Brazil, you say? They know how to play football over there, don't they? But it's a long way for one so middle aged as I to travel.

So instead, I shall slouch into my leather armchair and view the tournament from this side of the Atlantic. I shall try and watch every game and will definitely make wildly inaccurate predictions too.

I do solemnly vow to give you a real sense of what it's like to not be at the World Cup. This is the blog where all the colour and atmosphere and passion of watching the world's greatest sporting tournament on a wall mounted widescreen really comes to life.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Q-FINAL: Brazil 2-1 Colombia

Neymar being out of the World Cup with a back injury is almost bigger news than the result of this one. A David Luiz cracker of a free kick gave them a two goal cushion, threatened late on by a Rodriguez penalty, but the Colmbians were unable to level and the hosts make the final fours, the very least their fans would have expected of them. But what now, sans Neymar? The teams saviour in the early games will watch from home as the Brazilians take on the Germans in a clash of titanic proportions.