Brazil’s Fernandinho (right) scoes despite the attention of Cameroon’s Nicolas Nkoulou. Marius Becker/Epa

Cameroon’s football federation (FECAFOOT) is to investigate allegations of match-fixing by its players at the World Cup finals.The FECAFOOT’s ethics (...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores  a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

WEDNESDAY, June 25th 16.55 According to Ewe & Eye (the Standard & Poor’s of sport spectatorship), the complete tournament require(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his second goal against  Honduras  at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Photograph: EPA

Honduras 0 Switzerland 3Four years ago to the day, Honduras held Switzerland to a scoreless draw in South Africa, denying Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side a pla(...)

Switzerland’s Philippe Senderos in action during the 5-2 defeat against France  at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Switzerland meet Honduras in their final World Cup Group E game seeking to banish bad memories of 2010, when they scraped a goalless draw against the(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal warms up during a training session at  Campinas yesterday. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao.

A wounded Portugal, still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, are fervently hoping that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take (...)

England’s Leighton Baines was left badly exposed at times against Italy in England’s opening World Cup Group D game in Manaus. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

The grilling Wayne Rooney has received from the English media since Saturday’s defeat by Italy must have been welcome in at least one part of the Engl(...)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli celebrates after heading the ball past England goalkeeper Joe Hart to score the decisive goal in the Azzurri’s 2-1 victory  at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

On Friday night hundreds of England fans crushed into Bar do Armando on Rua 10 de Julho in Manaus and drank their heads off. Long after the sun had(...)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli (left) scores the winner against England  at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus. Photograph: Andres Stapff / Reuters

Italy 2 England 1Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli scored in either half to give Italy a 2-1 win over England in Manaus tonight. It was a match in(...)

English soccer fan Jimmy Barwick outside the Teatro Amazonas opera house in Manaus, Brazil, birthplace of Milton Hatoum. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

In my youth, two British travellers were chosen for discussion by my history teacher. Behind the choice lay a moral presupposition. The first trave(...)

 England’s Wayne Rooney takes a free kick during the friendly match against Honduras last week in Florida. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Just as most people believe they are above-average drivers, so most football fans are irrationally optimistic about their team’s chances at the start (...)