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5 high- and lowlights of most memorable World Cup

In this June 28, 2014 file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez shoots to score his team's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. James Rodriguez’ volleyed goal for Colombia against Uruguay, controlling the ball with his chest, letting it drop and then hammering in with his left foot, all while turning to face goal, was poetry, the timing exquisite. It will be many fans’ goal of the tournament. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Marcelo looked wide-eyed, stunned when he scored the first goal of the World Cup … against his own team. Hardly the most auspicious of starts for Brazil. But that blooper just 11 minutes into the tournament was soon forgiven and forgotten as Brazil went on to win that opening game and the 2014 World Cup quickly flowered into a roaring success, confounding doom and gloom merchants who predicted Brazil couldn’t pull it off without major protests and problems.

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5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world

Argentina's Lionel Messi pumps his fists after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A four-time world player of the year, Argentina’s Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. What makes him special is that he possesses not just one or two but a combination of special skills that give him an edge over just about everyone.

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Merkel thinks Germany will win World Cup

German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during a joint news conference with the Prime Minster of Moldova Iurie Leanca as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimist about Germany’s chances of winning the World Cup final against Argentina, but is cautioning football fans that anything can happen.

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Barcelona will help Suarez ‘reintegrate’

In this June 24, 2014 file photo, Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, July 11, 2014 giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over. Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a five-year contract. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona’s president says the Spanish club will ensure Luis Suarez “successfully reintegrates” into football following his lengthy ban for biting a World Cup opponent.

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Rousseff: Brazil proved World Cup doubters wrong

In this June 2, 2014 file photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff holds up the 2014 World Cup trophy after it was officially presented to Rousseff by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, during a ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. Rousseff met Friday, July 11, 2014 with a group of foreign journalists in Brasilia, where she hailed Brazil proved skeptics wrong who said the nation couldn't organize a successful World Cup, and said it boded well for its hosting of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that on the eve of the World Cup’s final match this weekend, her country has proved doubters of Brazil’s ability to organize a big event wrong.

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