Manaus pitch Arena Amazonia

World Cup begins with clouds over Manaus and Sao Paulo

Summary Thu 12 Jun, AT 09:20

World Cup whispers: England concerns over pitch as untested Itaquerao hosts Brazil opener

Fred and Neymar of Brazil

World Cup favourites: why Brazil might not win the tournament

Preview Wed 11 Jun, AT 12:36

This is not a vintage Brazil side and they will be under huge pressure to deliver at home

World Cup trophy, Spain 2010

World Cup odds: the intelligent punter's guide

Summary Tue 17 Jun, AT 15:01

Who should you put your money on? And who'll win the Golden Boot? Our guide to the World Cup odds

Subway workers on strike demonstrate in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo violence stokes World Cup protest fears

One-Minute Read Tue 10 Jun, AT 11:52

With the opening match of the World Cup fast approaching, violence threatens to disrupt the tournament

Ivory Coast players during the International friendly match with El Salvador

World Cup dark horses: can Ivory Coast win in Brazil?

Preview Thu 5 Jun, AT 14:44

Will an African nation finally win the cup this year? Ivory Coast have the firepower to make it happen

Colombian national football team

World Cup dark horses: how Colombia can win in Brazil

Preview Wed 4 Jun, AT 14:32

They come from South America and they play in yellow shirts... could Colombia steal the hosts' thunder this summer?

John Terry

World Cup call-up for John Terry? England practise pens

Summary Wed 4 Jun, AT 11:56

World Cup whispers: Chelsea man could replace Keane at ITV, fans urged to act like 'priests'