- Eric Freeman at Dirty Tackle55 mins ago
The 2014 World Cup has been marked by several controversies regarding head injuries to players and the inability of virtually everyone — the players themselves, coaches, doctors, officials, etc. — to make sure they receive the proper medical care. In Uruguay's group stage match vs. England, defender Alvaro Pereira was knocked unconscious, only to finish the match against apparent medical advice. In Argentina's semifinal match against the Netherlands, midfielder Javier Mascherano took a shot, fell to the ground, received a cursory exam, and played the full 120 minutes despite outcry from various observers on site and watching on TV. Both cases have compelled some serious questions as to FIFA's approach to treating head injuries on the pitch, with many analysts and former players asking for strict guidelines and requirements.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 hr ago
Perhaps to make the U.S.'s Chris Wondolowski feel a bit better about his late miss against Belgium in the round of 16, Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain squandered the kind of scoring chance against heavily favored Germany that only happens in dreams about the World Cup final.
Argentina came out with the novel approach of actually trying to attack from the start of the match and Germany's backline struggled to keep up with the pace of Lionel Messi and company. In the 21st minute, a misplaced Toni Kroos header set itself up perfectly for Higuain to have a one-v-one against goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but the Argentine striker somehow put it wide of the net.
And no one was more stunned/relieved than Neuer.
- Alex Baker at Dirty Tackle2 hrs ago
“I expected the U.S. to go even further because they were playing so well and they looked really strong,” said Beckham, speaking to the Guardian.
The USA managed to progress beyond a difficult group that also included Ghana, Portugal and eventual finalists, Germany, before falling to a talented Belgium side in the round of 16.
“I think they can be proud of their performance. I can see the growth, I can see that there’s a huge amount of interest there. And the fact that the U.S. had a great tournament where the fans got right behind the team, the players.”
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle3 hrs ago
LeBron James. Shakira. Vladimir Putin. Daniel Craig. Adriana Lima. What do they have in common? Besides being the cast of the greatest reality show never made, they're all in attendance for Sunday afternoon's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
A list of FIFA's "VVIPs" (not to be confused with those pedestrian Very Important People") has made its way to Twitter, and the list is every bit as eclectic as you'd expect. Leading the way, naturally, are the FIFA execs, topped by the very Dr. Seuss-sounding "FIFA President Blatter." Then come the supermodels (Gisele Bundchen, Lima), the president of the International Olympic Committee, musicians (Placido Domingo, Wyclef Jean, Shakira), actors (Craig, Ashton Kutcher), and athletes (James; Olivier Dacourt; Marco Materazzi, who had a memorable World Cup final a few years back when he took a Zinedine Zidane forehead to the chest). Finally, the heads of state make the list, with the leaders of Brazil, Germany, Russia, South Africa and many more expected to be present.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dirty Tackle3 hrs ago
Join the Yahoo Sports live blog of the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Will Messi cement his legacy as one of the greats by leading Argentina to its third World Cup, or will the Germans ruin the party and lock up their fourth? The game is being televised on ABC and Univision, and streamed online on Watch ESPN and Univision.
WORLD SOCCER LIVE POSTGAME SHOW
After a new champion is crowned, join the Yahoo Studios sports team 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. Collins will 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 U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra in studio.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago
When FIFA said that Luis Suarez was banned from all football-related activity for four months as punishment for using the World Cup to complete his opponent biting trifecta, it turns out they really meant all football-related activity. Suarez completed a £75 million ($128 million) transfer from Liverpool to Barca on Friday, but his new club will not be able to hold their usual public unveiling of their big money signing because of his ban.
From the PA:
- Alex Baker at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago
The 2014 FIFA World Cupfinal takes place Sunday at Brazil’s legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, pitting three-time World Cup winner, Germany against Argentina, a country that’s also hoisted the trophy twice previously.
What you need to know
TV: The 2014 FIFA World Cup final airs at 3pm EST today on ABC and Univision
Who: Three-time winners Germany face two-time winners Argentina
Where: Match takes place at legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Led by coach Joachim Low, Germany were drawn into Group G, with the Portugal, Ghana and the USA. After winning their first match with a 4-0 drubbing of Portugal, they here held to a 2-2 draw in their second match against Ghana, before beating the U.S. 1-0 to top the group and advance to the round of 16.
Robin van Persie gave his captain's armband to the Netherlands' most recognizable fan after Brazil winBrooks Peck at Dirty Tackle17 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.
Other Dutch fans wouldn't stand for this though, and so a crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise the money necessary to send the team's unofficial mascot to Brazil for as long as the Netherlands remained in the tournament. Which ended up being one day short of the whole thing.
- Danielle Elliot at Dirty Tackle19 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.
James is in town for Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, but on Saturday he spent the day watching young Brazilians show off their hardcourt skills at a large warehouse in Guanabara Bay in a promotional event hosted by Nike.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle22 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.