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
VIDEO Watch the moment Mario Gotze wrote his name into the history books
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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

Robin van Persie's brilliant header has been transformed into a piece of street art in a Brazilian favela

Robin van Persie's diving header against Spain turned into street art in a Brazilian favela

Brilliant header has been painted onto the walls as a reminder

Vicente del Bosque was not willing to be bold enough when it came to dropping declining players

World Cup 2014: Pepe Reina admits his 'delight' after Vicente del Bosque announces he will remain in charge of Spain national team

The World Cup winner will stay on as Spain coach despite their dismal showing in Brazil that saw them eliminated in the group stages

Andre Schurrle enjoys a water jet-pack while on a post-World Cup holiday

Andre Schurrle proves he can 'walk on water' as he enjoys post-World Cup holiday

Chelsea midfielder takes to the sky on a water jet-pack as he enjoys holiday with his girlfriend

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The Manchester United at his father's funeral
Indonesian fan wears Red Devils strip to father's funeral to mark Manchester United kit day
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Francesco Totti mocks Ashley Cole in official Roma team photo
Italian mocks new signing following viral picture
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Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul fails to make a save from Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges during a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final between Netherlands and Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
ANALYSIS... and penalty takers are missing a trick by failing to exploit this flaw
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Defender Danny Rose concedes that a top-four finish will be ‘very hard’ for Tottenham
REACTION Many were not happy about news of a five-year deal
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Ravel Morrison has been charged with the assault of two women
West Ham midfielder accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother
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Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura sprays a line after calling for a free kick for Brazil
The spray proved to be a massive hit for referees, players and supporters alike at the World Cup
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VIDEOWatch the bizarre incident prior to Roma's 1-0 win over Real Madrid last night
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Van Gaal said that his challenge in taking over Bobby Robson's Barcelona team in 1993 has been easier than the task of resurrecting the current United side
INTERVIEW An audience with Manchester United's new manager can often resemble an argument – one he wins. Ian Herbert enjoys a colourful discussion
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Mesut Ozil on Facebook
Excitement for the season ahead builds at Arsenal
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Follow my leader: Jack Wilshere listens to manager Arsène Wenger
Which coincides very nicely with advert showing FA Cup win over Liverpool
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Gareth Bale pictured in Los Angeles last week wearing the alice band
Gareth Bale follows Beckham, Ronaldo and, erm, Barton by sporting the questionable headwear

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