World Cup 2014 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on World Cup 2014


WATCH: Jimmy Alapag talks Gilas Pilipinas

Oct 25, 2014 - 12:28 PM

In this first of a two part interview the Gilas team captain reflects on the team s campaign in 2014 and shares his thoughts on the Gilas Pilipinas program

France claims first FIBA World Cup podium finish

Sep 14, 2014 - 2:45 AM

France bags bronze in the FIBA World Cup their best finish in the tournament after winning the battle for third against Lithuania

BRONZE BATUM. Nicolas Batum drops 27 points as France claims bronze in the 2014 FIBA World Cup with a win against Lithuania. Photo from

FIBA: France downs host Spain, sets up Serbia semifinal

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:15 AM

European champions France beats host Spain 65 52 in an epic World Cup quarterfinal

France's players (L) celebrate after winning the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships quarterfinal match France vs Spain at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid on September 10, 2014. France won the match 65-52. Gerard Julien/AFP

Coach Chot: 'We should be going to Madrid'

Sep 05, 2014 - 1:17 AM

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes is happy with the win versus Senegal but laments missed opportunities to advance to next round in the FIBA World Cup

ELATED WITH REGRET. Coach Chot Reyes is elated with the win vs Senegal but regrets the games Gilas Pilipinas could've won. Photo by Rappler

'Congrats Gilas' tops worldwide trends after victory

Sep 04, 2014 - 11:13 PM

After a long awaited win Congrats Gilas became the top worldwide trending topic on Twitter

LA Tenorio: We needed more experience

Sep 04, 2014 - 12:10 AM

Point guard LA Tenorio charges Gilas end game breakdowns to inadequate of experience and preparation

MORE EXPERIENCE. Point guard LA Tenorio believes Gilas Pilipinas could've benefitted if they had more time to practice. Photo by Rappler

Palace praises Gilas for performance vs Croatia

Aug 31, 2014 - 2:45 PM

To the players of Gilas Pilipinas and the coaching staff the Filipino people is united behind you Malacanang says

Blatche-less Gilas suffers 50-point loss vs Ukraine

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:14 AM

Playing without Paul Lee and naturalized center Andray Blatche Gilas Pilipinas suffers their 3rd straight loss in the 2014 Antibes International Basketball Tournament

File photo by Josh Albelda

Durant withdraws from 2014 FIBA World Cup

Aug 08, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Kevin Durant withdraws from Team USA saying he is physically and mentally drained from the NBA season

DRAINED DURANT. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder withdraws from Team USA duties. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

Why Andray Blatche might not play in the 2014 Asian Games

Jul 31, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Naturalized Gilas big Andray Blatche is expected to provide size and experience that the team needs but fine print in the Asian Games rules may keep him out of Incheon

BLATCHE IN MANILA. Andray Blatche addresses Philippine media at Araneta Coliseum after his Filipino citizenship was approved earlier this year. Photo by Josh Albelda

Jubilant crowds welcome home German World Cup heroes

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:30 PM

The flag waving crowd erupted in applause after news spread that the flight bringing the triumphant players to the German capital from Rio de Janeiro touched down at the airport

Brazil declares 'victory' – in staging World Cup

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:27 AM

Rousseff: I am sure that without a doubt it was one of the most beautiful We had the Cup of Cups

WINNERS. Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (C) and FIFA president Sepp Blatter hand over ther World Cup to German captain Philipp Lahm (L) after the FIFA World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 July 2014. At right is German President Joachim Gauck. Ballesteros/EPA

Thousands welcome Argentina home after World Cup final defeat

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Messi: I would have liked to have brought home the Cup and enjoyed it with you the country We gave everything we had but we just didn t manage it

WELCOME HOME. A crowd of Argentinian fans greet their national football team upon their arrival near Ezeiza, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina after playing against Germany in the World Cup Brazil 2014 final, on July 14, 2014. Maxi Failla/AFP

Maradona: Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Jul 15, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Maradona: I d give Lio the sky but when it s not deserved and it s just marketers who want to make him win something he didn t win it s unfair

THROWBACK. In this file photo, Argentina's head coach Diego Maradona (L) passes by Argentinian forward Lionel Messi in Pretoria, South Africa, 30 June 2010 during the 2010 World Cup. Cezaro de Luca/EPA

Rappler Newscast | July 14, 2014

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Aquino hits SC for ruling vs DAP House arrest for Enrile Pope Francis: about 2 of priests pedophiles

Brazil football federation accepts Scolari resignation

Jul 14, 2014 - 1:56 PM

UPDATED Brazil s Football Confederation CBF says it accepts coach Luiz Felipe Scolari s offer to resign along with his backroom team

SCOLARI OUT. Brazil national soccer team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari arrives for a press conference at Estadio National in Brasilia, Brazil, 11 July 2014. Robert Ghement/EPA

