Jurgen Klinsmann adds ex-coach Berti Vogts to US braintrust
Jurgen Klinsmann adds ex-coach Berti Vogts to US braintrust

Berti Vogts, who played on Germany`s 1974 World Cup winning team and coached their 1996 European championship squad, was named a national team technical advisor Thursday by the United States Soccer Federation.

500-day countdown begins for for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics
500-day countdown begins for for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

The Brazilian city of Rio has started the 500-day countdown for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Germany is poised for more success: Mario Gotze
Germany is poised for more success: Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze, who will forever be known as the man who won the 2014 World Cup after scoring the winning goal in the final, believes the Germany team is poised for even more success in the future.

English FA executive exonerated in Brazil World Cup scalping case
English FA executive exonerated in Brazil World Cup scalping case

A Rio de Janeiro court has shelved charges against Raymond Whelan, the English executive who was accused of involvement with a scalping network at last year`s World Cup.

Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic joins Inter on loan
Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic joins Inter on loan

 Italian football powerhouse Inter Milan announced the signing of Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on a two-year loan.

Will be difficult to match that goal: James Rodriguez
Will be difficult to match that goal: James Rodriguez

Real Madrid and Colombia star James Rodriguez was thrilled after scooping the best goal award of 2014 but said that it would be difficult to match his strike against Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song retires from international football
Cameroon midfielder Alex Song retires from international football

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song has announced retirement from international football following exclusion from his country's Africa Cup of Nations squad. He has not played for the national team since being sent off against Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Spain's Iker Casillas a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Fifa goalkeeper award
Spain's Iker Casillas a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Fifa goalkeeper award

Iker Casillas is a surprise inclusion as one of the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the Fifa’s 2014 World XI despite a poor showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and after making just 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.

Brazil turn to youth to revive football fortunes
Brazil turn to youth to revive football fortunes

Brazil's football federation has announced plans to build 15 training centres designed to develop young players.

World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez starting to make Real Madrid mark
World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez starting to make Real Madrid mark

Expectations were unsurprisingly sky high when Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from Monaco after top scoring with six goals at the 2014 World Cup.

Real Madrid pressured Di Maria not to play in World Cup final
Real Madrid pressured Di Maria not to play in World Cup final

British football`s record signing Angel di Maria says he tore up a letter sent on the morning of the World Cup final by his then club Real Madrid telling him not to play for Argentina against Germany.

FIFA can`t stop us: Ghana`s commission

The presidential commission of inquiry set up to investigate Ghana`s participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil began work here despite a warning from the world football governing body, FIFA.

Ecuador sack World Cup coach Reinaldo Rueda, hand reins to Sixto Vizuete

Ecuador have sacked World Cup coach Reinaldo Rueda following the team`s failure to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil.

Iran defender Hosseini joins Al Ahli of Qatar

Iran defender Jalal Hosseini has joined Al Ahli football club of Qatar, Tasnim news agency has reported.

Stipe Pletikosa calls time on Croatia career

Croatian international goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa announced Saturday his retirement from the national team.

Brazil police charged with assaulting World Cup protesters

Four officers of the Rio de Janeiro state police were detained Wednesday on charges of assaulting reporters and activists during a protest against the amount of public money Brazil spent to host the FIFA World Cup.

Concussed German midfielder Kramer `can`t remember World Cup final`

German midfielder Christoph Kramer has admitted that he cannot remember his performance in the World Cup final against Argentina because of the concussion he suffered during the game.

Brazil to host World Cup for robots

Brazil, which organised the just-concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup, will now host a soccer tournament for robots that will bring together thousands of university students from dozens of countries.

Germany script history, beat Argentina 1-0 to win World Cup

Germany wrote a new chapter in the history of international football as they became the first European team to lift the World Cup in South America, clinching a hard-fought 1-0 win over Argentina in the final, their triumph coming on the back of steely resolve and blood on the pitch here.

Flexibility - Germany`s mantra for FIFA World Cup success

FIFA World Cups usually carry a message to the outside world affecting the future of football around the globe. The German one is -- Be extremely flexible and never give up.