Blatter backing Suarez

9:40am Tuesday 15th July 2014

SEPP BLATTER hopes to see Luis Suarez back in action soon. Suarez was sent home early in shame after biting Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s group stage win over Italy.

The best of them all

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Monday 14th July 2014

A SPELL-BINDING World Cup, a fabulous final and a sumptuous goal to settle it for the best team in the tournament: truly we have been blessed.

Super Mario volleys majestic Germany on top of the world

The Northern Echo:

10:15am Monday 14th July 2014

GERMANY were crowned world champions for the fourth time thanks to a stunning extra-time winner from super-sub Mario Gotze.

Italian referee accused of favouring Messi to officiate in World Cup final

The Northern Echo:

10:23pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE Italian official accused last week of favouring Argentina and Lionel Messi has been chosen to referee their World Cup final against Germany.

Penalty joy for Argentina

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Thursday 10th July 2014

ARGENTINA are just 90 minutes away from lifting the World Cup in the Maracana after they edged past Holland on penalties in Wednesday's semi-final at the Arena Corinthians.

Ban for Nigerian team

10:40am Thursday 10th July 2014

NIGERIA has been suspended from all international football because of government interference in its football federation.

Scolari still in shock

10:39am Thursday 10th July 2014

BRAZIL coach Luiz Felipe Scolari lamented a “disaster in six minutes” in their World Cup semi-final hammering to Germany but insisted his future would not be decided until after the tournament.

World Cup Comment: Germany deservedly stand on the brink of greatness

The Northern Echo: REMARKABLE DISPLAY: Toni Kroos celebrates scoring the fourth goal of Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil with team-mates Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose

12:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

IF Tuesday’s remarkable World Cup semi-final felt vaguely familiar, it is because as followers of England, we saw something similar in Bloemfontein four years ago.

Records tumble as Germany humiliate Brazil

The Northern Echo:

11:06pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

BRAZIL'S dreams of making a return to a World Cup final in the Maracana were shattered in the most agonising manner as Germany inflicted on the hosts one of the most remarkable defeats in the 84-year history of this competition.

Neymar is not Brazil, says Scolari as hosts seek to beat Germany

The Northern Echo: Brilliant Neymar inspires Brazil to victory

2:04pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

NEYMAR will have to watch from his sofa, but that will not stop Brazil from beating Germany, according to coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Schweinsteiger warns Germany to be wary as injury to star man may galvanise Brazil

11:28am Monday 7th July 2014

BASTIAN Schweinsteiger has warned Germany the injury to Neymar could galvanise Brazil ahead of their World Cup semi-final showdown on Tuesday.

Neymar feared he was paralysed after injury that ended his World Cup

11:24am Monday 7th July 2014

BRAZIL talisman Neymar feared he was paralysed shortly after the knee in the back that ended his World Cup.

Newcastle keeper Krul aiming to psyche out Messi if semi-final goes to penalties

The Northern Echo: INVESTIGATION CALL: The Law Society has increased calls for a criminal investigation into Wonga over fake legal letters sent to customers. Wonga sponsors Newcastle United's shirts, here shown by goalkeeper Tim Krul

11:15am Monday 7th July 2014

TIM Krul has vowed to wind up Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates if Holland's World Cup semi-final goes to penalties on Wednesday.

Holland 0 Costa Rica 0 (Holland win 4-3 on penalties)

11:21am Monday 7th July 2014

HOLLAND'S substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul dramatically made two saves in a penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica to carry his side into the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Belgium beat USA in thriller

9:16am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

AN outstanding performance from the United States, inspired by Tim Howard, could not prevent American hearts being broken as Belgium finally produced a performance to match their pre-World Cup billing.

Messi is relieved after late winner

9:15am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Final Score: Switzerland 0 Argentina 1

Pogba hails one of life's best moments as Les Bleus negotiate Nigeria test

10:07am Tuesday 1st July 2014

FRANCE'S match-winner Paul Pogba hailed his winning goal as one of the best moments of his life as Les Bleus swept into the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Nigeria 2-0 in Brasilia.

