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Germany printed World Cup victory stamps before final

Germany will this week issue a World Cup victory postage stamp, five million of which were printed before the final was even held, offici...»

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 que...»

Loew scripts German victory

The 54-year-old has again saved Germany's best until the World Cup finals. »

World Cup final sets new Twitter record

The World Cup final had the second most highest tweets per match, generating 32.1 million tweets, 3.5 million less than the semi-final betwe »

Show the world you are better than Messi: Loew to Goetze

Goetze scored with seven minutes remaining in extra—time to secure Germany’s fourth World Cup title. »

Putin inherits World Cup baton, promises 'unforgettable' 2018

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Sunday vowed "an unforgettable football feast" when his country hosts the 2018 World Cup.Aft...»

Messi, Neuer, Pogba win FIFA World Cup awards

Despite having only a minimal impact on Sunday’s final, Messi still managed to overcome some strong competition for the award. »

Germany do it again to Argentina to win fourth World Cup title

Mario Goetze scored a superb extra-time winner as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to become the first European team to win a World Cup held i...»

FIFA World Cup final: Germany's Sami Khedira replaced after warming up injury

German coach Joachim Loew was forced to make a last-minute change to his team after Sami Khedira suffered calf problems while warming up...»

New loss disgusts Brazil fans

Brazil fans expressed disgust with their team after the hosts lost 0-3 to the Netherlands in World Cup third place play-off with many ho...»

Dutch clinch third place with 3—0 win over miserable Brazil

The Netherlands clinched third place in the 2014 World Cup with a 3-0 crushing of Brazil on Saturday, adding to the hosts’ miserable fin...»

Five classic Germany-Argentina clashes

Germany will face Argentina for the third time in a World Cup final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. It will also...»

In their own little bubble

Germany’s training facility was built from scratch to meet a simple need: to keep players in good spirits »

Argentina beat Dutch on penalties to enter World Cup final

Sergio Romero saved twice as Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties to set up a third World Cup final against Germany. »

Brazil style too European: Sergio ‘Elastico' Echigo

Brazil are barking up the wrong tree with the progressive "Europeanization" of their style, former Japanese-Brazilian footballer Sergio E...»

Alejandro Sabella leads Argentina to promised land

From Bramall Lane in Sheffield to a World Cup final in Brazil, Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella's path to the most important game in worl...»

Lionel Messi one step from undisputed greatness

Lionel Messi will never have a better opportunity to prove he is one of the greatest players of all time than in Sunday's World Cup final...»

Joachim Loew saves Germany's best for Brazil

Joachim Loew has again saved Germany's best until the World Cup finals with the 54-year-old poised to finally claim his first major title...»

Neymar on World Cup best player shortlist

Brazil’s injured star Neymar is on a shortlist for the World Cup’s best player which also includes seven names from Sunday’s World Cup f...»

Italian official Rizzoli to referee World Cup final

Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will referee the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.With a European and South American team pl...»

Germany-Argentina World Cup final: Who said what..

Ten of the most memorable Germany and Argentina quotes ahead of Sunday's World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro. »

Shocks, surprises and sensations at the World Cup

While derelict teams of little known players have often ambushed the lofty ambitions of pedigreed football nations, there have also been ins »

The fate of five previous Argentina coaches

Alejandro Sabella succeeded where the five previous Argentinian coaches failed in guiding Argentina to the World Cup semifinals. A look...»

Germany inflict historic 7-1 World Cup rout on Brazil

Carnage! Germany embarrasses an abject Brazil with 7-1 rout »

I am responsible for the result: Scolari

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari took responsibility for Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of his star-studded side that took him to rock bottom...»

Brazil played into our hands: Loew

Germany coach Joachim Loew says his team's clinical response to Brazilian emotion laid the foundation of their stunning 7-1 victory. »

Brazilians cry and curse after humiliation

Hundreds leave the stadium after the fifth goal and well before half-time »

Scolari puts his name on the line

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has vowed that his side will win the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro's historic Maracana Stadium this...»

Five memorable World Cup semifinals

The World Cup semifinals start with Brazil taking on Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. Here are five that have already left a mark on fo »

1998 Holland-Argentina: Bergkamp's 'perfect' goal

Dennis Bergkamp's famous goal for Netherlands against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup encapsulated not only the extraordinary elegance of...»

Suarez bite referee gets Brazil-Germany semifinal

The Mexican referee who officiated in the match that saw Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bite Italian Giorgio Chiellini has been appointed to...»

Brazil ready to cope with Neymar’s absence

Willian and Bernard, the two leading contenders to replace Neymar in Brazil's World Cup semifinal clash against Germany insisted on Sunda...»

Neymar injury could help Brazil: Schweinsteiger

Germany regret Neymar's absence from the clash at Belo Horizonte's Mineirao Stadium, but his injury could galvanise the hosts, Schweinste...»

Brazil launch Thiago Silva bid as semifinal looms

Brazil stoked controversy ahead of the World Cup semifinals on Sunday by urging FIFA to scrap the suspension ruling captain Thiago Silva...»

Angel Di Maria out, Sergio Aguero fit for Netherlands-Argentina clash

Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of the World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands with a thigh injury while strik...»

Ron Vlaar doubtful for Dutch-Argentina semifinal

Dutch defender Ron Vlaar is rated a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina with a knee problem, Dutch officials sai...»

An interview that left everyone in tears

"My dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues," a red-eyed Neymar said »

Beckenbauer defends Juan Zuniga over Neymar injury

German football great Franz Beckenbauer has defended Colombia player Juan Zuniga over his challenge on Neymar, which has ruled the Brazil...»

