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Sunday 24 August, 2014

Football in Colombia: what happened next when the drug money dried up?
# Los Cafeteros
# Los Cafeteros

Football in Colombia: what happened next when the drug money dried up?

Aug 24th 2014, 8:30 AM 9,823 Views 1 Comment

Colombia charmed us at the World Cup but Liga Postobon is “a graveyard of unfulfilled promise,” writes Mikey Stafford from Medellin.

Sunday 13 July, 2014

Germany win the World Cup after Götze's extra-time volley
# Champions
# Champions

Germany win the World Cup after Götze's extra-time volley

Jul 13th 2014, 11:40 PM 22,047 Views 108 Comments

The match had finished 0-0 after 90 minutes but the Bayern Munich attacker grabbed a late goal.

The defining song of the 2014 World Cup is...
# Anthem
# Anthem

The defining song of the 2014 World Cup is...

Jul 13th 2014, 4:19 PM 5,049 Views 0 Comments

Since Thursday morning, Rio has been humming with Argentinians.

Millions await the 'nature versus nurture' World Cup final
# Preview
# Preview

Millions await the 'nature versus nurture' World Cup final

Jul 13th 2014, 6:55 AM 2,710 Views 1 Comment

Argentina, and one very special player, will attempt to combat the impressive Germans.

Saturday 12 July, 2014

Schweinsteiger pays tribute to 'leader of the pack' Mascherano
# Respect
# Respect

Schweinsteiger pays tribute to 'leader of the pack' Mascherano

Jul 12th 2014, 8:02 PM 5,918 Views 3 Comments

The midfielder has recognised the qualities of his opponent tomorrow.

Friday 11 July, 2014

Football brings hope, but not much more in favelas of Rio
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

Football brings hope, but not much more in favelas of Rio

Jul 11th 2014, 9:21 AM 8,512 Views 6 Comments

Mikey Stafford tours a north Rio favela with a Corkman trying to make a difference.

Tired and bruised Argentina keeping emotions in check with the prize in sight
# Rest Day
# Rest Day

Tired and bruised Argentina keeping emotions in check with the prize in sight

Jul 11th 2014, 12:05 AM 4,728 Views 8 Comments

La Albiceleste have a day less to rest but they will have to show even more discipline against the Germans on Sunday.

Thursday 10 July, 2014

Maracanã awaits Messi and Argentina after Dutch undone by penalties
# Then There Were Two
# Then There Were Two

Maracanã awaits Messi and Argentina after Dutch undone by penalties

Jul 10th 2014, 12:35 AM 6,242 Views 24 Comments

La Albiceleste defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a shootout to book their place with Germany in Sunday’s final.

Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Can Messi and Argentina surmount Van Gaal's Oranje hurdle tonight?
# Lionel V Louis
# Lionel V Louis

Can Messi and Argentina surmount Van Gaal's Oranje hurdle tonight?

Jul 9th 2014, 12:02 PM 6,533 Views 30 Comments

Our man in Brazil looks ahead to the second of the World Cup semi-finals.

Letter from Brazil: National nightmare tough to swallow for a country not interested in excuses
# World Cup 2014
# World Cup 2014

Letter from Brazil: National nightmare tough to swallow for a country not interested in excuses

Jul 9th 2014, 10:16 AM 12,785 Views 18 Comments

Mikey Stafford watched Brazil’s nightmare in a north Rio favela where the reaction was “muted to the point of non-existent.”

Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Kerrymen at the Copacabana -- Ireland are surely the best-supported nation not at this World Cup
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

Kerrymen at the Copacabana -- Ireland are surely the best-supported nation not at this World Cup

Jul 8th 2014, 2:01 PM 14,940 Views 14 Comments

With not a single green-clad team left in Brazil, Mikey Stafford gives you the pros and cons of rowing in behind each of the final four.

Brazil must forget the golden boy and place fate in the hands of Big Phil
# Been There Done That
# Been There Done That

Brazil must forget the golden boy and place fate in the hands of Big Phil

Jul 8th 2014, 7:45 AM 6,823 Views 27 Comments

The host nation has not provided attractive football, but they are controlled by a man who knows exactly what it takes to win against Germany.

Monday 7 July, 2014

'F**k FIFA' - Brazilians protest at World Cup costs as Silva awaits redemption
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

'F**k FIFA' - Brazilians protest at World Cup costs as Silva awaits redemption

Jul 7th 2014, 2:07 PM 13,847 Views 18 Comments

Mikey Stafford reports from Rio, where the real fans cannot afford to attend matches in the flesh.