Tears, cheers, violence in Argentina after World Cup defeat

Jul 14, 2014 - 10:41 AM

When the final whistle blew crowds cheered for Messi and team – and found consolation in knowing they had at least bested arch rivals and hosts Brazil

Fans react in dejection as they watch Argentina lose in the World Cup final against Germany on a giant screen at San Martin square in Buenos Aires. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Brazil celebrates rival Argentina's World Cup defeat

Jul 14, 2014 - 8:06 AM

Germany became the first European country to win the Cup in Latin America but that was not enough to convince many Brazilians to support their southern neighbors

FUN AT COPACABANA. Fans of Germany celebrate after the end of the FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Fan Fest at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13, 2014. Tasso Marcelo/AFP

Joy, fireworks in Berlin after World Cup thriller

Jul 14, 2014 - 7:37 AM

Fireworks exploded across Berlin as supporters cheering the 1 0 victory thronged the streets and honking cars snaked their way through crowds with black red and gold German flags flapping in the wind

#WELTMEISTER! German fans celebrate while watching the FIFA World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina during a public viewing in Berlin, Germany, 13 July 2014. Germany won 1-0 after extra time at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Britta Pedersen/EPA

Five facts on World Cup goalscorer Mario Götze

Jul 14, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Quick facts on Germany s hero in the 2014 World Cup Final

WINNING GOAL. Mario Gotze celebrates after scoring the only goal in the World Cup Final. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany wins 2014 World Cup with Götze goal

Jul 14, 2014 - 3:49 AM

UPDATED Germany has now won four World Cups putting the European powerhouses just one behind Brazil s record tally of five

WORLD CHAMPIONS. German players lift the World Cup trophy after winning the FIFA World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 July 2014.  Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Adidas: We will still work with Suarez

Jul 13, 2014 - 10:37 PM

The German sportswear company reasons that Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez said sorry for biting another player and already faces grave penalties for the unacceptable act

BITTEN RIVAL. 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

Argentina, Germany set for World Cup final

Jul 13, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Lionel Messi will attempt to emulate idol Diego Maradona as he leads Argentina into battle against Germany in a heavyweight World Cup final pitting Europe against South America

STADIUM OF DREAMS. View of the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 May 2014. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Shakira, Santana, samba for World Cup finale

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:15 AM

Also on the bill are Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires who will sing the theme tune Dar um Jeito We Will Find A Way as fans pour into the venue for the trophy match

REPEAT PERFORMANCE. In this file photo, Colombian singer Shakira (C) performs during the FIFA World Cup Kickoff concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 June 2010. Jon Hrusa/EPA

World Cup: More misery for Brazil as Dutch take third place

Jul 13, 2014 - 6:28 AM

Brazil suffers another tough loss in the World Cup and their first back to back defeat on home soil since 1940

Pope stays above the fray for World Cup final

Jul 13, 2014 - 12:52 AM

The World Cup allowed people from different countries and religions to come together May sport always promote the culture of encounter Francis says in tweets from his @pontifex account

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER. An Argentina fan bearing a mask of Argentinian Pope Francis cheers during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Brazil leader hails World Cup as a success

Jul 12, 2014 - 11:11 PM

We were able to do the Cup even though they said it would be chaos Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff tells foreign correspondents They said it would be horrific

File photo of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as she delivers a speech at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Tearful Neymar backs 'friend' Messi in World Cup final

Jul 11, 2014 - 9:31 PM

Brazil s striker fails to hold back his tears as he also recalls his injury and says I could be in a wheelchair

IN TEARS. Neymar cries during a press conference recalling the injury he suffered against Colombia. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Rio braces for Argentina's World Cup fan frenzy

Jul 11, 2014 - 11:37 AM

With Argentina barging into the Finals of the World Cup Rio is bracing for the arrival of over 100 000 Argentine fans

Argentinian fans celebrate after the penalty shootout in the semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina. Photo by Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Rappler Newscast | July 10, 2014

Jul 10, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Investors look forward to a Jokowi win Gigi Reyes is rushed to the hospital It’s Argentina versus Germany in the World Cup finals

Vatican says no 'two popes final' for World Cup

Jul 10, 2014 - 8:47 PM

The Vatican says football mad Pope Francis might watch the World Cup final on Sunday between his native Argentina and Germany but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor Benedict XVI

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER. An Argentina fan bearing a mask of Argentinian Pope Francis cheers during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Football: Neymar to join Brazil for third place play-off

Jul 10, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Brazil s injured striker Neymar will attend Saturday s third place play off when the battered World Cup hosts take on the Netherlands

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 boosts TV sales in football-mad Southeast Asia

