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  • Fake North Korean news report shows World Cup triumphs over Japan, U.S. and China

    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.

    Dirty Tackle
  • Brazil booed as Netherlands claim third

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's miserable World Cup campaign ended in a chorus of boos on Saturday as the hosts slumped to a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third place playoff match. A penalty from Robin van Persie and a Daley Blind strike saw the Dutch take a 2-0 lead after only 17 minutes as…

    AFP
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  • LeBron: World Cup final 'bigger' than NBA finals

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James sized up the World Cup final and said it trumps the NBA finals.

    Associated Press
  • The 10 Most Embarrassing Moments Of The World Cup

    This year's World Cup has been full of some...

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  • Shakira, Santana, samba for Cup closure

    Colombian star Shakira, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo and a samba school will lead the musical entertainment at Sunday's World Cup closing ceremony. The show will start at 1720 GMT, an hour and a half before Argentina and Germany emerge to do battle at the…

    AFP
  • Terrific World Cup ends with marquee final

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup ends Sunday with a marquee match-up, Argentina against Germany, and host Brazil rushing to be ready for an even bigger logistical challenge: the 2016 Olympics.

    Associated Press
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    Tim Howard Snubbed In FIFA 'Golden Glove' Award

    The 2014 World Cup has had its share of bad refereeing calls — but none so outrageous for U.S. fans as FIFA's decision Friday to not make goalkeeper Tim Howard a finalist for its "Golden Glove" award, given to the greatest keeper at the tournament. Howard made 15 saves during the USA v Belgium…

    Wochit
  • World Cup fan's modeling deal comes to a quick end amidst hunting controversy

    The budding modeling career of a 17-year-old Belgium fan who scored a deal with L'Oreal after being photographed in the stands at World Cup matches seems to have ended just as quickly as it began.

    Dirty Tackle
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  • Mexican fans create ‘Flopping Robben’ piñata

    Fans of El Tri have a new way to avenge their team’s elimination.

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  • World Cup disaster leaves Scolari reputation tainted

    Brasília (AFP) - Luiz Felipe Scolari may have been the coach when Brazil won the World Cup in 2002, but his name will now forever be associated with failure and the worst result in the country's footballing history. The 65-year-old knew he was putting his legendary status on the line when he agreed…

    AFP
  • Dirk Kuyt had his head stapled so he could finish out his final international match

    Kuyt finishes out his international career with staples in his head and a medal around his neck.

    Dirty Tackle
  • Dejected Brazilians watch another World Cup loss

    Brazilians already downhearted at missing out on reaching the World Cup final watched in dismay Saturday as their national team lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place match. Across the nation, fans hoping for some measure of redemption were crushed as Brazil failed to score and said their…

    The Associated Press
  • Francis vs. Benedict: Which Pope Is More Soccer?

    Unfortunately, in a heartbreaking turn of events, the Vatican has released a statement saying Pope Francis and ex-Pope Benedict XVI will likely not be watching the World Cup final together, avoiding an Papal livingroom showdown as Argentina and Germany face off.  Benedict and Francis are both on…

    The Atlantic Wire
  • Brazil protests fizzled, but roots of anger remain

    IRAJA, Brazil (AP) — The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game has gone off with only scattered…

    Associated Press
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    Photogenic fans of the World Cup - Day 31 (13 photos)

    When it comes to passionate fans, no sport does it better than soccer. People have traveled around the world to support their nations. Check out these photogenic young fans who also happen to love soccer. For complete World Cup 2014 coverage visit Yahoo Sports and follow @YahooSoccer

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  • 5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world

    A four-time world player of the year, Argentina's Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. Although he hasn't played brilliantly in every game of this World Cup, Messi's talents have been on display on Argentina's road to Sunday's final against Germany. Here are…

    The Associated Press
  • Manchester United and Real Madrid near Di Maria agreement

    The Argentina international is keen to work with Louis van Gaal, while an agreement in principle over personal terms is believed to have been reached between club and player.

    Goal.com
  • Jurgen Klinsmann praised for rejuvenating Germany

    Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger credited the U.S. coach for changing German football for the better 10 years ago.

    Yahoo Sports
  • World Cup to put Ukraine, Russia leaders in same arena

    The leaders of Ukraine and Russia will attend the World Cup final on Sunday amid conflict between Kiev troops and pro-Moscow separatists as Brazil kicks off a flurry of diplomacy. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accepted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's invitation to watch the…

    AFP
  • Sorry Brazil have nothing to be optimistic about

    By Brian Homewood (Reuters) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was hoping to send an optimistic message to the team's supporters in Saturday’s World Cup third-place match but their lifeless performance in a 3-0 defeat by the Netherlands on Saturday did exactly the opposite. Brazil's defensive woes…

    Reuters
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