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Germany top of FIFA rankings after World Cup win

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0.  AP

Germany has climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Brazil declares ‘victory’ — in staging of Cup

Dilma Rousseff

Although her country failed to net a sixth triumph, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday declared as a victory the giant nation’s staging of the World Cup.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Argentina’s gutsy World Cup team is welcomed home

Argentina World Cup

Argentina’s national team was welcomed home Monday by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup final.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Magical win by German machine

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He materialized out of nowhere, maybe not from the dugout of the German national football team that had been feared for its unforgiving regimented style of play.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Bare Eye,Commentary | Read More »

United Germany stands at the top of the world

Germany's Mario Goetze kisses the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. AP PHOTO

United they stand, right at the top of the football world. And right on South American soil.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Brazil fires national football coach Felipe Scolari – report

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Brazil’s football confederation (CBF) will not renew national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s contact, local media reported early Monday, just hours after Germany defeated Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Argentine World Cup celebration marred by violence

Argentina World Cup violence

Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team’s gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Joy, fireworks in Berlin after World Cup thriller

Germany World Cup

Germany erupted in ecstasy Sunday, with fans dancing the night away, after the World Cup final win against Argentina that handed the country its historic fourth title.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Argentines hold heads high after World Cup loss

Argentina Brazil World Cup

Sad-but-proud Argentine soccer fans applauded their national team for giving it all against a powerful German squad, losing 1-0 in extra time Sunday in the country’s first World Cup finals appearance in 24 years.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Brazil celebrates rival Argentina’s World Cup defeat

Mario Goetze

Brazilians bitter about their team’s disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Ukraine president to be at World Cup final in Rio

petro poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro — along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian authorities said Saturday.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

LeBron: World Cup final ‘bigger’ than NBA finals

NBA basketball star LeBron James, left, talks with his teammate, Anderson Varejao as they attend a event at Phenom House, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. AP

Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James sized up the World Cup final and said it trumps the NBA finals.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Lessons from a World Cup

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FILIPINO football fans can’t wait for the Germany-Argentina World Cup final on Monday morning (Manila time). The early rising for the dramatic quarterfinal and semifinal matches have been all worth it given the athletic and emotional investments the teams have poured in.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Commentary,Featured Columns,One Game at a Time | Read More »

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