Germans edge USA, but go through to the next round

 A 2-1 win for Portugal over Ghana in the section’s other game was enough to push both the Americans and Germans through on four and seven points respectively. The final whistle brought a joint celebration from the teams on the pitch at the Arena Pernambuco. The Germans dominated the opening quarter-hour. The European giants pressed […]

Portugal dump Ghana out of Brazil 2014

Asamoah Gyan’s 57th-minute header had cancelled out John Boye’s first-half own-goal before the FIFA Ballon d’Or holder’s late settler, but Paulo’s Bento’s side would have required at least another three goals without reply to pip USA to second place in Group G. A game both sides began with hope of reaching the knockout phase quickly […]

Swiss defence speak after first clean sheet

As a result of such uncertainty at the back, Switzerland took the field against Honduras under considerable pressure, needing not only to score enough goals to ensure victory, but just as importantly, seeking a convincing display from the part of the team that had been such a weak point in the 5-2 defeat against France. […]

FIFA withdraw Muntari and Boateng's accreditations with immediate effect".

AC Milan’s Sulley Muntari and Schalke’s Kevin-Prince Boateng have both had their World Cup accreditation withdrawn, the Ghana FA (GFA) announced. The two former Portsmouth players will play no part in Ghana’s must-win last group match against Portugal in Brasilia on Thursday. Boateng “verbally abused” coach Kwesi Appiah, said the GFA. A statement from the […]

Messi shares the spotlight as fates are decided

It was not the only refreshing moment in the penultimate round of group stage matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ as a hot, tense and turbulent Wednesday ran its exciting course. La Albiceleste marched into the Round of 16 on the back of an unblemished group stage record, with Nigeria also progressing as […]

Mensah: Maybe we don't warm up properly

They had lost their opener to Group G outsiders USA. Now they had fallen behind to Germany, a team accustomed to turning one-goal leads into thrashings. The Black Stars are made of stern stuff, however, and quick-fire goals from Andre Ayew and Asamoah swung them ahead, before Miroslav Klose grabbed the three-time FIFA World Cup™ […]

Brahimi: Algerians have always been technical footballers

It was a fantasy shared by millions of French kids. It was one that began to look realistic for this one as he progressed towards adulthood. Yacine Brahimi was one of the most prized jewels at the revered Clairefontaine academy. The diminutive winger went on to represent France at every under-age level, giving magnificent service […]

Champion Coach finalists to undergo final assessment

The Carling Black Label Cup Champion Coach finalists on the Kaizer Chiefs side are Thulasizwe Mathonsi from Tembisa, Lebogang Moagi from Orlando, Soweto, Matshediso Kgeletsane from Brakpan, Elias Tumelo Motaung from Deneysville and Tebogo Molekoa from Soshanguve. On the Orlando Pirates side, finalists are Ntsako Mbhalati who hails from Pimville, Rowan Sampson from Port Elizabeth, […]

Free-scoring France foiled but Ecuador bow out

The first shot in earnest at the Maracana was dispatched from the boot of Antoine Griezmann, following a close-range exchange with team-mates Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko at the edge of the area, but the Real Sociedad winger’s drive on ten minutes dribbled wide. Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez then scooped in a sweetly-struck volley off […]