Sunday 6 July, 2014

Letter from Brazil: A little romance goes a long way as Clare and the Netherlands survive
# Prevailing
# Prevailing

Letter from Brazil: A little romance goes a long way as Clare and the Netherlands survive

Jul 6th 2014, 10:02 AM 16,895 Views 17 Comments

Neymar and James Rodriguez’s departures from the World Cup left us needing to be cheered up.

Saturday 5 July, 2014

'Anyone who tells you the party died with Neymar's injury was in the wrong part of town'
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

'Anyone who tells you the party died with Neymar's injury was in the wrong part of town'

Jul 5th 2014, 2:41 PM 11,385 Views 5 Comments

Brazil has been shaken by the loss of its biggest star – but Mikey Stafford found that there was no stopping the party in Rio.

Friday 4 July, 2014

Hummels the hero as Germany push through against France to reach the semis
# Efficient
# Efficient

Hummels the hero as Germany push through against France to reach the semis

Jul 4th 2014, 8:27 PM 2,081 Views 0 Comments

The centre-back’s first-half goal was enough to separate the sides writes Mikey Stafford in the Maracana.

Life inside the Maracanã media centre, questions through a translator and rejoining the pack
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

Life inside the Maracanã media centre, questions through a translator and rejoining the pack

Jul 4th 2014, 2:41 PM 4,944 Views 2 Comments

Our man at the World Cup Mikey Stafford has arrived in Rio ahead of the first quarter-final tie this evening.

Youthful French momentum could overpower jaded Germans in Rio
# Fraternité
# Fraternité

Youthful French momentum could overpower jaded Germans in Rio

Jul 4th 2014, 8:00 AM 7,995 Views 21 Comments

Mikey Stafford reports from Brazil, where Didier Deschamps’ side face a confused Germany.

Thursday 3 July, 2014

Kroos to make Madrid decision post-World Cup as French pressure builds
# Pokerface
# Pokerface

Kroos to make Madrid decision post-World Cup as French pressure builds

Jul 3rd 2014, 9:11 PM 7,019 Views 10 Comments

The German playmaker is choosing to concentrate on the World Cup quarter-final, rather than transfer talk.

France 'fear nothing' as Bleus pit their wits against Hugo Lloris' fellow sweeper keeper
# Thinking Outside The Box
# Thinking Outside The Box

France 'fear nothing' as Bleus pit their wits against Hugo Lloris' fellow sweeper keeper

Jul 3rd 2014, 7:12 PM 2,950 Views 0 Comments

The Spurs goalkeeper praised Manuel Neuer high-energy role in getting Germany into the quarter-finals.

'In the early stages of the World Cup it was okay to wear an Argentina jersey in the street...'
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

'In the early stages of the World Cup it was okay to wear an Argentina jersey in the street...'

Jul 3rd 2014, 1:38 PM 13,460 Views 3 Comments

Our man in Brazil is braced for a not-so-smooth landing.

Wednesday 2 July, 2014

World Cup party moves on from Recife leaving calm after the storm
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

World Cup party moves on from Recife leaving calm after the storm

Jul 2nd 2014, 3:00 PM 10,565 Views 2 Comments

Mikey Stafford checks in from the northern Brazilian city, where the action is now finished.

Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Letter from Brazil: Fans living the American Dream ahead of last-16 showdown
# U-S-A
# U-S-A

Letter from Brazil: Fans living the American Dream ahead of last-16 showdown

Jul 1st 2014, 8:07 PM 3,370 Views 1 Comment

As they say in their chant, the US support believe that they will win.

Monday 30 June, 2014

Goalkeepers showing their worth in tournament of struggling stars
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

Goalkeepers showing their worth in tournament of struggling stars

Jun 30th 2014, 4:36 PM 3,300 Views 12 Comments

The last lines of defence are making their case to be the MVP.

Costa Rican players had practised penalties 'a lot'
# Alexandre Guimarães
# Alexandre Guimarães

Costa Rican players had practised penalties 'a lot'

Jun 30th 2014, 4:05 PM 3,213 Views 3 Comments

The Central American side scored all five of their spot kicks as they beat Greece in the last 16 yesterday.

Navas the hero as Costa Rica's adventures continue
# Saviour
# Saviour

Navas the hero as Costa Rica's adventures continue

Jun 30th 2014, 12:53 AM 4,981 Views 0 Comments

The Central American side are into the quarter-finals where they’ll face the Netherlands.

Sunday 29 June, 2014

The beautiful game: Brazilian progress spreads joy across the nation
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

The beautiful game: Brazilian progress spreads joy across the nation

Jun 29th 2014, 2:08 PM 3,081 Views 4 Comments

‘Football’s biggest party needs its hosts almost as much as Brazil needs the World Cup,’ writes Mikey Stafford.

