Dutch run out of ideas as Argentines advance
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 9, 7:54 p.m.
The Dutch came into the semifinal after going 120 scoreless minutes against Costa Rica and needing a shootout to advance. The Argentines mustered only one goal against Belgium in their 1-0 round of 16 win.
Brazil Diary: National Tragedy? No. Massive Shame? Yes
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 9, 1:14 p.m.
Sao Paulo's Mercado Municipal da Cantareira -- the biggest market in the world's third largest metropolis - opened at 6 a.m., the morning after a 7-1 loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte emphatically ended Brazil's World Cup hopes.
Netherlands-Argentina: Memories of 1978 and 1998
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 9, 2:55 a.m.
When Argentina and the Netherlands are mentioned in World Cup conversations, their showdown in the 1978 final usually crops up first. As it should. But they also played a classic 20 years later.
Brazil has a new word for this debacle: Mineirazo!
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 8, 8:07 p.m.
Brazil has a new date to challenge July 16, 1950, as the worst in its soccer history.
Germany-Brazil: Memories of the last meeting
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 8, 2:28 p.m.
The only previous World Cup meeting between the world powers matched two teams of stark contrast.
Brazil Diary: The 'Invisible Man' worries Selecao fans
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 7, 5:20 p.m.
Neymar's injury isn't the only topic that gets Brazilian fans riled up. Just mention Fred, the center forward who has scored only one goal in Brazil's first five games.
Ticos leave with their heads held high -- and without a defeat
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 5, 9:57 p.m.
Costa Rica's Cinderella story in the World Cup came to a close Saturday in an excruciating penalty-kick shootout loss, 4-3, to the Netherlands after 120 goalless minutes.
Argentina overcomes an important hurdle
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jul. 5, 5:18 p.m.
Urged on by thousands of Argentines who made their way to Brasilia, Lionel Messi and Co., disposed of Belgium, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon to move into the semifinals of the World Cup.
Brazil Diary: Rage and Sadness after Neymar's injury
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 5, 1:02 p.m.
"He's a coward and a criminal," says Paolo Roberto, at the Jato Bar in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro.
Improved Brazil squeaks past Colombia, but loses Neymar
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 4, 11:19 p.m.
Another South American opponent, another knockout match, and another shaky showing, but another victory for Brazil, which by beating Colombia, 2-1, Friday in Fortaleza has reached the semifinals. But the victory was overshadowed by the injury to Brazil star Neymar that will keep him out of the rest of the World Cup.
Experienced, efficient Germans eye the title
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 4, 4:00 p.m.
On the 60th anniversary to the day of Germany's first World Cup title win, the so-called Wonder of Bern, the Germans kept their hopes alive of winning a fourth World Cup, thanks to 1-0 quarterfinal win over France in Rio de Janeiro.
Final USA World Cup Report Card
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 4, 3:31 a.m.
A memorable campaign ended in the round of 16 as it had four years ago, and the grades show a wide range of performances.
Ranking the eight World Cup quarterfinalists
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jul. 4, 3:16 a.m.
Eight teams -- four from Europe and four from the Americas -- comprise the final eight at the 2014 World Cup. All eight advanced as group winners, five of them as the seeded designated by FIFA at the draw last December. Four are unbeaten and untied, and none has lost a game.
Brazil Diary: Ticket scalping, beach soccer and sand castles at Copacabana
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 3, 7:07 p.m.
The city of Rio de Janeiro has declared the Fourth of July a holiday. Not, of course, for the same reason it's a day off in the USA.
USA will win the World Cup in our lifetime, trust me
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jul. 3, 12:13 a.m.
For those of us who have been involved in soccer for a long time -- I started writing for Soccer America 40 years ago when I was a freshman in college -- we've never wondered what it would be like for the USA to win the World Cup. But we have at least thought about what it would be like ...