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Germany ousts France

Jul 5, 2014

Germany ousts France

It just wouldn’t be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals. Harnessing all their big-game experience, the Germans delivered a performance of maturity and efficiency to hold off France 1-0 on Friday and become the first team to reach four straight semifinals in ...

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 4, 2014

Cops probe FIFA ticket scalping

Brazilian police who are investigating ticket scalping at the World Cup say that “someone from FIFA” is a source of tickets being resold for many times the face value. Rio police Inspector Fabio Barucke on Thursday said the person under investigation was staying at ...

Jul 4, 2014

Overpass collapses, kills two in Brazil

An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in this World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car in an embarrassment for a country that has been basking in praise for what has mostly ...

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 ...