• 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.
  • Poster evokes Brazil's soccer and rich flora and fauna
    Brazil unveiled the official poster for the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro.
  • No time for festivities in Brazil
    Monday was supposed to be a day of celebration for Brazil. It began the 500-day countdown until the 2014 World Cup starts.
  • Blatter: organizers put on warning
    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the incidents that took place at the aborted Copa Sudamericana final in Sao Paulo last week should give Brazilian organizers of the 2014 World Cup pause to consider what can go wrong if they don't take the proper security measures.
  • Hexagonal countdown: Reggae Boyz shocker
    Jamaica, which has had its way in the Caribbean in recent years, suffered one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Caribbean Cup when it was shocked by French Guyana, 2-1, Saturday in their opener.