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Germany`s history boys prepare to wreck Messi dream

Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 20:49

A Germany side chasing a place in history will attempt to wreck Lionel Messi`s dream of a World Cup coronation with Argentina tomorrow as the month-long football carnival hits a climax at the Maracana Stadium.

Argentina in the final: Brazil`s Cup nightmare deepens

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 11:52

Brazilians might have thought that their World Cup nightmare couldn`t possibly get any worse -- and then bitter rivals Argentina reached the final in their own backyard.

FIFA World Cup: Argentina beat Netherlands in shootout to set up Germany final

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 09:26

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero pulled off two stunning saves as Argentina edged out the Netherlands 4-2 in the penalty shootout in a grinding semifinal match to set up a World Cup summit clash against Germany here Wednesday.

FIFA World Cup 2014, 2nd semi-final: Argentina vs Netherlands - Preview

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 23:27

After Germany`s stunning demolition of hosts Brazil on Tuesday, Lionel Messi`s Argentina will seek to join the Europeans in the final when they take on 2010 runners-up the Netherlands in Sao Paulo later on Wednesday.

Germany, France mull changes in starting line-ups

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 16:40

Despite being unbeaten in the World Cup so far, France and Germany both face selection dilemmas ahead of their Friday`s quarterfinal clash here at the Maracana Stadium.

Tireless Matuidi set for central role against Germany

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 16:23

Blaise Matuidi is lucky to be able to play in France`s World Cup quarter-final against Germany, but his presence on the field at the Maracana Stadium on Friday will be vital for Les Bleus.

Two injured in fan clashes at Rio de Janeiro`s Maracana Stadium

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 01:13

World Cup organizers say two people were treated for injuries after fights involving fans from Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana Stadium.

FIFA World Cup: It's all over for the defending champions Spain

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:04

In their crucial second match on Wednesday, defending champions Spain lost to Chile 2-0 in the jam-packed Maracana stadium in Brazil. With their second consecutive loss in the World Cup 2014, Spain`s quest to win their second title in a row, is all but over.

From Ground Zero: Messi scores but fails to impress in first game

Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014, 11:47

Lionel Messi had a disappointing season for Barcelona this year. For a few minutes on Sunday, the Maracana stadium here saw the star disappear again, until he came back in his style: drag passes and a great goal.

Brazil police prevent protest near Maracana stadium

Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014, 06:41

Brazilian police used pepper spray to prevent some 200 protestors from getting near Rio de Janeiro`s Maracana stadium Sunday during the Argentina-Bosnia World Cup game.

Was it a goal? Debate should end at World Cup

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 20:05

Was it a goal, or wasn`t it? The question shouldn`t need to be debated in the next five weeks in Brazil, where goal-line technology will be used for the first time in a World Cup.

Taste of Maracana can inspire Rafael Nadal

Last Updated: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 16:18

World number one Rafael Nadal, still recovering from the back injury which thwarted his Australian Open title hopes, will take in a visit to the Maracana stadium before embarking on his Rio Open exertions next week.