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Celebrities, politicians call on Filipinos to support Azkals

Philippine celebrities and politicians have called on Filipino sports fans to support the Philippine football team Azkals in their crucial game against the superior Uzbekistan team at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan starting 8 p.m. Tuesday.

FIFA ignored own risk report, now 2022 World Cup is a nightmare

A FIFA task force on Tuesday recommended scheduling the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for November-December, all but moving the tournament to winter less than five years after the Qataris centered their bid around a summer tournament.

Lionel Messi's legacy remains intact despite World Cup loss

Social media went haywire when Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball winner of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil over James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben.

Germany edges the battle in wide areas to sink Argentina

Germany defeated Argentina to claim their fourth World Cup, in what was expected to be a tight affair between two sides that adopt contrasting styles of football.

World Cup 2014 Final Preview: Germany - Argentina

Over the past 30 years, Germany and Argentina have developed into familiar foes at the World Cup. The international powerhouses split triumphs in 1986 and 1990, but the Germans have proved their superiority over the Argentines in the last two World Cups.

Sabella's Argentina wins the battle of caution against Holland

In a tight, slow-burning affair, that offered very few legitimate goal-scoring chances, Argentina snuck past Holland and secured a berth in their first World Cup final in 24 years.

Joachim Low outwits Scolari as Germany batters Brazil

Germany’s victory over Brazil will be remembered for years to come in what proved to be a straightforward tactical battle.

World Cup 2014 Preview: Brazil vs Germany

The last time Brazil and Germany met in the World Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari guided the hosts to their fifth triumph in Japan.

Low's tactical switch sees Germany stifle France's midfield

One of the few remaining oddities in this year’s World Cup was whether Didier Deschamps’ France was a legitimate contender.

World Cup 2014 Tactical Preview: France - Germany

Arguably the biggest fixture in the quarterfinal round is between two elite European sides. Germany has reached the semifinals in their last four major international tournaments, while France is aiming to improve on their Euro 2012 campaign.

Argentina's Messi and Di Maria unravel Hitzfeld's master plan

One of the main themes to emerge at this year’s World Cup is the over-reliance on world-class players. Oddly, majority of the remaining contenders fall under this category in what’s shaping to be an unpredictable road to Rio.

Deschamps key switch sees Griezmann lift France past Nigeria

Although Nigeria is classified as Africa’s superior team, Stephen Keshi’s persistence to continuously ignore his side’s glaring deficiencies placed the reigning African champions at a disadvantage against France.

Louis van Gaal's tactical alterations guides Holland past Mexico

Miguel Herrera’s Mexico transitioned into one of the brightest facets of the World Cup following two impressive performances against group favourites Brazil and Croatia.

Brazil — Chile preview: Can Chile avenge past World Cup defeats?

Chile will encounter a familiar foe on their road to their first World Cup triumph as they have a date with hosts Brazil.

Ronaldo shines as Portugal edges battle of width against Ghana

In a widely open match between two counterattacking sides, there was no surprise that all three goals were created in wide areas.

Luis Suarez kicked out of World Cup, banned 4 months for bite

FIFA has kicked Luis Suarez out of the World Cup, banning him 4 months from soccer/football related activity for his bite on Italian Giorgio Chiellini. FIFA also said Suarez was fined $100,000 Swiss francs (U.S.$120,000).

Lionel Messi exploits space in midfield as Argentina tops Nigeria

This wasn’t the first time Stephen Keshi’s Nigeria was susceptible to penetration between the lines, and it will serve as a great lesson ahead of their round of 16 tie against France.

Tabarez's Uruguay stay true to their strengths to slip past Italy

Before Uruguay and Italy made their trip to Brazil, neither manager would imagine that they would suffer defeats against Costa Rica.

World Cup: Greece in 2nd Stage for 1st time with dramatic win

Samaras the Great found nerves of steel in Brazil on Tuesday, scoring a goal that put Greece in to the 2nd stage of the World Cup for the 1st time. Georgios Samaras coolly converted a penalty in stoppage time for a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.

Holland makes most of space following Chile's system alterations

Chile’s main objective heading into the World Cup was to win Group B, and avoid a possible showdown with Brazil in the round of 16.

USA's Fabian Johnson dominates right flank against Portugal

One of the few pieces of criticism Paulo Bento has received during his tenure as Portuguese manager is his reluctance to adapt.

U.S. down, takes lead, then Portugal ties in World Cup thriller

The U.S. very nearly destroyed the hopes of Portugal by staging a stunning second-half comeback at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The reason they didn't? Because Portugal staged a last-minute comeback, in stoppage time, and it ended, 2-2.

Defensive errors dominate Germany's draw with Ghana

James Kwesi Appiah watched his side suffer a heartbreaking defeat against the USA despite dominating possession, and a tilt against Germany saw Ghana’s World Cup dreams hanging in the balance.

Costa Rica's pressing stifles Italy's midfield creators

Prior to kick off both sides were aware of their destiny. Win and your in, lose and face a difficult final group stage match against England or Uruguay.

Op-Ed: England still clinging to miracles to qualify in World Cup

If you read one newspaper in the UK this morning, it will actually scream the headlines — "We're Through!" But closer inspection points out a number of ifs and unlikely outcomes.

Tabarez outwits Hodgson as Suarez's brace sinks England

In a match between two sides that prefer to play on the counterattack, Luis Suarez’s ruthless finishing made the difference.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be out of 2014 World Cup due to knee injury

After Cristiano Ronaldo left a training session early Wednesday and iced his knee, rumors about his availability are swirling. Some media reported he is out of the World Cup altogether due to an injury in his left knee, but that news is unconfirmed.

Chile's pressing sends Spain crashing out of the World Cup

Jorge Sampaoli’s sole alteration to his starting lineup against Spain identified the Chilean manager’s approach against the reigning world champions.

Op-Ed: Toronto's off-the-pitch 2014 Brazil World Cup diary (Updated) Special

Toronto - Toronto is home to people from all 32 countries vying for the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup — and soccer fans among them will be at bars/cafes in Greek Town, Little Italy, Little Portugal and many other communities around GTA June 12 to July 13.

Mexico's defensive organization stifles Brazil

The key component in Mexico’s impressive group stage results thus far has been their pressing and defensive organization.
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Rio de Janeiro's massive Maracana Stadium will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final
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Russian President Vladimir Putin receives FIFA World Cup hosts status at an official ceremony.
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Fans celebrate Spain's win in the FIFA World Cup 2010
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The Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia.
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Spanish fans in a tense moment in the FIFA World Cup 2010
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