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  • Sporting briefs

    Atsu: West Ham are interested in taking Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan. Atsu, who featured for Ghana at the World Cup, joined the Blues last September from Porto but was immediately loaned to Dutch side Vitesse. Aston Villa, Hamburg and...

  • Germany, Argentina match statistics

    Germany, Argentina match statistics

    Match statistics for Germany's 1-0 win in extra time over Argentina in their World Cup final match at the Maracana, Rio. Germany Argentina Goals scored 1 0 Total shots 10 10 Shots on...

  • Updated - Germany win the World Cup in extra time

    Updated - Germany win the World Cup in extra time

    Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time tonight when substitute Mario Goetze volleyed in a brilliant goal seven minutes from the end of extra time to secure a 1-0 victory over Argentina at the Maracana. The game had seemed destined for...

  • Argentina defend Latin pride v Germany in World Cup final

    Argentina defend Latin pride v Germany in World Cup final

    Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil in today's World Cup final against Argentina whose captain Lionel Messi is out to emulate the great Diego Maradona. Germany are favourites after their...

  • Preview-Defences set to dominate today's World Cup final

    Preview-Defences set to dominate today's World Cup final

    It might not be the way Brazilians wanted the World Cup to end but today's final between Argentina and Germany will provide a nerve-jangling climax to the best tournament in history - even though the goals that have lit it up may not flow. While...

  • It’s a game of two popes

    It’s a game of two popes

    God will have a problem who to listen to tonight, Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna quipped, as the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina pits Pope Francis against retired Pope Benedict. Mgr Scicluna was contacted by The Sunday Times of...

  • Defences to dominate in tight cagey final

    Defences to dominate in tight cagey final

    It might not be the way Brazilians wanted the World Cup to end but tonight’s final between Argentina and Germany will provide a nerve-jangling climax to the best tournament in history even though the goals that have lit it up may not flow. While...

  • Germany vs Argentina key battles

    Germany vs Argentina key battles

    Sami Khedira vs Lionel Messi • Stopping Messi will be Germany’s priority and they are unlikely to give the job to just one player. The Germans have been studying how the Netherlands managed to keep Messi relatively subdued in the semi-final...

  • Goalkeeper Romero out to match heroes of 1986

    Argentina’s players are summoning inspiration from their heroes of the past as they prepare for their country’s most important match for a generation. Sergio Romero, the Monaco keeper who was the hero of the hour in the penalty shoot-out against...

  • Brazil gift Netherlands third-place playoff win

    Brazil gift Netherlands third-place playoff win

    Brasilia National Stadium Brazil 0Netherlands 3Van Persie 3 pen; Blind 16; Wijnaldum 90; Another ragged defensive display by Brazil allowed the Netherlands to stroll to a 3-0 victory in the World Cup third-place playoff match last night as the...

  • Messi, Mueller and Rodriguez among contenders for Golden Ball

    Four Germans, three Argentines, and one player each from Brazil, Colombia and the Netherlands were short-listed for the “Golden Ball” award to the World Cup’s best player. The top ten list included World Cup finalists Germany’s defender Mats...

  • Firm in ticket probe says not in touch with CEO

    The ticketing firm at the centre of a World Cup scalping scandal was not in contact with its chief executive who disappeared after a Brazilian court ordered his arrest, it said yesterday. MATCH Services executive Ray Whelan was filmed last week by...

  • Nigeria defender Omeruo aiming high after ‘WCup boost’

    Nigeria defender Omeruo aiming high after ‘WCup boost’

    Galvanised by his World Cup experience, Nigeria international Kenneth Omeruo has his eyes trained on becoming the best African defender and establishing himself at Chelsea in the coming seasons after signing a four-year deal with the English...

  • Can we fast forward to 2018?

    Can we fast forward to 2018?

    If there were any lingering doubts that the football gods don’t like the English then I think today’s World Cup final should lay them to rest once and for all. It’s bad enough that England fans never get to watch their own team take part in these...

  • We will cope without Suarez, says Rodgers

    We will cope without Suarez, says Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant the club will cope without the world-class talent of Luis Suarez. The Reds agreed a club-record £75 million deal with Barcelona on Friday and the Uruguay international – currently serving a four-month...

  • ‘Valletta has made a big contribution to Maltese football’

    ‘Valletta has made a big contribution to Maltese football’

    A book on the history of football in Valletta has been at the back of Paul Spiteri’s mind for the past three decades. Now in his 34th year on the committee of Valletta FC, Spiteri has finally fulfilled his dream as the 22-time Malta champions have...

  • Football news

    The agent of Yaya Toure has claimed the reason the Manchester City midfielder has failed to win any of football’s top individual awards is because he is black. Dmitri Seluk said the Ivory Coast international would have finished higher than third...

  • Sporting briefs

    De Jong: Borussia Monchengladbach have announced the sale of former Newcastle United forward Luuk de Jong to PSV Eindhoven. De Jong, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Magpies, and has not scored a competitive goal in over a...

  • Netherlands take World Cup third place as Brazil nightmare continues

    Netherlands take World Cup third place as Brazil nightmare continues

    Netherlands 3 - Brazil 0 The Netherlands won the third place in the World Cup by handing hosts Brazil their second successive home defeat tonight. Brazil's defensive woes were again evident early in the game when skipper Thiago Silva gave away a...

  • Dutch goals hand Julio Cesar unwanted record

    Dutch goals hand Julio Cesar unwanted record

    The Netherlands' opening goal against Brazil tonight was the 16th conceded by Julio Cesar in World Cup matches, handing him the unwanted record of conceding the most goals at the finals for the five-times champions. Julio Cesar was beaten from the...