World Cup 2014

The Reign of Zidane

He’s the man of the moment. Zinedine Zidane takes charge at Real Madrid, becoming the youngest manager in twenty years, the latest chapter in an extraordinary career. From World Cup glory to infamy, Champions League wonder goals, to documentaries, Zizou is a legend of the game.

Past Meetings: Poland, Packie, and Banning Presidents

Irish and Polish fans may have a special affection for each other but all’s fair in love and football and the huge clash of the teams in Warsaw means, with Euro qualification up for grabs, friendship must be parked for 90 minutes. The countries have previously met on 26 occasions, the second of which resulted in President Hyde being removed as a patron of the GAA.

One Year On: Brazil 1-7 Germany

Twelve months on, relive Germany’s huge win over Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals through @RikkiLeaks’ brilliant animation and the video reaction.

On this day in 1971: Pelé Plays his Last Game for Brazil

Over 140,000 fans packed into the Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium to see the great Pelé play his last ever game for Brazil. Taking a lap of honour at half-time He left the pitch in tears, as the crowd chanted ‘Stay, stay.

Pichações: The Streets Against the World Cup

As the World Cup in Brazil comes to an end without the predicted large-scale protests, there’s been a subtle but consistent message visible on the streets, as photo-journalist Gabriel Uchida has documented.