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    Lampard ends 15-year international career

Lampard ends 15-year international career

Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football. The 36-year-old, who joined Manchester City on loan from New York City this summer, made his last appearance for the Three Lions in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Lampard’s England career spanned 15 years and earned him 106 caps with 29 goals. But he has now [...]

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    U-20 Women’s World Cup begins

U-20 Women’s World Cup begins

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup begins Tuesday in Canada. The last few weeks have been a beehive of sporting activity, after the men’s World Cup in Brazil was succeeded by the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, which just ended on Sunday. Attention now shifts to four cities in Canada – Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, and Edmonton – for the 7th edition of the [...]

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    African players are ‘banana eaters’, says Italian FA boss

African players are ‘banana eaters’, says Italian FA boss

Italian football loves scapegoat – someone to heap all the blame on after a disastrous outing in a major competition. After failing to navigate the first round of Brazil 2014 World Cup, the senior players in the team led by Gianluigi Buffon blamed the junior players, particularly Mario Balotelli, for not showing enough hunger against Costa Rica and Uruguay – games [...]

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    After World Cup, Nigeria rise 10 places in FIFA ranking

After World Cup, Nigeria rise 10 places in FIFA ranking

Nigeria now occupy the 34th position in latest FIFA ranking released Thursday. The Super Eagles' qualification for the round-of-16 at the just-concluded World Cup in Brazil has reflected on the July FIFA ranking, as the country now occupies the 34th position. In the rankings table released by the world football governing body, Nigeria garnered 660 points to move up 10 spots as [...]

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    72 amazing facts about Brazil 2014 World Cup

72 amazing facts about Brazil 2014 World Cup

As the dust begins to gather on the memories of Brazil 2014, here are a few reminders of some of the statistics that have illuminated the tournament, courtesy of Opta. • There were fewer red cards at the 2014 World Cup than any other edition since 1986 (8). • The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-highest number of goals scored (171). • Germany [...]

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    It’s Argentina against Germany in the World Cup final

It’s Argentina against Germany in the World Cup final

Sergio Romero saved twice as Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties for a place in the World Cup final against Germany. The Monaco goalkeeper parried spot kicks from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Snijder to see the Albiceleste through after 120 minutes of negative football from both sides ended 0-0. Argentina now meet Germany, who hammered hosts Brazil 7-1 in the first [...]

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    10 most memorable moments of the World Cup quarter-finals

10 most memorable moments of the World Cup quarter-finals

Ahead of the semi-finals of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off on Tuesday, we bring you the 10 most memorable moments of the quarter-finals, beginning from Thiago Silva's thigh goal and 'keeper Krul's heroic penalty saves . Never mind that about half of the moments are from the all South America affair between Brazil and Colombia. This is only proof that it [...]

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    Sub Krul wins it for the Dutch

Sub Krul wins it for the Dutch

Tim Krul was the hero despite coming on only in the last minute of extra time, saving two penalties to send Holland through to the World Cup semi-finals. Wesley Sneijder, who went close to breaking the deadlock eight minutes from the end of normal time with a curling free-kick, struck the bar in the dying stages of extra-time. Striker Robin van Persie also [...]

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    Argentina beat Belgium to qualify for first semis in 24 years

Argentina beat Belgium to qualify for first semis in 24 years

Argentina are through to the World Cup semifinals for the first since 1990, after a 1-0 victory over Belgium in Brasilia. The Albiceleste broke the deadlock early on, and managed to withstand everything the Red Devils threw at them. The two-time champions will play either the Netherlands or Costa Rica in the next round, while a disappointing Belgium are heading home. It took [...]

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    How sex has influenced team performances at World Cup

How sex has influenced team performances at World Cup

Discipline, talent, preparation, focus, form, freedom from injury, and luck of the draw are some of the factors that guarantee success in a major sporting event like the World Cup. But sex plays a role, too – the action, not the thought, as former New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel once said: “It’s not the sex that wrecks these guys; [...]

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    Compact Costa Rica defeat Greece on penalties

Compact Costa Rica defeat Greece on penalties

Costa Rica defied the odds once more to continue their FIFA World Cup fairy tale with a 5-3 penalty win over Greece to seal their passage to the World Cup quarter-finals, where the Netherlands lie in wait. Rated as Group D's whipping boys having been drawn alongside England, Italy and Uruguay, Jorge Luis Pinto's men shocked the world by winning the group with [...]

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    Late goals give Holland victory over Mexico

Late goals give Holland victory over Mexico

The Netherlands scored two goals in the last five minutes to beat Mexico 2-1 and advance into the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Mexico had one foot in the last eight, as they were 1-0 up after 88 minutes, thanks to a Giovani Dos Santos goal at the start of the second half, but Wesley Sneijder levelled with two minutes remaining, [...]

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    10 notable moments of the World Cup 1st round

10 notable moments of the World Cup 1st round

On the field and off it, we recount the beautiful and ugly moments of the first round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. RVP’s wonder goal against Spain Robin van Persie's wonderful diving header for Holland against Spain is destined to be among the defining moments of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. No controversies. The goal came when Daley Blind fired a [...]

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    Cote d’Ivoire crash out of World Cup at the last minute

Cote d’Ivoire crash out of World Cup at the last minute

Greece advanced to the round-of-16 thanks to a stoppage-time penalty that gave them a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast. Wilfried Bony might have considered himself the hero after equalising for Les Elephants in the 74th minute, but a soft penalty call in stoppage time allowed Georgios Samaras to win the match for the Greeks. Veteran striker Didier Drogba started for Ivory Coast [...]

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    Uruguay dump Italy out of World Cup

Uruguay dump Italy out of World Cup

Uruguay made it to the last 16, thanks to Diego Godin’s late goal. However, they will have to wait to see if Luis Suarez will join them, after he appeared to bite defender Giorgio Chiellini in the victory. Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 to reach the second round of the World Cup. [...]

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    Italy’s loss to Costa Rica sends England out of World Cup

Italy’s loss to Costa Rica sends England out of World Cup

England have crashed out of the 2014 World Cup, after Costa Rica pulled off a second successive upset by defeating more-fancied Italy 1.0 on Friday. The Three Lions fans were hoping for a favour from the Italians, but Costa Rica had other ideas. Anything other than an Azzurri win meant elimination for Roy Hodgson and his Three Lions, but few expected Italy [...]

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