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Anywhere but Manaus for the travelling football fan

June 17, 2014 10:02:47 am

Although Manaus may sound exotic, it isn’t. And neither does the most seasoned tourist take very well to it.

FIFA World Cup: Dark horses Belgium eye galloping start vs Algeria

June 17, 2014 9:55:31 am

Algeria, taking part in their fourth World Cup, have never gone beyond the group stages.

FIFA World Cup: Brazil looking back, ahead

June 17, 2014 9:50:47 am

Brazil will take big step towards knock out stage with win against Mexico, who denied them 2012 Olympic gold.

FIFA World Cup: Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick fires Germany to big win

June 17, 2014 12:51:58 am

Mueller's hat-trick inspired Germany to a 4-0 mauling of Portugal in their opening Group G match on Monday.

FIFA World Cup: Pepe faces three-match ban for headbutting Thomas Mueller

June 16, 2014 11:24:35 pm

Pepe leant into Mueller with his head, making contact and applying pressure in a needless altercation.

FIFA World Cup: Organizers forced to review security after fans jump over fences

June 16, 2014 11:04:54 pm

Organizers are reviewing security after some Argentina fans without tickets got over fences at Maracana.

Southampton rope in Ronald Koeman as coach

June 16, 2014 9:58:23 pm

Koeman will have his brother Erwin as assistant as he replaces Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.

FIFA World Cup: Croatia put penalty fiasco behind, look ahead to Cameroon clash

June 16, 2014 9:13:53 pm

Croatia have put the 'shameful' penalty against Brazil behind, and are looking ahead to playing against Cameroon.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa poised to join Chelsea

June 16, 2014 9:31:44 pm

Chelsea will have to pay $40 mn for Costa who was La Liga's third top scorer in the 2013-14 season.

Samuel Eto’o likely to miss rest of the World Cup

June 16, 2014 7:31:17 pm

Eto'o may play no further part in the World Cup because of his on-going knee injury.

FIFA World Cup: Revenge not on our minds, insists Hulk

June 16, 2014 7:18:29 pm

Mexico have never won against Brazil in the World Cup and will be looking to turn the tide this time around.

FIFA World Cup: Karim Benzema ‘very satisfied’ after France’s win

June 16, 2014 1:58:07 pm

Karim Benzema was sublime in France's 3-0 win over Honduras scoring two goals.

FIFA World Cup: We have things we need to improve, says Lionel Messi

June 16, 2014 12:59:25 pm

Lionel Messi, whose goal sealed the game for Argentina, typically played down his contribution after the game.

FIFA World Cup: Sublime Lionel Messi lights up Maracana

June 16, 2014 9:29:16 am

Messi put his side 2-0 ahead on a night when the stadium was turned into little Buenos Aires.

FIFA World Cup: Karim Benzema brace helps France beat Honduras 3-0

June 16, 2014 9:29:08 am

The result will go a long way towards helping France banish the ghost of their disastrous 2010 campaign.

Subs of the day: Drogba and Seferovic

June 16, 2014 2:07:26 pm

The 36-year-old former Chelsea star started for Ivory Coast in the last two World Cups.

The Touchline: Drone disrupts French practice

June 16, 2014 2:12:58 pm

Also, Brazilian prostitutes and a Christian evangelical group played a football match in World Cup host city.

Noisy neighbours: Argentina fans throng Rio ahead of opener

June 16, 2014 8:27:13 am

An estimated 50,000 Argentines are believed to have descended on Rio ahead of Argentina’s match.

FIFA World Cup: For USA, it is about avoiding that familiar feeling

June 16, 2014 10:40:47 am

The US’s last two World Cup campaigns have both been ended by the Black Stars.

FIFA World Cup: Germany versus Cristiano Ronaldo

June 16, 2014 8:19:53 am

Portugal will bank on their star player, who is cleared to play, to stop Loew's well-oiled unit

Inspired Costa Rica expose Uruguay’s Surarez-shaped hole

June 16, 2014 2:16:35 am

The Italians will not take that match lightly. Costa Rica were every bit as good as Uruguay in the heat of Fortaleza’s Castelao arena and thoroughly deserved to win.

FIFA World Cup: Head of ‘GoD’

June 16, 2014 2:03:48 pm

In Group of Death’s marquee clash, Mario Balotelli soars above the rest, nods Italy home.

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas admits Arsene Wenger snub

June 16, 2014 1:43:55 am

Arsenal had first option on Fabregas when he decided to leave Barcelona but he moved to Chelsea.

FIFA World Cup: A Swiss delight

June 15, 2014 11:57:02 pm

Switzerland fought back to win 2-1 against Ecuador, thanks to a stoppage time goal by Seferovic.

FIFA World Cup: Italy shifts focus to decisive Costa Rica game

June 15, 2014 9:02:43 pm

Italy are concerned about their Friday's match against Costa Rica, who came from behind to beat Uruguay 3-1.