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HindustanTimes Mon,14 Jul 2014

Football

Barcelona reach agreement for Luis Suarez

Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over. Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a five-year contract.

‘Little Chief’ Mascherano big on impact

Sergio Romero took Argentina to the final all right but the man who ensured that they stayed in the hunt with another superb all-round midfield show was Javier Mascherano.

Messi seeks revenge for 1990 final defeat by Germany

Somebody up above has plotted the Argentina-Germany final. The plot is perfect. Throw at Messi the challenge of repeating what Maradona achieved and settle the ‘who is better’ debate once and for all.

Despite loss, van Gaal leaves with head high

Louis van Gaal doesn’t hold back from saying like it is. Van Gaal ticked off a journalist saying he felt his question was humiliating when he was asked to name the two players he had spoken to before deciding on Ron Vlaar for the first shot. And then he ticked off Fifa.

Win or loss, Germany are already world champions

Very few people have asked me who I favour in the World Cup final, Argentina or Germany? Instead, everybody wants to know how is it possible to defeat Brazil by 7-1 in their own country, writes Franz Beckenbauer.

Germany have edge in final, says Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella believes a well-rested Germany will have the advantage against the weary South Americans in Sunday's World Cup final.

Germany take 'tiki-taka' to another level

Germany have taken the 'tiki-taka' passing game so intrinsically used by Spain to another level at the World Cup in Brazil, by adding ruthless efficiency to the possession philosophy.

Fifa suspends Nigeria Football Federation for government interference

Fifa on Wednesday suspended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect over "government interference". The decision came after a court sacked the NFF and the government appointed a sole administrator for football in the country.

Dutch shootout demons return to haunt them

Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Netherlands stars Van Persie, Robben empty-handed again

The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam on Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw.

Brazil's nightmare deepens as Argentina reach final

Still agonizing over Brazil's 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazilians will now have to watch their bitter rivals Argentina play for the trophy at the legendary Maracana Stadium on Sunday.

Robben loses chance to atone as Netherlands go down in semis

Netherlands lost the opportunity to compete against Germany in the 2014 World Cup finals. Wednesday's semi-final defeat was hard to stomach for Arjen Robben as the Dutch forward lost his chance to exorcise his pain and regrets from the 2010 final.

I taught Romero how to stop penalties, laments Dutch coach Van Gaal

A couple of days back, Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal brought Costa Rica's dream run to an end by substituting keeper Tim Krul in the dying seconds of extra-time. Krul saved two penalties to ensure that the Dutch advanced to the semi-finals.

Brazil's image shattered, says Maradona

Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a "hammer-blow" that has damaged the hosts' image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

Argentina vs Netherlands semi-final penalty shootout - As it happened

Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece. Here is a blow-by-blow account of how the penalties proceeded. Sergio Goycochea vs Sergio Romero | Match report | I taught Romero: Van Gaal
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