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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 ...

Rodriguez fires Colombia by Uruguay, into last eight

Jun 29, 2014

Rodriguez fires Colombia by Uruguay, into last eight

A sensational display from James Rodriguez fired Colombia into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Saturday with the attacking midfielder scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay including a contender for goal of the tournament. Rodriguez became the World Cup’s ...

FIFA came down hard on Suarez for his lack of remorse

Jun 29, 2014

FIFA came down hard on Suarez for his lack of remorse

FIFA opted to punish Luis Suarez heavily for biting an opponent in a World Cup match because the Uruguayan showed no remorse for the incident and previous bans had not changed his behavior, according to an internal FIFA document. Suarez was hit on Thursday ...

Soccer reacts to Suarez ruling

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer reacts to Suarez ruling

The players’ union and soccer’s governing body agree on one thing in the wake of the heavy ban imposed on Luis Suarez for his third biting incident: the Uruguay and Liverpool striker needs help. Suarez returned to Montevideo early Friday, arriving too late to ...

Fans turn out to greet Japan team

Jun 28, 2014

Fans turn out to greet Japan team

Japan’s team, which bowed out in the group stage of the ongoing World Cup without winning a match, was greeted by about 1,000 well-wishers after arriving at Narita airport on Friday. Cheers rang out from the crowd as Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni and his ...

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

Jun 28, 2014

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

by Gus Fielding

Former Nagoya Grampus boss Dragan Stojkovic on Friday denied a report he has been approached by the Japan Football Association about the vacant national team coach’s job following the resignation of Italian Alberto Zaccheroni. But the 49-year-old Stojkovic, who steered Grampus to the J. ...