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'We tried, but we're slipping,' says Brazil's Neymar

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:54 PM

Brazilian football star Neymar says his team strove hard for World Cup glory but other countries have moved ahead of them and they must catch up

REBUILDING. Neymar of Brazil admits that his side must catch up after other countries surpassed the 2014 World Cup hosts. Photo by Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Barcelona bites on Luis Suarez big money transfer

Jul 12, 2014 - 12:45 AM

Barcelona takes a gamble on Luis Suarez just weeks after he was dismissed from the World Cup for biting an opponent

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez fires a shot on target against Italy during the World Cup. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

World Cup: Romero shootout saves send Argentina to final

Jul 10, 2014 - 6:49 AM

Argentina now faces Germany in Sunday s July 13 final in Rio de Janeiro s Maracana stadium

GOALKEEPER SAVES. Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero put on an exceptional performance during the penalty shoot-out to rout the Netherlands in the semifinal. Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Dutch captain van Persie doubtful for World Cup semifinal

Jul 09, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Robin van Persie has an intestinal problem and I didn t want to take a risk coach Louis van Gaal said

IN DOUBT. Robin van Persie of the Netherlands is in doubt for the semifinal against Argentina due to a stomach problem. File photo by Kamil Krzacynksi/EPA

World Cup: Germany out to down Neymar-less Brazil as titans clash

Jul 08, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Germany wants to avenge their 2002 final defeat to Brazil by knocking the hosts out in Belo Horizonte to reach the World Cup Finals

World Cup: Luiz stunner sends Brazil into semifinals

Jul 05, 2014 - 6:05 AM

Brazil leans on a David Luiz free kick to set up a semifinal date with Germany

X-FACTOR. David Luiz proves he's an x-factor for Brazil as he scores the 2-0 goal during the quarter final to lift his team past Colombia. Photo by Mauricio Duenas/EPA

World Cup: FIFA member behind illegal ticket sales - police

Jul 04, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The police say a FIFA member channeled millions of dollars worth of tickets onto the black market

FIFA TICKETS. A man shows his tickets after getting them at the opening of the FIFA Distribution Center of Tickets for Brazil 2014 World Cup. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

World Cup: Colombia looks to put ghost of Escobar to rest

Jul 02, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Twenty years ago Colombian football was rocked on its side after their star defender Andres Escobar was tragically murdered The team is looking to move past that incident in Brazil

Colombian defender Andres Escobar (L) comes up short as he tried to block the shot of US forward Eric Wynalda during their World Cup first round soccer match in 1994 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Escobar scored an own goal when he deflected a shot by US John Harkes into his own net as the United States won 2-1. AFP PHOTO/MIKE NELSON

World Cup: Belgium overcomes American resistance to reach quarters

Jul 02, 2014 - 6:59 AM

Extra time goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku sent Belgium into the World Cup quarter finals for first time in 28 years

Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium beats US goalkeeper Tim Howard to score the opening goal. Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

FIFA lets Cameroon lead in match fixing probe

Jul 02, 2014 - 6:52 AM

FIFA said it will let Cameroon football authorities lead the hunt for seven bad apples in the national team who have been linked to match fixing at the World Cup

The starting eleven of Cameroon poses prior to their World Cup match with Brazil on June 23. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

World Cup: 'Lucky' Argentina gets by Switzerland in extra time

Jul 02, 2014 - 6:13 AM

Lionel Messi said he was as nervous as anyone during Argentina s lucky World Cup last 16 win over Switzerland Tuesday but urged his team to make the most of their reprieve

EXTRA TIME DRAMATICS. Argentina's Angel di Maria celebrates his 1-0 winner goal to push his side past Switzerland. Photo by Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Argentina vs Switzerland World Cup round of 16

Jul 01, 2014 - 6:17 PM

Live blog of the FIFA World Cup round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland

Suarez apologizes to Chiellini for World Cup bite

Jul 01, 2014 - 4:24 AM

Disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez apologized to Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini for the bite that saw him expelled from the World Cup

