Brazil

The Soccer World Cup Is Over, but Off the Field Brazil Is Winning

Hans Zomer | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On July 24, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) published a new report on human development, showing that Brazil is one of the countries where progress has been greatest over the last 30 years.

Sport Provides Yet Another Platform for Tourism Development

Vicente Neto | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Sport
Vicente Neto

Sport, in its different forms, has consolidated its position as an important platform for stimulating tourism in recent years... the hospitality, joy and affection of Brazilians as one of the greatest differentials of the 2014 World Cup. It is no coincidence that many foreigners say they will recommend Brazil as a tourist destination to their family and friends.

Why São Paulo Is Worth the Stop

Abby Morgan | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abby Morgan

When we asked people to give us advice about going to Brazil, everyone always mentioned Rio de Janeiro. Rio this, Rio that, just go to Rio. But no one really said much about São Paulo. It seemed like people didn't really go there much. As our cab weaved through traffic in São Paulo's city center, our virgin eyeballs take in the first impressions of this rarely recommended city.

The Brazilian Guarani's Fight For Survival

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

The Guarani's land rights are protected - on paper - under the Brazilian constitution, but loss of territory caused by big business and urban expansion not only threatens the roofs over their heads, but disrupts the traditional Guarani relationship with the physical and spiritual world.

The World Cup Waves Ripple On

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

Brazil have quite some way to go to attempt to make amends for this years world cup disaster. The 7-1 loss to Germany pretty much devalued every player on the pitch so badly that memes of Mourinho's hands full of cash and laughing hit the web insinuating his pleasure at selling off David Luiz pre World Cup.

Will the Return of Coach Dunga Take Brazilian Football Back to the Future?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Sport
Eric Ehrmann

Named by then-CBF president Ricardo Texeira to coach the seleçao in 2006 Dunga had no previous coaching experience. He was abruptly fired by Teixeira after Brazil got knocked out in the quarter finals of the FIFA 2010 World Cup by Holland. Now he's back and the fans don't like it.

The 2014 World Cup and the Great Brazilian Promise

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Sport
Jordan Jarrett-Bryan

Brazilians were promised winning the bid for the World Cup and Olympics wouldn't be at the financial detriment to the country. In fact, they were told the usual spiel about how it would actually benefit the country with the income both events would generate. But things haven't quite worked out as planned.

Why Calamitous David Luiz Represents Football's Conman Economy

Tony Jimenez | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

It's time that other clubs - and particularly owners - began taking a stand too. Modern-day football is crying out for a dose of common sense, and unless those involved unite to bring this madness to an end, then the game will continue to go to rack and ruin.

World Cup Injury Review

Ben Dinnery | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Sport
Ben Dinnery

The headlines during the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup were dominated by the number of absent high profile stars, those failing to recover from injury in-time to compete in what many consider to be the pinnacle of their playing career.

Why Lionel Messi Deserved to Win the World Cup's Golden Ball

Chris Deeley | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

Messi is judged more harshly than any other player on the planet. If he doesn't single-handedly win the game for his side, or produce a wonder-goal, he's said to have disappointed... But a poor game for Messi is still better than most people on earth could ever hope for.

Surprise - You're Going to the World Cup Final!

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

Thanks to Adidas Football I became part of something very special - I was given 8 World Cup tickets to give away to total strangers... Our Argentina fans turned to the camera and said "Thank you, it was a dream - not quite the perfect dream but a dream all the same. I will never forget this."

Player Focus: Lionel Messi - World Cup 2014 Player of the Tournament

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

It speaks volumes about Lionel Messi's talents that the World Cup he has just enjoyed could still be considered such a catastrophic failure in so many quarters... Fans cried out that there were plenty of others more deserving of the gong... but Messi has to contend with the expectations his performances over the years have built up.

Four Teams Who Will Drastically Improve Before Russia 2018

Joe Cooper | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Cooper

Brazil 2014 started with a bang and a flurry of group game goals, though the tournament somewhat petered out in the knockout stages as nerves and disjointed football took hold... here is a list of three other sides who failed to impress in Brazil, but should be a lot stronger during the next World Cup in Russia.

Team Focus: World Cup 2014 Highest Rated XI

Ben McAleer | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

While only Müller features in WhoScored's highest rated XI of the tournament, that says more about the quality of Joachim Löw's side as a collective rather than relying on individual displays to guide them to glory.

So Long Brazil

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Sport
Wasim Mahmood

This German side imbued the perfect mix of grace, solidity and resolve. Owing to a conveyor belt of talent, they now possess the most gifted players in the world... The idea of Brazil as the home of the beautiful game is a myth and one that deserves to be challenged for it lacks the supporting evidence.

The Real Star Of The World Cup Didn't Kick A Ball Once

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York and Tahira Mirza | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK

Forget Götze, Messi or Rooney Neymar, the real star of the World Cup was this chap... That's right, the 40m high interpretation of the biblica...

Jessica Elgot

Why World Cup Heartache Could Mean Victory For South America's Social Justice Protesters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK

As Uruguay, Brazil, and finally Argentina crashed out of the World Cup, violence flared on the streets of the South American nations. But this is far ...

The Key to England's Short Term Improvement Is Simply to Try Harder

Jamie Spencer | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

The main problem holding England back at international level may well be a slight lack in overall technical quality, but it does not have to be the reason that England continue to fail so miserably... an extra effort and more drive should see them able to bridge the gap to the very top of world football.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup: Copa das Copas - A Success Story

Vicente Neto | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Sport
Vicente Neto

Even before the final figures have been confirmed, it is already clear that the 2014 World Cup played in Brazil was a success... Despite Brazil missing out on the title, the success of the competition has been sufficient for FIFA to consider bringing another World Cup to South America.

Gentle Touch: The World Cup as a Soft Power Instrument

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Sport
Dr Arlo Brady

It will be interesting to see how the next World Cup kicking off in Moscow in 2018 impacts global views of the Kremlin. For while the media spotlight has shone on an already-vibrant Brazil today, unless the four year hiatus is used to full benefit, it may reflect very differently on Russia tomorrow.

Back of the Net!

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

To make the most of your weekend, and say a sorrowful/welcome goodbye to the World Cup for another four years (delete where appropriate), we've a whole host of Matchday Munchies on Food Tube!

Player Focus: Thomas Müller - The Man for the World Cup Occasion

Martin Laurence | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Sport
Martin Laurence

The XI that faced the Germans on Tuesday, even before the mauling, on paper, looked like one of the worst Brazil sides in history. Germany, meanwhile, not only have world-class players but a world-class team... Müller's scored crucial goals for club and country but isn't really one to take the glory.

Beyond the Football Stadiums: Host Cities Uncovered

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

Although England were kicked out disappointingly early, many of us have still been following the World Cup, which has dominated our television screens for the past month. While travel interest to Brazil increased by 387% during the past month, searches were only up by 6% outside the World Cup period.

Fate and the defeat of Brazil

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Beth McLoughlin

As their shock 7-1 defeat sinks in, debates rage here about whether or not Brazilian football is in crisis, and whether the blame can be laid at the feet of Scholari, FIFA or the President herself, Dilma Rousseff.

Whelan The Most Notorious Brit In Brazil Since Ronnie Biggs As He Flees Arrest

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Sport

Ray Whelan, the English director of Fifa's ticket and hospitality partners MATCH, has been declared a "fugitive" by police in Rio de Janeiro after the...