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Patriot games for Argentinian heroes

Patriot games for Argentinian heroes

For Argentina fans, the sight of their team celebrating qualifying for the Final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil must have been incredibly moving. Yet via a closer look even greater significance can be found, with 9 July’s dramatic semi-final win over the Netherlands taking place 198 years to the day after...

WC lacking the black fans

WC lacking the black fans

Remember the Where's Wally books? They consisted of a series of detailed double-page spread illustrations depicting hundreds of people doing a variety of amusing things. Readers were then challenged to find a character named Wally hidden in the crowd. Covering the World Cup in Brazil as a journalist, I find myself playing a similar...

All set for the opener

All set for the opener

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo with the hosts and five-time champions Brazil taking on Croatia at 2:00am (Bangladesh Time) Friday, the world hopes that the spectacle on the field will outshine the chaos that has plagued the build-up to the biggest sporting event...

Midfield holds the Croat key

Midfield holds the Croat key

Most Croatian players have improved individually since Euro 2012 but only the June 12-July 13 World Cup will show whether the team can match the sum of its parts, playmaker Luka Modric said. The Croatians take on hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo in the tournament's opener on Thursday and Modric assessed there was a...

Brazil averts subway strike on eve of WC

Brazil averts subway strike on eve of WC

A subway strike in Sao Paulo that threatened to disrupt the opening of the World Cup was averted Wednesday night even as airport workers in Rio de Janeiro declared a 24-hour work stoppage in the main destination for soccer fans traveling to Brazil. Some 1,500 subway workers in Sao Paulo voted against going back...

'Opener a la final'

'Opener a la final'

Brazil are looking to send a message to supporters and rivals in the World Cup's opening match, right-back Dani Alves said on Monday, raising the stakes for the clash against Croatia. A lacklustre 1-0 win over Serbia in Friday's warm-up game brought jeers from the home crowd and raised doubts about the heavily favoured...

Lacklustre Brazil win

Lacklustre Brazil win

Brazil survived a poor first half to beat Serbia 1-0 in a warm-up friendly on Friday, but their lacklustre display was not what the home fans expected just six days before the World Cup. The crowd were booing the home side when Fred got the only goal of the game in the 57th minute,...

Clashes strike in Brazil ahead of WC

Clashes strike in Brazil ahead of WC

Police in Brazil have used tear gas to break up protesters on the second day of a metro strike that has left Sao Paulo's transport in chaos. Nearly half of the stations were closed and there was gridlock on the streets of Brazil's largest city, which will host the opening match of the World...

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