Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks to FIfa president Sepp Blatter during the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

During a match between Brazil and Uruguay at Confederations Cup in 2013 in Brazil, a warm-up event for the World Cup, there were riots outside the sta(...)

Fans of Brazil react after their loss to Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Reuters

Where were you when Germany hammered Brazil, granddad? The stadium media centre (“SMC” to young people) at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo has i(...)

Fernandinho of Brazil after a goal scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the hosts’ heavy semi-final defeat at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Robert Ghement / EPA

At the mouth of the Amazon on the north coast of Brazil lies the city of Belem. Belem was not chosen to be one of the World Cup host cities, so I have(...)

Kerry’s Shane Enright and Daniel Goulding of Cork clash during the Munster senior football final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Inpho

Not many people can say they feel all the pain and humiliation of what Brazil are going through, and are taking some comfort in it. There may be good(...)

A dejected Brazil fan looks on as her team is thrashed by Germany in the World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images 1:03

Historic Humiliation. Historic Shame. Suffering. Perplexity. Massacre.Inevitably Brazil’s press has been left looking for the right words to express t(...)

A Brazil fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the  World Cup semi-final against Germany at the Fan Fest in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil v Germany. A World Cup pairing of gargantuan, historical proportions, just the eight titles between them, endless epic encounters, and this, su(...)

 Germany’s Toni Kroos  celebrates with Miroslav Klose  and Sami Khedira at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

On a shuttle bus in Fortaleza a couple of weeks ago I saw a famous former player who works in international football. He was chatting idly to a jou(...)

A Brazilian fan during the 7-1 semi final defeat to Germany  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: EPA

In the end, for Brazil, there was only humiliation. This 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany on an incredible, surreal evening in Belo Horizo(...)

Argentinian born Real Madrid centre forward Alfredo Di Stefano back heels the ball past the Manchester United goalkeeper, Harry Gregg, at Old Trafford in 1959. Photograph:Keystone/Getty Images

Argentina’s preparations for its semi-final clash with the Netherlands were overshadowed yesterday by news of the death of Alfredo Di Stéfano, the cou(...)

 German coach Joachim Low  is eyeing a World Cup final place. Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

Germany coach Joachim Löw has warned hosts Brazil that his side will mean business when the teams meet in the World Cup semi-final, proclaiming: “We’r(...)