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(...)

A Brazilian fan during the 7-1 semi final defeat to Germany  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: EPA

In the end, for Brazil, there was only humiliation. This 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany on an incredible, surreal evening in Belo Horizo(...)

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(...)

Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan will continue to produce outstanding online radio content for The Irish Times.

The Irish Times today announced the signing of an extended contract with the Second Captains team who provide The Irish Times Second Captains Podcast;(...)

Memphis Depay: could be rewarded with a start after his goal against Australia.

When the World Cup draw was made back in December, Group B was one of the candidates for the dreaded ‘group of death’ tag. But rather than finding (...)

People are lined up outside Galicia bank to buy dollars in Buenos Aire

In 2011, at the height of the euro crisis, Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner liked to boast that her government’s unorthodox economic model was (...)

Demonstrators protest in Rio de Janeiro during the national strike day last month against the economic policies of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Since June, Brazil has seen street protests to demand better public services and an end to political corruption. Photograph: Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP/Getty

When Brazil avoided the fallout from the financial crisis on 2008, it became a darling of foreign investors desperately seeking somewhere to put their(...)

Demonstrators are detained by riot police near the Rio de Janeiro government palace during the “National Day of Strikes, Stoppages and Protests”  on Thursday, July 11th. “It is hard to escape the impression that for all the sound and fury in Brasília, in the long-running stand-off between Brazil’s citizens and their politicians the politicians are holding their ground.” Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Although the protests that rocked Brazil last month have ended – for now at least – the country’s politicians are making every effort to show they hav(...)

The head of Bolivia’s public prosecution service said prosecutor Marcelo Soza will not return to the trial of two men arrested in the 2009 police raid in which Michael Dwyer (above) was killed. Photograph: PA Wire

The public prosecutor who for four years led the investigation into the events surrounding the killing of Irishman Michael Dwyer in Bolivia has(...)

Paraguayan presidential candidate Horacio Cartes of the Colorado Party laughs off the suggestion that he is a “narco”. Photograph: Reuters

Five years ago today Paraguay was a country striding towards a better future. On April 20th, 2008, voters elected former Catholic bishop (...)