Sunday soccer is a decades-old tradition where  Brazilians of all walks of life play matches that are known as “peladas” or “naked” on the beaches, in the slums, and on the streets. Photograph:  Reuters/Washington Alves

The hordes of schoolchildren that crowd into São Paulo’s wildly popular Football Museum make for an often noisy cultural experience. But even they set(...)

 Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill and the Mario Filho (Maracana) stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPA

The greatest show on earth played out on its most inspiring stage was the promise when football’s governing body awarded Brazil the World Cup almost s(...)

Osmar Santos “Football is a means of speaking to all the population about certain matters.”

Osmar Santos was for years one of Brazil’s most creative and best loved football commentators until injuries from a car accident forced his retirement(...)

Flames of protest: demonstrators in São Paulo burn the Brazilian flag. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty

A World Cup in Brazil must have sounded like the perfect fit. Hosting the planet’s greatest party in the land of carnival while bringing football back(...)

A member of Brazil’s Homeless Workers’ Movement  protests in front of Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium on May 15th, 2014.  Photograph: Nacho Doce / Reuters

Millions of Brazilians will be cheering like crazy during the World Cup, but not all of them for Brazil. With kick-off two weeks away and tensions si(...)

 Brazilian soccer great Pele said protests  in Brazil and delays in building stadiums are putting the World Cup next month at risk. Photograph: Getty

Protests in Brazil and delays in building stadiums are putting the World Cup next month at risk and prompting tourists to stay away, soccer great Pel(...)

Chelsea’s Brazilian players Willian, David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar have all been named in Felipe Scolari’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

All four of Chelsea’s Brazilian players have been named in coach Felipe Scolari 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in the South American nation.(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar during a training session at the Etihad Stadium this week. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Barcelona and Brazil striker Neymar has launched an attack on his former club Santos and spoken out in support of his father, insisting he had(...)

Demonstrators hold a banner that reads “There will be no World Cup” during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014.  Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters
Anti-World Cup protest in Sao Paolo
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  • January 26, 2014, 07:11

The year’s first major protest against the World Cup drew more than 2,000 demonstrators into the streets of Brazil’s largest city yesterday, as frustr(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Brazil’s failings in delivering this summer’s World Cup has been highlighted by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who said no previous host country has be(...)

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