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World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014

The 2014 Fifa World Cup  from 12 June to 13 July is in Brazil for a second time after the country first hosted in 1950. Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete in 12 cities for the famous Jules Rimet trophy, with Brazil aiming to win it for a sixth time. Holders Spain, Lionel Messi-led Argentina and Germany are the other favourites. The build-up to the event has been marred by protests and disaffection among Brazilians who feel the billions of dollars spent on the tournament could have been put to better use.

Will Hong Kong ever reach a World Cup, or are we losing sight of the goal?

Will Hong Kong ever reach a World Cup, or are we losing sight of the goal?

The local game has taken a tumble since the heady days of the 1970s/80s. As the planet's soccer fans turn their gaze towards Brazil, David Bartram asks what it will take for Hong Kong to ever make it to a World Cup tournament.

Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 9:35am 2 comments

Sport raises housing stakes in Brazil

Brazil's successful bids for the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games may have led to surging property prices. Photo: Reuters

After successfully staging football's World Cup, Brazil has something else to offer: property. However, will time ever be called on a bull run that has seen house prices almost double since 2008?

16 Jul 2014 - 5:48am

Germans give world champions heroes' welcome in Berlin

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gestures to fans during the drive along the so-called "Fan Meile" at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Tuesday told hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate celebrating his team's World Cup victory that they shared the title with his players.

"We are all world champions," he said at the massive street party after their arrival from Rio de Janeiro.

15 Jul 2014 - 11:52pm

Happy days for Fifa, but foul play lurks in the rules

The Netherlands' Arjen Robben goes down to win a penalty against Mexico during their last 16 game, which the Dutch won 2-1. Photo: AP

After putting on what was widely considered the best World Cup, Fifa is unlikely to make wholesale changes to the way the game is played, but at the professional level there are issues that need addressing.

15 Jul 2014 - 10:15pm

Fifa president Sepp Blatter hails 'special' World Cup in Brazil

Fifa president Sepp Blatter heaps praise on the success of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Photo: AFP

Fifa president Sepp Blatter lavished praise on the World Cup in Brazil, saying it had been a "very special" event.

"What makes the World Cup so very special this time is the quality of the football, the intensity of the games," said Blatter, adding Fifa gave the tournament 9.25 out of 10.

"This World Cup on the field of play was exceptional."

15 Jul 2014 - 10:04pm

World Cup Final: I can't believe it, says Germany hero Mario Goetze

Mario Goetze kisses the trophy. Photo: Reuters

World Cup final match-winner Mario Goetze said he felt “unbelievable” after scoring the extra-time goal that gave Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina on Sunday.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said the Bayern Munich forward after etching his name into World Cup legend at the iconic Maracana.

14 Jul 2014 - 10:53am

World Cup Final: Lionel Messi still an all-time great, insists Argentina coach

Lionel Messi was mostly crowded out by Germany's defence. Photo: AP

Lionel Messi’s failure to win the World Cup with Argentina on Sunday does not affect his status as an all-time great, according to coach Alejandro Sabella.

14 Jul 2014 - 8:45am 1 comment

World Cup Final: How baby-faced assassin Mario Goetze rose to the top

Goetze with the World Cup. Photo: AP

Pint-sized midfielder Mario Goetze wrote himself into German folklore by scoring the winning goal in Sunday’s World Cup final that earned his country’s fourth world title.

The baby-faced 22-year-old’s superb chest and volley from an Andre Schuerrle cross on 113 minutes sealed Germany’s 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

14 Jul 2014 - 8:42am

World Cup Final: Five key moments that sent the trophy to Germany

Mario Goetze scores the winner. Photo: AP

Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Argentina thanks to Mario Goetze’s extra time goal at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Here are five moments which swung the match in the Germans’ favour:


Higuain chance - 21 minutes

14 Jul 2014 - 8:43am

World Cup Final: Stunning Mario Goetze volley wins title for Germany in extra time

Germany celebrate with the World Cup. Photo: AFP

A world-class Mario Goetze volley in extra time fired Germany to a fourth World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday, leaving the South Americans heartbroken.

14 Jul 2014 - 1:27pm 1 comment

Liverpool will survive the departure of Luis Suarez, says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has faith that the team will survive without prolific scorer Luis Suarez. Photo: EPA

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will be even stronger next season despite the departure of star striker and World Cup villain Luis Suarez.

Suarez agreed on a £75 million (HK$995 million) move to Barcelona on Friday and the Uruguayan will soon travel to Spain for a medical before officially completing the transfer.

13 Jul 2014 - 11:20pm

Goalkeepers shine on biggest stage of all

Costa Rica's Keylor Navas won three man-of-the-match awards and conceded just once from open play in 510 minutes. Photo: AFP

Despite being a tournament labelled as the return of attack-minded football after the caution shown in South Africa four years ago, Brazil 2014 has been a platform for the world's best goalkeepers to shine.

13 Jul 2014 - 9:51pm

INFOGRAPHIC: Why China is the real winner at the World Cup

INFOGRAPHIC: Why China is the real winner at the World Cup

While Germany beat Argentina in the World Cup final, the real winner is China. The country may not have sent a team to Brazil but its manufacturing might ensured China's presence was felt at every level of the tournament.

19 Nov 2014 - 11:27am 2 comments

World Cup diary: Top five unforgettable moments of an unforgettable tournament

David Luiz cries, the rest of the world - apart from PSG fans - laughs. Photo: Reuters

Whether or not 2014 is remembered as the best tournament ever, it leaves us with some indelible images

13 Jul 2014 - 12:35pm

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari won't quit

Luiz Felipe Scolari won the 2002 World Cup, but presided over Brazil's worst-ever defeat at this one. Photo: AFP

Luiz Felipe Scolari has left a decision on his future as coach of Brazil to the country’s federation after the World Cup hosts’ campaign ended in more disappointment.

13 Jul 2014 - 10:11am