Mike Collett

Poor World Cup final sums up bad year for game

From the earliest days of January to the last days of December, this was a year of tragedy, scandal and controversy for the world's most popular sport

Fifa set for biggest decision in world sport

Fifa will take the biggest and most far-reaching decision in international sport on Thursday when its executive committee votes on the host nations.

United escape at Villa, Spurs end winless run

Manchester United scored twice in the last nine minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Real, Bayern, Chelsea through in Champions League

Real Madrid scored seconds from time to force a 2-2 draw at AC Milan and secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Liverpool humbled by Northampton, Chelsea out

Liverpool suffered a humiliating home defeat on penalties by League Two Northampton Town in the English League Cup third round on Wednesday.

Apologetic Blatter to rethink technology

Sepp Blatter apologised on Tuesday for the refereeing mistakes that have blighted the World Cup and promised to look at introducing new technology.

Brazil beat Côte d’Ivoire but Kaka sent off

Brazil showed their true World Cup colours on Sunday, turning on the turbo to beat Côte d'Ivoire 3-1 in Group G.

Cameroon first side out of World Cup

Cameroon became the first side to be eliminated from the World Cup after the Indomitable Lions somehow lost 2-1 to Denmark.

Higuain hat-trick gives Argentina victory

Gonzalo Higuain scored the first hat-trick of the World Cup as Argentina took a huge step towards the second round when they thrashed South Korea 4-1.

Luck helps Netherlands beat Denmark

The Netherlands needed a lucky own goal and a strike by Dirk Kuyt to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 win over Denmark.

Hosts South Africa held 1-1 by Mexico

A stunning goal from Siphiwe Tshabalala almost gave hosts SA the perfect start to the World Cup before they were held to a 1-1 draw by Mexico.

Rejuvenated SA and Mexico are the teams to beat

SA's improvement over the last six months, Mexico's new-found self belief and France's erratic build-up will make Group A one of the closest fought.

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