Arjen Robben of the Netherlands in action against Brazil during the   World Cup third-place play-off  in Brasilia. Photograph:  Jorge Silva/Reuters

Netherlands striker Arjen Robben will stay with Bayern Munich rather than taking the opportunity to follow national coach Louis van Gaal to Mancheste(...)

Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands tackles Lionel Messi during Wednesday’s semi-final in Sao Paulo. “The only thing that counts is the title.” Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Having kept him pretty quiet on the pitch on Wednesday night, Argentina’s players may not be overly concerned about the noises Arjen Robben was making(...)

 Dutch coach Louis van Gaal  (second left) looks on during the the semi-final against Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo.  Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World C(...)

Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal talks with his players during a training session one day before their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Argentina at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph:  Manu Fernandez/AP

Won’t somebody think of the children? Thankfully someone did at Louis van Gaal’s press conference in São Paulo yesterday, when the manager was asked w(...)

Arjen Robben celebrates after the Netherlands penalty shootout win against Costa Rica, which set up a semi-final against Argentina. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

At the press conference after the Netherlands had, in the blink of an eye, turned Mexico’s victory into heartbreaking defeat in Fortaleza, poor, crush(...)

Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands  shakes hand with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal after being substituted during the  World Cup  round of 16 match against Mexico. The midfielder is out of the competition with a groin strain. Photograph:     Vassil Donev/EPA

Netherlands will be without defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong for the rest of the World Cup through injury.The 29-year-old was forced off nine minut(...)

 A distraught Mexican fan after their defeat at the hands of the Netherlands  in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

And so Mexico have done it again, falling at the second round stage for the sixth World Cup in succession after another agonising defeat for a nation (...)

 Luis Suarez: did something against England that superficially resembled Maradona’s immortal feat in 1986.

It might come as a surprise to those who automatically associate the word “Fifa” with bland corporate mediocrity to hear that the official Fifa movie (...)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands  celebrates his goal against Spain with coach Louis van Gaal at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The Netherlands have a lovely problem on their hands. How on earth do you follow a 5-1 victory over Spain? Australia are about to find out, alt(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during their 2014 World Cup Group G defeat to  Germany at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Silva / Reuters

The first round of matches at this World Cup has been a huge success, not least because this time, so many of the headline acts have delivered. Neymar(...)