Brazil

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...

Match Focus: Five Talking Points From Argentina's Stalemate With the Netherlands

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

Relative to pre-tournament expectations at least, these are dizzying heights for the Dutch. Even manager Louis van Gaal gave his side only a 20 per cent chance of making the quarter-finals and many tipped them to crash out of a tough group, but the Oranje have come through the tournament surpassing any realistic hopes they had harboured a month ago...

Heartbroken Brazil

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

Brazilians turned their shirts inside out. Many left the Minerão stadium at half time. By the fifth goal Brazil fans were applauding Germany... In the grand scheme of things there were many problems but here are my three key factors as to why we lost so badly.

In the Aftermath of a Football Disaster, What Should Brazilians Remember?

Angelica Mari | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Sport
Angelica Mari

This reaction is less about a sudden hatred of Brazil and more about the ongoing issues that Brazil faces. Brazil is one of the most unequal societies on Earth and the people don't like many of the realities this creates - the poor don't believe that they have access to a good education or healthcare system and the rich complain that they need big walls, electric fences and private security to guard their own homes.

The Little Brazilian Boy Who Believed

Kiran Chug | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Sport
Kiran Chug

You couldn't say Brazil were going home as you would for other teams who failed to make it through the knock-out stages. Brazil were at home. This was their country. This was their tournament. This was meant to be their Cup.

Team Focus: Can Argentina Cope Without Ángel Di María?

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

You can never truly write off a team that includes Lionel Messi, and the Argentines will still be confident ahead of Wednesday's night's semi-final against the Netherlands. Missing Ángel Di María, though, their job will be that much more difficult.

A Decent World Cup, But a Great One?

Phil Jones | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Sport
Phil Jones

Has FIFA's latest offering really been the free flowing celebration of the game that the pundits and wider media would have us believe? ... has there been anything even close to epic encounters such as Brazil v Italy in '82? or France v Germany that same year?

Who Is Winning The World Cup Battle Of The Brands?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Sport

While all eyes are on the teams as they square up in the World Cup 2014 semi-finals there is another, slightly less visible clash going on - the battl...