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Netherlands claim UFWC title with hard fought Costa Rica win

The Netherlands have won the Unofficial Football World Champions title and a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup after a long-fought match against surprise package Costa Rica.

World Cup: Europe or South America, the balance of power shared

Brazil has seen the best World Cup for decades — skilful play, last-gasp goals, smaller nations nearly upsetting the big boys and most of all a direct split between Europe and South America as to who holds the balance of power.

Six-fingered family predicting sixth FIFA World Cup for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - The hands of a whole family have become a lucky charm in support of the Brazilian national team achieving its sixth FIFA World Cup. What distinguishes the members of the Silva family is that everyone has six fingers on each hand.

Scots fan at England v Uruguay goes viral (video)

Glasgow - It was a tense game as England faced Uruguay in the World Cup on Thursday night, with fans across the UK glued to their televisions. Imagine their surprise when one of the supporters wearing blue and white wasn't quite what they expected.

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.

World Cup 2014: How far will the Italian team spirit take them?

Manaus - England lost to Italy in Brazil's Amazon on Saturday after the Azzurri team won 2-1 in their first Group D match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just how far will the Italian team spirit take Italy in this year's World Cup matches?

Op-Ed: Deschamps' France requires harmony to avenge Zidane's curse

It was a controversial climax to a World Cup final. Florent Malouda’s cross into the box was controlled on the chest by Gennaro Gattuso, and a quick exchange with Andrea Pirlo saw the midfielder lay the ball off to Fabio Grosso to clear Italy’s lines.

Op-Ed: Portugal will rely on familiarity to end World Cup trophy curse

All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo in Brazil. Ronaldo needs to play at the World Cup as the tournament can't afford to be deprived of the best individual in world football, according to FIFA Ballon d’Or voting.

Op-Ed: Unpredictable Italy eye fifth World Cup on Brazilian soil

If there were one word to describe Italy’s chances of succeeding in Brazil it would be unpredictable. Over the last decade the Azzurri’s results in major tournaments have been considerably inconsistent.

Op-Ed: Spain set their eyes on World Cup glory and the record books

Very few would predict that subsequent to breaking their 44-year silverware drought, Vicente del Bosque’s men would go on an emphatic run that has positioned Spain to be regarded as the greatest international side in the history of the sport.

Op-Ed: Brazil is capable of meeting high expectations at World Cup

Brazil needs to win this summer's World Cup. Unlike other nations competing in football’s global showcase, second place is not an option for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli pens two-year contract extension

Cesare Prandelli has extended his contract with the Italian national team until 2016. The 56-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of the month, and his new deal will see the Italian guide the Azzuri to a third consecutive major tournament.

Croatia's Niko Kranjcar set to miss World Cup

Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar will miss the World Cup due to a hamstring injury. The 29-year-old was forced to depart Queens Park Rangers’ Championship playoff win against Derby County in the 33rd minute on Saturday.

Op-Ed: Will Brazil’s World Cup be fixed?

At the time of writing, the 2014 World Cup is under 50 days away from taking its first breath in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is, in truth, a competition like no other.

FIFA World Cup organisers warned of dengue fever risk in Brazil

Soccer fans attending the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in June should be aware they run the risk of catching dengue fever, according to a leading expert in tropical diseases in the UK.

Op-Ed: The FIFA World Cup — The greatest rivalries

Toronto - As the clock is ticking to the start of the much anticipated greatest sporting event in the world - The FIFA World Cup 2014 in BRAZIL. Let's look into traditional rivalries in football.

Op-Ed: Assessing the World Cup 2014 Draw

The World Cup draw earlier turned up some shockers, with some of the best teams in the world pitted against each other so early in the tournament.

Africans draw old foes. Ghana in ‘Group of Death’ for World Cup

Toronto - The Black Star meet the United States of America for third straight World Cup and is also handed European soccer giant Germany in Group G, a group that many soccer pundits are dubbing as the ‘Group of Death’ at FIFA World Cup taking place in Summer.

World Cup 2014 group stage draw

The draw for the group stages of the World Cup have churned out a number of tricky groups with several top teams set to face off in the group stages of the competition.

2014 World Cup still a go despite riots in Brazil

Despite protests and riots in the streets of Brazil, no plans have been made by FIFA to move the 2014 World Cup at this time, but the situation is being monitored by officials.

World-Cup 2014 — Preview 'Battle of the Pacific': Chile-Peru

Lima - Tomorrow (Friday 22) will continue the qualifying matches for the World Cup Brazil 2014. Among the most interesting matches in the South American zone is the “Derby of the Pacific” confronting two traditional rivals: Chile and Peru.

Official Mascot of Brazil 2014 World Cup named: ‘Fuleco’

Rio De Janeiro - The announcement of the three-banded armadillo becoming the official mascot of the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil came in September 2012; today the mascot was given a name: “Fuleco”.

Brazil to boycott FIFA's Jerome Valcke after 'unacceptable slur'

Brazil has washed its hands of the secretary-general of football's world governing body, Fifa, following his "unacceptable" comments about preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

Op-Ed: Fifa to Brazil — Pass law, beer 'must be sold' at 2014 World Cup

Rio De Janeiro - There's a battle brewing between Fifa and the Brazilian Congress over the selling of alcohol at the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Brazil has banned the sale of alcohol at all of its stadiums but a major sponsor of the event is Budweiser.
 

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Mark McConville wearing his 'Jimmy hat' and waving the saltire
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Fans cheer as Mexico's national football team arrives at a hotel in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 7, 2014
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Brazilians stay longer at bars outside of stadiums to drink says the BBC, making these areas more difficult to police.
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Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a penalty during a Group A football match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014
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Heartbreak for HELLAS and Toronto's Greektown as Greece lost their opener against Colombia at BRAZIL 2014 World cup. Final score Colombia 3 - Greece 0
Rio de Janeiro s massive Maracana Stadium will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final
Rio de Janeiro's massive Maracana Stadium will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final
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Paul the Octopus at work
Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
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