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Four Players Sent Off As Vicious Brawl Breaks Out During U16s Match Between Northern Ireland And Mexico (Video)

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By Chris Wright

They may have only been kiddywinkles, but there were some truly horrendous scenes during last night's U16s Milk Cup game between Northern Ireland and Mexico in Belfast.

As the Belfast Telegraph report, a vicious little brawl broke out during the 57th-minute of the match as Northern Ireland prepared to take a corner.

German World Cup-Winning Captain Philipp Lahm Retires From International Football With 113 Caps (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

He may be only 30-years-old, but Germany's World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to call time on quite a fantastic international career and focus on his club football with Bayern Munich. The full-back finishes with 113 caps, a haul only Lother Matthaus (150), Miroslav Klose (137) and Lukas Podolski (116) can better.

World Cup

New Brazil Coach Dunga Will Not Accept Branded Hats, Dyed Hair Or Crying On His Watch

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By Chris Wright

Like a cigar-chewing, crew-cutted drill sergeant, new Brazil coach Dunga has been laying down the law to his Selecao, indirectly informing the likes of Dani Alves and Neymar that flouncy crap like dyed hair, branded baseball caps and crying will no longer be permitted on his watch.

FIFA Object To F1 Ace Nico Rosberg Using World Cup Image On Helmet for German Grand Prix

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By Alan Duffy

FIFA have once again endeared themselves to the sporting public by stopping German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg from celebrating his nation's World Cup win by featuring an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet. The 29-year-old Mercedes driverwas planning to unveil the new helmet at this weekend's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and posted a picture of it on Twitter.

World Cup GIFs: Every Dirty, Rotten Dive From Brazil 2014 Presented In Smogasbord Of Deceit

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By Alan Duffy

Those bastions of morality and upholders of justice in the world of football, The Golden Dive, have collated GIFs of every single horrible dive in the 2014 World Cup to give us a smorgasboard of cheats which makes for embarrassing viewing.

Which one is you favourite?

Boffins At Visualizing.org Produce Superb Graphic Of Every Injury Sustained In The 2014 World Cup

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By Alan Duffy

Not being the brightest, some of this confuses me. However, I'm sure you clever Pies' readers will understand every single dot and line on this fascinating illustration of all the injuries in Brazil this summer. Brought to you by the boffins at Vizualizing,org, it's a fabulous, complex piece of work.

World Champions Germany Return Home And Kick Back At Berlin Bash (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

In front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, World Champions Germany celebrated their victory with their fans in quite a spectacular event. And don't they deserve it. Since (and including) the 2002 World Cup, Germanyhave finished2nd, 3rd, 3rdand1st in the World Cup.

World Cup Vine: Victorious Germany Unveil World Cup To Fans In Monumentally Uber-Cool Fashion

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By Alan Duffy

Not only did they play the best football in Brazil, but the Germans are also rather deft at celebrating it seems. Although, to be fair they have had a lot of practice over the years. Here, captain Phillip Lahm along with four other World Cup winners, unveils the trophy itself to German fans in a quite fabulous way.

2014 World Cup Magic Moments Recreated By Richard Swarbrick In Superb Animation (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

It's sad to think it's all over now but sit back and watch yet another magnificently classy animation from Richard Swarbrick, aka @Rikkileaks. This is wonderful stuff and will make you miss Brazil 2014 already!

More of @RikkiLeaks handiwork on Pies.

Brazilian TV Host Gets Emotional After Congratulating His Country On Successful World Cup Hosting

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By Alan Duffy

Poor old Ricardo Rocha, Brazilian football TV host, couldn't hold back the tears when summing up what the 2014 World Cup had meant to his country. At the end of an impassioned rant, he said:

I congratulate the people of Brazil for this World Cup.Before, we had a lot of strikes, many problems, but we've shown what the Brazilian people are about.

FIFA Mix Up ‘Biggest Name’ With ‘Best Player’, Give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup Golden Ball

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By Alan Duffy

Even poor old Lionel Messi looked a little sheepish when collecting the Golden Ball award last night after Argentina's final defeat against Germany.

Out of a pool of nominated players including Germany's Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm, Argentina's Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria as well as Neymar, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, FIFA's technical team (along with members of the media) somehow decided that the Albiceleste captain had been the most consistently good player of the tournament.

World Cup: Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET) – Super Mario Fires Germans To Glory In Rio (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Germany 1-0 Argentina World Cup Final 13th July 2014

And so a quite superb World Cup comes to an end with Germany, the best team in the tournament, deservedly lifting the trophy and thus becoming the first European side to win it in the Americas.

Russian Comedian Vitaly Zdorovetskiy Does Semi-Streak During World Cup Final (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

The general consensus seems to be firmly against streakers and other loons who run onto football pitcvhes during games. However, I'm a quite a fan of this silly yet harmless behaviour.

During the World Cup final in Rio, Russian 'prankster'Vitaly Zdorovetskiy managed to get onto the pitch where the half-naked headcase, who had the words 'natural born prankster' scrawled on his chest, was quickly caught by security.

