People sit on sofas in the Alte Foersterei Stadium, home to second Bundesliga league team Union Berlin. Photograph: Inga Kjer/EPA

Fans in Germany have found a novel way to celebrate this month’s feast of football from their own living room... sort of.For the duration of the World(...)

Fans are still celebrating after Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup last night. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

World Cup fever gathered steam across Brazil today as fans streamed to a second day of matches and violent protests subsided, although a last-minute s(...)

Republic of Ireland fans looking forward to the international friendly  against  Portugal outside the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last night. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Ireland supporters were thin on the ground in Manhattan’s Irish bars ahead of last night’s friendly with Portugal across the Hudson River in New Jerse(...)

 England’s head coach Roy Hodgson addresses a  press conference at the military fort in Urca,  Rio yesterday. Photograph; Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Who will best capture Roy Hodgson’s forbearing expression coming through the side door? It is well past the appointed time when the England manager(...)

A boy looks out from the Mangueira community, or favela, which overlooks  Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

We are standing at the bottom of a vertiginous hill – Renata, Carol and I – making weird concave swaying movements to ensure that only displaced air, (...)

Demonstrators hold a banner that reads “There will be no World Cup” during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014.  Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters
Anti-World Cup protest in Sao Paolo
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  • January 26, 2014, 07:11

The year’s first major protest against the World Cup drew more than 2,000 demonstrators into the streets of Brazil’s largest city yesterday, as frustr(...)

Pope Francis (front) and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone step off a plane after returning from their trip to Brazil at Ciampino airport, south of Rome, today. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis, in some of the most compassionate words from any pontiff on gays, said they should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrate(...)

Pope Francis celebrates his final mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, in which he called for “a church capable of walking beside people, of doing more than simply listening to them”. Photograph:  Reuters/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis closed his week-long visit to Brazil yesterday by calling on young Catholics to go out from their parishes and evangelise among the “i(...)

Young people cling to a fence while trying to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis in the Varginha shantytown  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Pope Francis used his visit to a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro yesterday to make one of the most politically charged speeches of his pontificate so far(...)