Win all that matters for Mertesacker as Germany sneak past Algeria

10:05am Tuesday 1st July 2014

PER Mertesacker has hit out at critics bemoaning Germany's performance in their win over Algeria and believes qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals was all that mattered.

Cameroon probe World Cup match-fixing claims

10:03am Tuesday 1st July 2014

CAMEROON'S football federation (FECAFOOT) is to investigate allegations of match-fixing by its players at the World Cup finals.

Low not worried about 82 World Cup

9:28am Monday 30th June 2014

JOACHIM LOW has warned Germany they must not underestimate Algeria, who will be looking to settle a 32-year-old score today.

Mexico 1 Holland 2

9:25am Monday 30th June 2014

MEXICO coach Miguel Herrera raged at Arjen Robben, the referee and FIFA after Holland’s last-gasp victory took the Dutch into the World Cup quarter-finals.

James' wonder goal puts Suarez furore in the shade as Colombia see off Uruguay

10:25am Sunday 29th June 2014

URUGUAY followed their shamed striker Luis Suarez out of the World Cup as the furore over his lengthy ban for biting was eclipsed by a goal of spectacular beauty by Colombia's young star James Rodriguez.

Brazil hold their nerve to see off courageous Chile

8:45pm Saturday 28th June 2014

BRAZIL squeezed through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after coming within a whisker of going out against an accomplished Chile side.

South Korea 0 Belgium 1

The Northern Echo: A KI DEAL: Ki Sung-Yeung

11:16pm Thursday 26th June 2014

TOTTENHAM defender Jan Vertonghen struck in the 78th minute to hand 10-man Belgium a 1-0 triumph over South Korea on Thursday in Curitiba.

Algeria 1 Russia 1

The Northern Echo: BAD DAY: Fabio Capello's Russia are out of the World Cup

11:10pm Thursday 26th June 2014

ALGERIA booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their history with a 1-1 draw against Russia in Curitiba.

USA 0 Germany 1

The Northern Echo: USA 0 Germany 1

9:33pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THOMAS Muller moved level with Lionel Messi and Neymar at the top of the World Cup scoring charts with the goal which took Germany through to the last 16.

Portugal 2 Ghana 1

The Northern Echo: TOO LATE: Ronaldo's goal was not enough to save Portugal from a World Cup exit

9:26pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A VICTORY over Ghana was not enough to save Portugal's World Cup campaign as their target of a top-two finish in Group G and a place in the knockout stages fell agonisingly short.

Suarez banned for nine international matches and four months from all football for World Cup bite

The Northern Echo: Luis Suarez

2:51pm Thursday 26th June 2014

LUIS Suarez has been given a nine-game international ban and a four-month suspension from all football for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Hodgson insists he will keep position as England manager

The Northern Echo: NOT QUITTING: England manager Roy Hodgson

8:49am Thursday 26th June 2014

ROY HODGSON has reiterated his desire to stay on as England manager, defiantly insisting he has no intention to quit.

Suarez could pay for previous sins

The Northern Echo: Luis Suarez, right, and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on the ground after Suarez bit Ivanovic during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool, in April last year

8:43am Thursday 26th June 2014

LUIS SUAREZ’S previous record for biting may be used in evidence against him when disciplinary chiefs consider the case against him for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, FIFA has confirmed.

Bento to stay as Portugal boss

8:46am Thursday 26th June 2014

PORTUGAL manager Paolo Bento is adamant he will not resign even if his side fail to qualify for the World Cup knockout stages today.

Rise in weights may bring end to handicaps for Fahey's Baccarat

9:30am Thursday 26th June 2014

WOKINGHAM winner Baccarat is likely to have run in his last handicap for some time after a hefty rise in the weights.

Ecuador 0 France 0

The Northern Echo: SENT OFF: Antonio Valencia

11:05pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

FRANCE secured top spot in Group E and a last 16 showdown with Nigeria as Ecuador's Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia saw red for a two-footed lunge in the Maracana.

Honduras 0 Switzerland 3

The Northern Echo: Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1

11:18pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A XHERDAN Shaqiri hat-trick fired Switzerland into the knock-out stages with a 3-0 victory over Honduras and set up a mouth-watering tie against Argentina in the first round of the knock-out stages.

