Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Pedro Miguel Gomes and his family clear up his burnt-out house

World Cup 2014: Watching Brazil on TV can be fatal here...

Electricity companies will not supply many favelas, so people rely on ‘gatos’ tapping an illegal feed – with predictably grim results. Ian Herbert in Morro da Cruz meets a family whose house burnt down and hears how the community rallied round

Philipp Lahm struggled in midfield against Algeria

France vs Germany World Cup 2014 preview: Philipp Lahm divisions add to Germany ill feeling

Löw’s side hit by flu bug, off-form players and captain’s midfield role

Angel di Maria celebrates his goal with Lionel Messi

Argentina vs Switzerland match report World Cup 2014: Angel di Maria leaves it late to breach the Swiss red wall

Argentina 1 Switzerland 0 (aet): Lionel Messi lays on pass for winner

Germany vs Algeria: Per Mertesacker hits out at critics of Germany

An irritated Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker tonight hit out at suggestions that Germany were poor in their win over Algeria, insisting that that qualification for the World Cup quarter-finals was the only aim and that it had been accomplished

Germany are not as good as the 4-0 win over Portugal may have indicated

Germany vs Algeria match preview World Cup 2014: Germans struggle to convince they can really beat the world

Joachim Löw’s tactics and team selection are raising questions about the team’s ability to go the whole way in Brazil

Brazil’s Danny Alves remonstrates with the referee Howard Webb during Saturday’s match

World Cup 2014: Fred, Jo, Howard Webb and Luis Suarez are the talk of the BBQ

Ian Herbert watched the Chile match over hot dogs with Brazilian friends in Rio Grande do Sul. So what were they talking, laughing and fretting about?

Despite his inexperience at club and international level, Divock Origi is winning admirers for his performances in Brazil

Belgium vs United States World Cup 2014: Divock Origi - the 'street footballer' who stole the spotlight

Divock Origi is a free-spirited teenage striker whose unexpected emergence among Belgium’s galaxy of stars has boosted their World Cup hopes

Brazil vs Chile World Cup 2014 preview: Why is Fred up front for Brazil? It should have been Alexandre Pato

This should have been Alexandre Pato’s moment in the sun, but Brazil’s richly talented striker burned brightly all too briefly

Jan Vertonghen celebrates his goal for Belgium against South Korea

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?