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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 2010 South Africa

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa The ball: Jabulani The winner: Spain The runners-up: Netherlands The difference maker: Though his team lost in the semifinals, Uruguay’s Diego Forlan was in sensational form in the South African summer, inspiring La Celeste to its deep run. His five goals made him joint top scorer for the tournament,…

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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 2006 Germany

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany The ball: +Teamgeist The winner: Italy The runners-up: France The difference maker: Italian captain defender Fabio Cannavaro lifted the trophy on the same night he earned his 100th cap for Italy and went on to win the 2006 Ballon d’0r for his performances, but it’s his teammate, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon…

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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 2002 South Korea/Japan

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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 1998 France

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FIFA World Cup in review: 1994 United States

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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 1990 Italy

1990 FIFA World Cup Italy  The ball: Etrusco Unico The winner: West Germany The runners-up: Argentina The difference maker: Though Cameroon bowed out to England in the quarterfinals, their 38-year-old leader Roger Milla has to be remembered as the hero of this tournament. At the request of President Paul Biya, Milla came out of retirement…

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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 1986 Mexico

1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico The ball: Azteca Mexico The winner: Argentina The runners-up: West Germany The difference maker: Diego Maradona. Simply put, the Argentine captain became an instant legend thanks to his remarkable performances. He scored braces in the quarterfinals (see below), and in the semis against Belgium to total five goals and five…

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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 1982 Spain

1982 FIFA World Cup Spain The ball: Tango España The winner: Italy The runners-up: West Germany The difference maker: Playing with the last World Cup™ ball to be made from genuine leather, Italy captured its third trophy, which, at the time, tied Brazil for the most in competition history. The Azzurri would not have lifted…

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FIFA World Cup™ in review: 1978 Argentina

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina The ball: Tango Durlast The winner: Argentina The runners-up: Holland The difference maker: Mario Kempes excelled playing in front of his countrymen leading the way with a tournament-best six goals, including two in the final against Holland. He opened the scoring in the Buenos Aires decider in the 37th minute…


FIFA World Cup™ in review: 1974 West Germany

1974 FIFA World Cup West Germany The ball: Telstar Durlast The winner: West Germany The runners-up: Holland The difference maker: Gerd Muller sure knew how to exit the stage. Playing in his last match in a national shirt, he scored his 68th goal for Germany, a record that stood for almost 40 years until Miroslav…


FIFA World Cup™ in review: 1970 Mexico

As 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ fast approaches and the last wave of countries still battling for qualification prepare to take the field and find out their fates this month, the world awaits the Dec. 6 draw in Bahia and the unveiling of the adidas Brazuca, the official match ball for the tournament. The latest…


Gunners, Red Devils set for showdown on Sunday

Arsenal travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday as the two traditional English Premier League giants are set to face off with a fresh score to settle and a new set of circumstances. After 17 years matching his wits against Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger will see David Moyes on the Manchester…


Mexico, New Zealand to fight for World Cup™ place

Update: EL Tri runs rampant against New Zealand, takes major step toward Brazil That sigh of relief blowing north in gale-force glory is a mass of millions of Mexicans proud of their country’s 5-1 victory against New Zealand in today’s Inter-continental Play-off in Estadio Azteca. The dominant display almost guarantees El Tri a spot in…