Ochoa excels as Mexico hold Brazil

   The Estadio Castelao crowd was treated to one of the most entertaining goalless draws in FIFA World Cup™ history as Mexican goalkeeper Memo Ochoa put in a performance for the ages. The hosts’ first game in Fortaleza began at a high tempo, the frenzied action on the pitch matching the atmosphere and passion up […]

Peralta: We'll make life difficult for Brazil

The striker sealed victory for Mexico in his FIFA World Cup™ debut against Cameroon at Brazil 2014, but he had already been his country’s hero twice previously: first in the final of the Olympic Games in 2012 against Brazil, when his two goals won Mexico the gold medal, and then by scoring five times over […]

Subs inspire Belgian comeback -2-1 Algeria

There was as much relief as joy for Marc Wilmots’ side at Belo Horizonte’s Estadio Mineirao, although they ultimately merited a win that had looked unlikely until the coach began shuffling his pack. Marc Wilmots’ words proved true as two substitutes scored for Belgium and sealed the three points for the Europeans after Algeria took […]

Jerome Damon quit the Pitch, to Pursue other interests

Damon, who made his refereeing debut in the 1996/97 season, informed the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Tuesday (17 June) of his decision to hang his whistle. The Cape Town-born whistleman said it was not an easy decision to call time on an occupation that had become part of his life for the past […]

Jerome Damon quit the Pitch, to Pursue other interests

Damon, who made his refereeing debut in the 1996/97 season, informed the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Tuesday (17 June) of his decision to hang his whistle. The Cape Town-born whistleman said it was not an easy decision to call time on an occupation that had become part of his life for the past […]

Brazil return to action, final four make bow

Brazil, who will take to the pitch for the 99th time in the tournament on Tuesday, have a chance to take a massive step towards the knockout stages against Mexico, who emerged victorious from their closely contested game against Cameroon on Friday (1-0).  The familiar foes have met 38 times; Brazil have come out on […]

Kawashima: Japan will attack

The Asian champions are exquisite at the short-passing game and they paint geometric patterns all over the pitch, but they have a fatal flaw. Small in stature and lightweight in defence, they were overpowered by hard-charging Côte d’Ivoire in their opener in Recife.   Though they started well, taking an early lead through the sumptuous attacking […]

Gotze: Muller was outstanding

Muller hit a hat-trick in a 4-0 triumph to leap to the top of the scoring chart and give a clear statement of German intent. “Thomas Muller’s performance was outstanding,” a grinning Mario Gotze told FIFA.com after the final whistle. “There are certainly worse ways to begin a tournament. Now he’s got three goals. That […]

Brooks steals the show last night against Black Stars

On what was only his fifth senior appearance for USA, the defender came off the bench to nod the winning goal against Ghana – a team that had beaten the Stars and Stripes in the group phase of Germany 2006 and the Round of 16 at South Africa 2010. “I couldn’t imagine a better first […]