia beat Ivory Coast to close in on knockout phase

    Colombia beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in yet another action-packed World Cup clash today to top Group C on six points and move within touching distance of making the knockout phase for the first time since 1990.

  • 19/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brilliant Suárez gives Uruguay victory over ragged England

    Luis Suárez emerged from a month of treatment on his injured knee to score both goals as Uruguay beat England 2-1 to keep his team's World Cup hopes alive and leave England's hanging by a thread.

  • 19/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Police arrest 14 for throwing fireworks at English fans

    Brazilian police arrested 14 people accused of throwing at least one firework at English fans outside a bar in Sao Paulo, hours before England were to play Uruguay in the World Cup.

  • 18/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Ronaldo abandons training early with ice on knee

    Cristiano Ronaldo ended his participation in a Portugal training session and left the pitch with ice on his knee, Portuguese media reported.

  • 18/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    World champions Spain out after Chile defeat

    Hard-working Chile overwhelmed an out-of-sorts Spain 2-0 to secure their - and the Netherlands' - place in the World Cup second round and eliminate the holders on a memorable night at the Maracana.

  • 18/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Del Bosque: There will be consequences for Spain after exit

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders' shock elimination from the World Cup today, but that he needed time to reflect.

  • 17/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    World Cup over for Portugal's Coentrao

    Portugal left back Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a thigh muscle injury, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said today.

  • 17/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Police disperse protesters outside Brazil match

    At least 10 people were arrested in the demonstration after the group tried to block the main street to the Castelão stadium in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, local police spokesman Fernando Albano confirmed.

  • 18/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Dutch beat Australia 3-2 in two out of two

  • 16/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Fastest World Cup goals

  • 17/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Superb Ochoa denies Neymar as Brazil, Mexico tie 0-0

    Brazil tied with Mexico in Fortaleza, ending the hosts' 10-game winning streak in the process. Brazil were frustrated by a hard-working Mexico defense and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who made two outstanding saves to deny Neymar.

  • 17/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Belgium fight back to beat Algeria 2-1

    Two goals in 10 second-half minutes by substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens gave Belgium a 2-1 comeback victory over Algeria after the north Africans had threatened a shock result in their World Cup Group H match today.

  • 16/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Nigeria, Iran booed after tedious 0-0 draw

    Argentina's Group F rivals Iran and Nigeria laboured to the first stalemate of a scintillating World Cup with a dismal 0-0 draw that left both sides still chasing their first victory at a finals since 1998.

  • 16/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina fans arrested for alleged racist chanting

    Two Argentine fans were arrested for chanting racist insults at Brazilians inside the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, local police said.

  • 16/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Early & late goals give US 2-1 win over Ghana

    Substitute John Brooks headed an 86th-minute winner as the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in a World Cup Group G clash, just as the Africans thought they had snatched a draw.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Maracaná receives Argentine makeover as fans pack stadium

    More than 20,000 Argentina fans packed Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracaná stadium for a chance to see Lionel Messi and Co. start their World Cup campaign, as the 'Albiceleste' took on Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Group F curtain-raiser.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi satisfied after 'nervous' Argentina debut

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi has declared himself satisfied with a 2-1 win in the nation's 2014 World Cup debut against Bosnia-Herzegovina, while admitting that the first game of a tournament is always a nervy occasion for players.

  • 16/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Hat-trick for Mueller as Germany crush 10-man Portugal 4-0

    Thomas Mueller marked his 50th international with a hat-trick as Germany strolled to a 4-0 World Cup victory over a Portugal side reduced to 10 men late in the first half of a disappointly one-sided Group G match today.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Swiss snatch late victory over Ecuador

    Haris Seferovic struck a stoppage time winner as Switzerland fought back from a goal down to claim a thrilling last-gasp 2-1 win over Ecuador in a scrappy but entertaining World Cup Group E opener.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Messi beauty gives Argentina win in World Cup opener

    A wonderful strike from Lionel Messi in the second half helped Argentina to a narrow 2-1 victory in the Maracaná, as Alejandro Sabella's men downed Bosnia-Herzegovina in a tight match to pick up the maximum three points in their World Cup curtain-raiser.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Powerful French smash 10-man Honduras

    A moment of madness in the first half and a landmark goalline technology ruling in the second helped France to a 3-0 victory over Honduras in their Group E World Cup clash.

