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.

Pep Guardiola was desperate to coach Brazil at World Cup but FA was scared, says Dani Alves

Brazilian authorities didn't want a foreigner like Pep Guardiola in charge, claims Dani Alves. Photo: AFP

Pep Guardiola wanted to coach Brazil at last year’s World Cup but local football officials were afraid that fans wouldn’t like having a foreign coach in charge of the national team, Barcelona defender Daniel Alves said Tuesday

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015, 10:23am

Injured Neymar says World Cup dream 'not over'

Injured Neymar says World Cup dream 'not over'

BRAZIL: Brazil football star Neymar says that his dream of playing in the World Cup final has taken a serious blow after a Colombian defender fractured his vertebrae.

5 Nov 2014 - 1:54pm

Argentina celebrates victory over the Dutch

Argentina celebrates victory over the Dutch

Nearly 50,000 people gathered in Buenos Aires' San Martin square to watch Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a World Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out. 

5 Nov 2014 - 1:52pm

Tearful Neymar relives tackle that left him injured

Tearful Neymar relives tackle that left him injured

Brazilian superstar Neymar breaks down in tears as he relives the challenge which broke a vertebrae in his back and left him fearing he would be paralysed.

5 Nov 2014 - 1:51pm

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

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

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