| Jun 15, 2014
| 6:54 PM
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Lionel Messi finally made his mark on the World Cup and lit up the Maracana with his first goal in the finals for eight years but Argentina had to battle hard for a 2-1 win over debutantes Bosnia in their opening Group F match on...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 9:00 AM
With the seven goals Germany scored against Brazil on Tuesday still playing on an endless loop in the minds of World Cup watchers, it might be tempting to begin and end a list on what the Germans must accomplish to win the whole shebang with this:
| Jun 21, 2014
| 11:25 AM
The soccer bar in Iran is so low that national team supporters have suggested its historical apex occurred last week when the team played to a scoreless draw in its World Cup opener.
It was clear Saturday that Iran's strategy against Argentina was to...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 7:10 PM
After spending four years planning and prepping for the World Cup, it can be doubly devastating to go out with an injury this close to the tournament. But a number of key players are feeling that frustration after having been ruled out — or at least...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 7:13 PM
There were a couple of things most fans wanted to see in the final games of this World Cup. Yet, neither will be on display in Tuesday's semifinal game between Germany and host Brazil in Belo Horizonte.
The first is Neymar, the 22-year-old star...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Now that Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez have all gone home and Brazil's Neymar has gone to the hospital, this World Cup belongs to Argentina's Lionel Messi.
Nobody knows that better than Belgium, which pushed, pummeled and...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 10:58 AM
Belgium has cranked it up. One chance is dashed by a double-offside, another by a block of a searing shot aimed at goal. Then, an ineffective corner kick and another offside. Lukaku, unlike against the U.S., is silent.
Another corner kick that ends with...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 5:34 PM
GROUP F: NIGERIA VS. ARGENTINA
Where: Porto Alegre. Time: 9 a.m. PDT.
TV: ESPN, Univision.
The buzz: Thanks to a pair of game-winning goals from Lionel Messi, Argentina has already qualified for the second round and could win the group with anything...
| May 10, 2014
| 5:35 PM
The World Cup has been held 19 times in 16 nations on five continents. And eight countries have won soccer's ultimate prize, five of them more than once. But those numbers can't answer one question: which teams were the best? Here's one man's list of...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The formula for Argentina ascending into the World Cup final is as obvious as the formula for Coca-Cola is secretive: Play superb defense and hope Lionel Messi can summon the wizardry to manufacture a goal.
So the most significant of five ways,...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 6:29 PM
Moments after the rough tackle that knocked him out of the World Cup, Brazilian striker Neymar feared he had been paralyzed, Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.
Speaking to the Spanish sports journal Marca, Scolari said teammate Marcelo was the first to...