at least two people have been killed by a bridge collapse in the brazilian world cup host city of belo horizonte. firefighters said the overpass - close to the mineirao football stadium - fell on top of a car, two trucks and a bus. ıt was part of a bus rapid transit (brt) system that officials had promised would be ready for the tournament.
brazilians have resumed their protests against the cost of staging this summer's world cup, which starts next month. in a double whammy for brazil's politicians, the presidential election is only four months later.
despite the political turmoil and persistent doubts about whether they want to be hosts or not, brazil finally exploded into ecstasy on thursday night after winning the opening match of the 2014 fifa world cup.
several activist groups joined forces for a march in rio de janeiro’s copacabana on monday to protest against police violence in the city’s slum neighbourhoods.dozens of people have been killed recently as special slum police cracked down ahead of the world cup, but the militarised force is hated by the poor and has a bad reputation for violence.
with the world cup just 28 days away, unrest has spread across the host country of brazil in a wave of strikes and protests. in the northeastern town of recife, looters raided shops during a police strike as the military struggled to control the situation. protests were planned to roll out across 50 cities in an effort to put pressure on the government to improve services ahead of the football tournament which has seen millions spent on expensive stadiums out of the public purse.
it’s nearly time, the start of brazil’s world cup is almost upon us and football fans have descended on sao paulo where the first game of the tournament is being held. for a football obsessed nation the competition has returned to its spiritual home – which is a good opportunity for those selling essential items every spectator needs – and if that spiritual home is also good at putting on a party, well visitors and locals alike are going to be pleased.
a small silent anti-world cup protest has taken place in rio de janeiro’s copacabana beach.around 100 demonstrators covered their mouths as a symbol of their voices being silenced by what they claim to be police repression in the lead up to the tournament, which resulted in the deaths of a number protesters.
health inspectors in brazil have confiscated 600 kilograms of out of date food from restaurants and shops in teresopolis.
everywhere the look of defeat could be seen on the painted faces of brazilian football fans. a mixture of shock and humiliation at their team's meltdown at the hands of an inspired german side left brazilian supporters in sao paulo bewildered at what had gone wrong.
German fans celebrated long and hard after their football team's astonishing performance in Brazil. A stunning 7 -1 win over the host nation in the semi final of FIFA's World Cup tournament was greeted by scenes of joy and rapture back in Berlin.
the world cup has broken many hearts in europe. having sent the largest amount of teams to brazil, less than half remain.
the british boss of a fifa hospitality partner firm which is being investigated over alleged illegal world cup ticket sales has turned himself in to a brazilian court.
the usa-germany world cup match is being talked of as a watershed moment for football’s popularity in the states. among the millions who watched the game at home, in bars or in public parks, supporters of both countries came together in washington’s dupont circle.
greek fans gathered across the country to watch their team face costa rica in a world cup second round match that proved to be a real nail-biter.costa rica led until the dying minutes of the game but greece, in the knock out stages of the tournament for the first time, managed to equalise with a goal that forced the match into extra time and then penalties.
More than 20 people including young children have been killed in a bomb attack in Nigeria as they were watching a World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico.Another 30 are seriously injured with many having lost limbs.The blast happened in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state in the northeast of the country. Witnesses say a suicide bomber in a tricycle taxi detonated explosives.
brazilian star neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the world cup due to injury, dealing a major blow to the host country in their bid to take this year's trophy.
with just 13 days to go until the 2014 world cup begins in rio de janeiro, brazil's military is being called on to help ensure it runs smoothly.
the latest street protest in brazil started peacefully enough but it ended in violence as youths demanding free public transport and denouncing spending on the world cup clashed with police in sao paulo. shops were looted and luxury cars attacked in a showroom as a group of demonstrators went on a rampage of destruction.
an elated crowd in berlin celebrated germany's 1-0 quarter final win against france in the world cup on friday evening.
this year's drought in brazil has left the state of sao paolo with its lowest-ever water level. the cantareira water system, the largest of six in the area, has reservoirs at less than 15 percent of their normal level. wagner ribiero, a professor at the university of sao paolo, warns that if the drought continues, the cantareira system may not able to meet the demands of the 2014 fifa world cup period.
thousands of belgium fans in brussels have celebrated their team’s victory against the united states in the world cup round of 16.also known as the red devils, belgium beat the us 2-1 after extra time.
brazilian police and protesters clashed on thursday just hours before the opening game of the world cup kicked off. in rio, fighting broke out along the beach ahead of brazil’s group a match against croatia after around a thousand protesters marched against the tournament.
