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Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: his Workers Party has vowed to launch his candidacy regardless of Wednesday’s decision.  Photograph: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Efforts by former Brazil president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to avoid prison and return to power were dealt a severe blow on Wednesday when an appeals(...)

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: Biggest vote getter for the Workers Party.   Photograph: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

Brazil’s year of political uncertainty gets under way on Wednesday when an appeals court will decide whether to uphold the conviction for corruption o(...)

Brazil’s then president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the launch of a Petrobras platform  on the Brazilian coast on the Atlantic in October, 2010. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

In 2014 when the investigation into corruption at Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras was still in its initial stages a former senior manager at the fi(...)

 Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker  celebrate their team’s second goal in extra time during the  World Cup. Photograph:   Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Per Mertesacker has hit out at critics bemoaning Germany’s performance in their win over Algeria and believes qualifying for the World Cup quarter-fi(...)

Algeria’s head coach Vahid Halilhodzic : “We have not forgotten about . . . 1982.” Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP.

Thirty-two years is a long time to wait for revenge but for Algeria the chance will finally come when they take on Germany at the Estádio Beira-Rio in(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal   against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Argentina 3 Nigeria 2This is a great World Cup and it has a great soundtrack. To the tune of Bad Moon Rising, Nigeria and Argentina scored five more g(...)

South Korea are well supported at the World Cup finals in Brazil. Photograph: Reuters.

South Korea v Algeria Sunday, 8pm Estádio Beira-Rio   Algeria scored their first World Cup goal in 28 years in their opener an(...)

Fans are still celebrating after Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup last night. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

World Cup fever gathered steam across Brazil today as fans streamed to a second day of matches and violent protests subsided, although a last-minute s(...)

 Robinho is another Brazilian footballer for whom religion plays an important role.  Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In the corridor of souvenir shops near the vast, red-brick hangar of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, just down from the (...)

Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza  controls the ball during their international friendly  against Israel at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Aaron M. Sprecher / EPA

There will be more than one Luis Suarez at the World Cup in Brazil and while the Uruguayan superstar may be targetting glory in the final, his Colomb(...)

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