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez addresses the media prior to the infamous bite game. Photo by Lavandeira Jr/EPA

'Amazing' Messi is our Maradona, says coach

Jul 01, 2014 - 12:42 AM

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella hailed Lionel Messi s amazing World Cup form on Monday and compared him to Diego Maradona

AMAZING MESSI. Argentinian national team player Lionel Messi practices during a session on June 30. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

World Cup: Netherlands' Robben will not face action for dive

Jul 01, 2014 - 12:34 AM

Dutch star Arjen Robben will not face any disciplinary action after admitting to diving

DUTCH DOWN. Dutch Arjen Robben admitted he faked a foul against Mexico but won’t be sanctioned for it by FIFA. Photo by Koen Van Weel/EPA

World Cup: USA plans offensive assault against Belgium

Jun 30, 2014 - 6:31 PM

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann says attack will be the best form of defense when his American underdogs tackle Belgium on Wednesday

From left: US players Graham Zusi, Clint Dempsey, and Brad Davis will face Belgium next. Photo by Srdjan Suki/EPA

World Cup: Colombia's Rodriguez confident ahead of Brazil clash

Jun 30, 2014 - 4:28 AM

We have good players and we can be dangerous I think it s going to be a beautiful match said Rodriguez

James Rodriguez celebrates his second goal against Uruguay. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil vs Chile smashes Twitter record

Jun 30, 2014 - 4:10 AM

A record 16 3 million tweets were sent during Saturday s World Cup game between Brazil and Chile the most ever for a live event on the social network

Brazil's Neymar signals two thumbs up during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile. Photo by Felipe Trueba/EPA

World Cup: Netherlands scores two late goals to defeat Mexico

Jun 30, 2014 - 3:54 AM

Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored goals to thrust Netherlands into the World Cup quarterfinals at the expense of Mexico

DOUBLE DUTCH. Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrates after full-time with his side advancing past Mexico. Photo by Mauricio Duenas/EPA

World Cup: Colombia beats Uruguay 2-0 to book Brazil quarter-final

Jun 29, 2014 - 7:38 AM

James Rodriguez scored a brace as Colombia beat Uruguay 2 0 to reach the World Cup quarters for the first time where Brazil awaits

Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates one of his two goals during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay. Photo by Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Brazil beats Chile on penalties after World Cup epic

Jun 29, 2014 - 7:30 AM

A nervous Brazil side beat Chile 3 2 on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter finals on Saturday after an epic battle that left Neymar and his teammates in tears

Brazil's Neymar signals two thumbs up during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile. Photo by Felipe Trueba/EPA

World Cup: Suarez ban too harsh, says victim Chiellini

Jun 27, 2014 - 9:17 PM

I believe that the proposed formula is excessive wrote Chiellini on his website

TWILIGHT SUAREZ. Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (L) calls referee's attention after being bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez (R) during their Group D showdown. Photo by Emilio Lavandeira Jr/EPA

Taking a bite out of sport - Five infamous chomps

Jun 27, 2014 - 8:44 PM

As it turns out there are worse places to be bitten than on the shoulder

PACKING SOME BITE. Mike Tyson’s post-prison comeback unraveled when he bit Evander Holyfield in their 1997 rematch. Photo by Danilo Schiavella/EPA

Sponsor sacks Luis Suarez over biting attack

Jun 27, 2014 - 5:39 PM

Gambling website 888poker has terminated its relationship with Uruguay s Luis Suarez after the striker bit the shoulder of Italy s Giorgio Chiellini

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez fires a shot on target against Italy. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

Footballers also fashion icons off World Cup pitch

Jun 26, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Footballers know the World Cup isn t just about sport – it s about tattoos hairstyles clothes and the big business of setting trends

Social media erupted in a flurry of activity when Cristiano Ronaldo walked onto the pitch with a Z shaved in his head. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