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luis suarez’s footwear sponsor is getting a massive boost as the company’s world cup poster of the disgraced star prominently features his uncontrollable teeth, and everyone wants to get in on the act with a photo, positioning themselves as if they were being bitten . on the copacabana beach in rio, it is proving quite a draw.
police in rio de janeiro have made a twelfth arrest in an ongoing ticket touting operation. british chief executive ray whelan of "match services", which is fifa's exclusive official hospitality partner, was detained at the city's beach front copacabana palace hotel where officials from the world's football governing body were also staying.
german chancellor angela merkel arrived in the brazilian city of salvador on monday with one very clear message for germany’s football team: “we want to win.”as she watched a group of children practise their football skills, merkel was asked how she thought the game against portugal would go. “we want to win,” she said.and germany did: 4-0
algiers erupted into joy as algeria moved into the last 16 of the world cup after a 1-1 draw with russia.they join belgium from group h in the knockout stage.the fans attending the game in curitiba celebrated their first ever qualification from the group stage:“it’s the first time we’ve got to the next round, it’s wonderful, it’s a first in our history in the world cup. we’ve succeeded in getting to the second phase, it’s wonderful,” said one delirious algerian.“we hope to win against germany and bring happiness to our country,” chirped another.that is the rub algeria meet one of the tournament favourites germany on moday 30th june in porto alegre
it is a race against time in sao paulo to get the building work finished. from the moment brazil won the right to host football's world cup it has been a tale of construction woes and street protests.
it’s football fever in america – and it will last for at least a few more days. hundreds of us fans gathered in one of washington’s biggest sports bars to watch team usa’s second group game against portugal. after a big emotional roller-coaster ride, the brave portuguese stunned the americans with an equalizer just seconds before the end of overtime: final score 2-2.
the string of surprises in this world cup perhaps proves the old adage that there are no easy games any more in international football.
in the brazilian city of sao paolo, isolated acts of violence marred an otherwise peaceful protest against the country's staging of this year's football world cup. protesters rocked an empty police car as they tried to overturn it. tv pictures showed another powerful image as a volkswagen beetle became engulfed in flames. in rio, police prevented protesters from breaking into a shopping mall on saturday evening.
argentina has advanced to the world cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 by beating belgium 1-0 in brasilia. argentine fans at brasilia's mane garrincha national stadium described the nail-biting match.
a landslide in brazil’s world cup host city of natal has destroyed at least 25 houses.no one was injured but many people lost their belongings be as their homes were swept away.natal has been deluged with the monthly average of rain in just one day.fear of further landslides prompted the authorities to evacuate 50-60 families to schools and churches the area throughout the night.the city is due to host four matches during the tournament.
luis suarez's footwear sponsor is getting a massive boost as the company's world cup poster of the disgraced star prominently features his uncontrollable teeth, and everyone wants to get in on the act with a photo, positioning themselves as if they were being bitten . on the copacabana beach in rio, it is proving quite a draw.
algiers erupted into joy as algeria moved into the last 16 of the world cup after a 1-1 draw with russia.
on the streets of belo horizonte and throughout the vast country brazilians forgot the pain of losing their star neymar and the final whistle of their victory signalled a cacophony of parties and fireworks.
an elated crowd in berlin celebrated germany's 1-0 quarter final win against france in the world cup on friday evening. at a packed viewing spot near berlin east train station, cheers filled the air when the final whistle was blown.
celebratory fireworks marked the end of the 2014 world cup in brazil after germany's 1-0 win over argentina. it is the country's fourth world cup trophy and brings to an end europe's poor record in the tournament on south american soil.
a construction worker has died in an accident at a stadium being built for the world cup in brazil. the portuguese national was hit in the hit as he was dismantling a crane outside the manaus ground, which will be host to england's opening match against italy in june.
five days to go before the world cup kicks off in sao paulo, but underground workers there have just voted for a third successive day of strike action, deepening the city's traffic chaos.