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Brazil tries to look forward

Jul 7, 2014

Brazil tries to look forward

Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country’s hopes ...

Van Gaal sings praises of spirited Netherlands squad

Jul 7, 2014

Van Gaal sings praises of spirited Netherlands squad

Louis van Gaal says his Netherlands team is the most driven group of players he has ever worked with. That’s quite a compliment coming from a 62-year-old coach who has won the Champions League with Ajax and the Spanish and German leagues with Barcelona ...

Kakitani leaves Cerezo for Basel

Jul 7, 2014

Kakitani leaves Cerezo for Basel

Japan and Cerezo Osaka striker Yoichiro Kakitani will move to Swiss club Basel on July 16, his J. League first-division club announced Monday. “I thought this through carefully, while dealing with bad memories of the World Cup, and I have decided to challenge myself ...

Neymar says World Cup dream still alive

Jul 6, 2014

Neymar says World Cup dream still alive

Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his World Cup dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday is still alive. In a video released by the Brazilian soccer ...

Argentina reaches World Cup semifinals

Jul 6, 2014

Argentina reaches World Cup semifinals

Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal of this World Cup sent Argentina into the semifinals on Saturday with a 1-0 win over a disappointing Belgium. Argentina, which hadn’t advanced past the World Cup quarterfinals since 1990, controlled the match after Higuain’s eighth minute goal, more due ...

Germany ousts France

Jul 5, 2014

Germany ousts France

It just wouldn’t be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals. Harnessing all their big-game experience, the Germans delivered a performance of maturity and efficiency to hold off France 1-0 on Friday and become the first team to reach four straight semifinals in ...

Jul 5, 2014

FIFA exec's son denies scalp claim

The son of FIFA senior vice president Julio Grondona has denied claims he illegally sold a World Cup ticket for profit. Brazilian police are investigating a ticket scalping operation and have made 11 arrests this week, bringing the issue to public attention. Humberto Grondona ...

Neymar ruled out of World Cup with back injury

Jul 5, 2014

Neymar ruled out of World Cup with back injury

Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra in his back in the closing stages of the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday in a major blow to the host nation. Neymar, who has scored four ...

Brazil defeats Colombia 2-1 to reach semifinals

Jul 5, 2014

Brazil defeats Colombia 2-1 to reach semifinals

Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years, with goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz in a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday. Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the ...

Jul 4, 2014

Cops probe FIFA ticket scalping

Brazilian police who are investigating ticket scalping at the World Cup say that “someone from FIFA” is a source of tickets being resold for many times the face value. Rio police Inspector Fabio Barucke on Thursday said the person under investigation was staying at ...