The Portal del Morumbi camp, in one of the richest areas in Sao Paulo, which is occupied by 4,000 homeless families, supported by the Homeless Workers Movement. The MTST has intensified its protests in Sao Paulo in the last week, having compromised with the Brazilian government for a truce during the World Cup. Photograph: EPA/Sebastião Moreira

For several years during the build-up to the World Cup, Brazilians exasperated at the regular inconveniences suffered in the course of daily life here(...)

Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy with team-mates after final win over Argentina at the  Maracana. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Manuel Neuer hailed an “unbelievable” moment as Germany won the World Cup thanks to Mario Götze’s extra-time winner over Argentina in the final at the(...)

Javier Mascherano  voices his disagreement to referee Nicola Rizzoli during the the  FIFA World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium in  Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

And so South America’s World Cup is over and it is a European side going home with the trophy. After all the pride in how the region’s teams perfor(...)

 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(...)

  Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero reacts after making his first penalty save. Photograph:   Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The Argentinian press hailed Sergio Romero’s “Hands of God” after the goalkeeper’s penalty shoot-out heroics earned victory over Holland in Wednesday(...)

 Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany saves a shot from France’s Karim Benzema of France during their World Cup quarter-final  at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:   Marcus Brandt/EPA

In second-half injury time during the France-Germany quarter-final last Friday, Karim Benzema broke free on the left of the German penalty area. My(...)

 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(...)

Good job . . . Germany’s Miroslav Klose is congratulated by coach Joachim Löw after their victory over France at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Whenever Joachim Löw is asked at a press conference about some episode from the past, he answers that his Germany team pays no attention to history(...)

France’s  head coach Didier Deschamps kicks a ball during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

For a man once belittled by Eric Cantona as “a water carrier,” Didier Deschamps has certainly made a habit of carrying lots of trophies. French repor(...)

 Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker  celebrate their team’s second goal in extra time during the  World Cup. Photograph:   Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Per Mertesacker has hit out at critics bemoaning Germany’s performance in their win over Algeria and believes qualifying for the World Cup quarter-fi(...)