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Neymar and Scolari after Brazil beat Chile on penalties

World Cup 2014: From John Brooks to Lionel Messi and Neymar, this is the tournament of 'dreams'

A common word from this tournament is emerging

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal to start at Manchester United immediately after World Cup

The Dutchman will not hang around before getting his feet under the desk at Old Trafford, according to reports

Dirk Kuyt in action for the Netherlands at the World Cup

Dirk Kuyt to Manchester United? Louis van Gaal linked with move for former Liverpool striker

The 33-year-old is currently playing for Fenerbahce

Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal and Liverpool to step up battle for Barcelona striker

The Chile international impressed at the World Cup

Neymar and Scolari embrace after Brazil went through on penalties against Chile

Neymar injury: Brazil fear over fitness of talisman ahead of World Cup quarter-final against Colombia

With four goals in this tournament already the hosts cannot do without the striker

James Rodriguez pictured after Colombia's 2-0 win over Uruguay

World Cup 2014: Vote - has James Rodriguez scored goal of the tournament so far?

The Colombian has joined the contenders after his effort against Uruguay

Luis Suarez: Adidas remove advert of Liverpool striker on Copacabana beach after queues form to have picture taken with it

The image of a snarling Suarez was proving popular with fans - but not with the sportswear brand

James Rodriguez celebrates scoring for Colombia

World Cup 2014: The best goal celebrations of the group stage

From awkward flips to choreographed dances - the best celebrations of the tournament so far

Thomas Mueller comes together with Pepe

World Cup 2014: The most controversial and shocking moments of the group stage

A look back at the moments that got people talking

Day In a Page

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream as Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream

Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Saharan remains may be evidence of the first race war, 13,000 years ago

The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
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