Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff hosts leaders from the BRICS countries and the Union of South American Nations. photograph: ueslei marcelino/reuters

It wasn’t just the World Cup taking place in Brazil this month. Also gathered in Brazil were senior representative of the BRICS countries, Brazil, Rus(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff  with China’s president Xi Jinping at the sixth Brics summit in Fortaleza. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had some reason to be pleased with herself this week.Not only did she host on Monday a successful meeting of the lea(...)

Daley Blind of the Netherlands celebrates his goal against Brazil with teammates Ron Vlaar (left) and Georginio Wijnaldum  at the Brasilia National Stadium. Photograph: Ruben Sprich / Reuters

Brazil 0 Netherlands 3Brazil were booed off the pitch in Brasilia as their disappointing World Cup campaign ended in another humiliating defeat. Robin(...)

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.

At Wednesday’s semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands, aka The Day After, it was noticeable that most of the Brazilians in attendance, like(...)

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(...)

Belgium’s coach Marc Wilmots consoles  Toby Alderweireld  after defeat to Argentina in Brasilia.  Photograph: Dylan Martinez / Reuters

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots labelled Argentina as “ordinary” and criticised their spoiling tactics after his side went out of the World Cup after a 1-0(...)

Belgium’s  Vincent Kompany should be fit to play against Argentina. Photograph:   Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has shrugged off a groin injury and will be ready to face Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final, coach Marc(...)

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi cheers on his team during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against France at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Having been around the block a bit, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi knows the score: when your team goes out somebody has to be blamed and having initi(...)

Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah (L) and player Christian Atsu listen to a question during a media conference before the start of a training session in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

It has become like a tournament within a tournament – which nation can best screw up the payment of appearance fee money and ruin preparation for a vi(...)

 Neymar (shirtless) of Brazil and Fred celebnrate after the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Cameroon and Brazil. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

MONDAY, JUNE 23rd 16.55 What a weekend! Pick your highlight: Costa Rica bidding cal-ciao to England with victory over the Azzurri? Ghana (...)