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  • Argentina facing sanctions over Falklands banner

    June 14, 2014 2:23 AM 5

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Argentina's football association is facing disciplinary measures from FIFA after some national team players at a recent friendly unfurled a banner related to the dispute over the Falkland Islands. Before the match a week ago against Slovenia, Argentine players stood behind a banner that read in Spanish: "Las Malvinas son Argentinas"

  • Eagles come out supreme at World Cup 2014

    June 14, 2014 1:03 AM 6

    The FIFA World Cup is here again. The lenses of the planet will be centered on South America for the next month as the football elite descend on Brazil, the host country. As Brazil gears up for the glitz and glam of the World Cup, riots, strikes and civil disturbances in the host nation over the World Cup are the latest manifestations of the tensions

  • Spain's Xavi: Loss to Dutch hardest of my career

    June 14, 2014 12:27 AM 2

    SALVADOR, Brazil -- Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says Friday's 5-1 World Cup loss to the Netherlands was the hardest of his career. The defending champions were uncharacteristically dominated in their Group B opener, to put themselves in a likely must-win situation for their next two matches in order to reach the elimination stages. The 34-year-old

  • Tactics of England and Italy’s coaches Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli to come under scanner

    June 14, 2014 12:25 AM 3

    The tactical approaches of England and Italy's wily coaches Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli will come under the microscope with the oppressive atmosphere of the Amazon rainforest providing the backdrop for a Group D clash today. The contrasting qualities of youth and experience will compete to tame Manaus's punishing jungle humidity as a fresh-faced

  • World Cup advertisers use music to capture wide attention

    June 13, 2014 11:47 PM 3

    Companies that are advertising for the World Cup are hoping music will strike a chord with fans globally. Because the FIFA World Cup, the international soccer tournament that began Thursday, is the most popular sports event on the planet, advertisers want to take advantage of the large viewing audience. But the World Cup poses problems for companies

  • Peralta punishes Cameroon as Mexico hold firm

    June 13, 2014 11:41 PM 3

    Mexico got their World Cup campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over Cameroon, but again the officials took much of the limelight. The winner came just after the hour when Oribe Peralta, Mexico's top-scorer in qualifying, pounced on the loose ball after Charles Itandje had saved well from Giovani dos Santos to slot into the empty net. Mexico

  • Three key points from Netherlands vs. Spain

    June 13, 2014 11:41 PM 18

    The Netherlands 5-1 hammering of Spain was a shock by all accounts. There were questions surrounding Louis Van Gaal's squad heading into the tournament, but against the Spanish, there were only answers. Robben and Van Persie are firing on all cylinders: What a game from those two. Both completely picked apart the Spanish defense and goalkeeper Iker Casillas

  • Mexico boss Miguel Herrera sets sights on the World Cup hosts and says: 'We've beaten Cameroon, so bring on Brazil!'

    June 13, 2014 11:12 PM 5

    Mexico coach Miguel Herrera fancies his sides chances of causing the tournament's biggest upsets so far - by beating host nation Brazil. The Mexicans only just made it to the World Cup, narrowly edging out Panama on the final day of qualifying to reach the Intercontinental play-off where they beat New Zealand. But after seeing off Cameroon, courtesy

  • England dream of glory despite disappointments

    June 13, 2014 11:07 PM 2

    England dream of glory despite disappointments England will win the World Cup in Brazil, of that I have no doubt. Admittedly, it’s not a popular view and a quick scan of the worldwide media offers little in the way of supporting evidence. Germany have better players, the Brazilians can count on home advantage while Spain boast a recent pedigree that puts the Three

  • Tension threatens to sully Brazil’s show

    June 13, 2014 10:40 PM 4

    RIO DE JANEIRO: Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil’s global football party when the World Cup kicks off Thursday against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft. What was to be a football celebration is in danger of being hijacked by off-field issues as a growing furor surrounding FIFA over alleged