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Brazil’s David Luiz (left) is consoled by his captain  Thiago Silva after their 7-1 defeat to   Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte. Photogrpah:  Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Brazil 1 Germany 7 To the Miracle of Bern add the one of Belo Horizonte. There was no dramatic comeback here like the one when Germany won thei(...)

Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the second Brazilian goal against Germany in the 2002  World Cup final. Brazil won its fifth title beating Germany 2-0. Photograph:  Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images

It is remarkable that having been at 17 previous World Cups together today will be only the second meeting between Germany and Brazil at one. A little(...)

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures on the sideline during the  World Cup  semi-final defeat to Germany at  the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari described the 7-1 destruction at the hands of Germany as “the worst night of my life,” but insisted that Brazilian(...)

Brazil’s Willian attends a training session in Teresopolis near Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Brazil will meet Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday. Photograph:  Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Much like Ireland in 2002, Brazil has, over the last few days, become utterly focussed on a man who is no longer available to play. The locals are hav(...)

Brazil captain Thiago Silva  of Brazil is booked by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo during the World Cup 2014 quarter-final against  Colombia.  Photograpgh: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Thiago Silva will be suspended for Brazil’s World Cup semi-final against Germany and Fifa has also ruled out action by its disciplinary committee for (...)

Germany’s national soccer team coach Joachim Löw (left) with assistant coach Hansi Flick and goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke in the village of Santo Andre in Brazil. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/ Reuters

That no European team has won any of the previous six World Cups in Latin America is not fazing Germany as they head into Tuesday’s World Cup semi-fi(...)

Brazil’s Fernandinho commits one of several fouls on Colombia’s James Rodriguez during the World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters.

The car was speeding down Rio’s eastern motorway in the direction of Copacabana. The driver dodged from lane to lane but he wasn’t paying any attentio(...)

Argentina’s Javier Mascherano lets out a roar after his side’s victory over Belgium in the World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia on Saturday. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Two proud Latin footballing nations. Two long-awaited semi-final appearances. Two very different reactions.Next week Brazil and Argentina – with seven(...)

   Neymar   sustained a back injury following a challenge from Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga  during the World Cup quarter-final match at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

“It’s as if someone had died. And in a certain way that is what’s happened. Unfortunately Neymar is dead for this World Cup, ” lamented José Trajano o(...)

 Brazil’s David Luiz scores his side’s second goal from a free-kick against Colombia during the World Cup quarter-final at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Brazil 2 Colombia 1 It was a supremely ugly win for Brazil, but one they will have been delighted with before the crushing news that Neymar, th(...)

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