Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

Jul 9, 2014

Brazilians left heartbroken following defeat

The tears started flowing before halftime, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief. The national team wasn’t just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of ...

Brazil tries to look forward

Jul 7, 2014

Brazil tries to look forward

Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country’s hopes ...

Neymar says World Cup dream still alive

Jul 6, 2014

Neymar says World Cup dream still alive

Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his World Cup dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday is still alive. In a video released by the Brazilian soccer ...

Brazil says injured Neymar will be ready for Colombia

Jul 1, 2014

Brazil says injured Neymar will be ready for Colombia

Neymar will be fit to play in the World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia despite thigh and knee injuries sustained against Chile, Brazil’s soccer confederation said Monday. The confederation said team doctor Jose Luiz Runco checked Neymar again when the squad returned to its training ...

World Cup exposes divide

Jun 30, 2014

World Cup exposes divide

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

Colombia star Rodriguez not worried about facing Brazil

Jun 30, 2014

Colombia star Rodriguez not worried about facing Brazil

World Cup sensation James Rodriguez said that Colombia would feel “no pressure” against Brazil in the quarterfinals after inspiring his side to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. The 22-year-old scored a contender for goal of the tournament with an exquisite volley in the 28th ...

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

Jun 30, 2014

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

Cesar's heroics carry Brazil past Chile, into quarterfinals

Jun 29, 2014

Cesar's heroics carry Brazil past Chile, into quarterfinals

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar kept the host nation’s hopes of World Cup glory alive on Saturday, saving two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send it into the last eight 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time. Four years ...

Neymar says he feels no pressure at World Cup

Jun 25, 2014

Neymar says he feels no pressure at World Cup

Neymar feels he has nothing to worry about at the World Cup. He is playing in the biggest tournament of his life the same way he played in tournaments in Brazil when he was a teenager. And it’s a simple secret that keeps him ...

Neymar's two goals send Brazil into second round

Jun 24, 2014

Neymar's two goals send Brazil into second round

Neymar knew the responsibility was his. An increasingly anxious host nation was relying on him to ensure Brazil avoided the almost inconceivable prospect of going out in the group stage of a World Cup on soil. The 22-year-old Barcelona striker delivered on the weighty ...