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Balotelli header gives Italy win over England

    Mario Balotelli headed the decisive goal as Italy emerged 2-1 winners over England in another high quality World Cup match in the Amazon jungle, to gain a key early advantage in a Group D containing three former cup winners.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Ivory Coast roar back to beat Japan 2-1

    Two sharply-headed goals within three second-half minutes gave Ivory Coast a 2-1 Group C victory over Japan as the World Cup's four-game "Super Saturday" concluded with yet another hugely entertaining match.

  • 15/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Beckenbauer ready to answer FIFA questions

    Franz Beckenbauer said he was ready to answer questions from FIFA about an investigation into World Cup bidding by June 27 and believed that should remove any justification for its 90-day ban on him.

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazilian police investigating rape of American during WC

    Police in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso are investigating the alleged rape of an American woman yesterday night after the World Cup soccer match between Australia and Chile.

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Sabella: ‘I didn’t choose the starting team yet’

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Costa Rica fight back to stun Uruguay 3-1

    Two goals in four dramatic second-half minutes set lowly Costa Rica on their way to a deserved 3-1 victory over Uruguay today in the biggest upset of the World Cup so far.

  • 13/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Chile got the win they needed

    Chile held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash.

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Colombia beats Greece 3-0 in Group C opener

    Colombia marked their return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence with an attacking display that earned a 3-0 victory over Greece today, and the early initiative in what looks to be a really tight Group C.

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    World Cup is 'over' for Beckenbauer

    Franz Beckenbauer will skip the World Cup in Brazil after the ex West Germany captain and coach was banned by FIFA for 90 days for allegedly refusing to co-operate with an investigation into bidding.

  • 13/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Netherlands trash defending champion Spain 5-1

    Two goals each by Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben helped the Netherlands destroy world and European champions Spain 5-1 in a sensational WC Group B opener - a repeat of the 2010 final.

  • 13/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil takes advantage of World Cup crowds to test for HIV

    Brazilian health officials handed out condoms to World Cup fans in Sao Paulo and took advantage of festivities in the city to test people for HIV.

  • 13/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Bayern doctor says Ribery could have played in World Cup

    France's Franck Ribery could have been fit for the World Cup, Bayern Munich's doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt said as he rejected French claims it was his treatment that ruled the winger out.

  • 12/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Croatia furious with Japanese ref after defeat

    Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura was the toast of Brazil and the curse of Croatia today after his contentious penalty award proved decisive in helping the home side to a 3-1 opening day win in the World Cup.

  • 13/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Natal firefighters warn Mexico-Cameroon Cup clash stadium lacks security clearance

  • 13/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Peralta strike gives Mexico win amid ref controversy

    Mexico has beat Cameroon 1-0 with a second-half strike by Peralta and join Brazil at the top of World Cup Group A with three points.

  • 12/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Neymar, Oscar give Brazil nervy World Cup win over Croatia

    Brazil's golden boy Neymar hit twice and Oscar sealed the match with a late strike to give the Selecao a 3-1 victory in their World Cup Group A opener against Croatia, who had led the game early on thanks to Marcelo's own goal.

  • 12/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Portugal star Ronaldo declares knee is fine

    Cristiano Ronaldo has told Portuguese media that his left knee was fine, during a training session in which a fan ran onto the field to get his autograph.

  • 12/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Vanishing spray makes World Cup debut

    The vanishing spray, invented by an Argentinean entrepreneur, made its debut at World Cup level in the opening game between Brazil and Croatia.

  • 12/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Opening ceremony kicks off Brazil World Cup

    The World Cup was officially opened today with a lavish dance display, before the tournament's official song was performed by Jennifer López, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte in the middle of the Arena de Sao Paulo which will later play host to Brazil's first clash.

  • 12/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    The football feast in pictures

  • 11/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Neymar: Brazil's 12th man may be main player

    Brazil's exciting young forward Neymar believes the home fans may be their most important "player" if they get fully behind the team at the World Cup.

  • 11/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Rooney: 'This is best England team I've played with'

    Striker Wayne Rooney says the current England team is the best he has played in during his 11 years with the national team and that Italy should be worried about Saturday's game in Manaus.

