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July 13, 2014 3:22 PM Poll: Who will win the World Cup final?

Germany and Argentina meet at the Maracana but who do you think will emerge victorious? Will Lionel Messi do the damage or can the Europeans defeat another South American side? Joachim Low's side are the bookmaker's favourites, having eviscerated the hosts in the semi-finals, triumphing 7-1 in Belo Horizonte. With Thomas Muller in fine goalscoring form and the likes 26

July 13, 2014 12:36 PM Van Gaal: We showed how good we are

Oranje ran out comfortable winners over the hosts thanks to goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum, in what was Van Gaal's last match in charge before taking up a new role at Manchester United. "This was very difficult for us," Van Gaal told NOS after the game. "All the odds were against us. Brazil had a day more in preparation 32

July 12, 2014 1:34 AM Arsenal unveil new kit for new season

Arsenal have unveiled a trio of traditional-looking kits, their first from new suppliers, Puma ahead of the coming season. The home kit is mostly red with a crew neck, and white sleeves. It has "heat transfer tapes running down the body that accentuate the torso" and "breathable underarm mesh inserts". Puma says that it "stays true to the traditional 22

July 11, 2014 4:50 PM Indian hockey team aims for Commonwealth Games gold

After a disappointing ninth finish in the Hockey World Cup, the men's team is now eyeing the gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games that would be held in Glasgow July 23 - Aug 4. India captain Sardar Singh and chief coach Terry Walsh are excited and looking forward to the challenge. Walsh said the key objective at the Games will be to play world class 22

July 11, 2014 3:58 PM Betting Special: Back Germany at 4/1 or Argentina at 11/2 to win the World Cup

For all the pre-tournament talk about the World Cups that have been won by South American sides on the continent in the past, it is a European nation that are the favourites to lift the trophy in Sunday's final. The country in question is Germany, with their 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil convincing the bookmakers they are worthy of favouritism over an Argentina 32

July 11, 2014 2:41 PM Puma launches Arsenal kit with water projection film on the Thames

Once, a football team might have unveiled its new kit with the star player doing a few keepy-uppies on the training pitch and a photographer from the local rag. Last night, Puma unveiled its new kit for Arsenal with an epic 90-second commercial broadcast onto the River Thames using a water projection screen and streamed live to the world... On the banks 52

July 9, 2014 10:45 PM For Brazil, 7-1 loss hinders World Cup’s greater purpose Add to ...

Late in the first half of the most humiliating defeat in Brazilian soccer’s storied history, angry fans began chanting loudly and obscenely for the ouster of two people – stunned national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and President Dilma Rousseff. Bosses of teams that play as badly as Brazil did in its shocking 7-1 rout at the hands of Germany in a World 23

July 5, 2014 8:17 PM Brazil reacts with anger, rallying spirit over Neymar's Cup-ending injury

RIO DE JANEIRO – This was always going to be a World Cup that tested the resolve. The participating players (not to mention the traveling fans) faced taxing travel and climates, while the locals wrestled with the collision between their love for the Seleção and their frustration with the government and FIFA. On Saturday morning, Brazil awoke to a test it never 42

July 5, 2014 1:51 PM Ukraine claims victory in pro-Russian rebel stronghold in east

Some rebels played down the significance of Ukraine's advances. “In general, Russians only retreat before a decisively victorious battle,” wrote Pavel Gubarev, the self-described governor of the Donetsk People’s Republic DONETSK, UKRAINE—Government troops have taken a rebel stronghold in east Ukraine, the country’s president and a spokesman for the rebels 39

July 3, 2014 1:48 PM Opinion: Despite World Cup exit, American soccer gaining momentum, respect

Justen Woody, left, and Robert Driskill both of Fort Worth, Texas, cheer at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as soccer fans watch the World Cup soccer match between the USA and Belgium on July 1. Belgium advanced, 2-1, in extra time. Seldom does a defeat in international sport command the “respect” of a victorious opponent. “Two words.. TIM HOWARD 23