World Cup Snapshot: The Goal That Won The World Cup…..

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By Alan Duffy

Just when it looked as though the 2014 World Cup was going to be decided on penalties, up steps Bayern Munich forward Mario Goetze to score a superb winning goal in extra-time. That goal gives Jogi Loew's side a deserved fourth World Cup title and makes then the first European side to win it in the Americas.

World Cup Vine: Benedikt Howedes Luck To Escape With Booking After High Challenge On Pablo Zabaleta

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By Alan Duffy

The last time these two sides met in a World Cup final in 1990, bothPedro Monzon andGustavoDezotti saw red for the Argentinians. Fast forward to the first half of the 2014 final and a high challenge by Germany's Benedikt Howedes could have, with a more strict referee, have also seen red.

Danny Murphy Voted Best World Cup Pundit, Andy Townsend Picks Up Wooden Spoon

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By Alan Duffy

There seems to have been just as much debate this summer about the World Cup pundits as there has been about he actual football, with a number of 'co-commentators' and in-studio guests driving us all up the walls.

Anyway, the Media Blog people have conducted a rather interesting survey of their own on the popularity (or not) of the BBC and ITV pundits, with ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy's ego-free, charming style bagging him the gong for most popular pundit.

Germany Uber-Fan David Hasselhoff Makes Hoff-Tastic Parody Of Dr Dre Beats World Cup Advert (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

You gotta love the Hoff, a man who has always been able to laugh at himself. And in this spoof of the Dr Dre Beats World Cup ad, the Knight Rider icon, along with his daughter, camps it up in support of his beloved Germany. Good stuff!

Video: 101gg

World Cup: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands – Hosts Humiliated Again As Dutch Bag Bronze In Brasilia (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Brazil 0-3 Netherlands World Cup Third Place Play-Off 13th July 2014

Any hopes Brazil had of regaining some of the pride lost in that 7-1 mauling by Germany were ruthlessly extinguished within the first 16 minutes of their 3rd Place Play-Off against the Netherlands.

Losers Brazil Literally Erased From History In Clever Montage Of Germany’s 7-1 Semi-Final Victory (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Well this is rather clever. All seven of Germany's goals in that historic drubbing of Brazil are given a rather cruel makeover, with all the Brazilian players deleted from the proceedings, to make an obvious but fair point. Although Arsenal fans will be rather unhappy about Mesut Ozil being erased for his assist which set up Sami Khedira.

Argentina v Netherlands Semi-Final Snorefest Re-Imagined In Darkly Humorous Animation (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

The second-semi final in the 2014 World Cup was never going to hit the heights of Germany's bizarre mauling of Brazil. However, the 0-0 draw between Argentina and the Netherlands was a particularly dull affair, with neither Lionel Messi or Arjen Robben able to shine.

The 200% World Cup: Brazil 2014 By Numbers

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Our resident obsessive-compulsive Dotmund has been busy drawing other things biting other things, and so has let World Cup artwork slide. Which is a relief to everyone. However, his real love in life is lists and attempting to ascribe numerical order to chaos. This is because he's an idiot, or has too much time on his hands, or both.

World Cup: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 Pens) – Messi Makes Final As Dutch Suffer Spot-Kick Sadness (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 Pens aet) World Cup Semi-Final 9th July 2014

After the incredible goal-fest of the first semi-final, this last-four clash between the Netherlands and Argentina could only disappoint and disappoint it did. It was a dour affair which saw the two sides cancel each other out.

World Cup: Brazil 1-7 Germany – Mighty Mannschaft Massacre Hosts In Belo Horizonte (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Brazil 1-7 Germany World Cup Semi-Final 8th July 2014

Well, how to encapsulate a bizarre and utterly unprecedented evening in Belo Horizonte? Without the injured Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva, the hosts crumbled in a way no-one would have imagined.

‘Look What You’ve Done To Us Roy’ – England Fans Reduced To Supporting Germany At World Cup (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Spotted in the crowd before yesterday'sWorld Cup quarter-final in the Maracana, this small, forlorn gaggle of England fans had obviously suffered the ignominy of being reduced to supporting Germany following Roy's boys' elimination from the tournament what seems like yonks ago.

World Cup: Brazil 1-0 Colombia – Hosts Shoot Down James Gang In Nervy, Niggly Fortaleza Clash (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Brazil 1-0 Colombia World Cup Quarter-Finals 4th July 2014

Well the feast of top-quality attacking football predicted by many ahead of this clash inFortaleza didn't really materialise. Instead, Brazil and Colombia played out a rather scrappy and niggly clash with neither side impressing overall.

World Cup Snapshot: Plague Of Massive Locusts (Well, One) Descends Upon Colombia’s James Rodriguez (With Added Vine)

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By Alan Duffy

If you were in any doubt that God wants Brazil to win the World Cup then look no further than this photo of arather biglocust (the first of a plague, one imagines) which found its way onto James Rodriguez after he scored a penalty.

