Neymar brace gets Brazil going

Neymar brace gets Brazil going

Neymar wasted little time in living up to his billing as Brazil's World Cup spearhead when he scored twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 comeback victory over Croatia in a terrific opening game of the tournament on Thursday.

The jekyl and hyde that is Cameroon

The jekyl and hyde that is Cameroon
The curiosity of Cameroon and the World Cup is that the country is both Africa’s highest achiever and its worst under-performer. Sixteen other nations on the continent have a bigger population than Cameroon’s (which is around 22 million) but none has left as big a mark on the global stage, nor graced it as often.

Eto'o trains alone

Eto'o trains alone


Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o trained on his own on Wednesday, ahead of the Indomitable Lions’ opening Group A game against Mexico on Friday.

Croatia won't park the bus

Croatia won't park the bus

Croatia vowed on Wednesday to try to create a "miracle" when they take on mighty Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup opener, refusing to adopt a negative approach against the star-studded home side.

Now is our time say Brazil

Now is our time say Brazil

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has issued a passionate rallying cry on the eve of his team's FIFA World Cup opener, telling an expectant nation: "This is our World Cup."

Marquez back to lead the pack

Marquez back to lead the pack

He may be 35-years-old but centre-back Rafael Marquez remains an important leader for Mexico ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Hernandez prepared for back-up role

Hernandez prepared for back-up role

Mexcio's Javier Hernandez is set to start on the bench for Friday's World Cup match against Cameroon but he will accept such a decision philosophically despite being his country's highest active scorer with 35 goals.

Looking for room behind Brazil

Looking for room behind Brazil
With Brazil odds-on favourite to top Group A in their home World Cup, there will be a dogfight between Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon to secure the second qualifying place for the last 16 with little between any of them.

Money issues back to the fore as Cameroon strike

Money issues back to the fore as Cameroon strike
Cameroon's World Cup squad refused to board their scheduled plane to Brazil on Sunday in a strike action over money for the tournament, officials said.

one to watch: Serge Aurier

one to watch: Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier was a name unfamiliar to most football fans outside France, but the defender is now being tipped as a potential 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil star. FIFA.com spoke to the Côte d’Ivoire defender, who is about to embark on his first international tournament with the Elephants.

Croatia head for Brazil in great form

It is almost frightening to look at all the injury and fatigue problems that most of the World Cup squads are forced to deal with. It is hard to imagine we will be looking at Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez at their best during the tournament, as the long and exhausting season has cost them dearly. 

Different this time for Mbia

Different this time for Mbia

When Stephane Mbia arrives in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it will be the fourth time that he has appeared on a global stage, so the 28-year-old will be one of the veteran players in Volker Finke's team.

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