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(...)

Luis Suazez. Photograph: PA Wire

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez claims he has “two or three options” in relation to his future as it seems increasingly likely he will leave Anfield th(...)

 Shinji Kagawa of Japan looks on during the FIFA Confederations Cup Group A match between Japan and Mexico at Estadio Mineirao. Photograph: Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admits he must improve on his first season’s work at Old Trafford.The Japan star did emerge from his debut(...)

Demonstrators hold a protest in Salvador with a sign reading, “We want hospitals built in two years too,” in reference to the time it took to build the stadiums for the Confederations Cup.  photograph: Valter Pontes/Reuters

After a disastrous two weeks during which massive street protests overshadowed the Confederations Cup, football’s world governing body Fifa and Brazi(...)

Brazil’s Paulinho celebrates scoring against Uruguay during the semi-final of the Confederations Cup. The midfielder will join Tottenham Hotspur in a €2O million deal. Photograph: AP Photo

New Liverpool defender Kolo Toure is looking forward to becoming a full-time footballer again after two years of limited action. The Ivory Coast inter(...)

Lucas Moura of Brazil celebrates with the trophy and fans at the end of the FIFA Confederations Cup. Brazil beat Spain 3-0 in the final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images.

Small skirmishes between police and protesters did little to disrupt the festive atmosphere around the close of a major international soccer tournamen(...)

Brazil’s  Neymar during a training session in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Wayne Rooney has been encouraged to join Barcelona by Camp Nou new-boy Neymar as speculation continues to surround the future of the Manchester United(...)

Spain’s Jesus Navas (bottom) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the winning penalty  against Italy in the  shoot-out of their Confederations Cup semi-final  at the Estadio Castelao.

SPAIN 0 ITALY 0 – (After extra-time, Spain win 7-6 on penalties)Spain needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Italy to the final of the Confederations Cup (...)

Brazil’s Paulinho (right) heads  past Uruguay’s Martin Caceres and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (left) to book final berth. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Brazil 2 Uruguay 1: Paulinho scored with a header four minutes from time to give Brazil a 2-1 win over Uruguay and take the host nation to the final o(...)

A demonstrator embraces a police commander in a gesture of peace during a protest in Salvador. Photograph: Reuters/Valter Pontes

Up to 750,000 people took to the streets of cities across Brazil over the weekend in renewed demonstrations against the country’s political class desp(...)

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