Robin van Persie gave his captain's armband to the Netherlands' most recognizable fan after Brazil winBrooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago
Following the Netherlands' 3-0 win over Brazil to win the World Cup's third-place playoff, Robin van Persie made a point to gift his captain's armband to his country's most devoted supporter.
For more than 25 years, Winfried Witjes has traveled the world to attend the vast majority of the Netherlands' matches dressed as The Oranje General. Like Brazil's Gaucho da Copa, The General has become an immediately recognizable part of major international tournaments. But due to financial trouble, he wasn't going to be able to travel to Brazil for this World Cup.
- Danielle Elliot at Dirty Tackle6 hrs ago
He's going home. But first LeBron James is going to the World Cup final – an event he says is "much bigger" than the NBA Finals.
"This is the highest you can get," James said Saturday in Rio de Janiero, according to the Associated Press. He had arrived in the Brazilian city a few hours earlier, a day after announcing he will return to Ohio to once again suit up for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.
"This is bigger than the NBA Finals in the sense that it's the world and you have so many countries here," he added.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle9 hrs ago
Before the World Cup, Dirk Kuyt announced that he would retire from international play at the end of the tournament after a decade of representing the Netherlands. As the Dutch put together an impressive run to the semifinals, Kuyt won his 100th cap and converted penalties in the team's successful quarterfinal shootout against Costa Rica and unsuccessful semifinal shootout against Argentina.
Though Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal said that the third-place match "should never be played," it had special meaning for Kuyt as it would be his last with the team. He started the match and his send-off began brilliantly when the Dutch claimed a 2-0 lead in just the 16th minute. Shortly before halftime, Kuyt suffered a gash on his head after taking an elbow that dyed his hair red above the ear. Some players would have packed it in at that point, especially since this was only a match to determine the answer to a trivia question, but Dirk Kuyt doesn't play that way.
The former Liverpool man had the Netherlands' physio staple his oozing head shut and finished out the game.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle10 hrs ago
The Netherlands beat the zombified corpse of Brazil's national team 3-0 in the ultimately meaningless World Cup third-place match Saturday, finally bringing an end to the host nation's drawn-out nightmare after one last bit of torture. Combined with Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, this marks the first time the nation with more World Cup titles than any other has lost two consecutive World Cup matches since 1974.
- Eric Freeman at Dirty Tackle11 hrs ago
Brazil entered Saturday's third-place game of the 2014 World Cup hoping to salvage something from its home tournament after a horrific 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday's semifinal. After only a few minutes against the Netherlands, the Brazilians had to deal with more of the same.
In the second minute, defender and captain Thiago Silva — who missed the Germany thrashing on suspension for yellow-card accumulation — pulled down Arjen Robben from the back after the Dutch attacker had sprinted past the Brazilian defense:
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle12 hrs ago
A parody of a North Korean state news broadcast claiming that the isolated nation's team won the World Cup group stage (despite not qualifying for the tournament) has some people convinced it's real and everyone giggling at its claims.
According to the video, North Korea sailed through the group stage with a 7-0 win over Japan, 4-0 win over the U.S. and 2-0 win over China, putting them in a playoff against Portugal. It also shows images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un superimposed on the big screen at Rio's World Cup fan fest.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dirty Tackle13 hrs ago
Join us at 4 p.m. ET for the third-place match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil aims to restore its wounded pride after a brutal 7-1 loss to Germany, while the Netherlands try to recover from a narrow defeat on penalties to Argentina. The game will be televised on ESPN and Univision, and streamed online on Watch ESPN and Univision.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dirty Tackle13 hrs ago
Can't get enough of the 2014 FIFA World Cup? Then join the Yahoo Studios sports team on Sunday for World Soccer Live, a postgame show for the World Cup final. The show will start 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game and will be hosted by Melanie Collins, and she'll be joined by an exciting array of expert analysts on the program including Yahoo Futbol Global Ambassador Jose Mourinho via satellite from London and the 2010 US Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra in studio.
Will Messi lead Argentina to glory like Maradona did? Will the Germans put together another classic Die Mannschaft performance? Get every perspective following the final whistle, and re-live every moment before saying goodbye for another four years.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle14 hrs ago
FIFA has come out in defense of ticket partner Match Services following the arrest of executive Ray Whelan, who is suspected of running a major World Cup ticket scalping operation. Whelan was arrested by Brazilian police on Monday and released on bail. He was labeled a fugitive when police tried to re-arrest him on Thursday, only to find that he had fled his hotel through a service door with his lawyer, who is reportedly negotiating terms of Whelan's next contact with police.
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- Amy Lopez at Dirty Tackle15 hrs ago
It’s no secret that Mexico fans blame the elimination of their national team on the Dutch striker who drew the foul that awarded the Netherlands a penalty kick in the dying moments of regular time in the Round of 16 match between the two.
And if World Cup spectators thought that holding up signs during Netherlands matches, memes inspired by Robben’s less-then-graceful fall and a hashtag that can be seen around the world weren't enough, Mexico has taken grudge to a whole new level by designing an Arjen Robben piñata.