Costa Rica's Cinderella fairytale faces history-seeking Greek roadblock
# Clash Of Styles
# Clash Of Styles

Costa Rica's Cinderella fairytale faces history-seeking Greek roadblock

Jun 29th 2014, 8:58 AM 2,005 Views 1 Comment

Mikey Stafford reports from Recife, where both sides are aiming to achieve historical feats.

Saturday 28 June, 2014

He drives me crazy but Suárez is no fine young cannibal
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

He drives me crazy but Suárez is no fine young cannibal

Jun 28th 2014, 2:03 PM 14,299 Views 64 Comments

What the Uruguayan did was wrong but it wasn’t pre-meditated or life-threatening writes Mikey Stafford.

Friday 27 June, 2014

'This is Brazil' shrug locals as football fans endure epic journey through floods
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

'This is Brazil' shrug locals as football fans endure epic journey through floods

Jun 27th 2014, 5:00 PM 17,020 Views 15 Comments

Frogs, rafts made of mattresses and the kindness of strangers; this is the World Cup as much as goals and games, writes Mikey Stafford.

Germany handle the heat of group stage as Low hopes for improvement
# Brazil 2014
# Brazil 2014

Germany handle the heat of group stage as Low hopes for improvement

Jun 27th 2014, 10:01 AM 1,613 Views 0 Comments

The Germans will hope to have it made in the shade as they travel to cooler climbs, writes Mikey Stafford in Recife.

Thursday 26 June, 2014

Klinsmann's US advance to second round despite Germany defeat
# Match Report
# Match Report

Klinsmann's US advance to second round despite Germany defeat

Jun 26th 2014, 8:28 PM 4,002 Views 0 Comments

Thomas Müller’s brilliant second-half goal meant Joachim Löw got one over on his former master.

Klinsmann living the American Dream as he prepares to face homeland
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

Klinsmann living the American Dream as he prepares to face homeland

Jun 26th 2014, 12:00 PM 4,741 Views 0 Comments

Mikey Stafford reports from Recife as the USMNT boss talks football in German with a US accent.

Klinsmann aiming for tactical masterclass against former protégé Löw
# Klinsi
# Klinsi

Klinsmann aiming for tactical masterclass against former protégé Löw

Jun 26th 2014, 7:00 AM 2,468 Views 3 Comments

Mikey Stafford reports from Recife, where the United States and Germany meet today.

Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Mesut Özil channels his inner Rooney to express positional frustrations
# Nozil
# Nozil

Mesut Özil channels his inner Rooney to express positional frustrations

Jun 25th 2014, 8:30 PM 6,813 Views 5 Comments

The German star is not enjoying life on the right wing.

Living in America - Kyle Bekerman says Jürgen Klinsmann's gone native
# Turned Stateside
# Turned Stateside

Living in America - Kyle Bekerman says Jürgen Klinsmann's gone native

Jun 25th 2014, 6:58 PM 4,597 Views 6 Comments

The German coach faces his home country tomorrow.

Croatia's early exit, the great Davor Suker and comparisons with Ireland
# WC2014
# WC2014

Croatia's early exit, the great Davor Suker and comparisons with Ireland

Jun 25th 2014, 3:05 PM 7,892 Views 11 Comments

Niko Kovac’s team will turn attentions to the Euro 2016 qualifiers after finishing third in Group A, writes our man in Brazil.

Bags packed with ice cubes and beer cans as Colombia's convenient invasion keeps going strong
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

Bags packed with ice cubes and beer cans as Colombia's convenient invasion keeps going strong

Jun 25th 2014, 12:00 PM 13,944 Views 14 Comments

Mikey Stafford was in a fan fest in Recife, pondering the ramifications of an All-Ireland final on Good Friday.

Tuesday 24 June, 2014

'Fast forward 350 years and the Europeans are back in Brazil hunting for fame and fortune'
# Letter From Brazil
# Letter From Brazil

'Fast forward 350 years and the Europeans are back in Brazil hunting for fame and fortune'

Jun 24th 2014, 2:59 PM 7,026 Views 2 Comments

Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side are laying the foundations for a new Oranje Empire but our man Mikey Stafford has acquired a soft spot for the all-action Mexicans.

Monday 23 June, 2014

Mexico earn place in World Cup last 16 with convincing win over Croatia
# Report
# Report

Mexico earn place in World Cup last 16 with convincing win over Croatia

Jun 23rd 2014, 11:48 PM 4,287 Views 9 Comments

The Mexicans will now face the Dutch in the second round.

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