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.

Indonesia set to be awarded 2018 Asian Games: OCA
Indonesia set to be awarded 2018 Asian Games: OCA

Indonesia is poised to be selected as the host of the next Asian Games in 2018 after Vietnam withdrew because of financial concerns, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) told Reuters on Wednesday.

Javier Mascherano backs Lionel Messi after World Cup disappointment

Javier Mascherano has backed his Argentina team mate Lionel Messi to respond to his World Cup disappointment on the pitch for Barcelona in the new season.

Booming Bundesliga to ride World Cup wave into 2014/15

The booming Bundesliga can expect another bumper season in 2014/15 with the world`s attention focussed firmly on Germany following their World Cup victory in Brazil.

Germany riding crest of wave as Bundesliga begins

The new Bundesliga season gets underway this weekend with German football riding the crest of a wave following the national team`s triumph at the World Cup in Brazil last month.

Miroslav Klose retires from international football

German striker Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer, announced his retirement from international football on Monday.

Keep 2018 World Cup standard high despite money crunch: Dmitry Medvedev

Despite financial limitations, Russia must organise the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the same high standards as set during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

CAS start appeal into Luis Suarez`s biting ban

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) began its hearing on Friday into Uruguay forward Luis Suarez`s appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match.

Neymar trains for first time with Barca since fracturing vertebra during WC

Barcelona striker Neymar has trained for the first time since a vertebra in his back got fractured during Brazil`s World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia.

Germany`s World Cup winner Mario Goetze breaks silence

Germany`s World Cup hero Mario Goetze said he did not have time to think about what he was doing when he controlled the ball with his chest before sweeping a sweet volley past Argentina`s Sergio Romero in the final.

Neymar back injury healing `satisfactorily`

Neymar`s injured back is healing "satisfactorily" although there is no specific date for the Brazil forward to return to training, his club Barcelona said on Tuesday.

World Cup party over but summer of soccer set to rock US

The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport`s glamour clubs looking to expand their brand.

Schweinsteiger favourite to become new Germany captain

German midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger is favourite to become the World Cup winners` captain after the surprise international retirement of Philipp Lahm.

Rosberg to celebrate Germany`s World Cup win with special helmet in Hockenheim

It seems the Football World Cup fever is yet to sink in for many. Nico Rosberg has revealed a new race helmet to celebrate Germany`s World Cup victory for his home Grand Prix in Hockenheim.

Football World Cup in Brazil united the world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Brazil for successfully hosting the Football World Cup, saying the "beautiful game" has brought the world together.

Ten memorable moments from FIFA World Cup 2014

From swashbuckling goals to inglorious exits, on-field shenanigans to sideline lunacy, the World Cup in Brazil has been one of the most remarkable of recent times.

Germany shirt sells out less than 12 hours after World Cup win

A new German football shirt bearing four stars for Germany`s four World Cup wins had sold out on Monday within hours of the team`s triumph in Brazil - showing the kind of boost retailers can expect from the feel-good factor among fans in coming days.

Brazil 2014 strong contender as best-ever World Cup

The 2014 World Cup provided an unmatched level of football, outstanding individual moments, shocks, some controversy and it all took place in stadiums packed with knowledgeable and passionate fans.

Sepp Blatter gives FIFA World Cup 9.25 out of ten

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday lavished praise on the World Cup in Brazil, saying it had been a "very special" event.

FIFA World Cup: Thousands welcome home Argentina after final defeat

Thousands of people greeted a crestfallen Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina team when the squad flew home to Buenos Aires on Monday after the World Cup final defeat to Germany.