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.
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 4 comments
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 minutes14 Jul 2014 - 8:43am
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