• Hexagonal Countdown: Reggae Boyz off to the Bahamas
    With its World Cup 2014 qualifying on the line when it hosts Mexico and the USA three days apart, Jamaica is in the Bahamas for a 12-day camp.
  • Maracana is open for business
    After years of renovations, the fabled Maracana Stadium has reopened in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 'Exceeding expectations' won't be hard
    Last week was not a good week for Brazilian World Cup organizers. It became evident that Brazil would not meet FIFA's deadline of Monday to have six World Cup stadiums ready for this summer's Confederations Cup.
  • Brazilian soccer's place in a globalized world
    Soccer greats Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Charlton recounted old stories and discussed young players in the modern game at the recent Laureus Sports Awards. Always part of the conversation was the place of Brazilian soccer, back when Beckenbauer and Charlton competed in the World Cup and looking ahead to next year's World Cup Brazil will host.
  • Spain won't risk stars against France
    Seven months remain in Europe's World Cup qualifying, but defending champion Spain already finds itself in a deep hole.
  • Serbia coach hopes for win-win situation
    For no one does Friday's Serbia-Croatia World Cup qualifier mean more to than Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, the son of a Croatian mother and Serbian father who grew up in the Croatian river port of Vukovar, where 2,000 citizens were killed in the attack by Serbian forces during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • Hexagonal Countdown: Snow shouldn't bother Ticos
    The forecast is for light snow when the USA hosts Costa Rica on Friday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
  • Spain on edge before key qualifiers
    Winner of the last two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, Spain finds itself in the unusual position of being on edge. Its 1-1 tie with France in Madrid -- a match France could have won -- has amped up the pressure of Vicente Del Bosque's squad ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France.
  • Beckenbauer: Brazil will have huge advantage
    Rio de Janeiro recently hosted the Laureus Sports Awards and provided a forum for World Cup legends to discuss the World Cup in 2014. Former Dutch captain Ruud Gullit, 1966 World Cup champion Bobby Charlton, Marcel Desailly of the 1998 French World Cup team and the German Franz Beckenbauer, World Cup winner as both a player and a coach, attended.
  • FIFA nervous about Maracana for Confederations Cup
    Two days before Thursday's scheduled visit to the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke expressed about concerns about it readiness to host Confederations Cup matches in June.
  • Hexagonal: Honduran star Costly ready with 'knife between his teeth'
    Carlo Costly knows what it's like to play the United States. The 30-year-old forward is one of only three starters left from the Honduras team that played the USA in the 2009 Hexagonal.
  • Hexagonal: Tico fans on the move for another campaign
    Everyone talks about the USA-Mexico rivalry, but the biggest rivalry in the Hexagonal -- at least in terms of traveling fans -- will be Panama-Costa Rica.
  • Hexagonal: Panama's attention turns from baseball to soccer
    Panama is the only the team in the Hexagonal that has not played in the World Cup, but that doesn't stop Blas Perez from believing.
  • Hexagonal: Name cards needed for Reggae Boyz's gathering
    Name tags will be needed when Jamaica's Reggae Boyz assemble at their Mexico City hotel for Wednesday's Hexagonal opener against Mexico. Five Englishmen are joining the team for the first time, all signed up following a recruiting trip Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) boss Horace Burrell and Coach Theodore Whitmore took to England last fall. Their targets? English players with Jamaican roots.
  • Hexagonal: Mexico's Tri temporarily brought down to earth
    Following its gold medal in men's soccer at the 2012 London Olympics, Mexico is being trumpeted as a favorite to win the 2014 World Cup, but that's getting ahead of the game.