Spain had their only victory at the World Cup finals, against Australia, at Arena da Baixada in the city of Curitiba. Photograph: Getty Images.

Eliz and Tais look over: “Why don’t you sit with us?” It is 30 minutes into Germany’s thrilling game with Ghana, and the only free space in Bar Saccy (...)

 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 (...)

Brazils’ Fred, a favourite of the RTÉ panel,  celebrates scoring his team’s third goal during against Cameroon at Estadio Nacional. Photograph: Reuters

Day Whatever It Is and the real challenge began: trying to watch two matches at the same time. Granted, you could view one on the telly and the other (...)

France’s Karim Benzema (left) fights for the ball with Osman Chavez (centre) and Maynor Figueroa of Honduras during their fractious Group E encounter at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

After both countries lost their opening matches Honduras and Ecuador face each other in Curitiba today with their World Cup futures on the line. In Gr(...)

There is a neat symmetry about Iran lining out today in Curitiba: the tournament’s worst-prepared stadium hosts its worst-prepared team. What could p(...)

FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures next to the World Cup trophy after a media conference in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

The opening game of the World Cup is six days away, but traders in Brazil are already more focused on soccer than stocks. Trading volume has been belo(...)

Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza  controls the ball during their international friendly  against Israel at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Aaron M. Sprecher / EPA

There will be more than one Luis Suarez at the World Cup in Brazil and while the Uruguayan superstar may be targetting glory in the final, his Colomb(...)

Dr Virgínia Soares de Souza was arrested in Curitiba, Brazil last month and has been charged with the deaths of seven hospital patients. Photograph: Henry Milleo/Reuters

It was a note to terrify any family and has chilling implications for Brazil’s health system. When relatives of a man in the south of Bra(...)