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.
Neymar battled back tears as he urged his Brazil teammates to win the World Cup without him after suffering a fractured vertebra in the quarterfinal win over Colombia.
Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano remained in a “serious but stable” condition in a Madrid hospital on Sunday, a day after he went into a coma after suffering a heart attack, the hospital said.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
The Argentines didn't need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years.
Neymar returned to Brazil's training camp in an ambulance after being ruled out of the World Cup because of a broken vertebra that will sideline him for four weeks.