Fifa World Cup
RIO DE JANEIRO | Joachim Loew has shaped a talented German generation into an entertaining and successful team with a history of near misses. Germany needs to beat Argentina in Sunday's World Cup decider to finally make Loew a winner.
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil | For a man about to face one of the game's most prolific scorers, Benedikt Hoewedes is remarkably calm and composed ahead of the World Cup final.
SAO PAULO | Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate.
BERLIN | Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality.
Brazil soccer fans cry as they watch their team lose 7-1 to Germany on Tuesday at a World Cup semifinal match on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
SAO PAULO | It wasn't just a bad dream.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil | With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil | With Neymar out and Brazil's forwards ineffective throughout the World Cup, it will be up to the team's defenders and midfielders to keep Brazil in contention at the World Cup.
FORTALEZA, Brazil | Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks Brazil may be at an advantage by playing in the World Cup quarterfinals against a Colombia team that likes to attack often.
United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann addresses the press in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday.
SAO PAULO | Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup.
SAO PAULO | Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast – and fans around the world, really – for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.
Fans watch as Belgium scores against the U.S. during the World Cup viewing party at Solider Field on Tuesday in Chicago. Belgium defeated the U.S. 2-1.
AUSTIN, Texas | They turned out by the tens of thousands, some painted in red, white and blue, waving flags and chanting "I Believe!" in city parks, stadiums and sports bars from coast to coast on Tuesday to watch the U.S. national soccer team play Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.
RIO DE JANEIRO | A convicted match-fixer denied a report in a German magazine Tuesday that he predicted the result and details of a World Cup game.
RIO DE JANEIRO | Neymar pointed his right index finger in the air and then formed the shape of a heart with his thumbs and fingers loftily raised above his head.
DENVER | Never mind that there were dozens of TV sets at the bar, many turned to pro wrestling, poker and bowling to provide background noise early one weekend morning. Jon Forget walked in, asked the bartender to change one set to soccer and got laughed out of the joint.
SAO PAULO | No wonder the United States is having problems scoring at the World Cup: The Americans are hardly attacking.
United States soccer fans are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to watch the World Cup in bars in America and stadiums in Brazil. A new, soccer-smart breed of fan is helping turn the United States into a country that finally seems to get what all the fuss is about.
RIO DE JANEIRO | Somehow, amid the chaos, Africa has made history at this World Cup.
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