Here's a Vine too.

World Cup Vine: Neymar Takes A Tumble Whilst Celebrating Brazil’s Opening Goal Against Colombia

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By Alan Duffy

Seeing people fall on their backside will never stop being funny and here, Brazil superstar Neymar slips embarrassingly when trying to join in with the Thiago Silva goal celebrations. Comic genius.

(Vine: Steve Noah)

World Cup: France 0-1 Germany – Mats The Way To Do It! Hummels Header Downs Les Bleus (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

France 0-1 Germany World Cup Quarter-Finals 4th July 2014

Germany secured their place in yet another World Cup semi-final after overcoming France in a rather disappointing quarter-final clash in Rio.

Germany dominated possession for large periods of the game and went a goal up when Mats Hummel's deftly headed home a free-kick after evading the challenge of Raphael Varane.

England

114 Caps And Out As Steven Gerrard Announces Retirement From International Football

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By Chris Wright

After picking up his 114th and final cap against Costa Rica at the World Cup, England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

Gerrard told theFA website:"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won't pull on the England shirt again.

England Drop To 20th In FIFA Rankings, Three Lions’ Lowest Position Since 1996

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By Alan Duffy

FIFA's rankings aren't always the most accurate, with their complex formula of coefficients and points meaning that it occasionally throws up an anomaly or two.

However, following England's dismal show at the 2014 World Cup, the Three Lions' fall from 10th to 20th is within the realms of believability.

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The 200% World Cup: The Final Word – Fun, Wasn’t it?

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It was a measure of how entertaining the 2014 World Cup finals were until then that the second-round tie between Argentina and Switzerland got such horrible reviews. No two hours of football containing 43 (count ‘em) attempts on goal should be completely written off, however putrid some of them were (hello, Josip Drmic).

The 200% World Cup: Brazil vs Colombia – LIVE!

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Soccer! It's back again and the hosts are in action. This is no doubt terribly exciting for the loyal support but not necessarily so for us, because Brazil have stunk the place out so far, or at least been terribly disappointing. Their test today is a stern one, against everyone's favourite South American team from this tournament.

Germany

The 2014 World Cup Final: Winning By Design

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It took until the twenty-second minute of extra-time at the end of the match to settle it once and for all, but by the time the full-time whistle blew in the Maracana last night, there was already a reasonably firm consensus on the matter. The best team over the course of the tournament had, in the end, won it.

The 2014 World Cup Final – Germany vs Argentina, Live!

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Good evening, fans of sport, spectacle and populist nationalism, and welcome to the 2014 World Cup Final. This evening, Germany play Argentina in Rio de Janeiro for the right to declare themselves The Best International Football Team In The World Over The Last Four Weeks, and, as we have been throughout the remainder of the tournament, we're here with live coverage of a match that is likely to be remembered as The Most Tweeted Football Match Of All-Time.

The 200% World Cup: Brazil’s Chastening Evening

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It was a defeat that many had seen coming. Lacklustre in the group stages and a little fortunate in each of their two previous knockout matches, this had not been the Brazil team that the country had promised itself for this tournament. The nature of Brazil's capitulation at the hands of Germany last night, however, was a jolt to the system for everybody who witnessed it.

The 200% World Cup – Brazil vs Germany, LIVE!

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Good evening, sports fans! Anyone else get the feeling that World Cup semi-finals have a tendency to be somewhat understated? After all, this eveing in Belo Horizonte we have two of the historical superpowers of international football locking horns for a place in the World Cup final, and the world seems less than over-excited at the prospect of it all.

The 200% World Cup: France vs Germany – Live!

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Good afternoon, sports fans! It seems like an age since we were last on the case over the 2014 World Cup finals, but we're at, what I have come to understand is known as, the "business end" of the tournament. So, what will happen? Will sangfroid and caution win out over flair and imagination? Can the excellence of the matches that we have seen so far really continue now that the stakes are starting to rise?

Argentina

The 200% World Cup: Netherlands vs Argentina, Live!

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Good evening, sports fans! I guess the first quiestion that I have to ask is this: have you recovered from last night? I certainly haven't, and will return to the subject once last time in order to briefly mention that we will most likely remember where we were yesterday evening for the rest of our lives.

The 200% World Cup: Argentina vs Belgium, LIVE!

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Good afternoon, sports fans. Edward and I are here from five o'clock on with a liveblog of the third quarter-final match at the 2014 World Cup finals, between Argentina and Belgium. Now, these two teams met in both the 1982 finals, when the then-defending champions were beaten by Belgium in the opening match, though four years later Argentina got their revenge with a win in the semi-finals four years later.

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Snapshot: Steven Gerrard Given Fond Farewell By Vietnamese Newspaper…

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By Chris Wright

After retiring from England duty on Monday, Steven Gerrard was given a fitting farewell bythe sport section of the Vietnam News after his 14 years of dedicated service...

Nearly chaps.

Seriously, how could you not know that Steven Gerald is a professional footballer?