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Neymar celebrates his opening  goal against Croatia. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

A few minutes into the warm-up before Brazil v Croatia, Neymar slipped on the freshly-watered pitch and went over on his ankle. He rolled on the gr(...)

 Fred wins a dubious penalty against Dejan Lovren. Photograph:  Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil 3 Croatia 1: So far, so Brazil. On a fretful, at times sleepy, ultimately rousing night in Sao Paulo Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team came from behin(...)

Mexico’s players train in the Dunas Arena in Natal earlier today. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has left Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on the bench for Friday’s World Cup opener against Camero(...)

Brazil Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari addresses a press conference ahead of tonight’s opening game in the 2014 Fifa World Cup against Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

“For all Brazilians. I want to say our time has arrived. We want to go together. This is our World Cup. ” Luis Felipe Scolari spoke with the sa(...)

Brazil’s Neymar practising his free-kick technique at the Arena de Sao Paulo ahead of the hosts’ World Cup opener against Croatia. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

It may be hard to imagine Brazil kicking off this World Cup against Croatia without a certain amount of swagger.But don’t be entirely surprised if thi(...)

Cameroon manager Volker Finke: “It was not really as great a problem as people made it out.” Photograph: EPA

Cameroon’s squad left for the World Cup early today after resolving a strike over bonuses that saw them refuse to board their plane to Brazil on Sunda(...)

Cameroon coach Volker Finke expects the row that has delayed the squad’s departure for the World Cup in Brazil to be sorted today. Photograph:   Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Cameroon’s World Cup squad refused to board their scheduled plane to Brazil on Sunday in a strike action over money for the tournament, officials said(...)

Cameroon supporters cher on their team ahead of their departure for the World Cup.  Photograph: Ralph Orlowski / Reuters

Cameroon 1 Moldova 0 Midfielder Edgar Salli scored the only goal as Cameroon completed their World Cup warm-up programme with a 1-0 win over Moldova (...)

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(...)

The hot favourites Brazil (as reported in the following day’s Irish Times), who were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, left-right: Barbosa, Augusto, Danilo, Juvenal, Bauer, Ademir, Zizinho, Jair, Chico, Friaca, Bigode. (Photograph: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

It was Zico, of all people, who turned to the elephant in the room and not only acknowledged it, but spread before it a sumptuous array of grass, leav(...)

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