You don’t have to go very far to find a five-a-side pitch among the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro, like this one at the Tavares Bastos slums. Photograph: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Ten years after it launched its candidacy Brazil’s moment of truth has finally arrived with the kick-off tonight of one of the most controversial Worl(...)

The IT crowd: Marilia Santos, Fernanda Carneiro Rola Servian, Guilherme Marques Estima Toledo, Camila Faccini de Lima, Daniel Mariano Leao, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, Mateus Ramalho, Marina Donohoe of Enterprise Ireland and Anderson Augusto Simiscuka

Ireland’s universities and institutes of technology are about to get a huge burst of Brazilian culture, with more than 1,000 science and engineering s(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry’s one-day visit to Brazil will focus on restoring the trust between Washington and Brasilia that was shaken by the NSA spying disclosures. Photograph:  Fredy Builes/Reuters.

US hopes of landing a coveted deal worth more than $4 billion to sell 36 fighter jets to Brazil have suffered a setback with recent revelations that t(...)

A riot policeman fires his weapon while confronting stone-throwing demonstrators during an anti-government protest in Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon river, in Brazil last night. Photograph: Ney Macondes/Reuters

Brazil awoke today to city centres still smouldering after a night that shocked the nation: one million protesters had taken to the streets in scores(...)