1. Mexico Attacking Problems a Holdover from Qualifying After Harsh World Cup Exit

    Mexico have exited the 2014 FIFA World Cup in dramatic, undeserved fashion after suffering a late 2-1 comeback defeat to Netherlands...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 10 days ago 7,018 reads 45 comments

  2. World Cup 2014: Best XI of Day 17 with James Rodriguez, Alexis Sanchez, More

    Day 17 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw the knockout stage finally kick into gear, with top billing given to four nations from the tournament's home continent...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 11 days ago 14,145 reads 35 comments

  3. World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Day 17

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has moved into the knockout stages with two terrific all-South American clashes, with Brazil and Colombia the first two nations to book their passage to the quarter-finals...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 11 days ago 72,354 reads 109 comments

  4. Chile Show What Might Have Been and How to Stop Brazil at Their Own World Cup

    Chile have become the first side to exit the 2014 FIFA World Cup on penalties after a stupendous round-of-16 match against Brazil ended with a shootout defeat after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 12 days ago 12,020 reads 68 comments

  5. France Benefitting from Under-the-Radar Presence and Mobile, Fast-Paced Attack

    One of the World Cup nations to have impressed the most in the group stages in Brazil have been France, with Didier Deschamps' side winning Group E unbeaten and receiving a favourable draw in the last 16...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 12 days ago 6,638 reads 15 comments

  6. World Cup Is Neymar's Time to Stake Claim as World's Best Player

    Major tournaments make major players. That has been a basic premise for many years, with the real greats of the game down the years historically associated with their performances at World Cups, European Championships and the like...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 12 days ago 13,928 reads 188 comments

  7. Demise of European Nations a Myth; Attacking Football Key to World Cup Success

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has produced a number of trends and patterns, talking points and criticisms—though not all of them based on the reality of the situation...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 13 days ago 11,382 reads 14 comments

  8. Wayne Rooney Place in Question Amid Man United's Herrera Signing, Vidal Interest

    Manchester United look set to continue a busy summer of spending even before new boss Louis van Gaal is officially in place at the Old Trafford club, with news of a transfer pursuit of Arturo Vidal...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 13 days ago 28,883 reads 98 comments

  9. 2014 FIFA World Cup Flop XI of the Group Stage with Iker Casillas, Lukaku, More

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has so far been impressive and relentless, with games coming after one another at a breakneck pace and with little time for reflection in between...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 13 days ago 37,201 reads 127 comments

  10. World Cup 2014 Best XI of the Group Stage with Neymar, Arjen Robben and More

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has finished its extraordinary group phase, with a number of stars putting in the exceptional performances expected of them—and plenty of lesser-known players doing the same...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 13 days ago 99,123 reads 310 comments

  11. World Cup 2014: Group Stage Winners and Losers

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has been nothing short of excellent so far, bringing us 48 matches to date that have been mostly exciting, goal-laden and full of offensive football...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 13 days ago 70,778 reads 158 comments

  12. Poor Portuguese Team Means Cristiano Ronaldo Will Never See World Cup Glory

    Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, but it was nowhere near enough to help his nation through to the last 16...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 14 days ago 20,477 reads 228 comments

  13. What 4-Month FIFA Ban Means for Luis Suarez, Uruguay's World Cup, Liverpool

    Welcome back to the Luis Suarez Carnage Carnival. FIFA announced on Thursday that the Uruguay forward has been suspended for nine international matches for his bite on Italy ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 14 days ago 33,399 reads 128 comments

  14. Shaqiri Form Huge for Swiss but Only Great Defence Can Take Them Past Argentina

    Switzerland waltzed through to the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday with an impressive 3-0 win over Honduras, in so doing taking second place in Group E behind France...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 14 days ago 1,701 reads 4 comments

  15. World Cup 2014: Best XI of Day 14 with Xherdan Shaqiri, Lionel Messi and Musa

    Day 14 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is over and done with, with another eight sides having completed their group phase fixtures...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 14 days ago 19,451 reads 38 comments

  16. World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Day 14

    We are now reaching the end of the second week at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, with another four sides knowing their fate for the last 16—and four more going home early...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 14 days ago 41,614 reads 55 comments

  17. All-South American Round-of-16 Clashes Can Lead to Defining 2014 World Cup Tie

    A World Cup finals held in South America was always going to be a special one for nations taking part from that region of the world...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 15 days ago 4,671 reads 10 comments

  18. England Defence Must Be Rebuilt for the Promising Young Attack to Succeed

    England's 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign ended with barely a flicker of notice as they fought out a thoroughly forgettable 0-0 draw with Costa Rica, ending bottom of Group D as the CONCACAF side went through to the last 16 on top...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 15 days ago 834 reads 12 comments

  19. Greece vs. Ivory Coast: Live Player Ratings

    Group C came to a close in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday evening, with both Greece and Ivory Coast still able to make the last 16 ahead of their clash in Fortaleza...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 16 days ago 1,294 reads 2 comments

  20. Greece vs. Ivory Coast: Live Score, Highlights for World Cup 2014 Group C Game

    2014 FIFA World Cup Group C, Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast (FT) Greece left it until the last possible instant to clinch their place in the round of 16, with a stoppage-time penalty to beat Ivory Coast...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 16 days ago 36,591 reads 129 comments

  21. Costa Rica vs. England: Live Player Ratings

    The final round of group-stage games take place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup this week, with Group D the focus of our attentions on Tuesday evening as Costa Rica faced England...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 16 days ago 2,200 reads 3 comments

  22. Costa Rica vs. England: Live Score, Highlights for World Cup 2014 Group D Game

    2014 FIFA World Cup Group D, Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte Costa Rica 0-0 England (FT) Costa Rica qualified top of the group for the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup after securing a 0-0 draw against England...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 16 days ago 21,839 reads 32 comments

  23. Scenarios for United States to Advance to World Cup Round of 16

    The United States came within seconds of guaranteeing themselves passage to the round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but an injury-time equaliser saw them end up drawing 2-2 with Portugal...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 17 days ago 207,397 reads 113 comments

  24. World Cup 2014: Best XI of Day 11 with Jermaine Jones, Vincent Kompany, Slimani

    Another day of World Cup action has passed us by, with six more nations getting their second group-stage games out of the way—and another step is taken toward qualification for the knock-out rounds, or an early plane home...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 17 days ago 20,440 reads 30 comments

  25. World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Day 11

    Another thrilling day of World Cup action has passed us by, with Day 11 in Brazil bringing two late goals and a surprise big victory...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 17 days ago 67,224 reads 142 comments