Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

Jul 25, 2014

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

by Andrew Mckirdy

World Cup referee Yuichi Nishimura has shrugged off the controversy that surrounded his decision to award Brazil a penalty in the tournament’s opening game, but admitted that being a referee is no easy task. Nishimura made global headlines for all the wrong reasons following ...

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Jul 15, 2014

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona said compatriot Lionel Messi did not deserve to be named best player of the World Cup, arguing it should have gone to Colombia’s James Rodriguez. “I would give Lio the sky, but when it’s not deserved and it’s just ...

Germans savor return to soccer summit

Jul 14, 2014

Germans savor return to soccer summit

United they stand, right at the top of the football world. And right on South American soil. Germany won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II ...

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Jul 14, 2014

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany. It was far from a fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year. ...

Dutch add to Brazil's misery with rout in third-place game

Jul 13, 2014

Dutch add to Brazil's misery with rout in third-place game

When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup. The Netherlands’ remarkable campaign ended on a high note after ...

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Jul 11, 2014

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Brazil soccer legend Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance. “We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people ...

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Jul 10, 2014

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Argentina’s Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans’ first World Cup final appearance in 24 years. After the teams battled to a 0-0 draw in ...

Exhausted Dutch unable to find right formula in loss

Jul 10, 2014

Exhausted Dutch unable to find right formula in loss

Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. How different to ...

Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

Jul 9, 2014

Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

The tears started flowing before halftime, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief. The national team wasn’t just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of ...

Brazil tries to look forward

Jul 7, 2014

Brazil tries to look forward

Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country’s hopes ...