Rendezvous in Rio
Brazil’s city of beaches is ready for the Round of 16. Alan Schweingruber took to the streets to immerse himself in Rio’s unique atmosphere on the search for stories about the World Cup’s knockout stage. 

Sepp Blatter
Two new aids – the referee’s spray and goalline technology – have proven to be useful additions to football during their introduction at the World Cup. FIFA President Blatter wants to continue down this route and suggests video challenges as another potentially useful tool.

Latin American dominance
Latin American sides are impressing at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Argentina and their euphoric fans are just one side dreaming of the title.           

World Cup camps
The Ticos have edged out three former world champions to top Group D, Mexico celebrate Rafael Marquez’ comeback, the Dutch take inspiration from field hockey and Belgium take care of small but important details.

Interview: Thierry Henry
He became a world and European champion with France and remains dedicated to Les Bleus. His advice to the current generation is “Play every World Cup as if it were your last.” 

“Lose intentionally? Never!”
During his professional career with AS Gubbio, Simone Farina turned down a match fixer. The Aston Villa youth coach explains how integrity has always been his first priority.

My World Cup
Neymar’s table soccer move, youngsters flirting on Copacabana beach, Klose’s record goal and getting stuck in Brazilian traffic: our correspondents give their personal impressions of this World Cup.