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Brazil claims 'victory' in World Cup

Brazil's national football team may have been smoked on the pitch by Germany, but now government officials are claiming a 2014 FIFA World Cup victory of another sort. According to figures released this week by Brazil's federal government, the World Cup was a triumph for the country's transportation and tourism industries.

Germany's Mario Goetze, Andre Schuerrle celebrating World Cup victory

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Heroes' welcome for German World Cup winners

The streets of Berlin have turned black, red and gold as up to a million flag-waving fans gather in the German capital to welcome home the nation's World Cup-winning footballers.

Germany's national side flew in from Rio de Janeiro -- where they beat A...

Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil soccer coach

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Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Brazil manager

Luiz Felipe Scolari's second stint as Brazil manager didn't go nearly as well as the first.

Argentina World Cup riots

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Argentine police, fans riot after World Cup

Police in Argentina arrested at least 120 people Sunday after a World Cup celebration in downtown Buenos Aires got out of hand, state news agency Telam reported.

Fans had gathered to celebrate Argentina's best performance in the World Cup in almost a...

Mario Gotze scores

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World Cup walloped social-media records

In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.

German fans celebrate

Germany erupts as 24-year World Cup wait ends

In a twist of fate, the hosts' vanquishers became the heroes tonight. Germany's Mario Götze's late, late strike made the difference in the final against Argentina, and his sublime goal prevented Brazil's neighbors and arch rivals from lifting the trophy.

Lukas Podolski with Angela Merkel

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5 bizarre moments at World Cup final

There were triumph and tears, joy and sorrow at the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. But regardless of whichever team you were supporting, there were some moments Sunday that were just bizarre. Here are our top 5:

1. Good girl gone bad:...

2014 World Cup - Argentina-Switzerland

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World Cup: Germany and Argentina face destiny

It is the scenario Brazil had always feared -- the $11 billion party where the neighbors come round and trash your newly spruced up home.

Anybody but Argentina, that is the message which is heard loudest in Brazil ahead of Sunday's final against Germa...

US, Germany 2014 World Cup soccer2

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World Cup: Watch for Bananenflanken from der Wadenbeisser

You may have watched in wonder as Germany dismantled Brazil on Tuesday. But to really appreciate the art of German football you need to understand the lingo.

The sport has its own vocabulary and, as is common in the German language, most new terms ar...

2014 World Cup - Germany-Algeria

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World Cup final: Germany, Argentina face off

This time, Paul the Octopus won't be able to predict the winner.

In a World Cup already marked by stunning victories and catastrophic defeats, trying to guess the next World Cup champion is pretty much moot.

Mario Gotze scores

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World Cup final: Germany defeats Argentina

Never bet against Germany.

In a world where so much can change so quickly, perhaps it is reassuring that there is one constant which remains.

The nation which had ripped Brazil's dreams to shreds in the semifinals, won its fourth World Cup after a tens...

2014 FIFA World Cup soccer trophy

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World Cup: Netherlands defeats Brazil

It's often described as the game no team wants to play in.

This was certainly the case for Brazil Saturday as the World Cup hosts suffered further embarrassment after the Netherlands triumphed 3-0 in the third place playoff match in Brasilia.

Chaotic d...

Neymar, 2014 World Cup, Brazil-Cameroon

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World Cup: Neymar named on Golden Ball list

His World Cup was brutally cut short by injury, but Brazilian star Neymar could yet end up a winner after the Barcelona forward was named on FIFA's Golden Ball shortlist to decide the tournament's best player.

Luis Suarez scores against England, 2014 World Cup

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Liverpool and Barcelona reach deal on Suarez

Luis Suarez is set to join Spanish giants Barcelona after Liverpool and the La Liga club announced they had agreed terms for a sale.

And later Friday, Suarez's lawyer said he would be appealing the four-month ban from any football activities Suarez r...

Lionel Messi celebrates goal, Argentina-Nigeria World Cup

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World Cup: Messi's moment of immortality?

In the sight of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, the man who would be king awaits his destiny. Diminutive and unassuming, Lionel Messi's faith in his ability has never been in question -- but a God-like shadow has always haunted him.

Neymar, 2014 World Cup, Brazil-Cameroon

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How the World Cup played out on social media

Germany's demolition of World Cup hosts Brazil in their Tuesday semifinal in Belo Horizonte is the game that seemingly everyone can't stop talking about.

2014 World Cup tickets

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Argentina vs. Germany: By the numbers

The World Cup final is set: Argentina versus Germany. The two teams face off Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for global glory.

Luis Suarez after World Cup biting incident

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Luis Suarez's appeal for biting rejected

He may be on the verge of signing for Barcelona, but it looks like Luis Suarez won't be returning to football action anytime soon after FIFA upheld his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.

Lionel Messi celebrates goal, Argentina-Nigeria World Cup

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World Cup final tickets could fetch more than $20K

Looking for a ticket to the World Cup finals? Well, it's going to cost you.

2014 World Cup, Argentina-Netherlands semis penalty kick save

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Penalty kicks propel Argentina to World Cup final

After playing to a 0-0 tie in regulation and extra time, Argentina defeated the Netherlands in a penalty-kick shootout on Wednesday in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup and will face Germany in the final on Sunday.

2014 World Cup - Andre Schuerrle scores, semifinals

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Five things about the beat down in Brazil

They say in Brazil that football is second only to breathing in importance. On Tuesday, 200 million people in the World Cup host nation had their breath stolen away from.

2014 World Cup tickets

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FIFA to help police with World Cup scalping

FIFA says it will help police in Brazil with investigations into allegations that one of its commercial partners has been involved in a ticket scalping scandal.

Brazilian authorities arrested Raymond Whelan, the English chief executive of FIFA partner...

World Cup referee spraying disappearing foam

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Is 'magic foam' the real star of World Cup?

It's been a World Cup notable for late drama in most of the matches and a high number of goals scored, particularly in the preliminary stages.

Brazil World Cup merchandise

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World Cup: Quick guide to Brazil vs. Germany

This is where it gets really interesting.

If your interest in the World Cup died with your ousted team's dreams, do reconsider. Because, boy, will you be treated to some fancy footwork today.

Brazil vs. Germany in the semi-finals. It doesn't get any ...

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