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Oops: Germany Breaks the World Cup

Fortunately, FIFA only gives out replicas to winners

(Newser) - When do you know you’ve partied a bit too hard? When you break the World Cup. Thankfully, it’s only a replica, and perhaps the German team’s mishap is why FIFA doesn’t give out the real thing, which ESPN FC reports is worth about $13.5 million.... More »

Unlikely Star Lifts Argentina to Victory

'Weak link' goalie Sergio Romero makes 2 saves against Netherlands in shootout

(Newser) - Attention, Brazil: This is how a World Cup semifinal is supposed to go: a close game between two evenly matched teams that requires penalty kicks to decide the winner. In this case, Argentina emerged the victor over the Netherlands, as goalie Sergio Romero made two saves in the shootout. Regulation... More »

Brazil Fans Endure Rout for the Ages

Germany 7, Brazil 1

(Newser) - Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever today with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation. Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart. Just how... More »

Brazil Beats Colombia 2-1 in Quarterfinals

Brazilian team overcomes 'quarterfinal curse'

(Newser) - Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years, with goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz in a 2-1 win over Colombia today. Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play... More »

Tim Howard: Tourette's Sufferer and All-Time Great

...and Secretary of Defense, apparently?

(Newser) - The US may have been eliminated yesterday , but instead of mourning, many fans are today toasting a heroic performance from Tim Howard, who set a World Cup record with 16 saves—the previous record was 13. Howard's now-undisputed status as the greatest US goalkeeper ever is all the more... More »

Soccer Referee Dies After Player's Punch

John Bieniewicz never saw the punch coming, say witnesses

(Newser) - Amid World Cup fever, a soccer-related tragedy out of Michigan, where a referee died this morning after being punched by a player on Sunday. The Detroit Free Press reports that responding authorities found John Bieniewicz, 44, on the ground and unconscious. Witnesses say Bieniewicz stopped the adult soccer game in... More »

Bring on Belgium!

Breaking down the keys to today's game

(Newser) - The US may have backed into the Round of 16, but confidence among the star-spangled faithful sure seems to be running high, observes Chris Jones at ESPN . Fans believe in this team right now. Is that belief warranted? Here's what you need to know before today's game, which... More »

Soccer Fan Offers Family for Sale Online

French ad says plan is to keep goaltender Guillermo Ochoa

(Newser) - A die-hard French soccer fan is willing to give up house and home for the goalkeeper of his dreams, the Daily News reports. A fan's ad on Le Bon Coin—sort of the French eBay—offers to sell his house and family in order to keep Guillermo Ochoa playing... More »

How Do Soccer Players Survive Ramadan Fasting?

Better than you think they might

(Newser) - Some players find it impossible to get through 90 minutes of World Cup soccer without having a little on-field snack , but what about those who are fasting from sun-up til sundown? Soccer's biggest tourney intersects with Ramadan for the first time since 1986, and Vox takes a look... More »

How to Talk to Soccer Haters

Jason Gay offers a helpful guide to their complaints

(Newser) - Believe it or not, there seem to be a couple of Americans who have not caught World Cup fever, even though the US team has done well, and the tournament has revived "the lost art of drinking on weekday afternoons," observes Jason Gay at the Wall Street Journal... More »

Lightning Strikes Soccer Fan, Cancels Match

'Like a bomb went off' outside Columbus Crew stadium

(Newser) - Lightning struck an off-duty firefighter last night as he stood in the parking lot of the Columbus Crew's stadium, landing him in an Ohio hospital and canceling the soccer match as violent storms moved through the area. Medical crews revived Stu Tudor, 54, after he was hit, but the... More »

Germany Wins, but US Advances to Round of 16

Portugal's narrow win over Ghana eliminates both teams

(Newser) - It may not have been the glorious triumph some fans were hoping for, but the US is advancing out of its group and into the round of 16, after a 1-0 loss to Germany today. Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the tournament to give the Germans the win,... More »

FIFA Bans Soccer Star 4 Months for Bite

Luis Suarez is out for 9 national matches, will pay $110,000 fine

(Newser) - It was, as the Washington Post puts it, " the bite felt round the world ." Now, Luis Suarez's World Cup is over as a result. FIFA officials have handed the Uruguayan soccer star a four-month ban from all soccer activity, including nine national team games, after he chomped... More »

World Cup Star Accused of Biting Rival (Again)

Uruguay's Luis Suarez in another controversy

(Newser) - Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup today, but headlines about the win are being overshadowed by a high-profile bite. Video shows Uruguay's Luis Suarez looking for all the world like he's chomping down on the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini reports USA Today . Chiellini got... More »

Meet Brazil's Family of 6-Fingered Soccer Fans

Silva family has an extra digit due to a genetic condition

(Newser) - There are plenty of die-hard soccer fans out there, but few are receiving as much media attention during this World Cup as Brazil's Silva family. As a result of a genetic condition known as polydactyly, all 14 members of the four-generation family were born with an extra digit on... More »

Revenge at Last: US Defeats Ghana 2-1

John Brooks becomes first sub to score for the US in 30 World Cup games

(Newser) - After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana. US fans were screaming for revenge today after the Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups. They got it. At a price. Clint Dempsey scored a shocking goal a... More »

Should the US Be Faking More Soccer Injuries?

We're among the few teams that avoid the practice: Sam Borden

(Newser) - If you've been watching the World Cup, you've surely seen some players howling in apparent pain; perhaps you caught Frederico Chaves Guedes of Brazil topple downward, wailing, after his shoulder was touched by an opposing player. Such exaggerated "flopping," which draws the ref's attention to... More »

5 World Cup Facts for Non-Soccer Lovers

A primer so you can sound moderately in-the-know

(Newser) - The World Cup begins today. If those five words have your eyes glazing over, hang on—and read on. We've pulled together five things to know about the games (which FIFA calls matches , but which the media refer to interchangeably as games and matches) that'll have you in... More »

World Cup Ball to Suck Less This Year, Adidas Promises

It aims to improve on awful 2010 version

(Newser) - In 2010, players had a big complaint about the World Cup: The ball didn't move right. The Adidas Jabulani was engineered as a theoretical improvement over your standard, 32-panel ball. With just eight panels, it had fewer stitches, and that, supposedly, meant a less-turbulent flight through the air, Brian... More »

Match-Fixers Targeted Games Ahead of 2010 World Cup

Reports cites payoffs, possible death threat in South Africa

(Newser) - With the next World Cup starting in less than two weeks, a New York Times report reveals extensive efforts to fix matches in the run-up to the last tournament—some of which efforts, it seems, were successful. The Times highlights an investigation by FIFA, the organization in charge of international... More »

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