Belgium defeat England 2-0 to finish 3rd in FIFA World Cup 2018

Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate`s side home with a second straight loss. France will face Croatia in Sunday`s final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier and an 82nd minute Eden Hazard strike earned Belgium the victory and the third-place, which improves on their

Russia won World Cup 2018 'honestly': Vladimir Putin

Russia fought honestly for the right to host the 2018 World Cup and the decision should not be called into question, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Swiss judicial authorities are probing the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar as part of a far-reaching corruption scandal that has also raised questions about the 2010 event in South Africa. “We fought in an honest manner

Cristiano Ronaldo bags Fifa Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Fifa Ballon d’Or award, earning the title of world’s best football player for a third time. He beat Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and four-time winner Lionel Messi in a vote of national team captains and coaches from Fifa’s 209 member countries, plus selected journalists. Ronaldo retained football’s highest individual honour after scoring 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year. His record tally of

Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball as World Cup's best player

FIFA awarded Lionel Messi the `Golden Ball` as the top player of the World Cup on Sunday after the Argentina captain led his side to the final at the Maracana where they lost to Germany 1-0 in extra time.The four-times world player of the year had a quiet game by his standards against Germany but scored four of his team`s six goals in the group stage.He also set up Angel

Germany script history, beat Argentina 1-0 to win World Cup

Germany wrote a new chapter in the history of international football as they became the first European team to lift the World Cup in South America, clinching a hard-fought 1-0 win over Argentina in the final, their triumph coming on the back of steely resolve and blood on the pitch here.Substitute Mario Goetze scored the all-important goal in the 113th minute, combining with another sub Andre Schurrle, who provided him

Gonzalo Higuain strike takes Argentina to World Cup semi-final

Striker Gonzalo Higuain scored when it mattered as his opportunistic strike helped Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 to enter the World Cup semi-final after 24 long years ending their `quartefinal jinx` that affected them during the last two editions.The last time when the `Albicelestes` reached semi-final was `Italia 90` where the Diego Maradona-led team lost the final 0-1 to West Germany.In recent editions, Argentina have lost twice in the quarterfinals in

Argentina scrape 1-0 extra time win over Swiss

Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. With a penalty shootout looming, Lionel Messi made a surging run toward the Swiss area and laid the ball off to Di Maria on the right, and the winger sent a left-foot shot past diving goalkeeper Diego Benaglio. Blerim Dzemaili nearly equalized

Luis Suarez gets four-month ban for biting Italy's Chiellini

World governing body Fifa have imposed a four-month footballing ban on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. Fifa issued a statement banning Luis Suarez for nine matches & four months from all football activity. The independent disciplinary committee imposed the suspension after finding the 27-year-old guilty of misconduct. Suarez has also been banned for nine international matches, ruling him out of the rest of the World

FIFA World Cup: Netherlands stun World Cup champions Spain

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice each as the Netherlands avenged their 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain with a record 5-1 drubbing of the defending champions on Friday. Van Persie pounced in each half as the Dutch recovered from a controversial Xabi Alonso penalty to inflict a crushing defeat on the reigning kings of world and European football. Stefan De Vrij got the Netherlands` other goal

FIFA World Cup Score: Brazil 3 – 1 Croatia

Hosts Brazil take on Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup opener.  Nervy Brazil fell behind to an 11th-minute Marcelo own goal in the opening game of the World Cup against Croatia on Thursday, but got back on level terms thanks to a sublime Neymar strike just before the half-hour mark at the Corinthians arena. Roared on by a fanatical home support, Brazil gradually exerted control over the Group A

FIFA releases official World Cup song

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull joins Jennifer Lopez and Brazil’s Claudia Leitte in the official World Cup football song released by FIFA. The track, “We Are One (Ole, Ola)”, featuring an acoustic guitar and an upbeat rhythm with lyrics promoting peace and unity, was released Tuesday.  A video-clip filmed in Florida is expected to debut later this month. Pitbull, Lopez and Leitte will perform the song before the opening World Cup match