Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Sepp Blatter take part in the official hand over ceremony for the 2018 World Cup scheduled to take place in Russia. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Reuters

Brazil got 9.25 out of 10 from Fifa president Sepp Blatter for organising a World Cup that was “very special” because of high quality football.Giving (...)

Argentina captain  Lionel Messi  takes his medal off during the prize giving ceremony for the World Cup Final in Rio. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Diego Maradona has declared that Lionel Messi did not deserve to be chosen as the best player of the 2014 World Cup, suggesting the Argentina forward (...)

German players Christophe Kramer (C), Kevin Grosskreutz (L), Manuel Neuer (rear) and Shkodran Mustafi (R) take a selfie after winning the FIFA World Cup 2014 final. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA 6:03

Chatter, celebrations and commiserations after Germany’s World Cup win over Argentina in last night’s final broke records on Twitter and Facebook, acc(...)

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(...)

Germany’s Mario Götze scores the winner past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as  Ezequiel Garay looks on at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Gray / Reuters

Germany 1 Argentina 0 (after extra-time) It came later, much later, than the one that decided the final they fought out in Rome’s Olympic stadi(...)

Alejandro Sabella of Argentina talks to the media during a press conference at Rio’s Maracana Stadium. Photograph:   Clive Rose/Getty Images

Argentina are hoping the echoes of their last World Cup success have a triumphant note when they face Germany in the final in the Maracana on Sunday. (...)

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 Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his team’s win over Brazil after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.  Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Perhaps the publication’s looming closure had something to do with his tone but in 1957 a reviewer for Britain’s Picture Post wrote that when Tommy(...)

Argentina players celebrate after their Maxi Rodriguez scored the decisive goal during a penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo.

For reasons best known to themselves, Fifa ask journalists to vote on the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player before the final is played, e(...)

Argentina fans descend on Copacabana Beach, Rio, yesterday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Such have been the numbers of Argentine fans trundling around Brazil to games at this World Cup that the faint rumble of their convoy returning to Rio(...)