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Germany wins the 2014 World Cup in Rio's Maracana Stadium

On Sunday, 13 July 2014 Germany beat Argentina one-nil in extra time in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã to to win the 20th FIFA World Cup. It was Germany’s 4th title and, including qualifying, it had had to play 16 games to reach the final, winning 14 of them and drawing two.

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Why Now is the Best Time of the Year for a Sports Fan

In the twenty-plus years of being a sports fan, I’ve become accustomed to the lulls throughout the year.  Most people who relate know that our calendar is based around spring trainings, two-a-days and tip-offs. 194 more words

Holidays

Some familiar NBA names in unfamiliar places at the FIBA Basketball World Cup

BILBAO, Spain — Kevin Durant stands front and centre in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. 638 more words

Basketball

It's official, Brazil is in recession

Brazil released its latest GDP numbers this morning and they are dismal. Growth contracted for a second straight quarter in the three months that ended in June—after first-quarter numbers were revised to show a decline as well. 112 more words

Van Gaal still looking for first win as Manchester United manager

LONDON — From the World Cup semifinals to a bruising introduction in Britain, Louis van Gaal’s fortunes have changed rapidly inside two months.

The coach who led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup enters his fourth match as Manchester United manager still searching for his first win. 766 more words

FIFA World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA best player in Europe award

MONACO — Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League. 106 more words

Soccer

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Is fiscal sanity returning to international sport?

Looking for the Stampeders game on television Sunday night, I happened across the Under-20 Women’s World Cup soccer final. It was being played at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium and, having read about a lawsuit launched against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association protesting playing upon artificial turf, I hung around to see what the problem was. 768 more words

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