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Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 03:10 UTC

Blatter praises Brazil's “very special World Cup” and leaves Rio 'a happy man'

Blatter admitted to being “a little bit surprised” by the Golden Ball award to Lionel Messi

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has praised a “very special World Cup” in Brazil on Monday and gave the hosts a mark of 9.25 out of 10, slightly better that the 9 he had given South Africa four years ago.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 05:07 UTC

Brazilians join Germans in celebrating the World Cup and Argentina's defeat

Brazilians painted the German flags on their cheeks or even wore the European team's jersey.

Brazilians bitter about their team's disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina's defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 04:58 UTC

“Show the world you are better than Messi”, Löw told Götze

The German team celebrating the score

“Show the world you are better than Messi and you can decide the World Cup”, German coach Joachim Löw told Mario Götze before sending him to the field, and effectively scoring the only goal of the match that gave Germany its fourth Cup.

Saturday, July 12th 2014 - 10:24 UTC

Cristina Fernandez will miss the Maracana final; ten leaders are expected to attend

Dilma together with Putin and Zuma will be handing the World Cup to the winner. Putin since Russia hosts the next Cup in 2018 and Zuma because in 2010 it was played South Africa

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will not be attending the Brazil World Cup final in Maracana stadium on Sunday when Argentina clashes with Germany, but will be present for the BRICS-Unasur-Mercosur summit scheduled for next week.

Friday, July 11th 2014 - 05:53 UTC

UK businessman associated with FIFA and accused of ticket scalping is on the run

Raymond Whelan fled the luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel after a judge ordered him and 10 other suspects to be held in detention

An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, police said.

Friday, July 11th 2014 - 05:44 UTC

Neymar wants Argentina and his friend Messi and Marchesaono to win the World Cup

“I always said I wanted Argentina to get to the final because Brazil would be there but it never worked out like that,” Neymar told reporters.

Brazil forward Neymar has done the unpredictable once again by revealing he will support Brazil's biggest rivals Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final against Germany.

Thursday, July 10th 2014 - 21:43 UTC

FIFA suspends Nigeria from international competition following Lagos meddling with football affairs

Nigeria's soccer president Aminu Maigari was arrested after he returned from Brazil. The government blamed officials for embarrassing the country

FIFA has suspended Nigeria from international competition after soccer leaders were fired by the government following the team’s World Cup exit amid a dispute over player bonuses. The suspension took effect immediately Wednesday, with Nigerian teams and officials barred from international matches and meetings.

Thursday, July 10th 2014 - 21:36 UTC

FIFA rejects Suarez appeal presented by the Uruguayan Football Association

Suarez initially denied biting Chiellini but apologized nearly a week later.

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, banned from all soccer activity for four months and nine competitive internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match, has lost his appeal, FIFA said.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014 - 08:00 UTC

Kerry wishes the Argentine team 'good luck' in the World Cup

The Secretary of State message was motivated by Independence Day

US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the people of Argentina on the country’s Independence Day on July 9 and wished the national team good luck in Brazil’s World Cup.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

Brazil's KO becomes open question for Dilma's re-election and social unrest

TV commentators talked of the “Mineirazo,” after the Mineirao Stadium, with the sports website globoesporte.com calling the defeat the “Shame of Shames.”

Brazilians cried, cursed their president and covered their faces in shame after their beloved football team's humiliating 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals Tuesday. President Dilma Rousseff twitted how sad she was with defeat but called on Brazilians “we won't let ourselves stay down”.

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