Gonzalo Higuain: Valdano to Messi's Maradona?

With a single swish of the right boot in his side's World Cup quarterfinal against Belgium, Gonzalo Higuain finally showed there may be m...»

Tim Krul in dreamland after shoot-out switch

Goalkeeper Tim Krul called it a "dream come true" on Saturday after he was boldly brought on as a penalty-kick specialist and saved two a...»

Angry Marc Wilmots derides 'ordinary' Argentina

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots branded Argentina "a very ordinary team with one extraordinary player" after they overcame his side 1-0 in the...»

Costa Rica walk tall out of World Cup door

Costa Rica take leave of the World Cup stage after Saturday's dramatic 4-3 penalty shoot-out loss to the Netherlands with their heads he...»

Super-sub keeper puts Dutch in World Cup semis

After a goalless 120 minutes, goalkeeper Tim Krul came on at the end of extra time and saved from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana to win the qu »

Brazil seal World Cup semi-final spot

Thiago Silva and David Luiz score for Brazil, Neymar carried off; James Rodriguez late goal fails to save Colombia. »

Hummels’s header puts Germany in fourth straight semifinal

Tactical changes does not pay for France as it fails to score off clear-cut chances »

France vs Germany: A dull affair

World Cup quarterfinal 1: France thrives on the counter-attack, but when Germany, a goal up, defended deep in the final half hour, it was un »

Conflicting feelings over Klinsmann and USA’s efforts

Five things we learnt: Klinsmann deserves more time, final squad was the right one, and emphasis on fitness paid dividends »

Best yet to come from Germany: Joachim Loew

Joachim Loew insists that the best is yet to come from his side on the eve of Friday's World Cup quarterfinal against France.Loew'...»

France-Germany World Cup clash — Key battles

Ahead of Friday's quarterfinal between the two countries at the Maracana, here's a look at some of the key on-pitch battles that could decid »

Hugo Lloris lauds German counterpart Manuel Neuer

France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris hailed his German counterpart Manuel Neuer as the best in the business ahead of the sides' clas...»

Friendly rival Colombia an easier foe for Brazil: Scolari

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes the lack of bad blood between his side and Colombia will allow for an attractive spectacle when...»

Thiago Silva defends Brazil’s tears

Brazil captain Thiago Silva insisted on Thursday his teammates were mentally tough enough to cope with World Cup pressure after criticism...»

Germany overcome flu scare ahead of France clash

Germany appear to have overcome a flu scare as coach Joachim Loew said all players were available for Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal ag...»

Germany fans flock to 'EinAugenschmaus' for reading Joachim Loew's lips

Germany coach Joachim Loew needs to watch his language at the World Cup with a deaf German lip-reader ready to decipher his every curse f...»

FIFA member behind illegal World Cup ticket sales

FIFA’s came under renewed scrutiny after a Brazilian police chief said on Thursday that a member from the football-governing body had pr...»

Nigeria risk FIFA ban

African champions Nigeria risk an international ban due to government interference after a court sacked the football federation's execut...»

Maradona's other great World Cup goal

Argentina's World Cup quarterfinal against Belgium on Saturday will rekindle memories of a brilliant goal scored by Diego Maradona that i...»

Flyover collapse near Belo Horizonte kills two

A flyover under construction in Brazil partially collapsed on Thursday, killing at least two people, the local mayor and news reports sa...»

Platini, Germany football chief banter over World Cup clash

German football federation (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach has engaged France's UEFA chief Michel Platini in some cheeky banter on the...»

FIFA receives Uruguay appeal against Luis Suarez ban

Uruguay have filed an appeal with FIFA against a lengthy ban imposed on Luis Suarez for biting an opponent at the World Cup, football’s r...»

Brazil a step up for Colombia: Jose Pekerman

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman believes his side's stunning form will count for little as they face hosts Brazil in their first ever World...»

Costa Rica the surprise package

Argentina needs to lose its desperation to advance further and Colombia is the major revelation of this World Cup aided ably by its star Jam »

Germany faces acid test against old rival France

Clash of the titans: French renaissance will be put to test against Germany »

No evidence of corruption involving Cameroon received: FIFA

: FIFA said it had received no evidence of corruption involving Cameroon as the World Cup took a breather from football ahead of the qua...»

Psychologist helps tearful Brazil

The special visit came after a jittery Brazil scraped past Chile on penalties in the last 16. Neymar, goalkeeper Julio Cesar, David Luiz and »

Five reasons why Colombia can overcome Brazil ‘hoodoo’

Colombia have only managed to beat Brazil twice in 25 previous meetings, but having won all four of their matches at the 2014 World Cup...»

The curse of champions continues to haunt the World Cup

One thing that stands out across the three cases is the coaches’ reluctance to change a winning formula and choosing to retain an ageing squ »

Rebirth of the libero

Amid all the debate and hymns of praise for the German team, it is Bayern Munich ’keeper Manuel Neuer who is in the middle of it all. »

Messi has the freedom to play anywhere: Sabella

Messi figures in almost every thought or idea developed by Sabella. »

Wilmots’s super-sub delivers again

Call it luck or tactical brilliance, Marc Wilmots’s substitutions have had greater impact than any of his counterparts' in Brazil....»

Deschamps’s feet firmly on the ground

Deschamps, who succeeded Laurent Blanc as national coach after Euro 2012, rejected the notion that France was favourite against Germany. »

Escobar anniversary a reminder for Colombia

This week marks two milestones for Colombia: one a reminder of dark days past and another a symbol of hope to come for a country trying to r »

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