Brazil’s supreme court has voted to allow the extradition of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland. Picture Garrett White / Collins

More than 8,000km from Dublin, in the modernist halls of the Supreme Federal Court in Brasilia, a remarkable seven-year saga edged towards its dénouem(...)

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(...)

 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

An early contender for my tournament highlight came in May several weeks before a ball had been kicked when Fifa emailed to confirm the approval of th(...)

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(...)

Germany’s head coach Joachim Low attends a team training session at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

After days of persistent complaining by the locals about that challenge by Juan Camilo Zuniga on Neymar, Joachim Löw turned the tables pretty comprehe(...)

Brazil’s Fernandinho commits one of several fouls on Colombia’s James Rodriguez during the World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters.

The car was speeding down Rio’s eastern motorway in the direction of Copacabana. The driver dodged from lane to lane but he wasn’t paying any attentio(...)

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout against Greece. Photograph: EPA

Ahead of a first appearance in the quarter-finals all Costa Rica is dreaming of glory And rather than any signs of nervousness at the exalted c(...)

Brazil’s Neymar grimaces after a challenge by Colombia’s Camilo Zuniga during last night’s World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. The playmaker has been ruled out of the tournament. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It felt like two victories for Germany in a single day: first France, then Neymar and Thiago Silva. When Felipe Scolari spoke doubtfully at the pre(...)

 Brazilian  striker Neymar (L) and head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The talk has been of Brazil’s mental health: the pressure and the tears, the psychologist summoned to the camp. “In psychological terms I think we’(...)

Brazil’s Hulk has yet to find his best form in this World Cup. Photograph: Reuters

When Hulk played in last year’s Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil he had the crowd on his back for much of it.In his place they wanted Lucas Mou(...)