Head coach Joachim Löw faces the media   following the German team’s arrival at Frankfurt airport on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

The most amazing thing about Germany’s World Cup exit at the group stage is that the sun still rose this morning. You wouldn’t have thought so on Wedn(...)

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Mexico’s defender Hector Moreno  during the  Confederations Cup  match in Kazan on Sunday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Anybody looking for answers to the thorny issue of Cristiano Ronaldo’s future will have found few clues here, but if Portugal needed reassurance of hi(...)

Brazil’s new manager Dunga smiles during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The return yesterday of Dunga as coach of Brazil’s national team breaks one of the most sensible but least observed rules in South American football m(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks to FIfa president Sepp Blatter during the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

During a match between Brazil and Uruguay at Confederations Cup in 2013 in Brazil, a warm-up event for the World Cup, there were riots outside the sta(...)

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(...)

Injured Brazilian national soccer team player Neymar waits to be airlifted home from Brazil’s training camp inTeresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro. Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Brazilian coach Felipão did not bother mincing his words when he described Neymar’s enforced absence from the rest of the World Cup as a “catastrop(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo: “We know it is mathematically doable, but the task is almost impossible.” Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters

The World Cup is getting ready to bid an early farewell to one of its biggest stars, if this morning’s headlines are to be believed.‘Cristiano Coming (...)

Luiz Felipe Scolari of Brazil shakes hands with Neymar as he comes off the field in the second half. Photograph: Getty Images

The problems Brazil has faced in getting ready for this World Cup have been well aired during its build-up.But in marked contrast to the doubts over t(...)

 Brazil fans celebrate before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo, Brazil, last night. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Brazil’s World Cup got off to a stuttering start last night where least expected. After all the problems during the build-up to the tournament the da(...)

 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 (...)

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