Mario Götze scored an extra-time winner as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to become the first European team to win a World Cup held in South America.
England will step up their penalty-taking practice as they enter the Euro 2012 knockout rounds desperate to atone for repeated failures in shoot-outs.
France came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with England as a cagey Euro 2012 opener between the Group D rivals ended in a stalemate.
Soccer referees may soon be equipped with technology that will enable them to tell if a soccer ball has crossed the goal-line.
Manchester City have seized control of the Premier League after beating Manchester United 1-0 in a derby that failed to live up to its pre-match hype.
Didier Drogba has helped Chelsea stun Champions League title defenders Barcelona with a 1-0 upset victory in their first-leg semifinal.
An injury-depleted England team are due to face Holland since manager Fabio Capello's resignation.
Liverpool's League Cup win has ended their six-year trophy drought at Wembley, which their manager says could spur them on for more success.
The Premier League duel between Man United and Man City could be relegated to a sideshow as all eyes descend on the turmoil at Arsenal and Chelsea.
Fabio Capello has resigned as manager of England following the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy, the FA confirmed.