| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:40 PM
The field in the Amazon city of Manaus, where England and Italy will meet in a key Group D game Saturday, is in dismal condition and it's only going to get worse.
And that's the word from the guy whose job it is to take care of the field.
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Luis Suarez is the best soccer player in the world.
That's not opinion, it's science.
Or at least it's the science compiled by Bloomberg, which analyzed players in Europe's top five leagues, measuring everything from defensive and attacking...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 3:58 PM
The U.S. team has been peppered with questions about Cristiano Ronaldo in the run-up to Sunday's game with Portugal in Manaus —so much so that more than a few players have grown tired of answering them.
U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones found a...
| 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 6, 2014
| 6:09 PM
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Remember when CONCACAF was a quaint, unthreatening little football backwater where many of the people knew the sport as soccer — and few of them played it very well regardless of what it was called?
This World Cup has...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 11:04 AM
Thomas Mueller's hat-trick inspired Germany to a 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday. The Germans delivered a sizzling attacking display that underlined their tag as strong title contenders and the match,...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 7:36 PM
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- In the first half of an April friendly against Mexico, Michael Bradley was everywhere, scoring the first U.S. goal, setting up the second and ravaging a stellar Mexican defense by dominating possession, dictating pace and spraying...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 9:16 PM
— Michael Bradley's stare could bend steel.
His teammates on the U.S. national team insist Bradley is lighthearted, a practical joker. But when he turns serious, he's far more frightening than funny.
And on Saturday, Bradley was very, very...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 4:27 PM
FIFA world ranking: 2.
Last World Cup: 2010.
Best finish: Three-time champion (1954, '74, '90).
How qualified: UEFA Group C winner.
Fun fact: Sparing no expense in its drive for a fourth World Cup title, Germany's soccer federation built...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The 2014 World Cup is about to be concluded with the final Sunday in Rio de Janeiro at the historic Estadio do Maracana. After 63 games, Germany and Argentina are left to battle for the most coveted trophy in sports.
This pairing is not surprising...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 4:41 PM
After 31 days, 63 games and 170 goals, this World Cup finally will be decided Sunday in the tournament's most compelling matchup.
Over the last month, players have had their shoulders bitten and their backs broken. Unsung players such as Colombia's...