Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has inherited a bit of a mess but he is the man to sort it out. As well as coaxing the best out of what he’s got, he is also committed to blooding young players. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Saturday. 12.45pm. Old Trafford will be graced by a true sporting great. Nope, not Maroune Fellaini, but Rory McIlroy, the world’s best golfer and a U(...)

 Skywatch Windoo   weather stations for phones

Skywatch Windoo  When all other conversation fails, there’s always the weather. So here’s an ice-breaker so to speak: a titchy weather stati(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks to FIfa president Sepp Blatter during the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

During a match between Brazil and Uruguay at Confederations Cup in 2013 in Brazil, a warm-up event for the World Cup, there were riots outside the sta(...)

Germany’s players and head coach Joachim Löw celebrate in their dressing room with Chancellor Angela Merkel following their victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Photograph: Lars Baron/Fifa/Getty Images.

Germany’s Boys from Brazil arrive in Berlin at 9am today to present their fans with “Das Ding” – their affectionate term for the World Cup – and to ge(...)

Manchester United have agreed a 10-year, $1.3 billion deal with Adidas.  Photo: Bloomberg

Manchester United have agreed a 10-year, $1.3 billion deal with Adidas for the German sportswear company to supply shirts and kit to the former Englis(...)

Argentina captain  Lionel Messi  takes his medal off during the prize giving ceremony for the World Cup Final in Rio. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Diego Maradona has declared that Lionel Messi did not deserve to be chosen as the best player of the 2014 World Cup, suggesting the Argentina forward (...)

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With Adidas sponsoring both teams in Sunday’s World Cup final, the German sportswear brand has declared victory over US rival Nike in the latest round(...)

 Costa Rican jerseys much sought after at World Cup. Photograph: Mast Irham/Epa

Costa Rica have been a World Cup revelation, reaching the quarter-finals for the first time and their success has proved an unexpected bonus for Lott(...)

To infinity and beyond Robin Van Persie may have looked like Buzz Lightyear as he took flight to head in one of the goals of the tournament in the Net(...)

Luis Suarez departs greatest stage in disgrace 1:54

Uruguayan officials insist they will fight to have him reinstated but Luis Suarez’s World Cup looked to be over yesterday after Fifa dismissed the cas(...)