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.

Messi wins Golden Ball as World Cup`s best player

FIFA awarded Lionel Messi the `Golden Ball` as the top player of the World Cup on Sunday after the Argentina captain led his side to the final at the Maracana where they lost to Germany 1-0 in extra time.

Argentina playing safe for the greatest prize in the world

How well Argentina defend against Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup will decide the final match.

How does it feel to be Lionel Messi?

To go down in the annals of history, one needs witnesses, who help transcend greatness of individuals across generations.

World Cup`s success has shut up critics: Brazilian President

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that the success the 2014 FIFA World Cup has shut up the critics who had expected chaos, demonstrations and violence during the tourney.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Argentina, Germany battle for title glory as Brazil blanked again

If the 7-1 battering by Germany exposed Brazil`s shallowness, the 3-0 loss against Netherlands for the third place put them further down in a void. A team crumbled in its home turf, in front of its native fans amidst political and economical tensions over billions of money spent for the World Cup.

Netherlands blank Brazil 3-0 in FIFA World Cup play-off

Brazil lost its face, its pride one more time in the space of four days after the Netherlands embarrassed the hosts 3-0 in the third-place play-off match of the World Cup, as boos and jeers from the fans dressed in canary yellow reverberated across the Estadio Nacional here.

Brazil leader hails World Cup as a success

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the World Cup has been a success but acknowledged the host country`s football team needs reform after its humiliating elimination from the tournament.

"Jaded" Messi has disappointed at World Cup, says Lineker

Argentina`s Lionel Messi has looked "jaded" and "staccato" in a disappointing World Cup overall despite some magical moments, former England striker Gary Lineker said on Saturday.

Kroos leaving Bayern Munich a big loss: Beckenbauer

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has said Toni Kroos`s rumoured move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid could be a big loss for the German club but a valuable property for the Spanish club.