Soccer Topics

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona said compatriot Lionel Messi did not deserve to be named best player of the World Cup, arguing it should have gone to Colombia’s James Rodriguez. “I would give Lio the sky, but when it’s not deserved and it’s just marketers who want to make him ...

Germans savor return to soccer summit

Jul 14, 2014

Germans savor return to soccer summit

United they stand, right at the top of the football world. And right on South American soil. Germany won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II ...

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Jul 14, 2014

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany. It was far from a fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year. ...

Germany wins World Cup

Jul 14, 2014

Germany wins World Cup

Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster. With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the ...

Jul 14, 2014

Brazil parting ways with Scolari

will not renew national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari’s contact, local media reported early Monday, just hours after Germany defeated Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup. Scolari said that he would let the CBF decide his fate after his team lost the game ...

Dutch add to Brazil's misery with rout in third-place game

Jul 13, 2014

Dutch add to Brazil's misery with rout in third-place game

When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup. The Netherlands’ remarkable campaign ended on a high note after ...

Jul 12, 2014

Tanaka vows to make quick return

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka accepts his elbow injury as “a challenge” and vows to return soon to help the team win. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. ...

Argentina, Germany set for final

Jul 12, 2014

Argentina, Germany set for final

2014 World Cup final The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet’s best player against the tournament’s best team. Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany at Maracana Stadium on Sunday for a ...

Jul 11, 2014

Manhunt begins in Rio ticket probe

An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, authorities said. Police launched a manhunt for Raymond Whelan, a British director of ...

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Jul 11, 2014

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Brazil soccer legend Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance. “We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people ...

Jul 10, 2014

South Korea coach Hong resigns

South Korea soccer coach Hong Myung-bo is resigning to take responsibility for his team’s disappointing performance at the World Cup in Brazil. Hong has faced mounting criticism after South Korea was eliminated from the World Cup by finishing last in the four-team Group H. ...

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Jul 10, 2014

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Argentina’s Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans’ first World Cup final appearance in 24 years. After the teams battled to a 0-0 draw in ...