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  • Feisty Brazil sets tone for World Cup

    The 2014 World Cup hosts are fighting for a bigger cause, in the streets and in the stadiums of Brazil.

    Yahoo! Sports
  • Stubborn Scolari happy to buck World Cup trend

    Brasília (AFP) - Fans and commentators alike may be delighting at the avalanche of goals lighting up the World Cup but Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has vowed to make his side more defensive. Scolari's team may have beaten Croatia 3-1 and Cameroon 4-1 on their way to winning Group A, but the…

    AFP
  • Neymar predicted that Fred's mustache would lead to his first goal and it did

    Brazil striker Fred was unable to score in the team's first two matches of this World Cup, sparking increased scrutiny and criticism for the player widely considered to be the weak link in the starting XI. He needed a goal in Brazil's final group-stage match against Cameroon to quiet his critics…

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  • Neymar inspires Brazil, Dutch storm on at World Cup

    By Andrew Cawthorne BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's poster-boy striker Neymar fulfilled a nation's expectations to score twice in a 4-1 destruction of Cameroon on Monday while the Netherlands again showed their potential to win the World Cup with a third straight win. The 22-year-old…

    Reuters
  • Anti-World Cup protests as Brazil play Cameroon

    Brasília (AFP) - Activists burned a mock World Cup trophy Monday in protests called to demand more investment in health and education as Brazil played a clutch match against Cameroon. The protests in Brasilia, where the match was being played, and Sao Paulo, the cradle of Brazil's recent protest…

    AFP
  • Uruguay to pounce on Azzurri weaknesses, says Suarez

    Confident Luis Suarez said Uruguay will look to pounce on Italian weaknesses as the 'Celeste' bid to keep their World Cup dream alive with a win against the four-time champions in Natal on Tuesday. Liverpool striker Suarez helped Uruguay get over their 3-1 opening defeat to Costa Rica by scoring a…

    AFP
  • Eto'o won't start for Cameroon against Brazil

    Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o will not start against Brazil, further hampering the African team's chances of upsetting the hosts in their World Cup match on Monday. Cameroon coach Volker Finke said Sunday that Eto'o has not recovered from a knee injury that also kept him out of a 4-0 defeat…

    The Associated Press
  • 'Do or die' matches are nothing new for Buffon

    It will be nothing new for Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon when the Azzurri face Uruguay on Tuesday with a spot in the second round of the World Cup on the line. Italy will advance with a win or a draw in the Group D match. ''So it's really not that bad of a situation,'' Buffon said Sunday. …

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil trying to take pressure off Neymar

    Teammates and coaches are trying to take some of the pressure off Neymar at the World Cup, saying the Brazil star shouldn't be the only one expected to play well and lead the team to the title. Though usually quick to praise the youngster, the squad and staff have recently been more concerned with…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil-Cameroon Preview

    Brazil faces what should be a relatively simple task to advance past the group stage at its home World Cup - draw or beat a Cameroon team that is playing its last match before flying home. ''We will be facing a team that comes without any responsibility,'' Brazil defender David Luiz said. A victory…

    The Associated Press
  • The World Cup so far, how are things going?

    Nearly halfway through this World Cup, The Associated Press takes a look at how things have stacked up so far. Brazil's reputation for violence - a United Nations report says the country has more annual murders than any other - has many fans on high alert and taking special care of where they…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil links setbacks to greater respect from foes

    Goalkeeper Julio Cesar thinks Brazil's initial World Cup difficulties are a consequence of the team's convincing victory at last year's Confederations Cup. The win in the warm-up tournament for the World Cup marked Brazil's reawakening after a series of disappointing results, but it also made the…

    The Associated Press
  • As protests simmer, Brazil's national anthem soars at World Cup

    But a resurgent national anthem in Brazil is transforming each World Cup appearance by its national team into a collective expression of the country's frustrations – both on and off the soccer field. A spectacular tournament so far has temporarily quelled the economic and political unease that for…

    Reuters
  • England will be watching Italy-Costa Rica match

    A draw between Italy and Costa Rica on Friday would put England out of contention at the World Cup. Luckily for England, neither team will want to settle for one point with so much still at stake in Group D. Italy and Costa Rica already have a win each, and another victory would let either team…

    The Associated Press
  • Tahiti Football Federation reveling in Spain's short tournament

    As Spain was ousted from the World Cup, the Tahitian Twitter feed celebrated.

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  • Tension builds ahead of Italy v Costa Rica match

    A draw between Italy and Costa Rica on Friday would put England out of contention at the World Cup. Luckily for England, neither team will be prepared to settle for one point with so much still at stake in Group D. Italy and Costa Rica already have a win each, and another victory would let either…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil looking to regain top form in World Cup

    Brazil goes into its decisive Group A match against Cameroon on Monday with more at stake than a spot in the next round of the World Cup. After struggling in its first two matches, Brazil is also looking to show that it can play well at its home tournament. ''We have been improving and we can…

    The Associated Press