A young footballer of Angolan descent has slowly, but surely, caught the imagination of footlball lovers.
Ghana, underdogs in South Africa, had emerged from a group comprising Australia, Germany and Serbia.
The Dutch team management maintained that neither player was badly hurt and would train as planned.
Immobile has been in prolific form for his club Torino, scoring 23 goals for them this season.
John Abraham said he will try his best to keep the franchise as the "purest football team".
FIFA was earlier hesitant to use the technology, but several incidents in past tournaments have convinced them.
Over the years, football has been the ground (pun not intended) for some great ads.
Holland look to conquer Brasil once again like their forefathers from the Dutch East India Company did 400 years ago.
Prandelli was appointed successor to Lippi and he has given this Italian side a more attacking mindset.
Susic has justified his uber-popular status by leading his side to the World Cup finals, that too in style.
In 2011, just two months after he joined Fenerbahce, Emenike was put behind bars for his alleged role in fixing matches.
There is also a rumour that Kaffashian has offered Diego Maradona $1,00,000 to wear an Iran jersey.
Argentina player Lionel Messi is endearingly — and aptly — referred to as ‘the atomic flea’.
Spain return to Brazil where they lost the Confederations Cup final last year against the home nation.
Batata, I realise with a quick Google check, was never an Indian word in the first place.
Brazilians substitute one routine for another, paying obeisance at the Arena Corinthians instead of the church.
Using Twitter, fans and players can discuss all the World Cup action, leave comments and express views.
For all those who have seen France in their prime will agree that they will start as one of the favourites.
After less than five months at the helm, Seedorf has been replaced by youth team boss Inzaghi.
The World Cup returns to Brazil after 64 years and all eyes will be set on the home team's performance.
Apart from Immobile's three, Lorenzo Insigne scored twice in a lively Italy performance on a lumpy pitch.
Karim Benzema scored twice and set up three more goals to star in his side's 8-0 win.
In Sao Paulo ahead of the World Cup opener, our man in Brazil, Aditya Iyer, will travel on to Manaus, Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife before reaching Maracana at Rio for the July 14 final. Follow his tweets @ExpressatFIFAWC.
The signs of unease from some of FIFA's paymasters will raise pressure on the body to take a firm line on Qatar and underlying concerns about how it is run.
The octogenarian Ahmed is lone survivor of gifted Indian team that missed playing the World Cup back in 1950.