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France’s  head coach Didier Deschamps kicks a ball during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

For a man once belittled by Eric Cantona as “a water carrier,” Didier Deschamps has certainly made a habit of carrying lots of trophies. French repor(...)

 Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker  celebrate their team’s second goal in extra time during the  World Cup. Photograph:   Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Per Mertesacker has hit out at critics bemoaning Germany’s performance in their win over Algeria and believes qualifying for the World Cup quarter-fi(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores  a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

WEDNESDAY, June 25th 16.55 According to Ewe & Eye (the Standard & Poor’s of sport spectatorship), the complete tournament require(...)

France’s  Blaise Matuidi in action against Switzerland during the Group E clash  at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Photo:  Christopher Lee/Getty

There are several ways to win a World Cup but finding momentum at just the right moment is one of the surest paths to success. Just ask the unfancied(...)

Juan Cuadrado (right) of Colombia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty   at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: EPA

Colombia 4 Japan 1On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 day(...)

Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte and rapper Pitbull: another balls-up for FIFA.   Photograph:  Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

It would be desperately unfair to all involved to pre-judge the Brazil World Cup 2014 Official Song Anthem before it is released in March. But it will(...)

Five hundred thousand cheaper tickets for next year’s World Cup will be set aside exclusively for Brazilians. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Tickets for the 2014 World Cup will cost some 10 per cent more than in South Africa in 2010, with the dearest ones for international fans selling for (...)

Demonstrators hold a protest in Salvador with a sign reading, “We want hospitals built in two years too,” in reference to the time it took to build the stadiums for the Confederations Cup.  photograph: Valter Pontes/Reuters

After a disastrous two weeks during which massive street protests overshadowed the Confederations Cup, football’s world governing body Fifa and Brazi(...)

Brazil’s Paulinho (right) heads  past Uruguay’s Martin Caceres and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (left) to book final berth. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Brazil 2 Uruguay 1: Paulinho scored with a header four minutes from time to give Brazil a 2-1 win over Uruguay and take the host nation to the final o(...)

‘Great opening ceremony. Feeling the party spirit of Brazil. Magnificent crowd.” The photo with Sepp Blatter’s tweet showed the interior of the Est(...)

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