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#Letter from Brazil

# letter-from-brazil - Friday 11 July, 2014

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

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

# letter-from-brazil - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

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

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.

# letter-from-brazil - Monday 7 July, 2014

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

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

# letter-from-brazil - Friday 4 July, 2014

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

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

# letter-from-brazil - Thursday 3 July, 2014

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

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

# letter-from-brazil - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

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

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

# letter-from-brazil - Monday 30 June, 2014

Goalkeepers showing their worth in tournament of struggling stars

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

# letter-from-brazil - Sunday 29 June, 2014

The beautiful game: Brazilian progress spreads joy across the nation

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

# letter-from-brazil - Thursday 26 June, 2014

Klinsmann living the American Dream as he prepares to face homeland

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

# letter-from-brazil - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

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

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.

# letter-from-brazil - Monday 23 June, 2014

Brazil seeking spirit of 'Little Bird' Garrincha to seal Last 16 spot

Not even a 13-hour bus journey can dampen Mikey Stafford’s lust for historical reveries.

# letter-from-brazil - Saturday 21 June, 2014

'Sitting on the promenade I allowed myself to think, "this could be us" - except it's not'

As Ireland’s conquerors Germany prepare for their second Group G game, Mikey Stafford pens a requiem for a Midwinter Night’s Dream.

# letter-from-brazil - Friday 20 June, 2014

Brilliance of Suarez brings only bitter memories for Ghana ahead of Germany clash

The Black Stars are again carrying African hopes in this World Cup, and tomorrow they must shine.

# letter-from-brazil - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Zombie-like Brazil emerge with hope intact after near-shock in Fortaleza

Mikey Stafford reports on the aftermath of yesterday’s 0-0 Group A draw with Mexico.

# letter-from-brazil - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

'You're Irish?' asked the smiling apparatchik with the golden tickets. 'What's the craic?'

Mikey Stafford checks in from Fortaleza where getting into Brazil’s press conference was almost as hard as getting a ticket.

# letter-from-brazil - Monday 16 June, 2014

Letter from Brazil: Football-daft Mexicans ready to serve their hosts some 'spicy chilli' El Tri This post contains videos

Letter from Brazil: Football-daft Mexicans ready to serve their hosts some 'spicy chilli'

Tomorrow’s clash will be one of the loudest and most colourful spectacles of World Cup 2014, writes our man in Brazil.

# letter-from-brazil - Saturday 14 June, 2014

Letter from Brazil: Netherlands' big orange bus rumbles on as Spain fall hard

Our man in Brazil reports on the fall out from the stunning clash in Salvador last night.

# letter-from-brazil - Friday 13 June, 2014

Letter from Brazil: I'll buy FIFA-branded water but not locals' World Cup conspiracy theories

The tournament isn’t going to paper over the cracks, writes our man in Brazil, Mikey Stafford.