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  1. July 14, 2014

    Ecstatic Germans celebrate World Cup victory

    Germany is celebrating its World Cup victory with a thousand parties. They began at 23.36 German local time on Sunday, when...

  2. July 14, 2014

    Baby-faced Götze swivels and scores to crown a reinvented Germany

    Germany deserved this title – perhaps not for the final, in which they were at times outplayed by the Argentine underdogs,...

  1. July 13, 2014

    Argentina hangs its head in dismay after World Cup loss

    Silence fell in Buenos Aires when Germany scored the goal in the closing minutes of extra time that led to their 1-0 World...

  2. July 13, 2014

    Götze wins World Cup for Germany in extra time

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday when substitute Mario Götze volleyed in a...

  3. July 11, 2014

    Brazil after the World Cup

    In the end, Brazil did not get the golden outcome it had hoped for: a sixth World Cup victory. The national team’s drubbing...

  4. July 11, 2014

    World Cup is a good bet for Spreadex

    The World Cup should prove to be a bonanza for Spreadex, a spread betting and fixed odds operator, with the company...

  5. July 11, 2014

    Brazil’s World Cup collapse eludes banks’ best minds

    Brazil’s shocking 7-1 defeat in this week’s World Cup semi-final left behind 200m miserable Brazilians – and a host of...

  6. July 10, 2014

    Some Argentines excel, but others would be odd World Cup victors

    Watching Argentina’s coach Alejandro Sabella, one is strangely reminded of the actor Peter Sellers. In the 1979 film Being...

  7. July 9, 2014

    What the British can teach Brazil about football

    Being British, I have little experience of how it feels to define your nation by sporting success. There have been odd...

  8. July 9, 2014

    Brazil poll contenders fear World Cup hangover

    Brazil mourns World Cup rout Like millions of other Brazilians on Wednesday morning, Giovani Machado woke up wishing the day...

  9. July 9, 2014

    Eight lessons rock-bottom Brazil need to learn from the best

    Ten years ago this week, the German team was at rock bottom. It had exited Euro 2004 without beating anyone, not even...

  10. July 8, 2014

    Brazil shell-shocked by World Cup horror show

    Brazil mourns World Cup rout It’s hard to think of a bigger humiliation in sporting history than Brazil 1 Germany 7....

  11. July 8, 2014

    Van Gaal’s tactical acumen faces Messi challenge

    As Holland and Costa Rica headed for a penalty shootout on Saturday, I got a text message from the Dutch journalist Hugo...

  12. July 8, 2014

    Three cities on shortlist to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    Beijing, Oslo and Almaty have been shortlisted to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the three remaining cities in a bidding...

  13. July 7, 2014

    Brazil’s Fred and Germany’s Müller are footballing opposites

    Each has an unmistakable physique. Germany’s forward Thomas Müller, with long skinny legs above tiny socks, looks like a...

  14. July 6, 2014

    World Cup performance is poor test of transfer value

    A month ago nobody wanted the Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. He had just finished bottom of the French league with the...

  15. July 3, 2014

    Bridge collapse mars Brazilian World Cup

    At least two people were killed and 20 injured in Brazil following the collapse of an overpass being built for an urban...

  16. July 3, 2014

    World Cup: Things are looking up for Colombia on and off the pitch

    Sometimes, a football team just happens to embody a country’s story. That is the case in Colombia right now. Off the field,...

  17. July 3, 2014

    I can stomach America’s soccer loss

    After the US was knocked out of the World Cup in Brazil this week, I was calm, cool and collected. I took it like the man I...

  18. July 3, 2014

    World Cup cheer for Dilma Rousseff premature as Brazil poll looms

    It is an unlikely line-up of speakers: a metro employee, students with matching dreadlocks, a woman from a nearby slum and a...

  19. July 2, 2014

    Before World Cup battle with Germany, France at peace with itself

    The word “Seville” is enough to trigger the traumatic memory in a French football fan. In the Spanish city in July 1982,...

  20. July 2, 2014

    World Cup sets US live streaming record

    The World Cup has become the most streamed live sporting event in the US, as Americans tune in to this year’s tournament on...

  21. July 1, 2014

    World Cup: Teams lacking shootout data will pay the penalty

    “Neymar is not an incredible guy for kicking penalties,” says Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, economist at the London School of...

  22. June 30, 2014

    World Cup: Performances fail to meet Belgians’ expectations

    You don’t often see outbreaks of Belgian nationalism, but there’s one going on now. Belgium’s opening victory in the World...

  23. June 29, 2014

    Algeria’s success in World Cup puts focus on Africa’s failure

    After Algeria drew with Russia to reach the knockout stages, there were celebrations across the country. Fans waving...

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    June 29, 2014

    Were England the unluckiest team in the World Cup group stages?

    In case you’ve forgotten, England did take part in the 2014 World Cup. But despite uncharacteristically low expectations...

  25. June 29, 2014

    In sport, Wimbledon’s strawberries beat Brazil’s samba hands down

    Golden Ages are normally only recognisable in retrospect: “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. The Golden Age of...

  26. June 27, 2014

    World Cup turns Americans on to football

    When President Barack Obama watched the US play Germany in the World Cup, he joined millions of Americans who have displayed...

  27. June 27, 2014

    Nike takes on Adidas in Brazil World Cup

    Germany versus the US in Thursday’s World Cup clash could have been a proxy for football’s biggest commercial battle this...

  28. June 27, 2014

    Luis Suárez woes mount as 888 withdraws sponsorship

    Luis Suárez’s woes mounted on Friday as online gambling company 888 dropped the Uruguay footballer as a brand ambassador...

  29. June 26, 2014

    World Cup: Fast-passing style slowly spreads around the globe

    As I write (admittedly on the beach at Copacabana), it has been a surprisingly joyous World Cup. The first round is ending...

  30. June 26, 2014

    World Cup: Luis Suárez given 4-month ban for biting

    Fifa has punished Luis Suárez with a nine-game international ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and suspended...

  31. June 26, 2014

    ‘Klinsi’ and ‘Jogi’ meet again as US face Germany

    Straight after the 2006 World Cup, Germany’s coach Jürgen Klinsmann holed up in a hotel in the German Black Forest to...

  32. June 25, 2014

    World Cup: Luis Suárez at risk of losing sponsors over ‘bite’

    Luis Suárez, the Uruguayan footballer accused of biting an opponent, is facing not just the end of his World Cup but the...

  33. June 24, 2014

    France starts to see les Bleus in a warmer light

    The relationship between the French team and public is like a marriage in which one partner horribly betrayed the other. In...

  34. June 23, 2014

    US viewers learn to love the World Cup

    The US’s dramatic draw against Portugal in the World Cup was the most watched soccer match in the country’s history, raising...

  35. June 23, 2014

    Pessimistic English put their money on Costa Rica

    England’s World Cup humiliation is complete. The punters, normally among the most patriotic of supporters for the national...

  36. June 23, 2014

    Hot and confused Italian team await their fate

    In the northern Brazilian beach town of Natal, a hot and very confused Italian team await what may be the last match of...

  37. June 23, 2014

    Ghana probes two officials over football match-fixing claims

    Ghana’s World Cup participation was embroiled in controversy after officials linked to the country’s football association...

  38. June 22, 2014

    World Cup watchers warm to Chile

    Banco de Chile’s TV commercial for the World Cup uses a potent national symbol: the Chilean miners who were trapped...

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