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James Rodriguez: World Cup star joins Real Madrid updated 1 days ago

One of the World Cup's most exciting players has joined Real Madrid.

FC Copenhagen waits on Champions League tie in Ukraine updated 2 days ago

Danish football club FC Copenhagen has been left in limbo ahead of its European Champions League game at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk due to the current conflict in Ukraine.

Shakhtar Donetsk president issues warning to AWOL players updated 2 days ago

The president of Ukraine's top football club has warned six of its players who have gone AWOL they will "suffer" if they don't return to the conflict-torn country.

Germany captain Philipp Lahm retires from international football updated 2 days ago

He may have written his name into national folklore less than a week ago but Germany's World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to go out at the top by announcing his retirement from international football Friday.

Louis van Gaal takes charge at Manchester United updated 6 days ago

Manchester United may have 659 million "followers" -- according to a survey conducted two years ago -- but it's not the biggest club in the world.

Real Madrid: Most valuable sports team snaps up World Cup winner Toni Kroos updated 6 days ago

It's a good day for Real Madrid.

Massimiliano Allegri succeeds Antonio Conte as Juventus coach updated 7 days ago

One Italian Serie A-winning coach out, and one Italian Serie A-winning coach in.

Barcelona declares 'Luis Suarez is ours' updated 7 days ago

Luis Suarez is "now a Barcelona player in all respects," according to the Spanish club.

Heroes' welcome for Germany's World Cup winners updated 8 days ago

The streets of Berlin have turned black, red and gold as up to a million flag-waving fans gather in the German capital to welcome home the nation's World Cup-winning footballers.

World Cup: Tor! How Germany plotted for final glory updated 8 days ago

The pressure suffocated those toiling on the grass, the gravity of a World Cup final adding weight to the air like plumbing a great depth in the ocean.

Germany erupts with joy as 24-year World Cup wait comes to an end updated 8 days ago

In a twist of fate, the hosts' vanquishers became the heroes. Germany's Mario Götze's late, late strike made the difference in the final against Argentina, and his sublime goal prevented Brazil's neighbors and arch-rivals from lifting the trophy.

World Cup: The top 10 matches of Brazil 2014 updated 8 days ago

So that's it for another four years.

Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Brazil manager after World Cup flop updated 8 days ago

Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Brazil boss after the 2014 hosts seek to make amends for their humiliating World Cup exit.

Team of the tournament: CNN picks its World Cup XI updated 8 days ago

And so it comes to a close. With 64 games, some huge shocks and 171 goals scored over a month of great football, the medals have been presented and the trophy lifted. Now it's time to look back, and to recognize some superlative performances from some of the world's best players.

Riot police, fans clash after World Cup celebration in Argentina turns violent updated 9 days ago

Police in Argentina arrested at least 120 people Sunday after a World Cup celebration in downtown Buenos Aires got out of hand, state news agency Telam reported.

Rihanna flashes her support -- and other bizarre moments at World Cup final updated 9 days ago

There were triumphs, tears, joy and sorrow at the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. There were also some bizarre moments. Here are our top 5.

World Cup: Why Brazil should have won updated 9 days ago

It's all over now. Germany won the World Cup, which can't have surprised anyone who watched it demolish Brazil en route to the championship.

World Cup final: Germany defeats Argentina in extra time updated 9 days ago

Never bet against Germany.

World Cup: Netherlands defeats Brazil in third place playoff updated 9 days ago

It's often described as the game no team wants to play in.

Brazil 2014 World Cup: Results/schedule updated 9 days ago

Final:

World Cup final: Germany, Argentina face off in battle of the titans updated 10 days ago

In a World Cup already marked by stunning victories and catastrophic defeats, Germany faces Argentina for the final on Sunday

World Cup: Germany and Argentina face date with destiny updated 10 days ago

It is the scenario Brazil had always feared -- the $11 billion party where the neighbors come round and trash your newly spruced up home.

How the World Cup played out on social media updated 11 days ago

Germany's demolition of World Cup hosts Brazil in their Tuesday semifinal in Belo Horizonte is the game that seemingly everyone can't stop talking about.

World Cup: Neymar named on FIFA Golden Ball shortlist updated 11 days ago

His World Cup was brutally cut short by injury, but Brazilian star Neymar could yet end up a winner after he was named on FIFA's Golden Ball shortlist

Calf-biters, blood tackles and banana passes: learn 12 German football phrases updated 11 days ago

You may have watched in wonder as Germany dismantled Brazil on Tuesday. But to really appreciate the art of German football you need to understand the lingo.

