Brazil suffered another embarrassing defeat as it lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff in Brasilia on Saturday.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Goal's weekly column looks at how Brendan Rodgers can go about suitably replacing the Uruguayan and the ongoing rivalry between the Reds and Arsenal.
The German machine will need to function at a high level to slow down the Argentina star in Sunday's World Cup final.
The Oranje might have ended the tournament empty handed once more, but there’s no reason to believe they have a psychological problem
Friday, July 11, 2014
For better or worse, there is no one quite like the Uruguayan striker. Barcelona's gain is Liverpool and English soccer's loss.
The Blaugrana are poised to assemble the most talented all-South American front three since Brazil lined up with Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho - but will it work?
The Gunners announced the capture of the Chilean on Thursday and will hope that he can transform a front line that was too often blunt and one-paced last season.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Mexico's top flight has long enjoyed superiority over its northern neighbor, but it must adapt to maintain its continental dominance.
Keylor Navas, Rafa Marquez and Clint Dempsey headline the best XI from Brazil after the region enjoyed a standout World Cup.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Netherlands may have lost its World Cup semifinal against Argentina on penalties in Sao Paulo Wednesday, but the nation still overachieved in Brazil.
The Barcelona midfielder was in fantastic form as Argentina held off the Netherlands and reached the World Cup final after a tense penalty shootout.
After more than 20 years away from the highest heights of the World Cup, Argentina is back among the world's best, and now stands one step away from a third World Cup title.
The flamboyant center back had made a major contribution to Brazil's march to the World Cup semifinals, but all his good work came crashing down in 90 disastrous minutes.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Germany is receiving all of the plaudits after its 7-1 thumping of host Brazil in Belo Horizonte, but the truth is that Brazil inflicted this humiliation on itself.
The Brazil boss must take responsibility for what is probably the most embarrassing defeat in the nation's entire history, eclipsing even the Maracanazo.
The 18-year-old will be hoping to emulate the achievements of France's World Cup star, after quitting Paris Saint-Germain for Turin. Goal profiles the highly-rated starlet.
Once admired for a style which wowed the world, Brazil's current side is not vintage - even though it could go on to win the World Cup once again
The fullback's departure was a blow but the Newcastle star's experience, defensive qualities, aerial ability and winning mentality mark him out as a worthy successor.
Monday, July 7, 2014
A strong performance in Brazil has put a number of high-profile Mexico stars in the thoughts of many big clubs in Europe.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
The Netherlands boss has had to change his plans following an injury to his "head of incidental pressing" — a player that his new club does not currently possess.