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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 3, 2014

FIFA asks Der Spiegel for proof of Cameroon World Cup match-fixing

FIFA expressed “substantial doubts” Wednesday about a German magazine’s claims that a World Cup game could have been fixed and asked the publication to provide evidence to back up its report that a renowned match-fixer accurately predicted details of the match hours before it ...

Jul 2, 2014

Maradona says coaching Venezuela is possibility

Argentine great Diego Maradona has said he could be the next coach of Venezuela, the only South American country that has never made it to the World Cup. Cesar Farias quit in November last year after the Venezuelan team, which is known as the ...

Belgium tops U.S. in thriller

Jul 2, 2014

Belgium tops U.S. in thriller

For a full 90 minutes, Belgium’s almost relentless attack added up to nothing in the face of Tim Howard. Only in extra time was the superb United States goalkeeper finally beaten. Kevin De Bruyne turned Howard’s heroic night into defeat on Tuesday when he ...

Di Maria strikes late winner as Argentina advances

Jul 2, 2014

Di Maria strikes late winner as Argentina advances

Argentina’s theme at this World Cup seems to be scrappy wins with Lionel Messi pulling through at the last minute to save the day. Messi didn’t score on his own this time, but he set the stage for Angel Di Maria to score an ...

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 ...