Ramires feeling anxious

Brazil midfielder Ramires has conceded there is considerable anxiety within the squad ahead of their World Cup opener against Croatia on Thursday. After enduring a dry spell in their football, Brazil have experienced a resurgence of sorts in the past two years, which has renewed faith in the national team. However, what

Costa denies Brazil offer

Diego Costa has refuted Luiz Felipe Scolari's claims that he contacted the Spain striker about the possibility of him representing his native Brazil in this summer's World Cup. The 25-year-old striker opted to represent Spain, where he plays his club football for Atletico Madrid, and made his debut for them in

World Cup Stadia #1: Estadio Mineirao

Capacity: 64,000 Snapshot: Belo Horizonte has neither the beaches of the northeast nor Rio's pizzazz, but it has at least one redeeming feature: BH, as it is also known, has more bars per capita than any other Brazilian city. Furthermore, the local cuisine, comida mineira, is considered the best in Brazil. BH

Roberto Carlos lauds Neymar ‘genius’

Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has lauded the "genius" of Neymar and revealed his desire to one day take charge of the Selecao. The hopes of the national side will rest on the shoulders of the Barcelona star at this summer's World Cup, as Brazil look to lift the trophy on home

Brazil attempts to ease fears of violence

As video of Brazilian fans kicking, beating and using metal bars to pummel supporters of a rival team spread across the globe, officials moved quickly to assure people considering coming to the 2014 World Cup that they won't see that type of violence at the global tournament. A day after four

World Cup Ball Unveiled

The official ball which would be used for the 2014 World Cup has been unveiled in host Brazil. The ball, which is named ÔÇ£Brazuca, was selected as a result of the request from Brazilian fans and will be used in all matches that would be held at the World

FIFA announces Brazil 2014 World Cup seeds

FIFA has announced the seeds for the 2014 World Cup finals draw after the October World Rankings were released on Thursday. The hosts Brazil, will be joined by Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland. Uruguay's place in the top pot of seeds is subject to winning the intercontinental playoff against

Scolari offers Diego Costa no guarantees

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has denied reports he will guarantee Diego Costa a spot in his World Cup finals squad should the Atletico Madrid striker turn down Spain and remain with his home country. Costa is currently the subject of a ÔÇÿtug-of-warÔÇÖ between the two nations, with Brazil apparently looking

Hernanes and Maicon earn Brazil call-ups

Hernanes┬áand Douglas┬áMaicon┬áhave been called up for BrazilÔÇÖs┬áfriendlies┬áwith South Korea and Zambia. Lazio┬ámidfielder┬áHernanes┬áand Roma right-back┬áMaicon┬áare in the list of players drawn up by┬áLuiz┬áFelipe┬áScolari. There are question marks over┬áMaicon, as he limped off during┬áRomaÔÇÖs 2-0 win at┬áSampdoria┬álast night┬áand requires tests. Gk:┬áDiego┬áCavalieri┬á(Fluminense), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (AtleticoMineiro) D:┬áDede' (Cruzeiro),┬áHenrique┬á(Palmeiras), David┬áLuiz┬á(Chelsea), Dante (Bayern┬áMunich), Daniel┬áAlves┬á(Barcelona),┬áMaicon┬á(Roma), Maxwell (PSG), Marcelo (Real Madrid) M:┬áLuiz┬áGustavo