Brazil's modern capital gets a taste of football

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Locally known as the Mane Garrincha Stadium, the 70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia was completed last year for the Confederations Cup and will host seven matches at this year's World Cup.

Natal _ it means Christmas _ hosts 4 matches

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Estadio das Dunas in Natal will hold 42,000 spectators for four World Cup matches at this year's tournament.

5 Russia players to watch at the World Cup

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Although Russia is a team with plenty of veterans, only one of them has seen World Cup action.

Hong aiming for knockout round as player and coach

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Hong Myong-bo is already regarded as one of Asia's greatest players. If the 45-year-old former South Korea captain can guide his national team to the knockout stage of the World Cup, it will be a significant step to becoming one of the continent's best ever coaches, too.

Revitalized Russia ready for WCup under Capello

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Since Fabio Capello took over as Russia coach two years ago, he has revitalized the national team.

Russia headed to World Cup with high hopes

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Already with an eye on the 2018 World Cup it will host, Russia is headed to Brazil with the attitude that anything short of advancement from Group H will be a failure.

5 Algeria players to watch at the World Cup

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Under coach Vahid Halilhodzic, Algeria has more flair and scores more goals.

Kompany, Hazard, Courtois make Belgium a contender

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

Belgium is back in the World Cup after 12 years, and with its hottest crop of players in a generation.

5 United States players to watch at the World Cup

|Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

For the first time since 1990, the United States heads to the biggest football tournament on the planet with no central defenders with World Cup experience.

World Cup No. 5, 1st as coach for Marc Wilmots

| |Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

"Fighting boar" midfielder, senator, coach — Marc Wilmots will need the traits of all three of his careers, past and present, to turn Belgium's World Cup into a success.