• Germany’s Special Ks can lead them to glory

    Germany's extraordinary goal haul in Belo Horizonte has been dominating the headlines this week, and while it was Miroslav Klose that made history, breaking the all-time World Cup goalscoring record by hitting his 16th goal in the 7-1 win over Brazil, it was the Germany midfield that made the difference between the sides.

    Both Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira have seen their names banded about throughout the duration of the World Cup, linked with big-money summer moves - the former in to and the latter out of Real Madrid - and while the quality they possess was already widely known, performances

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  • Five things to look out for in the World Cup final

    Ben Lyttleton highlights some of the things you need to look out for in the Sunday's World Cup final.

    This is Messi’s moment

    The comparisons with Maradona have been stifling and yet here he is, Lionel Messi, Argentina captain, 90 minutes from winning the World Cup against the very same team that Maradona’s 1986 side beat in the final.

    Messi is a different player to the high-presser from Pep Guardiola’s early days at Barcelona. The suggestion in Barcelona that he was saving himself for the World Cup needs to be revised now: he has just changed the way he is playing. Only Fred has covered less

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  • The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has thrown up some very memorable and dramatic incidents - both on and off the pitch. This is the story of the tournament with the narrative of the unusual and never-to-be-forgotten objects which made it so unique.

    The faulty stage at the opening ceremony

    The faulty stage at the opening ceremony

    Poor Pitbull and J-Lo. All they wanted to do was be lifted up from the depths of a dodgy wooden stage out into the open air, only for it to fail in their moment of need. It wasn't the only thing that was very wrong with the performance, of course.

    The incredibly dodgy staircase at unfinished stadium

    The incredibly dodgy staircase at unfinished stadium

    Just

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  • Benzema needs to go the extra mile to achieve greatness

    The first World Cup for Karim Benzema, the most capped player in the French squad, saw his best and worst sides on display - but could his performances be a springboard for him to lead his nation to future success?

    Benzema’s natural talent and extraordinary ability has often been limited by an apparent lack of desire. When on form, he is powerful and quick, an accurate finisher and a predator who spends much of his time inside the box.

    France has won every one of the games in which he has scored. But he is also seen as a bad boy, not in the controversial style of Luis Suarez or Mario

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  • The 20 Biggest Stars of the 2014 World Cup

    And so, the end of the World Cup is nigh, and it is time to take stock, to reflect on all that we have witnessed and pick over the bones of it. There have been some remarkable individual performances in the tournament, but who have been the best players? Who are the men that we will remember in 40 years time?

    Here are the 20 biggest stars of the 2014 World Cup.

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    20) Rafael Marquez (Mexico)


    Sometimes you don't need to really run very far to succeed in international football. Marquez, who became the first man to captain his country at four World Cups, didn't really have to, imperiously

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  • Just the other day we brought the news that a young Belgian fan had scored a modelling contract after being spotted at the World Cup.

    Well…that didn't last long.

    Snaps of Axelle Despiegelaere flooded the internet as hoards of social media users coveted her beauty - prompting French cosmetics company L’Oreal to make an approach for the 17-year-old during the summer transfer window.

    However, a controversial photo posted by Axelle has seen her DROPPED before her modelling career had even begun.

    Axelle set up a new Facebook page to promote her new career but L’Oreal didn't take too kindly to one

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  • Jose Mourinho: LIVE World Cup final post-match analysis

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho joins us 15 minutes after the conclusion of the World Cup final to offer exclusive analysis.

    Mourinho will be the star guest as the Yahoo team analyse the result of Germany v Argentina and also look at the World Cup as a whole.

    Jose will be in the studio with former USA star Carlos Bocanegra, Yahoo Sports analyst Martin Rogers and host Melanie Collins.

    You will be able to get your questions in for Yahoo's Global Football Ambassador via Twitter, and follow the with us.

    Just make sure you use the hashtag #WCFinal!

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  • Mourinho: Messi not the greatest of all time

    Ahead of Sunday's World Cup final, Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that Lionel Messi can be considered the greatest player of all time.

    The former Real Madrid coach came up against Messi on a regular basis in Spain and he has huge respect for the little forward, irrespective of the result at the Maracana.

    [WHITE: MESSI AND ONLY MESSI CAN STOP GERMANY]

    But Mourinho says on a personal level he would not consider Messi as the greatest player to grace the game.

    "I think he is a fantastic player," said Yahoo's Global Football Ambassador. "He doesn't need to win the World Cup to be

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  • What’s all the fuss about Ron Vlaar’s missed penalty?

    After an incredible display from Ron Vlaar against Argentina, it all counted for nothing after his penalty was saved by Argentina's Sergio Romero.

    Or was it?

    Astonishingly, this is suddenly now a big point of contention with new video angles emerging that suggest the ball might have crossed the line after Romero's save.

    Maybe not, though; from this angle it seems as if the ball rebounded, and then trickled back - to stop very firmly on the line.

    If it had gone over the line while Romero was off celebrating, it would have counted. FIFA's rules on shoot-outs are very clear: the penalty-taker

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  • Unemployed chef wins big in astonishing World Cup punt

    RIP Brazil: The night football changed forever

    John Moore from Woodford, east London, claims he had a 'premonition' the day before Brazil's humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in their World Cup semi-final.

    The 28-year-old says he had "the numbers one and seven in my head" before making a decision that he will forever look back on with delight and disbelief.

    The unemployed chef scooped £2,500 after putting just £5 on Germany to beat the World Cup hosts by that exact scoreline.

    Remarkably, the Arsenal fan says he received signs such as a clock displaying the time 17:17 and a package delivered to him with 71 instead of his actual flat number

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