Liverpool and Barcelona reach deal on Luis Suarez updated 12 days ago

Luis Suarez is set to join Spanish giants Barcelona after Liverpool and the La Liga club announced they had agreed terms for a sale.

World Cup final: Lionel Messi's moment of immortality? updated 12 days ago

In the sight of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, the man who would be king awaits his destiny.

World Cup 2014: 11 prospects to keep an eye on updated 12 days ago

One of the joys of watching FIFA's quadrennial football fest is seeing relative unknowns -- young prospects or previously unheralded players -- come to the fore with some dazzling football.

Alexis Sanchez agrees to join Arsenal from Barcelona updated 12 days ago

Better late than never.

Luis Suarez loses appeal for biting Chiellini updated 13 days ago

He may be on the verge of signing for Barcelona, but it looks like Luis Suarez won't be returning to football action anytime soon after FIFA upheld his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA bans Nigeria from international football updated 13 days ago

FIFA has suspended Nigeria from international football citing government interference in the running of its national federation.

World Cup: Argentina defeats Netherlands to reach final updated 13 days ago

Brazil thought its nightmare was over -- but perhaps it's only just beginning.

World Cup: Brazil dreams destroyed by ruthless Germany updated 14 days ago

First there was disbelief. Then there were tears.

World Cup: Panning for photo gold updated 14 days ago

It might be a bit of a blur to everyone else, but Lionel Messi always seems to keep a clear head -- even in the most pressurized situations.

Brazil's World Cup hammering spurs tears, puns and Twitter record updated 14 days ago

The German blowout over Brazil stunned the world, launched countless memes and set a new Twitter record.

Five things about the beat down in Brazil updated 14 days ago

World Cup 2014 -- Germany demolishes Brazil: Record-setting numbers came from the rout of all routs.

World Cup: Will Messi or Robben win battle of wizards? updated 14 days ago

All eyes will be on Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben when Argentina face the Netherlands in the World Cup semifinal in Sao Paulo to discover who will meet Germany in the final.

FIFA to help Brazil police with World Cup ticket scandal updated 15 days ago

FIFA says it will help police in Brazil with investigations into allegations that one of its commercial partners has been involved in a ticket scalping scandal.

World Cup: Can Neymar-less Brazil pass Germany semifinal test? updated 15 days ago

Four days after Neymar was kneed in the back, Brazil face the real possibility of being booted out of their own World Cup when they take on Germany in the semifinal at Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Alfredo Di Stefano: Real Madrid great dies aged 88 updated 15 days ago

Former Real Madrid star Alfredo Di Stefano, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, has died at the age of 88.

World Cup: A casual fan's quick guide to Brazil vs. Germany updated 15 days ago

If your interest in the World Cup died with Team USA's dreams, do reconsider. Because, boy, will you be treated to some fancy footwork today.

'Magic spray' - The World Cup's real star? updated 15 days ago

It's been a World Cup notable for late drama in most of the matches and a high number of goals scored, particularly in the preliminary stages.

Millions love 'beautiful game,' so why does China struggle with football? updated 15 days ago

With a population of 1.3 billion, you'd think that there would be 11 people in China who are good enough to put up a fight on the football pitch.

Brazilian star Neymar out of World Cup due to injury updated 16 days ago

Neymar, the star of Brazil's team, is out of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra, the team doctor says.

World Cup: Dutch beat Costa Rica in shootout to reach semis updated 16 days ago

It was supposed to be a formality, but the Netherlands was made to sweat against Costa Rica before eventually overcoming the 2014 World Cup's surprise package and booking a place in the semifinals Saturday.

World Cup: Argentina beats Belgium to reach semifinals updated 16 days ago

If anyone wondered about Argentina's World Cup winning credentials, surely there can be little doubt now after La Albiceleste overcame Belgium 1-0.

World Cup: Colombia returns to hero's welcome in Bogota updated 17 days ago

Colombia may have exited the World Cup at the quarterfinal stage but it did not stop a massive crowd from welcoming home their heroes in the capital Bogota.

World Cup: Neymar injury mars Brazil's tense Colombia victory updated 18 days ago

There were goals, there was choreographed dancing, there were moments of great footballing beauty, but Colombia -- one of the teams to excite most at this thrilling World Cup finals -- is going home after Friday's quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Brazil in Fortaleza.

