The World Cup

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is over and now we can turn our attention to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. We will cover everything from the qualifying games to the World Cup Final.

Mario-Gotze-GoalA Mario Gotze goal in extra time gave Germany its fourth World Cup title on Sunday as they beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana. With the win Germany became the first European nation to ever win the World Cup in South American.

The game seemed destined for penalties when a great down and cross from Andre Schurrle found an unmarked Gotze who demonstrated perfect technique and calmness to chest down the cross and sweep in a left-foot finish past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

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brazil-fans-tearsIt started so well for Brazil. A rousing national anthem had the stadium in Belo Horizonte rocking and a national stood waiting to take its expected place in Sunday’s World Cup Final at the home of soccer, the Maracana stadium in Rio.

But then the referee blew his whistle to start the game and a ruthless German side ripped the heart out of the Brazilian side on their way to a 7-1 victory. Germany were up 5-0 inside the opening 30 minutes and the only reason the score wasn’t higher was because they took their foot of the pedal in the second half.

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Neymar-Brazil-4The World Cup took another twist and turn on Friday as Brazil and Barcelona stat Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup after Brazil’s team doctor confirmed he suffered a broken vertebra in the quarterfinal victory against Colombia.

Neymar was involved in a late collision with Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga in the 88th minute. Neymar appeared to take a knee in the back, and as the medical staff came out to attend to the forward, they decided to stretcher him off the field.

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Tim-HowardDespite a brilliant performance in goal by Tim Howard the USA’s World Cup dream ended on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.

After a scoreless 90 minutes substitute Romelu Lukaku turned the goal for Belgium as he laid on the first goal for Kevin De Bruyne and then scored the second himself, in a brilliant first half of extra time.

But the American’s did not give up and a fantastic ball from Michael Bradley set up newcomer Julian Green to make it 2-1 with 13 minutes to go, but the US could not find a way past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois despite having a couple of good chances.

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Mexico-coachMexico players and fans thought they were in the World Cup quarter-finals. A brilliant Giovani Dos Santos strike has given Mexico the lead in the 48th minute, and with time counting down it looked liked they had pulled off the biggest upset of the World Cup.

But with only two minutes left in the game, substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar headed down a corner for Wesley Sneijder to smash into the net as Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo] Ochoa was finally beaten.

But then deal into added time, Rafael Marquez brought down Arjen Robben in the area and Huntelaar scored from the resulting penalty:

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Neymar-Brazil-4Brazil and Colombia will meet in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday but they both got their with two very different performances.

Brazil looked uninspired against Chile and were lucky to be a their South American rivals 3-2 on penalties after drawing 1-1 after extra time. Gonzalo Jara hit the post with the decisive kick, while Julio Cesar saved two, to give Brazil a 3-2 win in the shootout and send the Chileans home.

We saw none on the free flowing football that we have came to expect from Brazil, and with Neymar a periphery in the second half and extra time, Brazil resorted to route one football with long balls up to Jo late in the game.

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US Fans BrazilThe United States has reached the knockout stage of the World Cup for the second consecutive time after they lost 1-0 on Thursday in soggy conditions to Germany. The US advances as runners-up in the group as Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.

Portugal and the US both finished with four points, but the Americans advanced from a so-called “Group of Death” because their goal difference was even and the Portuguese were minus-3.

The U.S. will next play Belgium next Tuesday in the round of 16.

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Suarez-bites-againUruguay and Liverpool were both stunned today when FIFA announced that Luis Suarez had been suspended from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The Premier League‘s player of the year will miss the rest of the World Cup and well as at least the first nine games of the Premier League season plus three Champions League matches.

Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and, in particular, not at a Fifa World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field,” Claudio Sulser, chairman of the Fifa disciplinary committee, said in a statement.

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What do you do when faced with overwhelming proof that you committed a bad act? Call it a conspiracy of course. At least that seems to be the path that Luis Suarez And Uruguay are going down today.

The first line of defence is that the picture below of Chiellini’s shoulder that appears to show clear tooth marks has been digitally altered with the addition of the marks.

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Luis Suarez’s lawyer Alejandro Balbi, a Uruguay FA board member, added fuel to the fire saying that there was a conspiracy against Suarez..

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Mexico v Italy: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013Well that did not take long. Just minutes after seeing his team lose to to Uruguay on Tuesday and fail to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli resigned.

Prandelli stepped down in his post-match news conference.

“Above and beyond, at the end of the match, I spoke to the president of the federation, and because the technical plan is under my responsibility, I have told them that I am going to resign from my position because when the technical plan and strategy fails, it is only fair for the person in question to take responsibility,” Prandelli said.

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