World Cup Special

World Cup: Brazil 2014

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Simon Kuper • Shobhan Saxena • Jan Tilman Schwab • Florencia Costa • Lhendup G Bhutia • and others

The Game and the Glory: Football meets its most beautiful moment in Brazil

Where History is a Penalty ~ by Simon Kuper

Luck apart, there is something majestic about penalty shootouts, and the Cup has a habit of making fools of forecasters, Pele included

In Goal We Trust ~ by Shobhan Saxena

Football in Brazil is more than the opium of the masses. It is more about individual expression, playing out fantasies and climbing the social ladder

A terrible beauty is to be born ~ by Jan Tilman Schwab

The best and bravest not to be missed in Brazil

Confessions of a Flamengo Fanatic ~ by Florencia Costa

Still, Florencia Costa is now singing Fly Canarinho for Brazil to become Hexacampeão

India’s Red Card Glory ~ by Lhendup G Bhutia

Komaleeswaran Sankar officiated as an assistant referee in three matches at the 2002 World Cup. He shares the thrill of being the first Indian ever to participate in a World Cup