Many of Brazil's World Cup projects unfinished a year later
Many of Brazil's World Cup projects unfinished a year later

In terms of public works, the legacy of Brazil's turn as host of the 2014 World Cup remains very mixed, with some projects way behind schedule, some cancelled and others left on the drawing board, media outlets say.

FIFA gives Rio Games green light to Manaus
FIFA gives Rio Games green light to Manaus

FIFA`s Organising Committee on Monday confirmed Manaus as a sixth city chosen to host soccer action at next year`s Rio Olympics.

Swiss beat Honduras to set up Messi date

Switzerland`s Xherdan Shaqiri erased his side`s lingering World Cup pain in Manaus on Wednesday, scoring a hat-trick to see off Honduras 3-0 and secure a daunting last-16 tie against Lionel Messi`s Argentina.

Italy`s Pirlo says weather makes for two World Cups

There are two World Cups going on in Brazil - one in the warmer north and another in the cooler south - and Italy are bearing the brunt of playing in the heat and humidity, midfielder Andrea Pirlo said on Monday.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Cameroon crash out of World Cup after Croatia rout

Croatia sent 10-man Cameroon packing from the World Cup with a 4-0 thrashing of the Africans in Manaus on Wednesday.

Cameroon and Croatia in bid for World Cup rescue

Cameroon and Croatia clash in Manaus tomorrow looking to put their troubles behind them and keep alive their hopes of making the World Cup knock-out rounds.

15 million in UK watch England defeat

More than 15 million people in Britain watched England`s 2-1 loss to Italy in their opening World Cup match in Brazil, the BBC said Sunday.

Buffon uncertain to face Costa Rica

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is doubtful to face Costa Rica after missing his side`s World Cup opener against England with an ankle injury, manager Cesare Prandelli revealed.

2014 FIFA World Cup: England vs Italy - Preview

The tactical approaches of England and Italy`s wily coaches Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli will come under the microscope with the oppressive atmosphere of the Amazon rainforest providing the backdrop for a Group D clash on Saturday.

Italy`s De Sciglio ruled out for England game

Italy left-back Mattia De Sciglio will miss Saturday`s Group D opener against England in Manaus after picking up a thigh muscle strain in training.

Arena da Amazonia (Manaus)

Arena da Amazonia is situated in the city of Manaus, which is famous for the confluence of two rivers – Negro and Solimoes.

England look for parting gifts against Peru

England will hope to leave their supporters optimistic of World Cup success when they tackle Peru at Wembley Stadium on Friday in their final home friendly before the tournament begins.

Cell phone question mark at World Cup stadiums

At least two of Brazil`s 12 World Cup host stadiums will not be able to provide fans the cell-phone and Internet coverage that organizers had promised, telecoms companies revealed.

FIFA faces legal action over World Cup kick-off times

Brazil`s football players` association Fenapaf will be taking legal action against world organsation FIFA in a bid to shift lunchtime kick-offs during the World Cup slated June 12-July 13.

No World Cup dream till after group phase: Prandelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he does not expect his players to harbour big World Cup dreams until they make it out of a "particularly tough" group phase in Brazil.

Man United`s poor season jeopardizes players` chances to be part of England`s WC squad: Hodgson

England coach Roy Hodgson has said that Manchester United`s poor show this season has jeopardized some players` chances to make it to the national World Cup squad this year.

Work to resume at Sao Paulo`s troubled World Cup ground

Work at Sao Paulo`s troubled World Cup stadium was given the go-ahead to resume on Friday after a stoppage caused by the death of a construction worker.

World Cup stadium could be partially closed

The stadium that will host the opening match of the World Cup on June 12 could be closed in places if it is not made safer for fans, the Sao Paulo state prosecutor`s office warned Wednesday.

Brazilian minister says imperial history will help England in Manaus

Brazil`s sports minister couldn`t resist making a playful joke at England`s expense on Tuesday regarding the weather in Manaus, where the Three Lions begin their World Cup campaign in what is set to be stifling heat.

March 9 inaugural match for Manaus

Manaus` Amazonia Arena, one of Brazil`s 12 World Cup venues, will host its inaugural match on March 9, the Brazilian government said on its World Cup web portal Thursday.