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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A selection of the best players at the World Cup
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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Miroslav Klose retires from Germany: All-time leading World Cup scorer ends international career

The striker took his World Cup tally to 16 in Brazil

Didier Drogba in action for Ivory Coast
London's Wembley is being pitched against Munich's Allianz Arena

Euro 2020: Wembley set for clear run to win right to host final stages as German federation considers dropping Munich’s rival bid

The national stadium would host the final and semi-finals of the tournament

Kevin Grosskreutz shows off his World Cup tattoo even though he didn't play a minute in Brazil

Germany midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz shows off his World Cup tattoo - even though he didn't play a minute in Brazil

The Germany squad member added the World Cup trophy to his existing tattoos but spent all seven matches for Germany sitting on the bench

Sepp Blatter reveals Russia as the hosts of the 2018 tournament

World Cup 2018: MPs join Nick Clegg call for Russia to be axed as hosts over shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Douglas Alexander, the shadow Foreign Secretary, urges world football’s authority, Fifa, to begin contingency planning

Sepp Blatter reveals Russia as the hosts of the 2018 tournament

World Cup 2018: Russia should be axed as hosts after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister calls on Russia to be stripped of the right to host the football tournament

Frank Lampard is presented as a New York City FC player

Frank Lampard joins New York City FC: MLS's newest recruit remains hush on whether he will call time on his England career

36-year-old Lampard has completed a transfer to the newest MLS club but is yet to announce whether he will remain available for his country

Bryan Robson said England are 'way off' winning a major tournament

England just don’t have the quality, says former captain Bryan Robson

And he also believes it will take time before any world-class players emerge from the ranks

Fifa President Sepp Blatter speaks with FA Chairman Greg Dyke last October

A World Cup in England? Not while Sepp Blatter is in power, says Greg Dyke

FA chairman calls for root-and-branch reform of Fifa, but also explained why that would be impossible

Dunga was relieved of his duties after arriving back in Brazil after the 2010 tournament

Brazil appoint Dunga to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari and begin rebuilding process

The 1994 World Cup winning captain coached the national team at the 2010 World Cup in which they reached the quarter-finals

Steven Gerrard has admitted he would be willing to help Roy Hodgson pick out the next England captain if he seeked his advice

Steven Gerrard retires: Former England skipper ready and willing to help Roy Hodgson pick his next captain if the Three Lions manager comes calling

Gerrard announced his retirement from international football after a 14 years career with England

Steven Gerrard celebrates his goal in the 5-1 win over Germany, one of his England highlights

Steven Gerrard retires: Captain calls time on England career of frustrated ambition

A player with Gerrard’s gifts could have expected more of England

1 September 2001: Gerrard scores his first England goal- the second in a historic 5-1 win over Germany in Munich. In an all-Liverpool affair, the other goals came from Emile Heskey and a Michael Owen hat-trick

Steven Gerrard retires: The Liverpool player's best games for England

A look back on his greatest games from among his 114 caps

Steven Gerrard speaks to the media alongside Roy Hodgson

Steven Gerrard retires: Who will be the next England captain?

Roy Hodgson must pick a replacement following Gerrard's announcement

Steven Gerrard announces retirement: England captain retires from international football after World Cup failure

Gerrard brings the curtain down on an international career that saw him amass 114 caps for the Three Lions

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The French striker will leave the Red Bulls according to reports
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COMMENT A Different League Claudio Bravo had played last five matches for Barcelona, writes Pete Jenson
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ANALYSISThat's higher than all their rivals
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GALLERYArsene Wenger celebrates his 18th anniversary as Arsenal manager today, but during all the highs and lows, there are still some things he is yet to do
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VIDEORonaldinho signs shirt DURING Mexican league match
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Crowds run across the pitch during the match
Hillsborough inquest: Roger Marshall, who was in charge, also tells that he has not read the stadium's safety certificate
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Alan Pardew at the match between Newcastle and Stoke
COMMENT This situation cannot go on any longer. Enough is enough, writes Martin Hardy
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Chesea say any potential move will be dependent upon them buying the freehold for Stamford Bridge
COMMENTThe current size of Chelsea's current home is simply not big enough
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Newcastle midfielder used her 'like a mop'
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VIDEOA plane towing a banner flew over Real Madrid's match
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Roy Keane ignored the Chelsea manager entirely

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