World Cup: Messi scores brace as Argentina tops Nigeria

Jun 26, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Two goals from Lionel Messi a day after his 27th birthday inspired Argentina to a 3 2 win over African champions Nigeria and assured them of finishing top of Group F

Lionel Messi capped off a maximum points group stage with two goals to lead Argentina. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA

World Cup: Colombia's Martinez scores brace to send Japan packing

Jun 25, 2014 - 8:04 AM

Jackson Martinez scored twice as Colombia beat Japan 4 1 to end their World Cup Group C campaign with a perfect three wins and boot the Asian champions out

BRACE FOR IMPACT. Colombia's Jackson Martinez (L) scores one of his two goals against Japan. Photo by Gerry Penny/EPA

Uruguay's Luis Suarez - talented footballer, own worst enemy

Jun 25, 2014 - 5:29 AM

Luis Suarez is one of the explosive talents in football but a new biting controversy has brought his checkered past into the spotlight

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez fires a shot on target against Italy. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

World Cup: Controversy as Uruguay's Suarez bites Italy's Chiellini

Jun 25, 2014 - 3:53 AM

Italy center back Giorgio Chiellini insisted Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bit him during the World Cup clash as FIFA promises to investigate

TWILIGHT SUAREZ. Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (L) claims he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez (R) during their Group D showdown. Photo by Emilio Lavandeira Jr/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Italy vs Uruguay #WorldCup

Jun 25, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Live blog of the Italy vs Uruguay World Cup 2014 match

FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL. Mario Balotelli (L) will lead Italy while Luiz Suarez (R) looks to lead Uruguay. Photos from AFP

World Cup brings global trail of carnage

Jun 24, 2014 - 6:35 PM

Drunk driving absenteeism from work and civil disturbance have been side effects of the World Cup

FULL WORLD CUPS. A file photograph shows English supporters drinking beer with cups that look like the World Cup trophy in 2006. Photo by Frank May/EPA

World Cup: Italy, Uruguay fight for survival

Jun 24, 2014 - 6:07 PM

Two former champions fight for survival at midnight with Italy needing just a draw to advance while Uruguay needs a win because of inferior goal difference

World Cup: Mexico downs Croatia to set up Dutch date

Jun 24, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Mexico sets up Netherlands clash with 3 goals in 10 second half minutes putting Croatia out of contention

READY FOR A DUTCH DATE. Rafael Marquez of Mexico celebrates a goal as they trample Croatia to tangle with the Netherlands in the last 16. Photo by Chema Moya/EPA

World Cup: Spain restores pride with win over Australia

Jun 24, 2014 - 5:18 AM

Dethroned champions Spain bowed out of the World Cup with a 3 0 win over Australia thanks to goals from David Villa Fernando Torres and Juan Mata

LAST STAND. Spain's David Villa celebrates his 1-0 goal during a win over Australia. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

#WorldCup: Fans show spirit with dog jerseys, Brazil condoms

Jun 23, 2014 - 12:39 PM

World Cup fans are expressing their love of the game in wild ways wearing patriotic nail polish dog jerseys and Brazil inspired condoms

WIGGED OUT. A dog in Brazil shows his support for his country’s team with a jersey. Photo by Yashuyoshi Chiba/EPA

World Cup: Varela's late header saves Portugal's hopes

Jun 23, 2014 - 9:59 AM

A superb header by Silvestre Varela deep into time added on saved world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal from crashing out of the World Cup

TO THE RESCUE. Varela of Portugal (down) scores the 2-2 goal against USA. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

World Cup: Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 to make African football history

Jun 23, 2014 - 5:37 AM

Algeria put themselves in pole position to reach the World Cup knock out stages for the first time becoming the first African team to score 4 goals in a World Cup match

GOAL FEST. Islam Slimani (C) of Algeria celebrates after scoring the opening goal against South Korea. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA

World Cup: Klose equals goal record as Germany draws 2-2 with Ghana

Jun 22, 2014 - 5:32 AM

Miroslav Klose equaled Brazilian legend Ronaldo s record of 15 World Cup goals with the equalizer for Germany in their 2 2 Group G draw with Ghana