World Cup: Germany defeats France to reach semifinals updated 18 days ago

It's a demon buried deep within the French psyche -- a demon which refuses to be exorcized.

Social media reflects female football fans updated 19 days ago

Football has traditionally been a male preserve -- but no more, according to a U.S. academic who says social media has helped spark women's interest.

Brazil's soccer soul: A love too deep to bear? updated 19 days ago

The so-called 'spiritual home of football' is playing host to the World Cup and Brazilian fans anxiously await the outcome.

World Cup: Julio Cesar: We must not fail updated 19 days ago

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has gone from scapegoat to national hero in the space of two World Cups.

And the World Cup semifinalists will be... updated 20 days ago

We've had octopuses, camels and turtles providing World Cup predictions, but now a computer software program has got in on the act of forecasting football matches.

World Cup: Colombia remembers murdered Escobar ahead of Brazil test updated 20 days ago

For Colombia this week, two worlds collide.

10 surprising facts about America's new soccer hero, Tim Howard updated 20 days ago

Here's what you need to know about the 35-year-old Tim Howard

World Cup: Heroes and villains at snapping point updated 21 days ago

Diego Maradona was a mesmerizing presence on the pitch during four World Cup finals as a player.

World Cup: USA dream shattered by Belgium updated 21 days ago

No guts no glory, or so the saying goes.

Match-fixer denies Der Spiegel story on Cameroon throwing World Cup game updated 21 days ago

Convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is categorically denying a story published by German weekly Der Spiegel alleging that the Cameroon team was involved in fixing a World Cup game in Brazil.

World Cup: Di Maria strikes late to break Swiss hearts updated 22 days ago

This World Cup is no protector of reputations.

US World Cup dream ends with Belgian boot in 2-1 game updated 22 days ago

Belgium defeats USA 2 - 1 to terminate team USA's World Cup journey. Belgium advances to World Cup quarterfinals.

World Cup: Cameroon to investigate match fixing claims updated 22 days ago

Cameroon is to investigate allegations that seven of their players were involved in match fixing during the group stages of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

How America won the 2014 World Cup updated 22 days ago

A short story, buried on the fourth page of the sports supplement: that's how the New York Times, one of America's most globally orientated of newspapers, marked what remains as U.S. Soccer's most sensational result to date and possibly one of the greatest underdog victories of any World Cup.

World Cup: Germany survive scare against Algeria to reach quarterfinals updated 22 days ago

Extra-time goals from Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle spared Germany's blushes against Algeria in the World Cup last 16 tie at Port Alegre on Monday.

World Cup: France sees off Nigeria to reach last eight updated 22 days ago

Redemption is not easy to attain.

World Cup: Luis Suarez issues 'bite' apology; promises never to do it again updated 23 days ago

Luis Suarez has promised never to bite a player again after the Uruguayan issued an apology to Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

World Cup: Costa Rica sets up Dutch quarterfinal updated 23 days ago

Nobody gave them a chance -- nobody.

5 things: What to expect at the World Cup on Monday updated 23 days ago

Who would have thought it? Team Brazil just scraping by in a cliffhanger penalty kick shootout. More soccer suspense to come on Sunday!

World Cup: Netherlands leaves it late to beat Mexico updated 23 days ago

Better late than never.

5 things: What to watch for at the World Cup on Sunday updated 24 days ago

Who would have thought it? Team Brazil just scraping by in a cliffhanger penalty kick shootout. More soccer suspense to come on Sunday!

World Cup: Brazil defeats Chile on penalties updated 24 days ago

And so the carnival carries on.

World Cup: Colombia to face Brazil in quarterfinal updated 24 days ago

Brazil had promised there would be a time where the world would finally see a special player.

5 things: What to watch for at the World Cup this weekend updated 25 days ago

Like what you've seen so far? Well, the World Cup will dish up even more soccer superlatives as the "Round of 16" kicks off on Saturday.

World Cup: 'Mind-blowing' support key to Team USA success in Brazil updated 25 days ago

Goalkeeper Tim Howard says the explosion of interest in the football in the United States is "mind blowing".

World Cup: Giorgio Chiellini brands Luis Suarez ban 'excessive' updated 26 days ago

Sympathy for biting footballer Luis Suarez has been in short supply, but Friday the Uruguayan found support from an unlikely candidate -- his latest victim.

