Sport The Maracana can be seen behind the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro
Now the football is over, Ian Herbert pays tribute to the hosts for the warmth of their welcome to the world, their unexpected success in staging the tournament, and senses a new national belief that can begin to tackle the numerous social problems that blight the country
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GALLERY From Messi and Muller, who has impressed us enough to make the top 50 players of this year's World Cup? And there's even room for an England player...
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VIDEO As football fans across the world come to terms with the end of arguably one of the greatest World Cups ever, a German pen maker created its own souvenir to remember Brazil 2014
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Mario Gotze kisses the World Cup, Angela Merkel poses with Lukas Podolski, and Lionel Messi walks off the stage after Argentina's defeat
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United’s £27m summer signing Luke Shaw will be out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury

Luke Shaw fitness: Louis van Gaal criticises Roy Hodgson for public comments on Manchester United defender

The England manager spoke of how the youngster can improve his fitness

Gary Lineker bemoans lack of 'natural leaders' for England - but backs appointment of Wayne Rooney as captain

The former England international says Roy Hodgson had little choice in appointing Rooney

Luke Shaw in action during Manchester United's pre-season

England manager Roy Hodgson lectures Luke Shaw over fitness issues

United manager Van Gaal had said Shaw was not fit enough

England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung

Wayne Rooney has been named as England's new captain
Calum Chambers is unveiled as an Arsenal player

England squad announcement: The new faces - including Calum Chambers and Jack Colback

Roy Hodgson has named a raft of new players

Wayne Rooney talks to the media during a press conference

Wayne Rooney: The Manchester United striker's seven most un-captain like moments

The Manchester United striker is now the skipper for both club and country

Calum Chambers has been named in England's squad
A view of Wembley Stadium

FA considering a bid for Euro 2028 - and hope Wembley will host Euro 2020 final

Munich are standing against Wembley to host the final of the 2020 tournament

Frank Lampard will captain England against Ecuador

Frank Lampard retirement: The embodiment of the 'golden generation' departs - so will he be remembered as a success?

The former Chelsea midfielder has called time on his international career after 106 caps

Lampard in Brazil

Frank Lampard retires from England: Former Chelsea midfielder calls time on international career

Lampard, who is currently on loan at Manchester City, won 106 caps

Steven Gerrard backs Wayne Rooney to be next England captain

The Manchester United striker is the favourite for the role

Rio Ferdinand has said he wants to one day be England manager

Rio Ferdinand England manager: QPR defender has ambitions to be the national coach

Former England centre-back will take coaching badges after he retires

England forward Lianne Sanderson celebrates after scoring the fourth England goal during the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup Group 6 Qualifier between Wales and England at Cardiff City Stadium on August 21, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales

Women's football: Karen Carney sets up a ninth straight win as England qualify for World Cup

4-0 victory over Wales secures place at finals in Canada next year

England's Welsh manager Mark Sampson

Wales v England women's football: England’s Welshman sets sights on ‘home’ success

Mark Sampson will lead his players against the country of his birth

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Angel Di Maria and Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford yesterday
COMMENTIAN HERBERT: Will any club or player do a single thing to make a difference in the real world?
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The busiest day on the domestic football calendar has been lit up by jokes including Falcao, Hernandez and Bart Simpson
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Luis Suarez together with Steven Gerrard
...but only to say goodbye to Steven Gerrard and co
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Mario Balotelli has an early header on goal during his Liverpool debut against Tottenham
MATCH REPORTTottenham 0 Liverpool 3: Sterling, Gerrard and Moreno scored for the away side in a dominant performance at White Hart Lane
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MATCH REPORTAston Villa 2 Hull City 1: Paul Lambert's Villa continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League season
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Everton 3 Chelsea 6
MATCH REPORTEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Chelsea came out on top in a nine-goal thriller against Everton encapsulated in two frantic goalscoring spells in either half
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MATCH REPORTBurnley 0 Manchester United 0: Louis van Gaal's problems mounted at Turf Moor as Angel Di Maria hobbled off injured in an uninspiring draw
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MATCH REPORTManchester City 0 Stoke City 1: Mame Biram Diouf scored a sensational winner as Stoke claimed a shock 1-0 win over champions Manchester City
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MATCH REPORTNewcastle 3 Crystal Palace 3: Wilfried Zaha equalised late in Neil Warnock's first game in charge
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Nathan Dyer celebrates for Swansea
MATCH REPORTSwansea 3 West Brom 0: Swansea briefly went top of the Premier League as West Brom were swept aside at the Liberty Stadium
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MATCH REPORTWest Ham 1 Southampton 3: Morgan Schneiderlin scored twice as Southampton secured a first Premier League win for new manager Ronald Koeman by beating West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park
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TRANSFER TALK Fernando Torres spoke of his excitement at the new chapter in his career after arriving in Milan to finalise his move from Chelsea
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The giant banner displayed by Legia Warsaw supporters last night
Polish side were booted out of the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player against Celtic earlier this month

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