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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.

The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup

A fun World Cup twist to the English alphabet.

The great divide: Argentina take on Germany on the pitch, Brazil fans off it

A roaring crowd, tireless Mexican waves, the national anthem and the rhythmic chanting of the heroes' names may give an adrenaline injection to a team. On the other hand, constant boos and ugly taunts can rile players.

Brazil, Netherlands seek to ease bruised pride in third place play-off

A humiliated Brazil and downhearted Netherlands challenge for third place at the World Cup in a match that will be quickly forgotten by teams already busy looking to the future.

Netherlands coach Van Gaal wants to sign off with Dutch record

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has changed his tune on the importance of the third-place playoff and wants to sign off with a win to become the first Dutch coach to go unbeaten in normal and extra time at a World Cup.

A look at five classic clashes between Germany and Argentina

Germany will face Argentina for the third time in a World Cup final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Take a look at five classic clashes between the two countries. VIDEOS INSIDE

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.

Scolari should keep his job, says Brazilian Football Confederation official

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari should carry on because of his good work in the job even though the hosts were humiliated by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, a Brazilian federation official said on Friday.

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.
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