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James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

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After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. More>>

Downed jet claimed victims from 13 countries

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The human cost of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 hit home around the world Friday, upending scores of families and small communities spanning half of the planet, from a Dutch fishing village to an Australian... More>>

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Van Gaal needs time to impose philosophy at United

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer While avoiding starting his Manchester United reign with any bold predictions or statements of intent, Louis van Gaal still projected an aura of authority and conviction in... More>>

Rosberg changes World Cup helmet on FIFA complaint

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Formula One leader Nico Rosberg ditched plans to put an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet for the upcoming German Grand Prix following a complaint from FIFA. More>>

Ukrainian, Russian clubs to be kept apart by UEFA

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UEFA has decided to keep Ukrainian and Russian clubs from playing each other "until further notice" because of the continuing unrest between the neighboring countries. More>>

Germany takes No. 1 soccer ranking; US is No. 15

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Germany climbed to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings Thursday after winning the World Cup, and the United States fell two places to 15th despite reaching the round of 16. More>>

Durant, Rousey win top athlete honors at ESPYs

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Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the... More>>

Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start

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Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it's that there are no guarantees. More>>

Best of Brazilian music coming to New York City

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The World Cup is over but the Brazilian party will go on- in New York City. More>>

US Concussion expert: World Cup sets bad example

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World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then failed to take advantage of the international interest in the tournament to teach soccer fans and young players about the dangers of... More>>

'Los Jets': A Latino soccer team, Southern town

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Journalist Paul Cuadros traveled to North Carolina in 1999 seeking to report on immigrant poultry industry workers in the South. He stayed as a high school soccer coach who saw the sports program become a boost for its... More>>

World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

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As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history. More>>

Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

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At a party 24 years in the making, hundreds of thousands of Germans showed their admiration and adoration for their World Cup winners in a parade to the Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday. More>>

A look at the venues hosting 2018 World Cup

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A look at the cities and venues to be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. More>>

From Brazil to Russia: A look at 2018 World Cup

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Brazil barely managed to get everything ready in time for the World Cup. Russia insists it won't have any such problems in 2018, although the country faces other pressing issues - including racism and violence. More>>

Scars show as Gaza's children endure third war

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The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing their homes as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. More>>

Argentina's gutsy World Cup team is welcomed home Video included

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Argentina's national team was welcomed home Monday by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup final. More>>

8 accused of illegal World Cup betting in Vegas

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Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring from exclusive high-roller villas at a Las Vegas Strip resort that investigators said logged millions of... More>>

Brazil rethinks future after World Cup failure

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The World Cup held potential disaster for Brazil - the country, not the team. More>>

More than 26 million watch World Cup final in US

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Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and... More>>

Actress Kruger jumps for joy over World Cup win

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German-born actress Diane Kruger says watching Sunday's World Cup final she couldn't eat, drink or sit down the entire match. More>>

Argentine shares lag on World Cup defeat

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It's not just Argentine soccer fans who woke up depressed following their nation's 1-0 defeat to Germany in the World Cup final. Traders in Buenos Aires were also feeling blue. More>>

Brazil's upside-down Cup: Bad on field, good off

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For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup. More>>

Blatter awards Brazil 9.25 mark for special WCup

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Brazil got 9.25 out of 10 from FIFA President Sepp Blatter for organizing a World Cup that was "very special" because of high quality football. More>>

What worries? Brazil World Cup scores high

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Brazil's World Cup organizers can say it now: "Esta tudo bem" - it's all OK. What was everyone so worried about? More>>

Man United lands $1.3 billion, 10-year Adidas deal

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Manchester United landed the richest uniform deal in soccer, a $1.3 billion, 10-year agreement with Adidas that replaces its Nike sponsorship. More>>

Man United clinches $1.3bn Adidas kit deal

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Manchester United has secured the most lucrative kit deal in football, announcing that Adidas has agreed to pay $1.3 billion over 10 years to take over the sponsorship from... More>>

World Cup title ends 10-year project for Germany

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The World Cup title for Joachim Loew and his "golden generation" crowned a process that was 10 years in the making. With a talented crop of new players coming through, the future looks bright for Germany. More>>

Blatter: FIFA must do more against racism

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has criticized the way discrimination incidents were dealt with at World Cup matches. More>>

A look at the venues hosting 2018 World Cup

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A look at the cities and venues to be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. More>>

Germany basks in 4th World Cup after 24-year wait

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It's been a long wait, and now Germany is basking in its fourth World Cup title. More>>

