Tearful Neymar backs ‘friend’ Messi as Argentina, Germany prepare

Tearful Brazil star Neymar says he is prepared to set aside the historical rivalry between South America's two footballing heavyweights as he wants four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi to win the World Cup when Argentina meets Germany in Sunday's final.

Robben will not face Fifa rap despite diving admission

The governing body has confirmed that no retrospective action will be taken against the Netherlands international after he revealed he exaggerated contact against Mexico

Maradona: I’ll roll out the red carpet for Messi if he surpasses me on...

The Argentina great insists he would be glad to see the Barcelona forward take up his mantle if he emulates his 1986 World Cup win, urging him to put his tiredness to one side.

Germany vs. Argentina: Who does history favour?

Which side will the history books favour when Germany face Argentina in the final of the World Cup in Brazil on Sunday? The Local looks at past clashes between the two great footballing nations to find out.

Luis Suarez’s appeal against bite ban rejected by Fifa

Fifa has rejected Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's appeal against a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

World Cup 2014: Golden Boot: Pressure on Messi as James extends lead

James Rodriguez has stolen the advantage in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot after scoring his sixth of the tournament in the quarter-final against Brazil.

World Cup 2014: Dutch survive the furnace of Fortaleza

In the pressure cooker heat of Estadio Castelao, one man kept his cool. Coach Louis van Gaal could see the Netherlands were wilting, the life ebbing out of their World Cup in temperatures of 39C and in the face of Mexican resilience.

‘The most intelligent team won’ – Van Gaal hits back at Sampaoli remarks

The Oranje beat Chile 2-0 on Monday to march into the World Cup last 16 as group winners and their boss believes they "more than deserved" their decisive victory

Uruguay president curses FIFA ‘sons of bitches’

Uruguay's President Jose Mujica has slammed FIFA leaders as "sons of bitches" for banning the country's star striker Luis Suarez over his infamous World Cup bite.

Luis Suarez: I dreamt this moment because of all the criticism I’ve received in...

Luis Suarez admitted his two goals that leave England on the brink of World Cup elimination were sweet revenge for all the criticism he has got playing in the Premier League.

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