Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) reacts after Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco scored the winning goal during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Italy 4 Japan 3: Substitute Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a late goal to secure Italy a thrilling win a semi-final berth in the Confederations Cup.(...)

 Brazilian football legend Pele at an event earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro marking one year to kick-off for the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Brazilian soccer great Pele has called on thousands of protesters demonstrating over poor quality public services and corruption to leave the streets(...)

Protesters walk down a street during early-morning demonstrations in Sao Paulo,  shutting roads leading into the city. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

With no sign of a let-up in the wave of the protests sweeping across Brazil, authorities in various cities have started to cave in to demonstrators’ d(...)

 Luis Suarez (Uruguay) is tackled by Alvaro Arbeloa of Spain during the FIFA Confederations Cup  Group B match at the Arena Pernambuco. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque criticised his players for not scoring more goals during a sublime first half against Uruguay and said that profligacy(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez only thinking about Confederations Cup, for now.  Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists he is not thinking about using the Confederations Cup as a means to enhance his chances of leaving Anfield.The 2(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez (right) has had enough of life in England.  Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has reiterated his love for the club, but again insisted that he needs to leave Anfield.The Uruguayan star is currently (...)

The Maracana stadium in the backround, framed by one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Name a famous Brazilian. No, grow up. Not that kind of Brazilian: someone world-famous from that vast melting pot of humanity at the other side of the(...)

Kaka of Real Madrid has been left out of the Brazil squad.  Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

World Cup winners Ronaldinho and Kaka were both left out of the Brazil’s Confederations Cup squad as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari opted for youth(...)

The failure of officials to award Frank Lampard a goal  for this shot against Germany which crossed the line during the 2010 World Cup is one of the reasons for the introduction of goal-line technology. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The English Premier League sought to put an end to contentious goalline decisions by approving the introduction of technology and adopting the(...)

Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard of England, but  the goal was not given during the 2010 World Cup. Incidents like this lead to the calll for goalline technology. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Fifa have appointed German company GoalControl to provide goal-line technology at the Confederations Cup in Brazil this summer. The syst(...)

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