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Messi one step from undisputed greatness

Argentina's Lionel Messi will never have a better opportunity to prove he is one of the greatest players of all time than in Sunday's World Cup final against Germany

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.

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.

Sanchez signs £35 million deal with Arsenal

Chile's star World Cup striker Alexis Sanchez agreed to join Arsenal on Thursday on a long-term contract for a reported fee of around £35 million, the English Premier League side announced.

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.

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.

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.

Who will replace Angel Di Maria for Argentina?

Angel Di Maria's thigh injury has robbed Argentina of vital attacking thrust in midfield going into their World Cup showdown with the Netherlands in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Van Persie sick, in doubt for Argentina semi-final clash

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina after coming down with stomach problems, coach Louis van Gaal said.

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.

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.

Tributes pour in for Real Madrid hero Alfredo Di Stefano

Spaniards flocked to pay homage on Tuesday to Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano, one of the world's greatest footballers, who inspired millions of fans during the dari days of the Franco era.

With Lukaku on top, dark horses Belgium beat USA

Extra-time goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku sent Belgium into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years with a 2-1 win over the United States on Tuesday. Why timely substitution is important in football
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