Saturday, July 12, 2014
Crocked Brazilian star Neymar declared Thursday he wants Lionel Messi to lead fierce rivals Argentina to victory over Germany as the countdown to the World Cup final began.
Argentina had to rely upon their leader and Barcelona star to squeeze past the Netherlands and reach their first World Cup final for 24 years, but it wasn't the one they expected.
The head of Asian soccer has told AFP he will seek re-election next year as he tries to revamp regional soccer after previous scandals and a disappointing World Cup.
Friday, July 11, 2014
The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.
Having spent most of the last 12 months out of favor at club level, Sergio Romero has emerged from the shadows at the World Cup to star in Argentina's run to the final.
Brazilians might have thought that their World Cup nightmare couldn't possibly get any worse — and then bitter rivals Argentina reached the final in their own backyard Wednesday.
Hundreds of football fans stayed up early Thursday to watch a World Cup semi-final and cheer for Argentina or the Netherlands at restaurants and bars in Taipei.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
It was Argentina's joy, and another sting for Brazil.
With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany. Nobody ever expected this.
Brazilians cried, cursed their president and covered their faces in shame after their beloved soccer team's humiliating 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup semifinals Tuesday.