The match fixtures are shown on a panel following the draw of the round of 16 soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The final is scheduled for June 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

This year’s draw for the knockout stage has thrown up some tantalising games, including Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona and a tough encounter (...)

PSG’s Marco Verratti celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League game against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 victory over Barcelona. Barca had n(...)

A dejected Brazil fan looks on as her team is thrashed by Germany in the World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Historic Humiliation. Historic Shame. Suffering. Perplexity. Massacre.Inevitably Brazil’s press has been left looking for the right words to express t(...)

Injured Brazilian national soccer team player Neymar waits to be airlifted home from Brazil’s training camp inTeresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro. Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Brazilian coach Felipão did not bother mincing his words when he described Neymar’s enforced absence from the rest of the World Cup as a “catastrop(...)

 Brazilian players celebrate with goalkeeper Júlio César  after winning the penalty shoot-out in the  round of 16 match against  Chile at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Brazilians have a terrible weakness for redemptions stories and if there is one silver lining to their side’s unmerited victory over Chile yesterday i(...)

Mexico’s Oribe Peralta after scoring the winner against Cameroon in their opening game at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal.

The World Cup’s great underachievers, Mexico have placed themselves in the relatively comfortable position of going into their second Group A match ag(...)

Brazilian fans in a beach restaurant in Porto Seguro celebrate Oscar’s third goal against Croatia. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

It was ‘A Hard-Fought Victory’ according to Estado de S Paulo. ‘A Painful Victory’ in the opinion of O Globo. ‘On the Whistle, On the Ball’ said Folha(...)

A mural showing Brazilian footballer Neymar and Angenor de Oliveira, known as Cartola, a Brazilian singer and composer (1908-1980) at the Terreirao do Samba (Samba Land), in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

In a huge shopping mall just off São Paulo’s main drag 18-year old delivery boy Clayton Neves is spending some of his lunch hour checking out Brazi(...)

 Brazilian national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

With few surprises and a worrying dearth of superstar talent, Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari yesterday named the 23 players charged with winning h(...)

Chelsea’s Brazilian players Willian, David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar have all been named in Felipe Scolari’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

All four of Chelsea’s Brazilian players have been named in coach Felipe Scolari 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in the South American nation.(...)