A woman walks past a graffiti that reads “No to the debt payment” in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

After a decade of legal battles in US courts, Argentina has exhausted legal avenues

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

The latest debt crisis is a hangover from the last default 12 years ago

Brazil’s new manager Dunga smiles during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

New coach needs to impose some of his personal steeliness into a Brazil squad

The Portal del Morumbi camp, in one of the richest areas in Sao Paulo, which is occupied by 4,000 homeless families, supported by the Homeless Workers Movement. The MTST has intensified its protests in Sao Paulo in the last week, having compromised with the Brazilian government for a truce during the World Cup. Photograph: EPA/Sebastião Moreira

São Paulo Letter: the party is over but Brazilians are waiting for promised benefits

Rioters clash with police in Buenos Aires following Argentina’s defeat to Germany in Sunday night’s World Cup Final in Brazil. Photograph. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Maradona returns fire by bringing up host nation’s 7-1 defeat to Germany

Javier Mascherano  voices his disagreement to referee Nicola Rizzoli during the the  FIFA World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium in  Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Locals happy to cheer semi-final conquerors Germany as old enemy leave empty-handed

 James Rodriguez of Colombia:  the 22-year-old has a bright and rewarding future ahead of him if this tournament is anything to go by. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

At times I was more stressed than the players, apart from the Brazilians that is

Luiz Felipe Scolari (left) gestures with Jose Maria Marin, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad’s Granja Comary training complex on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images.

Hard to imagine the home crowd getting behind their team against the Netherlands after semi-final humiliation

 Argentinian fans celebrate after the penalty shootout fagainst the  the Netherlands  at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More fans are making theoir way to Rio for the final.   Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Things could get even worse for the hosts if Lionel Messi and co win on Sunday

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