Nigeria 2 Argentina 3

The Northern Echo: Nigeria 2 Argentina 3

7:40pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

LIONEL Messi scored twice, including a sumptuous free-kick, to help Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 and ensure qualification to the knockout stages as winners of Group F.

Bosnia 3 Iran 1

The Northern Echo: Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1

7:34pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

IRAN'S dreams of a place in the last 16 of the World Cup were ended by goals from Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsajevic as Bosnia-Herzegovina's tournament ended with a 3-1 win.

FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool striker Suarez over World Cup bite

The Northern Echo: Suarez

10:03am Wednesday 25th June 2014

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay striker Luis Suarez after he appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their sides' World Cup match in Natal on Tuesday.

Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1

The Northern Echo: Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1

11:14pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

FORMER Celtic striker Georgios Samaras struck an injury-time penalty as Greece snatched a place in the World Cup last-16 with a dramatic 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.

England's World Cup campaign ends with a whimper

The Northern Echo: MUST DO BETTER: Roy Hodgson's England ended their dismal World Cup campaign with a tame draw

7:32pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

ENGLAND'S dismal World Cup campaign ended in a fittingly underwhelming fashion as Roy Hodgson's men laboured to a dull goalless draw against Costa Rica.

Luis Suarez at the centre of another biting controversy

The Northern Echo: BITE CONTROVERSY: Luis Suarez

7:26pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

LUIS Suarez found himself at the centre of another biting storm shortly before Diego Godin's late goal sent Uruguay through to the World Cup knockout stages at the expense of 10-man Italy in Natal.

Tuesday Topic: If England are going to improve, they have to start by accepting they're not very good

The Northern Echo: DEJECTION: England's failings have been exposed by their World Cup exit before the end of the group stage in Brazil

7:02am Tuesday 24th June 2014

IF it feels like we have been before, then it is because we have. Repeatedly. The only difference this time is that the post-mortem has begun before the last rites have been administered.

Mexico coach hails one of best days of his life after victory over Croatia

10:06am Tuesday 24th June 2014

MEXICO coach Miguel Herrera will allow his players a small celebration after what he regarded as one of the best days of his life.

All change for England for a World Cup finale

The Northern Echo: CHANCE TO SHINE: Ross Barkley

9:28am Tuesday 24th June 2014

ROY HODGSON has challenged Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere to prove England have a bright future ahead of them after their World Cup shambles.

Lampard yet to decide his future

The Northern Echo: Frank Lampard

9:24am Tuesday 24th June 2014

ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson hopes Frank Lampard will refrain from definitively retiring from international football.

Brazil 4 Cameroon 1

11:06pm Monday 23rd June 2014

NEYMAR'S superb two-goal show inspired Brazil as the hosts eased through to the last 16 of the World Cup, finishing top of Group A to set up a meeting with Chile.

Holland 2 Chile 0

7:26pm Monday 23rd June 2014

HOLLAND secured top spot in World Cup Group B after late goals from substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay steered them to a 2-0 victory over Chile in Sao Paulo on Monday.

Australia 0 Spain 3

7:19pm Monday 23rd June 2014

SPAIN at least ensured the end of their golden era finished with a 3-0 victory as they saw off Australia in something of a lacklustre Group B dead-rubber match in Curitiba.

Hodgson calls for Redknapp to name and shame Spurs players who tried to avoid playing for England

The Northern Echo: NAME AND SHAME: England manager Roy Hodgson has called for Harry Redknapp to name and shame players who he claims tried to avoid playing for England

10:24am Monday 23rd June 2014

ROY Hodgson and Steven Gerrard think Harry Redknapp was wrong to come out and claim some of his former Tottenham players tried to skip England duty.

South Korea 2 Algeria 4

9:50am Monday 23rd June 2014

VICTORIOUS Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic rounded on his critics after seeing his side produce an "almost perfect" first-half display to rekindle their World Cup hopes.

USA 2 Portugal 2

9:49am Monday 23rd June 2014

SUBSTITUTE Silvestre Varela headed in a stoppage-time equaliser against the United States to keep Portugal's slim World Cup hopes alive.



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