World Cup 2014
Sport Luiz Felipe Scoalri holds his hands on his head after watching Brazil succumb to a 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands
BREAKING Scolari looks to have paid the price for Brazil's humiliating defeats to Germany and the Netherlands after reports in South America claim the former World Cup winner has been sacked
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Manuel Neuer of Germany holds the Golden Glove trophy as Lionel Messi of Argentina holds the Golden Ball trophy
REACTION The defeated finalist was named the player of the tournament, but he didn't look happy about it
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German players celebrate at the final whistle
COMMENTUltimate destination the end of 20 years trip
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REACTION It's been the tournament of Twitter and the final at the Maracana was no different
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ANALYSIS The Independent’s team of writers, including Sam Wallace and Ian Herbert, make their individual choices for the best and worst moments of the World Cup in Brazil
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Thiago Silva pulls Arjen Robben back to concede a penalty
MATCH REPORTBrazil 0 Netherlands 3: The crowd in Brasilia showed a willingness to get behind their team, but Silva ensured the good feeling didn't last long
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Robin van Persie hands his third-place medal to a supporter
REACTIONMoments after being given it by Sepp Blatter, the Dutch striker appeared to hand it to a fan
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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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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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Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker during Hansen's final broadcast
Alan Hansen said farewell during the World Cup final coverage
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Alan Hansen
VIDEOThe former Liverpool defender had all the right 'attributes'
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World Cup final referee Nicola Rizzoli sorted out his hair after spotting himself on the big screen
Nicola Rizzoli took pride in his appearance at the Maracana
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An updated anti-gambling advert issued by the National Council on Problem Gambling in Singapore
It correctly predicted Germany to win the World Cup
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PLAYER RATINGSA look at the individual performances at the Maracana
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Rihanna celebrates Germany's win
The singer had the time of her life at football's grandest final
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David Beckham plus his children, Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo
All three of his sons wore the South American's shirts at the final in Rio de Janeiro
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The Colombian featured at her third World Cup
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Julio Cesar and David Luiz hold the Neymar shirt
GALLERYCorners are key and Vincent Tan is wrong
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Jose Miguel Cubero of Costa Rica celebrates after defeating Italy 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Costa Rica
COMMENT How the 32 teams ranked on expectations and quality
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According to the video, the North Korea team had beaten enemies USA 4-0 in the group stages
YouTube users duped by spoof news broadcast
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Here is Tim Sherwood's team of the World Cup 2014
EXCLUSIVE COLUMNA keeper with no histrionics, defenders who can defend and forwards who are clever running off the ball
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Mario Gotze celebrates the winning goal in the World Cup final
Luiz Felipe Scoalri holds his hands on his head after watching Brazil succymb to a 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands

World Cup 2014: Luiz Felipe Scolari axed - Reports claim beleaguered manager sacked after disastrous tournament performances

Globo Esporte claims Brazil's football confederation (CBF) have said they will not renew Scolari's contract

Mario Gotze kisses the World Cup, Angela Merkel poses with Lukas Podolski, and Lionel Messi walks off the stage after Argentina's defeat

World Cup 2014: Germany vs Argentina breaks new Facebook and Twitter records

Final whistle and Lionel Messi free-kick sparked frenzied activity

Rihanna celebrates Germany's win

Rihanna enjoyed the World Cup final more than anyone else

The singer had the time of her life at football's grandest final

Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker during Hansen's final broadcast

Alan Hansen's 22-year Match of the Day career condensed into one two minute video...

Former Liverpool defender called time on his punditry career at the World Cup final

World Cup final referee Nicola Rizzoli sorted out his hair after spotting himself on the big screen

World Cup 2014: Final referee Nicola Rizzoli sorts out his hair after seeing himself on the big screen in the Maracana

Italian official runs a hand through his hair after spotting himself

Manuel Neuer of Germany holds the Golden Glove trophy as Lionel Messi of Argentina holds the Golden Ball trophy

World Cup 2014: Diego Maradona says Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball because of 'marketing'

Messi handed the Golden Ball despite Argentina losing to Germany in the final

Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker during Hansen's final broadcast

BBC coverage trounces ITV in World Cup final viewing figures

BBC One's coverage attracted 9 million more viewers than ITV's simulcast

An updated anti-gambling advert issued by the National Council on Problem Gambling in Singapore

World Cup 2014: Anti-gambling advert backfires after it correctly predicts Germany to win the World Cup

'Andy's dad' had put all their savings on Germany, but a quick update made light of the correct prediction and managed to convey the dangers of gambling addictions

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Watch Shakira perform 'La La La' at the World Cup 2014 closing ceremony

Singer was joined on stage by Brazilian singer Carlinhos Brown

Manuel Neuer of Germany holds the Golden Glove trophy as Lionel Messi of Argentina holds the Golden Ball trophy

Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: 'Extraordinary Lionel Messi' deserved to win the Golden Ball, claims Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella

Messi picked up the player of the tournament award despite missing out on the Worldd Cup trophy and not scoring since the group stage, but Sabella has backed the forward for his achievement

Mario Gotze celebrates the winning goal in the World Cup final

Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: Joachim Low challenged Mario Gotze to prove 'he was better than Lionel Messi' before his World Cup-winning goal

Bayner Munich midfielder came off the bench to net the winning goal and spark unprecedented celebrations for German fans across the globe

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Russian prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy streaks, tries to kiss Benedikt Howedes, takes jail selfie

The notorious prankster stripped off and blew kisses to the crowd as he ran towards several bemused looking players on the pitch

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Manchester United's kit for the 2014/15 season
FOOTBALLGerman sportswear giant replace Nike, who baulked at the figures being discussed
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PLAYER RATINGSA look at the individual performances at the Maracana
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Luiz Felipe Scoalri holds his hands on his head after watching Brazil succumb to a 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands
LATEST Scolari looks to have paid the price for Brazil's humiliating defeats to Germany and the Netherlands after reports in South America claim the former World Cup winner has been sacked
Sport
An updated anti-gambling advert issued by the National Council on Problem Gambling in Singapore
It correctly predicted Germany to win the World Cup
News
Rihanna celebrates Germany's win
The singer had the time of her life at football's grandest final
Arts and Entertainment
Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker during Hansen's final broadcast
Alan Hansen said farewell during the World Cup final coverage
Sport
Alan Hansen
VIDEOThe former Liverpool defender had all the right 'attributes'
Sport
World Cup final referee Nicola Rizzoli sorted out his hair after spotting himself on the big screen
Nicola Rizzoli took pride in his appearance at the Maracana
Sport
David Beckham plus his children, Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo
All three of his sons wore the South American's shirts at the final in Rio de Janeiro
Sport
Getty
The Colombian featured at her third World Cup
Sport
Julio Cesar and David Luiz hold the Neymar shirt
GALLERYCorners are key and Vincent Tan is wrong
Sport
According to the video, the North Korea team had beaten enemies USA 4-0 in the group stages
YouTube users duped by spoof news broadcast
Sport
Here is Tim Sherwood's team of the World Cup 2014
EXCLUSIVE COLUMNA keeper with no histrionics, defenders who can defend and forwards who are clever running off the ball
Sport
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...
Sport
Argentina's players run to celebrate their victory after a penalty shoot out following extra-time in the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo
COMMENTSunday's final is a fitting climax to a month that has captivated the globe
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Manchester United Marouane Fellaini allegedly cut his hair
Image of the Manchester United without his long locks has gone viral

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