Soccer Topics

Jul 12, 2014

Tanaka vows to make quick return

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka accepts his elbow injury as “a challenge” and vows to return soon to help the team win. Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. ...

Argentina, Germany set for final

Jul 12, 2014

Argentina, Germany set for final

2014 World Cup final The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet’s best player against the tournament’s best team. Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany at Maracana Stadium on Sunday for a ...

Jul 11, 2014

Manhunt begins in Rio ticket probe

An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, authorities said. Police launched a manhunt for Raymond Whelan, a British director of ...

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Jul 11, 2014

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari following debacle

Brazil soccer legend Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance. “We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people ...

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Jul 10, 2014

Argentina advances to final with dramatic shootout win

Argentina’s Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans’ first World Cup final appearance in 24 years. After the teams battled to a 0-0 draw in ...

Exhausted Dutch unable to find right formula in loss

Jul 10, 2014

Exhausted Dutch unable to find right formula in loss

Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. How different to ...

Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

Jul 9, 2014

Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

The tears started flowing before halftime, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief. The national team wasn’t just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of ...

Injured Di Maria ruled out of Argentina's semifinal match

Jul 7, 2014

Injured Di Maria ruled out of Argentina's semifinal match

Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of the World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands with a thigh injury while striker Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to play after recovering from a similar problem. Di Maria limped off the field in ...

Brazil tries to look forward

Jul 7, 2014

Brazil tries to look forward

Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country’s hopes ...

Van Gaal sings praises of spirited Netherlands squad

Jul 7, 2014

Van Gaal sings praises of spirited Netherlands squad

Louis van Gaal says his Netherlands team is the most driven group of players he has ever worked with. That’s quite a compliment coming from a 62-year-old coach who has won the Champions League with Ajax and the Spanish and German leagues with Barcelona ...