Adidas team to lift World Cup but rivals Nike hold slender goals lead

By David Owen

It will be an all Adidas final tomorrow when Germany play Argentina in the World Cup final for the third time ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe 2014 FIFA World Cup draws to a close in Brazil this weekend with an all-Nike third-place playoff, followed by an all-Adidas final.

Match Hospitality claims chief executive with lawyer after leaving hotel amid ticket scam probe

By Zjan Shirinian

Match Hospitality chief executive Ray Whelan (left) was first arrested on Monday ©TwitterThe chief executive of Match Hospitality is not a fugitive and did not "rush" from his hotel in Rio de Janeiro an hour before police were set to re-arrest him in connection with a ticketing scam, it has been claimed.

Blatter rivals given only 15 minutes to make their case to FIFA Congress

By David Owen

Joseph Blatter is widely expected to run for a fifth term as FIFA President ©Getty ImagesCandidates for the FIFA presidency are to be given just 15 minutes to present their programmes to next year's Congress ahead of the vote, according to newly-published electoral regulations.

FIFA suspends Nigeria Football Federation over Government interference

By Emily Goddard

FIFA has suspended the Nigeria Football Federation ©Getty ImagesFIFA has suspended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect after "Government interference" that saw the national organisation dissolved and replaced by a sole administrator.

Match Hospitality chief branded "fugitive" after leaving hotel as about to be re-arrested

By Nick Butler

Match Hospitality chief executive Ray Whelan was arrested at the Copacabana Hotel earlier this week ©TwitterMatch Hospitality chief executive Ray Whelan, arrested by Brazilian police earlier this week in connection with a ticketing scam during the FIFA World Cup, has been called a "fugitive" by Brazilian police after reportedly fleeing from his hotel an hour before officials arrived to re-arrest him.

"Dynamic piece of art" unveiled as Women's World Cup 2015 official poster

By Zjan Shirinian

The official poster for Canada 2015 has been described as a dynamic piece of art ©FIFA/Canada 2015A "dynamic piece of art" has been unveiled as the official poster for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.

Argentina rub salt in Brazilian wounds by setting up World Cup Final with Germany

By Nick Butler

Argentina fans celebrating after their team defeated The Netherlands on penalties ©AFP/Getty ImagesArgentina set up a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cup Finals' against Germany after requiring a penalty shoot-out to beat The Netherlands following a forgettable 0-0 draw in São Paulo tonight.

Brazil humiliated in FIFA World Cup semi-final as Germany thump them 7-1

By Zjan Shirinian

Andre Schuerrle celebrates scoring his team's seventh goal, which completed a thrashing of Brazil ©Getty ImagesBrazil were humiliated in front of a stunned home crowd as Germany thumped them 7-1 to reach the final of the FIFA World Cup.

Battle of the Brands pits Adidas against Nike in both World Cup semi-finals

By David Owen

Adidas and Nike go head-to-head in both World Cup semi-finals ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesAnd so, with just four of the 64 matches remaining, Brazil 2014 has come down, as one always suspected it might, to a duel between the two biggest brands and the two confederations whose top teams have monopolised the World Cup trophy for 84 years.
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