Jul 10, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Research firm GfK: Nearly 957 000 units were sold across Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines Singapore Thailand and Vietnam a 15 jump compared to the average sales volume in February April

SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES. Thai salesmen stand in front of television screens displaying soccer at a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, 11 June 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Economic worries trounce World Cup shame in Brazil election

Jul 10, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Analysts say President Dilma Rousseff s hopes of re election in October will depend on how voters feel about their wallets not a football match

ELECTION HORROR AHEAD? In this photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 12 June 2014. Sebastiao Moreira/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

7 Brazil fans with most heartbreaking reactions

Jul 09, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Here are 7 images that best describe the agony of defeat Brazil felt for each of the 7 goals scored against them by Germany

#ARG or #NED? Argentine-born Dutch queen 'divided'

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:54 AM

For the second time since her marriage to Dutch King Willem Alexander in 2002 Queen Maxima – born and bred in Buenos Aires – will look on as the Dutch Oranje play Argentina s La Albiceleste in the World Cup

WORLD CUP DILEMMA. Will Argentine-born Dutch Queen Maxima (L) root for her birth country's team in the World Cup semifinals, or will she be siding with the Oranje? In this file photo, the Queen and her husband, King Willem-Alexander (R), are pictured during an event in Driebergen, The Netherlands, 26 June 2014. Sander Koning/EPA

Tearful Brazil skipper Luiz apologizes for defeat

Jul 09, 2014 - 8:52 AM

It s a very sad day but it s also a day from which to learn said Brazil s David Luiz

TOUGH LOSS. Brazil's David Luiz drops to his knees after his team suffers its worst loss in the World Cup. Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP

World Cup: Germany inflicts historic 7-1 rout on Brazil

Jul 09, 2014 - 6:29 AM

Germany hands Brazil its worst ever loss in World Cup history

TOP-SCORER. Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates after a goal that made him the World Cup's all-time top-scorer with 16 goals overall. Photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Brazil launches election campaign amid World Cup fever

Jul 07, 2014 - 9:24 AM

The continent sized nation of 200 million – currently hosting the world s biggest sporting event – will hold elections for the presidency Congress state governorships and state legislatures in October

SEEKING SECOND TERM. In this file photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Neymar laments seeing World Cup dream taken away

Jul 06, 2014 - 4:40 PM

They took away my dream of playing in a World Cup final but the dream of being a world champion is not over

Brazilians heartbroken over Neymar's World Cup injury

Jul 06, 2014 - 10:30 AM

The nation s hopes of a record extending sixth World Cup and especially the first at home had rested on the shoulders of Neymar

NEYMARZETES. Fans hold a banner reading 'Power Neymar for Brazil will win!!!' in support of Brazil's injured Neymar Jr prior the FIFA World Cup 2014 quarter final match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, 05 July 2014. Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Super-sub keeper puts Dutch into World Cup semis

Jul 06, 2014 - 7:24 AM

The Netherlands advance to the semifinals after beating Costa Rica in penalty shootout 4 3 Substitute keeper Krul came up with 2 saves for Netherlands

SAVIOUR. Tim Krul comes up with 2 saves in penalty shootout to help Netherlands advance to the semifinals. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Higuain fires Argentina into World Cup semis

Jul 06, 2014 - 7:07 AM

Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the match and it was enough to send Argentina into the World Cup semifinals

LONE GOAL. Gonzalo Higuain (L) of Argentina scores the only goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 quarter final match between Argentina and Belgium. Photo by Peter Powell/EPA

Messi wishes Neymar prompt recovery

Jul 06, 2014 - 1:01 AM

Lionel Messi wishes fellow football star Neymar a quick recovery after the Brazil striker suffered a back injury that ended his World Cup stint

TEAMMATES. Lionel Messi (L) wishes FC Barcelona teamate Neymar (R) a quick recovery. File Photo by Javier Lizon/EPA

Messi, Robben aim to put down World Cup underdogs

Jul 05, 2014 - 10:51 PM

Lionel Messi will look to lead Argentina past Belgium in the quarterfinal while Arjen Robben want to do the same for Netherlands against Costa Rica

Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) and Netherland's Arjen Robben (R) look to send their respective teams to the World Cup semis. Photos from EPA

Youthful Neymar carried hopes of a nation

Jul 05, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Profile of the young striker who bears the World Cup title hopes and wishes of an entire nation

BRAZIL'S HOPE. Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Cameroon. File Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Neymar back injury ends his World Cup stint

Jul 05, 2014 - 4:22 PM

The 22 year old football star will be out for the remainder of the World Cup a huge blow to the title hopes of host nation Brazil

PAIN. Neymar lies on the pitch, visibly in pain after getting a knee to the back by Colombia defender Juan Zuniga. Photo by Mauricio Duenas/EPA

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