A love affair with soccer, in pictures updated 26 days ago

The World Cup is the world's most widely viewed sporting event, according to FIFA. It seems the world (yes, even the U.S.) has a love affair with soccer that runs deep and transcends cultural differences.

World Cup: Do Latin Americans care more? updated 26 days ago

It's been a World Cup filled with plenty of goals, surprise, intrigue and -- in Luis Suarez's case -- an unwelcome incisor intervention.

World Cup: Team USA advances despite Germany defeat updated 26 days ago

Mission accomplished -- Team USA booked its place in the last-16 of the World Cup after escaping from one of the tournament's toughest groups.

Interactive: 10 World Cup greats likely to retire after Brazil updated 26 days ago

In amongst all the goals, the drama and excitement, and the scandal (we're looking at you, Luis), each World Cup is tinged with sadness, as a handful of greats inevitably use the occasion to mark their final appearance on the international stage.

World Cup: Belgium sets up U.S. date; Algeria makes history updated 26 days ago

Belgium set a date with the U.S. in the last 16 of the World Cup as Algeria make World Cup history by reaching the knockout stages of the first time.

US vs. Germany: 'This game will be massive' updated 27 days ago

Here's a cheat sheet to make you an insta-pundit on the crucial USA-Germany showdown

World Cup: Up close and personal - a photographer's view updated 27 days ago

As senior World Cup photographer for leading agency Getty, Shaun Botterill has snapped pictures of every tournament since 1994.

World Cup: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez banned for four months updated 27 days ago

Luis Suarez will have plenty of time to ponder his tendency to bite opposition players after the Uruguayan striker was banned for nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity by FIFA.

World Cup: Luis Suarez embroiled in new 'biting' storm updated 27 days ago

Luis Suarez may have bitten off more than he can chew this time.

World Cup: Ghana sacks stars Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince-Boateng updated 27 days ago

Ghana's World Cup challenge is in danger of imploding after two of its star players were thrown out of their squad following allegations of physical and verbal attacks within the team's camp.

5 things: What to watch for at the World Cup on Thursday updated 27 days ago

Here are five things we'll be watching for and talking about Thursday the World Cup.

World Cup: Xherdan Shaqiri warms up for Messi showdown updated 27 days ago

Switzerland might not have the magic of Lionel Messi, but in Xherdan Shaqiri it has a player who is desperate to shine on the biggest stage of all.

World Cup: Lionel Messi stars as Argentina tops group updated 27 days ago

Anything you can do, I can do better.

Luis Suarez: Sympathy for the 'devil'? updated 28 days ago

He's football's chief sinner, and Luis Suarez's alleged attempt to bite Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder in a key World Cup game has prompted an outpouring of indignation from the game's global congregation.

World Cup: Late goal gives Portugal 2-2 draw with United States updated 28 days ago

World Cup: This time it was the United States that gave up the dramatic goal.

Reality bites, but Uruguay have their hero's back updated 28 days ago

While Uruguay's star striker faces an uncomfortable wait to see what his alleged chomp on Giorgio Chiellini will mean for the rest of his World Cup -- and possibly his international future post-Brazil -- the world was equally aghast and amused at the sight of the footballer's on-field antics.

FIFA starts disciplinary action against Luis Suarez after biting claims updated 28 days ago

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan was accused of biting an opponent during a World Cup match with Italy

Smitten or bitten? Some adore Uruguay's Luis Suarez, others cry foul updated 28 days ago

Luis Suarez is one of the most renowned strikers in football -- revered for his goal-scoring abilities and reviled for his biting and other antics.

World Cup: How social media chewed up Luis Suarez updated 28 days ago

No sooner had Luis Suarez appeared to have taken a 'bite' out of Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder, social media was already sinking its teeth into the Uruguay striker.

5 things: What to watch for at the World Cup on Wednesday updated 28 days ago

A look at the five things we'll be watching for and talking about at the World Cup on Wednesday.

World Cup: Ivory Coast pay penalty as Greece reach last 16 for first time updated 28 days ago

Greece is through to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in its history after a dramatic 2-1 win against Ivory Coast in Group C.

5 things: What we saw at the World Cup on Tuesday updated 28 days ago

A look at the five things we'll be watching for and talking about at the World Cup on Tuesday.

World Cup: Luis Suarez embroiled in new 'biting' storm updated 29 days ago

Luis Suarez may have bitten off more than he can chew this time.

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