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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 3, 2014

FIFA mulls allowing extra-time sub

Substitutes have made a big impact at the World Cup, and there could be more of them in four years’ time. FIFA’s coaching advisers will propose before the 2018 World Cup kicks off that teams can use a fourth substitute in extra time. “I ...

Jul 3, 2014

Brazil probes ticket-scalping ring

Soccer’s world governing body says it is helping Brazil’s investigation of a ticket-scalping ring believed to be re-selling World Cup tickets. FIFA says it will meet with Brazilian officials to discuss its ticketing operations and cautioned Brazilian media not to jump to conclusions. Camila ...

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 ...

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 ...