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World Cup winners and losers

European stalwarts won title for the fourth time when substitute Mario Goetze volleyed in a brilliant goal seven minutes from the end of extra time.

FIFA world rankings of 2014 World Cup countries

2014-06-05 15:46

Spain are justifiably most people's favourites to lift the World Cup in Rio as Vicente del Bosque's reigning champions continue to occupy top spot in the FIFA world rankings ahead of Germany, Portugal and hosts Brazil.

Chinese lottery firms hope to cash in on World Cup

2014-06-05 15:24

Lottery companies don't know who will win the FIFA World Cup this year, but they all know that the quadrennial event is a sure moneymaker.

Protesters march in Sao Paulo ahead of World Cup

2014-06-05 15:06

Some 4,000 protesters in Brazil's biggest city marched peacefully Wednesday night on the stadium that will host the World Cup's opening match next week.

Over 70% Brazilians discontent with state of nation

2014-06-05 14:23

More than 70 percent of Brazilians are unhappy with the state of the nation, and 61 percent believe it was a bad idea for Brazil to host this year's World Cup.

Unlikely forecasters jostle to predict World Cup results

2014-06-05 09:09

British physicist Stephen Hawking has used scientific formulae to prove how England will win the 2014 World Cup, which reminded us of the amazing Paul the Octopus who succeeded in predicting the results of Germany's matches during the 2010 tournament.

A Tibetan boy's World Cup dreams

2014-06-05 08:19

Dorjie Tsering, an 11-year-old fifth grader, is a popular student in the school. He is good at his classwork and also good at sports.

Chinese lotteries to score during World Cup

2014-06-04 21:00

Lotteries usually see a huge sales increase during years when the World Cup is held, and lottery businesses in China saw sales of four billion yuan during the 2010 event.

A World Cup quandary: sex or abstinence

2014-06-04 17:23

If you're intending to score in a World Cup match, should you score the night before?

Neymar leads 4-0 Brazil romp in World Cup warm-up

2014-06-04 10:18

Neymar scored a goal and set up two others as Brazil warmed up for the World Cup with a 4-0 victory over Panama on Tuesday.

Prisoners hold World Cup of their own version

2014-06-03 13:42

According to a press release from the prison, about 300 inmates at the Castro-Castro penitentiary are participating in the two-week tournament, which is being held in order to encourage the adoption of sports within the prison population.

Newspaper alleges $5m corruption in 2022 WCup vote

2014-06-01 09:44

The Sunday Times says it has obtained millions of secret documents proving FIFA received $5 million in return for awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Super soccer fans among world leaders

2014-05-31 10:23

There are many super soccer fans among current and past world leaders.

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