Fifa World Cup

Anelka's 18-match ban


Anelka cops 18 match ban over World Cup revolt

Striker Nicolas Anelka has been banned for 18 games by France after the players' World Cup revolt.

All Whites soar up rankings

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All Whites soar up world rankings

The All Whites' unbeaten run at the World Cup has seen them soar 24 spots up the world football rankings to 54th.

Diego's new deal offer


Argentina to offer Maradona new deal

Argentina's FA says it will offer Diego Maradona a new four-year contract that would keep him in charge of the national team through the 2014 World Cup.

All Whites' ranking set to improve


All Whites finish 22nd at World Cup

The All Whites finished the World Cup ranked 22nd out of the 32 competing teams.

World champions return home

Spain's World Cup winners return

Spain's victorious national football team returns home from South Africa bearing the World Cup trophy

Spain's goal against the Netherlands


Spain's goal against the Netherlands

Animation of Spain's winning goal against the Netherlands in the World Cup final in South Africa.

Spanish fans celebrate victory

Spanish fans celebrate victory

Spanish football fans took to the streets of Christchurch to celebrate their World Cup victory over the Netherlands. To watch in high quality visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

South Africa gears up

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South Africa gears up for final

It's nearly time for the final whistle and any doubts about whether South Africa could handle the Football World Cup have been put to rest.

Cheeky pundits pick Cup winner

Cheeky pundits pick Cup winner Paul the psychic octopus has some South Island rivals in the sports picking stakes.

Wellington gets finals fever

The battle lines have been drawn in Wellington, with Dutch and Spanish football fans both predicting victory in the World Cup final, no matter what Paul the psychic octopus says.

Paris World Cup arrest

Police find cocaine World Cup

Ricki Herbert set to stay

All Whites and Wellington Phoenix soccer coach Ricki Herbert has delayed an announcement on his future till tomorrow.

Herbert focuses on Phoenix

Ricki Herbert has promised the Wellington Phoenix respect and professionalism as he sorts out his future in the wake of New Zealand's stunning World Cup campaign.

Herbert hints at offers

Sweat today, World Cup tomorrow

German interest surprises Bertos

Midfielder Leo Bertos is the latest All White to be linked with a European club.

Spain win first World Cup

Spain Spain stunned the Netherlands to win their first World Cup this morning in sensational fashion with a goal in the final minutes of extra time.

Spain beat Germany

Spain has secured their first World Cup final place after beating Germany 1-0 this morning.

Netherlands through to final

Spain snatch last-gasp win

Germany beat Uruguay to take third place

Germany rounded off an impressive World Cup with a thrilling 3-2 win over a stubborn Uruguay this morning in a playoff for third place.

Players let themselves down

spain Beautiful? Try brutal. Spain are world champions for the first time, and in Barcelona and Madrid they will be celebrating like never before.

Maradona neither genius nor clown

The World Cup proved that Diego Maradona is no coaching genius. Nor was he the clown that some expected.

Europe wins World Cup, again

Using your hands is 'cheating'

Is Blatter's reversal just for show?

Fifa president Sepp Blatter's apparent U-turn on the possible introduction of technology to help referees should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The long, hard slog to Spain

82 All Whites The 20 men who got New Zealand to its first World Cup defied the odds and captured the hearts of a nation

Who were the '82 All Whites?

The players who got New Zealand to their first World Cup in 1982 became sporting heroes.

2006: Italy dominate to collect fourth trophy

2002: Ronaldo returns for revenge

Ten greatest World Cup matches

The World Cup has produced dozens of classic matches and to trim them down to a mere Top 10 does a great disservice to many great teams and great moments.