| Jul 5, 2014
| 11:16 AM
Now that Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez have gone home and Brazil’s Neymar has gone to the hospital, this World Cup belongs to Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
And nobody knows that better then the players on Belgium’s...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 9:54 PM
SAO PAULO -- The last time Brazil hosted soccer's World Cup, a humiliating 2-1 loss to Uruguay went down in history as a trauma that permanently damaged the country's psyche.
Generations after that defeat in 1950, the national team was under enormous...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Never before have the World Cup finalists met in the opening round of the succeeding tournament.
From the first-time-for-everything department, it's defending champion Spain versus runner-up Netherlands -- on just the second lap of the 4 1/2-week soccer...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Oh, what a day it would have been for U.S. soccer on this festive weekend commemorating the nation's independence.
Had Team USA converted its glorious scoring chance late in regulation or tied the score in overtime to ultimately triumph on penalty...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 8:27 AM
The 2014 World Cup officially gets underway Thursday in Brazil when the host country takes on Croatia at 1 p.m. PDT on ESPN.
But what about the rest of the games? Are you trying to plan your days so you can watch all the matches? Below is the entire...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 5:26 PM
Experience can be a good thing.
Or bad — depending on the experience.
Consider Ivory Coast's World Cup team, for example. Coach Sabri Lamouchi could start as many as six players over age 30 in Brazil, making his team among the oldest and most...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Random thoughts while waiting for FIFA to hand out Oscars for best actor, best flop:
Soccer needs a World Cup every year....
For a few weeks, the American team brought fans together in the way only football usually does, with beer, chicken wings,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 12:09 PM
SALVADOR, Brazil -- Bosnia-Herzegovina exited its inaugural World Cup on a high note on Wednesday, notching a 3-1 win over Iran at the Arena Fonte Nova.
Bosnia was a bit unlucky to lose a pair of one-goal games to start the tournament, but the team goes...