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Belgium’s coach Marc Wilmots consoles  Toby Alderweireld  after defeat to Argentina in Brasilia.  Photograph: Dylan Martinez / Reuters

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots labelled Argentina as “ordinary” and criticised their spoiling tactics after his side went out of the World Cup after a 1-0(...)

Belgium’s  Vincent Kompany should be fit to play against Argentina. Photograph:   Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has shrugged off a groin injury and will be ready to face Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final, coach Marc(...)

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi cheers on his team during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against France at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Having been around the block a bit, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi knows the score: when your team goes out somebody has to be blamed and having initi(...)

Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah (L) and player Christian Atsu listen to a question during a media conference before the start of a training session in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

It has become like a tournament within a tournament – which nation can best screw up the payment of appearance fee money and ruin preparation for a vi(...)

 Neymar (shirtless) of Brazil and Fred celebnrate after the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Cameroon and Brazil. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

MONDAY, JUNE 23rd 16.55 What a weekend! Pick your highlight: Costa Rica bidding cal-ciao to England with victory over the Azzurri? Ghana (...)

A security guard walks in front of the Planalto Palace In Brasilia as it is lit up in the colours of the Brazilian national flag ahead of the World Cup. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

There are parts of Brasilia, Brazil’s federal capital created out of nothing in the middle of the country in the late 1950s and early ’60s, that seem (...)

Wayne Rooney of England falls on the ground during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

THURSAY, JUNE 19th 16.55 ‘Love me, hold me, love me, hold me, I ain’t got nothing but love babe Eight days a week!’ Liverpudli(...)

Michael Dwyer: he was unarmed when shot in his hotel room in the city of Santa Cruz on April 16th, 2009. Photograph:  PA Wire

There are serious questions concerning the lawfulness of the Bolivian police operation in which Michael Dwyer was shot dead, according to the former (...)

A woman wears a typical costume of Bahia under a large Brazilian flag decoration on a street of Pelourinho neigbourhood. Brazil’s caxirola - a bead filled plastic instrument - was meant to be the sound of the 2014 World Cup, but the colourful noisemaker has been banned from all World Cup stadiums. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Brazil’s caxirola - a bead filled plastic instrument - was meant to be the sound of the 2014 World Cup, but the colourful noisemaker has been banned f(...)

Police confront native Brazilians to prevent them from marching towards the Mane Garrincha soccer stadium during a demonstration in Brasilia last night.   Photograph: Reuters

Police fired tear gas canisters to contain anti-World Cup demonstrators who tried to march to the Brasilia stadium where the soccer tournament’s trop(...)

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