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World Cup heroes return home

World Cup heroes return home

Tens of thousands of German football fans in Berlin have gathered since daybreak to welcome the return from Brazil of their World-Cup-winning team. The flight bringing the triumphant players to the capital touched down from Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday morning. Celebrations will take place at the Brandenburg Gate, where the players will display the famous gold trophy.

10 World Cup stars' tattoos decoded

10 World Cup stars' tattoos decoded

The World Cup in Brazil has been described as the best in the tournament's history, with more goals and upsets than usual. Audiences have also noticed an explosion in tattoos. But what stories do they tell? Mauricio Pinilla, Chile This is the most "World Cup" of World Cup tattoos. Inked in just the last few...

What happened to Jogo Bonito?

What happened to Jogo Bonito?

Jogo Bonito. The Beautiful Game. Whichever language it's in, the expression evokes images of only one team: Brazil. While not always the champions, the Selecao were generally considered to be the great entertainers, the purest footballing side around. Often it was said that Brazil were everyone's favourite second team, while the ultimate compliment...

I am sure we will still be champions: Neymar

I am sure we will still be champions: Neymar

Neymar has told Brazil fans that the national team will still win the World Cup despite his injury-enforced absence, reports goal.com. The iconic star was stretchered off in the final moments of the Selecao’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday night and has been diagnosed with a broken vertebrae, which will keep him...

WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL: GER VS FRA

Hummels breaks French hearts

Hummels breaks French hearts

A first half header from Mats Hummels fired Germany into the semi-finals of the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over France. The Borussia Dortmund defender missed the last-16 victory over Algeria as a result of flu-like symptoms, with the bug having also affected a number of the squad in the build-up to...

Hosts secure semi-finals berth

Hosts secure semi-finals berth

A wonderstrike from David Luiz helped Brazil to a 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia - but star forward Neymar was stretchered off in the closing minutes, Goal.com reports. Tipped by some to exit against a side who have been the talk of the tournament, Luiz Felipe Scolari's men progressed thanks to goals...

BRAZUCA-FEST 25

Brazil not going home next!

Brazil not going home next!

From 32 countries, the World Cup comes down to eight. It's a D-Day for four teams-- Brazil, Colombia, Germany and France. And two of the four will head home when the daylight breaks in Bangladesh Saturday. Brazil cannot fly home. Hosts should not afford to lose, even in the quarterfinals. Though Brazil faced tough...

Portugal beat Ghana 2-1, but crash out of WC

Portugal beat Ghana 2-1, but crash out of WC

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed Portugal a 2-1 win over Ghana in Brasilia, but it was insufficient to keep them from crashing out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on goal difference, Fifa.com reports. Asamoah Gyan’s 57th-minute header had cancelled out John Boye’s first-half own-goal before the FIFA Ballon d’Or holder’s late settler, but Paulo’s...

Both thru as Germany edge US 1-0

Both thru as Germany edge US 1-0

Germany beat USA 1-0 on a rain-soaked day in Recife, a result that takes both sides through from a hugely competitive Group G at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Fifa.com reports. A 2-1 win for Portugal over Ghana in the section’s other game was enough to push both the Americans and Germans through...

Where is the World Cup fever?

IF anyone thinks I have gone nuts, let me explain that I am writing this piece while visiting the United States of America. Even though I left Dhaka more than a fortnight ago, I had already noticed the initial symptoms of the World Cup fever in Bangladesh. Street vendors had started to sell the national flags of the popular teams long before the opening ceremony. Brazil, the host country, and the States being in the same hemisphere, we have been...

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