AP PHOTOS: "All of Germany is the world champion"

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By The Associated Press The party was already underway in Berlin, though there were a couple of nervous moments before the revelers could really let themselves go. More>>

United Germany stands at the top of the world

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United they stand, right at the top of the football world. More>>

Dempsey scores as Seattle beats Portland 2-0

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The intent was for Clint Dempsey to go 65 or 70 minutes and not push too hard in his return from the World Cup rejoining the Seattle Sounders. More>>

Stars of politics, sport, music at World Cup final

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Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday. More>>

Kramer head injury revives concussion concerns

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Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer's head injury in the World Cup final on Sunday has revived concerns about the way football deals with concussions. More>>

Goetze scores late to give Germany the World Cup

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Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster. More>>

Germany wins terrifically entertaining World Cup

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Germany won the World Cup. Host Brazil won a world of new friends. More>>

After Brazil, Blatter focuses on FIFA election

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When Brazil's football fans finally got their best chance to see Sepp Blatter at the World Cup, they had a message for him. More>>

Dejected Argentine fans, elated Germans in Brazil

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Thousands of Argentine football fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach gasped and then fell into silence when Germany scored a stunning extra-time goal to claim the World Cup title on Sunday. More>>

Messi wins award as best player at World Cup

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Lionel Messi has received the award for best player of the World Cup, minutes after his Argentina team lost the final 1-0 to Germany. More>>

Messi vomits in World Cup final

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi vomited during the World Cup final, as he has done on many occasions both for Argentina and club team Barcelona. More>>

Khedira out of World Cup final, replaced by Kramer

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Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is a late withdrawal from the World Cup final with a calf injury and will not play. He is replaced by Christoph Kramer. More>>

Russia: 1 killed near Ukraine border by shell fire

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Russia's foreign ministry said Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a Russian border town, killing one person and seriously injuring two others. Ukraine denied firing a shell into Russian territory. More>>

Ukraine govt denies president will be at Cup final

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won't be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, a government statement said, denying assertions by Brazilian officials that he would be there. More>>

Brazil protests fizzled, but roots of anger remain

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The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up... More>>

LeBron: World Cup final 'bigger' than NBA finals

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Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James sized up the World Cup final and said it trumps the NBA finals. More>>

Ukraine president to be at World Cup final in Rio

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro - along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian authorities said Saturday. More>>

Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd

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When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup. More>>

ON THIS DAY: Laurent scores 1st World Cup goal

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By PAN PYLAS and ANNE-MARIE BELGRAVE Associated Press On July 13 in World Cup history: First ever tournament starts in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930. More>>

Pele remembers despair of last Maracana final

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It's the day of the last World Cup finale in Brazil. Pele is nine years old. Back then, he's just Edson Arantes do Nascimento. More>>

Germany wants history and title in South America

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No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Just one more source of motivation for Germany ahead of Sunday's final against Argentina. More>>

World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany?

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The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team. More>>

Rousseff: Brazil's World Cup proved doubters wrong

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Brazil has proved its doubters wrong by putting on a highly successful World Cup, President Dilma Rousseff said on the eve of the tournament's final match between Germany and Argentina this weekend. More>>

Rousseff: Brazil proved World Cup doubters wrong

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President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that on the eve of the World Cup's final match this weekend, her country has proved doubters of Brazil's ability to organize a big event wrong. More>>

ON THIS DAY: Zidane gives France 1st World Cup win

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By PAN PYLAS and ANNE-MARIE BELGRAVE Associated Press On July 12 in World Cup history: Zinedine Zidane's headers help France beat subdued Brazil in 1998 home final. More>>

A look at some of the best goals at the World Cup

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Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and... More>>

World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

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As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history. More>>

Barcelona reach agreement for Luis Suarez

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By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting... More>>

World Cup defeat can hurt domestic stock market

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Argentina and Germany face off in the World Cup final on Sunday and investors in both countries will do well to be alert to potential drops on their stock markets the day after in case of defeat. More>>

Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina Video included

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With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America More>>

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By The Associated Press Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide More>>

Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari as coach

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Brazil football great Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance. More>>

Police hunting for Whelan in ticket scalping case

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A World Cup hospitality company director has been declared a fugitive by Brazilian police investigating a ticket scalping scheme. More>>

White Elephants: Looking for games, events, fans

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Once the World Cup and its traveling circus leaves town, four gleaming stadiums that cost $1.6 billion and hosted massive crowds will echo noisily as their owners struggle to find a use for them or even partially fill them. More>>

