Pope Francis skipped World Cup final to stay `neutral`

Pope Francis did not watch his native Argentina play Germany in the World Cup final as "a matter of neutrality," the Vatican`s chief of ceremonies Guillermo Karcher said on Monday.

Football fever bites Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt

They may have failed to catch the initial FIFA World Cup matches while promoting 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' but Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are now set to cheer for their favourite teams during a TV appearance. The two stars will be in Sony Six studio for the FIFA World Cup pre-game show, Cafe Rio.

France on security alert for World Cup showdowns

Hundreds of riot and other police were deployed in French towns and cities on Monday as authorities braced for possible unrest linked to World Cup showdowns involving France and its former colony Algeria.

FIFA World Cup mania: NASA astronauts watch matches in space

It seems FIFA World Cup mania has gripped not just fans on the Earth but also in the space.

Conservative Egypt preacher blasts watching soccer

At the height of international world cup fervor, an ultra-conservative Egyptian cleric has said that watching soccer matches was unacceptable in Islam because it is a distraction and "destroys nations."

Beware of emotional stress during World Cup!

As Indian soccer buffs get hooked to the FIFA World Cup, health experts are advising fans to rein in their emotions and take precautions to cope with the rigours of the late-night schedules of the globe`s biggest sporting extravaganza.

World Cup 2014: Google features another colourful doodle on Day 3

To celebrate the world`s biggest sporting extravaganza, Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014, Internet giant Google came up with another colourful doodle on the third day too of the grand event.

World Cup 2014: Google features another interactive doodle on Day 2

To celebrate the world`s biggest sporting extravaganza, Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014, Internet giant Google came up with another interactive doodle on the second day too of the grand event.

World Cup 2014: Google features another interactive doodle on Day 2

To celebrate the world`s biggest sporting extravaganza, Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014, Internet giant Google came up with an interactive doodle on the second day too of the grand event.

Brazilians protest against Confederation Cup costs

The nationwide demonstrations, the most extensive since the unrest began 10 days ago, were relatively peaceful.

Pele plays down feud with Teixeira, urges WC unity

Brazil great Pele played down his feud with Brazilian FA chief Ricardo Teixeira, saying the most important thing was that his country stages a memorable World Cup in 2014.

All eyes on Rio as World Cup 2014 comes into view

The first major World Cup milestone on the road from Soccer City to "Soccer Country" will be reached on Saturday when the draw for the preliminary round of the 2014 finals takes place in Brazil.

Blatter hints at technology for 2014 World Cup

FIFA president Blatter indicates that they are still open to goal-line technology.

Pele fears Brazil embarrassment over World Cup delays

Pele says Brazil risks embarrassment if preparations to host the 2014 World Cup do not get up to speed soon.