  • 12/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Pope hopes World Cup becomes a 'feast of solidarity among peoples'

    Pope Francis is hoping the World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil later today, will be played in a spirit of fraternity and fair play, and can overcome any form of racism or intolerance.

  • 11/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine fan attacked by Brazilians in flag tussle

    An Argentine soccer fan suffered a broken finger after three Brazilians tried to rip an Argentina flag from his hands in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, media reported. The victim is 32-year-old Rubén Lucero.

  • 11/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Maradona wishes 'worst of luck' to Grondona ahead of World Cup

    Argentine football legend today wished coach Alejandro Sabella and the Albiceleste good luck ahead of the team's upcoming World Cup campaign, while once more criticising manager Carlos Bilardo and Argentine FA (AFA) president Julio Grondona.

  • 11/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Tevez: ‘I don’t watch Argentina matches’

    Juventus forward Carlos Tevez said he doesn’t watch Argentina matches or news updates because he’s “hurt” for not being selected by Coach Alejandro Sabella to participate in the World Cup.

  • 10/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentina complete first training session on Brazilian soil

    The Argentina national team carried out behind closed doors their first training session since arriving in Brazil, as preparations continue for Sunday's World Cup debut against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

  • 10/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Scolari's nephew killed in car crash in Brazil

    A nephew of Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was killed in a car accident today, police said, two days before he is set to lead the national team in the World Cup opening match.

  • 10/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Uruguay coach Tabárez not sure when Luis Suárez will be fit

    Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez does not know when forward Luis Suárez, working hard on his fitness after knee cartilage surgery, will be ready to play again.

  • 08/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    River's Carbonero wins place in Colombia World Cup squad

    River Plate midfielder Carlos Carbonero was today called up as a late replacement to the Colombia World Cup squad, entering the 23-man list in place of the injured Aldo Leao Ramírez.

  • 09/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Mexico take taxi to World Cup training after team bus dies

    "Our bus has shrunk, hahahahaha," Mexican captain Rafael Marquez said on his Twitter account, posting a selfie of himself along with Marco Fabian, Hector Herrera and Alfredo Talavera in a taxi.

  • 09/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Schoolkids to watch Argentina in classrooms

    Primary and secondary schoolchildren will be able to watch Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina national team from their classrooms during the World Cup, according to Education minister Alberto Sileoni.

  • 07/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    England held to goalless draw by 10-man Honduras

    A full-strength England team failed to break down a stubborn Honduras side reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes as they drew 0-0 in their last World Cup warmup match in Miami before they fly off to the finals in Brazil.

  • 08/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Cameroon squad refuses to depart for World Cup

    Cameroon's World Cup squad have refused to board their scheduled plane to Brazil in a strike action over money for the tournament, officials said.

  • 08/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Croatia coach, players confident they can stun Brazil

    Croatia coach Niko Kovac and Brazilian-born midfielder Sammir believe the 1998 World Cup semi-finalists can rekindle past glory and upset hosts Brazil in Thursday's tournament opener in Sao Paulo.

  • 06/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Brazil win 1-0 over Serbia

    Brazil survived a poor first half to beat Serbia 1-0 in a warm-up friendly today, but their lacklustre display was not what the home fans expected just six days before the World Cup.

  • 07/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Ronaldo back in training with Portugal

    Cristiano Ronaldo, suffering with tendinosis around his left knee and an injury to his right thigh, trained with his Portugal team mates for the first time since joining the World Cup squad 10 days ago.

  • 07/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Argentine alternative squad beat Slovenia 2-0

    In the last Albiceleste warm up match before the World Cup debut, Alejandro Sabella’s alternative squad beat Slovenia 2-0 at Estadio Único in La Plata.

  • 06/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    France suffer major World Cup blow as Ribery is ruled out

    France's World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems. Coach Didier Deschamps also said that attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was out of the finals in Brazil.

  • 06/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    England to wait until last moment on Oxlade-Chamberlain

    England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be given until 24 hours before their opening World Cup match against Italy to recover from injury, manager Roy Hodgson said.

  • 06/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Strike tangles Sao Paulo again in run-up to World Cup

    Brazil's biggest city confronted a second straight day of commuting chaos today, as striking subway workers and a protest over housing conditions tangled the streets of Sao Paulo less than a week before it hosts the opening match of the World Cup.


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