ON THIS DAY: Spain finally wins the World Cup

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By PAN PYLAS and ANNE-MARIE BELGRAVE Associated Press On July 11 in history: A Late strike from Andres Iniesta helps Spain beat Netherlands to win 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg; Italy comfortably... More>>

FIFA rejects Suarez appeal against ban for biting

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FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match. More>>

Vatican casts doubt on papal World Cup party

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The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday. More>>

Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

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When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. More>>

Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties

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The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show. More>>

ON THIS DAY: Bulgaria beats Germany in 1994

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By PAN PYLAS and ANNE-MARIE BELGRAVE Associated Press On July 10 in World Cup history: Iordan Letchkov's header enough for Bulgaria to beat Germany in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1994. More>>

Official in scalping case gives up credential

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The director of a World Cup hospitality company implicated in ticket scalping surrendered his tournament credentials on Thursday. More>>

De Jong back in Dutch lineup for Argentina

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Midfielder Nigel de Jong has recovered from a groin injury the Netherlands team feared would end his World Cup and will start Wednesday's semifinal against Argentina. More>>

Brazil's World Cup dream turns to nightmare Video included

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It wasn't just a bad dream. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Argentine WCup fans follow team on bus

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Talk about commitment to your sports team. More>>

Germany's WCup victory sets Twitter sports record

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It won't be what Brazil's fans will remember, but the first World Cup semifinal is the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history. More>>

Brazilians struggling to explain loss to Germany Video included

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Brazilians are having a difficult time trying to fathom how it all went wrong so quickly against Germany in the World Cup semifinals. More>>

Germany delighted, astonished by Brazil rout Video included

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Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality. More>>

Germany delighted, astonished by Brazil rout Video included

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Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality. More>>

World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

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With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been reduced to watching matches in secret or even - and this... More>>

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Brazil tries to come to grips with big WCup loss Video included

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Catastrophic. Suffering. A Historic Humiliation. More>>

Column: Disaster's branding iron burns Brazil anew

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Even for an 84-year-old tournament drenched in history, Germany 7, Brazil 1 - you read that right - will be remembered as one of the craziest World Cup matches ever. Because of the humiliation it inflicted on a great... More>>

7-goal scoring spree stuns even Germany Video included

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Chance after chance was offered, and the Germany players just kept on taking them with clinical efficiency. More>>

World Cup scalping scandal continues in Brazil

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A World Cup ticket scalping case has revived a reputation FIFA tries hard to fight, and threatens to stain a tournament which has been better than critics expected. More>>

Brazil's defense falls apart without Thiago Silva

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Forget Neymar for a second and consider just how badly Brazil missed Thiago Silva in defense. More>>

Brazil fans crushed by 7-1 loss to Germany Video included

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The tears started flowing before half time, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief. More>>

Klose sets record that compounds Brazil's defeat

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Miroslav Klose found perhaps the only way to make matters worse for Brazil. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Brazil fans in shock after 7-1 loss

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By The Associated Press The sadness, frustration and disappointment were palpable as Brazil fans watched Germany score goal after goal after goal (after goal after goal after goal after goal) at the... More>>

ON THIS DAY: Zidane headbutts Materazzi in 2006

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By PAN PYLAS and ANNE-MARIE BELGRAVE Associated Press On July 9 in World Cup history: Zinedine Zidane loses his cool as Italy beats France to win 2006 final in Berlin. More>>

Brazil's World Cup dream shattered against Germany Video included

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It was a humiliating home defeat of record proportions that no Brazilian could have seen coming. More>>

Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final Video included

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With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany. More>>

Netherlands vs Argentina: How they compare

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When Argentina plays the Netherlands in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday, it will be a matchup of arguably the two best attacks in the tournament. No less than five of the world's best forwards could be on the... More>>

Main players in the FIFA ticket scalping case

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An investigation into scalping World Cup hospitality tickets threatens to mar what has been a successful tournament in Brazil. More>>

World Cup entangled with Mideast soaring conflicts

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With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tensions in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been reduced to watching matches in secret or even - and this... More>>

136 variations of Brazilian skin colors

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In a story about racism issues in Brazil published on June 22, The Associated Press failed to give attribution to the source for the English translation of the Portuguese terms used. These English translations were... More>>

Bernard replaces Neymar for Brazil vs Germany Video included

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With Neymar out injured, Bernard will start as a third forward for Brazil on Tuesday in the World Cup semifinal against Germany. More>>

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