Ulster’s South-African born number 13, Jared Payne, who qualifies to play for Ireland under three-year residency rule. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Success has never been defined by the IRFU in a public way with regard to their project player scheme. But if strike rate in getting non-national play(...)

Thomas Müller scored scored five goals for Germany at the 2014 World Cup prior to the final against Argentina. Photograph: EPA.

On my first day at the 2014 World Cup I walk into the media centre under the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. It’s early on the morning of Tuesday J(...)

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica  has laid into Fifa verbally. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has called Fifa “a bunch of old sons of bitches” in another attack on football’s world governing body following Luis (...)

Riot police face protesters in Recife. “The cheerfulness of the police again belied their thuggish reputation.” Photograph: Reuters.

There were a couple of Swiss fans at the adjacent desk in the station of Recife’s Tourist Police. They were speaking in faltering English to a policew(...)

A woman takes a photo next to an advertisement featuring Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, mocking the biting incident against opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup match against Italy, on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Getty Images

Last week in this space I was writing that Luis Suarez was the closest thing this generation of footballers has to Diego Maradona. This was after S(...)

A Uruguayan fan holds a sign in solidarity with player Luis Suarez while waiting for his arrival outside Montevideo’s Carrasco international airport . Photograph: Carlos Pazos/Reuters

Following its vehement defence while waiting on Fifa’s judgement, all Uruguay is today grieving with the condemned Luis Suárez, thrown out of the Worl(...)

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez during yesterday’s press conference where he criticised the English media.

Uruguay’s pre-match press conference at Natal’s Estadio das Dunas was sidetracked by another episode in Luis Suarez’s ongoing feud with the English(...)

Wayne Rooney of England falls on the ground during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

THURSAY, JUNE 19th 16.55 ‘Love me, hold me, love me, hold me, I ain’t got nothing but love babe Eight days a week!’ Liverpudli(...)

Complaints have been mae to FIFA about improper chanting at some of the World Cup matches. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

FIFA has been contacted by the Fare network relating to discriminatory chanting at the World Cup, the game’s governing body has said. Allegations of t(...)

Journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird on Mandela: “He radiated a magnetism I had never experienced before”

July 1st, 1990, was a memorable day in Dublin when almost half a million people turned out on the streets of the capital to welcome home the Irish tea(...)