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Cameroon investigating World Cup match-fixing report

Jul 2, 2014

Cameroon investigating World Cup match-fixing report

A Convicted match-fixer denied a report in a German magazine Tuesday that he predicted the result and details of a World Cup game. Cameroon’s football federation said it was investigating the match-fixer’s allegations of corruption involving its World Cup squad and that seven of ...

Jul 1, 2014

JFA technical director Hara in charge of hiring Zaccheroni's successor

Harumi Hara, the Japan Football Association’s technical director, will be responsible for selecting Japan’s next coach, the JFA technical committee confirmed Tuesday. Meeting in an extraordinary session, the technical committee summarized Japan’s failed efforts at the World Cup, but left the decision on the ...

Jul 1, 2014

Santos remarks spark anger in Greece

Outgoing Greece coach Fernando Santos has angered sections of the local media and soccer figures by claiming that some of his players were more interested in personal success than following instructions. Greece lost on penalties against 10-man Costa Rica in their last 16 clash ...

Germany prevails against Algeria in extra-time battle

Jul 1, 2014

Germany prevails against Algeria in extra-time battle

Germany had to battle all the way into extra time to beat Algeria 2-1 in their World Cup second-round clash on Monday, crushing the North Africans’ dream of revenge and setting up a quarterfinal duel against fellow former champion France. The Germans were pushed ...

Brazil says injured Neymar will be ready for Colombia

Jul 1, 2014

Brazil says injured Neymar will be ready for Colombia

Neymar will be fit to play in the World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia despite thigh and knee injuries sustained against Chile, Brazil’s soccer confederation said Monday. The confederation said team doctor Jose Luiz Runco checked Neymar again when the squad returned to its training ...

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

Jul 1, 2014

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

After being touted as one of the World Cup’s entertainers, it was a gritty performance which got France through to the quarterfinals in a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Monday. France’s forward line had made headlines with eight goals in its opening two group ...

World Cup exposes divide

Jun 30, 2014

World Cup exposes divide

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

Colombia star Rodriguez not worried about facing Brazil

Jun 30, 2014

Colombia star Rodriguez not worried about facing Brazil

World Cup sensation James Rodriguez said that Colombia would feel “no pressure” against Brazil in the quarterfinals after inspiring his side to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. The 22-year-old scored a contender for goal of the tournament with an exquisite volley in the 28th ...

Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Jun 30, 2014

Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour. Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the ...

Cesar's heroics carry Brazil past Chile, into quarterfinals

Jun 29, 2014

Cesar's heroics carry Brazil past Chile, into quarterfinals

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar kept the host nation’s hopes of World Cup glory alive on Saturday, saving two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send it into the last eight 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time. Four years ...