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From great group stages to penalty shootouts, Luis Suárezs bite and Brazils Mineiraço, the story of the 2014 World Cup
After Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez have roused the crowd in their inimitable style in a confusing opening ceremony, its finally time for Brazil and Croatia get things started at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. The atmosphere is terrific. The Brazilian national anthem is not so much sung as roared, while the players are in tears. Such a tremendous show of passion surely bodes well for Brazils chances of erasing the memory of 1950 and winning a sixth World Cup.Continue reading...
Sir Dave Brailsford was born in Derbyshire and brought up in Wales. He lives in Nottingham, works in Manchester and supports Liverpool. But he has an international outlook, perhaps the product of taking himself off to France in his late teens to pursue a career as a semi-pro bike racer. So it was no real surprise to hear the Team Sky principal say, when asked this week to identify his next ambition, that it would be nice to win the Tour de France with a French rider.
He rowed back on it a bit the following day, under further questioning. But he had indeed said those words, and they were consistent with everything we know about a man who, over the past decade, has made himself Britains most successful and admired sports leader. Brailsford is a man without frontiers.Continue reading...
Daniel Taylor will be online from Rio de Janeiro at 4pm BST to answer your questions about the biggest match in the game
Good afternoon. Danny will be here soon, but in the meantime here is a collection of our World Cup final offerings for your consumption:
A brief history of Argentina v Germany at the World Cup
These two behemoths of international football have met in two World Cup finals, two quarter-finals and two group matches. Germany have been edging it since 1958 but Argentina pipped them to the trophy in 1986. What next for Argentina v Germany?