Luck apart, there is something majestic about penalty shootouts, and the Cup has a habit of making fools of forecasters, Pele included
Still, Florencia Costa is now singing Fly Canarinho for Brazil to become Hexacampeão
Comparisons have already started with Lionel Messi, the biggest South American star in the game
Basharat Baba was selected to train in Brazil. It was only once his passport was rejected that he learnt his father was a former militant
Just like their athletes, countries too train hard and compete for the right to host the Olympic Games. But winning the bid is only half the battle. Not many host cities have reaped the promised long-term benefits of hosting this greatest of all carnivals. Rio’s no stranger to hosting carnivals. Still, here are a few lessons it can learn from some of the previous Olympic hosts.