Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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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
A view of Morro da Cruz

World Cup 2014: The feeling outside Fifa-approved Brazil is that the money was not well spent

On a visit to Morro da Cruz, near Porto Alegre, Ian Herbert concludes it’s utterly wrong for this country to be investing in stadiums when its people are denied basic refuse collection

South Korea vs Belgium match preview: It's time for Romulu Lukaku to deliver if Belgium are going to live up to 'dark horses' reputation

Belgium's unconvincing start has coincided with Lukaku being substituted early in both games

Netherlands vs Chile: Wesley Sneijder blasts Chile criticisms as 'disrespectful' after Jorge Sampaoli claims Dutch were overly defensive

Snijder and team-mate Dirk Kuyt claim negative comments are a compliment of a successful defence

Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto

World Cup 2014: Costa Rica up in arms over mass doping tests after triumph over Italy

Seven players were drug-tested after the shock 1-0 win over Italy in Group D

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