Colombia edge Elephants 2-1

Both sides knew that, having won their opening matches, another victory could see them into the knockout stages by the end of the day, depending on the result of Japan-Greece. Teo Gutierrez and Victor Ibarbo combined to bring the first sight of goal for the Colombians, though the former’s shot was dragged wide. Carlos Sanchez […]

Olic: Twelve years and still going strong

 The goal that he would subsequently score against Italy on that occasion would not only draw the attention of big European clubs, but it would also prove to be the first chapter of a story that is still being written twelve years down the line. By Brazil 2014 much had changed for that young prospect […]

Misimovic, Ibisevic take strength from defeat

At the team’s tournament headquarters there is no trace of frustration or even disappointment, quite the opposite in fact. If anything, the World Cup debutants’ confident display in the 2-1 reverse to one of the title favourites has given them cause for optimism going forward. “We gave a good account of ourselves in our first […]

De Rossi: 'Solid core' in new Azzurri

 Those teams were better known for their tough tackling in midfield, close marking and the notorious – and feared – catenaccio than the concise passing game which has seen the current side nicknamed Tikitalia. In an exclusive interview with FIFA, the AS Roma idol says he is neither one nor the other – not so […]

Cuadrado: It's amazing to see a sea of yellow

For many viewers, the sight of Colombia’s all-singing, all-dancing No11 strutting his stuff will have been a new experience, but not so for Los Cafeteros’ faithful or followers of Italy’s Serie A, where Cuadrado has been making waves for a couple of seasons now. La Vespa, as Fiorentina fans fondly call him, motored up and […]

Mixed fortunes for kings in Brazil

And King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were so exhilarated by seeing the country they rule take a second step towards the throne Spain relinquished that they posed for ‘selfies’ with Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Co in the dressing room. Matchday 7 began in Porto Alegre. It ended around 2,000 miles away in Manaus […]

Croatia dumped Cameroon 4-0 and qualifies for the next round

The Indomitable Lions were second best throughout this Group A encounter in Manaus, which ended with their European opponents having boosted their hopes of vying with Brazil and Mexico for a place in the Round of 16.    Croatia now know that the winner of their final group phase encounter with El Tri will advance, […]