UK World Cup woes leave pubs feeling flat

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It was a splendid tournament. Now the real drama of the presidential election begins
A passer-by looks at the front page of a newspaper on display at a news stand in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. Brazil licked physical and mental wounds after its World Cup humiliation by Germany, struggling to make sense of the heaviest defeat in the nation's 100-year footballing history. The epic 7-1 semi-final thrashing by the rampant Germans stunned the football-mad nation of 200 million and sent shockwaves around the football world. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
Devastating loss will make Brazilians wince for generations

Brazil expects World Cup export boost

Tournament helped generate an estimated $6bn in deals

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A brief golden moment for Germany

The country has re-emerged as the leading political power in Europe but challenges lie ahead

Brazil’s election campaign kicks off

Rousseff and her opponents argue over World Cup and its legacy

Ecstatic Germans celebrate World Cup win

Nation throws off self-restraint to mark fourth title

Götze helps crown a reinvented Germany

Team deserve title, but more for the semi-final performance

Argentina hangs head in dismay after loss

World Cup disappointment for country facing debt stand-off

Germany win World Cup in extra time

Strike by Mario Götze sees European side triumph over Argentina

Rousseff in spotlight post-World Cup

Brazil’s leader holds head up despite boos and chants

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For Brazil, it’s not the end of the world

People feel more connected to each other. Even the communal shame this week is a bonding experience

Fast passing is the World Cup winner

All the chatter distracts from football’s central element

Brazil World Cup defeat wrongfoots bankers

Argentina, “tell me how it feels”

Argentina v Germany – The economist’s verdict

What would happen if economic indicators decided who got their hands on the World Cup?

Adidas: putting the boot in

German sportswear company cannot afford to scrimp on sponsorship

Argentina would be peculiar champions

If Alejandro Sabella’s squad win, who should really claim credit?

The Brits can teach Brazil about soccer

We have elevated grace in defeat to a national trait

Lessons Brazil need to learn from best

Team must not let a good crisis go to waste – it is time to mimic the German revolution

Take defeat on the chin, Brazil – like us Brits

Britain’s protean sporting culture is inured to defeat, writes Matthew Engel

Brazil poll contenders fear World Cup hangover

German fans’ joy matched by heroes’ restraint

Brazil left shell-shocked after humiliation

Brazil’s psychological trauma

Brazil supporters find time to laugh

Black-humoured jokes about demolition by Germany circulate online

Dutch tactical nous faces Messi magic

More of coach’s brainpower is needed if Holland are to beat Argentina in semifinal

Brazil’s brilliance is also a curse

Schools and hospitals often seem to have played second fiddle to stadiums

Fred and Müller: clash of forward styles

Two forwards meet on Tuesday with opposing styles that illuminates how each country views the game

Neymar injury unlikely to hurt Rousseff

World Cup poor guide to player’s value

Best deals usually come after a tournament cuts a player’s price

Why Brazil’s already won

Strolling on Copacabana, you realise that a first-rate beach should be a compulsory element at all future World Cups