Full Coverage : FIFA WORLD CUP

The 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup moves t0 Brazil. Follow this space for the extensive coverage of the event.

Germany top FIFA rankings
July 18, 2014

The 1-0 victory in the FIFA World Cup final has taken Germany up one place to top spot.

Brazil’s upside-down World Cup: Bad on the field, good off it
July 16, 2014

For years, the country’s government has endured grueling criticism from FIFA over severely delayed stadiums.

‘No soccer fan’, Argentina prez thought team had won

A day after the final loss to Germany by a score of 1-0, Fernandez received the national team in the capital.

All roads lead to Berlin

Fans began arriving overnight to secure good spots to welcome home coach Joachim Loew’s team and the trophy.

Jubilant Germany welcomes World Cup heroes
July 15, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant Germans welcomed their triumphant national football team home in Berlin.

World Cup final smashes social media records

The hard-fought thrilling World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set new Twitter and Facebook records.

Germany printed World Cup victory stamps well before final

The 60-cent stamp, marked “Germany Football World Champion 2014”, will go on sale Thursday.

Express LOL: Seven ways to sleep on time after FIFA World Cup

So now that the FIFA World Cup is over and and a huge void has been left in our lives (or rather, nights), we need to get back to our normal sleeping patterns before we get the pink slip, or a rustication letter from college.

FIFA World Cup: Argentina return home to ‘champions welcome’

After the final heartbreak, Lionel Messi-led Argentina returned home to a champions-like-welcome.

FIFA World Cup: Subs show way, right till the end

It was fitting that Goetze came off the bench to win it, and another replacement supplied the inch-perfect cross.

Lionel Messi consigned to live in the shadow of the Cup greats

Messi’s genius cannot be denied, but there is no substitute for a World Cup winner’s medal.

David Beckham, Mick Jagger, Gisele Bundchen among celebrities who rubbed shoulders at World Cup final
July 14, 2014

Beckham, Jagger, Bundchen and other celebrities illuminated the Maracana with their presence.

Brazil’s World Cup organizers can say it now: ‘Esta tudo bem’ – it’s all OK

Despite protests and the national team’s failure in the semi final, the World Cup was largely a success.

FIFA World Cup: Substitutes make big impact right to the end

Goetze’s extra-time goal to beat Argentina and win the cup was the 32nd scored by a substitute in Brazil.

FIFA World Cup: Brazil celebrates Germany’s win as drubbing is forgotten

The host nation was celebrating that rivals Argentina would not be lifting sport’s most prized trophy.

Germany erupts in ecstasy after World Cup triumph

Germany erupted in ecstasy, with fans dancing the night away, after the World Cup win against Argentina.

I told Mario Goetze to ‘go out and show the world you are better than Lionel Messi’, says Joachim Loew

Loew revealed he told Goetze to ‘prove he’s better than Messi’ before the German hit the winning goal.

FIFA World Cup: We lacked a bit of efficiency, says Alejandro Sabella

Sabella was left ruing his side’s failure to take their chances after their defeat by Germany in the final.

It’s a dream come true to win the World Cup, says Mario Goetze

World Cup final match-winner Goetze said he felt ‘unbelievable’ after scoring the winning goal in extra-time.

Express LOL: 7 Reactions to the World Cup finale

Here are some reactions we had while watching the World Cup finale.

FIFA World Cup: Lionel Messi squanders chance to join pantheon of the greats

Argentina’s defeat by Germany prevented Messi from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great.

FIFA World Cup: Bastian Schweinsteiger pays tribute to German fans for their support

Schweinsteiger thanked German fans after lifting the World Cup title against Argentina in Brazil.

FIFA World Cup: Germany players express love after title win

The final of the World Cup was watched by many around the world, including Germany’s players’ wives and girlfriends.

When it mattered most, Lionel Messi runs out of magic

Messi, attempting to emulate the great Maradona by leading Argentina to a World Cup triumph, had a poor final.

FIFA World Cup: Germany’s 24-year wait ends in extra-time

Germany win the World Cup after 24 years after they beat Argentina 1-0 in the final in Rio De Janeiro.

FIFA World Cup: Mario Goetze is a wonder boy, says Joachim Loew

For man-of-the-match Goetze, it had not been an easy tournament after initially failing to live up to expectations.

Germany’s World Cup party gets underway at home

Standing on thousands of discarded plastic beer cups, the fans at the Brandenburg Gate cheered loudly.

FIFA World Cup: Golden Ball, silver medal for Lionel Messi

Messi won four successive man-of-the-match awards against Bosnia, Iran, Argentina and Switzerland.

FIFA World Cup: Argentina fans devastated after defeat

Argentina has won the World Cup twice, most recently in 1986 when they defeated West Germany in the final.

FIFA World Cup: We’re going to celebrate for at least five weeks now, says Manuel Neuer

Neuer’s role in Germany’s triumph extended far beyond his superb shot-stopping abilities.

FIFA World Cup: Ten golden strikes

Brazil 2014 has seen some stunning goals, which have proved to be as invaluable as they have been beautiful.

FIFA World Cup: Dazzling Shakira sways Maracana with musical act

Star singer Shakira, alongwith Brazilian singers Sangalo & Brown, gave a stunning performance at the closing ceremony.

‘The World Cup is a success, but our team is a failure’

Brazil supporters express their disappointment with the home team’s shameful rout from the World Cup.

FIFA World Cup: Germany lift title after 24 years
July 13, 2014

Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time when substitute Mario Goetze volleyed in a brilliant goal.

FIFA World Cup: Road to the final – Germany

Germany have looked decisive in most games. Can they carry their form from the 7-1 win over Brazil?

FIFA World Cup: Road to the final – Argentina

Argentina are the only team to win all their games on the way to the finals, can they keep the record intact?