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    1. December 19, 2014

      Fifa to publish controversial report into World Cup bids

      Fifa has decided to publish the controversial report into World Cup bidding allegations, but the scale of publication and...

    2. December 4, 2014

      International sport should not be a law unto itself

      Sport, it is often said, should be free to govern itself. That is a principle endorsed by no less an institution than the...

    1. November 26, 2014

      Britain calls on Fifa to publish World Cup bid report

      The culture secretary has called on Fifa to make public the findings of its inquiry into the bidding to host the 2018 and...

    2. November 24, 2014

      Wanda and Providence weigh bids for Infront Media

      At least two Chinese groups are weighing bids for Infront Media, the Swiss sports marketing group run by the nephew of...

    3. November 14, 2014

      Brussels launches sliding tackle against Fifa

      The EU’s top sports official is urging Fifa to come clean with findings from its corruption investigation, in a warning that...

    4. November 13, 2014

      Fifa World Cup bid report turns into game of two halves

      Even by Fifa standards, it was a day of dramatic accusations and recriminations. More evidence of strange goings-on that...

    5. November 13, 2014

      The farce at Fifa that shames global football

      There is no more controversial organisation in sport today than Fifa. For the past four years, the governing body of world...

    6. November 13, 2014

      The contested findings of the Fifa report into World Cup bids

      Fifa’s attempt to release only parts of an investigation into alleged corruption in the 2022 World Cup bidding backfired...

    7. November 13, 2014

      Fifa in turmoil over Qatar World Cup bid

      Fifa’s attempt to clear Russia and Qatar to run the next two World Cups was plunged into controversy when the man chosen to...

    8. November 12, 2014

      Qatar accused of ‘dragging its feet’ on labour reform ahead of World Cup

      Qatar has come under renewed criticism for alleged labour abuses ahead of its hosting of the 2022 World Cup, with Amnesty...

    9. 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...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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....

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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