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New-look Greece and Costa Rica eye quarter-finals

A solid defence used to be Greece`s modus operandi while Costa Rica traditionally relied on maverick individuals but the stereotypes have been shed in this World Cup where the two teams face a last-16 clash on Sunday.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Mueller fires Germany to victory over USA

Thomas Mueller fired an unstoppable 20 metre shot to give Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States on Thursday and top spot in World Cup Group G.

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.

Croatia confident of getting through to last-16 of World Cup

People in Croatia will go to work Monday but their minds will be in Recife, Brazil, where their beloved, "Fiery Squad" will be taking on Mexico for a place in the last-16 of the FIFA World Cup.

Brazil wins on hospitality, loses on traffic: Report

Foreign World Cup tourists say they are impressed with the hospitality of their host country despite finding fault with services and transport, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported Sunday.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Midfield boost for Japan, blow for Ivorians

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is struggling to shake off a hamstring injury in time for their World Cup Group C opener against Japan on Saturday, with his likely absence compounded by the return to fitness of Blue Samurai captain Makoto Hasebe.

Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife)

Itaipava Arena Pernambuco is located in the city of Recife, which is the capital of Pernambuco, a north-eastern state in Brazil.

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.

Brazil must stage World Cup fanfests: FIFA

Football`s governing body FIFA has reiterated its warning to Brazil`s 12 World Cup cities that they have no option but to stage their own fanfests.

Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

Deadly violence in Rio which saw tourist areas turned into battle grounds does not affect Brazil`s hosting of the World Cup, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has said.

Recife may be only 2014 World Cup venue without fan fest

Recife could be the only 2014 World Cup venue in Brazil without an official fan fest after the city mayor said he would not spend public money to organise and host events.

Confederations Cup suites on sale

FIFA announced that VIP suites for the Confederations Cup are now on sale.