Editors Picks

Tactics, injuries take toll on let-downs

Amid all the pre-World Cup speculation, few people predicted that Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo would all have failed to live up to their expensive hype.

Shaking off the post-Cup blues

It only lasts a month but life without the FIFA World Cup will be a difficult adjustment for Chinese soccer fans, say psychologists.

Spain set record of fewest goals for Cup winners

Spain's 1-0 extra time victory over Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday left them with a probably unwanted record of the fewest goals ever scored by the winners of the tournament.

Individualism trumped as teamwork triumphs

In a tournament where the expected headline-grabbers turned out to be mere footnotes it was good old-fashioned teamwork that proved the key factor for the countries advancing to the latter stages.

World Cup gives South Africa a new image overseas

The World Cup unveiled a new South Africa to the rest of the planet, upending stereotypes and nightmare scenarios about a country that proudly showed off its modern accomplishments.

Time for ousted Germans to dine on the wise octopus

The next trend in Germany, I believe, will not be the V-neck blue sweater, but the octopus barbecue. The sweater failed to bring luck to German coach Joachim Loew. Instead the World Cup semifinal match between Spain and Germany went the way Octopus Paul had predicted - a Spanish victory.

Same old, same old: Europe wins World Cup

The World Cup champions will be European. Either Dutch, Spanish or German, to be precise.

Decision on future World Cup hosts on horizon

As the South African World Cup heads to its conclusion, the immediate focus on the soccer agenda will turn not to the next tournament in Brazil but rather the potential hosts of the two editions in 2018 and 2022.

World Cup has boosted South Africa, says president

South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that the FIFA World Cup has created thousands of jobs, boosted South Africa's economy and provided good returns on investment.

Argentina's flaws exposed by methodical European team

Lately, I have had several dinners with my friends. Most of them are complaining that they lost a lot, if not a fortune, on the Germany-Argentina match.

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Semifinals Fixtures

July 7 

 URU 2  - 3 NED  

July 8 

 GER 0  -  1 ESP  

Top Scorers




 David Villa   ESP   5 
 Sneijder   NED   5 
Diego Forlan 






 SVK   4 







Asamoah Gyan 


 Donovan USA  3 
 Luis Suarez URU  3    Fabiano   BRA   3 

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