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Football

Jubilant crowds welcome home German World Cup heroes

Crowds began massing in central Berlin before dawn and thousands gathered on a viewing platform at Tegel airport. Philipp Lahm was the first player to emerge from the plane, clutching the golden trophy.

Scolari resigns as Brazil manager

Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as Brazil manager after the hosts suffered two of their worst defeats in World Cup history, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Monday.

Dream comes true for Goetze as united Germany conquers world

United they stand, right at the top of the football world. Germany won its 4th WC title, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II was finally glued back together. Goetze is the 'miracle boy': Loew | Full coverage

Messi will have to wait till 2018 to have a shot at joining the greats

Argentina's 1-0 defeat by Germany in Sunday's World Cup final prevented Lionel Messi, who was named Player of the Tournament, from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great.

Fifa president Blatter, Brazil's Rousseff jeered at final

Fifa President Sepp Blatter and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff were jeered and whistled by spectators before they presented the trophy at the World Cup final.

Report card — Germany and Argentina player ratings

A lone strike from Mario Goetze saw Germany win 1-0 against Argentina and win the World Cup title after 24 years. Here's the report card of the stars of both teams.

Goetze is the 'miracle boy' who can play in numerous positions: Loew

The German coach meanwhile basked in his team's historic win, the first by a European team in South America. It came after four consecutive near-misses in major tournaments stretching back to 2006. Full coverage

Neuer wins Golden Glove, says it was an 'awesome experience'

Germany's Manuel Neuer won the World Cup Golden Glove award for the tournament's best goalkeeper after helping his side to a 1-0 victory over Argentina in Sunday's final.

And it's a goal! A look at some of the best goals in the World Cup

From Van Persie's header against Spain to Lionel Messi's strike in the match against Iran - here's a look at the best goals in the Brazil World Cup which have helped teams win many key matches.

Bastian ‘Wall’ Schweinsteiger, the Rahul Dravid of German football

One is a footballer who has made 107 appearances for his side, the other a cricketer with over 24,000 international runs. Both are known for their tireless work ethics and devotion towards the team. Both have been over-shadowed during their prime because of the presence of more 'flamboyant' players in the team.

The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup

A fun World Cup twist to the English alphabet.

16 remarkable facets of Miroslav Klose's stupendous run

Germany striker Miroslav Klose has overtaken Ronaldo as the top scorer in World Cup, but says the Brazilian is football's most complete player. Humble that he is, Klose’s feat of 16 goals, and counting, is no less impressive.

Germany have secret plan to stop Argentina's Messi in final

Germany have a secret plan to shut Argentina superstar Lionel Messi out of Sunday's World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium.

5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world

A four-time world player of the year, Argentina's Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. Here are five things that make him special in the world of football.

Messi, Mueller, Rodriguez among contenders for Golden Ball award

Four Germans, three Argentines, and one player each from Brazil, Colombia and the Netherlands were short-listed on Friday for the 'Golden Ball' award to the World Cup's best player.
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