Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Brazilian police arrested on Monday a director from the FIFA partner company handling World Cup ticket packages, accusing him of leading a network that illegally sold game passes.
When Alejandro Sabella was handed the task of reviving Argentina's fortunes after a poor campaign at the 2011 Copa America, not everyone in his homeland was convinced he was the right man.
Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano, considered of the greatest soccer players ever, died in a Spanish hospital on Monday aged 88, drawing tributes from around the sporting world.
It has been a common sight at World Cup games: huge lines of fans buying beer inside stadiums before returning home with stacks of empty souvenir cups in their hands.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
As Brazil and Germany prepare to do battle in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, old stereotypes of both countries' soccer philosophies are being rewritten.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots and his players will return home from Brazil with a sense of unfulfilled promise, despite reaching the quarterfinals of the team's first World Cup for a dozen years.
Argentina and the Netherlands prepare to meet again on South American soil in Wednesday's second World Cup semi-final, 36 years on from their encounter in the final of the controversial 1978 tournament in Buenos Aires.
The World Cup semi-finals start Wednesday. Here are five that have already left a mark on soccer history: 1954: Hungary 4, Uruguay 2
Monday, July 7, 2014
For once Lionel Messi didn't carry Argentina on his shoulders. He didn't have to.