World Cup

Louis Van Gaal's new model Red Devils go on the rampage

Paul Hayward Expensive imports restored faith of United crowd with a display rich in promise and attacking swagger.

Hesterine de Reus says Matildas can win World Cup but she's still looking for answers

Australia has quality players: Former Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus during her time in the job.

Kathryn Wicks The Matildas can win an Olympic gold medal and a world cup if they appoint another world class coach, says the woman who was sacked from the position.

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Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman chasing World Cup berth as W-League kicks off

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United during the W-League season launch.

Lee Gaskin Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman chasing World Cup berth ahead of new W-League season.

UK wants to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bruno Waterfield, Ben Rumsby Russia could be stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals under tough new political sanctions suggested by David Cameron at a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Saturday.

New Brazil boss Dunga cuts several World Cup players

Neymar (L) and Dani Alves with Barcelona.

New Brazil manager Dunga has left out several big names from the World Cup, including Fred and Paulinho, in his first squad for next month's friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador.

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Alleged World Cup ticket scammer Ray Whelan released from Brazilian prison

Released: Ray Whelan.

A British World Cup ticketing executive who allegedly took part in a scam to sell millions of dollars worth of fraudulent tickets was ordered to be released from prison Tuesday while awaiting trial...

Real Madrid unveil World Cup star James Rodriguez

The Golden Boot winner is heading to Real Madrid.

Gabriel Rubio-Giron Colombia's World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Brazil post mortems begin in earnest after World Cup thrashing

Devastated: Brazilian fans react on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Michael Lynch The morning after the evening  before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...

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The Brazilian paradox that the World Cup presents

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Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil A World Cup emerges fully formed after a lengthy gestation - in this case, almost a decade.

Ten things to take from the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.

German fans moved to tears after late World Cup winner

Fans at the Harmonie German club react with delight as Germany scores.

Henry Belot The president of the Harmonie German Club, Hans Stoehr, broke down in tears as he watched close to 300 people from the German community jump for joy as substitute Mario Gotze netted the winning goal...

Lionel Messi: World Cup Golden Ball award meant 'nothing'

Little consolation: Messi was less than thrilled with his Golden Ball award.

Jeremy Wilson and Henry Winter Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi last night (Monday) revealed the full depth of his anger and devastation at failing to crown his career by winning Sunday’s World Cup final amid a bizarre row about...

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Germany throws giant homecoming party for World Cup heroes

Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, defender Shkodran Mustafi, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, midfielder Andre Schuerrle and defender Erik Durm arrive for a victory parade at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.

Berlin Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans mass at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to cheer the World Cup winners.

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Lydia Williams won't let knee injury keep her down in race for World Cup

Injury blow: Canberra United keeper Lydia Williams.

Fleta Page Matildas keeper Lydia Williams is determined to recover in time for the women’s World Cup next June.

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Australian World Cup referee Ben Williams' brush with Lionel Messi

Canberra referee Ben Williams impressed at the World Cup.

Lee Gaskin Ben Williams hopes his performances on the game's biggest stage inspire future generations of referees.

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World Cup hero Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid

Unstoppable: Toni Kroos was part of a powerful German midfield.

German World Cup winner Toni Kroos on Thursday agreed a deal to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich on a six-year deal, the Spanish giants announced.

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Socceroos crash but World Cup champions Germany top rankings

Slipping: The Socceroos have plummeted in the rankings after losing their three games at the World Cup.

Matt Bungard The Socceroos have plummeted 14 places to 76th in the latest rankings released by governing body FIFA.

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FIFA punishes Suarez as group phase of World Cup ends

As Luis Suarez flies home from the World Cup in disgrace, Americans and Algerians are celebrating their places in the knockout rounds after a dramatic final day of the group stage.

Team of the World Cup ... so far

Dom Bossi and Michael Lynch The group phase of the World Cup is over, and half the squads have now departed. Traditionally its time to pick a Team of the Tournament - at least thus far.