• WELCOME BACK HEROES: Jubilant fans throng a street along the river Spree in central Berlin to cheer the World Cup-winning German squad on Tuesday.
    Football’s top prize arrives in reunified Germany for the first time »
  • This picture taken on July 14, 2014 in Berlin shows the stamp. It reads
    The 60-cent stamp, marked "Germany Football World Champion 2014", will go on sale on Thursday. »
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari.
    The Brazil coach made the offer on Saturday after his side slumped 3-0 to Holland in the match for third place. »
  • FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
    FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday lavished praise on the World Cup in Brazil, saying it had been a "very special" event."What makes the... »
  • The Black Stars failed to make it past the first round.
    The Ghanaian government has converted the committee into a presidential commission with the powers of a high court. »

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Loew scripts German victory

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Heartbreak at Belo Horizonte: fans reaction

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Sergio Romero. Photo: AFP

‘Penalties are all about luck’

The 27-year-old Romero blocked shots by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to guide Argentina to victory. »
Luis Suarez was thrown out of the World Cup and banned from all football activity for four months after being found guilty of biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in a Group D game on June 24. File photo

FIFA rejects Uruguay, Suarez appeals

The FIFA statement said the decision was not binding, meaning Liverpool star Suarez could still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. »
Pope Francis has already given his word that there would be no papal intervention in Argentina’s fortunes, promising he wouldn’t pray for any team. File photo

Vatican casts doubt on papal World Cup party

Pope Francis has already given his word that there would be no papal intervention in Argentina’s fortunes, promising he wouldn’t pray for any team. »

Who will be Suarez’s next victim?

A betting firm in Spain has already taken wagers on who will be the next biting victim of Luis Suarez, according to Catalan paper Sport on Wednesday. Suarez, 27, signed for Barcel... »

Blatter also surprised by Messi award

FIFA President Joseph Blatter has admitted to being surprised by the Golden Ball award to Lionel Messi as the outstanding player of the World Cup in Brazil. “I was myself a little bit su... »
Ray Whelan, director of FIFA partner Match Services sits at a police station in Rio de Janeiro.

British World Cup ticket exec turns himself in

A British World Cup ticketing executive accused of involvement with a scalping network blamed for fraud worth tens of millions of dollars turned himself in on Monday after a manhunt, authorities sa... »
Germany's Shkodran Mustafi holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday.

Germany looked the fitter team in extra time

Both teams approached the match along expected lines, Germany pressing high up the pitch and Argentina defending deep. The big question was how the high German defensive line was going to co... »
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Germans ‘pass’ the Spaniards

Four years ago in South Africa, Spain made relentless, delectable and stunningly successful passes as it tiki-taka-ed its way to a maiden World Cup triumph. The Spanish had completed 3929 pa... »
Pope Francis is known as a lifelong football fan and card-carrying member of Argentine club San Lorenzo.

Pope Francis skipped World Cup final to stay ‘neutral’

Pope Francis did not watch his native Argentina play Germany in the World Cup final as “a matter of neutrality,” the Vatican’s chief of ceremonies Guillermo Karcher said on Monday. Pope F... »
FIFA President Joseph Blatter (R) congratulates Argentina's captain Lionel Messi who won the Golden Ball award after the 2014 FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Maradona criticises Messi's Golden Ball award

Maradona added that Argentina's players appeared tired and they might have been able to beat Germany had the game gone to penalties. »

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