Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 3-0 defeat to   the Netherlands in the  2014 World Cup third-place play-off at the Brasilia National Stadium. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Brazil players apologised to fans on Saturday night after another hugely disappointing World Cup performance in the third-place play-off match, which (...)

 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(...)

  Cristiano Ronaldo arriving with  his wife  Irina Shayk   at the  Fifa Ballon d’Or 2013 gala   in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph:  Walter Bieri/EPA

Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lio(...)