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Neymar ignites Brazil; Spain contemplates end of an era

A left footed bullet from 21-year-old Brazil football prodigy, Neymar Junior, which flew past Spanish captain Iker Casillas, made the world sit up. Cowering on the floor, stunned and bleeding, was Spain’s international reputation. Spain swaggered into Rio on the back of stylish triumphs at the Euro 2012 and 2010 …

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Samba versus Tiki Taka: Brazil plots Spanish resistance

Brazil is the only South American country that the Spanish conquistadors of old did not colonise. And, as football’s new favourites prepare to cross swords with the game’s old favourites, Spain’s football team must know already the scale of the task ahead in tomorrow’s FIFA Confederations Cup final at the …

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Why Brazilians are protesting the 2014 World Cup

Most Brazilians feel that the biggest football festival in the world, along with the foundation of their country, is being stolen from them. By Marina Amaral and Natalia Viana On Wednesday, days after massive protests took over the streets, officials in 14 cities in Brazil—including the capitals Sao Paulo, Rio …

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A star is born: Brazil’s Neymar matches the hype

On 19 June 2013, Brazilian starlet and football’s clown prince, Neymar, became a star. And, if ever they needed extra reason to dream, Brazil fans now have something tangible to pin their 2014 World Cup dreams on after a Neymar-inspired 2-0 win over CONCACAF champions, Mexico, at Fortelaza. The upcoming …

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Brazil roll on and roll off Japan in Confederations Cup opener

Outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, police reportedly used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets on protesters who feel the 2014 World Cup to be a burden on taxpayers who are then priced out of the showcase football event. Inside the venue, FIFA president Sepp Blatter was …

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Spanish inquisition ends; but is it better than watching Brazil?

On Sunday night, the Spain football team left its opponents confounded, breathless and whipped into an open mouthed awe. And those were just the armchair critics. God knows how the Italian players felt. Spain’s 4-0 triumph over Italy at the Euro 2012 finals in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium was the most …

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Spain’s conquistadors aren’t done yet

So you’ve lost your taste for tiki-taka, have you? Perhaps you should consider alternative plans for tomorrow when Spain defends its European football crown against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Should Spain win, it will become the first nation to win three consecutive major trophies after the …

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