HISTORY. Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates his record-tying 2-2 goal against Ghana. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

World Cup: Messi stunner breaks Iranian hearts in stoppage time

Jun 22, 2014 - 3:21 AM

A stunning injury time strike from Lionel Messi spared Argentina a disappointing draw as they qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a hard fought 1 0 win over Iran

MESSI CLEANS UP. Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates his 1-0 goal against Iran. Photo by Felipe Trueba/EPA

World Cup: Valencia's brace pushes Ecuador past Honduras

Jun 21, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Ecuador moved into second place in World Cup Group E as two goals from Enner Valencia handed them a 2 1 win over Honduras

THANKFUL. Enner Valencia of Ecuador looks towards the heavens after scoring his second goal against Honduras. Photo by Jesus Diges/EPA

World Cup: North Korea lambasts Spain's 'worn-out' tiki-taka

Jun 21, 2014 - 3:05 PM

North Korea s football association called Spain s early World Cup exit disgraceful and labeled its famed tiki taka style as worn out

EARLY EXIT. Spain’s Sergio Busquets (C) and teammates stand dejected on the pitch after losing 2-nil to Chile. Photo by Juanjo Martin/EPA

World Cup: France thrashes Swiss 5-2 to close on second round

Jun 21, 2014 - 5:31 AM

France crushed Switzerland 5 2 on Friday to all but ensure their place in the World Cup knock out rounds

LE GOAL. Olivier Giroud (2nd L) of France scores the opening goal against Switzerland. Photo by Ali Haider/EPA

World Cup: Costa Rica advances after beating Italy, eliminates England

Jun 21, 2014 - 2:09 AM

Bryan Ruiz s goal in the first half sealed England s elimination from the World Cup and saw Costa Rica progress to the last 16 with a fine 1 0 win over Italy

COSTA TO COAST. Bryan Ruiz (C) of Costa Rica scores the game’s lone goal against Italy. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

World Cup: Portugal rejects long-term fears over Ronaldo

Jun 21, 2014 - 2:02 AM

Portugal s Helder Postiga shot down fears over Cristiano Ronaldo s long term fitness as the Real Madrid star trained for their USA showdown

READY TO Go. Portuguese national soccer team player Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at Ponte Preta training facilities in Campinas, Brazil. Photo by Jose Sena Goulao/EPA

World Cup: 'Homophobic chants not serious,' says Mexico coach

Jun 21, 2014 - 1:44 AM

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera dismissed his side s fans chants of puto a gay slur during their win over Cameroon as not serious

Fans in Mexico City watch Mexico’s game versus Brazil via broadcast. Photo by Mario Guzman/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Italy vs Costa Rica #WorldCup

Jun 20, 2014 - 10:38 PM

Live blog of the Italy vs Costa Rica World Cup Group D match

Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

World Cup 101: Everything you need to know for Brazil 2014

Jun 20, 2014 - 5:26 PM

Having a hard time understanding the World Cup and its format? Read this guide for a crash course

WORLD CUP FEVER. Martin Caceres (R) of Uruguay in action against England's goalkeeper Joe Hart. Photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

World Cup: Japan's coach unhappy with Greece draw

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni bemoaned his side s failure to punish 10 man Greece after a 0 0 draw which leaves the Asian giants struggling to reach the World Cup knockout rounds

DISAPPOINTING. Atsuto Uchida (C) of Japan and his teammates leave the pitch after a scoreless draw with a short-handed Greece. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

World Cup: Messi wants more offensive Argentina against Iran

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:06 PM

Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes coach Alejandro Sabella has to back his side s attacking capabilities and include him among a front three when they face Iran on Saturday

Lionel Messi, seen scoring the 2-0 goal over Bosnia, wants to see his side attack more against Iran. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

With or without Azkals, Filipinos thrilled for World Cup

Jun 13, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Despite the Philippine National Football Team’s failure to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil Filipinos are still excited for one of the world’s largest sporting events

Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA