Belgium’s Divock Origi  shoots to score a late winner in the  World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Belgium 0 Russia 0 If there was one man you could guarantee would stand aloof from the general joie de vivre of this World Cup, it was Fabio Capello. (...)

Russia’s coach Fabio Capello during his side’s forgettable 1-1 draw against South Korea.

It is usually Russian gymnasts that we associate with parallels, but right now it is the country’s manager, Fabio Capello. Feted by his adopted public(...)

Marouane Fellaini combined with Kevin De Bruyne to get Belgium back on track against Algeria. Photograph: Yves Herman / Reuters

TUESDAY, JUNE 16th 16.55 And, lo, on the fifth day the deluge ended. I’m relieved by Iran and Nigeria’s stalemate. For an Irishman, who(...)

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fumbles a shot from South Korea’s Lee Keun-ho into his own goal during the  World Cup Group H match against South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Russia 1 South Korea 1Igor Akinfeev produced the goalkeeping gaffe of the World Cup as Russia laboured to a 1-1 draw with South Korea in Cuiaba.The CS(...)

Russian players  celebrate a goal against   Slovakia  in St. Petersburg last month. Photograph: Olga Maltseva / Getty Imges

Manager: Fabio Capello Best finish: Group stages (1994 and 2002) World Cup record: Played 9, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 5 History Their World(...)