Down at the Copa

Unbenannt Pope Francis must have been working over-time. His club in Argentina San Lorenzo have reached a first ever Copa Libertadores final thanks to a thumping win in the semi-finals. There they’ll meet Paraguay’s Nacional who’ve also reached the showpiece for the first time. Here are the highlights. Continue reading →

Maracanazo, The Seleção’s Original Tragedy

Ghiggia-Uruguay-1950 It’s hard to believe now following their humiliation at the hands of Germany, that many considered this was Brazil’s World Cup to lose. Arguably you have to go back as far as 1950, when Brazil last hosted the World Cup to find a squad that had been so unduly expected to win the coveted prize in living memory. The defeat in the final – which became known as the Maracanazo, the Maracana blow – has been recalled many times in recent days, with the ghosts of 64 years ago seemimgly excorcised by the current team’s shame, writes Aidan O’Sullivan. Continue reading →

Adidas Brazuca Final Rio

10329014_10154307820740551_4898998667338599455_n Adidas’ official match ball of the World Cup final has been updated. The Brazuca Final Rio will be used only once in the last game of the competition when Germany face Argentina on Sun 13 July, in the Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading →

Brazil’s Hooligans, The Dark Side of the Beautiful Game

uchida 8 Forget what newspapers say about Brazilian hooliganism. I’ve seen and been living it for years. I didn’t need to read or hear about it. Nobody had to tell me how it is to be in a train or a bus with your mates when rivals attack, I myself have already lived it. For many times I also had to run from police even though my photographer card was on my chest. Brazilian photo-journalist Gabriel Uchida explores the dark side of the beautiful game. Continue reading →

Neymar Loss Causes Outbreak of Emotion

neymar baby The loss of their star player is hitting all Brazilians, both young and old. It was all a bit too much for this little baby with the news that Neymar was in hospital. Meanwhile, the player himself issued an emotional rallying call to his teammates to fulfill his dream of becoming a World Cup champion. Continue reading →

Mondiali Impossibili – World Cup Time Travel

7Messi-marte Every World Cup tournament causes us to recall finals gone by. With Brazil giving us one of the most memorable competitions in recent history, new Italian online magazine Marte.com has transported some of the protaganists of the current World Cup into classic iconic pictures from past editions with the help of digital artist Antonella Iozzolino. Continue reading →

Neymar’s Hospital Arrival

Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Brazil’s World Cup hopes have been rocked with the news that Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after a serious back injury. The striker’s arrival at the hospital in Fortaleza was met by large numbers of Brazilian fans. The Selecao themselves were accused of rough-house tactics in their win over Colombia but David Luiz won back some admirers telling James Rodriguez in a post-match interview “You are already a world champion.” Continue reading →

One Centimetre From Glory, Pinilla’s Tattoo

tattoo Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla has had an image of THAT shot which struck the crossbar against Brazil tattooed on his back. In the final minute of extra-time, the strike from the edge of the box crashed off the bar saving the hosts from elimination. Pinilla also missed a penalty in the shoot-out defeat but it was the last drama of extra-time that will remain with him. The inkwork is accompanied by the line ‘One centimetre from glory’. Continue reading →

June 30, 1990: Italy 1 Rep. of Ireland 0

jack italia 90 On this day in 1990, in our first ever World Cup, Ireland lost out by a solitary goal in the quarter-finals to the tournament hosts Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Within days the Irish team would land in Dublin to a crowd of over 500,000 people in scenes that likely wouldn’t have been bettered had they won the competition itself. Continue reading →

When East Beat West

east germany 2 At the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, East Germany were drawn in the same group as the tournament hosts. In their first and only appearance at the finals, the East shocked the watching world by beating the defending European champions. Continue reading →

The Beautiful Game Of Thrones

tumblr_n6xmv5IcDW1taahkjo2_1280 Every four years, the bravest warriors from all the corners of the Seven Kingdoms converge to battle for The Throne. Watch the strongest showcase their skills on the battlefield MAracana in the Land of Reos. Valar morghulis, winner takes all. thebeautifulgamers.tumblr.com Continue reading →

World Cup Legends: ‘A childhood dream’

pele Amar Shah’s family ran a sports store importing footballs from Pakistan so he grew up re-enacting World Cup moments with his mates. When Adidas released a historical match-ball series for the 2010 World Cup, on a dare from his wife, he set about a mission: to have a World Cup winning legend sign each ball in the collection. This is his story. Continue reading →

Ireland’s Post-Season: 10 Talking Points

ronaldo mcclean Having scored his first international goal in the end-of-season tour, James McClean joked that Costa Rica and Italy’s displays in Brazil put Ireland’s performances against the same teams in more positive perspective. But the rout at the hands of Portugal, themselves humiliated by Ireland’s Euro opponents Germany, will give Martin O’Neill cause for concern. Kyle Cotter looks at ten talking points. Continue reading →